Jun 30, 2009

This weekend at the Riverfront Park!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 


The 2009 EOFF Electrifireworks3c Supply July 4th Celebration

Has Expanded To Three Days!


Salem, OR – June 25, 2009 – The 2009 EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration, held annually at Riverfront Park in downtown Salem, has expanded to a three-day event, Friday through Sunday, July 3-5.  Family-friendly entertainment, live music, food and beverage booths, a huge classic and antique car show, and the Funtastic Shows Carnival are spread over the three-day EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration.


Also new for 2009, fireworks spread over two nights, Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.  The EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration will produce the largest ever fireworks display at Riverfront Park!


Friday night’s headline entertainment includes Vancouver, WA, recording artist Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters.  Branching out as a solo performer and Nashville Songwriters Association Member, Carrie has opened for numerous national acts such as Sugarland, Mark Wills, Keith Anderson, and Heidi Newfield.   Carrie Cunningham and the Six Shooters are scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Park Amphitheater Stage.


Friday night entertainment continues with Salem’s own “High Point.”  High Point is made up of Salem natives Mark Melnichuk, Shane Hall, and John Baldwin.  Enjoy rocking music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and today!


Earl Wear & Haywire(Coeur d lane, Idaho) performs Saturday night, July 4, on the Amphitheater Stage.  Earl and his band, Haywire, have been playing together for over 12 years and have performed with over 50 national country recording artists such as Blake Shelton, Mark Chesnutt, Tracey Lawrence, Phil Vassar, and Keith Anderson.  Re-released in 2008, “Walking to Wyoming” spent 35 weeks in the top 5 on the Independent Music Network’s Country Charts including 19 weeks at #1!  Their most recent hit, “She Calls Everybody Honey” is climbing the independent country charts.  This popular full-time touring band “knows how to keep their crowd entertained and the dance floor full!”  


Opening for Earl Wear & Haywire is Coyote Creek.  Coyote Creek (Salem, Oregon), regularly tours the Northwest and has performed at the Pendleton Round-Up, Spokane Interstate Fair, Sisters Rodeo, and has opened for national acts such as Kellie Pickler, Hal Ketchum, and Bucky Covington.  Coyote Creek is how the Northwest does Country!


Also performing on Saturday, July 4, is Brady Goss(Wallowa, Oregon).  Brady Goss, a 19-year old piano phenom, won the 2008 Oregon State Fair Talent Show.  Brady will awe the crowd with his formidable keyboards and soulful vocals.  Brady plays, Blues, Classic Rock, 50’s and 60’s Hits, and Country.  “His unique and improvisational style makes him a truly one-of-a-kind performer!”


The EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration has added two acts to complete the most family-friendly, three-day, Independence Day celebration in the Willamette Valley.  Beginning at 2:30 p.m. local favorite Virtual Ground will perform on the Riverfront Park Amphitheater Stage.  Their mix of classic rock and roll hits will energize the Sunday crowds.


At 4:30 p.m., Portland’s “hottest salsa band”, Afincando, will have event participants dancing, grooving, and smiling through the end of the event!


In addition, the Funtastic Shows Carnival will offer a wristband special, Sunday only, July 5.  The purchase of a Funtastic Shows Carnival wristband includes:


-          Unlimited carnival rides from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

-          $3 in game tickets

-          $1 food ticket


Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets, and join us for the greatest and most family-friendly Independence Day celebration in the mid-Willamette Valley.  A suggested donation of $3 per adult will be accepted at entry gates with the proceeds going to sustaining the EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration for years to come.




·         Patriotic fireworks displays Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, at dusk.

·         Funtastic Shows Carnival, Friday through Sunday.

·         Non-stop live regional and local music for all generations.

·         Huge Classic and Antique Car Show, Saturday, July 4

·         Various choices for food and beverages.


·         Event Hours:  Friday, July 3                    4:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 4               12:00 Noon to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 5                   2:00 to 7:00 p.m.


The 2009 EOFF Electric Supply July 4th Celebration and the City of Salem prohibits pets, cans, glass bottles, personal fireworks, or coolers.




Marketing, Ed Dougherty, EJD Promotions, LLC, 503-510-8989

Corporate Sponsors, Les Williamson, 503-932-3633                                                    

Operations, Bruce Bolton, Entertainment Consultants, LLC, 503-910-4487


Jun 30, 2009

Places to Visit- Willamette Valley Vineyards


Need another reason to visit us in Salem Oregon?  In this series of posts, we will talk about some of our very favorite places to see and do in and around Salem.

Recently, Yahoo Travel included Willamette Valley in it’s list of top places to see in 2009.  Summer is the best time to drive through our amazing wine country and visit the many local vineyards.  It is a delightful experience you will not forget.  One of our favorite wineries is Willamatte Valley Vineyards.  This local treasure is of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers,” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

“Our mission in growing cool-climate varietals is to create elegant, classic Oregon wines from the Willamette Valley Appellation. As native Oregonians, we treasure our environment and use sustainable practices in growing and vinifying our winegrapes” says Jim Bernau, Founder/President of Willamette Valley Vineyards. After years of training and seminars at home and abroad he fulfilled his dream of building a world class winery in Willamette Valley in 1989.   He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris.   The wines are truly a collaborative effort of the entire vineyard and winemaking staff.”

This beautiful vineyard is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, just south of Salem, Oregon.  The views are stunning and their fine selection of wine will delight all of the senses.  Guests are welcome anytime between 11am-6pm daily.    A visit will include a complementary tastings of their vintage selections  (a reserve tasting is just $6).

Call ahead to get information for private tours and tastings for your own unique experience.  Reservations are required.  Cost is $15 per person. Tour reservation can be made by emailing tourandtasting@wvv.com or by calling the winery at 503-588-9463.

If you plan on being the area during the week of July 29th- be sure to inquire about the WVV Winemaker Dinner at Bentley’s Grill to experience the very finest in Willamette Valley dining.  The event begins at 6:00pm and the cost is $75.00 per person.

WVV Winemaker Dinner Menu

2007 Pinot Gris

Smoked Columbia River Sturgeon with CV Growers organic greens and Oregon Truffle Vinaigrette
2006 Estate Chardonnay

Thai spiced Duck breast with Apple Tamarind Chutney, crispy duck cake and Mild Red Curry emulsion
2007 Elton Pinot Noir

Tasting of SuDan Farms Oregon Lamb: Roasted Rack Chop with Espelette Pepper, Braised Shank Stuffed Yukon Gold with dried olives & Grilled Lamb Sausage. Roasted baby carrots, lacinato Kale and Lamb Jus.
2007 Signature Cuvee Pinot Noir
2001 The Griffin

Willamette Valley Cheese Co. Perrydale with Cherry Compote and Hazelnuts
2000 WVV Pinot Noir

Walnut Gateau with Medjool Dates
2005 Pinot Noir Port

For Reservations and More Info; please call Bentley’s Grill at 503-779-1660

Jun 24, 2009


Hey everyone!  Don’t forget…. The World Beat Festival is this weekend! 

Saturday the 27th from 10am-11pm and Sunday the 28th from 10am-6pm at the Salem Riverfront Park.

This is one of Salem’s premier events- DON’T MISS IT!

Jun 10, 2009

Ready for Summer? Our Favorite Summertime Activities in Salem, Oregon

Photo from Travel Salem of Schreiners Garden

Photo from Travel Salem of Schreiners Garden

Anyone who has been to the Pacific Northwest knows that summer is the best time to visit.  Cites all over Oregon come alive with exciting festivals, games and daily outdoor activities. If your summer travel plans include Salem, Oregon, be sure to check out some of these special events:

Travel Salem is a wonderful resource for Salem visitors (and locals too!) to stay current on all special events happening in and around Salem, Oregon throughout the year.  Hope to see you this summer!

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