Historical Society Hosts 2023 Heritage Evening

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Tualatin resident Michael Alberty spends his days tasting Oregon wines, with his judgments appearing regularly in The Oregonian and Wine Enthusiast magazine. He will answer questions about this unique job as part of the Tualatin Historical Society’s annual fundraiser Friday, September 8, at Tualatin Heritage Center. The popular event features NW food and wine tasting with background music provided by Tualatin harpist Robert Dexter. Entry fee is $50 per person or $60 at the door. Time is 5:30-8 p.m.

Michael Alberty. Photo/Joshua Chang

All proceeds of the evening help the Society continue preserving and interpreting Tualatin’s rich and colorful history. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be given to three winners holding the lucky $10 raffle tickets now on sale. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Gift cards to area venues and $25 mystery higher-value wines can also be purchased that evening.  

A fun oral auction will be mc’d by Mayor Frank Bubenik, who will entice guests with choices like a custom watercolor by Carlos Horcos, who interpreted the historic photos of Tualatin over the decades for the city’s Centennial; custom photography by Tualatin professional photographer Al Stewart (with the thumb drive to use as you wish); and a will-based estate planning package donated by Tualatin attorney Robert Kellogg. More items will be revealed that evening.

Alberty is gradually working his way through 900 wineries listed by the Oregon Wine Board. His columns appear several times weekly in the Oregonian, typically interviewing owners and winemakers and providing an inside look at what makes each operation and its specialties unique. He formerly owned a retail wine store. He covers Oregon, Washington and Canada for Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Dexter delighted 2022 Heritage Evening participants with a wide variety of selections. He started playing the harp by first building one from a kit and then finding a teacher. He has been studying the historic stringed instrument for over 25 years.

All tickets are available for sale that evening and on the Society’s website at www.tualatinhistory.org. For more details, call Tualatin Heritage Center at 503-885-1926 or email manager@tualatinhistory.org.

Tualatin Heritage Center is located at 8700 SW Sweek, adjacent to the Police Station. The Center, owned by the City of Tualatin, is operated by the Society and maintains regular hours year-round for public and private events alike. It was formerly a Methodist church along Boones Ferry and Tualatin-Sherwood Roads. In addition to exhibits, a small gift shop is available. A calendar of events and resources are available at www.tualatinhistory.org. Regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 10-2. The Society was launched in 1986 by Loyce Martinazzi and Karen Lafky Nygaard, families whose names are seen on streets and buildings today.

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