Test Your Car and Boat IQ Before This Week’s Show in Lake Oswego

The Oswego Heritage Council is hosting their 19th Annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show this weekend, August 18-19. Thousands are expected to turn out for this showcase of cars and boats that make us reminisce and appreciate fine craftsmanship.

Here are some details to help you enjoy the show.

●The arrival of the world’s only operating PT boat at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday kicks things off at Foothills Park offering visitors on-board tours throughout the day as well as Sunday. Other unique land and sea classics will also be on display.

●Returning this year is a Poker Run Car Tour to benefit the scholarships in the Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial and the Oswego Heritage Council Museum. The tour will take participants to five historic locations beginning at Foothills Park at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18. For a $5 donation, participants will receive two playing cards which they can then add to at $1 per card along the way. By the tour’s end, the players holding the three best poker hands will prize baskets.

●Lions Club pancake breakfast will be kicking things off on Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 a.m. at George Rogers Park followed up with lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m.

●Collector cars will start lining up in George Rogers Park on Sunday morning and be on display from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s headliner car is the Land Rover so be on the lookout for a good representation of them.

●Nearly 40 classic boats will be docked at Sundeleaf Plaza for close-up viewing offering examples of rare as well as wooden masterpieces. They all come with a story which owners are more than happy to share.

●Free shuttles will be running to transport visitors to the three different locations.

●Test your car and boat IQ by taking the quiz below I’ve put together.

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Lake Oswego Author Publishes First Book Where Readers Can Shop the Characters’ Clothes

Still looking for a good summer read?

This summer we hosted a book launch party for my daughter, Riley Costello, in our backyard. Over 175 people came to wish her success as she starts her journey as the author of Waiting at Hayden’s—a relatable love story that deals with the complicated nature of timing in modern-day relationships.

But that’s not all. The book is also the first to be published in the new reading experience format she has coined and branded as shopfiction™. Through links in the digital version and web addresses in the print, readers can watch key scenes unfold and shop the characters’ clothes.

Here’s what some early reviewers are saying:

  • What a beautifully written story of young love and the timing and events that make a relationship work. You will not want to put the book down!
  • This is such a great story! Definitely a book you can’t put down once you’ve started. The story lines keep you engaged and wanting more and come together perfectly. Heart-warming, emotional with the perfect touch of humor. One of my favorite reads so far!! I can’t wait for more books by this author.
  • Bought three books for my wife and two daughters, and they have their nose in it with smiles on their faces as I write this. I am happy Daddio did good.
  • Waiting at Hayden’s is a love story like no other! Costello’s integration of film along with the addition of being able to shop the character’s clothes throughout the book is genius. As soon as I was introduced to the characters, I instantly connected to their story, and found myself unable to put the book down. I truly enjoyed watching the events unfold as I completed each chapter and I cannot wait to share this story with others.

I know as a Realtor, I’m supposed to be selling homes, but as a very proud Dad, I’m also inclined to sell books. Waiting at Hayden’s is available online at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes. After you’ve read it, please leave a review on the website where you purchased it. Just like with Realtors, testimonials go a long way towards word-of-mouth referrals.

You can follow Riley on her blog, sincerelyriley.com, facebook, instagram and/or her Amazon author page.



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The Hit Machine Returns for This Year’s Hot August Night

Lake Oswego’s “Hot August Night” is bringing back last year’s popular band, The Hit Machine, for this year’s annual party on the lake set for Saturday, August 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

There’s a reason why The Hit Machine is coming back. They play popular songs that get everybody on the dance floor (and yes, there is a floating dance floor at this party). Their playlist at a recent wedding I attended where they provided the entertainment included Shut Up and Dance With Me, Uptown Funk and Can’t Stop the Feeling. Their energy is infectious—it’s impossible to listen to them and not move.

This year there will be three rows of 100’dock on each side of the main dock to accommodate the ever-growing lineup of boaters who want to join in the fun. There will not be any rope tie-offs this year.

Here’s what else you need to know to get the most out of Lake Oswego’s Hot August Night:

  1. Buoy lines open at 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to Half Moon Bay at the east end of the main lake.
  2. Finger docks hook up to a central dock, allowing people to exit their boats, visit other boaters and hit the dance floor.
  3. Boaters are advised to bring an anchor and at least 20 feet of line to secure your boat if you’re not able to tie off on the buoy lines.
  4. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on the stage at Pat and Pam Kearney’s home. A DJ will entertain you until then.
  5. BYOS (Bring Your Own Stuff). It can be a long night, so be sure you don’t leave home without being well stocked with food and drink to enjoy and share.
  6. BYOT (Bring your own transportation) There will be restrooms with extra dock sections enabling people to walk to them, but a paddle board, canoe or kayak will be necessary if you’re not tied to one of the buoy lines.
  7. Have a designated driver to ensure the safety of your guests as well as others.

Want to get in on the fun? Give me a call and I can help you find a home in Lake Oswego so you can start living and enjoying the lake lifestyle. Reach me at 503.939.9801 or check my website.


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Lake Oswego’s Howl at the Moon Adventure Run Set for This Week

Not all athletic events require you to grunt, groan, moan and complain. In fact, if you sign up for Lake Oswego’s Howl at the Moon 5k Adventure Run you may find yourself smiling, laughing, and yes, even howling.

With more than 17 obstacles over 3.1 miles of natural terrain, it’s designed to be challenging. But mind you, some of those “obstacles” include a new and improved slip n’ slide that’s big enough for two people to slide down together. Others that may rely more on your strength and agility than your sense of humor include a tire crawl, monkey bars, mud pit, and plank walk.

The spirit of fun continues after the run with a Barn Bash after-party complete with a little foot stomping to Wild West tunes. Vendors include Two Guys and a Grill, Ancestry Brewing and Upstar Nutrition.

Howl at the Moon is set for Friday, July 24 starting at 5:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. The course is open until 8:00 p.m. Early registration is $45 for adults; $25 for youth 10 and older. Register online or by calling the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department at 503.675.2549.

If buying or selling a home feels like running through an obstacle course to you, give me a call and let me put my 25+ years experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you!

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Enjoy Lake Oswego’s Free Pass to Summer Entertainment

When was the last time someone gave you a free pass to go see a movie? Or watch a play?

Well, the city of Lake Oswego is doing just that with Movies in the Park and Masque Alfresco both kicking off this week.

MOVIES IN THE PARK. For the next four Thursdays, you can enjoy a PG rated movie outdoors in Millennium Plaza Park, First and Evergreen, beginning at dusk.

Round up the family for what has turned out to be a popular Lake Oswego summer tradition. Armed with blankets, pillows and low sand chairs you can enjoy a night of free entertainment. Popcorn and other treats are available for purchase.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, July 19 The Secret Life of Pets

Thursday, July 26 Despicable Me 3

Thursday, August 2 The Lego Batman Movie

Thursday, August 9 Coco

MASQUE ALFRESCO. This popular theater group will be performing their commedia dell-arte rendition of Moliere’s Misanthrope outdoors on the Memorial Garden in front of the Iron Foundry at George Rogers Park on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 20 through August 5. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Complete with slapstick antics, stock characters, colorful period costumed and family-friendly current social and political jokes, the play is sure to engage even the youngest ones in your family. Pack a picnic dinner and make it a night!

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Lake Oswego’s 2018 Summer Concert Series Kicks Off This Week

Lake Oswego’s popular summer concert series kicks off this week with Moonlight and Music debuting Sunday evening in Millennium Plaza Park and Sounds of Summer in Foothills Park on Wednesday. From Jazz to Rock, there is something for everyone’s musical tastes.

So grab a picnic, get your beach chairs and blankets and head out to one of the city’s parks for an enjoyable evening.

Sun. July 8 6-7:30 pm MPP Bobby Torres Ensemble Latin Jazz
Wed. July 11 7-9:00 pm FP Eagle Eyes The Eagles Tribute
Sun. July 15 6-7:30 pm MPP Lisa Mann Blues
Wed. July 18 7-9:00 pm FP Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth Wind and Fire Earth Wind and Fire Tribute
Sun. July 22 6-7:30pm MPP Haley Horsfall Jazz and Neo Soul
Wed. July 25 7-9:00 pm FP Petty Fever Tom Petty Tribute
Sun. July 29 6-7:30pm MPP Dave Watson’s Re-Birthing The Cool Big Band
Wed. Aug. 1 7-9:00 pm FP Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts 50s/60s Dance Hits
Sun. Aug. 5 6-7:30pm MPP SoulMates Soul
Wed. Aug. 8 6:30-8:30pm WP Ants in the Kitchen featuring LaRhonda Stele Classic 70s funk and rock
Sun. Aug. 12 6-7:30pm MPP The Pearls Alt-country, Americana, Swing
Wed. Aug. 15 6:30-8:30pm WP Dance Hall Days Dance Hits
Sun. Aug. 19 6-7:30pm MPP The Brian Odell Band American rock, Celtic, pop
Wed. Aug. 22 6:30-8:30pm WP Aerosmith Rocks Aerosmith Tribute
Sun. Aug. 26 6-7:30pm MPP Sister Mercy R&B Blues
Wed. Aug. 29 6:30-8:30pm WP Hit Machine Rock and Pop Hits

*MPP – Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First Street

*FP – Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Road

*WP – Westlake Park, 14165 Bunick Drive

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Here’s Proof That Lake Oswego Knows How to Celebrate the 4th of July

Lake Oswego’s reputation for a good time on the 4th of July drew over 20 twentysomethings from San Francisco to our place last year.

Lake Oswego does the 4th of July up big. From pancakes in the park to a pie-eating contest, to a parade down main street as well as one on the lake, it’s not to be missed. And if you need any more proof, answer me this—what other town of 37,000 hosts two fireworks shows to celebrate Independence Day? This year, in addition to the display over the lake, viewers can catch the city’s inaugural fireworks show from the Upper Ballfield at George Rogers Park as well as Foothills and Millennium Plaza Park.

Here’s a schedule of this year’s events:

  • Millennium Concert Band. Get in the flag-waving mood with your patriotic favorites on Monday, July 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Lakeridge High School auditorium).
  • Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. This is the one time of the year my wife eats pancakes so they must be good (and hers are gluten-free)! Early birds make sure they get the marionberry syrup. Line starts forming at 7:00 a.m. and grows until closing time at 12:00 noon. George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street. $9/Adults; $6/Kids 12 and under.
  • Star Spangled Parade and Celebration. What kid doesn’t love a parade? Apparently none in Lake Oswego as it seems every child under the age of 10 is either walking down A Avenue or cheering those on who are. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and finishes at Millennium Plaza Park with a Star Spangled Celebration…and pie eating contest at 12:00 noon. Things wrap up at 1:30.
  • Lake Oswego Corporation Boat Parade. Where else can you see one parade on land and one on water all in the same day?! Boats will leave from Lake Grove Swim Park at 3800 Lakeview Boulevard at 12:00 noon. While you’re there, reserve your spot for fireworks viewing later that night.
  • Star Spangled Fireworks Spectacular. Catch the inaugural fireworks display from the Upper Ballfield at George Rogers Park or Foothills and Millennium Plaza Park.
  • Fireworks Show on the Lake. The show begins around 9:45 p.m. on the west end of Oswego Lake so best to be at the Lake Grove Swim Park, on the Oswego Canal bridge, in a boat on the lake, or at a lakefront party if you can get an invite.
  • Skiboard and Wakeboard Show. Grab a viewing spot of the action in Lakewood Bay at Sundeleaf Plaza, Stickmen’s Brewery & Skewery, the Lake Theatre and Café, or Millennium Plaza Park on Saturday, July 7 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Lakewood Bay.

Lake Oswego has a lot more going for it than just its 4th of July celebrations. If you’re thinking about moving here, let me show you around and explain our local housing market. I’ve been a Realtor® in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and would love to put that experience to work for you in finding you a home (or helping you sell one if you already live here and want to move up, down, or on). Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website

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