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Cherry Blossoms in the Gorge

Monday, April 20th, 2015



Polish Festival

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Portland’s 21st Annual Polish Festival at 3900 Interstate Ave in Portland, Oregon Saturday 9/20/2014 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday 9/21/2014 from noon to 6:00pm. Ethnic food with music and dancing performed on stage. I had the combination plate which had pierogies (dumplings), golabki (cabbage roll), kielbasa (sausage) bigos (hunters stew) and a dinner roll for $10.00. Croatian food was also available. There are also a number of interesting booths and some of them sell adult beverages.  ADMISSION FREE

Cattle Drive

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Cattle Drive in Eastern Oregon.  This is not the way they used to do it but times have changed.  Photo:  Near Haines, OR just west of Baker City  6/12/2006  

Empress of the North

Thursday, October 11th, 2012


The Empress of the North cruises the Columbia River from Astoria, Oregon to Clarkston, Idaho.  It’s a great way to enjoy the scenery of the Columbia River Gorge while retracing the route taken by Lewis and Clark 200 odd years ago.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 3/20/2006

Greek Festival Portland, Oregon

Thursday, October 4th, 2012


The annual Greek Festival in Portland is held on the first weekend in October next door to  the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  I enjoy watching the Greek Folk Dancing and there are about 150 different dances.  The dancers wear gorgeous authentic hand stitched costumes.   I also enjoy the food that is available and I had a gyro, spanakopita (spinach and spices in a pita pocket), Greek pastries and coffee.  There is also a small museum.  Photo:  At the Greek Festival 10/03/2009

In 2012, the festival in October 5th, 6th, and 7th and 10am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday and noon to 8pm on Sunday.  It is located at 32nd and N.E. Glisan in Portland, OR. and there is no admission charge.

Queen of the West

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The Queen of the West sternwheeler is 240 feet long and three stories high.  Wouldn’t it be great to take an eight day cruise up the Columbia and Snake Rivers to Clarkston, WA?  Lewis and Clark never had it this good but it would certainly be interesting to retrace their route.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 8/29/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Lewis and Clark Bridge

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Lewis and Clark Bridge spanning the Columbia between Rainier, OR and Longview WA..  The Chinook salmon are running and there are lots of fishermen in little boats trying to catch them.  This nice looking fish weighs 26 pounds and occasionally they catch them weighing over 40 pounds.  Photo 8/27/2010  © Marvin Kellar

Cattle Drive

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


Cattle drive near Haines, Oregon.  Everything about the cattle drives have changed over the years but the cowboys still have the same view.  Photo:  Near Haines, Or. just West of Baker City, Or   6/12/2006  © Marvin Kellar

Polish Festival – Portland, Oregon

Sunday, September 27th, 2009


The annual Polish Festival in Portland, Oregon takes place every year on the last weekend in September.  This is the largest Polish Festival West of the Mississippi and last year approximately 12,000 people attended.  It is located in the parking lot adjacent to the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church and the Polish Library Hall on Intersate Ave in historic North Portland.

They have traditional food, costumes and entertainment.  I had Kielbasa (Polish sausage), golabki (cabbage rolls), pierogi (dumplings filled with rice and meat or cheese) and bigos (hunters stew made from cabbage and meat) and it was very tasty.  Fine deserts and a wide variety of libations were also available.

On stage while I was there, were several groups of youngsters in ornate costumes performing traditional ethnic dances.  They were very entertaining and I particularly enjoyed the pride and enthusiasm of the children that were performing.  There were older groups scheduled for later in the day.

If you weren’t there, you missed it, but you can put it on your calendar for next year. It is not too late however, to attend the Greek Festival that will be held the first weekend in October at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland.  If you don’t live nearby, check to see what is going on in your area.  I am not apt to travel to Poland or Greece but they were kind enough to come to Oregon and share some of their culture with us.  Photos:  Polish Festival, Portland, Or 9/26/2009  © Marvin Kellar

Eastern Face of Mt Hood, OR

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


Eastern Face of Mt Hood from Parkdale, Or.  Photo:  4/20/2009  © Marvin Kellar