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Rambling around the Valley


raveling around the Willamette Valley countryside gives me ample opportunity to discover the people and places that I think would interest other folks here in the Valley–whether you’ve been here for just a short period of time or if you’ve lived here all your life. Take the area’s Grange Halls for instance. These architectural and community time capsules never fail to spark my curiosity. It seems like a majority of the buildings date back to the early part of the last century. What were they used for and what relevance do they have in the community today? I sent freelance writer Meredith Russell to find out a little bit of the


that rivals some of the world’s best. In this issue we celebrate The Memorial Weekend in Wine Country with a supplement that includes a listing of most (if not all) of the wineries in the Willamette Valley as well as a map of how to get to the various wine tasting destinations. Finance wizard Ken Gardner shares his tips on the fine art of not busting your food budget. Dining detective Bon Mangez goes on another culinary adventure–this month to Salem’s Ventis Café. Thanks for picking up the spring edition of Willamette Valley Life. We truly hope you are inspired as much as we are with this wonderful place we live in.

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Crendo Photography is a husband and wife team providing portrait, event and business photography to Salem and beyond. Their studio features dramatic windows and is located in suite 305 on the third floor of the historic Reed Opera House downtown. Cindy Dauer is a freelance writer and photographer living in Oregon. As a journalist, she has covered a wide variety of topics from arts and entertainment to local news. Recently, her work has appeared in several mid-Valley publications, and her online writing has been viewed around the world. A native of the Northwest, Cindy loves outdoor adventures and exploring local culture. Ken Gardner writes for life, financial liberty and the pursuit of member happiness. He has worked in the financial industry for over 10 years and does not have perfect credit…but he’s getting there.

history of the Grange organization and how they are reaching out to a world that bears little resemblance to the one in which they originated. There are plenty of opportunities to discover some great local and national music talent this spring. The 41st Willamette Valley Music Festival kicks off Saturday, May 7th on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. Writer Cindy Dauer gives us a behind the scenes picture of some of the local talent that will be featured at the fest. I love hunting for antiques, and I always have a great time digging for collectibles in the little town of Aurora on the north end of the Willamette Valley. The town has a fascinating history and is a great place to spend a spring day. Learn more about Aurora in the “Daycation” section of this issue. Willamette Valley residents are fortunate to live in wine country


Ryan Reichert is originally from Northeast Ohio and relocated to the Willamette Valley to further his career in the wine industry. He has received both his Intermediate and Advanced certifications from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and is also a certified French wine enthusiast and Spanish Wine Educator. Ryan strives to learn all he can about wine and to share his passion with everyone. Ryan authors a new site focusing on the white wines of the Pacific Northwest. Visit www.nwwhites.com. Meredith Russell is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in work with young children and families. She is a freelance writer on parenting, family life and health. She transplanted herself from the east coast to Salem fifteen year ago.

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Close Encounters


he 12th Annual UFO Festival in McMinnville, Oregon is set to land on May 13 and 14, 2011. The annual festival, hosted by McMenamins Hotel Oregon, celebrates the famous 1950 Trent sighting in which two Dayton, Oregon citizens witnessed and photographed a UFO, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. This year’s festival welcomes several speakers including Robert Salas, who will speak about the 1967 UFO encounters at Malmstrom Air Force Base, and Stan Gordon, who is the authority on the December 1965 Kecksburg UFO Incident as well as one of the world’s top regarded investigators of the pairing of Sasquatch and UFO sig. Passes are $10 per event, and a three event pass is available for $25. Also on tap this year is the annual UFO Costume Parade, Alien Pet Costume Contest and the Alien Costume Ball at Hotel Oregon. For more information on prices and scheduling, visit ufofest.com.

Honoring Our Rivers: A Student Anthology


onoring Our Rivers: A Student Anthology is celebrating the release of its 11th edition with a student reading and art show at Powell’s City of Books. Over the past eleven years, the Honoring Our Rivers anthology has received thousands of charming, thoughtprovoking and whimsical poems, essays, photographs and drawings from students (kindergarten to college) across the state that focus on the relationship between people and our watersheds–the waters, weather, land, plants, animals and habitats that connect us

to nature, and ultimately, to one another. To celebrate the 11th year of publication, Powell’s City of Books will host a special event on May 22nd from 4-5 p.m. in the “Pearl Room” of their flagship store located on Burnside Street in downtown Portland. Students from across the state will be honored and will present their work alongside professional authors and artists. Where: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland Oregon, 97206. Date and Hours: Sunday, May 22, from 4-5 p.m.

“Thank you to L. Andrew Brown and Willamette Valley Life for the article on Broadway Commons. We appreciate the way WVLife is encouraging positive attitudes toward our city and larger area!” — Jeff Roth, via email 4

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Pinot noir celebration brings wine lovers together


or a quarter century, the International Pinot Noir Celebration has united thousands of pinot fans, winemakers, chefs and food lovers from around the world in the spirit of friendship and festivity. No less than the New York Times described the festival as “one of those rare wine gatherings that works on every level.” The celebration takes place July 29–31 in the heart of Oregon’s wine country on the bucolic campus of Linfield College, in McMinnville, and tickets are available now. McMinnville may be a small town, but its cuisine has inspired even Bon Appétit, which named it one of America’s six “Foodiest Towns” in 2010. Farm-to-fork chefs feature local produce, eggs, fish and meat. Linfield College, the site of the three-day pinot celebration, offers a peaceful respite, with park-like groves of trees, colorful flowers, fountains and an ancient oak grove. For more information visit ipnc.org, downtownmcminnville.com or linfield.edu.

Spooky Spirits Spooks to Spirits is a new adventure travel guide to haunted places and the places you should haunt. Spotlighting haunts and hauntings of the Yamhill Valley, the book includes an audio travel guide CD, a fold out map of the area with highlighted haunted businesses and locations, as well as both historical and eyewitness accounts of histories and mysteries. The book’s launch date is May 15, and it will be available at hotels, travel agencies, restaurants, wineries and other places of interest as well as online. The author, Tracey Ward, has also produced a half hour television show, “Haunted Yamhill,” that is currently airing on McM Comcast cable channel 11 and Verizon cable channel 29. The show focuses on the town of Lafayette–which was cursed to burn to the ground by a so-called “witch”– and features several recreations of strange happenings. Spooks to Spirits will have several fund raising events this year for YCAP. These events are free, but food donations are gladly accepted. For more information, call 503-435-0509 or go to spookstospirits.com.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” -Robin Williams

26th Annual Tulip Fest


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9 – Gospel Show with Bill Jolliff & Friends – Cartwright’s Music Event Center, Stayton. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. $10 and reservations highly suggested.


16 – Earth Day – A fun filled earth-wise day with exhibitors, hands-on activities, demonstrations, tree give-away, live music, food and more! Oregon Garden. Free admission. oregongarden.org

There’s nothing like spring in the Willamette Valley, and there’s nothing like the Tulip Fest held at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm near Woodburn, Oregon for the mind-blowing color you’ll experience in the festival’s Tulip fields. Each year the fields are rotated so the look is completely original with each new season. A whole series of events are scheduled, including: pony rides, Wooden Shoe Making, steam tractors, wine tasting and more. Date and hours: April through May 1st: Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: Weekends: $10.00 per carload; $20.00 per bus. Weekdays (M-F): $5.00 per carload; $20.00 per bus Website: woodenshoe.com/tulip-fest

29-30 – Brewfest – The Oregon Garden’s 7th annual Brewfest. Last year’s attendees enjoyed a multitude of seasonal and flagship beers from over 30 breweries, live music and northwestern cuisine. This year’s event is set to be even bigger with more breweries and music. oregongarden.org 30 – Women in Aviation Day – Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. 10:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. $8 event admission into the Aviation Museum. Call 503-434-4180 for more information.

May Keizer Iris Festival – All May. For a list of events, visit irisfestival.com.

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f the thought of kilts, bagpipes and tartan gets your haggis boiling, then you’re in luck! Scottish history and culture will jump out of the text books and come alive at the 22nd Annual Oregon Scottish Festival, April 9th at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center (I-5 and Albany). Hundreds of people attended the first event in 1990, and the annual event has continued to grow ever since. Along with the tartan kilts, festive music, food and succulent pastry treats, visitors will experience a taste of Scottish heritage. Activities and attractions will include the Kids Corner with castle and games, Mary and Sandy’s kitchen, Scottish dancers, vendor booths, accessories and décor, Seven Brides wine and brewery products, authentic Scottish gifts, Celtic music and Clan tradition history booths. Even if you’re not of Scottish descent, the festival will serve as a unique and entertaining way to experience and learn about Scotland’s history–vibrantly rich with royalty, wars, foreign occupations and legend. In fact, many of the traditions we take for granted here in the U.S. started hundreds of years ago in the Highlands.

The festival is sponsored by The Oregon Scottish Society, an organization that is devoted to celebrating and enjoying rich Scottish culture and history while promoting fellowship and new friends. Society members hail from locations throughout the Willamette Valley and have numerous events and gatherings throughout the year. Recent activities have included the Burns dinner on the Willamette River Queen sternwheeler, dessert gatherings, group attendance at the upcoming Newport Celtic Festival, and various Highland games all over Oregon and Washington. Oregon Scottish Heritage Festival Linn County Fair and Expo Center Date and hours: April 9, 2011, 9-5 p.m. Admission: General $7; kids under 10 free; seniors and youth $6. Sponsored by the Oregon Scottish Society, KGAL 1580, KSHO 920, KYKN 1430, KHPE 107.9, Comfort Suites and the Albany Visitors Association. Website: oregonscottishsociety.com Info Karen Grant 541-451-3815 or Rich Mackie 503-364-1863

7 – Willamette Valley Music Fest – Performers, ranging from indie rock bands to acoustic soloists, will play the festival’s three stages starting at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. University of Oregon campus. musicfest.uoregon.edu


7 – Oregon Valley Boys “Grange Hall Tour 2011” – Silverton Grange Hall. 7–9 p.m. $5 admission. oregonvalleyboys.com 13-14 – UFO Festival – UFO Costume Parade, Alien Pet Costume Contest and the Alien Costume Ball at Hotel Oregon. For more information on prices and scheduling, visit ufofest.com. 14 – Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival – More Jazz in Two Square Blocks than anywhere on the planet. Noon until midnight. silvertonwineandjazz.com

28-30 – 21st Annual Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country – More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms will be open across the Willamette Valley. Take this opportunity to visit some of the region’s small, family-owned wineries rarely open to the public, as well as larger wineries and tasting rooms. willamettewines.com

June 3-4 – 16th Annual Garden Tour & Plant Sale – Explore eight colorful gardens throughout the Keizer area. With easy parking and accessibility, this self-guided tour allows for a leisurely two-day exploration of an array of garden types. Tickets are available for purchase in May at the museum and at all Salem and Keizer Roth’s Markets. Proceeds from the garden tour and plant sale benefit educational programs at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tickets: $15; ages 12 and under: $5. acgilbert.org WORLD BEAT FESTIVAL


23 – Oregon Valley Boys “Grange Hall Tour 2011” – Scotts Mills Grange Hall, Scotts Mills. 7–9 p.m. $5 admission. oregonvalleyboys.com



23 – Old Circle (Bluegrass) in concert – Cartwright’s Music Event Center, Stayton. Show begins at 7:00 p.m.

25-26 – World Beat Festival – A two day program of international music, dance, food, hands-on crafts and folklore. worldbeatfestival.org

23-July 10 – Oregon Bach Festival – Under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling, the OBF fills 19 summer days with choral-orchestral masterworks, guest artists, chamber music, social events and education programs. University of Oregon campus. oregonbachfestival.com

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Home on the Grange: Beyond the Hall




“I grew up in a community where everybody knew me and everyone else. My kids didn’t grow up in a community like that. Today, people seem to value their privacy. Families also have more mobility today. It’s just as easy to head to Seattle for a football game as it is to do something locally.” became involved with the Silverton Grange because she was drawn to its specific philosophy. “We are a green Grange: sustainability, eating local and a resurgence in community,” says Tennyson. The Grange sponsors an annual “50 Mile Breakfast” where everything served is produced locally. It started as a 100 mile breakfast several years ago and reduced its radius last year.

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range Halls dot the landscape of rural Willamette Valley communities. Beyond the halls, the Grange is a historic, progressive, grass roots organization which has evolved in its 150 year history. After the Civil War, The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry was established by farmer advocates to assist struggling farmers and to unite the North and South around common agricultural goals. As unions were forming in the industrial fields, the Grange (from a Latin word meaning “grain”) founders recognized that farmers could benefit from a national organization. Along with a political voice, the Grange also offered social and educational opportunities to isolated and fragmented farm communities. From its inception, the Grange allowed women and youth ages 14 and older to join, vote and hold equal position to men. A strictly non-partisan organization, the Grange does have political goals, including: supporting stewardship of America’s natural resources, promotion of world-wide free trade, support for rural education and infrastructure, and competitive and efficient farm system. Despite a drop from a high of one million members to about 200,000 current members, Granges across the country continue to advocate on behalf of the changing farm community. The Grange began in Oregon 137 years ago. With 186 Granges to oversee in Oregon, the State Grange Master is a paid position. Membership in Oregon has dropped from 30,000 members in the early 1990’s to 6,500 members currently. Changes in agriculture, culture and community mobility have had a big impact. State Grange Master Larry Rea describes, “I grew up in a community where everybody knew me and everyone else. My kids didn’t grow up in a community like that. Today, people seem to value their privacy. Families also have more mobility today. It’s just as easy to head to Seattle for a football game as it is to do something locally.” Another hit: changes in the insurance industry. “One of the benefits of belonging was a great health insurance program. They didn’t charge very much so they didn’t have enough money when disaster struck. There’s still an insurance benefit, but not nearly as good as it used to be. You were required to be a member, now you’re not. The incentive to join is reduced,” says Rea. With the stressed economy and the “locavore” movement, Willamette Valley Granges are small but still relevant. Silverton Grange Master Cate Tennyson

Willamette Valley Western Swing band, The Oregon Valley Boys, perform at the Macleay Grange during their “2011 Grange Hall Tour.”

Promotional print for Grange members showing scenes of farming and farm life.

More than 150 breakfasts were served. The Grange has recently started a Tuesday farmer’s market and is building a 300 gallon water catchment system. Plans are in the works to provide classes, such as canning, jam making and fermentation. Tennyson believes that the economic crisis has made these “old skills” valuable to people again. Granges have struggled since Tennyson joined in the 70’s when the local Grange was a center for community and social lives. “The Grange used to be the focus of those community social structures. Now, it means nothing to hop in a car and go to a movie in Salem.” But she believes that Granges will experience a revival. “Gas price are going up. Food is going up. People have less income to drive 25 miles.” She has been involved in an effort to revive the North Howell Grange which closed last January. “I feel like the Granges can be the lifeblood of a community. It brings all factions together: farmers, consumers and different schools. I think it’s going to peak again.” Moses Mendzer, President of the Macleay Grange, got involved after his wife was looking for a way to have a political voice. “She found that the Grange had a lobbyist. She went to a meeting or two and said, ‘We need to be a part of this.’ Each Grange has its own target goals. Ours is community and sustainability.” When Mendzer joined, he recognized membership decline due to insurance changes and increases in corporate farming and saw the need for a change.

“Membership was about 8 or 10. It was more traditional. We changed…anybody that is interested is welcome to come in. We made ourselves known in the community with open jam nights and breakfasts.” Membership is now up to about 30. Mendzer reports that the Macleay Grange is starting a ham radio station to allow for emergency response in case of disasters. Macleay is creating classes to teach home gardening and alternative forms of heating. And what about those halls? The Grange Halls become the focal point for these community efforts. “We sell the concept of community. We have an event in the community: pancake breakfast, a town hall with local politicians–anything that gets people inside the building. People will say ‘I didn’t know you had a stage.’ Then they know how the building can be used.” Hall rental for parties and concerts is an important income stream for the Grange. State Master Rea is also optimistic about the Grange’s future. “I think our membership has reached its low point and is now increasing. When the economy is slow, people tend to do things that help them, such as gardens and canning–what rural people traditionally did to stay alive.” Meredith Russell is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in work with young children and families. She is a freelance writer on parenting, family life and health. She transplanted herself from the east coast to Salem fifteen year ago.

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Destination: Aurora


Photo courtesy of Aurora Colony Historical Society Photo Archive

ithin a stone’s throw of I-5, near the town of Canby, Oregon, lies what is widely known as “Oregon’s Antique Capital”–Aurora. The town is chock full of antiques stores… enough to keep even the most ardent antique hunter happy for a day.



Aurora residents at the Southern Pacific Depot crossing in town 1905. Inset: Aurora founder, Wilhelm Keil.

Antiques As I mentioned earlier, the town is practically one big antique store with a few espresso shops and restaurants included in the mix. Some of the first shops here opened in the 1950’s, and all of the shops include an assortment of antique furnishings, collectibles, art and handcrafted items. You can get a full list of antiques stores on the town’s website, auroracolony.com.

Wineries St. Josef’s Winery, in nearby Canby, produces award winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines. This European “old 8

world” style winery is also a beautiful spot to visit and taste wines during your Daycation to Aurora. Visit stjosefswinery.com for more info.

Dining There are a number of places to dine right in the town of Aurora as well as other great places just a few minutes away. The Colony Pub is known for its burgers; there’s Scattercreek Junction, For You Only Deli and White Rabbit Bakery for lighter fare; and if you need some comfort food, the Top O Hill Restaurant between Aurora and Canby fits the bill.

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Museum Make a point of visiting the Old Aurora Colony Museum while you’re in Aurora. The complex includes the Ox Barn, Steinbach Cabin, Kraus House, Will Family Summer Kitchen and Tie Shed. The museum offers a varitey of exhibitions thoughout the year.

Special Events Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase: Second weekend of March Handspinners Fiber Faire: Third Saturday of April

Antique Radio Show & Sale: Second Saturday in May Strawberry Social: Fourth Sunday of June Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques Faire, Music, Art Show: Second Saturday of August Antique Radio Show & Sale: Second Saturday in October Quilt Show: Third week of October Aurora Celebrates the Holidays; Merchant Open Houses: Fourth weekend of November Candlelight Tour: First Saturday in December

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The town has a fascinating history. In 1853, Wilhelm Keil sent a group of scouts from his religious commune in Bethel, Missouri to the Pacific Northwest to find a suitable location to relocate his followers. In 1854, six of the scouts returned with word of a “second Eden” they had found in Willapa Valley, Washington territory. In 1855, Keil and 175 of his followers left Bethel, arriving in Portland after a journey of about four and a half months. Although Keil had requested that his scouts find an isolated place, Willapa was just a little too isolated…and waterlogged most of the year. Keil wrote in a report, “Our clothes and shoes actually rot on our bodies because of the mud and wetness. We are imprisoned worse than prisoners in jail.” With that, Keil purchased about 500 acres of land in 1856. Situated just south of the Willamette River in Oregon’s Marion County, he named the new community “Aurora” after his daughter. A sawmill on the site provided the residents with the ability to generate revenue for the communal treasury while also providing lumber for the town’s buildings. The community embraced the Golden Rule and the philosophy, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” The community was held in high regard throughout the area and was known for their brass bands that performed original music. Wilhelm Keil died in 1877. Upon his death, Aurora’s leaders dissolved the community and redistributed the communal holdings among its members.

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2011 Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country


n late May there is a palpable buzz in the Willamette Valley. Wineries large and small open their doors to the public for one of the major wine-tasting holidays of the year. Many producers will also be releasing their newest wines, which means some of the first 2009 Pinot Noirs as well as many brand new white wines from the 2010 vintage. Whether this is your first Memorial Day weekend or you’ve been braving the crowds for years, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while tasting.


Don’t try to do too much With all the special events, exclusive tastings and small producers who are only open twice a year it is tempting to try and overload. However, it’s best to plan for 3-4 visits per day at the most. Keep in mind that some wineries run events Friday through Sunday and also offer pre-holiday weekend events as well.


Do your homework Every winery has a different event and different wines for the holiday weekend. Research to find those that offer something you really like. Also, remember that the tasting fee or admission is often more expensive for events, but many producers still offer to waive or apply fees when you purchase wine.


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This way you won’t be disappointed settling for something that is convenient but that you’re not interested in. That said, recommendations from places you love are often the best referrals you can get, so be sure to ask. Overall, enjoy your adventure, drink responsibly and don’t take it too seriously. Cheers! Ryan Reichert is originally from Northeast Ohio and relocated to the Willamette Valley to further his career in the wine industry. He has received both his Intermediate and Advanced certifications from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and is also a certified French wine enthusiast and Spanish Wine Educator. Ryan strives to learn all he can about wine and to share his passion with everyone. Ryan authors a new site focusing on the white wines of the Pacific Northwest. Visit nwwhites.com.

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Adelsheim Vineyard Newberg - 503.538.3652 Adelsheim Vineyard’s Tasting Room Newberg - 503.538.3652 x122 Airlie Winery Monmouth - 503.838.6013 Alexeli Vineyards Molalla - 503.829.6677 Amity Vineyards Amity - 503.835.2362 Anam Cara Cellars Dundee - 503.537.9150 Anderson Family Vineyard Newberg - 503.554.5541 Andrew Rich Wines Carlton - 503.284.6622 Ankeny Vineyard Winery Salem - 503.378.1498 Anne Amie Vineyards Carlton - 503.864.2991 Anthony Dell Cellars McMinnville - 503.910.8874 Antica Terra Amity - 503.244.1748 ArborBrook Vineyards Newberg - 503.538.0959 Arcane Cellars Salem - 503.868.7076 Archery Summit Dayton - 503.864.4300 Argyle Winery Dundee - 503.538.8520. August Cellars Newberg - 503.554.6766


Beaux Freres Newberg - 503.537.1137 BeckenRidge Vineyard Dallas - 503.831.3280 Bella Vida Vineyard Dundee - 503.538.9821 Belle Pente Vineyards & Winery Carlton - 503.852.9500 Belle Provenance Vineyard Salem - 503.991.1119 Belle Vallee Cellars Corvallis - 541.757.9463 Benton County Wineries Philomath Benton-Lane Winery Monroe - 541.847.5792. Bergstrom Wines LLC Newberg - 503.554.0468 BernardMachado McMinnville - 503.472.3294 Bethel Heights Vineyard Salem - 503.581.2262 Bishop Creek Cellars Newberg - 503.550.7700 Black Cap of Oregon McMinnville - 971.237.0626 Brick House Wine Company Newberg - 503.538.5136 Brigadoon Vineyards Junction City - 541.998.8708 Broadley Vineyards Monroe - 541.847.5934 Brooks Wines Amity - 503.435.1278 Bryce Vineyard Carlton - 503.554.9816 Bryn Mawr Vineyards Salem - 503.581.4286 Cana’s Feast Winery Carlton - 503.852.0002

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Willamette Valley Winery Listing

King Estate Winery, Eugene, Oregon Carabella Vineyard Wilsonville - 503.699.1829 Cardwell Hill Cellars Philomath - 541.929.9463 Carlton CellarsRd.s End Carlton - 503.474.8986 Carlton Hill Vineyard McMinnville - 503.852.7060 Carlton Winemakers Studio Carlton - 503.852.6100 Champoeg Wine Cellars Aurora - 503.678.2144

Chapelton Hills Vineyard Dallas - 503.623.3364 Chateau Bianca Winery Dallas - 503.623.6181 Chateau Lorane Lorane - 541.942.8028 Chehalem Winery Newberg - 503.538.4700 Cherry Hill Winery Rickreall - 503.623.7867 Cliff Creek Vineyards Carlton - 503.852.0089 Coelho Winery of Amity Amity - 503.835.9305 Coeur De Terre Vineyard McMinnville - 503.472.3976 Coleman Vineyard McMinnville - 503.843.2707 Cubanisimo Vineyards Salem - 503.588.1763 Daedalus Cellars Dundee - 503.537.0727 De Ponte Cellars Dayton - 503.864.3698 Deux Chiennes Vineyard Amity - 503.835.7421 Dobbes Family Estate Dundee - 503.538.1141 Dobbes Family Estate Dundee - 503.538.1141 Domaine Coteau Carlton - 503.697.7319 Domaine Drouhin Dayton - 503.864.2700

Domaine Serene Dayton - 503.864.4600 Duck Pond Cellars Dundee - 503.538.3199 Dundee Hills Wine Growers Dundee - 503.864.2700 Durant Vineyards Dayton - 503.864.3785 EIEIO Company Newberg - 503.852.6733 Elton Vineyards Salem - 503.868.7376 Emerson Vineyards Monmouth - 503.838.0944 Engelhardt Farm Winery Gervais - 503.792.4405 Eola Hills Wine Cellars Rickreall - 503.623.2405 Erath Vineyards Dundee Hills - 503.538.3318 Esterling Vineyards Corvallis - 541.745.4411 Eugene Wine Cellars Eugene - 541.342.2600 Evesham Wood Vineyard Salem - 503.371.8478 Eyrie Vineyards McMinnville - 888.440.4970 Ferraro Cellar Newberg - 503.645.0627 Firesteed Cellars Rickreall - 503.623.8683. Greyhorse Vineyard McMinnville - 503.472.0528

Hamacher Wines Carlton - 503.803.6073 Hanson Vineyards Woodburn - 503.634.2348 Harris Bridge Vineyard Philomath - 541.929.3053 Hauer of the Dauen Dayton - 503.868.7359 Helmick Hill Vineyard Monmouth - 503.838.5409 Honeywood Winery Salem - 503.362.4111 Houston Vineyards Eugene - 541.747.4681 J.K. Carriere Newberg - 503.554.0721 King Estate Winery Eugene - 541-685-5189 Kristin Hill Winery Amity - 503.835.0850 LaVelle Vineyards Elmira - 541.935.9406 Lachini Vineyards Newberg - 503.864.4553 Lange Estate Winery & Vineyard Dundee - 503.538.6476 Laura Volkman Vineyards Newberg - 503.806.4047 Lawton Winery Newberg - 503.538.6509 Lazy River Vineyard Yamhill - 206.329.1129 Le Cadeau Vineyard Newberg - 612.799.8969

Left Coast Cellars Rickreall - 888.831.4916 Lemelson Vineyards Carlton - 503.852.6619 Lumos Wine Company Philomath - 541.929.3519 Marganza Rickreall - 503.628.5458 Marks Ridge Winery Sweet Home - 541.367.3292 Maysara Winery & Momtazi Vineyards McMinnville - 503.843.1234 Medici Vineyards Newberg - 503.538.9668 Methven Family Vineyards Dayton - 503.868.7259 Mia Sonatina Cellars Amity - 503.449.0834 Monks Gate Vineyard Carlton - 503.852.6521 Mystic Wines Salem - 503.581.2769 Naked Grape Winery Sherwood - 503.626.9811 Namaste Vineyards Dallas - 503.623.4150 Natalies Estate Winery Newberg - 503.554.9350 Orchard Heights Winery Salem - 503.391.7308 Panther Creek Cellars McMinnville - 503.472.8080 Paradis Family Vineyard Silverton - 503.873.8475 Patricia Green Cellars Autumn Wind Vineyard Newberg - 503.554.0821 Penner-Ash Wine Cellars Newberg - 503.554.5545 Pfeiffer Winery Junction City - 541.998.2828

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41st Willamette Valley Music Fest


he bottom of the valley will host a top-of-the-line event when the Willamette Valley Music Fest comes to Eugene and the University of Oregon campus on Saturday May 7th. In its 41st year, the free, studentorganized event will once again feature art, food and music, including some of the hottest acts from around Oregon and across the country. The performers– ranging from indie rock bands to acoustic soloists–will play the festival’s three stages starting at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. At the festival, along with sampling a wide variety of music, you can browse through a village of vendors where artists and crafters will hawk their wares, non-profit organizations will dole out information and foodies will serve up plates of regional cuisine. As an added bonus, for that day only, free admission will be granted to all the museums on the University of Oregon campus including the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Headlining the festival this year will be Yeasayer, a Brooklyn-based indie band with hits that include “Ambling Alp” and “Madder Red.” Also scheduled to perform is DJ A-Trak, a Montreal native known for remixing pop tracks and spinning a cappella into hip hop. In addition to national acts, the musical showcase will feature some local talent. One local band that is returning to the festival for its second year is Rare Monk. Rare Monk got its start in 2008 when a group of college buddies decided to get together and jam. Since then, the band has gained a loyal following and worked to create an original sound. The five musicians that compose Rare Monk, all University of Oregon alumni, throw out a lot of modifiers when trying to describe their sound–eclectic, experimental, avant-garde. They laugh at some of the tags they’ve received like “sexy dance rock.” “It sounds cool,” said Dorian Aites, the band’s lead singer. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s cool.” They finally settled on experimental, tech, indie rock. Last spring, Rare Monk released Falconer’s Folly, a five song EP that featured hard hitting tracks like “Megiddo’s Fire” and the mellower “My Little Secret.” Since then, the guys have moved up to Portland and continued to hone their sound. “It became a lot more serious as soon as we got up here,” Aites said. “It transferred from ‘we’re in college and we’re a band’ to ‘we’re up here because we are a band’.” Rare Monk is constantly writing new songs with hopes of recording an album. 14

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They are also playing shows in the Portland area and recently toured the West Coast. Bringing a completely different sound to the festival will be Eugene-based Mood Area 52. Combining the essence of tango and lounge music, Mood Area 52 is not an average rock band. At the festival, the group will perform as a quartet–with cello, accordion, guitar and bass–though the group has been known to play with an array of local musicians in different arrangements. Band leader Michael Roderick said Mood Area 52 was formed in 1998 and inspired by the neo-tango movement of the 20th century. Roderick was first exposed to that type of music, popular in Argentina, while he was a student at the University of Oregon. A friend gave him some cassette tapes

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Headlining the festival this year will be Yeasayer, a Brooklynbased indie band with hits that include “Ambling Alp” and “Madder Red.” Also scheduled to perform is DJ ATrak, a Montreal native known for remixing pop tracks and spinning a cappella into hip hop. that featured the music of Astor Piazzolla. The music immediately made sense to Roderick. “It’s kind of the sound of what goes on in my brain,” Roderick said. A self-taught musician, Roderick soon learned to play the accordion and began

making music with his friends. Since then, he has become somewhat of an accordion connoisseur with at least a dozen in his collection. “I like old, weird things,” he said, “things that make weird sounds.” Roderick, who has attended the Willamette Valley Music Fest since it was called the Willamette Valley Folk Festival (the name changed in 2010), said he enjoys the festival because it brings the music of the world to Eugene. Yet another slice of the music spectrum will be represented at the festival by singer, songwriter and storyteller Eric Tweed. Based in Portland, Tweed is known for playing interactive sets and using custommade acoustic guitars. These guitars– which he designed with his brother–were born out of necessity. After hunching

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up over an acoustic guitar for hours at a time, Tweed would get cramped and achy. “They are not the most ergonomic things in the world,” Tweed said of standard acoustic guitars. The Tweed (patented) design creates the classic acoustic sound, but is more comfortable to play, he explains. Because he plays so many different styles of guitar, from slide to classical finger picking, Tweed will often change his guitar several times during a set. He preps his guitars ahead of the show so while playing he can interact more with the audience instead of constantly tuning his guitar. Many of the songs Tweed writes have autobiographical elements. They tell stories of his life and that of those close to him. For other songs, he is inspired by language and the poetic sound of words. Currently, Tweed is recording an album that will feature thirteen songs, including ten originals. All of these musical acts and more will play the Willamette Valley Music Fest–an event that has become a staple of the Eugene scene. With the variety of performances slated for the lineup, there is

a little something for everyone. You never know, you may also find something new. Cindy Dauer is a freelance writer and photographer living in Oregon. As a journalist, she has covered a wide variety of topics from arts and entertainment to local news. Recently, her work has appeared in several mid-Valley publications, and her online writing has been viewed around the world. A native of the Northwest, Cindy loves outdoor adventures and exploring local culture.

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Don’t Let Food Bust Your Budget


f you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed food is becoming more and more expensive. According to the Labor Department, food prices rose just under 4% in February of this year alone. While other basic goods like gas have seen increases as well, there’s not much you can do to combat it unless you’re willing and able to buy a new vehicle. However, we can all become smarter when it comes to food purchases. Check out these ideas to help.


Farmer’s markets are a great way to buy excellent quality food often at a much better price than the bigger grocery stores. Not only are you saving money but you’re also contributing directly to the local economy. Check out oregonfarmersmarkets.org for a directory of markets near you.

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons

Find them and use them. Coupons are a great way to save money and require little effort. From newspapers to websites like coupons.com, there are a plethora of coupon resources out there. Taking the extra time to clip or print them will go a long way. I suggest making an envelope to put coupons in and putting it on or near your fridge.

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice…

It’s an oft-repeated suggestion but making a list before shopping is one of the best things you can do to buy what you really need and leave the extras behind. My wife and I create our weekly meal plan before we even start our list. This way we 16

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know what to shop for and avoid impulse items. For all you tech minded folks, check out groceryiq.com for a smartphone app that can help in managing grocery lists.

Boring name, serious savings

While Costco is not for everybody, if you have a large family or can team up with several people, there is some serious savings to be had there. Be sure to plan before you go, especially when buying bulk items. Check out costco.com to find the location nearest you.

To the left, to the right

Lastly, you want to stretch your groceries as much as possible. Ideas such as freezing leftovers, cutting out fast food, taking weekly inventory of the foods you already have to create your meal plan and sticking to a budget will certainly help to make the money you do spend go the distance. Check out http:// extension.oregonstate.edu/fcd/nutrition/ ewfl/module_03/ for even more dollar stretching ideas. This list of ideas, while not exhaustive, will hopefully get you and your family on the way to cutting down on those rising food bills. Remember, a few dollars saved here and there really does add up and can be used on other important items. If you’ve run across or developed some good tips of your own, please drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at financialtipjar@gmail.com. Ken Gardner writes for life, financial liberty and the pursuit of member happiness. He has worked in the financial industry for over 10 years and does not have perfect credit…but he’s getting there.

Venti’s Cafe & Basement Bar


325 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301

t is time again for another delicious episode, so hello and welcome! This round we make our way back into downtown Salem where for many years the options for quality dining were few and far between. What of the gems? What of the hidden delights? For some of you, Venti’s Cafe is of known quality. But for those of you who haven’t had the chance to partake, read on for the details.

On to the review!

Venti’s Café is located on Court Street in the heart of Salem and provides seating both upstairs in the main café and in the bar below. While the view is of the street (or the brick if you are below), Venti’s is decorated with local art and is appropriately lit–bright and cheery upstairs while calm and colorful down. Venti’s is open Monday through Thursday 11a.m. to 11p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 to 1 a.m. and Sunday 2 to 10 p.m. (with the 21+ bar opening with slightly later hours). When dining with young ones, upstairs is really the only option. But when heading out with friends, even those who may not partake of the alcoholic options Venti’s offers, the downstairs environs are the place to be.

Appetizers range from $3-7.50. I commonly order the generously portioned Sweet Potato Fries ($4.75) or the “enough for a meal” Mezza Plate ($7.50). Also on the menu are bowls and wraps ($7-9 depending on size), falafel ($6-9.75), salads ($5.50-7) or the fantastic Moroccan Chicken or Beef in a pita or bowl ($7.50-9.75). Venti’s entrees are served with appropriately paired sides, although they do have an extensive list of add-ons and sides by which you can customize your dish in a myriad of ways. Ah, but the real joy to be found here is the tap and bottle list. The owners of Venti’s Café have made it a point to keep their list fresh and seasonal while still providing favorites. Drinks can be ordered from either downstairs or upstairs, and there is a list of available taps for each level. If you don’t like beer, then wine, cocktails, sodas, smoothies and more are available to quench your thirst. Remember to ask your server for a sample of something you find appealing. They have knowledge to share and are happy to share it. Be sure to stop in for their Happy Hour pricing: a steal in any realm.

I’ve almost always had a good experience with the wait staff. They are friendly, interesting and always willing to engage the customer. Although, you should be warned that on busy nights the kitchen will get backed up quickly, so get your orders (and yourself) in early.

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