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Red, Wine, Blues Part O Interpretive Center Festival

Event part of July 4th celebration

Crank up your celebration on Friday, July 4, a few notches! "Red, Wine & Blues...And Art, Too!" is a fun filled family event at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson on July 4 from 5-9 p.m.

Sample wine provided by the wineries of the Klickitat Wine Alliance; listen to vintage blues and enjoy a few tasty bites while the kids participate in supervised activities; admire and buy a work of art.

Families are invited to bring a blanket, sit on the lawn and absorb the pristine view.

Attendees can be assured of hearing some great blues from the Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band. They understand the art of performance in a way few of today's artists do. It truly is pure lively entertainment. This incredible band includes drummer Robbie Bean, bassist Tim Wagar, trumpet player John Middleton and tenor saxophonist Carl Green.

Kids may want to make a rubbing of a replicated petroglyph, a leather stamped bracelet, go on a treasure hunt or compete in a watermelon seed spitting contest.

An invitational art exhibit and sale will enhance the festivities. Pacific Northwest and Gorge artists have been invited to display and sell their work. All galleries in the museum will have specific areas for the artists to use and for easy viewing.

Stay to watch the fireworks over the Columbia River. It is a symphony of sound and lights as the noise reverberates off the Gorge walls and lights reflect off the water. What a spectacular ending to a wonderful Fourth.

Admission is $15 per adult; children $3. There will be tickets for food, wine tasting, brews and other beverages.

Proceeds benefit the changing short-term gallery in the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum.

For tickets and information call (800) 991-2338 or 427-8211.

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