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Taste of Summer Celebrates 2011 Season Opening of Britt Music Festival – Saturday ONLY!


Celebrate the beginning of summer in downtown Jacksonville this Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.!

Britt Music Festival, together with the Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Oregon Business Association and community leaders, is hosting “Taste of Summer” to celebrate the beginning of another great Britt season in our beautiful hometown.

The day will include a host of activities for families and adults alike, including a newly added matinee concert with Britt favorite Michael Franti. Music and the sights are free, charges for activities, food and wine will vary. The whole city is coming out for a day of festivities, including:

Wine Tastings from 12-4 p.m. by:

Caprice Vineyards, Devitt Winery, JF Guerrero Wines, Quady North, EdenVale Winery, South Stage Cellars, Longsword Vineyard, Troon Vineyard, Valley View Winery, Weisinger’s of Ashland, Umpqua Valley Wine and Soloro Vineyard.
Wine tasting: $14
Glass: $6
Wine tasting tickets will be available on 3rd street beginning at noon; tastings will be located in shops throughout downtown

Live Music by:

Andy Casad, 12-2 p.m., next to Pico’s, California Street
Kites & Crows, 12-2 p.m., 3rd Street
Christina & Velvet Bleu, 12 noon, Courthouse Steps
Generation Jones, 2-4 p.m., next to Pico’s California Street
Allison & Victor, 2-4 p.m., 3rd Street

Michael Franti Children’s Matinee, 3 p.m., Britt hill. See the matinee page for ticket information.

Michael Franti and Friends will perform a children’s matinee on the Britt hill at 3 p.m. on June 11. Tickets for the matinee are $14.50 per person, and free for children two and under. Franti and his band Spearhead will perform at Britt that evening in a 7:30 p.m. performance, and again Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. on the Britt hill in Jacksonville.

For full information about Britt’s 2011 season and membership, visit or call 541-773-6077 or 1-800-882-7488. Britt’s box office is now open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 216 West Main St. in Medford.

Visual art and demonstrations by the artists of Art Presence:

Note: Third Street will be closed to traffic for the event.

Taste of Summer Britt Festival Opening Celebration 2011 Artist Demo Locations

Taste of Summer Britt Festival Opening Celebration 2011 Art Presence Artist Demo Locations


On the grounds of Jacksonville’s Historic Courthouse:

Farmer’s market
Picnic by Ray’s
Kids’ activities (10-4 p.m.)
Blue Sky
Cotton Candy

Note: The Jacksonville Saturday Artists will not be exhibiting their work at the Courthouse this Saturday.

Booths from local restaurants (3rd Street), beginning at 11 a.m.:

Las Palmas
Gary West
Frau Kemmling

Hot air balloon rides (weather and winds permitting):

Bigham Knoll, near football field, 8-11 a.m.; nominal per person fee


Classic cars (California Street)
Street Performers
Shops and restaurants throughout Jacksonville will be open throughout downtown

There’s something for everyone in Jacksonville: bring the whole family out for this festive start to summer!

Britt Festivals invites audiences and artists to celebrate the joy of live performance, the power of community, and the magic of the Britt Experience. Through on-going education and audience development programs, Britt educates new generations of listeners, helping them discover the wonder of music and performance. In addition to presenting concerts, Britt Festivals maintains a formal education program through the Britt Institute. Established in 1985, the Britt Institute hosts a wide variety of learning opportunities through a multi-faceted approach of summer camps, workshops, grade school programs, lectures and adult learning opportunities.

Compiled from material at the Britt Festival website and contributed information from Art Presence.

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