Oh well. It's always good to have a reason to come back someday, right?
Here are five Portland summer "musts" we didn't miss this summer, in no particular order:
1. Berry picking on Sauvie Island - blueberries, strawberries, marionberries, blackberries, raspberries, yellow raspberries... If you can name it, chances are pretty good that you can pick it every summer at one of the numerous U-Pick farms on the island that's just minutes from downtown.
(peaches, cherries and other stone fruits also available)
2. The annual Mississippi Street Fair. I used to enjoy visiting this street fair every year - there are always new artists doing something kitschy or interesting. With no "kitschy" budget this year, as well as a big aversion to consumerism and unnecessary "things" given our current lifestyle, and OMG ALL THE PEOPLE, it wasn't so enjoyable.
But I'm glad we went because we now have a fond memory of the "Gentrification is WEIRD" t-shirt stand (if we did have a "kitschy" budget it would've gone to this guy), and we did enjoy the last Miss Delta hush puppies we'll probably ever eat.
3. The Vaux Swifts watch at Chapman Elementary School. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, hunker down on the school lawn, and watch the show. Thousands of swifts swarm around an old chimney, avoiding the clever hawk(s) as they descend in a giant funnel to roost for the night.
roosting here for more than 30 years
Some nights the hawk(s) catch one or two; other nights the swifts rally and chase the hawk(s) away. It's pretty amazing. The Audubon Society has a great educational program every night in September, too.
the OBF attracts quite a universal audience
good pour, sir!
We've also hit up several craft breweries in town, but that's a story for another post.
5. A summer show at the Edgefield. The annual line-up varies pretty widely; there's usually a show for every musical taste. But nothing says summer to me like sitting on the grass watching the sun set while an awesome locally-grown band plays for their hometown.
thank you... Troutdale!
This summer we enjoyed Mr. Meloy & Co's cheerful, charming bantering with two (also cheerful, charming) friends who had never seen the band live before. The McMenamin's beer is almost always crappy and the parking lot after every show is almost always a zoo, but it's definitely always totally worth it.
Portland(ish) people - what's on your summer "must" list?