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Winter has definitely come to my part of Oregon. The weather here is cold and wet. They say we might get some snow, but I will
believe it when I see it. They are
getting a lot of it in parts of Oregon right now. I talked to friends in Bend and they have 11
inches with more on the way. The coast
is stormy so hotel rooms will be selling like hot cakes. Many people here (myself included) watch the
wind and the waves from a nice warm hotel room while sipping a toddy and keeping
Speaking of the coast, be sure and watch for next months issue of All-Oregon
when I bring back the guest article series.
We are going to start with an article about Port Orford. “Small, friendly, quirky, with a relaxing
energy in a naturally beautiful setting...Port Orford is filled with nice
people, an unhurried atmosphere and no stop lights.”
– Christmas and holiday events abound.
Featured book – Wineries of the Pacific
Featured attraction – Pittock Mansion
recipe – Salmon with Blackberry Hollandaise
What’s new – Preparing for
There are a
lot of fun things happening in December. Here are some to get you started. Be
sure and check out more at http://www.all-oregon.com/events/events.htm where
you will find hundreds of events every month.
Christmas Night Time Magic
December 1, 2005-January 1, 2006 --
6-10pm Nightly, Historic Districts, Downtown Albany, 541-928-0911
“Janet Fogg –Cover to Cover-Quilts”
December 1, 2005-Jaunuary1,
2006 -- Latimer Quilt & Textile Center, 2105 Wilson River Loop, Tillamook,
OR, Contact: Laurie Olmsted, Office Manager 503-842-8622, email: [email protected]
2005 Christmas Festival of Lights at the
December 1-30, 2005 -- Welcoming
over 50,000 visitors annually, this ecumenical lighting and music festival is
quite possibly the largest Christmas choral festival of its kind in the world.
The Festival features 140 holiday music concerts performed in The Grotto's
600-seat chapel with over 5,000 singers and musicians giving their gift of music
during the annual celebration. The Grotto, NE 85th and Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97220,
December 1-31, 2005 -- The zoo comes alive as you walk
through this winter wonderland of more than a half-million lights. Included in
the winter festival is our lighted zoo train, choral and ensemble music, puppet
shows, model train display and our fantastic gift shop. Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon
Road, Portland, OR 97221, phone: 503-226-1561.
10th Annual Starving Artist Art Faire
December 2-4, 2005 -- Eagles
Lodge, Astoria - 503-325-6104
December 2-4, 2005 -- The only
beer festival in the Northwest to be held outdoors in the dark, cold and often
wet month of December is both heated and tented. The Festival will celebrate the
release of the region's craft-brewed winter ales. The beers featured at the
event are produced by 29 of the region's premier craft brewers and are created
specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. Minors are allowed
when accompanied by a parent. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th St,
Portland, OR 97205, phone: 503-252-9899.
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Hannu Lintu,
conductor and Vadim Gluzman, violin
December 3, 2005: Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway
& Main, Portland, OR 97205, phone: 503-228-1353.
Best of the
December 3-4, 2005 -- NW Crafts Alliance, Convention
Center, Portland, OR, phone: (206) 525-5926
December 8-20, 2005
-- This marks the 51st year for the Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and
Willamette Rivers in Portland, Oregon. The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about
55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Both
fleets will be out every night for two weeks. If you are interested in joining
the Christmas Ship Fleet, please click here for information. Weather and/or
water conditions are the only element that will cancel the ships performance.
That determination is made by the leaders for the evening about a half hour
before the ships are scheduled to begin performing.
December 10-24, 2005 -- Wildlife Safari in Winston.
Phone: 800-444-9584, 541-672-9731, [email protected]
Salem Collectors Market
December 11, 2005 --
Columbia Hall, 9:30am - 3:30pm. Admission: Free. Karen Huston, 503-769-8042
December 14-23, 2005 -- Daily 2-4, Flavel House
Museum, Astoria 503-325-2203, www.clatsophistoricalsociety.org
Hoof-N-Holler Bullriding and Dance
December 31, 2005 -- Fr 7:30pm,
Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany, 541-895-3993
Wineries of the Pacific Northwest
Author: D. L. Tadevich; Buy New: $15.99
This wonderful tour
guide to the wineries of the North Willamette Valley in Oregon is a real treat.
If you like wine, or if you are interested in learning about wine, this book is
perfect for you. It is written in a way that anyone can understand and the
graphics are pleasing to the eye.
Once the private home of Henry
Louis Pittock, founder of The Oregonian, this 22-room house was built in
1914. The mansion sits 1,000 feet above sea level and commands a view of five
mountains in the Cascade Range. It is an outstanding architectural achievement,
combining fine plasterwork, cut and polished marbles, cast bronze, and superbly
crafted hardwoods and paneling. The house is completely furnished with antique
furniture and objects d'art appropriate to its 17th, 18th, and 19th century
French and English designs.
Featured Oregon Recipe
recipe is from the Oregon
Raspberry & Blackberry Commission Home Page
Salmon With Blackberry Hollandaise
Tbl. fresh lemon juice
1/2 sticks sweet butter (12 oz.)
salt, white pepper
For Blackberry Sauce
tsp. Dijon mustard
tsp. garlic, minced
tsp. shallot, minced
Tbl. Madeira wine
cups white wine
cups fish stock
6 oz. Salmon fillets
Whisk egg yolks and lemon juice in top pan of double boiler. Place pan onto
double boiler. (Water in bottom of double boiler should be simmering, and not
touching top pan.) Whisk continuously until sauce just begins to thicken.
Remove from heat and slowly pour melted butter in steady stream, continuing to
whisk until all butter is incorporated. Add salt and white pepper. Set aside.
In small saucepan, combine blackberries (reserving some for garnish),
mustard, garlic, shallot, lemon juice and Madeira. Reduce by one-fourth,
stirring often to keep from scorching. Puree in a food processor; pass through
a fine sieve. Set aside one quarter of the reduction for garnish. Fold the
remaining portion into the 4-egg hollandaise.
In a fresh saucepan, combine quartered lemon and one sprig of mint with white
wine and fish stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Using a spatula,
carefully place the salmon fillets in saucepan, and poach for 8-10 minutes.
Remove fillets with spatula so that they retain their shape. Spoon some
Blackberry Hollandaise into the center of each serving plate, then drizzle a
thin circular line of reserved puree. Lightly draw the back of a spoon across
it, making a scallop effect toward the outside of the plate. Place a salmon
fillet in the circle and garnish with mint flowers or borage flowers and 3-5
What’s New at
Not a lot of
new things happened at All-Oregon since the last newsletter. My goal was to get the newsletter renewed and
this is the second issue that is coming out in a timely fashion. I do have plans to send this out every other
week starting in 2006. There are so many
great things to share with you! I want
to several new sections such as the guest article, an outdoor recreation
section, a shopping section and more.
Let me know if there is anything you would like to see in this newsletter
and I'll see if I can add it.
Things are going well with the new
companion Oregon-Classified site at www.oregon-classified.com. We actually have a few ads placed now and I
know when people realize they can post for free, we will see even more (spread
That’s it for this month. Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season.