Special Events

Concert Series Continues

Concert Series Continues

Our famous outdoor summer concerts goes on into the fall!

Food, beer, wine and root beer floats available for purchase. Join us for the fun.

Kory Quinn live at the Balch Hotel   
September 19, 4 - 7 p.m.
Kory Quinn

Contemporary hobo intellectual

Bob Connolly in concert at the Balch

October 17, 4 - 7 p.m.
Bob Connolly

Bob Connolly has honed his musical craft for over four decades, playing solo or with bands in backyards, barns, bars, and festivals. He's toured extensively through out the U.S. and Canada and has delighted audience's with his rendering's of folk, blue's, Country, Swing, and Roots Rock.  

 Annual Dufur Poetry Workshop

 Annual Dufur Poetry Workshop

Surprise! Thursday August 27 and Friday August 28, 2015

Yes, Surprise. That’s our workshop topic for this year. Many of us write lovely, skillful, and sensitive poems that are almost wonderful. The problem is that sometimes those good poems don’t quite leap off the page to grab the reader.

In this two-day workshop we will play with the element of surprise to make our good poems into memorable poems. We will open our imaginations to take poems one step farther. We’ll create new work and revise old work, always looking to create unexpected discoveries.

We will emphasize taking risks. (Hey, if we make your poems worse, you can always go back to the old version!) Participants will be asked to bring some finished but not completely satisfactory poems to mess around with.

This workshop is intended for people who are serious about writing poetry. We will assume some basic experience and move forward from there.  Registration will be limited to ten participants so that everyone gets time and attention.

Where: in the parlor 

When: Thursday August 27 and Friday August 28, 2015

How much: workshop fee $135 plus hotel and meals (both reasonable)

For more information or an application form please contact:

Penelope Scambly Schott         

cell: 503-819-0975


PaintOut Comes to the Balch!

PaintOut Comes to the Balch!

Enjoy a day of art-making amidst the beauty of the Balch.

PaintOut is a 'plein air' (outdoor) painting experience for artists of all kinds. It's creative,social, unstructured play time with your muse. Bring your own art supplies and paint where ever you feel inspired, inside or outside. You bring your easel, canvas or paper, paints, pastels--whatever you like to create with. (Tables are available.) We provide the gorgeous relaxed setting and refreshments. (Lunch is available for additional fee.)

October 17 from 11am-3pm, exhibition at 3:30, concert at 4. $20 in advance/ $25 day of event Register by calling us at 541-467-2277.