There is, perhaps no better place to let your geek flag fly than in Bridge City. In the spring a young geeks fancy turns towards hobbies and there are several festivals in town that cater to the most esoteric of interests. The last weekend of February brings a selection of festivals in which hobbyists can stock up on supplies and knowledge ability, which will surely last until fall. No matter if one is interested in documenting one’s own world, exploring other worlds or challenging oneself physically, there is a little something for everyone in town.
Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Hoarders knows that those old photos, menus and travel brochures can take over that studio apartment. It can be very difficult to hold on to memories while maintaining available floor space. Although the people on Hoarders may be treated by psychotherapist and treated to professional cleaning crews and organizers, what could really benefit them is a day at the scrapbooking festival.
On Friday, February 27, The Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention will brighten The Oregon Convention Center. Scrapbook enthusiast from all over the Pacific Northwest will gather to take classes in everything from travel albums to banner and lay outs.
There is more to scrapbooking than meets the eye. There is a whole industry built around it and there are many different kind of scrapbooks including friendship, recipe and family history. The Keepsake convention offers instructions in every element of scrapbooking and participants will have dozens of classes to choose from. The classes offered will teach participants how to make everything from greeting cards and buttons to creating pocket pages and using string effectively. Many of the instructors are local woman who have been scrapbooking for years.
The event takes place on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. tickets to the event are $10.00 a day or $13.00 for a two day pass.
There are comic book conventions every month of the year in almost every major city. Many of these conventions feature major Hollywood celebrities and have big time corporate sponsorship. It can be pretty hard to maintain your social status as a Portlander if you are patronizing a bunch of mainstream companies. There are still some comic book events that are strictly about the love of the art itself.
On Saturday, February 28, The Frankenstein Comic Book Swap will grace the Eagles Lounge on Southeast Hawthorne Street. The Swap features many of Portland’s most fabulous weirdoes, selling their odd and esoteric treasures. Not only will the event feature some truly underground comics known by only the hippest of geeks, but the collectors will also be selling dolls, tee-shirts and toys that are unlikely to be obtained anywhere else.
The best part of the show is that it only cost $1.00 and it doesn’t start until noon, so you will have plenty of time for brunch at any one of the Hawthorne Districts restaurants.
Sometimes it’s fun to do something daring that doesn’t require a lot of athletic ability. On Saturday, February 28, Portlanders will be able to take part in the Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge at Broughton Beach. Teams of people in all kinds of interesting costumes will leap into the freezing cold water to benefit The Special Olympics. The event is open to the public, but participants must raise a total of $50 in donations to take the plunge. Those people who are gluttons for punishment and exercise can also participate in a 5k right before the plunge.
Sign in and registration for the event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. There is a costume contest at 10:30 a.m. and the plunge is at 11:00 a.m.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive 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.