Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rickey Henderson Remembers Volcanoes Manager Tom Trebelhorn

Over the weekend, one of the all-time greats, Rickey Henderson, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his speech, he gave a sweet shout out to current Volcanoes manager Tom Trebelhorn:
In 1976, my first year in the minor league, my coach, Tom Trebelhorn, helped me develop my skill in base running and taught me to play the game hard. I had not perfected how to take a lead or how to slide. Tom asked me to come to practice early every day and work on my sliding and base running skill. I guess, Tom, that hard work paid off for me, and I am very grateful.

Go see some baseball, drink some beer, and toast the dreams of minor leaguers and the efforts of teachers everywhere.

(h/t Portland journalist and blogger Dwight Jaynes)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Liquid Courage and your own Personal Artmail

Mary Lou Zeek might have the local art market cornered on charm. Her latest is an interactive installation at Project Space II in the Livesley Building.

All she invites you to do is make a collaged postcard and to address it to someone other than yourself. It's art superfood - the blueberry of creativity and the gift economy, bite-sized and refreshing.

For more on Project Space II, see "Banking on Art" at DSS and the Project Space II blog.

Just down the block is the Conference Center with the Mayor's Annual Oregon Series. Unfortunately they haven't updated the website for the third show - it's stuck in 2008.

Here are the pieces by Louis Bunce and Harry Widman. (More Bunce here.)

The Widman piece, "The Dream," was apparently lost. It had been hanging in Council chambers, but then disappeared. Bonnie Hull offers a sweet quest story about its finding.

The Salem collection leaves me underwhelmed. It's too much of blocky, earth-tones from the 70s. I mean, there's even a big macrame hanging! It's provincial and minor. Where the Hallie Ford collection offers pieces by the same artists, the Ford's pieces are superior.

Tomorrow, on Friday, the Salem Creative Network is sponsoring a pub crawl. The idea is great, but the schedule looks a little ambitious and bibulous. Will Salem's cliques and cultures mix? Only one way to find out!

Project Space will be open until 7pm on Friday. I recommend downing a quick beer, and with the slightest of buzzes, amble over to Project Space and let your imagination run free. Make that collaged postcard, send it to someone with whom you'd like to share your creativity, and make the world just a tiny bit sweeter.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Beer Haiku - Beerku winners at Portlandfoodanddrink

Willamette hops taste
like summer: green flowers bright
and sharp as sunlight
- Karen

Fooddude posted the runnersup and Karen's winner. Is there anything more perfect on a hot summer day? Go check em out!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

First Wednesday: Pale Horse Samples, Venti's 1 year at new Site!

First Wednesday is tonight, and the weather looks to be glorious! Frosty beer will be just the ticket!

Lucky for us, Salem's newest brewery will be out and about!

At Wild Pear Pale Horse Brewing will be pouring samples from 5pm to 8pm!

The Adolph Block, the site of Wild Pear, just might be the oldest surviving building with direct ties to brewing and beer in the city.

Pale Horse will also be at the Grand Opening of the new Normandy Guitars offices, sampling from 5pm to 9pm. I'm pretty sure Normandy is in the Boise Block, next to Cascade Baking Company.

Hillbilly Blonde Ale is also on tap at Venti's, and - wait? Have they been open at the new site for a year? I think congratulations are also in order!

Anyway, enjoy some local beer in historic downtown buildings!