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Quirky Winery Event Livens Up North Oregon
Coast With Kesey Legacy
Oregon) – It all began sometime in the early 90’s, with famed
Oregon author Ken Kesey and the Further bus showing up at the always-quirky
Nehalem Bay Winery, spreading a bit of wacky cheer and kickstarting a
small annual festival of oddball fun that is so laidback and informal
it may or may not happen each year.
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Day of the Muse happens Saturday, July 21, from 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of mediums and forms of entertainment:
a mishmash of art installations and performance, with poetry and prose
readings, music, theater and artforms that simply defy category. There
will also be the Nehalem Bay Winery’s legendary pig roast meal on
hand, where the pig is cooked on a spit, outdoors, in the winery’s
usual inimitable style.
Admission is free – and so is the food.
|One of the winery's famed forward-thinking events
It is a day dedicated to the muse: whatever form that inspiration
takes in this legendary, off-kilter attraction on the north Oregon coast.
The performers and participants are always a surprise,
but this year some have already been booked ahead of time. This performance
will include a series of dramatic readings by a Portland actor, as well
as a set by Portland roots singer Pilar French. There will be an art installation
in the theatre de vin – the large room that normally hosts the stage
for the Nehalem Bay Winery’s larger festivals and shows. Most performances
will happen outdoors, as they have in the past.
|Wine, of course, will be one of the big focuses at Day of the Muse
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Previous Day of the Muse festivals often erupt into impromptu
jams between the performing musicians, after their initial sets, with
a freeform sense about the day that is always conducive to some interesting
creativity and collaboration. Sometimes readings are accompanied by musicians.
Drum circles may break out.
The point is you never know what’s going to happen.
Past performers have included regular appearances by Kesey,
who showed up to read some of his own works. He was a fixture at the festival
for a few years, appearing at many of them in the late 90’s until
his death in the early 2000’s. The 2002 Day of the Muse was a tribute
to Kesey, and then the festival was retired for a few years until this
It began in the early 90’s with Kesey showing up
– and in the usual winery way and spirit of the event, employees
aren’t even sure what year that was. A Nehelam-area woman called
Frivol was part of the original Merry Pranksters, and took Nehalem Bay
Winery owner Ray Shackelford down to Eugene to meet Kesey. The author
eventually brought the Further bus up to the winery, which created a major
stir in the area. Portland- and Manzanita-based band The Crackpots performed,
a large helping of Kesey’s entourage showed up and held a series
of jams – and Day of the Muse was born.
|Fun-loving crowds at a Nehalem Bay Winery event
Melissa Stetzel said the event was always intended to be an extremely
laidback, even quirky event, like the Nehalem Bay Winery itself, which
shrugs all convention of the usual snobbery associated with wine tasting.
The event has happened on and off over the years. “It’s one
of those things: it may or may not happen,” she said.
regulars at the festival have included coastal singer Denise Drake, OPB’s
Tom D’Antoni, author Ed McClanahan, esoteric singer Baby Gramps,
a belly dancing troupe, and various other local and regional musicians,
writers and artists.
lineup is as impromptu as the festival itself. “A lot of people
come in from out of the blue just to play, read or perform,” Stetzel
said. “You just don’t know.” Call 888-368-9463
for more information.
Day of the Muse
July 21, 1 – 5 p.m. Free
Art, Music, Readings
Featuring singer Pilar French
Nehalem Bay Winery
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