Archives for July 2009
In addition to the Timbers away match (find out where to watch here) and the multitude of beer events (Concordia Cup, Bones and Brews, and Bailey’s Taproom Birthday) there are plenty of other festivities that warrant your attention this weekend.
The Mount Tabor Park Centennial Celebration takes place this weekend, both Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. As you probably know Mount Tabor is an extinct volcano, one of only two within city limits in the continental USA (the other is in Bend). The park hosts three reservoirs and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the website for a list of activities this weekend – there are too many for me to list them all here. The activities range from nature walks, to marching band performances, and a bike show.
The 10th annual Iranian Festival takes place Saturday, August 1st from 10am to 6pm at the Park Blocks near PSU (I’m not sure where exactly, in relation to the Farmers Market location). Enjoy iranian cuisine while checking out the Iranian art, carpet, and other vendors. Listen to musical performances by classical and modern Iranian musicians and DJs. Visit the Persian Cultural Center of Oregon website for more information (look under events).
In addition to a beer garden, food options available include yakisoba, yakiniku, yakitori, chirashi sushi, spam musubi, and manju.
Entertainment includes Taiki peformances, martial arts demonstration, and a Bon Odori (public dance).
There are two street fairs this Saturday too.
The Fremont Fest takes place on NE Fremont Street between 42nd and 57th from 10am to 4pm. The parade begins at 10:30am. There will be live music, art, a sidewalk sale, and carriage rides. And of course tons of stuff for the kids.
The first annual Overlook Village Celebration takes place Saturday as well, from 10am to 9pm on North Killingsworth from Denver to Omaha. Festivities include a bike show, sidewalk sale, art sale, and all the traditional street fair fare.
Today, July 31st 2009, is the 10th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day (always the last Friday in July).
I used to be a system administrator, so I know how tough a job it is – the breadth of knowledge required to be a good sysadmin is extraordinary. Ultimately I realized I wasn’t cut out for the job (and I hated being on call 24 hours a day), so I changed careers (three times since then).
So here’s to all the system administrators out there – may you get through day without a fire to put out!
To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, the folks from Tillamook are throwing their 100th Anniversary Celebration at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square Friday, July 31st from 10am to 4pm.
Tillamook’s mascots, Tillie the cow and Loafy, will be there scaring the kids, and Tillamook ice cream cones will be available for a small donation to Union Gospel Mission. From 11am to 3pm they’ll even be frying up some grilled cheese sandwich “bites” for the crowd. From noon to 4pm experts will be demonstrating how to pair wine and beer with Tillamook cheeses, and cheese curds will be available (which you usually have to travel to the coast for).
Speaking of the coast, if you don’t get enough cheese Friday, head down to the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook Saturday, August 1st for another 100th anniversary celebration. From 10am to 6pm they’ll be serving up ice cream, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. There will be live entertainment and a petting zoo too.
Unfortunately, though, no cheese eating contests at either the Portland or Tillamook event.
Though Oregon Craft Brew Month officially ends Friday, the beer events keep flowing in Portland. I’ve compiled a list below of some of the best this weekend (check out On Tap for a comprehensive list).
From 11am today until closing time Sunday the Concordia Ale House (3276 NE Killingsworth) is hosting the 2009 Concordia Cup.
12 Imperial IPA’s will battle it out for best Imperial IPA in Oregon. The Winning brewer will also “Captain” Oregon’s BEER BRAWL III team to compete against Washington and California.
$12.00 entitles you to a taster tray and the voting privilege.
The 15th annual Bones and Brews fest takes place both Saturday (11am-9pm) and Sunday (11am-7pm) up on NW 15th between Everett and Glisan. The event is a benefit for the Oregon Zoo. Over 20 beers will be available to accompany the BBQ from various vendors, a BBQ contest, and the Kobe Bleu Ball eating contest! There’s also a charity dog wash and live music. Kids and dogs are welcome.
On Saturday head to Bailey’s Taproom (213 SW Broadway) for their Two Year Anniversary Barrel Aged Beer Festival, aka AnniBrew 2. A tasting glass and three tickets for samples will set you back $10. The beer list is truly astonishing.