Wineries plan Thanksgiving weekend events


News-Register file photo ## Patrons enjoy wine by the fireside in the 2018 scene at Elizabeth Chambers Cellar in McMinnville.

Many wineries in the area will be hosting events over Thanksgiving weekend – and this weekend, November 19-21, too.

During “Oregon Wine Country Thanksgiving,” special holiday activities are scheduled at tasting rooms and, in some cases, at wineries that are generally not open to the public. For a list of participating locations, see the Treat Yourself section in today’s News-Register.

In conjunction with Thanksgiving and other holiday activities, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association sponsors “The Giving Season”.

Participating wineries will offer promotions to customers and give back to their communities through donations to the Oregon Food Bank Network and local organizations.

Thanksgiving sides

The We Be Cheesy food truck will offer its classic macaroni and cheese to serve at Thanksgiving. Each 9 by 13 foil pan of macaroni and cheese costs $ 30.

Customers can order until November 21 and pick up food between noon and 6 p.m. on November 24. Orders can be placed through the McMinnville Food Cart Facebook page, or by email or SMS.

To order and more information, send an SMS to 971-267-2261 or email to [email protected]

Sale of trees

The Yamhill County Search and Rescue Team plans to sell Christmas trees to raise money for their program. 6 to 7 foot Douglas firs cost $ 30 each.

The tree stand will be set up near Harbor Freight in downtown McMinnville. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends from November 27 to 28 and from December 4 to 5.

Market returns

The McMinnville Holiday Market, featuring a variety of local designers and artists, will be back this year for two holiday weekends.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday 26 November and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday 27-28 November, then again from Friday to Sunday 17 to 19 December.

Parade set

The McMinnville Santa Claus Parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 26. It will move west on Third Street.

The lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, near the library, will follow.

Artistic concentration

Several Yamhill County art galleries will be offering special Thanksgiving weekend activities in conjunction with “Artists Sunday,” a national celebration of the arts.

Locally, some galleries are planning their events on Saturday, November 27, while others will mark the same day, Sunday, November 28.

Events are scheduled at:

n The Erin Hanson Gallery, 1805 NE Colvin Ct., McMinnville, 2 to 6 p.m. November 27, open house with music, cheese and wine.

n The Gallery at Ten Oaks, 801 SW Baker St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 27, offering wine, appetizers and on-site artists.

n The home of McMinnville artist Candice Cameron at 2250 NW Nut Tree Lane, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 28, with a pop-up exhibition and sale.

n The Velvet Monkey at 406 NE Third St., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. November 28, featuring McMinnville artists Kerrie Savage and Andrea Brown.

Other galleries will open on November 27, including:

n Currents Gallery, 532 NE Third St., McMinnville.

n Art Elements, 604 E. First St., Newberg.

n Marilyn Affolter Fine Art, 325 NE Evans St., McMinnville.

Soup with associations

The last two charity soup evenings at Elena’s Wine Bar raised $ 450 each. Proceeds were donated to two non-profit organizations, Homeward Bound Pets Animal Shelter and Juliette’s House, the Yamhill County Child Abuse Response Center.

Elena’s Sponsored Soups on five Wednesdays in October and November. Each week, a guest chef would prepare a soup and choose a charity to benefit from it.

New offices

Gentle Dental, formerly Smile Keepers, was scheduled to reopen this week at its new location, 2275 NE 27th St. in McMinnville.

The full-service dental office, previously located downtown, is welcoming new patients. It accepts all types of insurance, including the Oregon Health Plan, according to office manager Lori Jackson.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 503-472-3147.

Home of the Chamber

The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will not have Greeters on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving. For more information, visit the Chamber’s website,

The Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce will also take a break from its weekly hospitality programs on November 26. For more information, visit

YES wine

The Yamhill Enrichment Society, a nonprofit organization that supports children’s literacy, offers two types of wine during the holidays.

Sales of 2020 YES Pinot Noir and 2020 YES Pinot Gris will benefit the Yamhill County Imagination Library. The program distributes books to children from birth to 5 years old.

YES wines are produced by the Sokol Blosser cellar. They run $ 25 a bottle.

For more information or to make a purchase, call Sarah Lessen at 503-883-9654 or email [email protected]

Extended scope

Alt Coworking has expanded its reach to include a second space with half a dozen additional private offices for remote workers and small businesses.

The original section of Alt Coworking opened on the ground floor at 609 NE Third St. in August. The new section is on the second floor of the KAOS building, one block east of Third and Galloway, with an elevator or staircase entrance from the Galloway side.

The second floor location gives the offices a view of Third Street. Each office can be closed with a door with a glass insert, leading to a common area which also includes four workspaces only.

The suite also includes bathrooms, a kitchen and a snack bar, as well as a large conference room that can be rented separately or used by office guests.

“This is good for people who have a lot of upcoming customers or sensitive topics that they need to discuss,” said Casey Hostetler, founder of Alt Coworking.

She plans to transform a seventh office in the KAOS building into a multimedia room that could be used for making videos, podcasts or other projects.

Rental space is still available at both Alt Coworking locations, she said.

For a visit or additional information, call Hostetler at 503-583-2605 or email [email protected]

Decline in unemployment

State officials said Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.4% in October, up from 4.7% in September. October’s rate is one of the lowest since the state began keeping records 45 years ago.

However, the rate was lower from November 2016 to March 2020 and even fell to 3.3% in November and December 2019, before skyrocketing when the coronavirus pandemic struck in March 2020.

The leisure and hospitality sector and the professional and business services sector each created nearly 3,000 jobs in October, increasing September’s gains. However, they have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Other sectors that created at least 1,000 jobs in October are construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade.

However, the government cut 5,600 jobs and government hires have fallen well below seasonal standards.

Send business news to Starla Pointer at [email protected]


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