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Pamplin Media Group – Clackamas On Tap and Uncorked returns with food, drinks and raffle

The event will take place on June 25 at the Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden at the Milwaukie Community Center

According to the calendar, summer started on June 21. However, everyone knows that summer really does start with a barbecue, delicious drinks and live music – that’s why Clackamas On Tap and Uncorked tick all the boxes.PHOTO COURTESY: NCPRD - The Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden at the Milwaukie Community Center is once again the site of the Clackamas On Tap and Uncorked event.

Best of all, the June 25 event at the Milwaukie Community Center is the MCC Foundation’s fundraiser to support Meals on Wheels and social service programs. This is the first time the event has taken place since COVID-19 brought everything to a halt.

Foundation director Junia Stephens said she can’t wait to be back in person.

“So many lives are touched by the services provided at the centre; Meals on Wheels delivers up to 275 meals every day,” she said.

“We have been a lifeline during the pandemic for homebound adults. The blood pressure and foot clinics and respite services available are helping so many, as well as rent/utility assistance” , Stephens added. “We’ve kept our heads above water over the past two years thanks to our generous donor base, but bringing our fundraisers back is bringing our sails back to life.”PHOTO COURTESY: NCPRD - Attendees listen to live music at a previous Clackamas On Tap and Uncorked event.

For the first time, Clackamas On Tap and Uncorked is also a community partner event of the Portland Rose Festival.

Stephens said she attended an Oregon Festivals and Events Association convention a few months ago and met Steve Bledsoe, waterfront activities manager for the Portland Rose Festival.

On Tap met all the requirements to become a partner event and so Stephens applied for the honor.

“It didn’t hurt that we had it in our beautiful Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden, and that Harry Landers of Portland’s famed International Rose Garden was its custodian,” she said.

Moving it from the original late August date to fit within the festival’s date range was a challenge, but Stephens felt the partnership was an opportunity to be part of something special in the metro area.

Food and drink

The entry fee for the event includes dinner, dessert, a bag containing promotional material from the event sponsors and an engraved glass of wine or beer. Drinks are purchased separately from a new supplier, the Traveling Taphouse.

On the menu, pulled pork smoked for 12 hours, vegetarian wrap, pasta salad, pickled vegetable salad, baked beans, berry crisp and ice cream.

“We are so grateful to the chefs and generous donors of Nerds To Go, Elite Towing, Clackamas View Senior Living, Sunnyside Meadows, Buster’s BBQ, US Foods and Baskin Robbins Gladstone,” Stephens said.

She also expressed her gratitude to Cooper’s Hall Winery, Catman Cellars and Breakside Brewery for their generosity in supporting the event.

“Their products are top of the line and we are proud to serve them. Pendleton Whiskey and other spirits will also be on offer.”

Music, raffle

Stephens said the Rae Gordon Band was chosen for On Tap and Uncorked because they are a “legendary band here in Clackamas County and beyond”.

She added that “Gordon’s bold, bluesy style appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes. We’re so lucky she can be a part of this important fundraiser.”

Stevens noted that Gordon embodies the Pablo Picasso quote which reads, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it.”

She added, “Rae Gordon has found her gift; she’s holding on. Plus, her music is great.”

Stevens further noted that the mission of the MCC Foundation is to provide funds and assistance to all programs at the center.

Stephens added, “Our support enables programs to thrive. The involvement of the community in the foundation and our generous donors allow us to fulfill this mission.

To eat! Beverage! Enjoy!

What: Clackamas on tap and outlets

When: 5-9 p.m. June 25

Where: North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District Milwaukie Community Center, Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive


Plus: Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Prizes include: Chinook Winds Weekend Getaway – Oregon Coast, one stocked wine fridge, one gift card tree, one Bob’s Red Mill gift basket, one craft beer gift basket and two fine wine gift baskets.

Silent Auction items include: Portland Rose Festival Gift Basket, Pendleton Woolen Mills Gift Basket, Osteo Strong Membership, Aerie Mini Golf Package at Eagle Landing, Private Wine Tasting at Catman Cellars valued at $300, a Clackamas On Tap gift basket, artwork, jewelry and more.

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