Sunlight dappled the ground while a soft summer breeze caressed the air on Saturday at Henry Goes Wine, the annual festival held at Henry Estates Winery in Umpqua. The Henrys are kind enough to let me promote my book, ‘Grandpa’s Journey’ there. As one of the vendors participating at the event, I found a shady spot to set up my table between the Heavenly Ranchers (4-H) petting zoo and the Gyroscope.

I took a short video of my friend, Presley, riding the gyroscope which I’ll post on the Douglas County News Facebook page. This ride is provided free of charge for anyone brave enough to try it. And, yes, I tried it. It was FUN as was watching the constant stream of young children visiting the ducklings, goats, geese, bunnies and other assorted small animals at the petting zoo. Ziggy the piggy was a big hit but somehow I didn’t get a picture of the cute little guy. Some pig. If anyone out there has a good shot of him please post it on our Facebook page.

‘Magic by Chuck’ entertained through-out the day and left kids of all ages with balloon figures and laughs. I received a free mini-massage from Robert of Davison’s Massage & Bodyworks who set up his station under the canopy of oak trees in the center of the area. Other freebies included a model airplane show, face-painting, a splash slide for the ‘kids’, water pistols, wagon rides through the vineyard and mule rides. There was a horseshoe tournament and something called barrel golf.

I’ve always enjoyed this summer-time event; it’s in a beautiful spot, there’s always great live music, great food and of course, great wine. Moorea Drive and Carrie Cunningham & the Six Shooters provided this year’s music and along with Aulani Hula Halau Hawaiian Dancers supplied the scheduled entertainment.

This year’s salmon and tri-tip barbeque was put on by the Roseburg Mat Club and they did a great job! Excellence IS a habit! There were seafood specials from Fisherman’s Grotto Seafood. Try their clam chowder if you get the chance. In short, there was lots to see and do and I have many happy memories of chats with friends, literary discussions, impromptu food and wine pairings, and of just being there.

By the way, Google the ‘Scott Henry trellis system’ to learn something you didn’t know. It’s a big part of the reason Henry Estate is continuing its tradition of 33 years of fine wines.

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