The last couple weekends have been laced with relaxation and play and have included some of my favorite summery events.
The first important ingredient here is time (yippy) and following close on time’s heels, the appropriate weather for sitting on the back deck chatting, knitting, being entertained by wild life and sipping your beverage of choice as the day comes to a close and quietly slips into night.
Here is one of our visitors;
Attending the Art in the Pearl festival in the Pearl District of NW Portland where three park blocks are closed of to traffic and are filled with artisans, musicians, dancers and food. An end of summertime celebration that just makes your heart sing.
I love meeting all the talented artists and experiencing life through their perspectives and mediums. My favorite this time was an archeologist who uses topographical maps as her canvas and then creates and image with dye and ink, adds words and bits from nature… and then magic. You could barely get in her booth. Her art really spoke to me, because it seems like it has risen from an ancient deep place. I bought one for a friend so no picture here or she will see it.
And…then there is the music drifting in and slowly enticing you to move towards it. What finally lured me to the stages was a heavy passionate Latin beat.
I love the guitar and especially anything Latin and these two men well… heartbreaking one moment and hip swaying the next. By the end of their set I was emotionally drained and very happy. I was not the only one either, I saw lots of tears streaming down happy moved faces. Toshi Onizuka and Mariano DeOrbegoso.
They were both amazing musicians but I have never seen anyone play the guitar like Toshi Onizuka.
A really fun and artistically diverse experience.
Weekly shopping becomes a community supportive event here in the summer. Portland and it’s surrounding environs are rich with Farmer’s Markets. Stalls loaded with everything from fresh picked veggies (a vegetarians dream) to bread still warm from the oven. There are flowers galore and cookies wine cheese farm fresh eggs… you name it. I like to Market hop depending on my mood but my favorite and easiest to get to is in the park blocks on Saturday morning by PSU. This week there were dahlias every which way you turned bright, happy dahlias. Oh and tomatoes… and…you name it. Bountiful harvest indeed.