Recording artist Callaghan will perform at Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton.
Recording artist Callaghan will perform at Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton.
By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Walk in the Park times three

The first is a concert by the singer/songwriter known as Callaghan, set for Wednesday, June 10. A family-oriented movie and dinner will follow on Friday, July 24, and the second annual Walk in the Park golf tournament on Monday, Aug. 24, at the Chehalem Glenn golf course in Newberg.

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The three-part effort replaces the single Walk in the Park event, a wine, art and food festival that drew thousands of visitors to Carlton annually during its 10-year-run.

When organizers ended that endeavor in 2013, they decided to head in a different direction, said foundation secretary Ivory McLaughlin. “Instead of one summer event, we’d do several smaller ones,” she said.

The foundation’s inaugural golf tournament, held last September, was a big success, McLaughlin said. She said it raised about $12,000.

The proceeds, like previous Walk in the Park proceeds, were distributed among local nonprofits. The golf tournament benefactors were the Carlton-Yamhill Lions Club, Yamhill Share and Care, Joseph’s Storehouse (since renamed Yamhill-Carlton Storehouse), National Night Out, Yamhill-Carlton Together Cares and the Yamhill-Carlton High School Chemistry Department. The foundation also sponsored scholarships and a holiday shopping trip for elementary school students.

In addition to the golf tournament, the foundation staged an outdoor movie last year. This year, McLaughlin said, the foundation plans to expand on that, hosting both the showing of the “Lego Movie” and a dinner prepared by Abby McManigle, chef at Ken Wright Cellars.

The June concert is a new addition to the foundation lineup.

Callaghan is a nationally known performer and recording artist. She already has several Oregon concerts to her credit, including one held at Spirit Mountain Casino.

During an earlier visit to Carlton, she staged an impromptu concert at The Horse Radish, a downtown venue. Locals loved her music, McLaughlin said, and have been working to get her back for a formal public event ever since.

A native of England, Callaghan came to the U.S. in 2010 to cut her first album, “Life in Full Colour.” She has played in increasingly larger venues across the U.S., but has also staged a series of intimate concerts in the homes of fans.

She recently recorded her second album, “A History of Now.” She said her close interaction with fans is reflected in the songs on that album.

Callaghan said she was trying to write and deliver the lyrics in a “more universal way,” thus allowing her fans to “connect the songs to their own lives.”

“We are all, right now, writing a story which will one day fascinate someone,” she said. “The way we live, the decisions we make, and the moments of hope, grief and happiness which punctuate all our lives, will one day make someone stop, think and wonder.”

The evening’s music will be accompanied by wine and hors d’oeuvres from Ken Wright Cellars. Tickets may be purchased for $40 each at www.carltonswalkinthepark.com.

In addition to McLaughlin, the foundation board includes Ken Wright and Sandy Schultz. For more information, call 503-852-7070, or visit the foundation website.

IF YOU GO

What: Singer/songwriter Callaghan in concert


Where: Ken Wright Cellars, 236 N. Kutch St. in Carlton


When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10


How much: Tickets, covering music, hors d'oeuvres and wine, are $40


More information: This is one of three summer events designed to raise money for Yamhill-Carlton nonprofits, along with a movie night and golf tournament; details at carltonswalkinthepark.com


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