Tag: Live Music Newberg

“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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Tunes On Tuesday August 16 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunes On Tuesday in the Chehalem Cultural District

Tunes On Tuesday July 20, 2016

 

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The clouds are parting into distant cotton puffs. There is a wonderful pale sapphire sky opening into the oblivion above. The evening time is so nice around here in the summer. The day cools and everyone starts to hop out and about. We are making our way over to Tunes On Tuesday in the Chehalem Cultural Center about 6 blocks from our home. I feel an easy excitement as to how many people will be there. How many friendly faces I will recognize and the anticipation for the plethora of new faces to find. Each face represents a life story; a marker in human time, past, present, and future. The elders with incredible life events behind them, ready to share on a whim. The children with imaginations and vivid life dreams dancing in their eyes, just waiting for that certain spark of life to make it a reality, a life goal, given animation. The tweens and teens discovering even further what life has hidden for them behind every seemingly familiar corner. Tunes on Tuesday, to me, offers more than just music. It is a community heartthrob, a vibrant quaking of life politely rousing the community to come together and really enjoy one of the great secrets to a happy life.

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DSC_0062 - Version 4Although I am intent on enjoying the scene through my lens and chat opportunities this day, I am quite in tune with absorbing the ecstatic energy all around to fuel my mission. I wander through the sea of folding chairs and blankets seeking that nanosecond photo op. I see so many colors blur past as children sprawl out around each temporary evening campsite, dancing and singing and just simply being in the moment. Parents and grandparents watch with delight while listening to the live music. There is a fun blues group tonight and the Grammy Nominated Singer/Songwriter, Ellen Whyte, is dressed fantastically in a stained glass-like blouse and baby blue sunhat. I observe her signing autographs for some 20-something hipsters, appearing very cool. I notice that no matter where I stand, I can hear the music just perfectly. I’m experiencing an awesome outdoor acoustic balance and I think the seemingly endless rows of spectators helps to create this pleasant envelope of musical frequency.

 

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The wafting ember aroma of wood-fired pizza from the Rogue Gourmet Catering Company has me salivating, as I try to focus on taking the whole scene in. It amazes me how much room there is out here with so many people. I breezily weave the crowd of sitters, standers, and wanderers, simply keeping a watchful eye out for dogs or kiddos underfoot, of which there are plenty to be adored.

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The vendors line the back and sides of the event. I like this because I don’t feel forced to do anything but to enjoy the show. If I want a treat, I can simply turn around and grab something quickly to eat or drink from the many snack carts and varied libation options.

 

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This evening I stopped and chatted with Caravan Artisan Roasted Coffee. I noticed a cold-brew system displayed, of which I also use at home, and learned that they are able to do it on a larger scale while keeping that same smooth taste. They have the capability to cold-brew process about 5 gallons at a time. I tasted a sample of Organic Peru Feminino, served with a nice little piece of cylindrical ice, in a cute espresso size paper cup, reminiscent of my time touring Northern Italy. These special coffee beans are grown by a banded group of Peruvian woman. Served as Cold-brew coffee, it has a lower acidity than hot-brewed. I did not know this about cold brewing until my Aunt recently schooled me, by which Chris, from Caravan, reiterated it for me in his adorable Irish accent. I didn’t know it was Irish until I inquired, and he made me guess as to what it was. I guessed Scottish. He laughed jubilantly and politely noted to me that it was a fine guess, as I didn’t say English. He’s a really great guy to converse with and has a true love for the company he works for.

 

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The owners were standing nearby with their pee chee folder-colored Golden Retriever named Shelby. Sender and Shelby were having some serious wholesome fun sharing licks and doggy-back romps. We will be visiting with them soon for a Friday evening cupping, and I will have more details to compose on just what they do and why they love it. For now, all I can say is yum!

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While perusing more of the pearl canopied vendor stands on the eastern side of the twilight-tempted plaza, a glimmer of bright yellow hair caught my attention, and I just had to see what these four uniquely presented gals were up too. I realized I was stumbling into the Mode Du Jour land of Medispa creativity. The owner, Erienne Paquette Minnieweather, introduced me to her spritely salon team. They had these great, enthusiastic smiles and wanted to tell me all about their services, and a new product they offer called SkinSide Beauty Shots. It is quite interesting, and I recommend your own personal inquiry at the salon. I had fun chatting with them as they are super positive and informative.

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The evening was moving into Sender’s bedtime. Nathan and I took a few last swigs of our fresh-squeezed lemonade, pet sweet pea Shelby dog one last time, and moseyed on home. It was a pleasant and easy-paced Tunes on Tuesday affair in beautiful Downtown Newberg.

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