Lake Oswego Wine Walk a huge success
The weather was perfect. Downtown Lake Oswego was bustling. The wine was flowing. And the 2019 Lake Oswego Wine Walk was a success.
Saturday was what the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and its Downtown Business Committee always hoped the LO Wine Walk would be. With the event selling out its 500 tickets for the second year in a row, attendees enjoyed a wide variety of wine offerings, food, music and — most importantly — discovered up to 28 different downtown Lake Oswego businesses.
"We could not have asked for a better event," LO Chamber Executive Director Liz Hartman said. "Jim Vincent from Wizer Fine Wines curated an amazing array of wines — we heard so many comments about the selection, quality, values of the wines."
Highlights of this year's Wine Walk included the opportunity to see the currently under-construction Ironlight event venue, as well as new businesses like Duke's Public House and Mapel Boutique.
Also worth noting is that Deloris Jordan, mother of NBA superstar Michael Jordan, and Andrea Cooks, mother of LA Rams and former Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, were also enjoying all that Lake Oswego had to offer as guests of Lake Oswego's Judy Cushing.
Event organizer Penelope Fain of Freeman Motors said a major point of emphasis this year was avoiding long lines for the ID check at the beginning of the walk.
"Last year we had some major issues with the wait — people were lined up all the way into the parking lot — and this year one of our goals was to be organized and have check-in be more streamlined," Fain said. "We succeeded in that. If and when there was a line ... it was never more than a handful of people."
The beneficiary of this year's Wine Walk was the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, which provided both volunteers and a raffle centered around attendees being able to answer four questions each related to one of four statues on the Gallery Without Walls exhibit.
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