Thanksgiving is already an occasion of tension, overindulgence and inevitable mishap—my favorite holiday memory involves washing gravy off the ceiling and out of my hair. And who says the hedonism should end on Thursday? Not local wineries. For 30 years, vintners up and down the Willamette Valley have opened their doors on Thanksgiving weekend for special tastings, charcuterie pairings and fireside lolling. This time around, more than 150 wineries, including many that are rarely open to visitors, will ply their pinots, ports and sweeping countryside views. Deputize an underage niece or nephew with your keys and pop the cork.
But maybe you seek something closer to home than Dundee or Carlton. Maybe you're allergic to oenospeak. Or maybe those ready-made mountain views aren't your style. If you want to create your own bucolic landscape in a land called Sellwood, Vine Gogh can help. Part wine bar, part art studio, this year-old business offers Bob Ross-style classes for painting an autumn path or Crater Lake. The $5 pours loosen the creative inhibitions. A few weeks ago, I joined a gaggle of middle-aged women (some men probably come here too—on dates) for a "winter waterfront" class. And I have to say: It was delightful. Between the Bon Iver tunes, soothing step-by-step instructions, generous praise and several glasses of red wine, I was ready to invest in an easel and set up by the Willamette forever. Until then, here's what I painted.
THURSDAY NOV. 22
[HOLIDAY] Annual remembrance of a key moment in the tragic destruction of civilization on two continents. Specifically, this day celebrates the survival of European religious zealots who established a new village on the ruins of a Native American village decimated by diseases they carried across the Atlantic. The settlers were saved by a native who had been kidnapped from the land they called Plymouth by British sailors, finally making his way home to discover that everyone he knew was gone and the people in their place were starving. He helped them grow corn, for which we are more or less thankful
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