Celebrate Oregon’s Iron Jubilee in Lake Oswego on September 9

Lake Oswego will be celebrating its blue collar roots next month marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Oregon iron industry with a jubilee shindig in George Rogers Park on Saturday, September 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Festivities include:

●Pioneer baseball game

●Bluegrass music and clogging

●Blacksmith demonstration

●Horse drawn wagon rides between the original furnace at George Rogers Park to the Preservation Society’s museum at 40 Wilbur Street

●Fireworks display to wrap things up

What’s the big deal?

The discovery of iron near Oswego in 1860 was a very big deal. It meant that folks on the West Coast didn’t have to wait four to five months for their iron to make its way over the 17,000 mile journey around the tip of South America from the East Coast—a trip that added exorbitant duties to the final cost. The first pig iron was cast in Oswego on August 24, 1867 and once the furnace (still in its original location at George Rogers Park) was up and running, shipments were headed to places like San Francisco.

Oswego’s charcoal iron industry did well despite having to ride the hurdles of changes in ownership, power struggles and lawsuits but ultimately it was the competition of cheaper imported pig iron made from coal, the decline of the railroad expansion and the Panic of 1893 that brought the era to an end.

Despite its demise, the Oregon Iron and Steel Company still played a role in Lake Oswego’s second re-invention. Armed with more land than cash, O. I. & S. set out to transform Oswego from a depressed mining town to a lakeside retreat, starting with a name change from Sucker Lake to Oswego Lake and fueled by the advertising slogan, “Live where you play.”

One hundred fifty years later, we are doing just that.

To learn more about Lake Oswego’s iron industry roots, be sure to visit the Lake Oswego Preservation Society Museum open Tuesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturdays of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

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It’s All About the Journey at Lake Oswego’s Collector Car and Classic Boat Show

Get a close-up view and the story behind classic boats and collector cars at Oswego Heritage Council’s 18th Annual Show August 26-27.

If you’ve ever pondered the meaning of the quote, “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” be sure to visit Oswego Heritage Council’s 18th Annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show on Sunday, August 26-27 and find the inspiration. Here are a few other things you’ll find:

●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.

●New this year is a Poker Run Car Tour to benefit the scholarships in the Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial and the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial fund. The tour will take participants to five historic locations beginning at Foothills Park at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, culminating with a barbecue at 2:00 p.m. 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 win baskets holding more than $100 worth of prizes. Additional recognition will be given in categories such as Farthest Traveled, Most Unique Co-Pilot, Most Unique Vehicle.

●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 Austin-Healey 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.

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Tips for Watching the Solar Eclipse in Lake Oswego Oregon

Lake Oswego is always looking for an excuse to party and this month’s solar eclipse provides a good one. The City is sponsoring a viewing event at Sundeleaf Plaza on Monday, August 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with special eclipse glasses for safe viewing for the first 200 guests.

While Lake Oswegans don’t fall in the path of totality so we won’t see a full eclipse, our partial view will be pretty darned good with 99.66% of the sun’s area due to be overshadowed by the moon. Things start happening around 9:06 a.m. with the maximum eclipse at 10:19 and wrapping up by 11:38 a.m.

Here are some tips for viewing:

1. Realize this is a big deal. Last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 38 years ago in February of 1979. Weather conditions didn’t allow for prime viewing—Mother Nature looks to be smiling more favorably upon us this time around.

2. Oregonians are the first to get a crack at seeing this spectacle with the first point of contact in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. We’re not far behind at 9:06.

3. Take care of business beforehand. That means make sure you and the kids go to the bathroom, get your coffee, something to eat. You don’t want to miss it—especially those 2 ½ minutes of maximum eclipse!

4. Come prepared. While the City will have 200 glasses to hand out, if the crowd is larger, you don’t want to miss out, so might consider bringing your own pair. You can find them online.

5. Take pics of the crowd but leave the big shot to the pros. There will be a photography demo at the viewing party with an e-mail signup list so you can receive a copy of the photo taken at maximum eclipse with a special lens. Besides, one of the biggest regrets of previous eclipse watchers was that they “missed” taking in the big event because they were so focused on trying to photograph it.

6. Enjoy the scene but don’t get too distracted. In true party form, the City will be providing music (featuring a playlist of songs with Sun or Moon themes) as well as snacks, crafts and the blender bike. Just remember what you came for and keep looking up.

7. Allow time for parking. There is no parking on site at Sundeleaf Plaza so plan to park at George Rogers Park, the Trolley Parking lot, or the Lake View Village parking lot and walk to Sundeleaf Plaza.

Sundeleaf Plaza is located at 120 S. State Street. 503.675.2549.

A housewarming is another great excuse for a party! Let me help you buy your next home so you can throw one! Check out my website or give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to put my 25+ years experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego to work for you.

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15 New Sculptures Aren’t the Only New Thing to Enjoy At This Year’s Unveil Your Art Celebration

Here’s one of the new Gallery Without Walls sculptures to be dedicated this Sunday at Millennium Plaza Park. See if you can spot some of the other new ones popping up around town. (This one is at Third and Evergreen).

I’ve got to hand it to the Arts Council of Lake Oswego—they like to mix things up. This Sunday, August 13, is their Unveil Your Art Celebration at Millennium Plaza Park to usher in fifteen new sculptures to their Gallery Without Walls. But that’s not all that will be new. Check this out:

  • There will be two “Drawing Rallies” featuring local and regional artists working simultaneously to complete a drawing in one-hour rounds. Once they’re finished, their works of art are available to purchase. It’s like bringing the artist studio to you while you get to watch the artwork emerge from the blank page. All proceeds go towards providing free public programming for all age groups.
  • Food offerings at the celebration will be cranked up a notch with offerings from The Dump Truck, known for Portland’s best dumplings (and we’re not just talking Chinese dumplings here…how does bacon cheeseburger and potato curry sound?) as well as Lake Oswego’s own Nola Donuts and World Class Wines.

Returning will be kids’ activities and entertainment as well as docent-led sculpture walking tours to get acquainted with our new additions to the Gallery Without Walls family.

Here’s the schedule:

11:00 a.m. Sign-ups for docent tours, kid activities, food and beverages for sale

11:15 a.m. Drawing Rally One

12:30 p.m. Dedication of new sculptures and announcement of 2017 People’s Choice Winner

1:15 p.m. Drawing Rally Two

2:30 p.m. Docent led sculpture walking tours from Millennium Plaza Park, corner of First and Evergreen.

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Hot August Night Is Great Excuse to Party on the Lake

Lake Oswego’s “Hot August Night” is set for Saturday, August 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and has a few surprises in store for party-goers this year.

After several years of repeat performances by The Beatniks, this year’s featured band is The Hit Machine, which Portland Radio Project bills as “one of Portland’s premier bands for getting the party started.” A sample playlist on their website includes “Brick House,” by the Commodores, “Celebrate Good Times” by Kool and the Gang, “Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band and “Rock Around the Clock Tonight” by Bill Haley and the Comets. So while the band may be changing, the vibe is not—the dance floor should be hopping.

There will be two rows of 100′ dock on each side of the main dock as well as one buoy line this year to accommodate the ever-growing lineup of boaters who want to join in the fun. Should be room for about 125 boats.

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 5:00 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 from 5:00 p.m. 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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Have a Howling Good Time at This Year’s 5K Adventure Run

This year’s edition of Lake Oswego’s 5K Adventure Run on Friday, July 28, features over 17 obstacles that promise to be both family-friendly as well as challenging for those looking to crank it up a notch. New to the lineup this year are a tall climbing wall, 45-degree ramp and monkey bars. They’ll be joined by popular repeat obstacles such as the tire crawl, plank walk and 250 foot slip n’ slide.

The 3.1 mile course over the hills at Luscher Farm is set up so participants can go the distance or pick and choose the obstacles they want to tackle. The point is to have fun and burn calories by laughing as much as by exercising.

While the 5K course is open to those 10 and older, the Fire Department is helping to organize a Fire Fit course for ages 3-10 located near the Children’s Garden.

Participants as well as onlookers can join in the Barn Bash celebration with food, drink and tunes supplied by DJ Danny Dwyer from 98.7 The Bull.

Registration is open with fees $55/Adult; $35/Youth 10 and older. Team rates are also available.

Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. and the course is open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. No parking is available on site that day. Instead plan to shuttle from either Lakeridge High School, Hazelia Field of C3 Church.

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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How Do I Love Lake Oswego? Let Our Visitors Count the Ways

On a sunny summer day, what’s not to love about Lake Oswego? That’s what our recent out-of-town guests were asking themselves.

I’ve called Lake Oswego home for over 30 years now. And I’ve been helping others call it home as a Realtor in Lake Oswego for almost as long.

So although I find myself “selling” Lake Oswego as a place to live more days than not, I still sometimes take this beautiful spot for granted.

A couple weeks ago my wife and I hosted over 20 out-of-town guests in our home for 4th of July weekend. These were young adults, friends of my kids who had heard about how our town does Independence Day up big and came to find out for themselves. And while they were here, I was reminded, by their comments and their responses, of some of the things that make Lake Oswego so unique.

It’s so green!” Granted, these are millennials who are crowded into one of the tightest housing markets in the country, are more familiar with concretescape than landscape, and have to head over to the Marina Green in San Francisco to find some grass to sprawl out on. But yes, as they all looked down on our fair city and the surrounding metro area on their airplane’s descent their universal takeaway was how lush our environs are.

I’m gonna drown myself in this lake so I can be buried here.” Say what you want about our green tinted lake. For those of us who are brave enough to venture in, we find it refreshing and just the place you want to be on a hot summer day (or perhaps for eternity, as our visitor suggested).

It reminds me of my hometown.” As we sat at the pancake breakfast watching neighbors greeting neighbors and listening to banjo strumming music, a couple of our visitors harkened back to the 4th of July’s of their childhood. There was a wistful nostalgia to their comments telling me that the memories they were recalling were fond ones and that on the 4th of July we become a place anchored in all that is good about small town living.

It’s the perfect weather!” Temperatures were in the 80’s over the 4th of July weekend which was perfect weather for early morning hikes, pancake breakfast in the park, swimming in the lake, dinners outside, backyard corn hole tournaments, and working on the summer tan. Native East Coasters didn’t miss the humidity or the bugs that plague their summers and often drive them inside on an otherwise beautiful summer night.

It stays light so much longer here.” Come summertime, our evenings eek out up to one more hour of daylight than those of our Bay Area friends. It’s enough to notice. After a day filled with hiking, swimming and boating, there was still time for happy hour and lawn games before dinner. Of course, come winter, our days may prove to be shorter but at least we have the daylight hours when we need them to squeeze more summer out of the season.

It’s the greatest place to celebrate the 4th of July.” When my son solicited comments from his friends about their weekend here, one of them sent this back. I’m not one to argue. From the pancake breakfast in George Rogers Park to the fireworks over the lake, Lake Oswego knows how to do Independence Day. Several of his friends remarked how the holiday wasn’t really a big deal where they came from. Now they know better, and for some, it could rank right up there with Christmas and New Year’s.

Lake Oswego, you did me proud. Our visitors arrived and you served up some perfect summer days, so much so that yet another out-of-towner commented, “There’s nothing better than a sunny day in Lake Oswego.” The only thing better would be to live here. I’m thankful I do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Lake Oswego or would like to explore buying a home with lake access —either waterfront or with easement rights—give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website. I’d love to put my 25 plus years experience as a Lake Oswego Realtor to work for you.

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