Do you suspect your house is haunted? Have you ever wished you were a member of a super sexy scooter gang? Have you ever wondered whether or not you could escape the Red Coats if they had imprisoned you for treason? Are you a fan of pop culture who really wants to learn about classical music? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Portland in April is the place for you. April in Bridge City offers a plethora of informative events that can sate the most esoteric of curiosities.
Seaside Civic and Convention Center
April 1st to 3rd, 2016
This year’s gathering of spooks, spirits and the people who love and understand them, will be held on the Oregon Coast. The festivities will begin on April Fool’s Day and will include an eclectic mix of paranormal experts from around the state.
You can attend lectures by experts such as author Karen Frazier who hosts, Paranormal Underground Radio in the Dark and has a Ph.D in Metaphysical Parapsychology from the University of Sedona or by people who have first had experience with ghosts, such as the Magill sisters, who occupied a haunted house together.
If you want a more hands-on experience you can have a psychic reading, have a medium contact a loved one in the great beyond or take a class in how to be a psychic medium yourself.
If you consider yourself to be something of a paranormal geek you can participate in the Geeks Who Drink paranormal trivia completion.
Tickets to the event are $5.00 and there are several hotels in the area offering specials for conference participants.
Saturday, April 1st to Monday, April 4th
So, you just got that super cool new moped and you want to cruise for chicks, but you don’t want to do it alone or sober. This event gives you the opportunity to ride your new babe magnet around town with a large group of other riders of mopeds, bikes and scooters. Alcohol awaits you at the end of each days ride and there is a group breakfast every morning to cure the hangover you are sure to acquire. The event ends at McMenamin’s Grand Lodge in Forest Grove where participants are encouraged to book a room.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
So, you feel that you should broaden your horizons and be more cultured, but you don’t want to go overboard. You want to impress people with your knowledge of the arts without giving up your love of classic television. As Mr. Spock once said, “Change is the essential process of all existence.”
This event gives Trekies the chance to watch scenes from their favorite show on a forty foot screen, while a symphony orchestra plays music from the Star Trek series and theatrical movies in the background. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are available for $35.00 to $65.00.
The American Revolution
April 6th to May 25th
If you are bummed out about not having been around to participate in the American Revolution, you can stop your moping and head on down to Cedar Hills for this happening that is presented by Portland Escape Rooms. The company offers events that let groups of coworkers, friends and family members work together to break out of a locked room in a one hour’s time.
This particular escape room takes you back to the War of Independence where your team has been charged with treason by the British. The only tools you have in the room are those which would have been available in colonial times. Fortunately, you will have a set of clues for escaping the room provided by an American sympathizer. You have one hour to use those clues to flee the room.
The escape rooms are great for bonding and corporate team building. In the event that someone in your company is actually British, the organization offers other rooms where you can flee from a zombie or a kidnapper.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.