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9th Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival

It’s All About the Lavender…Or Is It? With 6 Live Bands, Local Wines, 30+ Art Vendors, Pizza, Mexican Grill, Burgers, Ladybug Release Party for the Kids, Informational Booths & More, the Lavender May Just Have Some Competition.

Hood River, Oregon (PRWEB) June 26, 2013- July 20 & 21, 2013 marks the date for 1 of the most unique festivals in the Columbia Gorge, the Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival at Hood River Lavender Farms. Folks flock from all over the Northwest, to enjoy the scenery, entertainment, food & wine, shopping and to just chill out in the grass while listening to some of the best musicians in the area.

The musical lineup begins on Saturday with MacMillan, McAlexander & Bell Trio, a trio of Columbia Gorge locals playing a blend of rock, folk, jazz, with a touch of Latin and reggae. Next up is Moe Dixon, a popular songwriter/perfumer known across North America & Europe’s concert and festival scene. Moe has written themes for Bob Hope specials, Warren Miller, and many others. Performing live for over 30 years, Moe has opened or played with names like Phil Oches, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Nicolette Larson, Doc Watson, Maria Muldaur, Rory Block, Odetta, Jonathon Edwards, John Denver, Bill Danoff, Michael Johnson, Little River Band, The Hellacasters, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Three Dog Night, Eric Johnson, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Buddy Guy, Sonny Landreth, and Robben Ford. Closing Saturday’s music is the local favorite Barlow Road. Barlow Road is a five-piece band playing original roots-rock, Americana, and alt-country. Matt Mesa melodically crafts songs about love, life, asphalt, dirt, and everything else we get on ourselves. Joining Matt in the band is Kerry Williams on mandolin and bouzouki, Ed Dietrich on bass, Rick Hulett on electric and pedal steel guitars, and the rocking “timekeeper” Tim Ortlieb on drums. Together, they are a lively, entertaining group just teetering on the edge.

Sunday’s Music starts with Scott McDougall, a high-energy story teller who’s songs may very well seat you by a coffee-can fire in the middle of a dry California river-bed, pull you up onto a freight train in the lush spring-time of the Pacific northwest, raise your voice in hymns with the entire family on a Thanksgiving afternoon, or haste your good-bye to civilization as you know it, as you ramble on with all you possess on your back. Fact, fiction, and a little in between, McDougall carries on the relevant tradition of oral history and folklore, making it a part of everyday life and sharing it with those around him. Early afternoon welcomes up and coming pop artist Sara Jackson-Holman. Since her debut, Sara has garnered rave reviews and comparisons to chanteuses Adele, Amy Winehouse and Feist. Riding a national wave of exposure, Sara’s recent album Cardiology has earned her song’s being played on numerous national TV shows, including Castle, 90210, MTV’s  Chelsea Settles and CW’s Ringer, Bones, AM Northwest, The Client List, and most recently twice on Grey’s Anatomy including last month’s season finale. Her video Freight Train, a touching song dedicated to her Grandfather, has rapidly been seen all over the web. Ending the Festival Sunday afternoon is the very popular Shed Shakers, another local favorite band that plays an eclectic range of acoustic newgrass, bluegrass and rock & roll. Named 2012 Gorge band of year, The Shed Shakers are known to get the crowd hopping & dancing with their energetic fast paced music, and are sure to keep folks entertained.

Sip on some of the best wines from the NW while you stroll through the 30+ Art vendor’s displays and view the amazing locally hand-crafted products that our fine area is known for. Solstice Pizza will be serving up some of their nationally famous wood-fired Pizza, including a Lavender Pizza just for the event. Also showing off their culinary talents are PDX’s popular Fireside Grill and De La Hi BBQ.

Not to be forgotten for the kids, Teacher Janet will be hosting the popular Ladybug Release Party, where kids can learn about the great benefits Ladybugs offer us, get face painted, and then help release thousands of Ladybugs into our organic lavender farm where they can do their awesome work.

Then, of course there is the u-pick lavender. Over 75 varieties of lavender all available for u-pick, and at the peak of their bloom, and ready to impart their calming and beautiful aroma upon all who venture into the fields. Be sure to visit the farm’s Shoppe, where one can purchase high-quality Fine Lavender oil distilled on the farm, along with over 50 other unique and handcrafted lavender goodies.

Other not-to-be-missed sites at the festival include Foot Reflexology, author and lavender expert Sarah Bader from Lavender at Stonegate, craft classes & more.

So the gorgeous Organic Lavender may be the big draw, with its beauty and aroma, but there is MUCH more to see and do at this year’s Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival. Bring a blanket or beach chair, chill under the shade of our large tents, and take in the day in lavender country.

Hood River Lavender Farms is conveniently located 1 mile off Hwy 35, only 1 very scenic hour drive from Portland, Oregon. With stunning views of volcanic Mt Hood & Mt Adams, and the Hood River Valley below, this farm is a small slice of heaven. Learn more about Lavender Daze Festival, to get a map, links and more, visit: http://tiny.cc/lavenderdaze

For additional information contact:

Joe Orcutt

Hood River Lavender Farms

888-528-3276

http://www.lavenderfarms.net

or email hrlavender@gmail.com

Lush Greens And A Splash Of Brilliant Colors

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Our lavender farm has burst into lush green with all the new-growth of the lavender, and 100’s of extremely gorgeous wildflowers 🙂 Sigh…such a Splash of brilliant colors!! One of my favorite wildflowers is the Papaver nudicaule,Pink Iceland Poppy…like giant umbrellas, dancing with the other flowers in the gentle breeze 🙂

We share our garden with abundant wildlife, yellow Finch, Chickadees, Humming Birds, Monarch and Swallowtail Butterfly’s, and Lady Bugs to name a few.  I love the sweet song of these birds as I meander through the wildflowers, sitting awhile on a bench to enjoy the song, and the serene beauty  🙂

We invite you also, to come out and enjoy a picnic lunch, a stroll through the wildflowers, Upick a lavender bouquet, and if your an artist, bring out your Sketch Pad. One lady that visited this week, sat and capture the landscape and beautiful flowers on paper. 

Her husband enjoyed capturing a few shots with his camera. It was the most tranquil and calm morning, as they enjoyed the garden together… moments to just RELAX! I think sometimes in our busy lifestyles, we have forgotten how to relax. When I see our customers flop out in the grass on their backs, I know they remember how to relax!

Now that I’ve relaxed a bit, I better get back to work 🙂

I planted 100 Giant Elegans California Zinnias in a raised bed, which I plan to transplant around the edges of our wildflower garden once they have grown about two inches. These will survive the hot summer months of July and August and be another brilliant Splash of color! I also planted several Gladiola bulbs in the front of the garden. These were my dear Grandmother’s favorite flowers, now they are my favorites as well 🙂

I once read, “If I can’t garden, I wouldn’t be happy”, well that’s the way my husband and I feel! We don’t do any of this out of duty, we do it because we Love It! We love our beautiful Hood River Valley, with two snow covered mountains, and we love the country lifestyle we live, and our wonderful friends and family that surround us. It’s good therapy and it’s good for our Soul! I think that  flowers are like sunshine to my soul, and they encourage “smiles”.

We love to generously share our lavender farm with you, and invite you out. U-picking lavender has already begun as you can see….. Two neighbor girls visited us, and were the first to U-pick a lavender bouquet for the season. Woohoo!!

Hope you can come visit! Come see, hear, smell and touch this fragrant beauty! A piece of heaven, as one of our customers said 🙂

~Cheers to Lavander!