Your guide to the dedicated and creative entrepreneurs who bring life to the Lincoln City Farmers & Crafters Market. Catch them from 9 am to 3 pm every Sunday on the lawn of the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
Mikey Jones was one of the first 10 vintners to make wine in the Willamette Valley, planting his first pinot grape vines in 1974.
“He calls himself one of the ‘Old Boys,’” said helper Ethan Epperson. “He’s the kind of person who follows his own vision and works hard to achieve it.”
Since those early days, the winery has grown to produce a variety of reds, fruitful whites, dessert-style wines, one-of-kind specialties and blends.
Each bottle features high-quality corks imported from Portugal, and artistic labels decorated with works from the painters in the early 20th Century Fauvism movement, whose spirit is reflected in the company motto:
“As the Fauvists painted, we make our wines without attention to borders or the constraints of convention.”
Beavers and ducks lay near chicken eggs at Ethel’s Crafts booth, where you’ll find coasters, aprons, adult bibs and pot holders, many emblazoned with sport team logos. And if you’re lucky, you can get one of the cartons of eggs she brings from her family farm.
“I’ve sewn all my life,” she said. “But I didn’t get to do it as much when my kids were born. You have this idea that you are going hand-make all your kids’ clothes, but then you end up getting too busy raising them to do it.”
After retiring in 2000, she decided to double down on her hobby.
“As soon as I retired I decided I wanted to do craft fairs,” she said. “And I been doing them ever since.”
Her emphasis, she said, is making useful items and things that kids will enjoy too.
Glass artist Paris Birdwell seems to go where the winds of creativity blow her, including Hilo, Hawaii, Joshua Tree, California, and all points in the Northwest.
She studied glass in college, worked extensively in glass factories and on the teams of professional glass artists, and has studied with some of the maestros in glass including Pino Signoretto, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Peter Neff.
Creations found at her popular booth include jewelry, floats, glassware and artistic glass sculpture.
Paris’ long-term vision includes opening a hot-shop of her own powered by solar and wind and using recycled glass.