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UPDATE: Aug. 11 event is canceled, but there are tickets available on Sept. 22 featuring ciders, Oregon City businesses

What Marci Jory likes best about the upcoming wine and cider walk in Oregon City is "the sense of energy it brings — people are excited," she said.COURTESY PHOTO - Attendees gather in front of the Upscale Cafe at Eighth and Main streets in Oregon City at during a downtown wine walk in 2019.

Jory is the events and placemaking manager of Downtown Oregon City Association, a nonprofit committed to building community and cultivating commerce in downtown Oregon City.

DOCA hosts the event on Sept. 22 to "increase a sense of community and bring commerce to retail stores and restaurants," she said.

The wine walk runs from 6-9 p.m. and the $30 ticket includes a souvenir glass and wine tastings at more than 10 locations in downtown Oregon City.

The event has sold out in the past, but Jory noted the That's the Spirit! Downtown Spirits Walk, featuring distillers around Oregon City, is set for Nov. 19.

'Sip and Stroll'

The walk begins at Liberty Plaza, where participants receive a custom glass and special map for the event. Attendees then embark on a self-guided "sip and stroll" tour visiting participating downtown businesses that open their doors for the walk, each hosting a local winery.

With the event glass, attendees can sample the unique offerings and meet local vintners. To-go bottle sales will be available.

What people like best about the wine walk is the fact that this is "an opportunity to taste local wines close to home," Jory said.

Another popular feature is that attendees can purchase wine by the bottle, she noted.

Jory said the purpose of the event is for "people to have fun together. You can meet new people or see people you haven't seen for a while. It's all about watching the connections happen."

Drink wine!

What: Summer Downtown Wine Walk

When: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 22

Where: Meet at Liberty Plaza in downtown Oregon City

Tickets: downtownoregoncity.org/upcomingevents/fall-wine-cider22. Participants must be at least 21 years old.

More: Visit downtownoregoncity.org for more information about the That's the Spirit! Downtown Spirits Walk, on Nov. 19.

Participants: Wineries taking part this year include Tumwater, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Forest Edge Vineyard, and two wine distributers, Wine Enthusiast and ANW Distributors. Retail businesses include Mesa Fresca, White Rabbit/Black Ink, Mary Rose Boutique, Modified Screen Printing, Oregon City Records, Illuminati Tattoo, You Can Leave Your Hat On, Live Edge Eco Salon, Maizee Mae's Antiques, Coin Corner, Margaret & Maxwell, Coffee Rush, Sweet Masterpiece and Nebbiolo Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Downtown Oregon City Association: DOCA was formed in 2009 as Main Street Oregon City. Now known as the Downtown Oregon City Association, it is an award-winning nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of Oregon City's 175-year-old downtown. DOCA's programs are rooted in four key areas: promotions, marketing and tourism; design and beautification; economic enhancement and research; and community engagement. It is located at 814 Main St., Oregon City. Call 503-802-1640.


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