Rusty Rae/News-Register##The Grinch (Ben Blanco) prepares to ride in Friday afternoon s Santa Parade, which will
roll through downtown McMinnville starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. The Grinch and
his little dog, too, will be joined by real estate agents from Coldwell Banker of McMinnville
and Newberg, who built the float using the company s blue and white colors, according to
Tammy Cooley, one of the Coldwell employees.  We like to do it for the community,  she
said, noting that agents will be handing out 3,000 candy canes, as well. More than two
dozen other floats, marching groups and bands will take part in the parade, which marks the
arrival of the Christmas season and Santa s first visit to McMinnville this year.

Christmas activities around the county

- Amity’s annual Christmas event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3. Santa and the Amity Fire Department will lead a parade through the streets starting about 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., Mayor Rachel ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Genne Sherman and her husband, Dick, discuss the long history of the playhouse Genne s grandfather built for her 6th birthday. Dick
restored the playhouse when their great-grandchildren were coming to visit their home in McMinnville.

Memories reside in tiny playhouse

Genne Sherman was 6 when she first made a pot of tea in her new playhouse. She poured a cup for her favorite doll, whom she had named Katherine. “Would you like a cookie?” she surely ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Gary Brooks shows off the working miniature sawmill, which he reconstructed over 18 months at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. He also volunteers in the museum’s real sawmill. Both turn trees into lumber, the real mill for building projects and the tiny mill for rulers.

Stopping By: On history’s cutting edge

Railroad enthusiast Gary Brooks faithfully crafts working replica sawmill and other miniatures  

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Eli Jakob and other members of the cast of Gallery Theater’s version of “All Together Now!” get ready for the fundraiser, a revue that will play Friday through Sunday, Nov. 13-14. The cast also includes Mary Acuff, Brisen Haug, Darian Kindred, Sam Koehler, Larissa Miller, Lance Nuttman, Kara Quello, Seth Renne, Evan Tait, Micah Tait, Melissa Thomas and Caitlyn Wise.

Gallery to host musical fundraiser

Gallery Theater performers will sing showtunes in a live musical revue and fundraiser that will play one weekend only, Nov. 12-14. “All Together Now! — A Global Event Celebrating ...

Submitted photo##Grandpa Rick John enjoys spending time on his small “ranch” with his grandkids, from left, Hannah, Lucy, Jackson, Oliver and Kameron.

Stopping by: A policy of giving back

When Rick John drives the streets of McMinnville, he notices familiar houses in every neighborhood. “I’ve been in that one, and that one, and that one,” he says to himself. Back ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Candle maker Stephanie Sherman repeatedly transfers hot wax between two metal pots to cool it down before pouring it into molds.

Stopping By / Waxing poetic: Business burns with passion for creating candles

Everyone has a passion. For Stephanie Sherman, it’s candles that really light her fire. She burns candles for their scent and gentle light. But she also makes and sells them, both for everyday use ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##A thousand origami cranes flutter in the sanctuary at the McMinnvlle First Baptist Church, expressing peace and joy.  The sanctuary will host a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, with a freewill offering going to the World Friendship Center.

‘Our voices for peace’: First Baptist hosts special art show, concert

The Peace and Joy Art Exhibit at First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St., runs through Oct. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. each day in the chapel and outer mezzanine of the church, entrance off First Street. Art on ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##After the opening ceremony parade, Ryan Shannon has fellow drummer Brain Campbell sign the top of his drum to remember those who participated in this year’s McMinnville Scottish Festival.

Plaid company: People pack fairgrounds for return of Scottish Festival

The skirl and drone of bagpipes, rhythmic tapping of drums and grunts of athletes tossing heavy objects filled the Yamhill County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday. The McMinnville Scottish Festival had ...

Virtual fundraiser will benefit A Family Place

A Family Place Relief Nursery will benefit from “Champions for Children,” a virtual fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 16. The evening will include information about how A Family Place is helping ...

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Melissa Gardner (Barbara Curtis) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Steve Cox), read the words they’ve exchanged over the years during a rehearsal of “Love Letters.”

A ‘moving’ portrait of love, friendship starts Friday at Gallery

Gallery Theater will present “Love Letters,” about two people reading the notes and cards they’ve exchanged over 50 years. The production will run Oct. 15 to 24, with 7:30 p.m. ...

Women’s choir to rehearse in person again

The McMinnville Women’s Choir will return to in-person rehearsals and performance this fall. Rehearsals will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Oct 5, at First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. ...

Photo by Douglass Fletcher Sisk##Gretchen Yoder, right, judges Kristine Rothwell in the caber competition at a Scottish Festival in Enumclaw, Washington, in 2019. Rothwell is one of the Titan athletes who will throw in McMinnville this year.

Stopping By: Great Scot

Celtic Heritage Alliance member Gretchen Yoder throws her experience in support of competition 

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Now that she is retired from her insurance agency, Chris Browne will have more time to spend with her hydrangeas and other flowers in her garden. She loves surrounding herself with friends, as well.

Stopping By: Mover and shaker since 1978, Chris Browne makes new plans

Chris Spika Browne hadn’t heard of McMinnville in 1978 when she applied for the job of Chamber of Commerce director. Forty-three years later, it’s hard for her to imagine not being part of ...

Rohse: Will history become buried in clutter of sports’ record data?

I worry a bit about two things that are foolish to be concerned about because I can do nothing about them. The first of these has to do with a person who has a body that is not tailored to the purposes ...

Rusty Rae News-Register ## Gregg and Leslie Rogers are surrounded by flowers in their southwest McMinnville front yard. The property is eye- catching despite the loss of two distinctive blue eucalyptus trees over the past winter.

Stopping by: Beauty beyond the trees

Couple’s yard shines despite loss of two striking eucalyptus trees Leslie and Gregg Rogers thought their beautiful front yard was a loss when their huge blue eucalyptus trees toppled ...