How You Can Enjoy “This Old House”: Lake Oswego Edition

blog home tour jpegThere is a reason This Old House has been around since 1979. We are home-bodies, fascinated with the stories surrounding where we live and the potential for breathing new life into old 2×4’s.

That explains why the Oswego Heritage Council’s Lake Oswego Historic Home Tour is in its sixth season. Fortunately, every year council members get local homeowners to open their doors to the public so we can all satisfy our natural curiosity to see the history behind and the renovation in many of the beautiful homes in our town.

Tickets ($30 for Heritage Council members; $35 for non-members) are on sale now online, or at one of these locations starting Sunday, April 20: Dennis’ 7 Dees at 1090 McVey, Zupan’s Lake Grove Market, 16380 Boones Ferry Rd., and the Heritage House, 398 Tenth Street.

The tour is set for Saturday, May 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but with a limited number of tickets available, it’s best to plan ahead because you don’t want to miss out on…

  • Beautiful gardens
  • One of a kind homes
  • Dream kitchen
  • Ideas to inspire you
  • A chance to support the only museum in Lake Oswego
  • Celebrating National Historic Preservation Month

For more information, call the Oswego Heritage Council: 503.635.6373

I specialize in selling all Lake Oswego varieties of  “This Old House,” “This New House,” “This Remodeled House,” “This Fixer-upper House,” “This Investment House,” “This Retirement House,” “This Starter House.” If you’re a home-body interested in finding the spinoff that’s right for you, give me a call at 503.939.9801.

 

 

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Why William Shakespeare Would Have Joined the Oregon Wine Reserve

wineWilliam Shakespeare may have had the Oregon Wine Reserve in Lake Oswego in mind when he wrote, “good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people,” in Henry VIII.

Prior to opening up the Oregon Wine Reserve, Andres Martinez had kept his wine stored elsewhere but knew something was missing—a place where wine lovers could not only store their wine but also gather to socialize, share their favorite wines and discover new ones (that good company and good welcome thing Shakespeare was talking about). When the current location on State Street became available, he and his partner jumped on it.

In addition to locker sizes that hold from nine to 112 cases of wine, the facility includes a tasting room for both public, member, and private tastings as well as a conference room for business people to hold meetings.

Martinez says the community has embraced their idea and that a few of the locker sizes are already sold out.

Customers run the gamut from seasoned wine collectors to newbies just starting out.

You can check it out this week, at a Cakebread Tasting on Thursday, April 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The $25 fee includes wines paired with food from Gourmet Productions. 600 N. State Street, 503.342.6269.

To read more about the wine scene in Lake Oswego, read my post on World Class Wines.

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5 Reasons Why Tim Gunn Would Love Lake Oswego’s “Runway on the Lake”

The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is hosting, "Runway on the Lake," Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue. Tickets are $22 for residents; $33 non-residents and can be purchased by calling the Parks and Rec Department at 503.675.2549 or online at www.lakeoswegoparks.org.

The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is hosting, “Runway on the Lake,” Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue. Tickets are $22 for residents; $33 non-residents and can be purchased by calling the Parks and Rec Department at 503.675.2549 or online at http://www.lakeoswegoparks.org.

The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is holding the first ever “Runway on the Lake,” on Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the Adult Community Center. If fashion guru Tim Gunn wasn’t already tied up, I’m sure he’d be there. Here’s why.

  1. It’s an inaugural event. Gunn helped launch Project Runway and look what it’s done to stimulate everyone’s interest in the fashion industry. Surely he would support this first-time event designed to showcase local retailers.
  2. It appeals to all ages. Project Runway is one of those guilty pleasures for a lot of people from Conan O’Brien and construction workers (it’s got Heidi Klum, remember?) to teenage girls and working women. Runway on the Lake aims to appeal to a broad audience too. “Our primary goal was to produce a new event that appealed to all ages. We wanted to create something that was truly intergenerational—an event that grandmothers, mothers, and granddaughters could enjoy,” explains Jamie Inglis with the Parks and Recreation Department.
  3. It features celebrities. While Project Runway makes celebrities out of its winning designers, it has also featured celebrities as guest judges including Natalie Portman, Brooke Shields, and LL Cool J. Runway on the Lake will feature several local personalities as models including:

●three time Cupcake War champion Kyra Bussanich

●Kelly Calabria, owner of the award-winning Kelly’s Jelly, along with her two daughters and husband

● Blake and Marta Zoglman, owners of the Oilerie in Lake Oswego

●Officer Keith Wilson of the Lake Oswego Police Department and Batallion Chief David Morris

●as well as more surprise guests!

  1. Local retailers are “making it work.” One of Tim Gunn’s most famous lines from Project Runway is, “Make it work,” as he tells the contestants to work with what they have to produce a winning design. Local retailers are pitching in to outfit the models with what they have to produce a winning look. You’ll be amazed at the fashion haven Lake Oswego has become. Look for pieces from:

●Accessories from the Heart

●Chico’s Lake Oswego

●Columbia Sportswear

●EG Page

●Francesca’s

●Glass Butterfly

●Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course

●Mela

●New to You: Simply Posh

●Patrick James

●The Clothes Closet

●And more!

  1. Tea will be served. In one of his home visits in Season 10, Gunn sat down for a spot of tea with winner Dmitry Sholokhov so chances are he’d enjoy the afternoon tea planned for the fashion show. It promises to be authentic, thanks to the input of Lady Di’s, complete with sandwiches, scones, shortbread and other tasty goodies.

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Color Springing Up in Lake Oswego

While the calendar tells us spring arrived March 20, the colors in Lake Oswego are another way to announce this season’s arrival. Take a look.

This Western Trillium is on its way out, turning from white at its first bloom to this shade and deeper of purple. Trilliums arrive in late March and stick around into May. Much lore surrounds this flower including the warning that if you pick it, rain will follow. In the Pacific Northwest, chances are in the spring, the rain is going to come whether you pick the flower or not.

This Western Trillium is on its way out, turning from white at its first bloom to this, and a deeper shade of purple. Trilliums arrive in late March and stick around into May. Much lore surrounds this flower including the warning that if you pick it, rain will follow. In the Pacific Northwest, chances are that in the spring, the rain is going to come whether you pick the flower or not. Be sure to catch the Trillium Festival and Hardy Plant Sale at Tryon Creek April 5 and 6.

Tulips can be found all around Lake Oswego from yards and parks to meridian plantings buts if you really want a show, head down to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn between March 28-May 4.

Tulips can be found all around Lake Oswego from yards and parks to median plantings but if you really want a show, head down to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn between March 28-May 4.

This well established rhododendron in my front yard puts on a fabulous show for about three weeks every spring.

This well established rhododendron in my front yard puts on a fabulous show for about three weeks every spring.

While the City is known for its hanging baskets that line city streets from spring through summer with color, planted meridians along city streets also infuse the town with colors that change with the seasons. Here is a typical spring display.

While Lake Oswego is known for its hanging baskets that line city streets from spring through summer with cascading color, planted medians along city streets also infuse the town with colors that change with the seasons. Here is a typical spring display.

Just as Lake Oswego blazes in oranges, reds and yellows, in the fall, the streets are lined in pink, yellow and white thanks to all the flowering dogwood, Japanese cherry and magnolia trees around.

Just as Lake Oswego blazes in oranges, reds and yellows in the fall, spring streets are lined in pink, yellow and white thanks to all the flowering dogwood, Japanese cherry and magnolia trees around.

Walking around the lake is always a beautiful stretch, but springtime colors in front yards offer an added bonus to the adventurous.

Walking around the lake is always a beautiful stretch, but springtime colors in front yards offer an added bonus to the adventurous.

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Spring Break Activities Make Sure Kids Will Be Anything But Bored in Lake Oswego

Spring Break Stuart MilesNext week school will be out for Spring Break, but there is no excuse for kids to be bored here in Lake Oswego. Check out these offerings from a lacrosse clinic to acting and singing camps for all ages.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OFFERINGS. Register at their website.

Lifeguard Review Class for ages 15+. Friday, March 28 through Saturday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the District Pool, 2455 SW Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. Class is for currently or recently certified lifeguards and provides skill testing outside a full course setting. Fee: $175.

Lifeguard Training for ages 15+. First you must pass a swim test on Saturday, March 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the District Pool. Classes held Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the District Pool, 2455 SW Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. Fee: $230.

Spring Break Lacrosse Clinic, grades 2-8. Get ready to play! Monday, March 24 through Tuesday, March 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Lake Oswego High School turf field, 2501 SW Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. Fee: $95.

Teen Safety: Awareness, Prevention, and Basic Self Defense for girls in grades 6-12.  This one day workshop is designed to help young girls identify and avoid situations and behaviors that put them at risk. Taught by a black belt martial artist, self-defense trainer and mom. Wednesday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lake Grove Elementary School, 15777 Boones Ferry Road. Fee: $64.

The Acting Club: Komedy Kidz for grades K-5. Enjoy the opportunity to put together an original show: writing, designing, singing, performing, technical crew. Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ending with a performance the last day of class. Multipurpose room at Lake Oswego High School, 2455 SW Country Club Road in Lake Oswego. Fee: $155.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERINGS. Register on their website. 

Spring Break Farm Camp for ages 5-12 includes arts and crafts, songs and games. Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn. Class #2157400. Fee: $155/resident; $178/non-resident.

Lego® Fun Pre-Engineering Camp for ages 5-6 offers a chance to build houses, pyramids, bridges, race cars and more. Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #2157250. Fee: $155/resident; $178/non-resident.

Rocket Lab for ages 7-12 teaches campers the physics of rockets and lets them build and launch rockets everyday. Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class 2157028. Fee: $157/resident; $181/non-resident.

Beginning Rock and Songwriting Camp for ages 7-12 introduces rock star wannabes to instruments (drums, bass, guitar, keyboard) and fundamentals of music (pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm). Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #2158200. Fee: $144/resident; $166/non-resident.

Glee Week for ages 7-12 gives kids a chance to sing solos and group numbers with RMC Studios. Learn technique and proper posture through the process. Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. Class #2158215. Fee: $144/resident; $166/non-resident.

MOUNTAIN PARK KIDZONE. Register in person at Mountain Park Clubhouse, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego. 503.635.3561

Spring Break Camp for ages 5-12 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28 includes sports, arts and crafts, games and more at Mountain Park Rec Center, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace. Full Week Fee: $125/ Mt. Park residents with $100 for each additional sibling; $175/non-members with $150 for each additional sibling. Full Day Fee: $35/members with $30 for each additional sibling; $45/non-members with $40 for each additional sibling.

LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY. Classes held at the Lakewood Center, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego. 503.635.3901. Download a registration form here.

Starstruck for ages 6-10 and 11-17. Here’s your kid’s chance to perform, practice improvisational skills and auditions using commercial, film, and TV scripts all under the tutelage of Emmy award winning writer/producer/director Sandra Peabody.  Monday, March 24 through Thursday, March 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-10 and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for ages 11-17. Fee: $90. Limited enrollment.

Shakespeare As You Like Him! For ages 14-adult lets you get up close and personal with As You Like It through acting, reading and reflection. Taught by Nancy McDonald, founder of New York City’s Shakespeare Stage Company. Saturday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee: $50. ■Magic for Everyone for ages 7-87 introduces you to the basics of magic from a master magician on Monday, March 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fee: $25.

TRYON CREEK NATURE DAY CAMPS. 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR. 503.636.4398. Register online.

Monday, March 24: Rabbits Romping Through the Meadow for grades K-2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $25/members;$45/non-members.

Tuesday, March 25: Acrobatic Ravens, Gymnasts of the Forest for grades K-2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $25/members; $45/non-members.

Wednesday, March 26: Frogs, Jump and Salamanders Slither for grades 2-5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $30/members; $50/non-members.

Thursday, March 27: Mushroom Hunt for grades 1-4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $30/members; $50/non-members.

Friday, March 28: Sensational Salmon for grades 2-5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $30/members;$50/non-members.

LAKE OSWEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY. 706 Fourth Street. 503.636.7628.

Puppet show: Boogie Woogie with Penny’s Puppet Productions on Wednesday, March 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Free.

■Madden in the Library! for PS3 gamers in grades 6 and up on Friday, March 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Spring Break Special: Little Wing Music Class for budding preschool musicians on Saturday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Free.

PLAY BOUTIQUE. 464 First Street. 503.675.7529. Register on their website.

Spring Break Camps with daily themes provide cooking and action filled fun from Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28. Half and full day options available as well as single day or weekly participation.

●1-2 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $42 for half day; $72 for full day until 3:30.

●3-7 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $30 for half day/$135 for the week; $50 for full day until 3:30/$210 for the week.

●8-12 year olds from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $30 for half day/$135 for the week; $50 for full day until 3:30/$210 for the week.

Frozen Glee Camp features instructors from RMC Studios in voice, guitar, piano, drums and more from Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28.

●3-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee: $30 for half day/$125 for the week; $50 for full day beginning at 9:30 a.m./$210 for full week.

If you’re considering moving to or moving within Lake Oswego and are here for Spring Break, I’d be happy to show you around. Just give me a call at 503.939.9801.

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5 Irish Traditions Alive and Well for St. Patrick’s Day at Maher’s Pub in Lake Oswego

2014 St. Patrick's DayGoogle “St. Patrick” or “St. Patrick’s Day Festival” and Maher’s Irish Pub in Lake Oswego shows up on the first page. Need I say more? Maher’s is the place to be to celebrate this Irish holiday, starting this Friday, March 14, and continuing through Monday, March 17.

Here are a few Irish traditions you’ll find alive and well even though we’re 4,661 miles from Dublin, Ireland.

♣Celtic Music. There’s no mistaking the upbeat sound of guitars, banjos, whistles, flutes, fiddles and accordions for Celtic music. And don’t forget the clapping—that’s where you come in. Join in with the likes of Phelim Egan, and pub favorite, Bill Mullen. Did I mention the bagpipes?

♣Irish Dancing. It’s hard to listen to the music and not want to get up and dance. You can do that, but you also get the chance to watch Irish dancers break out the reels, the hornpipes and jigs. Their high stepping, ringlet-whipping performances are sure to get your Irish eyes a’smilin’.

♣Drinking. There’s an Irish saying that goes, “In heaven there is no beer…That’s why we drink ours here.” Maher’s aims to oblige by offering several brews including their own Feckin’ beer. If whiskey is more to your liking, The St. Paddy’s Eve Party on Sunday night, March 16, includes five tastings of the finest Jameson whiskey included in your $15 reservation.

♣Family fun. The Irish consider the laughing of children to be a blessing so consider yourself blessed if you show up between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Family Day, Sunday, March 16. There will be plenty to keep the little ones entertained, and yes, laughing, from crafts and games to Irish wolfhounds and face painting.

♣Irish food. Get your fill of traditional Irish fare from a menu that includes shepherd’s pie, corned beef, lamb stew, bangers and Bailey’s Chocolate Cheese Cake.

Check out the full schedule of events on the Maher’s Pub website.

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The More You Know About Lake Oswego, The More You’ll Love It

welcome reduced for blogI’m a firm believer that the more you know about Lake Oswego, the more you’ll love it and consider moving here if you’re not lucky enough to call it home already.

That’s why, as a Realtor, I highlight something special about living in Lake Oswego each week in my blog.

I remember when my wife and I first drove through Lake Oswgo and saw residents enjoying the Lake Grove Swim Park. We turned to each other and said, “I can’t believe people actually get to live here.”

Lake Oswego–it’s that kind of place which you feel lucky to call home…for more than 52 Reasons…my blog is in its third year running so you can do the math.

Better yet, take my quiz. Don’t worry–it’s not a comprehensive exam…only 10 questions on some Lake Oswego Trivia that proves my point that , “the more you know about Lake Oswego, the more you love it.”

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