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Celebrate Red Wine, Blues, Art Too

Stevenson museum offers Fourth of July event

Taste wine from Gorge wineries, listen to vintage blues, savor plank roasted salmon, and appreciate the art work of Gorge artists for a most festive Fourth of July celebration.

"Red Wine, Blues & Art, Too" brings all of this together on July 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson.

Sit on the lawn, enjoy the gorgeous view, and tap your toes to the high energy "jump" blues provided by Jim Wallace, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes.

Wallace grew up in Eugene, Ore., listening to the 60s and 70s pop music of the times and was drawn to the sounds of bands such as Canned Heat, Cream, Janis Joplin and The Doors. He is known for his blues harmonica and his mastery of the humble instrument has been a feature at many blues festivals.

Selfe was nominated for two 2007 Muddy Awards by the Cascade Blues Association. Selfe is a man who has dedicated his life to the blues and his diverse style can be best described as a range of traditional Chicago blues to powerful Texas Swing.

"The music alone is worth the gate fee," said Executive Director Sharon Tiffany.

Several Gorge artists will display their work inside and outside the museum for your enjoyment and consideration for purchase. A variety of mediums will be offered.

Wines are being provided by such wineries as Marshal's, Maryhill, Domaine Pierre Noir and Waving Tree. A selection of micro-brews will be on tap from the award winning Walking Man Brewing of Stevenson.

The wine tasting, art show, blues continues until 9:30 p.m. Wrap up in a blanket or put up the lawn chair and settle in for a spectacular fireworks display provided by the Port of Cascade Locks.

For your safety, please no personal fireworks. For security and alcohol control, no coolers or large containers are allowed. Also, consuming wine purchased by the bottle is not allowed.

General admission (ages 21+) is $20. This includes a commemorative 10 oz. wine glass, one free taste and museum admission. For 6-20 year olds, it is $10 and includes museum admission with activities. Five and under are free.

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