Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trout Lake Fair 2008

wild puppy float
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Trout Lake 43rd annual fair August 1 -3, 2008

This is a fun community fair. There is a fun run Saturday morning. At 10 am is a parade. The parade has lots of farm and logging equipment. Cute kids and pets are in the parade. The parade does a nice job showcasing the community. I think there are more people in this parade than watching it. Please come and cheer for this community. There are food booths selling hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages. Don’t expect Portland’s food cart cuisine; instead enjoy good old fashion fair food. There is a timber carnival from 12:30 to 3 pm. There are games for children. There is a bounce house, bungee run, climbing wall and a zip line. The day ends with a family barn dance from 7 to 11 pm. The fair is a non profit. The proceeds provide scholarships for the school children.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shakespeare in the Park

Presented by Portland Actors Ensemble. Tonight July 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm is the last performance of Julius Cesar. At Washington park inside of Lewis & Clark Circle , located at the park entrance nearest downtown Portland.

It is the 39th year of Shakespeare in the Park. Two Gentlemen of Verona will be presented for six weekends at various parks in Portland. The play Two gentlemen of Verona is a very funny play. Nobody acts like a gentleman.

The free shows start at 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun.

Laurelhurst park July 26 and 27, 2008 SE 35 and SE Oak

Lynchwood Park August 2 and 3rd, 2008 SE Haig and SE 174

Washington park August 9 and 10, 2008

Gabriel park August 16 and 17, 2008 SW 35 and SW Nevada

Fernwood park August 23 and 24, 2008 NE 37th and NE Ainsworth

Reed College August 30, 31, and September 1, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Troutlake Festival of the Arts

The festival is going on as planned. The cold springs forest fire hasn’t canceled the fun. Troutlake is a beautiful community on Mt Adams. The annual art fair is a fun all ages event. The Art festival has plenty of art, good food and beverages, along with entertainment. From Hood River go across the bridge to Bingen, Washinton. The Bridge is a toll bridge, have change ready. Follow highway 141 along the White Salmon river (where the gorge games are going on) to Troutlake, Washinton. Saturday July 19, 2008 and Sunday July 20, 2008. Free event.

Also Saturday July 19, 2008 from 5 to 9pm in White Salmon, Washington (across from Hood River, Oregon) is the Night in White Salmon art and wine event. Free event. For those over 21 buy a wine tasting pass and glass. The area has some great wine producers.

iota by kaufman

iota by kaufman
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Today Friday July 18, 2008 and Saturday July 19 all Fabric is 40% at Fabric Depot. Everything else is 30% off. The outdoor sale is still going on with lots of bargains. 700 SE 122nd Portland, Oregon

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cathedral Park Jazz festival 2008

The 28 th Jazz festival starts Friday July 18, and runs until Sunday July 20, 2008. I have been listening to previews of the music on KMHD 89.1 FM. The music sounds like another great line up. Friday opens at 6pm with Kenny Lavitz and closes with Curtis Salgado at 8pm. Saturday July 19, 2008 opens with The Krebsic Orkestar at noon, Linda Lee Michelet at 2 pm, Towner Galaher at 4 pm, and closes with Randy Porter at 6pm. Sunday starts with Bryant Allard at noon, Karla Harris at 2pm, Portland Jazz Orchestra at 4pm and closes with Bill Mays along with Gary Hobbs and Dave Captien at 6pm. McMinamens has a beer and wine garden at the festival. When I am not at the festival I will listen to the simulcast on KMHD fm. Cathedral Park is located at the east end of the ST Johns Bridge. This is a free event.

Friday, July 11, 2008

2008 Summer concerts at the Oregon Zoo

Last Wednesday concert at the zoo was another lovely performance. Hapa performed great cover tunes and original songs. The Hula dancers were lyrical and fluid in their movements. It was a pleasure to watch the dancers. To enjoy more music and dancing from the islands go to the Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 10 am to 7 pm at Ester Short park in Vancouver Washington. There will be live music and hula/Polynesian dancing all day long, plus food vendors featuring authentic foods from the islands, including shave ice, as well as merchandise vendors. Free admission Sponsored by Ke Kukui Foundation.

Esther Short Park, Esther St. and W. 8th Street Vancouver, Washington

For a list of other fun events at Ester Short Park go to:

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ringside Steak House Restaurant Glendonveer

We had a lovely anniversary dinner at Ringside. Ringside is a steak house with a well deserved reputation. If you get on their mailing list they will send you special coupons for birthdays and anniversaries. We had onion rings for an appetizer. Ringside’s onion rings are the best in Portland. I had beef tenderloin and Bruce had prime rib. The menu is a la carte. I had the caesar salad. The presentation of the salad was one that I hadn’t seen before, whole leaves of romaine lettuce topped with whole slices of parmesan cheese topped with anchovies. Good thing that it came with a steak knife because I needed a knife to cut up my salad to bite size. My beef tenderloin was tender and delicious. I had the leftovers for lunch the next two days. For dessert I had cheese cake. They brought us anniversary sundaes with a candle on top. Their wine list is extensive. The mark up on the wine isn’t very much. The Sterling vineyards merlot that we drank was $30 a bottle about $10 more than retail. If you order your food before 5:45 they have early bird discounted entrĂ©es at $25. Offer good also after 9pm. Happy Hour in the bar happens daily: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. to close.

14021 NE Glisan Portland, OR Phone: 503-255-0750

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

After the blues

Waterfront Blues Festival 2008
Sunday after the festival was over, I was sad that it was over. I can’t wait for next year’s festival. Curtis Salgado was the final act. He put on a great show. Over the years it has been fun listening to his music at the festival. I pray that he stays well enough to make it to next year. March Fourth Marching band was the next to last act. I got up close to the stage to watch their fun crowd pleasing act. Phoebe Snow sang with such a beautiful voice. On Saturday the Zydeco Swap romp was great. Duffy Bishop belted out songs with her fantastic voice. I am so glad that Reggie Houston has relocated to Portland. What a show that he put on. Until next year you can catch Blues acts at these smoke free venues: Halibut’s. 2525 NE Alberta St Portland, OR, Duffy Bishop plays there July 19, 2008. Kay’s Bar 6903 SE Milwaukie Portland, OR. Tillicum club 8585 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, OR. All the venues go smoke free on January 1, 2009.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Waterfront Blues Festival

Miller stage
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

Wow what a great show last night. Two barges of fireworks one on either side of the Hawthorne bridge. The clouds had gone away and the fireworks were great. I didn’t want the show to end. I could of stayed there forever. I have been enjoying the music, mellow music and lively music. Great guitar players and wonderful singers. Memphis soul and Count Basie tribute. Today is the Zydeco swamp romp, Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop. Tomorrow is Phoebe Snow and Cutis Salgado. Go down to the waterfront and mellow out. Benefit for the Oregon food bank $10 admission and two cans of food. Tom McCall waterfront park on the west side Willamette River by the Hawthorne Bridge. July 3 to July 6, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fourth of July fireworks 2008

There are numerous fireworks displays and activities to choose from on Friday.

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, Tom McCall water front park downtown Portland on the Willamette River. 10pm $10 admission, arrive very early because the park fills up and the fire marshal stops allowing entry into the park.

Oaks amusement Park on the Willamette river in Sellwood by the Sellwood bridge. Fire works at 9:45 pm.

PGE Park downtown Portland after the Beavers Baseball game.

St Paul Rodeo, St Paul Oregon fireworks after rodeo

Molalla Buckeroo rodeo Molalla, Oregon fireworks after rodeo

Bluelake regional park Northeast 223rd ave Fairview, Oregon music starts at 6 pm fireworks at 10:30 fee park $5 Marine drive closed between NE 185th and NE 223rd

Tigard high school soccer field 9000 SW Durham road Tigard, Oregon Entertainment at 6pm fireworks at dusk

Lake Grove swim park off Lakeview Blvd Lake Oswego Oregon fireworks at 9:45 pm

Trost Elementary School soccer field 800 S Redwood street Canby, Oregon fireworks at 10pm

Estacada High School 355 NE 6th ave. Estacada, Oregon fireworks at 10 pm

Clackamette Park 1955 Clackamette drive Oregon City, Oregon fireworks at dusk

Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve Vancouver Washington $4 gate admission

Sandy High school football field 17100 SE Bluff Road Sandy Oregon fireworks at dusk

Corbett Fun Festival Corbett, Oregon fireworks at dusk parade at 10:30 am

There are way too many events to choose from, too bad that I can’t clone myself and go to all of them.