It appears Reedsport has avoided the snow and ice that hit the rest of western Oregon and the weather may be a bit rainy, but not too cold for a big celebration.

It’s time for 2014 Wine, Beer, Seafood and Music: Confluence.

It will be held this weekend, Presidents Day weekend, in downtown Reedsport, next to, and inside, the Reedsport Community Building.

Chairwoman of the event, Phyllis Dever, who is in her third year, says the celebration will be similar to last year.

“It’s about the same,” she said. “We have four bands, eight wineries ... ”

She said they’re also doing free ticket drawings on the Reedsport/ Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Dever said they also dropped the price for Sunday’s Confluence events from $10 to $5.

She said it’s a chance to get visitors to the area during the winter.

“It’s an off-season event that brings people to the coast,” she explained. “That’s what it was created for — create business. We get people from Medford, Eugene and all along the I-5 corridor. They’ll come and they’ll spend the weekend at the coast.”

She says it takes awhile to arrange the event.

“It takes about three months to put this together,” she said. “Everything has to come together. We bring some really good entertainment. “

Wineries scheduled to be at this year’s event include Noble Estates, Abiqua Wind Vineyards, Depoe Bay Winery, River’s Edge Winery, Saginaw Vineyard, Henry Estates Winery, SeasonCellars and HV Winery.

There will also be nine craft breweries.

Bands playing this year are Worn Out Frets, Candy Apple Bleu, Agents of Unity and Soulpie.

Confluence music will be inside the community center but other events will take place in a huge tent next to the center on Winchester Avenue.

Dever says Dial-A-Ride will also take people to and from the event from Reeds-port and Winchester Bay for $1 per person each way.

Confluence will run from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16.

You have to be 21 and over attend Confluence events.

(1) comment

Bassie

Was hopeful this year the food would be better than last year but, sadly, a person should have eaten before they attended. The festival is advertised as a "Beer, Seafood and Music" festival but is lacking in good seafood. Good oysters, but that was about it. And last year I had the worst clam chowder I've ever eaten and couldn't finish it. I'd like to bring some friends from out of town but the food would be a real disappointment. There's good music & drinks so how about some good seafood!

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