Historic Deepwood Estate's 1894 Queen Anne home rests its gables amid approximately 4 acres of lush gardens and nature trails, fascinating visitors with its Victorian-era architectural features and insightful exhibits. The Cherry Jubilee benefit dinner kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail party and a silent auction, where revelers can raise hands, paddles, or 20-foot oars to bid on myriad prizes, including a one-week getaway at Eagle Crest Resort, golf outings, and spa packages. The estate’s intricately designed gardens will play host to the evening's cherry-themed four-course dinner, which commences with a spinach, almond, cherry, and manchego cheese salad and culminates with delectable desserts, such as cherry tarts and italian panna cotta luxuriating in a cherry-infused sea. Live music by JT & The Tourists revives the poodle-skirt sounds of the ’50s and ’60s, specially remixed to conscript shoes into bobby-soxing dance armies. Proceeds from the Cherry Jubilee dinner and silent auction benefit the Friends of Deepwood and their quest for historic preservation.
At Northern Lights Theatre Pub, audience members sip riesling and sink forks into chicken breasts as movie families sit down to dinner on the silver screen. Cinema-goers order their meals before sitting down to watch second-run flicks, letting waiters ferry their pulled-pork burritos or Angus burgers right to their seats so they don’t miss a screen couple’s passionate first kiss, tender final embrace, or heartwarming jump from an exploding helicopter. In addition to finger foods, the chefs take their fare up a notch by layering personal pizzas with housemade sauce, sprinkling parmesan cheese and squeezing lemon juice over chicken breasts, and piling pineapple atop their banana splits. Before evening films light up the theaters, Northern Lights’ full-service bar kicks into gear, leading to age restrictions so that moviegoers can freely sip on-tap beers such as Blue Moon and Gilgamesh Mamba or wash down bites with chardonnay and shiraz. In addition to screening blockbuster movies, the theater pub’s three auditoriums occasionally show sports or host live shows such as standup comedy.
Horseback-riding instructor Nancy White began teaching nearly 40 years ago. More than 30 of those years have been spent at her own Whitewind Farm, where indoor and outdoor arenas and fenced paddocks sprawl across 10.5 acres, providing plenty of ground to train steeds and riders alike. Although Nancy specializes in English-style riding, which primes equestrians for jumping, she tailors her lessons to fit the student, so the content is as flexible as a gymnast left in the sun too long.
The Oregon Garden gives horticulture habitués the opportunity to fully discover the floral kingdom with more than 20 specialty gardens. The grounds bloom with horticultural rarities and aesthetic scenery, such as a sprawling, 400-year-old signature oak and an alluring collection of miniature conifers. In the Pet Friendly Garden, pups frolic around nontoxic plants, and in the Children's Garden youngsters can explore features such as dinosaur-bone digs and a real hobbit house.
The garden's retail nursery furnishes a crib and changing table for baby plants and also cultivates vegetation all year round, selling perennials, shrubs, annuals, and veggies. Although not part of The Oregon Garden, the historic Gordon House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building in the state and the only one open to the public throughout the Pacific Northwest is located next door.
Silver Creek Lanes shelters patrons practicing their strike and spare skills on rows of synthetic lanes. As participants recline into custom leather seating between frames, Brunswick GSX pinsetters ensure that ten pins always await approaching orbs, even when balls are feeling pushier than usual. Black lights concoct an intergalactic ambiance during cosmic bowling sessions as players diligently avert gutter balls while surrounded by wall-to-wall media screens broadcasting music videos. Silver Creek Lanes also offers league play, special packages for birthday celebrations, office parties, family reunions and catering. As bowlers roll their shots, wafts from the facility’s grill bemuse olfactory senses with whiffs of pizza, burgers, and tasty appetizers. A pro shop supplies rollers with top of the line gear, such as cannons that launch bowling balls with extra spin.