*** *** Primrose & Tumbleweeds: February 2012

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival celebrated their 35th year of bringing great Oregon Wines together in one beautiful place. We enjoyed a great day yesterday of visiting with winemakers and tasting some amazing Oregon Wines. Note to myself for next year - dress warmly! It was freezing in those tents.

We were able to meet and chat with several of the wineries that we have not yet been able to connect with. We look forward to adding these wines to the store and restaurant very soon and sharing what we have learned about them with you. I was glad to see that several of the wineries are starting to see the increased desire for wines such as Tempranillo. There was more Oregon Pinot Noir than you could possibly taste in one day and so it was refreshing to see some other varieties offered. I tasted some really nice Oregon Pinot Gris and Oregon Port too.

If you follow us on Facebook you will be the first to hear when we add these new wines.

Great Music Line-Up This Weekend

Tonight we have Wade Kirtley and Bossa B-3 with some Bossanova Jazz sound for your enjoyment. Music starts at 6:30 pm.

Tomorrow night, starting at 8:00 pm, join us in welcoming Jon Koonce for his first performance at Primrose & Tumbleweeds. Some of you may remember Jon from the 80's Johnny and The Distractions or from Jon Koonce and The Gas Hogs. Jon has released 3 solo acoustic CDs in the last 4 years. His most recent is "It Can Never Happen Here". In the last year Jon has played live shows in Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and Texas. Check out his website JonKoonce.com for more info. We hope you can join us Friday, February 24th!

Saturday, February 25th at 8:30 pm we welcome back Ron Hughes on guitar. Ron is wonderfully talented and we know you will enjoy relaxing to some fantastic music.

New Art On Our Walls

Stop by and check out the new digital art photography of Hillsboro Photographer, Chuck Riley.

Chuck Riley
Born in 1939 in Southern Illinois and raised on a small farm, he now lives and works in the town of Hillsboro near Portland, Oregon.

Chuck Riley works with his photographic images to express the emotions one feels when observing the subject in life. As an example, his "Electric Musician" series gives one the feeling that music is radiating from the very being of the musicians, while his "Paris Nightlife" series sometimes evokes feelings of loneliness or even of sadness.

"I want my photographs to be something you can live with and see something new every time you pass by one"

Chuck is a self taught photographer who gravitated to photography after studying painting under internationally known painters Larry Bernstein at Southern Illinois University, and Mel Katz at Portland State University. He still paints in various mediums, but his concentration is on the art of photographic imagery.