Brush up on your juggling skills and terminology, the 15th annual Portland Jugglers Festival begins at 6pm Friday and runs through Sunday at Reed College. More a convention than a festival, the three days are filled with workshops and vendor displays and demonstrations.
But Saturday night Benson Highschool hosts The Juggling and Vaudeville Extravaganza, a rare chance to experience the best of local and national juggling and variety acts in one live performance. You can purchase tickets separately for this event from TicketsWest or Serious Juggling.
One of my favorite Fall festivals is this weekend: Polish Festival 2007. According to the website it’s the best kept secret in Portland, Oregon, but I don’t think it should be.
From the press release, here are some of the highlights:
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, and noon to 6p.m., Sunday, with continuous stage entertainment and a “Let’s Gdansk” street dance. Performers will include, for the first time, the 28-member Mali Gorzowiacy dance troupe from Poland. The popular Polonez renaissance court dance company from Vancouver, B.C. will also return.
This year’s festival foods will include potato and cheese filled pierogis, Polish entrees, fruit-filled Krakow pastries and, of course, delectable kielbasa sausages. Chefs have ordered 15,000 pierogis for the two-day feast and imported 6,000 bottles of Polish beers and wines.
This year’s Polish Festival also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the completion of St. Stanislaus Church, the heart of Portland’s Polish immigrant community.
There’s little excuse to miss this one, as there’s beer, pierogies, and it’s right on the Yellow Line; get off at the Overlook Park station.