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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 27 - August 3 2013



Another beautiful, sunny Portland weekend has descended upon us and with that, another edition of our all-local Portland blog. We spent the last weekend at Lost Lake, a favorite weekend retreat. They don't take camping (or any) reservations, so the drive there is fraught with excitement, wonder and some anxiety: will we get a spot? are they booked? I get nervous butterflies in my stomach just thinking about how it feels to make the long, winding --and stunning!-- drive up through the Hood River and Odell area, watching all the cars heading there or coming back. With each car, I wonder: did you just leave? Oh, wait - are *you* heading there, too? There are only maybe a 150 camping spots and we've had many an occasion to pull in and find the car ahead of us took the very last spot. It's worth the gamble of driving two hours and being turned away. Yes, we love it that much.

Lost Lake Beckons


The first time we ever went there, we had no idea what awaited us. We could not have imagined this incredible crystal clear lake whose only purpose in the world so it seems is to provide a mirror to the majestic Mt Hood. I could not grow tired of looking at this iconic combination of the two: a serene and pure mountain lake and a towering volcano roaring up behind the trees. The image will take your breath away.

The folks who work at Lost Lake are some of the happiest people in the world. No wonder. We've had many an occasion where a kind host on a golf cart cruised us around the grounds looking for "overflow" camping, making it their mission to find us a little block of earth to call our own for the next few days. An icy beer from the cooler is even trade.


Lost Lake Resort and Campground

The fishing is sublime, the starry skies over the lake are divine and the hiking is excellent. This place is pure perfection.





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  • Educate, Explore, Enjoy

    You know, I brag and brag on this city. I'm so excited to be here every single day that sometimes my exuberance for it just bursts forth and I wax rhapsodic to anyone who will stay in the room to listen to it. I ooh and ahh over the scenery (especially on those cool overcast autumn days when the colors seem to radiate and the air carries the scent of chimney smoke), I actually grin to myself when all alone on a Forest Park path or taking a ride on my bike through the southeast neighborhoods (Who does that? Who are the people who actually smile to themselves, by themselves? Happy people!), and I'm never at a loss to find something interesting or awesome regardless of which neighborhoods I'm visiting or traveling through.



    So pardon me when I state here that sometimes I'm perplexed by, and feel badly for, many of the native-born citizens of Portland (and quite a number of Oregonians from elsewhere, actually), because they either seem so blasé about where they live, or suffer gross misunderstandings based on information obtained from hearsay.

    Co-worker: “Nah, I don't go into NoPo much. They hate white people up there, y'know?” (What?)

    Mover: “You'll wanna put a kick plate on this back door. People around here'll just bust it down if they want your stuff”. (Well aren't you just the goodwill ambassador!)

    Customer at the service desk: “Gawd, downtown is such a [expletive]. Nothin' but traffic and bums.” (The [expletive] you say?)

    I've spoken with people who've been here their entire lives, who have never stood on the grass at Tom McCall Waterfront Park or watched river traffic from the Eastbank Esplanade, who have only the vaguest of notions as to where Forest Park is, let alone walked a path in that glorious place, who have never sat and people-watched at Pioneer Courthouse Square, who haven't once listened to the hum and clatter of a Max train from inside one, who have never taken their children to see tadpoles in pools at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, who have never walked a step or rolled a tire on the Springwater. That's too many “who have nevers” for one paragraph. I'm sorry that it's actually possible.


    These days I'm helping PortlandNeighborhood out by taking some photos and writing updates for the 'Neighborhoods' section of the website. Aside from a few technical difficulties (i.e. my camera is old and I suck using it), it's been both fun and educational. Fun because I have an excuse to revisit old haunts around town, and educational because I'm learning about parts of the city I hadn't until now paid much attention to. I suppose we all do it to some extent; we have our neighborhoods and perhaps those immediately adjacent, and that general area becomes our prime sphere of influence and knowledge base. But in a city such as Portland, to not go farther afield is to do oneself a disservice.

    I'll bet that, although I've so far only written up a handful of these neighborhood profiles so far, I've visited and actually observed more of them than quite a few natives I've met. And that's a shame.


    So follow the example! You don't have to write about it (but please do, because I'd love to read your experiences!) but you can pass on your knowledge and your love of your place in the world, share it with those new to town and still goggle-eyed at the possibilities.

    And always ask the newbies where they've been. You may learn something.                                                                  






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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by Laura who snaps a shot of what must've been the Bluesfest down on the riverfront seeing all those boats. It's very uncommon to see so much boat "traffic" on the Willamette River.


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Featured Portland Events


JAW: A Playwrights Festival takes over the Armory

July 27, 2013 at 4pm to July 28, 2013 at 10pm –Portland Center StageJAW is Portland Center Stage’s developmental festival of new work for the stage. For two crazy weeks in July, JAW: A Playwrights Festival takes over the Armory, inside and out. And as always, we’ll pOrganized by Portland Center Stage | Type: playwright,festival



July 27, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm – All American Magic Theater - Mall 205The Summer Magic continues with another great show at the All American Magic Theater ! Always bringing new twists and surprises, this already amazing show is brought to you by Master Illusionist MarkOrganized by Mark Benthimer - Kevin Noteboom | Type:familyentertainment2hourshow


North Mississippi Tour

July 27, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm – North Mississippi AveJoin us for a three-hour tour through Portland’s newest culinary hot spot. We will explore N Mississippi Avenue, a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood full of great food and lots of personality. SampleOrganized by Forktown Food Tours | Type: tour


4th Annual Heritage Home Tour: “Made in Portland”

July 27, 2013 from 10am to 4pm – Portland Area  The Architectural Heritage Center is proud to present its Fourth Annual Heritage Home Tour, with the theme “Made in Portland.” Visit five fascinating Portland homes that represent the work of distiOrganized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type:fundraiser


Division Clinton Street Fair 2013

July 27, 2013 all day – "Division Clinton"SE Portland's Division Clinton Street Fair 2013 The morning parade along Division and Clinton Streets will kick off a full day of live music, family fun, children’s eOrganized by Division Clinton | Type: division clinton street fair


Washington County Fair 2013

July 25, 2013 to July 28, 2013 – "Washington County Fairground"Washington County Fair 2013 Thank you for joining us at the Washington County Fair. We look forward to seeing you next year, July 25th through the 28th. Visit website for details http://www.faircompOrganized by Washington County Fair 2013 | Type:washington county fair 2013


Oregon Brewers Festival

July 24, 2013 at 12pm to July 28, 2013 at 7pm – Tom McCall Waterfront ParkThe Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation's longest running and best loved craft beer festivals with 84 craft beers, live music, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia displays, beer writers aOrganized by Chris Crabb | Type: beerfestival


First Thursday Portland

January 3, 2013 at 6pm to December 5, 2013 at 9pm –"Pearl District"First Thursday Portland Gallery Walk in the Pearl Every first Thursday of the Month in the Pearl District at various art galleries. Visit for info 2013 First ThuOrganized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday portland


First Fridays SE Galleries Art Walk

January 4, 2013 at 6pm to December 6, 2013 at 8pm –"Various SE Galleries"Welcome to First Friday! Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist reOrganized by First Fridays | Type: first fridays


Tabor Farmers Market

January 5, 2013 at 6pm to December 28, 2013 at 7pm – "SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St."Tabor Farmers Market @ Cafe au Play is a Year Round Farmers Market in SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St. The market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. This unique market surrounds Cafe au PlaOrganized by Tabor Farmers Market | Type: farmers market


Last Thursdays on Alberta

January 31, 2013 at 6pm to December 26, 2013 at 7pm – "Alberta Street"Last Thursdays on Alberta Street Gallery and shop art walk. Held every last Thursday of each month.  Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 14th season. Artists, musOrganized by Last Thursdays on Alberta | Type: last thursdays on albertaYou have not respon


FREE Tours of the Gerding Theater at the Armory

June 15, 2013 at 12pm to December 21, 2013 at 1pm –Portland Center StageOn the first and third Saturdays of each month, the historic Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE, behind-the-scenes tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex transformed from an 1891 mil


Summer Fun Camps and Classes

June 17, 2013 at 9:30am to August 15, 2013 at 4pm –Portland Metro ArtsSUMMER FUN AT PMA.  A rich variety of exciting half-day and whole-day camps/workshops are available. Some programs focus specifically on dance, music, theatre or visual arts. Others are multi-arts,Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: campsandclasses


OMSI Mummies of the World Exhibit

June 30, 2013 to September 8, 2013 – OMSI Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancOrganized by Lorri E. | Type: omsi


Photo Contest: Oregon Wild

July 3, 2013 at 6pm to September 20, 2013 at 7pm –submit online: Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland, OR 97217 Email: Find adventure in the perfect shot. The Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest is back for its ninth yOrganized by Oregon Wild | Type: photographycontest


Music on Main Street

July 10, 2013 at 4:30pm to August 28, 2013 at 7pm –"Main St. & Park"One of the best parts about summer in Downtown Portland, Music on Main Street returns for another year of free summer music. Located in downtown Portland on Main Street, between Southwest Broadway &aOrganized by PCPA | Type: music on main street


Plaza Palooza - FREE Concerts!

July 11, 2013 at 6pm to August 29, 2013 at 8pm –Between NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. and Grand Ave., directly across the street from the Oregon Convention CenterOregon Convention Center’s FREE summer concert series, Plaza Palooza, opens Thursday, July 11th with one of VH1’s most popular artists and past ‘Voice’ finalist, Vicci Martinez. Vicci's appearance wiOrganized by Plaza Palooza | Type: freeconcerts!



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