1. WinterAs we make our way through a sometimes-challenging winter, quite often we just need to take a break and breathe. One way we can do that is by getting out for an adventure and doing something that we may not ordinarily do.

This week, we continue with our series on Winter Weekend Jaunts telling our readers about interesting things that are going on in four different areas around the country, and maybe they will appeal to your sense of adventure. Let’s get on with it!

2. Zin Valle VinyardsEl Paso, TX
Zin Valle Winery – El Paso Texas

Situated in the valley of the Rio Grande, the back road of Highway 28 leads visitors to locally owned and operated Zin Valle Vineyards, El Paso’s only vineyard and winery. They offer several different varietals from their estate vineyards as well as wines from California and Europe. Spend the day at Zin Valle and experience their complimentary wine tasting, venture into the barrel room or simply enjoy a glass or bottle of wine on the patio or picnic while looking over the Zinfandel vineyard and the Franklin Mountains.

3. Zin Valle VinyardsFor a unique experience visit the Vineyard on Sunday afternoons and enjoy the sounds of live music provided by local musicians. Bring a picnic, family and friends and enjoy the day in what was once one of the country’s premier wine regions.


Location: 7315 Highway 28 (Canal Road), Canutillo, TX 79835
Dates: Year Round
Phone: 915.877.4544

4. Paisley CavesEugene, OR
The Paisley Caves and the First Americans – Eugene, OR

Learn about the regional history of Oregon and North America. When did people first arrive in North America? How did they get here? Museum archaeologists found surprising answers to these questions at Oregon’s Paisley Caves. Explore the evidence for yourself and discover the evolving story of the first Americans.

5. Paisley CavesPaisley Caves and the First Americans is part of the newly enhanced “Oregon —Where Past is Present” exhibit, now on view at the museum.  While you are there, check out the other exhibits including The New Oregon – Where Past is Present, Strung Together – Beads, People and History, and Many Nations – Oregon Tribal Flags.

Dates: December 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
Recurrence: weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Address: 1680 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: 541.346.3024
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: $3 – $10

6. Paul R. Jones GalleryTuscaloosa, AL
Freedom? Art Exhibit at Paul R. Jones Gallery – Tuscaloosa, AL

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-century African-American art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones, who has been described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top art collectors in the country.” Jones donated the 1,700-plus piece collection valued at more than $10.3 million to the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama in October 2008. An additional 300 works were added in 2013, bringing the total to over 2,000. The collection includes art in a variety of media from more than 600 artists.

7. Freedom-website“Freedom?” is a collaborative curatorial project led by members of UA’s Black Faculty and Staff Association. The group envisioned “Freedom?” as a broad theme designed to examine the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art through an interdisciplinary lens.

From this vantage, the exhibition gathers together artworks that reflect on the tragedies of slavery, celebrate the victories of Civil Rights, and herald the creativity of black artists. Nevertheless, by positing “Freedom?” as a question, the exhibition insists on the tenuous and unfinished struggle for social justice in the United States.

Dates: January 23 – April 23, 2017
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., First Fridays, 12–8 p.m.
Address: 2308 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 345-3038
Admission: Free
Website: Paul R. Jones Gallery

8. Down-The-Link-11Ft. Wayne, IN
Down The Line 11 – Ft. Wayne, IN

Feel like some music? Maybe some legendary Rock and Roll? “Down the Line” is a one-night music tribute to legends of rock-n-roll. “Down the Line 11” offers five local bands paying respect to those that inspired them.

9. Down the line concertExperience Bob Dylan as performed by Phil Schurger’s Sun Gate. Rock with Deep Purple by The Union Project. Remember Prince with Soul35, encounter INXS from Sankofa with Jared Andrews and celebrate Chicago by the Tim Harrington Band.


Dates: One night only – February 11, 2017
Location: Embassy Theater
Address: 125 West Jefferson Blvd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46802
Telephone: 260.424.6287
Admission: $20
Website and Tickets: Online or

Click on the names of these cities to obtain Visitor’s Guides for additional things to do, where to eat, places to stay, calendars of events, local attractions and more.
El Paso, TX
Eugene, OR
Tuscaloosa, AL
Ft. Wayne, IN

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