A winery just south of Oregon City this month is hosting a benefit for the preservation of National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge.
Popular dinner series Field and Vine will partner with King's Raven Winery and Friends of Timberline to host a Summer Solstice Sock Burning Party on June 25.
The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a glass of wine and a private tour through the vineyards, 11603 S. New Era Road, in unincorporated Oregon City, led by winemaker Darin Ingram, and will continue with a multicourse dinner prepared by chefs Pascal Chureau and Ian Ragsdale. To end the evening, participants will be invited to participate in a traditional "sock burning," by tossing an old pair of ski socks into the fire.
The sock-burning tradition began in 1978 when Bob Turner, an Annapolis boat builder and sailor, lit his dirty socks on fire on the first day of spring and had a beer to celebrate. "I told them, 'I'm not putting them on again until next winter. Period,'" said Turner to Baltimore magazine.
There are now sock burnings in villages and towns across the country to celebrate the first day of spring and the first day of summer.
New ski socks will be available for purchase at the event as part of a special membership package to support the Friends of Timberline, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preserving and conserving the lodge.
Since the lodge is owned by the U.S. Forest Service and operated by a R.L.K. and Company, a private entity, the nonprofit works with the government and the operators to protect the lodge's historical integrity and communicate the spirit of its builders by raising funds and coordinating community efforts to accomplish these goals.
Some of the programs that Friends of Timberline has funded in the past include the Light Up the Art Project, textile renovations, amphitheater restoration, the new winter entrance, and the volunteer interpretive program, which offers tours and special events for free to lodge visitors,
To purchase tickets for this event, visit fieldandvineevents.com. Tickets are $90 per guest and include six courses, wine and gratuity.