Friday, June 27, 2008

Portland Beavers Baseball

Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Take me out to the ballgame. We taught Colby that song on the way to the game. I told him that we would sing it at the seventh inning stretch. On a summer evening Baseball games are a fun family activity. Colby got right into the game after the details and the rules of the game were explained to him. For days afterward he talked about how he went to a baseball game and his team won. Tonight is Comcast Feast Friday with cheap food like $1 Hot dogs. The Portland Beavers play the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Thursdays are thirsty Thursdays at PGE Park with cheap beer. The Portland Beavers play Tacoma Rainiers on the Fourth of July, there will be fireworks after the game. In addition to the regular ticket prices the is a special $35 field level seating with all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and soft drinks. Tickets start at $8 for general seating. Play Ball.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Kathy Mattea at the Oregon Zoo

I really enjoyed the performance that Kathy Mattea gave last night at the Zoo. The harmonies and instrumentation were tight and wonderful to listen to. Her songs told stories, many of them sad. Kathy is excellent at engaging her audience. She got the dancers up front all to move in the same direction. It was fun watching the dancers sway to the music. I enjoyed her concert.

I was disappointed with the new rules for the concerts. You can not bring in any beverages to the Zoo. That means no water bottles or juice boxes. You can bring in containers to put water into. There are big orange jugs of water near the concert lawn. The concert lawn doesn’t open until 5 pm, not 4pm. If you get there before 5 pm you stand in a hot long line with out any water. They check your tickets twice, once when you go into the zoo and again when you get to the concert lawn. There is stroller parking.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fu Jin

Recently we went to Fu Jin Chinese restaurant on Hawthorne. We were warmly greeted and seated promptly. There were lots of tasty items on the menu. It was hard picking out what I wanted to eat. I ordered shrimp and cashews, we also got General Tso chicken, Sweet and sour chicken, and pork fried rice. They served six year Colby a big plate of noodles. They were very good at accommodating Colby and making him happy. We were impressed with the sauces. Each sauce was distinctive and not over powered by any one ingredient. The delicious sauces made for a wonderful meal.

3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214-5141

Phone: (503) 231-3753

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Oregon Zoo Summer concerts

The summer season of concerts starts tonight. Yesterday the zoo looked good but had a lot of fences up for remodeling. The area behind the concert lawn is fenced off while the Alaska exhibit becomes the savanna. An example of global warming. The lawn looked nice and green, ready to sit on for a concert. Tonight Wednesday June 18, 2008 is Junior Brown. There will be 10 Wednesday night concerts this year. Check out the zoo’s web page for information on the concerts. Remember do not bring alcoholic beverages into the zoo. You have to buy your beer or wine in the Zoo and drink it there. For the rest of the rules and there are many, check the Zoo’s web page. I am looking forward to lazy summer nights listening to good music and watching the animals dance to the music. I just listened to HAPA’s music on the web playing July 9th, 2008. They sound like they will play an excellent concert.

Monday, June 9, 2008

courting RosieRose Festival 2008

courting Rosie
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
I had a great time going to Rose Festival events this year. After a cool spring my roses bloomed just for the festival. I enjoyed watching the Starlight parade. It was fun to see the runners go by in the Starlight run. One of the runners dressed as a ghost from Pac-Man got way ahead of Pac-Man and the rest of the ghosts. There was no way that Pac-Man would catch that ghost. The parade had a large number of bands including the one more time around band and the Last Regiment syncopated drummers. I have loved syncopated cadences ever since I was in drum and bugle corps and marched to the cadences. Pear’s float was the prettiest float. Daimler trucks had the most impressive trucks.
It didn’t rain on the Grand Floral parade. It was just cool and cloudy. I liked George Morlan’s purple elephant taking a bubble bath. Battle Ground’s purple ballerina hippo being held up by groaning frogs brought a smile to my face. To round out the floats there were lots of horses. It looks like every county around has a rodeo. Again the one more time around band stole the show. The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers led the rose parade walkers. Good cadences to walk to.

Yesterday I went down the waterfront to take pictures of the floats lined up along Naito Parkway. The weather was nice and sunny Sunday after a cool Saturday. I wanted to get a better look at the purple hippo and the purple elephant. Today they are packing everything up. The ships are leaving and the 101 Rose Festival is over for another year. See you next year.

Friday, June 6, 2008

A festival of quilts

The 34th Annual Quilt Show presented by Northwest Quilters, Inc. June 6-8, 2008. I stopped in to see this show. I was impressed by the number of hand quilted quilts. I was inspired by the friendly, helpful people that I talked with. There were fun cat quilts, nifty alien quilts and a quilt with a prayer labyrinth on the back. You can go to talks and demonstrations. Work on a block for a charity quilt. At PSU University Place 310 S.W. Lincoln Street Portland, Oregon. Hours are: Friday 10 am -7pm , Saturday 10 am – 4pm, and Sunday 10am -4 pm. Parking is $2 an hour or $9 all day. $6 admission Discount coupon on web page.

Fabric Depot Sale June 6 and 7, 2008

Today Friday and tomorrow Saturday is the 40% off Fabric sale and the 30% off everything else in the store. The outdoor sale is now going on. I stopped in and noticed that there are many new summer fabrics for sale. Pretty new quilting prints and plenty of prints with roses on them. The outdoor sale is a great way to stock up on notions and buy bargain priced fabric.

Tri-Met stops by Fabric Depot

700 SE 122nd cross street SE Stark, Portland OR

Thursday, June 5, 2008

First Thursday June 5, 2008

It is time for first Thursday art walk in the Pearl and downtown. It might be raining tonight. I am hoping that it is like last night with pretty clouds and no rain. Glass Art Society is hosting its 38th annual conference here in town later this month. For the month of June just about everywhere is showcasing glass art. I enjoy looking at glass art, the way light plays off the glass. Bullseye is hosting an exhibit of selected works of Klaus Moje and the Glass Workshop at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. This exhibit is held concurrently with a similar exhibit at Portland Art museum. Bullseye Gallery 300 NW 13th Avenue Portland, OR

Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park avenue admission $10

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Oaks Park

Oaks park is celebrating its 103 birthday this week end June 7 and 8, 2008 12 to 7 pm. The ride tickets are going to be dirt cheap on those days. Oaks Park is a fun place to visit during Rose festival. It is family friendly and less expensive than the waterfront village. Years ago I had a lot of fun at a children’s day at Oaks Park for the Rose Festival. I dressed up as a clown and helped my Mom who was a profession clown entertain the children.

The skating rink at Oaks Park is a fun happy place. Recently I have been taking my nephew to preschool skate at Oaks Park. The instructor is very good. In addition to showing the children how to skate, she showed them how to stop, fall down and how to get up without stepping on your hands. Until June 11, 2008 10 to 11:30 am $5 admission includes skates. Watch for summer schedule. At the foot of the Sellwood bridge, east side.