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Sellwood-Moreland News – Fall 2011
The history of Oaks Amusement Park (7805 SE Oaks Park Way) dates back to 1905, when upon opening it was promptly dubbed the “Coney Island on the Willamette.” Today it is one of the oldest continuously operating amusement parks in the country. With about two dozen rides operating seasonally, a miniature golf course, a year-round skating rink, picnic grounds, an outdoor stage available for community events, and a 5,000 square foot dance pavilion that’s great for weddings and other social events, it’s no wonder Oaks Amusement Park has stood the test of time. Home School Skate events are offered on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. A full calendar of events keeps the park bustling with activity, including the upcoming Portland Pagan Pride Festival on Sunday, September 18th. An Oktoberfest celebration will occur Friday through Sunday, September 23-25. For ticket information, park hours, and more, visit oakspark.com, or call 503-233-5777.
Since 1926, the Moreland Theatre (6712 SE Milwaukie) has been the centerpiece of the historic Westmoreland district with its distinct movie marquis beckoning to moviegoers, pedestrians and motorists alike. The 675-seat theater features a single screen, and has retained its original name and glamorous ‘20s charm. Like many other neighborhood theatres built in the ‘20s, the Moreland originally presented vaudeville acts along with silent pictures, and featured a large pipe organ to accompany the on-stage entertainment. Eventually the stage shows were discontinued in favor of “talkies,” and the evolution through the decades to a more modern theater continued. Although the Moreland has updated technology to stay current with the times, it has retained its single auditorium and distinctive neighborhood appeal. Operating today as a first run theatre, it is a must-see for any devoted film enthusiast. For show times and ticket information, call 503-236-5257, or point your browser to morelandtheater.com.
Floral design is elevated to an elegant art form at By the Bunch (7042 SE Milwaukie), where owner Rachel Galloway applies her background in fashion and apparel design to provide a unique approach to her arrangements. Unusual flowers, succulents, and air plants set her work apart from more run-of-the-mill florists. Textural complexity is a hallmark of her creative approach, featuring a sophisticated color palette and modern feel. This attractive Sellwood boutique is styled after the charming French flower shops that line the streets of Paris. After over 10 years in business, By the Bunch has carved a niche for itself by stocking and designing with an imaginative and unexpected selection of flowers, foliage, branches, berries, seed pods, plants and other organic oddities. Currently popular, fall colors have inspired Galloway to create unique Halloween décor, utilizing porcelain dolls and other unusual elements. Visit bythebunchpdx.com, call 503-236-4286 for more information, or stop by Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm.
Sellwood Public House (8132 SE 13th Avenue) is a great venue for acoustic musicians, whether you’re a performer or a listener. In the true spirit of a “public” house, they have live music, cash poker tournaments, free steel tip darts, free ping pong, free pool on a full size table, sporting events in HD, and free Wifi. Great food and drink options provide something for everyone. The Sellwood Public House has a continuously expanding menu, twelve great beers on tap, and a fully stocked bar. Visitors will step off the sidewalk and step upstairs to enjoy this jovial and welcoming establishment. Inside, the new mural of the Sellwood Bridge is a charming feature. Also serving fine wines from Burdigala Wine Shop (now called Vie de Bohème), the staff at Sellwood Public House demonstrates a serious commitment to service. Ask about the party room available for banquets, birthday parties, or other special events. Stop by Tuesday through Thursday, 4pm-12am, Friday 4pm-2am, or Saturday, Noon to 2am. For more information, call 503-736-0179 or visit sellwoodpublichouse.com.
Farmhouse Antiques (8028 Southeast 13th Avenue) is situated in the center of historic Sellwood’s Antique Row, and is known for its array of antique shops and boutiques. This friendly and welcoming antique mini-mall is comprised of ten individual businesses that form an antique co-op, totaling 1700 square feet of display space. Proprietor Jean Snook, who has been in the antique business for over 20 years, describes the store as a group of friends that decided to get together and start ten individual businesses under one roof. Specializing in glassware, Farmhouse Antiques also has a large inventory of antique furniture, vintage hats, pottery, china, cast iron, postcards and jewelry. They also carry a special product for re-finishing furniture not found elsewhere in Portland. Open daily, Tuesday through Sunday, 11-5pm, Farmhouse Antiques is always buying and can help you with estate, downsizing, or moving sales as well. For details, call 503-232-6757.
YOU BREW IT
Beer culture in Portland has never been more prevalent than it is today, and U-Brew & Pub (6237 SE Milwaukie) in Westmoreland leads the way by providing home brewers everything they need in one location. Catering to the homebrewer, wine maker and beer enthusiast, Portland U-Brew & Pub, is a unique business in that it has these three distinct elements. The retail store stocks all of the ingredients and equipment for the home brewer to brew at home. They supplement that by providing six on-site brew kettles for the brewer to brew on premises. They provide everything that is needed to make the perfect brew, including bottling and kegging. When not in use by home brewers, their kettles are put to good use by professional brewers who create handcrafted beers for sale in the pub. Should you be lucky enough to find yourself there around lunch or dinner time, enjoy the delicious selection of Panini and deli sandwiches. Complete information is available at portlandubrewandpub.com, or by calling 503-943-2727.
RESALE SHOP BUS TOUR
On September 25th, five of Portland’s best women’s resale shops will conduct a bus tour. Participants will be treated to a gourmet box lunch, with snacks and beverages at each stop. Door prizes will be given away by each resale shop. Space is limited so call Silver Lining Consignment Clothier (503-238-5578) for more information and to purchase tickets $44.00 each. Silver Lining Consignment Clothier (7044 SE Milwaukie Ave.) is a woman’s contemporary consignment clothier and accessories store, with many major brand name items. They are known for their large selection of fun stylish reading glasses.modern lifestyle shop
Tilde (7919 SE 13th Ave), mid-century modern designed shop & art gallery, features a selection of jewelry, handbags, artwork and home decorative items. It is an easy, relaxing, and even inspiring environment to browse and pick up the perfect gift. Most products are made directly by an artist or small design company and are chosen for their clean lines, color and the story behind the design.
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