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Gorgeous fall weather paired perfectly with wines, food offered by 28 businesses

PMG PHOTO: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - LO Wine Walk attendees had the opportunity to sample up to 12 different wines, one per business, like this stop at Duke's Public House on A Avenue. With 28 downtown businesses on the tour, attendees did have to choose wisely.
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.PMG PHOTO: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Yvette Weeks, right, was one of four docents from the Arts Council of Lake Oswego educating attendees about the sculptures in the city's Gallery Without Walls exhibit. Attendees had to answer a question about four sculptures to be entered into a raffle held that day.

"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.PMG PHOTO: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Even though it is still under construction, attendees did get a special opportunity to see the inside of the Ironlight building, Lake Oswego's new event center opening in the spring of 2020.PMG PHOTO: J. BRIAN MONIHAN  - Penelope Fain helps one of the 500 attendees check in at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce office, the start of the LO Wine Walk. Fain, from Freeman Motor Company, was one of the event organizers.Because supporting Lake Oswego's businesses by shopping local is the reason for the LO Wine Walk, Nancy Niland and Andrew Edwards do their part by making a purchase at Mapel Boutique at Lake View Village.


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