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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


Tunes On Tuesday in the Chehalem Cultural District

Tunes On Tuesday July 20, 2016



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.






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.















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.




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.





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.



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!


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.


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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