Too bad you don’t have a more assiduous blogger to report on them… sorry!
· ROSE FESTIVAL! How could I go so long without mentioning it?!?!? The rides are whirling around on the Waterfront, the Starlight Parade was last weekend (good stuff: the weather was awesome and there was a huge turnout; Darcelle was the Grand Marshall!), the Junior Parade is today. The Grand Floral Parade is this coming Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Dragon Boat races begin. Our niece is paddling in the Grant High School junior varsity boat – Go Generals! The milk carton boat races might be today… if not, then they are sometime this week. The fleet will be in next week, but it’s possible that not all the usual ships will be able to make it because of the high water level on the river. Let’s see, what else… well, there’s lots and lots of stuff. Go here if you want more info: http://www.rosefestival.org/
· Safeway on Hawthorne – GONE! The block between 27th and 28th is now filled with rubble and it looks like they are digging a giant hole. Not sure if a grocery store is going back in there, or if we will see another version of the ubiquitous ‘ground level retail, condos above’ meme. One thing I will say for this piece of property, it’s got to have tremendous views! It’s at the crest of a hill and has a spectacular view of downtown, the river, AND Mt Tabor to the east. Will the upper floors also have a view of Mt Hood?
· High water. See above, Rose Festival. We have had plenty of rain this fall, winter and spring, and more importantly plenty of snowfall in the mountains. Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, all of that snow (well, much of it) is melting and heading downhill. The people who control water in these parts have been drawing down the reservoirs to make room for the expected influx. The Columbia is over flood stage right now, but not really threatening any human construction. The Willamette is near flood stage, which is considerably lower than the height of the sea wall. It is most noticeable if you are at Waterfront Park, or riding your bike over the Steel Bridge. Oh, also, the Eastbank Esplanade is closed until the river settles down.
· GAY PRIDE! Is coming our way! It’s the weekend after Rose Festival, as you all surely know. This year, instead of standing around watching the parade with beverages in hand, my lovely partner and I will be walking in the parade and handing out swag. At least, I hope there is some swag! I got roped into working on my employer’s pride committee this year and walking in the parade is de rigueur for the committee. My big contribution to the event was the idea of printed grocery bags as a giveaway. Our logo is too busy, but the bags will be useful. I’m definitely scoring one for my household! Leave me a comment and I’ll get you one too! Two colors – royal blue and lime green!