Ahoy, mateys! September 19 be Talk Like a Pirate Day every coming of the year.
Okay, okay – we can’t do it.
But, we can certainly investigate the origins of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, it’s international, how cosmopolitan of it) and explain why Portlanders seem to adore the holiday each year when September 19 rears on its haunches.
Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure in Portland is an institution, an annual race where the participants primp out in pink to show their support of research for the cure to breast cancer.
In 2017, the race could get a little bitchy – but in a good way – as our canine friends have been invited to join the cause!
When we first learned that George Takei will be serving as the narrator for the Oregon Symphony’s 2017-18 season opening night performance of Aaron Copland’s orchestral tribute to Abraham Lincoln, we were more than a little confused.
Upon further investigation, we’re quite simply blown away. “Oh… myyyy…” indeed!
Portland loves comics. We have a ton of comic book stores sprinkled throughout the city. Plus, every year near the end of the summer, we have the Rose City Comic Con – a festival where Stumptowners have the excuse to dress up like their favorite comic book and movie heroes and villains (like we need an excuse to do that).
Portland is filled with a never-ending variety of events with a lot involving food… and beer. Man, do we love food and beer. At the beginning of September each year, we turn our stomachs to the Bite of Oregon, an annual event featuring purveyors of food and beer from all around our amazing state.
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Portland Adult Soap Box Derby. Each year, a group of adult Portlanders make their way to the hills of Mount Tabor, Portland’s own volcano, with intricate, hand-built soapbox cars to tear down the side of the volcano in an epic race of insanity and near-death craziness much to the great amusement of the huge crowds that assemble there.
It’s a ton of fun, but how did it get started and why?