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“Catch a Wave” at Tunes on Tuesday- August 2016


DSC_0307The lyrics rising in the surf of the sky above the Chehalem Cultural Center, “I wish they all could be California Girls”, spins a beach party atmosphere, lacking only in the gritty, blazing sands of a 60’s California beach shindig. I know. I grew up in Southern California on the beaches and although The Beach Boys were a highlife before my swinging teens, I was able to relive it through the stories of my Aunts and Uncles, the big fans that they were. How could you not be? It defines an era of party culture. An era of romping in the crashing waves, holding hands and necking on a plaid blanket, and an iconic mental image of standing on that short sea cliff with a long board tucked under the golden arm of a sun-bleached blonde surfer.


Nathan and I stop to view Catch a Wave cover band. These “beach boy look-a-likes” are swaying in unison on the stage with totally tubular smiles enlivening the crowd. Ocean blue and white vertical striped shirts tucked in to perfectly crisp, skinny, vintage blanched jeans that point down into those old skool white vans, from back in the day surf culture. I am spying the crowd for Gidgets and Grommets shaking it “Beach Blanket Bingo” style. Frankie and Annette would be frontside for sure at this beach party.


Having just returned from a Malibu vacation myself, I enjoy seeing motif matching beach balls flying around at the end of tiny fingertips.


The kiddos are bouncing higher than these inflatable globes of paddlepuss magic. It’s rad to see the enthusiasm of the older crowd reminiscing a simpler time and relishing the enjoyment of their grandchildren in such familiar tunes.


Avoiding the riptide of dancers, I make a slash for the closest coffee and there floats Chris with Caravan Artisan Roasted Coffee, my caffeine savior of the evening. He serves up a refreshing cold brew of Organic Peru Feminino for Nathan and I. We add our sweet and cream as we please. Plunk in the emerald straw and there I go, sucking dry.


Riding the swell of the crowd, I drift over to nearby local representative tent for New York Life. I am curious as to what they have to offer in such a tune-filled evening.

DSC_0273I am kindly greeted by Collin who politely let’s me know that they have an open, informative meeting at Ye Old Pizza Shoppe on the frequent, for financial questions and answers. He then gets busy to helping with the free National Child ID Program service that they offer. I am amazed at the technology they have set up here and how quickly it goes. The small boy in the chair is playing with the ID clip while Mom stands by in her good intention. Everyone is having a great time making the safety record.


Collin Bonsey is also affiliated with Young Pros, of which Tunes on Tuesday is their baby. I’ll attend a meeting in the future to meet some of these dynamic and community oriented young professionals. Thank you, Young Pros, for putting on such a well organized event so close to our home. I stopped by the Young Pros central tent and learned a bit about the hours they put in. They start set up around 5:30 pm and clean up commences with a gathering around 10. This is the first year that they are an 503c non-profit and that an enclosed beer garden was not required. This is great for families as everyone can have a nice backyard-like party mingle at the rear of the plaza.


Laid-back viewers, contentedly sipping wine or beer, pleasantly grace the gorgeous rock walls lining the plaza. A few are just enjoying a relaxed evening chat. Some are here for the duration; some are just popping in while walking home through the neighborhood. It distantly reminds me of the evening local hang out on the Spanish Steps in Rome.



Sidewalk Chalk Art

I stumbled upon some remains of  The Sidewalk Chalk Art Project from the Newberg Old Fashioned Festival. The chalk was provided courtesy of Social Goods-A Newberg Family Market through the Chehalem Cultural Center. Sender has his own bag that we picked up.

Mimi the Bouvier

Mimi the Bouvier


The Newberg Animal Shelter had a nice cool spot near the bricks of the Cultural Building. They have a fun prize wheel to spin. It’s only a quarter, which funds the shelter, and you win a little prize. I always see kids partaking. Amy Sorenson has been volunteering her time for over 4 years and is on the Board of Directors. Beth and Laura were assisting her at the event and expressing their enthusiasm and care for our local critters in need of adoption.


I learned about “kitten season” of which I was clueless beforehand. This summer, just as our bolting gardens around town, also happens to be a very cat fruitful one, leaving many kittens with a need for homes. They had 40+ kittens at once in the shelter. If you would like to help, they are forever in need of kitty food and more volunteers. Even though the topic of homeless pups and kittens can be a sad one, they are lighthearted and positive in their quest and conversation. I really enjoyed my visit and the intelligent and informative chat. I am looking forward to attending “Wine and Whiskers” in the coming April.


DSC_0312You can count on Cream Northwest for a surf’s up party-wave line full of folks who wouldn’t hesitate to wipe-out into a large tub of homemade ice cream. The classic melded flavors of vanilla fudge was a chilled popular.


Our last stop of the evening, to grab our take home dinner, was Wiki Wiki Weenie a.k.a, The Fastest Hot Dog Cart in the World. Rusty and Linda are always ready for a good time. We like to stop and talk with them about Hawaii. I reminisce with them my trip to Kauai every time and look forward to returning for a family vacation soon. They serve up a mean and authentic Kalua pig. The colorful image of sweet mango salsa speaks for itself.

DSC_0319We ordered full dinner plates and admired the distressed, yet very clean weenie car while we waited for our made-to-order Hawaiian Islands treat. This neat old car has been made into a food truck unlike any I have ever seen. I’m stoked on my Puaa (pu-oo-ah-ah) Pig sandwich, stuffed with bacon, sausage, and kalua pig. Now if I can just snake on home without mullering, I’ll be hangin’ loose.

Dude, that was going off!




Tunes On Tuesday August 16 2016







Tunes on Tuesday in Newberg Downtown


Dancers twirl like ribbons on a Maypole joyfully around the front of the stage, some are barefoot in the cool clean grass. It’s not often you glimpse small town Princesses, delighting the dreams of a young girl, who might one day grow up to be a Princess herself. If she just holds their hands tight enough, for that last spin, she will become one of them, flowering out in a midnight blue dress.



The light-hearted atmosphere of Tunes on Tuesday in the heart of the Newberg Cultural District beams a ray of innocent joy across  Oregon Wine Country. I can feel it. All ages are present in the vast array of onlookers, sitters, eaters, and movers. Children run giggling between the poised elders, who are smiling ear to ear while enjoying the show. Fashion-flair sparks among the men and women of the crowd. There is never a dull moment in this perfect, people-watching pasture.DSC_0043


The Staff of the Rogue Gourmet Catering Company are always smiling and laughing. I love how they go out of their way to add joy to the evening.



The booming belt of voice bellowing from the funk-punk athletic, tattooed, and talented young women of Dancehall Days is sending the crowd into a state of thrive and excitement within the breezy plaza. The band is casually ready to entertain with a cool charisma and young vibe twist to some modern dance classics. It’s like sitting first row and voting on “The Voice”, except they have obviously already won the crowd over with the first note.

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I am dog-lover. So, one of my favorite looky-lou things to do is watch for cute pups. There are many to be had, all well behaved, and hanging out with their loyal people for a summer evening of loving licks and ankle sniffing. These little longhaired dachshunds stole my heart.


Renaissance Catering owner Chef Kris, who lives around the corner from us, was busy like some pizza bee in honey-dough hive. He skillfully hand-shaped and created beautiful pizzas to toss in his mobile, wood fired brick oven. I have noticed he always has several near-drooling onlookers while he masters the dough, and I commend his hard work near a hot oven in the summertime.

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I have never seen such a long, although very delighted line of children for balloon hats as there is in front of the American Family Insurance booth. Ben Jaquith shares a huge smile with all the kids as he bends, folds, rustles, and contorts these rubbery squeak-emitting balloons in the delicate, yet quick creation of these awesome air-filled concoctions.DSC_0047


The kids love them. They run around using them as swords, or swinging their heads and watching the ends dance about. It is really quite hilarious, and I have to peel myself away to continue on my little journey through the crowd. As I poke around, I notice these tall, squirrelly crowns floating all around me on the tops of little tousled heads. One day Sender will get one, I am sure.



I padded over towards Centennial Park to find myself smack in the center of tweeny-teenville. It’s a similar squeak to the balloons, just a bit deeper with the occasional whispered laughter. This age group is condensed and there are plenty of parents with little ones around on the playground to add a bit of “unintentional” bystander-volunteer chaperoning. Another word would simply be “neighborhood”, as that is the true feel to the park.


I have been cruising around for a while, and the rainbow shave-ice in the tall, open trailer, and Cream Northwest in their pleasingly colored orange rig is truly calling me by name. Nathan has been standing in line for some time now for our first taste of Cream. I see now, why the line, and why the sincere raves from customers all over town.

DSC_0062We experienced a wonderfully cold, double scoop of homemade Earl Grey and Boysenberry Swirl. Sender had his first taste ever of ice cream, or bliss, as I now prefer to call it, and he made the sweetest little cold-sour face with just the tip of the spoon on his tongue. We enjoyed this soothingly cool treat and can’t wait to hit them up at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday. I’ll share a secret: There is hardly any line during the Farmer’s Market, so try some for yourself then if you are shy of waiting.



It was nice to see the Newberg Animal Shelter representing in a canopy near the front entrance on Howard Street. They had a cool spin-the wheel raffle for visitors.


The pancake-eating contest, in front of the stage, was a cute-munching intermission of a few young folks trying to swallow sticky cakes just a wee bit faster than the other. There were a lot of breath catching little dancers and fun iPhone photo ops going on here.


DSC_0068The Tunes On Tuesday party overall is a pleasantly mellow vibe with some local brewery tastings and plenty to snack on. I noticed Deception Brewing of Dundee, with their bold black and white logo, is a popular spot to grab Apricot Cream Ale and chill out on one of the shaded stonewalls.




From Princesses to Pups and babies in Daddy-pouches, there is plenty to take in while wandering this beautiful Wine Country plaza.








Tunes on Tuesday July 26 2016


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