I love this time of year. The weather is starting to change and pieces of blue sky are breaking through the clouds. There is less rain and thus much more opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. As such it’s a perfect time for the city to get into full gear and bring on the festivities! I’m going to take a brief look at some of the activities that look appealing to me this month.
First – something Daniel has been harping on about – is not actually a festival per se but with the way they all celebrate there it might as well be! The Portland Timbers’ season begins this month and runs until October. We’ll probably try to catch a game at a Timbers bar. But they’re also showing them at Providence Park downtown.
More up my alley is the 11th annual Portland Oregon Women’s (POW) Film Festival. Daniel won’t be joining me for that but I will try to make a girlie night out of it. It’s very cultured and artistic all at once and is a true celebration of the art and cinematic contribution of female filmmakers globally. with filmmaker workshops and moderated filmmaker panels, it’s a must-attend in my opinion and a great, inclusive space for all women to feel valued and honored.
There’s an additional program for youngsters too – the POWGirls program offers workshops for girls aged 15-19 and is very self-esteem building. In years past, honorees have included: Allison Anders, Gillian Armstrong, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Catherine Hardwicke and Barbara Kopple.
I love Portland. There is always so much to do (and, seemingly, so little time!). I get so distracted by all the cool cultural activities taking place; we had none of this growing up. I’m so glad my kids get to be part of such a rich and vibrant region.
So, I’m planning on being a part of Whiteside Theatre’s The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger, which is an event to raise money for the Linn Benton Food Share. And of course, it’s going to be awesome with nine of our very own (Oregonian!) authors reading, as well as music.
There is also the Portland Youth Philharmonic Concert at Austin Auditorium with its annual season-opening concert by the youth philharmonic! I can’t wait for Ethan to be able to be a part of that and he is looking forward to – this year – going along and enjoying it. He truly appreciates classic music so with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Antonin Dvorak’s “Hussite Overture,” it’s sure to be a great afternoon!
Yay for summer!!!! Finally summer has arrived and apart from the kids being excited (which kid isn’t) truthfully this season is Portland is just magical.
So what is coming up for us locally that we think we’re going to do? First, Shakespeare. Oh wow we know it’s a classic but in Portland it’s even more than that. It is just wonderful and so much better outdoors. It’s loud, great acting and you get the chance to picnic. “Drinking with Romeo,” I like to call it as I take my place at the Lone Fir Cemetery. So bring out your sunscreen, get the bubbly on ice and join us for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival.
And let me tell you his….while the popular ones like ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are great, with this Portland summer program, I feel it matters less which play is being performed and more about who you’re there with. In fact, those who really are there for the play, go early so you get the good seats. As for the rest of us, we’re there to enjoy the entire event – it’s the ambience and company that truly makes it special. And it’s totally geared for kids, mega family-friendly with even dogs being welcome!
Later this month I think we’re going to participate in Portland’s 76th Annual Saint Patrick Day. Traditionally we’ve gone for a more boozy marking of the milestone but as the boys get older they become more fun for us to do stuff with so this family day looks pretty appropriate. For a week leading up to the day (and the next day) there are the St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls, but, you know, been there done that (or, as Daniel would say “you’re getting old,” which is also true!
There is the dance cruise that could be fun (any Saturday in March) which leave south of the Broadway Bridge, but, to be honest, given that it’s only for 21+ year olds it’s not something I want to do that much that would justify a babysitter.
I think instead we’ll just save our pennies for Frankenstein’s Comic Book Swap on March 25th at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. When I showed my boys the advert for this, their eyes lit up. Now seriously what is better than a happy child?