Life in Portland Blog

Monthly Picks | May 2015

Ceramic Showcase
May 1st – 3rd | Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Presented by the Oregon Potters Association, this ceramic art show and sale exhibits the work of ceramic artists from Oregon and SW Washington. The showcase offers works by emerging and established artists available for sale, live demonstrations and music, and hands-on clay experiences for both children and adults.
St. Johns Bizarre
May 9th, 10 AM - 7PM | St. Johns Neighborhood
The 9th Annual St. Johns Bizarre is a street festival that celebrates the unique character of the NoPo neighborhood and coincides with the St. Johns Parade, one of Portland’s longest running parades, having started in 1962. The Bizarre offers music and food, as well as local vendors selling an array of handmade art & craft items, jewelry, clothing, and home goods.
Whimsical and Quirky: The Storybook Style
May 16th, 10AM – 11:30AM | Architectural Heritage Center
Do you ever wonder who was inspired to build and promote those fanciful homes of the 1920s and 1930s that seem straight out of a fairytale? The end of the First World War brought about a time of nostalgia, of lighthearted humor, and rambunctious building creations and home styles that reflected those of 17th and 18th century Western Europe. Come hear the story of how Portland came to have so many of these whimsical “Storybook Style” homes.
Memorial Weekend In The Wine Country
May 23rd - 25th, 11AM – 5:00PM | Willamette Valley Wineries
Willamette Valley wineries are celebrating 50 years since the first Pinot noir vines were planted in 1965. More than 150 wineries and tasting rooms will host special events for Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country, capping off the state-wide celebration of Oregon Wine Month.
Pittock Mansion: Behind-The-Scenes Tour
May 30th, Various Times: 10AM - 3PM | Pittock Mansion
For anyone who has ever wondered, “What’s behind that door?” this special tour includes underground hallways, the servants’ quarters, and the Mansion’s vault, among others. The tour will also examine the early 20th-century innovations that were incorporated when the historic, iconic home was built in 1914 by the forward-looking industrialist and Oregonian publisher, Henry Pittock, and his wife, Georgiana.