March 14, 2004
A Taste of Tillamook, Tillamook Oregon
This was an interesting little gathering at the Fairgrounds. They had events like the Amateur Mac 'n Cheese Cook off, the (blindfolded)Ice Cream Taste Test, Chef's putting on various demonstrations, a Cheese carver, local musicians, and an array of local businesses selling their goods. This event is to raise money for the county schools and food security programs. There was also a "Food for Thought" art exhibit, the Care Food Security Program Food Drive, information from the Tillamook Farmers Market, the Tillamook Estuary Project, OSU Extension service, the Farm Fest, Senior Services info and they had kids activities.
We ventured around the various activities and made some purchases in the vendor section. That was my favorite part.. the vendor section! I replenished my wine "cellar", bought some great beef jerky and sausage, and that sort of thing! Of course, buying there, you also got things at a discount too!! We also bought some lunch from that area and enjoyed that while listening to a local guitar playing singer.
When we left there, we went across the highway and down the road abit to the... It was a neat shop in an historic building. There were supplies for quilting, weaving, and various other handiwork. It wasn't real big, but the quilts were beautiful and handmade. There were alot of handmade goods for sale and the prices weren't bad either. One room was dedicated to the woman who originally owned and operated the place. She was quite extraordinary in her abilities. And they had many of her paintings, weavings, handmade clothing, and such for people to view.
Then we went into Tillamook and to the Blue Heron so I could find some Jesse James BBQ sauce that I had purchased there before. Its really yummy! So I got that and a few other culinery delights, and then we headed for home.
Tillamook is about an hour and a half drive from Portland. But I like Tillamook and all its shops!! Its a nice little day trip from Portland every now and then.

March 21, 2004
Daffodil Festival at Junction City Oregon

To get to the Festival was a bit more than a 2 hour drive from Portland. We would have gotten there sooner, to the Festival I mean, except it wasn't well marked as to which road to take to actually get there. We finally found it, after having driven in circles for about an hour.

Mom got a great close up of these Daffodils at the entrance!

I love daffodils! I don't think you can even be in a bad mood in their presence!

There were, of course, cut daffodils and bulbs for sale! I didn't see the bulbs for sale until I looked at this picture... so I hadn't bought any. (duh!)

And there were quilts for sale in the Grange, as well as some food!

There was a horse drawn carriage to bring you in to the area from the parking area. It wasn't a far walk, but for the elderly and the little ones, it was nice of them to provide a "taxi"!

And there were small tents set up with local people selling their goods.

They even had a fellow there playing the bagpipes! He was pretty darned good at it too! We didn't get to hear much because he was at the end of his "session", but it sounded good for the part we heard!

The audience really loved him and he took the time to chat with them!

They also had an "old car" show there, but I didn't take any photos of that part.
I did find the Llamas and Alcapas to be photgenic though! (Actually, I think Mom took this photo!) But they were cute no matter who took the photo!

That was it for the festival. I think there was more daffodils down the road, but since it was getting late in the day, we decided to head home instead of driving any further south or west! If I lived closer to this event, I would probably go again, but it just didn't seem worth 4+ hours of driving!

July 17, 2004
The 52nd Annual Portland Highland Games

The event took place at Mt Hood Community College, Gresham OR. The games are hosted by Portland's Scottish community. The celebration is built on a devoted allegiance to a Scottish leneage in Oregon. On the day we went, there were music competitions & events, Dance Competitions & events, The Kilted Mile and Caber Toss, Amateur Heavy Athletics, Pro Heavy Athletics American Championship, Fiddling Competition, Children's Games, Border Collie Demonstrations, Clan Tents, a raffle, vendors, a Genealogist, Massed Bands, The Brown Sisters and George Cavanaugh, and Evening Ceilidh to name a few of the events.

The Vender Tents

Just Folks

Highland Dancing is basically an athletic event. The dances are so vigorous you have to be in good shape to do them! These dancers have practiced many many hours to be as good as they are!

The Pipe Band competition. The bagpipe became established in the Scottish Highlands around the 1400's, although they have been around since the 12th century. The bagpipe originated in Scythia in the Near East. The Highland Pipe band consists of a chanter that plays the melody from a nine note octave, and three drones that provide the continuous tones.
The bands all performed very well in their competition.



Last, but not least, The Brown Sisters and George Cavanaugh. They are from the Los Angeles area and this was their first visit to the Portland Highland Games. They were really good. The guy on the left, I forget his name, offered comedy relief at times and also sang well! George is the cutie on the right! :)

It was, unfortunately, very hot and very humid Saturday, so we didn't stay all that long. When we got there, we dined on a "Banger"... which is a sausage in a bun. Had I not been so hungry, I probably wouldn't have liked it but, it was good enough at the time! I did notice in reading the program.... there was no tent for Clan Gregor... which would be my clan.... that is disappointing. The event is worth going to, (it costs $12 for adults), and especially interesting if you have Scottish ancestors. At any rate, it was a nice, but too hot day.

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