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Wine in the Woods returns to Meinig Park July 17

Free event kicks off Sandy Summer Sounds, Starlight Cinema

Bring a blanket, but leave the corkscrew and cupcakes at home.

You won’t need them when "Wine in the Woods" returns to Meinig Park from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.

"Wine in the Woods" gives attendees a chance to sip and sample local wines, sweets and other foods, as well as hear music from popular musicians. The event is also the official launch to the 21st-annual Sandy Summer Sounds and Starlight Cinema, a music and movies series held in the park.

Pablo Grabiel and the Steelhead Stalkers kicks off the event at 5 p.m. Grabiel plays the guitar and sings, and will be joined by Tim Gilson on bass and Michael Jordan on drums. Expect an assortment of musical styles, including tango, swing, rumba, blues, bossa, cha cha, jazz and more. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Boy & Bean has a Great Depression-era style, and will perform as part of Wine in the Woods  on Sunday, July 17, at Meinig Park.

“They’re a wonderful, versatile, engaging jazz group,” said Katie Murphy, coordinator for Sandy Summer Sounds.

At 7 p.m., Boy & Bean will perform. The band highlights music from the Great Depression era, covering tunes by artists including The Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald and The Boswell Sisters. Luke Short plays guitar and sings, while Andrew Jones plays upright bass. Also on vocals is Amber Short.

The band is a Sandy favorite, Murphy said.

“People love them,” she said. “They’re just a lot of fun.”

Busy Bee Catering will provide food for the event, and will offer several entree options, including vegetarian. There will be appetizers and desserts, too. Busy Bee and Buddha Cat Winery will serve wine as part of the event, while Beer Den will pour suds.

Attendance is free, and the event is family-friendly. Bench seating is provided. Guests are encouraged to leave their lawn chairs at home, but invited to bring a blanket or stadium chair for comfort.   

The first Summer Sounds concert will be at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. The first Starlight Cinema movie will be "Shaun the Sheep," beginning at dusk on Saturday, July 30. For a full listing of all the concerts and films, visit www.ci.sandy.or.us/Sandy-Summer-Sounds-Starlight-Cinema/