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Wine, Art and Jazz Returns to Florence

Published: April 20, 2018

FlorenceFest '18 Promises to be Better than Ever

Florence, Ore - Enjoy the 2nd annual FlorenceFest by taking advantage of the River House Inn's stay and play package! 

Seven national-caliber jazz acts will complement 12 Oregon wineries and an invitational juried art show and sale, to lure aficionados of discerning tastes to Florence, Oregon, for FlorenceFest ’18. Tickets are going fast, so get yours today by visiting the Florence Chamber of Commerce Website

The two-day event takes place at the Florence Events Center from 2 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, and noon - 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Pre-event tickets are $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and a two-day pass is $40. Tickets are limited and, if available at the door, will be an additional $5 each. Admission is restricted to adults 21 and over.  

The stellar music line-up includes headliners the Tony Glausi Quartet on Friday and the George Colligan Quartet on Saturday. Both performers are highly-respected composer/arranger/collaborators on the national scene. Friday’s line-up begins at 2 p.m. and includes Bossa PDX and the Paula Byrne Quartet. Saturday’s shows start at noon and feature the Michael Anderson Trio, Bossanaire, and the Gerry Rempel Jazz Syndicate.

Wineries from throughout Oregon include Hanson Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, J Scott Cellars, Sineann, Campbell Lane Winery, Lady Hill Winery, Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery, HV Cellars, Abbey Creek, Emerson Winery, Cardwell Hill Cellars, and Troon Vineyard. Ticket holders receive eight tastings and a commemorative wine glass daily.

“If you appreciate wine, art, or jazz, you’re invited. Come enjoy,” says event producer Jon Thompson. “Last year’s inaugural FlorenceFest was a great success. We hosted several hundred wine, art, and jazz aficionados from throughout Oregon and the West Coast. The quality of the wine, art, food, and music was critical to last year’s big success, and this year’s event is shaping up to be even better.”

The juried art show and sale will be conducted by Margaret Prentice who has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the Northwest. She is currently a Professor Emeritus in the University of Oregon’s Art Department. Her work is featured in more than 55 public collections, the Getty Museum, and leading university galleries.

The show and sale will include 50-plus finalists out of more than 100 entries from Florence, Eugene, Portland, Ashland, and nine other states as far away as the East Coast. The top-three best-in-show prizes range from $250 to $1000 with additional cash awards of $250 for best in 2-D, 3-D, photography and a People’s Choice award. The art portion of the two-day event is coordinated by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance.

Thompson says that throughout the two days, a tapas-style menu will be available from a variety of providers.

Contact: Jon Thompson: 541-997-9136

Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
541.501.9398 | 541.743.8770

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $783 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2019.