Wine County Pride kicks off in county
Rainbow flags, drag queens and parades are all signs that Pride Month is on tap for June in Newberg, Dundee, McMinnville and surrounding communities. A celebration of the LGBTQ community put on by the community itself and its local allies, Wine Country Pride will bring people together for a variety of events throughout the month.
Organizers bill this year's iteration of Wine Country Pride as "bigger, brighter, bolder, gayer."
The Wine Country Pride event website says it all: "Multiple days filled with bells, whistles, glitter, balloons, queens, flags, dance parties, a photo booth, launch party, yoga and mimosas, door prizes, queens and more queens, plus the launch of the Rainbow Quest: Drink your way around Yamhill County and enjoy Pride-inspired beverages from coffee shops, wineries, restaurants and bars."
In 2020, organizers raised more than $3,000 and donated $1,400 of it to PFLAG Newberg, an LBGTQ advocacy organization. That $1,400 was used to create a scholarship for an LGBTQ-identifying graduate of Newberg High School. The goal this year is to raise enough money for six of those scholarships.
The first event of Wine Country Pride, which lasts all month, is the "rainbow quest." Nearly two dozen businesses throughout Yamhill County will sell special drinks for Pride Month, with $1 from each beverage sold going toward scholarships. A full list of participating businesses is at winecountrypride.org and the event's Facebook page.
On Sunday, June 6, the "Lez Be Smart" event will draw trivia nerds and LGBTQ allies from around the county to a friendly competition. Tickets cost $40 and include a glass of wine, a brunch box from Pura Vida Cocina and participation in what is being billed as "Lesbian-themed trivia." The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at 17495 N.E. McDougall Road in Dayton.
On June 25, at Mac Market in McMinnville, there will be a "speed-friending" event from 5 to 7 p.m. where folks can meet new LGBTQ and allied friends in the community.
The next day, June 26, is the big day for Wine Country Pride. A parade put on by PFLAG will run through a short route to Remy Wines in Dayton starting at 3 p.m., with tickets available on a limited basis and the event to be live-streamed online for those who can't attend or aren't able to secure tickets. More information on the live stream and what is to be expected at the mini-parade and accompanying events can be found at winecountrypride.com/main-event.
The month's events will conclude June 27 with Yoga (& Mimosas) on the Lawn at Remy Wines: "Unwind slowly from the big festivities of pride with Om Girl yoga instructor Christine Kirk and the McMinnville Women's Choir," the WCP website said. "A little more pride, a little yoga and a little bit of bubbles are just what you need get your chakras right and read for the 364 days till the next Wine Country Pride."
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