Oregon Coast Winery Celebrates Its History with Festivals
(Nehalem, Oregon) – Nehalem Bay Winery celebrates its history this spring with a host of events, including its anniversary party in early April, a blues festival in May and a reggae show in June.
Nehalem Bay Winery on Highway 53, just outside of Wheeler, on the north coast (one mile from the Highway 101 junction). 503-368-9463. www.nehalembaywinery.com
Saturday, April 3 is the winery’s 36th anniversary party. There will be live music, wine specials, snacks and the quirky fun that the winery is known for at this family event.
Music will begin at 1 p.m. The band is Kingnik – a quartet with ukeleles and kazoos performs a colorful mix bluegrass of early 20th century Vaudeville-type music. It features Curtis Chamberlain, who also plays with northwest blues artist Baby Gramps.
Admission is free.
Nehalem Bay Winery began on April 1, 1974 with a bottle of blackberry wine, produced by founder Patrick McCoy. It was a time when Oregon’s wine industry was still in its early stages. He created it at an old, abandoned creamery called the Mohler Creamery, which had produced milk, cheese and butter in Tillamook County from 1909 to 1959. McCoy found this dilapidated building and saw the potential charm, which was realized when he renovated it.
In 1991, McCoy joined forces with Ray Shackelford as they became business partners. His experience in real estate and world travel brought a new energy to the winery. In ’93, McCoy passed away, and Shackelford bought the entire business, which has since expanded to feature many music festivals throughout the year and a sister winery in Depoe Bay, the Depoe Bay Winery.
Upcoming Winery Events
May 29 is the 29th Annual Memorial Weekend Blues Festival at the winery, featuring Bond Street Blues Band and Norman Sylvester Band.
The festival again features their famous barbecue, which features chicken, pulled pork, red beans and rice, and salads. The music begins at 5 p.m. and cover is $5. Beer, wine and dinner are available for purchase.
On Saturday, June 19, it’s the winery’s famed Juneteenth Reggae Festival, celebrating the day slaves were finally freed in Texas.This year’s artist is Earl and the Reggae All Stars. Food is at 5 p.m. and features their famed barbecue dinners. Music begins at 6 p.m. Cover is $5.
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