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Nashville's loss is Lane County's gain

COTTAGE GROVE – There’s no denying that Brian James is one passionate dude. It’s etched across his face during every song he performs, and it shines through with his brand of music, which is mostly old-style blues and soul with a new twist....

 

Cullen Vance: A man of many art forms

Multitasking when it comes to art can be difficult, but to some, it seems to come with ease. Enter Cullen Vance, 28, a creative mastermind who's done just about any art form you can think of – from...

 

Nikki Manesco's got your back at BVB

CRESWELL - Nikki Manesco describes herself as an open book, and is willing to help anyone who comes to her with a question. Manesco, who has been working with Blue Valley Bistro for two years as a bar...

 

Shady Oaks unrolls orange carpet of fall fun

By ALIYA HALL The Chronicle COTTAGE GROVE - Although fall symbolizes the end of Shady Oaks' season, the farm goes out with a bang, providing a wide variety of fall activities before it closes its...

 

Swallowtail Spirits grand opening

SPRINGFIELD – Last weekend, Springfield distillery Swallowtail Spirits held their grand opening to a packed house. Though the tasting room had a soft opening last month, patrons braved heavy rains...

 

Brian Peterson: cafe's 'rockstar' bartender

SPRINGFIELD – With Cornbread Cafe's presence being relatively new in Springfield, manager Nick Keough said they needed top-notch service industry folks to get the vegan cafe ready to rock. That...

 

Jennifer Davis: Cottage Grove's hometown-driven bartender

COTTAGE GROVE - When it comes to cultivating a warm and diverse atmosphere at restaurants, Axe & Fiddle owner Alyssa Gonzales says that bar manager Jennifer Davis does it best. "(She's) the...

 

String Cheese Weekend has a 'Ripple' effect

EUGENE - The music world had said goodbye to Robert Hunter less than a week earlier. So it wasn't a matter of if - but when - The String Cheese Incident would pay homage to the legendary Grateful...

 

Pizza & brunch at Bartolotti's

SPRINGFIELD – Let's talk brunch. This fall, Bartolotti's Pizza Bistro, located at 330 Main St., Suite B, is cooking up unique brunch items at their Springfield location. For something sweet,...

 

'Prost!'

COTTAGE GROVE - Oktoberfest for the Brewstation is the equivalent of Christmas. Owner Dale Smith said the venue transforms with blue and white flags and fall-adjacent products like squash and pumpkin...

 

McQuaid's music has 'shades of multiple meanings'

It was quite the happy accident that internationally acclaimed musician Sarah McQuaid chose Sept. 20 – the worldwide day of protest against climate change – to make her first appearance in Cottage...

 

'in a landscape'

DORENA - There's no shortage of gold in Oregon's lush rolling hills, its vibrant, cascading waterways and breathtaking rock formations. Gold, as in, golden tales about the state's rich history, its...

 

UNPLUGGED

COTTAGE GROVE – An intimate crowd at the Cottage Events Venue was treated to an evening anything but ordinary last Thursday. Looking like they just walked out of a Dorothea Lange photograph, a...

 

Thoughts from the desk at Kalapuya Books…

Toni Morrison, in her Nobel acceptance speech said, “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Language is what inhabits Kalapuya – words to inspire change in the world, bound in books....

 

Peaches & Burrata

2 peaches, sliced 8 oz burrata cheese Fresh basil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Chili powder (optional) Arrange peaches and burrata on a plate. Drizzle with balsamic and oil. Season with...

 

Lemon Basil Oil

This recipe is delicious, and so good for you! Lemon basil oil is the French version of pesto. It's also less expensive to make versus the Italian version of pesto because you leave out the parmesan...

 

Brooks Robertson: finger-pickin' 'like the house is on fire'

By Ron Hartman Entertainment Editor rooks Robertson has a name that would be easy to confuse with Brooks Robinson, the legendary third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles a half-century ago. There's no...

 

What a long strange trip it's been...

The slumbering city of Veneta sprouted to life last week as thousands invaded the forest grounds with body paint, sparkles, and a child-like enthusiasm that spread like pollen through the winding...

 

Summer sips, treats

Warm days, cool evenings and clear blue skies: Summer in Oregon is a magical time. With a break in the “classic” rainy Oregon wet weather, many are getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine....

 

Local Eats and Events: Lane County offers diverse, good times

I hope you're enjoying the wonderful Fourth of July celebrations taking place in many Lane County towns and neighboring communities. As residents of Junction City for a quarter century, we often...

 

Fresh food, friendly faces and farmers' markets

Between the numerous farmers' markets available and the Double Up Food Bucks program, residents of Lane County have ample opportunities to eat healthy and locally sourced food. This summer, visit all...

 

Dining Guide: Wine Month in the Valley

KING ESTATE WINERY Spring and summer in the Willamette Valley are truly special seasons. Warm days are perfect for hikes and country drives, and cool evenings make ideal times to watch sunsets while...

 

Wine Month in the Valley: Sweet Cheeks Winery

SWEET CHEEKS WINERY Located on Briggs Hill Road, Sweet Cheeks offers numerous wines, varying from semi-sweet rosé to full-bodied reds. Known for their pinot noir, pinot gris and rieslings, Sweet Chee...

 

Wine Month in the Valley: Silvan Ridge Winery

SILVAN RIDGE WINERY The winery hosts its 2nd annual Mother's Day Picnic on May 11-12 from noon-5 p.m. Provisions Market Hall is offering picnic meals, and Latin guitarist Craig Einhorn will perform...

 

Wine Month in the Valley: Noble Estate Vineyard and Winery

NOBLE ESTATE VINEYARD AND WINERY The winery has new releases that are attracting attention. Made-from-scratch and 100 percent Noble Estate-grown grapes, the 2018 pinot noir rosé features fresh...

 

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