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First Friday Downtown Celebration!

Bring your friends and join us for a festive day of celebration! We’re excited to welcome back Sun City Players: the Laura Caldwell and Al Carness duo for live music tonight. Their sweet acoustic sound starts around 6! Our featured artist of the month is Chef Kim’s aunt, Jean Schwalbe. Jean is a local artist who has been painting for over 70 years. Her landscape paintings show off her talents with a palette knife. Jean’s art is open for viewing and on sale at the winery through the end of the month. For wine service today we’re offering glass pours, open bottle purchases, growler fills and half carafes. Tony G and Nate are back again to make us amazing Neapolitan style thin crust pizzas expertly prepared and cooked in Tony G’s backyard wood fired ovens!

Laura Caldwell has been singing all her life, to herself. It’s only been in the last few years that she’s allowed herself the chance to pursue singing for the sheer joy of it. In 2010 she and guitarist, Al Carness, started “working up a few songs.” Laura is drawn to songs that touch her heart, from Pop and Folk to Blues. She has a blast when she sees people in the audience singing along with her when she covers some of her familiar favorites.

Al Carness has had a long love affair with the guitar. At age 10, after listening to one of his sister’s Elvis 45s, Al took up the guitar and hasn’t put it down since. Playing in touring bands since the ripe age of 14, Al has played it all, starting out in the Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 50s, to Surf, Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, and now Country with Portland’s Concrete Cowboys. He will tell you how much he enjoys playing acoustic on his favorite ’54 Martin D-28. Al provides a blend of dynamic finger-picking styles and riffs that audiences and other musicians love.

Al and Laura play in venues from Portland, Oregon, to Port Townsend, Washington. Their audiences often tell Laura and Al how much they enjoy the chemistry when they perform together. To learn more visit their website:

Our featured local artist this month is Jean Schwalbe, landscape painter. Check out her art through the end of the month. All pieces are for sale. Read further to learn more about Jean:

“Jean Schwalbe, born in Portland, Oregon is a petite, quiet and soft spoken woman who paints large acrylic canvases using vibrant, bright purples, reds, yellows, oranges, and blues with strong and bold brush strokes. She now lives in the country on a creek in Hubbard, Oregon with her husband, Glen, who is also large, bold and colorful! Together, they share a passion for traveling and exploring the back roads and highways searching for unique views of Oregon’s many scenic wonders for Jean to paint.

Her impressionistic paintings become almost a surprise to the viewer as the colors are not what one would expect to find in a landscape. Jean captures energy by pushing the color palette to rich, warm and vivid hues. Originally a watercolorist who studied under George Hamilton, Jean has been painting acrylics for the past ten years. They give her more “freedom” and using “lots of paint is more fun”. And it is certainly more fun for the viewer! Whether painting rushing streams and rivers, familiar Oregon mountains, meadows, clouds or all of the above together, she captures a special intensity and vitality found in nature.

Besides exhibiting her work in galleries since 1978, Jean has taught art at the University of Oregon, Clackamas Community College, and given many private lessons throughout the years.”

Food by Tony G’s Pizza:

Tony G and Nate are cooking up some amazing Neapolitan style thin crust pizzas expertly prepared and cooked in Tony G’s backyard wood fired ovens! Tony’s pizza ovens are portable and a great size for your backyard and you’ll see first-hand how nicely they fit on our patio. Ask Chef Nate for a recipe, and ask Tony G about how easy it is to buy and use his patented Portable Backyard Wood Fired Pizza Ovens!

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Earlier Event: August 1
Thursday Happy Hour!
Later Event: August 8
Thursday Happy Hour!