Tag: Downtown Newberg Live Music

Tunes on Tuesday in Newberg Downtown

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Tunes on Tuesday July 26 2016

 

The Farmer’s Market on Wednesday in Newberg Oregon

I am hoofing past the early hour of the Newberg Farmer’s Market with Sender happily bouncing along in the Ergobaby. I am sure he is wondering why Mama is in such a rush this morning. I am trying to get up to the library area to catch the last bit of a performance by the Border Collies International Team. It’s a bit warm out, and I have been walking quickly in my late remembrance of the event. We get up to the plaza near the Chehalem Cultural Center and low and behold I have missed it. I love doggies, and am sad that I will have to wait until their return. That’s ok. We have plenty to explore at this weeks Farmer’s Market, less than a block from where I am catching my breath.

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Behold the musician of the week, Bryan Podwys, gaily strumming away on his gold and brown-leaf appliqued guitar. He is happy, therefore the crowd is happy. I love how that works. We hang for a bit and enjoy the dollop of tunes landing in the grassy square. It’s always so pleasant to enjoy live music wafting through the air as you check out fresh goodies and have nice, easy chats.DSC_0009

We wander past the Saint Joseph Acres booth and all of their splendid looking veggies. There are a lot of gorgeous tubers and onions to choose from. There is a cute couple engaged in tasting and conversation. They seem to be relaxed and enjoying the palate of colorful earth treats spread before them. I take note of the “No spray”, and “No Chemicals” wording chalked out on their colorful sandwich board. Good to know when you are toting a little one, or if prone to allergies.DSC_0010

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DSC_0016Our longest stop of the afternoon ends up being at the Daily Ranch Soap Kitchen. Kim Chai the owner, artist, and soap maker started back in Honolulu in 2012. She is a small woman with an air of intense strength about her seemingly soft presence. She is very passionate about her art and enthusiastic to share how she creates. She has many different types of handiwork on display and we chatted a bit about each

 

 

 

 

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First Kim Chai Designs, her clothing line made of up-cycled material, sewn in various quilt-like patches, has a colorfulDSC_0015 touch of painted design. She creates stamps and adds the paint to the fabric. It’s remarkably kaleidoscopic with a strong Pacific Islander theme. There is no one article alike that I can pick out. It’s a very lively line of dress for men and woman. I explored the rack with a bright smile from the genuine aura of the clothing. She also has paper bead jewelry and some vibrant and well-made pincushions.DSC_0021

We talked about her Goats Milk Soap and bar lotion. I sampled the Plumeria lotion bar and found it lovely. I just had to get some. As we were about to move on, she mentioned the current need of a seamstress. So, if you know anyone, maybe you could get in touch with her.

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We said goodbye for now, then shuffled on down to hang out with Carolyn of the Polka Dot Palace. She had quite a few garden art pieces going on.

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DSC_0036 They were amusing to look at, and I was inspired by her use of crusty leather belt buckles as decor hangers. She held on to a vibrantly colored bouquet of flowers the entire time we engaged. It was charming as she fiddled with each stem. She was a total dear heart, and I could guess she was very happy to take part in the market festivities.DSC_0035

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was again time to scoot along, with much enjoyment to be had, hanging out with Casey Corum at Casey “Rocks” and Dark Amber Gold Honey. He is such a pleasurable guy to talk to. He’s got the look of a discreet Viking with his flash of fire-orange hair, speckled with the wisdom of earthly time, and crystalline-lens eyes to compliment the rock spread before him, an altar of sorts, with a bit of honey as the precious offering. He’s been at the Farmer’s Market for 6 years. He has all sorts of rock jewelry to choose from, and the wrapping is quite unique. I have a stepdaughter, that on occasion also creates these neat stone wraps, that do impress me, but I have yet to engage in such a craft myself to provide a deeper appreciation. I look at them in clement awe of the time spent.

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I sampled his Dark Amber Gold Honey, although a bit of a winded title, it is the perfect description. It is deliciously smooth, and I purchased a jar to share with family during an upcoming camping trip. I am excited to partake in the sticky delight with them.

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I made a final drop in at Tom’s Pies, to grab a few gluten-free chocolate-chip peanut butter bars that Nathan and I both love, when I stumbled across Shannon. She was getting some homemade apple pie for lunch. We grabbed a picnic bench, kindly shaded with a canopy, where she spent more time adoring Sender then getting to her beloved pie.

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It was a sweet, “sing-songy day” with nice people and tasty goodies. We’ll be back around next week for more music, smiles, and tantalizing taste bud treasures all around.DSC_0040

Newberg Farmer’s Market July 20, 2016

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