Upcoming Events: Summer 2012

Barrel Tasting at SJ Vineyards: Winemaker Chris Primus will treat you to tastes of the 2010 Reds straight from the barrel. You can also taste the new 2011 Whites and 2009 Reds releases. Saturday, June 9, 12– 4pm, $10 p/p. See more on the vineyard wines at www.sanjuanvineyards.com   Farm to Feast Festival: Chef Bill and other local chefs will be giving cooking demonstrations paired with local farmer’s products on Sunday, June24th, 1pm-4pm at The Brickworks, right next to Coho Restaurant. The Seattle band Willow and the Embers will be on hand for tunes, and a Beer & Wine Garden will round out the event. Should be a fun time to see and taste first-hand what the area restaurants and farms have to offer.   Lavender Festival: If you love lavender, or the color purple, or even just relaxing scents and scenery, don’t miss the 11th annual festival at Pelindaba Lavender Farm on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22, 10am – 5pm. Cutting fields, distillation exhibits, craft tent, lavender tastings, music, refreshments and cooking demonstrations are all part of the casual-paced event. Coho owner Anna Maria will present her popular cooking demonstrations at 12:30 and 2:00 each day. She always brings lots of samples, and loves to answer questions, so it's a great way to learn how to utilize this intriguing culinary ingredient. Pelindaba creates a wide range culinary, personal care, therapeutic, household, and pet care products right on site from their organically certified fields. The Gatehouse is utterly charming, the fields are stunning, and admission to the festival is free.   Island Stage Left:  What more popular Shakespeare than A Midsummer Night's Dream? This is everyone's perennial favorite, full of laughter, flower children, magic and love. And what more perfect era to set it in than a summer in the late 1960's? With music of the era and a mood of infectious abandon, this production lights up Island Stage Left's outdoor setting and celebrates its 13th year of welcoming one and all to "Shakespeare Under the Stars."   The play runs July 11-15, 8-22 and 25-29  at 8:30 on the Roche Harbor Outdoor Stage, and August 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18 at 8:15 at the 1062 Wold Road stage. Island Stage Left provides professional theater for free. Book our Coho Restaurant early 2/$70 special before dinner, then head out to the play for a great evening at a budget-friendly price. We have comfortable seating at the restaurant, but you’ll need to bring a blanket and warm jacket for the play. See more at www.islandstageleft.org   Northwest Totem Cellars Winemaker: Wednesday, August 1st, Coho Restaurant welcomes Mike Sharadin, Owner/Operator/Winemaker of this small, family-owned winery. Michael makes big, beautiful red wines – not exactly your typical patio sipping wines, but great with summer barbecue foods. The details are still being ironed out, but this promises to be a night of luscious Reds paired with a multi-course prix fixe dinner. Watch our website for details. Reservations will be required so book early. Read more about these fine wines at www.nwtotemcellars.com.   Plein Air Workshops: Our neighborhood artist, Annie Howell-Adams offers Plein Air painting workshops throughout the summer. They are a marvelous way to experience the San Juan Islands through the eyes of an artist. Students will visit different sites each day, setting up and painting on locations with pastoral views, island vistas, shorelines, gardens, dockside, and homes of islanders. Annie teaches in oils, but other medium are welcome, and art supplies are available on the island. Dates for 2012 are July 13,14,15; August 10,11,12; and  September 7,8,9. Contact Annie for more information:  http://www.paintthesanjuans.blogspot.com/, 360 378 2638, anniehowelladams@gmail.com. Cost for the weekend workshop is $225; beginners welcome, and art supplies are available on the island.

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