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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, June 8, 2013

Hello, Portlanders!   Welcome to the weekly Portland events blog, with lots of ideas of things to do in Portland, including the Portland Rose Festival!  I was driving home from work last night through Downtown and over the Broadway bridge into NE Portland, and was delighted to take note of the tents, lawn chairs, and tape on the sidewalk pavement marking Portland's annual tradition of the Rose Festival Parade!  There is just something so nostalgic about the simple joy of watching a parade, and Portlanders come out in force to enjoy all the Rose Festival festivities each year.  

Saturday, June 8 - Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade

Get all the information on Portland's Grand Floral Parade.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 , 10am

Memorial Coliseum to downtown Portland

Parade route map and more details


This is the last weekend to enjoy CityFair on Portland's Waterfront Downtown, so get down there and enjoy the rides, food, music, and family fun.

PDX Beer Week, 2013


Portland Beer Week returns to the greatest beer city in the world this June 7 through June 17. After a successful first year, Portland Beer Week has brought together an even more exciting group of events for its second year including a new official beer, a dry-hopped India Red Lager created in collaboration with Deschutes Brewery and Hopworks Urban Brewery -- available in both bottles and on draft through this 10-day beer week.

In addition to having more breweries than any other city in the world, Portland enjoys one of the most advanced beer cultures -- and a thirst for fun and educational craft beer events. Portland Beer Week aims to celebrate and expand that culture, not just by promoting Portland brewers and breweries, but tap houses, restaurants, food, and underexplored beer styles. Craft beer culture is not just about the beer itself but about the people, food, camaraderie, and education that comes along with this art form.

Festivals are a key component to this week's Portland Beer Week; the return of the popular Portland Fruit Beer Festival (June 9 & 10) -- in its second year, newcomers like the Rye Beer Fest (June 8), and the return of one of Oregon's most unique events, an Olympics-style Brewers Summer Games (June 16).

Much more than a series of festivals though, Portland Beer Week aims to educate as well as entertain with a series of beer-related seminars, exploring everything from how to taste and evaluate beer, to pairing food with beer, barrel-aging beer, sour beers and blending, and wild and farmhouse-style ales.

Little-Known Portland Stuff (and a Cool Website!)

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

Wikipedia was born in Portland, Oregon. It's true! I read it on Wikipedia! Of course I cross-checked other sources as well, but it appears to be legit.

That's only one thing I didn't know. Once I read the above fact, I had to find if I could dig up some more little-known facts. Turns out we aren't the city with the most superheroes (that would probably be New York City, because you know, New York City!), but we can lay claim to Dark Horse Comics – fine, Milwaukie may lay claim to Dark Horse Comics, but come on, it's just the other side of the city limits, a veritable walk down the sidewalk to go look at the life-size models of sci-fi movie fame in the window, so for the sake of this article I'm saying it counts.

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                                                                   One of these things is not like the others...

Okay, how about this: Portland has the smallest park. It's called Mill Ends Park and it resides in the median strip on SW Naito Parkway. You can't hike this park. You can stand in it, but no doubt someone will scream at you for doing it. The whole thing is two feet across. It was supposed to be the site of a light pole to be installed in 1948, but there were delays, and then it sprouted weeds, and knowing this town I'll bet it wasn't long before it had at least four orange cones around it. This city loves its orange cones. In 1971 it officially became a city park.

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The Mai Tai was invented in 1944, at Trader Vic's (one can be found in the Pearl District). I've never had a Mai Tai, are they any good? I only ever see aged boozy matriarchs on bad television shows drink them. I have to go to Trader Vic's soon. I think I love tiki bars, but The Alibi is my only experience.

I didn't know there was such a thing as a teenage drag queen pageant (not that there's anything wrong with that!), but Portland boasts the oldest established one. It's called the Rosebud and Thorn and it's been going since 1975.

Should you like to explore more of the odder things and events Portland has to offer, Hidden Portland is your on-line resource. You can even get printed guide books and a walking tour!

Save Chuck E. Cheese for later. Go explore.

Editor's Notes:

There are several places to find great Mai Tai's and rum drinks in Portland!  Here are just a few to try:

Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

The Alibi, 4024 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Trader Vics, 1203 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

Saucebox, 214 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Rum Club, 720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214


About Mill Ends Park from

Historical Information
In 1946, Dick Fagan returned from World War II to resume his journalistic career with the Oregon Journal. His office, on the second floor above Front Street (now Naito Parkway), gave him a view of not only the busy street, but also an unused hole in the median where a light pole was to be placed. When no pole arrived to fill in this hole, weeds took over the space. Fagan decided to take matters into his own hands and to plant flowers.

Fagan wrote a popular column called Mill Ends (rough, irregular pieces of lumber left over at lumber mills). He used this column to describe the park and the various "events" that occurred there. Fagan billed the space as the "World's Smallest Park." The park was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day in 1948 since Fagan was a good Irishman. He continued to write about activities in the park until he died in 1969. Many of his columns described the lives of a group of leprechauns, who established the "only leprechaun colony west of Ireland" in the park. Fagan claimed to be the only person who could see the head leprechaun, Patrick O'Toole. After Mill Ends officially became a city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976, the park continued to be the site of St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Over the years, contributions have been made to the park, such as the small swimming pool and diving board for butterflies, many statues, a miniature Ferris wheel (which was brought in by a normal-sized crane), and the occasional flying saucer. The events held here include concerts by Clan Macleay Pipe Band, picnics, and rose plantings by the Junior Rose Festival Court.

The park had to be moved temporarily in 2006 due to construction on Naito Parkway. It was replaced on March 16, 2007 in true St. Patrick's Day style with the Royal Rosarians, bagpipers, and the Fagan family, including Dick's wife Katherine, in attendance.

Portland Photo of the Week

Rachel Carlson Photo
Busy Bee by Rachel Carlson

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is by Rachel Carlson.  Sun! Flowers! Bees! It sure feels as though summer has finally arrived to Portland.

Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!   All ya gotta do is upload your photos to the Portland photo album for a chance to win.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit

Portland Rose Festival 2013

May 26, 2013 to June 16, 2013Waterfront Portland Rose Festival 2013 Tons of family friendly events held annually each year on the Portland waterfront Downtown.  Visit website for full schedule of Rose Festival 2013 events. Rose Festival of Organized by Portland Rose Festival 2013 | Type: portland rose festival 2013

Winning Play Commission by Andrea Stolowitz

May 28, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 30, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Fowler/Levin Prize - Winning Play Commission by Andrea Stolowitz May 28 – Jun 30 How long does the battle continue after a soldier returns home? With this newly commissioned play, Oregon playwright A Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

"Ella: The Musical" at Portland Center Stage

May 28, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 23, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory Weaving myth, memory and music, Ella tells the uplifting and poignant story of one of the greatest jazz/pop vocalists of 20th century music. It's 1966 and the fabled songstress is preparing for one o Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theater, performing arts

Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail

June 1, 2013 at 10am to August 18, 2013 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer, environmentalist, and social activist, is recognized as one of America's foremost photographers. HIs life's work established photography as a truly legitimate a Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

PDX Beer Week 2013

June 7, 2013 to June 17, 2013Various PDX Beer Week 2013 Portland Beer Week returns to the greatest beer city in the world this June 7 through June 17. After a successful first year, Portland Beer Week has brought Organized by PDX Beer Week 2013 | Type: pdx beer week 2013

AHC Yard Sale

June 8, 2013 from 9am to 4pm – Private Residence Please join us for the Architectural Heritage Center’s summer yard sale!  We will have an array of items for sale.  Proceeds benefit the Architectural Heritage Center and their efforts to preserve th Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: yard, sale/fundraiser

Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design

June 8, 2013 at 10am to September 8, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Portland is the only US venue to showcase this special exhibition that will feature some 40 iconic bicycles showcasing pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design. Each bike was hand chosen fr Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibit

Portland Chamber orchestra presents "Oh, Those Gershwin Boys"

June 8, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Barnekoff Auditorium, Century High School, Hillsboro "OH THOSE GERSHWIN BOYS!" For many Americans, composer George Gershwin is thought to be a national treasure. "Oh, Those Gershwin Boys!" takes you on a musical journey through Gershwin’s 1930s Broadwa Organized by Robert Kingdom | Type: concert

PDX Urban Wine Experience

June 9, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm – Refuge PDX Join our nine winery members of the PDX Urban Winery Association for an afternoon of wine, food and fun. Each winery will be pouring 2-3 wines and you will have the chance to hear about the wines fro Organized by PDX Urban Wineries | Type: wine, tasting

Lisa Morrison + Brewvana Present: Progressive Dinner Tour

June 11, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm – Beer Bar & Bottle Shop, Burnside Brewing & Deschutes Lisa Morrison, the Beer Goddess, will be leading this progressive dinner tour that begins at Beer, beer bar and to-go bottle shop on SE Stark, for a beer and cheese pairing sampler. Next the tour hea Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: beer & food pairing, beer dinner, progressive dinner

Oregon Symphony: Boz Scaggs

June 11, 2013 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Boz Scaggs brings his unique voice and trademark sound to the Rose City! The iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist has been a fan favorite ever since his debut album, Boz, in 1965. And now fans wil Organized by Shannon Svaglic | Type: music

Sunnyside-Belmont Neighborhood Walking Tour

June 13, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm – Location provided to ticket purchasers. Explore the neighborhood where our founders, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, previously lived. The Sunnyside neighborhood along southeast Belmont contains a wonderful mix of late 19th and early 20th ce Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: walking, tour

Avenue Q

June 13, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 29, 2013 at 7:30pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza June 13-29, 2013, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays @ 7:30 pm This production is a sanctioned event of 2013 Pride NW.Winner of the TONY® "TRIPLE CROWN" for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, AVENUE Q Organized by triangle productions! | Type: theatre

Women Who Rock! Triple Tribute Show at Mt. Tabor Theater

June 14, 2013 at 9pm to June 15, 2013 at 2am – Mt. Tabor Theater All female fronted tribute bands will rock the stage at Mt. Tabor Theater on June 14th. Bands include Glass of Hearts - A Blondie Tribute, Gold Dust - A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and HeartBeat - A Heart Organized by Windy | Type: music, performance

Portland Pride Festival 2013

June 15, 2013 to June 16, 2013Waterfront Portland Pride Festival 2013 Visit  for info and schedule We're working as fast as we can to give you a sneak peek for what Pride Northwest has in store for Pride 2013! Check back Organized by Portland Pride Festival 2013 | Type: portland pride festival 2013

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals here on the blog each week.  If you're looking to buy a home in Portland, maybe one of these Portland homes for sale is the one for you!

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

June 3rd - June 10th

1.  2828 NE TILLAMOOK ST Portland, OR 97212



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2. 2304 SE TAYLOR ST Portland, OR 97214



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3. 58 NE 50TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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4. 3276 NE AINSWORTH ST Portland, OR 97211



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5. 5625 SE 46TH AVE Portland, OR 97206



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