16 Valentine's Day Events in Newberg Dundee and McMinnville

Fall in Love Again with Dobbes Family Estate and Wine By Joe

Saturday February 12 and Sunday February 13 you will experience 5 wines paired with Gourmet Selections prepared by Chef Jody Kropf of the New Red Hills Market, Dundee. New Syrah Release, Joe’s Sweethearts Wine, Patricia’s Cuvee Pinot Noir and Dessert Wines. For more details call (503) 538-1141 or visit www.DobbesFamilyEstate.com.

Valentine’s Day at The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady will be offering a special 5 course Valentine’s menu on February 12th, 13th, and 14th. for more details and the menu visit their website at www.thepaintedladyrestaurant.com.

Valentine’s Weekend at Hotel Oregon “Be Mine” Sweethearts Dinner

Sat. Feb. 12  -Valentine’s Sweethearts Package available. For info or reservations 503/472-8427 or visit mcmenamins.com

Murder Mystery Theater “Mobbed up for Murder”

Hope on the Hill, a local non-profit, in association with the Church on the Hill, is presenting a murder mystery dinner
theatre, February 11th and 12th. This community fundraiser will begin at 6 PM on Friday and 5 PM on Saturday. Feel free
to come in costume and join the madness for a fun evening of 1920’s mobsters, murder and mayhem. A catered dinner is
included. Tickets are $25/person or $20/seniors (65+). Call 503.472.8476 to reserve your spot today!

Romance at Kramers Wine

On Sunday February 13th bring your sweetheart to Kramers for a rose tasting. In addition to their regular flight, they will be pouring 3 rose’s. For more information visit www.kramerwine.com.

Sweethearts Dance for Parkland Senior Community

February 12th from 2-5pm. Music, Food, Prizes, & Fun. RSVP at 503-435-1499.

Romance at Tina’s

Tina’s will be celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend Friday the 11th through Monday the 14th with “Wonderful Sparkling Wines and Sweet Desserts.” Make your reservations at 503-538-8880.

Dine with your Valentine at Subterra

Love is the greatest refreshment in life and you can celebrate in style at Subterra Friday February 11th, Saturday the 12th, Sunday the 13th, or Monday the 14th. Starting at 5pm, along with their regular dinner menu, Subterra is offering a Speical Sharing Menu for $69/couple. Reservations Recommended! Call 503-538-6060 or email subterrarestaurant@comcast.net.

Coelho Winery Amoroso ‘The Perfect Aphrodisiac”

Sat/Sun, Feb 12/13, 11am to 5pm—celebrate Saint Valentine’s Weekend with a selection of Coelho Wines paired perfectly with sweet and savory aphrodisiacs. Vintage Voices “Love Songs” Jazz Concert, Sun. Feb 13 at 3pm – the talented Jazz Ensemble will perform classic love songs in Coelho’s picturesque Tasting Room. Reservations appreciated, charity donation to YCAP. Coelho Winery—located at 111 5th St, Amity, open daily 11am to 5pm. For info call 503/835-9305, coelhowinery.com

3rd Annual Not Your Mamma’s Chocolate

Saturday, February 12 — A classic pairing of chocolates and Youngberg Hill wines featuring a unique pairing of library wines with distinct and delicious chocolate creations. For info call 503/472-2727 or visit youngberghill.com

2nd Annual Guest Chef & Winemaker Dinner Series – Feb 13

After an amazing response to last year’s series, they’ve decided to make this an annual event. One Sunday each month Thistle will present an exclusive 25 person, 5 course dinner with ALL proceeds going to benefit YCAP. (Last year’s event raised $5,000!) On Feb. 13—Ned Ludd with Cristom Vineyards will be featured. Call 503/472-9623 for info and reservations.

Wine and Chocolate Pairing at The Four Graces

Exquisite hand made chocolates created to pair with The Four Graces divine white and red wines.  On Saturday February 12, noon-4:00 pm, chocolate entrepreneur Chef Carrie Wong of Extreme Chocolates will personally introduce her newest creations at The Four Graces tasting room in Dundee.  The special chocolates, each designed to pair sublimely with a particular Four Graces wine, shows Chef Wong’s spectacular talent for identifying characteristics in the wines and highlighting them with a unique ingredient in her hand made chocolates.  Meet Chef Wong in person and enjoy this unique pairing at The Four Graces tasting room located at 9605 NE Fox Farm Road in Dundee.  Cost for all wines and a chocolate sample is $15, waived for The Four Graces wine club members.  For further information call The Four Graces at (503) 554-8000 or email info@thefourgraces.com.

Cheese & Chocolate at Argyle Winery

Wine paired with cheese and chocolate will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12 and 13, at Argyle Winery, 691 Highway 99W, Dundee. Enjoy a complimentary chocolate tasting and artisan cheese pairing with our 2007 Argyle Brut. A local Jewelry Artist will be there as well. $10 per flight. For more details, call 503-538-8520 or visit www.argylewinery.com.

Hearts on the vine at ArborBrook Vineyards

“Hearts on the Vine,” a pinot noir and chocolate celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at ArborBrook Vineyards, 17770 Calkins Lane, Newberg. $10 tasting fee. For more information, call 503-538-0959.

Wine & Mushrooms with Eyrie Vineyards and the Joel Palmer House

The “Truffle Shuffle,” a combined event of two wineries, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Chris and Jack Czarneck of Joel Palmer House will be at the Eyrie Vineyards, 935 N.E. 10th Ave., McMinnville, with signature truffles and mushroom creations. Mathew Mennela of Urbani Truffles will showcase their products at WineWorks Oregon, 475 N.E. 17th St., McMinnville. Cost is $15 per person for both wineries. For more information, visit www.eyrievineyards.com or www.wineworksoregon.com.

Rubies and Roses Ball

Chehalem Youth and Family Services announce their 2nd annual Rubies and Roses Ball to be held on February 26, 2011.  Rubies and Roses is an annual benefit ball for Chehalem Youth and Family Services.  There are many fun activities including a silent auction and reception which begins at 6 pm followed by dinner and dancing.  Dress is semi-formal. Tickets are only $40 and are available at the Chamber Office.  For more details call (503) 538-4874.

Newberg Art Walk Featured Artist: Susan Day

This Friday

First Friday Newberg Art Walk at Bella Casa’s Newberg Office
Friday, February 4th from 5:00 – 8:00pm
700 E. 1st Street, Suite 100 Newberg, OR 97132

Bella Casa is proud and excited to feature the artwork of Susan Day, local Yamhill County pastel artist. Her work hangs at our McMinnville office and Bella Casa owners Randy & Joni McCreith personally own several treasured pieces.

Susan’s pastels of the beautiful Yamhill Valley are breathtaking and we hope you stop by this Friday evening to enjoy them, wine from Folin Cellars, and have the opportunity to meet Susan.

Susan Day Paints with Passion and Pastels

Susan Day is one of the lucky ones. Whereas many of us struggle with “What do I want to be when I grow up?” for Susan there was never a doubt. Painting was everything, period.

Private lessons began in eighth grade in Westboro, Mass.  After high school Susan attended Vesper George School of Art for three years, but spent summers in Provincetown, Mass, with perhaps her greatest influence, Henry Hensche. Susan’s love of painting began with Monet, and Hensche could trace a direct lineage to the master.

Hensche came to Provincetown for the light, and light, as Susan learned, is what painting is all about.  Under Hensche’s tutelage she worked outdoors. She would stack a few wooden blocks, then watch how the light played across them and how the shadows had different qualities: “cast shadows” versus the subtler “form shadows”.

Those were summers of intense enjoyment and learning, but an artist has to eat, too.  For a time she worked at UPS, later traveling south to New Orleans, where she made her living doing portraits in pastels at Jackson Square.

When a friend told her about the craft market in Portland, Susan came west, quickly establishing herself as a market fixture. She became known as the “slate lady,” painting house numbers, names, even portraits on the chunks of stone. It was a lucrative endeavor, but “I was dying creatively,” Susan said.

To challenge herself, she switched to painting furniture ~ for example, painting a family’s history in a ladder-back chair. It was fold or peasant art, whimsical. Problem was, people too often would admire the work and then ask her to return to slate painting.

Relief came when she saw an exhibit of pastel artist Judith Cunningham and believed it was “fearless” but that she could do it as well. A dozen years later, Susan is a well-known and respected pastel artist in her own right.

(The above borrowed from Arts Alliance of Yamhill County’s Summer 2010 Newsletter, written by Steve Long).