Category Archives: Things To Do

From Neskowin to Newport

My sister came to visit for the weekend. We packed a lot into a short time, including a night at the coast.

We went to Neskowin, where we’ve been going since we were tiny. I must not have been here for this high of a tide, you couldn’t even step onto the beach. Pretty, and we just wanted to see Proposal Rock before heading into Lincoln City, so that worked.

The next morning Brian had a few meetings so we left him and went to Newport. My sister is looking for some art and there is a gallery there I thought might have something. They didn’t but we stopped to say hello to some of my favorite residents:

I never get tired of watching them squabble and clown around.

Dylan Moran at Revolution Hall

Finally got to check out Revolution Hall, which is predictably cool. I am so glad they saved and repurposed that building. It was formerly a high school, and I have friends whose relatives graduated from there. I would drive by it on my way home as it sat empty and it always seemed a shame. Not a small project though, they had to retrofit it for earthquake safety, not cheap. The view from the second floor bar was great, overlooking a dog park with great views of downtown, so I am excited to see the rooftop bar this summer.

We were there to see Dylan Moran. He was as funny as I thought he’d be, although some of his “I’m old” jokes bother me as we are the same age.

Some quotes on the building I liked. It was dark, forgive the blurriness.

Random shot from when we were waiting for a Lyft:

MacBeth in Lone Fir Cemetery


Quick note on this, as I had intended to write this up a while ago. We saw MacBeth in Lone Fir Cemetery last month with Cindy. Put on by the Portland Actors’ Guild, it was fantastic and perfectly suited for a pioneer cemetery. It was a rare break from the nasty hot weather Portland has had this summer, and practically a flawless summer evening. We packed some wine, cheese and sourdough, and were in heaven. Lying on the blanket, looking up at the night sky and listening to the leaves rustle as Lady MacBeth slowly unravels… great.

What kind of wine does your favorite cemetery serve?

What kind of wine does your favorite cemetery serve?

TEDx Portland

Brian and I went to TEDxPortland.  Really enjoyed this – it was my first time at a TEDx. The talks were great and it was also cool to talk to people who went. We got to see the Von Trapps! They sang Edelweiss!! And some of their own stuff. We went home and bought their CD.

Speech from Arrested Development gave a great talk too, very moving. I had no idea he was from Milwaukee, or how much racism he was exposed to there, really heartbreaking.

We also saw Con Bro Chill, which I hadn’t heard of (the guy sitting next to us had gone to school with one of the band members). They were totally nuts and awesome. At one point, there were giant throbbing sparkle thongs on the big screen (matched what they were wearing). Kinda obsessed with seeing a full show. And scared. But mostly interested.
 Con Bro Chill 

Silver Creek Falls [warning: many waterfall pictures]


I can’t remember if I have written much about Silver Creek Falls on here, but we hiked there last weekend so I am posting some pictures. It is about an hour and a half from my house in Portland. There are ten main waterfalls. Gretchen, Brian and I hiked five of them. Fantastic day for it – lots of elevation, not very many people (at least for a summer day at Silver Creek Falls).

View of the top of South Falls

View of the top of South Falls

South Falls is 177 feet tall, and the one most people walk down to even if they aren’t going to do anything else. See the tiny people in the picture? That’s where the hiking trail goes, behind the waterfall.

South Falls from the middle of the hike

South Falls from the middle of the hike

This is from behind the waterfall as you are hiking along

This is from behind the waterfall as you are hiking along

South Falls

This is just after South Falls and before much else

This is just after South Falls and before much else

I can't remember which one this was

I can’t remember which one this was

Picnic!  This is where we stopped for lunch

Picnic! This is where we stopped for lunch

I’m very certain the heat blankets we carry in our packs for emergencies are not intended to be picnic blankets but it worked really well against the damp. We had strawberries, spanish almonds, Chop Garlic and Black Pepper sausage, Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, Swiss cheese and a loaf of sour dough. There may have been a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely picnic watching everyone hike by. Here’s another picture.

Picnic dam

Winter Falls - not available later in the year

Winter Falls – not available later in the year


Space Room Celebration

Across from our booth at the Space Room - beautiful blacklights and murals everywhere.

Across from our booth at the Space Room – beautiful blacklights and murals everywhere.

We went to the Space Room last night to celebrate Cindy’s birthday. I forget how much I like the Space Room and people watching there, and I hadn’t been there since it was sold recently. Exactly the same! Although the Ladies’ room was super clean, which was a great surprise over the last time I was there. The Space Room has been on Hawthorne since 1959.

It’s not as dark as Bryant’s in Milwaukee, Wisc but close. Man, I miss Bryant’s (since 1938! Brian and I had were there for the first time in college, and told his parents about it the next time we were at their house. Turns out that not only was that one of their hangouts, but we had had “their” waitress as well! Brilliant).

At the Space Room, you walk in certain you will walk into a table, and you can feel people’s eyes on you but not see them. Then, after your first beer, you can’t imagine that – why you can see everything! Until you go back outside and are blinded by how light it is at ten at night. Heh.

The Play’s The Thing

I just found out that the Oregon Shakespearian Festival is doing Othello and A Midsummer’s Night Dream, which of course are plays I love to see. I think I saw A Midsummer’s Night Dream when in Ashland when I was growing up; I know I’ve seen it at the American Players’ Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and also a few times in Milwaukee (can’t remember who performed it in Milwaukee though).

So, I guess what I’m saying is that if any of you want to join me in seeing these, speak up :) and I’ll wait to see them until you are able to join. Because I am almost certainly going to get tickets to see them.

Ashland is only a five hour drive from here, and it is a *pretty* drive. Of course I say that a lot, Oregon is shockingly diverse and beautiful.

When we lived in Madison, we were lucky enough to get free tickets to the American Players’ Theater (APT) which is the outdoor theater in Wisconsin. It was lovely, and the actors were amazingly talented, and somehow we managed to go not nearly enough. We were down to once per year, and we usually didn’t even have to pay for tickets! And it was only an hour away from where we lived!

Two summers ago, Dean and Michele and Carrie and Todd and Brian and I all agreed to get together and drive down to see a play. We brought a picnic for dinner before the play. Because all of my friends are so thoughtful and neat, each couple brought 2-3 bottles of wine, and everyone brought two or three times the amount of food that any of us could eat. We had a wonderful picnic outside, got slightly tipsy and definitely full and then walked up the hill to the play as the sun went down.

It was a wonderful night – surrounded by friends, wine, and summer air. The bats swooped the lights as you watch the stars shine brighter and brighter. You lose yourself in the play, it’s amazing. We meant to go last year with those four again, but with all the craziness of moving, it just didn’t come together. I hope they start another group to do that at APT – it is probably one of my favorite summer memories of all time.

Lake Schooner

Another thing to do before we leave – in Sheboygan, there is a rescued sunk lake schooner from the 1800s. According to, it’s free and outdoors. Brian and I are going to try to get to it before we go, sounds like a great way to spend a spring day.