Lend an Ear, Come and Hear 2013

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear is an annual event featuring local writers reading their original stories, poetry, and essays.

Saturday, July 13, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM
At the Plum Hill Winery in Gaston, Oregon
After the event will be a special performance
by John Doan, acclaimed harp guitarist and storyteller

The event is produced by the Writers in the Grove and hosted by local author, Mary Jane Nordgren.

The event is free and open to everyone, and is a family friendly event. No tickets or reservations necessary. Snacks provided with wine tasting available for a modest fee.

Local writers are encouraged to submit their pieces, no longer than 4 minutes read aloud, via the submission form instructions by June 17.

Special Musical Storytelling Guest, John Doan

John Doan plays harp guitar in cottage in Ireland.Award-winning musician and storyteller, John Doan, will be the guest artist after the event, telling stories and entertaining all on the harp guitar and other “beyond six strings” instruments.

John Doan has performed around the world (currently on tour in Europe) reviving the magic and artistry of the twenty-string harp guitar. He is a master storyteller as well as an Emmy-nominated performer, composer, public speaker, historian, instrument collector, and university professor. He’s produced more than ten albums, DVDs, and is legendary around the country for his award-winning Victorian Christmas Concert, presented in Forest Grove this past December as part of the 26th Anniversary tour of the show.

He has performed with a diverse range of artists including pop star Donovan, folk legend Burl Ives, Muriel Anderson, jazz ace Larry Carlton, Mason Williams (of “Classical Gas” fame), as a member of the The New Christy Minstrels® with Randy Sparks, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less a guitar luminary than Chet Atkins.

Location and Directions

Plum Hill Winery Grape Grove.The Writers in the Grove group is grateful to RJ and Juanita Hill for invited us to join them at Plum Hill Winery again for this exciting event.

Plum Hill Winery is located about 40 minutes west of Portland, Oregon, just 10 minutes south of Forest Grove.

The address is:

Plum Hill Vineyards
6505 SW Old Highway 47
Gaston OR 97119

For detailed directions and map, see the location information on the Plum Hill Winery site.

Help Promote This Event

If you would like to help us promote this writing event, it would be appreciated. The following are the downloadable and printable flyers for the event this year.