Summer concert season is almost here, and Washington County is chock full of seasonal outdoor musical experiences. One off-the-beaten-path opportunity to relax in nature and enjoy food, drink and music exists at The Lawless Family Farmhouse in Beaverton, which just announced the lineup for its annual Summer Concert and Art Series.
Couple Reba Lawless-Berdakin and Damian Berdakin started the series just last year, under the name Farmhouse Performances, to bring awareness to the importance of one of Washington County's historical farming landmarks, The Lawless Family Farmhouse. The farmhouse was founded circa 1868.
The series will bring together local chefs, wineries and musicians, and also will feature an all-local open-air art exhibit for the series.
"My husband and I started this concert and arts series to bring awareness to Washington County's historical farming community through the arts," said Lawless-Berdakin in an email to The Times. "It's a bonus that we get to bring world class and all local musicians, performers, artists, chefs and wine artisans to an area that doesn't normally get reached, in a beautiful rural farmhouse setting."
In addition to the concerts and art, Farmhouse Performances will include a Children and Family Music and Movement Workshop free of charge. The workshop is designed for children of all ages and will provide hands-on experiences with a diverse grouping of instruments.
Here's a sample schedule of events:
July 21: Fear No Music performs, Erath Winery will be pouring, and Chef Darius Jones of Heritage Supperclub will be cooking up old world dishes.
July 22: Storytelling Workshop with Portland Story Theater.
July 22: Portland Story Theater performs, Fullerton Wines will be pouring and Chef Earl Frederick of Kalabash will be serving up Caribbean style dishes.
July 28: Cellato, Cello Trio performs, Erath Winery will be pouring and Nicole Dalton of Odetta's Kitchen will be dishing farmhouse style craft food.
July 29: Free Children and Family Music Workshop with Integral Steps. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets for all performances are $15 online, $20 at the door and $7.50 for children 12 and under unless otherwise noted on the Farmhouse Performances website. Visit www.farmhouseperformances.com to purchase tickets and learn more.