Saturday, September 5, 2009

Things to Do on a Rainy Labor Day Weekend

Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

Grab your Boots and umbrella some places are fun to visit in the rain. Animals at the Oregon Zoo love to frolic in the rain. The Japanese Garden reflects rain drops and has hidden dry shelters. The Chinese garden has sheltered spots perfect for watching rain drop in the pond. Rain drops on roses, the Washington Park Rose garden and the Peninsula Park rose gardens are not too muddy and in full bloom.

If you want to stay inside there is the Stark’s Vacuum cleaner Museum or touring Bob’s Red Mill.

Have a fun weekend.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Portland Saturday Market

Bill Naito Legacy Fountain

This week end August 22 and 23, 2009 marks the grand opening of Portland Saturday Market and the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain. I hear that it is a lovely new fountain in place of sewer construction. Saturday Market is in a new location, next to the fountain, under the Burnside Bridge on the Willamette River’s west bank. Everything is new and shiny, the refurbished walk way from Max to the new location on the waterfront. I can’t wait to see it. All of your favorite venders are open.

Swan Island Dahlias 2009

Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

Blooming like crazy are the Dahlias in my yard. Which means that it is time to go visit Swan Island Dahlias.

The fields that are open August 1st through September 2009, 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm. Stroll through over 40 acres of dahlias in full bloom.

Lots of free parking and picnic tables.

Dogs are allowed on the premises on a leash, however they are not allowed in the indoor display rooms.

The annual Swan Island Dahlia Festival is August 29th, 30th, 31st & September 5th, 6th, 7th, 2009 Saturday, Sunday, & Monday (both weekends)
Indoor Display Hours 10 am to 6 pm, Field Hours 8am to 8pm
The festival has free admission and free parking. The grounds are handicap accessible
Taking place during the festival at noon and at 3pm are demonstrations and talks about dahlia culture. Demonstrations on dividing dahlia tubers take place at noon and 5 pm each day of the festival.

located at: 995 NW 22nd Ave,Canby, OR 97013

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pendleton Woolen Mill Washougal, Washington

The store at the mill in Washougal is having a huge warehouse sale. The sale is on until August 16. I just got back from shopping there. There was lots of clothing for only $2.99 each. Men’s wool shirts for $29. Plenty of XL Shirts The larger sizes are gone. Blankets on sale too. Fabric for $2 a yard if you bought the whole bolt. Many of the bolts had about ten yards on them. I bought 10 yards of drapy navy blue wool. Such a bargain. I am going to make fall dresses out of it.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Movies in Portland City Parks August 2009

These are free events. Movies start at dusk. Pre movie entertainment starts at 6:30 pm Bring a picnic and enjoy the show. Please follow all the park rules about alcohol and dogs.

Saturday August 1, 2009 Earl Boyles Park Shrek
Sunday August 2, 2009 Sellwood Park Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Tuesday August 4, 2009 Glenfair Park Charlotte’s Web
Thursday August 6, 2009 Brooklyn Park Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Friday August 7, 2009 Willamette Park Hairspray
Friday August 7, 2009 Multnomah Arts Center X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Saturday August 8, 2009 Dickinson Park Coraline
Monday August 10, 2009 Laurelhurst Park Casablanca
Thursday August 13, 2009 Grant Park Hotel for Dogs
Friday August 14, 2009 Laurelhurst Park The Wizard of Oz

Friday August 14, 2009 St Johns Park The Tale of Despereaux

Saturday Aug 15, 2009 Sewallcrest Park School of Rock
Saturday August 15, 2009 Lents Park Iron Man
Wednesday August 19, 2009 McCoy Park X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Thursday Aug 20, 2009 Parklane Park High School Music 3: Senior Year (subtitled for those with hearing disabilities)
Friday August 21, 2009 Irving Park Iron Man
Saturday Aug 22, 2009 Washington Park Blue Hawaii (Salute to Elvis)

Wednesday August 26, 2009 Peninsula Park The Longshots

Wednesday August 26, 2009 Sellwood Park One Night in Frogtown

Thursday August 27, 2009 Hazeltine Park Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Friday August 28, 2009 Washington Park Mamma Mia! (Sing Along)

Saturday August 29, 2009 Laurelhurst Park Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Tuesday September 1, 2009 DeNorval Unthank Park Casablanca
Friday September 11, 2009 Multnomah Arts Center The Neverending Story

Friday, July 31, 2009

Washington Park summer festival 2009

Summer of 2009 Washington Park Summer Festival
Amphitheater Stage, August 2-15, 6:00 PM
Bring a picnic and enjoy these fabulous concerts and shows. Dogs must be on a leash. Short sand chairs work best in the Amphitheater. Tri-Met runs a shuttle from the Max Zoo station.

Sunday August 2, 2009 Portland Festival Symphony

Monday August 3, 2009 Al-Andalus Ensemble with Dance (Contemporary & Ancient World Fusion) Spanish music

Tuesday August 4, 2009 Vagabond Opera (Neo-Bohemian Cabaret)

Wednesday August 5, 2009 Tahoe Jackson's Consortium (A Soulful Love Letter to Portland)

Thursday August 6, 2009 The New Iberians (Blues & Zydeco)

Friday Aug 7, 2009 Portland SummerFest Opera in the Park: La Traviata by Verdi

Saturday August 8, 2009 Devin Phillips (Modern Jazz Quartet)

Sunday August 9, 2009 Art Abrams' Swing Machine (Big Band)

Monday August 10, 2009 Patrick Lamb (Soul/Blues)

Tuesday Aug 11, 2009 Portland Taiko & Mizu Desierto Butoh Theatre

Wednesday Aug 12, 2009 Joni Harms (Putting Western Back into Country)

Thursday August 13, 2009 Kate Davis & Portland Legends of Jazz

Friday August 14, 2009 Oregon Ballet Theatre & Portland Cello Project

Saturday August 15, 2009 Melao De Cuba (Salsa Dance Party)

Sunday August 16, 2009 Rain Date I hope that it doesn’t rain, but we sure could use some rain.

The amphitheater is right next to the rose garden. Enjoy smelling the rose on a hot August evening.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Movies in Portland City Parks Summer of 2009

July 2009
These are free events. Movies start at dusk. Pre movie entertainment starts at 6:30 pm Bring a picnic and enjoy the show. Please follow all the park rules about alcohol and dogs.

Friday July 24, 2009 Brentwood Park Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Saturday July 25, 2009 Colonel Summers Park Dirty Dancing

Monday July 27, 2009 Laurelhurst Park Singin’ in the Rain

Wednesday July 29 ,2009 Fernhill Park Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (in Spanish, subtitled in English)

Thursday July 30, 2009 Argay Park Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (subtitled for those with hearing disabilities)
Friday July 31, 2009 Cathedral Park Zathura: A Space Adventure

Friday July 31, 2009 Kenilworth Park Kung Fu Panda

Shakespeare in the Park 2009

Portland Actors Ensemble presents “The History of Henry IV, Part
One” for the summer of 2009. This is their 40th Season presenting Shakespeare in Portland Parks.

This play has a great cast of characters including Sir John Falstaff. Henry has great troubles in this play, with disposing of King Richard and the crusades who wouldn’t have troubles.

Metro-area Parks – all performances at 3 pm:
Laurelhurst Park: Sat. August 1 and Sun. August 2
Washington Park: Sat. August 8 and Sun. August 9
Gabriel Park: Sat. August 15 and Sun. August 16
Lynchwood Park: Sat. August 22 and Sun. August 23
Concordia University Amphitheater: Sat. August 29 and Sun. August 30
Reed College: Sat. Sept. 5, Sun. September 6, Labor Day, Monday Sept. 7

All shows are free and start at 3 pm.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oregon Brewer’s Festival

I had fun watching the parade starting the Brewer’s festival. I got stuck in traffic while the parade went by. Tubas, yellow shirts and banners went by. What a Dionysian start to the festival. The festival is from Thursday July 23 to Sunday July 26, 2009. Admission is free. But the Beer isn’t. Located at the Water Front Park in down town Portland, Oregon.
Celebrating 22 years of American Craft Beer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oregon Zoo Summer concerts

Wednesday Zoo Tunes

The Wednesday night concert season is in full swing. Tonight is Riders in the Sky. Woo Hoo my favorite Cowboy band. The concert lawn opens at five tonight. Concert at 7 pm. Tickets $10.50 or free for plus members. Please do not bring any beverages, not even water bottles. You can bring empty water bottles and fill them up at the zoo. Unopened containers can be donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

I can’t wait to get up there and enjoy my favorite Cowboy band on this nice summer evening.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cathedral Park Jazz festival 2009

The 29 th Jazz festival starts Friday July 17, and runs until Sunday July 19, 2009. I have been listening to previews of the music on KMHD 89.1 FM. The music is another great line up. Last night I enjoyed Duffy Bishop’s performance. There is a beer and wine garden at the festival. When I am not at the festival I 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. Please donate money if you can.

6:00 - Bill Rhoades Trio

8:00 - Duffy Bishop
Noon - Toshi Onizuka
2:00 - Kate Davis
4:00 - Jessie Marquez
6:00 - Carleton Jackson

Noon - Grant Richards
2:00 - Dan Schulte
4:00 - Alyssa Schwary
6:00 - Allen Hinds

Friday, July 17, 2009

Star Trek in the Park

This is a free play in performed in Woodlawn Park Amphitheater on the corner of North East 13 and Dekum Street. The play starts at 5 pm, when the day starts to cool down. Performances are Saturday July 18, Sunday July 19 and Saturday July 25 and Saturday July 26, 2009. The cost is free, but please donate to the troupe.

This year the Atomic Arts troupe is performing Amok Time where Spock has a mysterious health problem and he must go to Vulcan. The actors did a great job with this play, enthralling the audience. The fight scenes where realistic and fun to watch. The suspense kept me on the edge on my lawn chair. The costuming was true to form. The sets fun and believable. If I have time I will go see it again.

Live long and prosper.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rose Festival 2009

Freedom Bird
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
Rose Festival 2009

Another festival has come and gone. The parades were wonderful. I had a great time going to the parades. The rose gardens have just started blooming. Everything is late this year.

Visit the Washington Park Rose garden 400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland , Oregon.

Or the Peninsula Park Rose garden 700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR for beautiful blooms.

These pretty gardens carry on the tradition of roses in Portland.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Writers Resource Fair

At Multnomah County Central Library
801 S.W. 10th Ave. Portland Oregon
From noon to 3 pm Sunday March 15, 2009

This free event has over 20 venders offering editing, publishing, writing groups and books for sale. Plus it is held in the beautiful Central branch library. This library is worth a trip just to look at it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

National Money show

What a thrifty idea, looking at a lot of money with out spending any. See famous money like $100,000 bills, World’s most famous nickels and legendary 1804 silver dollar. This is the Numismatic Event of the year.

From 10 am to 6:30 pm, closes 2pm on Sunday, March 13 to 15, 2009 at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon.
777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR, 97232
(503) 235-7575

Admission free

Friday, February 20, 2009

Spring Portland Home and Garden Show

EXPO Center

This show is worth going to because the diversity of the venders. I especially liked the Pendleton Wool 100th Anniversary booth. There was a huge wall of blankets. A display of Pendleton clothes from over the last 100 years. And lots of Pendleton wool items to buy.

There is a large amount of plants for sale. All the venders that show up for every show. You can enter to win an Adair home. Stop by Montivilla sewing. It was just fun to walk around in.

$10 admission. Three dollars off with Fred Meyers card. $7 dollars parking. Yellow max line, last stop.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Now showing at OMSI is Da Vinci The Genius.

This show is fun and interesting. I was disappointed that not enough of the gadgets were interactive. They were cool to look at. The bike looked very uncomfortable to ride. The flight machines looked like birds. The Military machines were scary. The ball bearing and gear system were fascinating. What really piqued my interest was the information on his paintings. The layers, the pigments were exciting new information to me.

Also this weekend is the agate and mineral show.

They will be open Monday February 16, 2009 in honor of Presents day. Normally they are closed on Mondays.

Admission prices Adult $11, youth 3 to 13 and senior 63+ $9
Parking $2

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show

This quilt show is at the Oregon Garden located in Silverton, Oregon.

Friday January 30th and Saturday January 31st, 2009
Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children 7 & under free. Fee includes admission to garden.
Look around the garden while you are there. The conifer garden is gorgeous to look at in January.
The web site has driving directions.