Art and Films Added to Central Oregon Coast Festival, Florence Wine & Chowder Trails

Art and Films Added to Central Oregon Coast Festival, Florence Wine & Chowder Trails

Posted 02/09/22 04:43 PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Florence, Oregon) – The return of a Central Oregon Coast favorite also heralds something new: the Florence Wine & Chowder Trails recently added two events. (Above: just north of Florence)

Florence Wine & Chowder Trails returns to town February 18-20, warming people’s palates on President’s Day weekend. This time, however, something new is in the works with a wine and film crossover event and an art exhibition featuring wines.

Glass float seekers can get a passport and map from about three dozen sites to find the art, “hidden” in plain sight, and get the dealer’s stamp. The more stamps a researcher collects, the better their chances of bringing home a glass float. Passports will be available online at and at the Visitor Center, 290 Route 101. All glass floats will be distributed Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Old Town.

Registrants receive a commemorative wine glass and 10 wine tasting tickets for $15. The chowder/glass float passport is $5. Hannigan asks for compassionate compliance and a positive attitude towards merchants, servers and other participants regarding all Covid-19 requirements at individual sites.

New this year is an event corresponding to the City Lights Cinemas called “City Lights Cinemas Vino Challenge”. City Light’s invites people to enjoy a limited-engagement screening of the hilarious Sundance Film Festival hit Bottle Shock, starring the late Alan Rickman with friends, plus movie and wine-themed games , and a pizza from the popular 1285 Restobar in Florence. This event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, with film screenings at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for City members. Lights Cinemas and are available at or at the door. Proof of covid vaccination will be required upon arrival and state mask requirement policies will be followed.

Also new this year is the free presentation “A Taste of Art and Wine” by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, February 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 19, 20, from 11:00 a.m. at 4:00 p.m.

The FRAA portion of the overall event will pair wine from regional wineries with a juried art exhibit of 2D and 3D artwork featuring displays of local arts and crafts. Exhibits will feature demonstrations and wooden artwork; creative art and growing ideas for the garden; fiber creations such as handwoven garments, felted and quilted items, and knit and crochet wearables; glass works of art; jewelry in various media; pottery, paintings, etc.

“These two new side events are a great example of Chamber members supporting an event and adding value to it. We encourage and welcome this kind of creative thinking and hope to see more local entities become part of the big weekend,” said Bettina Hannigan, President and CEO of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “Specific times and locations are still being finalized for the main Wine, Chowder and Glass Float trails, but we wanted to spread the word so people could plan early to book their rooms for the long weekend,” she added.

For more information about the event at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, visit, check out their Facebook page at Florence Oregon Coast, or call 541-997-3128. For more information about A Taste of Art and Wine Festival, contact Claudia Brown, FRAA Event Chair at 541-902-1933. For more information about the City Lights event, contact Director of Education Jared Anderson [email protected] or 541-305-0014.

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