Don’t Miss The Portland Seaport Celebration!
Portland is famous for its beautiful rivers and the bridges that cross them. The waterfront that runs along the Willamette River is always a bevy of activity. Every weekend Portlanders flock to the Saturday Market to partake of food cart goodness and purchase locally made clothing and knickknacks. There is also a steady stream of festivals throughout the summer. However, there is a whole part of the waterfront that most people never think about, and that is the working waterfront. This weekend brings the opportunity to see how the Port of Portland operates as a working Marine terminal.
The port is host to major grain and mineral exporting and does quite a bit of steel and automobile importing. The Willamette is also home the only fully operational WW II PT boat.
The Seaport Celebration takes place on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Terminal 2 in Portland. Attendees will be able to see the inner workings of the port, while munching on local eats, listening to tunes and getting splashed in the face with the questionable waters of the Willamette.
The day will begin with a concert by The Alphabeticians, a local band that describes its sound as, rock and roll for families. They will play such tunes as Giraffe, Elephant and Evil Dr. Lady Bug.
Voodoo Doughnuts and Boyd’s Coffee will be on hand to provide a hearty breakfast to event goers. If sugar isn’t your thing, there will be quite a few other vendors at the event, including Thrive, which serves some very healthy and imaginative rice bowls.
The jet boat, the rivers splashiest vessel, will be on hand to provide special $10 rides for the event. The boat speeds and spins down the Willamette, giving passenger a great view of the river and the working port that runs along it. In addition to seeing some adorable wildlife, passengers will find out what goes on, on all those big ships, hear the history of all the bridges and find out about the history of the port. There will be a boat leaving every 20 minute and kids can ride for just $5.00. You should prepare to get nice and wet on the jet boat. It is not uncommon to be drenched to the bone, so you may want to bring an extra change of clothes.
About The Seaport Celebration
At 11:00 a.m. The Recess Monkeys will take to the mainstage. The family band from Seattle is known for hits such as Time to Make the Donuts and Jet Pack.
The band will be followed by the Obo Addy Legacy Project. The organization was formerly known as Homowo African Arts & Cultures. It is dedicated to creating and performing African Arts. It was recently renamed after its founder Obo Addy who passed away in 2012. Mr. Addy was a drummer and dancer who was one of the first people to bring worldbeat music to the Pacific Northwest.
A variety of interactive exhibits will be at the festival. All of the displays are designed to teach people about the various kinds of work that are done at the port. The festivals kid’s zone will allow aspiring longshoremen to practice loading containers on to boats and to try grinding their own wheat.
At 2:00 p.m. Lori Henriques will perform. Ms. Henriques is a jazz artist who incorporates many genres of music into her songs. Her website asserts that her music contains homages to Fred Rogers and Jane Goodall.
The day will end with more jet boat rides and a reading from the student anthology, Honoring Our Rivers. The book includes poems and essays that pay tribute to the river and have been penned by local students.
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.