Mt. Hood Railroad helps make
Harvest Fest bigger, better this year
PARKDALE, ORE. - Mt. Hood Railroad will celebrate Hood Rid
(786-2163).ival Weekend by holding an outdoor fine arts and musical festival in
The Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, event will be free to
the public, and will feature more than 25 local and regional artists, as well
as live music throughout both days.
Harvest Festival Weekend celebrates the bounty of the
The event in Parkdale offers a variety of activities, as
well as an opportunity to purchase fresh produce with majestic Mt. Hood as the
backdrop. Parkdale is located 16 miles from Hood River, Ore., on Cooper Spur
Road, approximately three miles off of Hwy. 35. The event will be held in the
For visitors wishing to view the fall colors throughout the
Hood River Valley by rail, the Mt. Hood Railroad excursion train will depart
Hood River at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days.
on tap July 31
The Kittitas County Historical Museum will host its second annual “Who Wants to
be a Pioneer?
event on July 31 and
again on August 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Cadwell Building in
“Who Wants to be a Pioneer?” offers families numerous
opportunities to relax together in a fun and educational environment. Adults
and children alike can learn about the rich history of the Kittitas Valley
through fun, hands-on activities.
Activities at the event will include, but are not limited
to: candle making, flower pressing, butter churning, ice cream making and
various live demonstrations and other historically valuable trades used by the
For more information contact Erin Black, museum curator, at
(509) 925 3778 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiwanis pioneer picnic Aug. 18
UNION GAP - This year's Kiwanis pioneer picnic, expected to
draw about 700 senior citizens, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 18, at noon at
Union Gap's Ahtanum Park.
There is no cost to those over the age of 60. Guests under
60 years old will be assessed a $4.50 fee to attend the picnic.
This year's menu includes BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked
beans, fresh tomatoes, rolls, watermelon, milk and soft drinks.
Organizers say those who attend will not only enjoy a fine
feast, but will be treated to live entertainment and have the opportunity to
visit friends they haven't seen for years, as well.
The Kiwanis pioneer picnic is being sponsored by several
Upper Yakima Valley Kiwanis clubs, as well as by the Yakima County Parks
Department, the Yakima City Parks Department and the Yakima County Department
of Food Services.
Attendance is limited, so reservations are required and will
be accepted beginning Aug. 1 (1-800-572-7354, ext. 2200).
‘Rose' Renaissance’ wine
tasting, dinner set for this Saturday
PROSSER - Prosser's Vintner's Inn Restaurant will be the
site of the "Yakima Valley Rose' Renaissance" this Saturday, July 24,
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event will start off with a 'meet the makers' tasting,
where guests will sample Roses' made by five of the Valley's premier Rose'
producers, along with matching hors d'oeuvres.
"When I started in the wine business in the early 70's,
Roses' were very popular wines, accounting for 25 to 30 percent of all wines
sold," said Mike Wallace, Hinzerling's winemaker and proprietor.
"Most of the ones being made those days were from
Europe and were fruity, sweet and on the light side," he explained.
Wallace said Mateus and Lancers were probably the most well
known. But after a decade or so, said Wallace, the Roses' began losing ground
to light red and white wines, "...like those we produced here in the 80's
and to some extent were replaced by blush wines.
"In recent years, a number of winemakers here in the
Valley have been making some really fine drier style Roses' from all kinds of
grape varieties," he continued. "With lots of the fruity and spicy
wine flavors our area is so well known for, these wines are well suited to
summer foods, especially barbecue and grilled items."
Wallace said after tasting a number of them over the last
few years, he and others thought it would be fun to get some of these
winemakers and wines together. Hence, tomorrow's "Yakima Valley Rose'
Following the 6:30 p.m. social hour tasting, attendees will
dine on a barbecue of spice-rubbed grilled pork chops and an assortment of
salads and sauteed vegetables. Roses' will be available by the glass to
accompany the meal.
The participating wineries will include Two Mountain, Tucker
Cellars, Vineheart, Hinzerling and Paradisos del Sol.
Reservations for tomorrow evening's event can be made by
‘Dance in the Streets’ event
Saturday, July 31
YAKIMA - Planned Parenthood of Central Washington will hold
its first ever "Dance in the Streets" event Saturday, July 31. It
will be held on North Front Street in Yakima from 6 to 11 p.m., and will
include live music, food and drinks.
The music will start at 6 p.m. with Wayman Chapman, a local
favorite, to be followed by the X-Band—a local classic rock cover band.
Providing special menus for the evening will be The Barrel
House, Bob's Keg and Cork, Cafe Melange, Carousel, The Depot, Grant's,
Greystone, BBQ Works and Santiago's Restaurant.
Organizers will be serving Grant's beer and local wines from
Wineglass Cellars, Hogue Cellars, Desert Hills, Thurston Wolfe and Bonair
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the night of the event.
Those who attend must be at least 21 years of age. VIP tables are available.
Tickets or tables can be reserved by calling (509) 225-3400.
Proceeds generated that evening will benefit the Planned