The upcoming Dr. John McLoughlin’s Soiree, Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser is going to have plenty of conversatiuon and fun, said Denyse McGriff, co-chairman of the event, and treasurer of the McLoughlin Memorial Association.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Denyse McGriff, co-chair of the annual soiree, models her new period gown by the front door of the historic McLoughlin House in Oregon City.This is the fourth year for the soiree, to be held at the Ainsworth House in Oregon City on Friday, Nov. 8.

“This year we are featuring wines from local King’s Raven Winery and fabulous chocolate-dipped shortbread from McTavish,” McGriff said; Milwaukie’s Bomber Restaurant is doing the catering.

The silent auction will feature at least one package trip, and an Oregon City tribute blanket, woven by Pendleton using a vintage motif, will be raffled off. Local musicians Patrick and Echo Salinas will play, along with Evan Ortis on the banjo.

The original idea for the event came from Rolla Harding, president and executive board member of the McLoughlin Memorial Association.

“We were trying to think of a good name, and we wanted something sophisticated, so soiree seemed like a fun word to use,” McGriff said.

Anyone older than 21 is invited to attend the event and may dress in period costumes.

McGriff has a new period dress, made for her by the costume shop at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, but she probably will not wear it to the soiree, because as co-chairwoman she will be doing a lot of running around, and the “hoop gets in the way,” she said.

Bon Appetit

What: The 4th annual Dr. John McLoughlin Soiree

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Where: The Ainsworth House, 19130 Lot Whitcomb Drive, Oregon City

Contact: 503-656-5146 or go to Cost: $30, includes raffle ticket, engraved wine glass, wine tasting, light refreshments

Details: Proceeds benefit the heritage sites and programs supported by the McLoughlin Memorial Association, including the Rose Farm Museum and the McLoughlin House Museum.

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