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All-Oregon Newsletter March 2005



As I look out my windows, I see spring daffodils blooming and I hope they don't get their little heads frozen. My camellia is just starting to bloom and it would be so nice to enjoy the blooms before the rain turns them brown.  If you are an Oregonian, you know that anything can happen to the weather in March.  Here in the Willamette Valley we have been enjoying wonderful weather, but I know it could turn into months of rain, or even a snow storm before March is over.  But, we'll enjoy this weather as long as we can.

I've added a new feature to the All-Oregon newsletter that I am very excited about.  This issue contains the first guest article written by Joy Henkle about Rafting the Rogue.  The first paragraph is included in the newsletter with a link to the rest of the article and some great photos.  Be sure and check it out.

This month:
Featured events – Gold prospecting, a tulip festival, kite festival, film festival and more
Guest article – Rafting the Rogue
Featured attraction – Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Featured recipe – Cancun Potatoes from the Oregon Dairy Farmers
What’s new – Two new additions to All-Oregon.

Featured Events
There are a lot of fun things happening in March.  Here are some to get you started.  Be sure and check out more at  (Please check the dates because I’m still waiting for updates from some of the visitors bureaus.)

March 12 -- 4th Annual Run for the Music Race
Starting at the corner of Spring St. & Esplanade, 9am. Registrations begin at 8am for races of 1-mile, 5K and 10K, walkers are welcome.  Long-sleeved T-shirts can be ordered with pre-registration. Different entry fees for runners with, or without T-shirts, and for pre-registered vs. registering on race day.   For information, call Jeanne Landrum at 882-2392.

March 12-13 -- Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase -- Aurora
At the Old Aurora Colony Museum, Liberty and Second Street, Aurora, OR 97002 10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 12:00 - 4:00pm Sunday. Information: 503-678-5754 or 503-246-8140

March 12-13 -- Gold Prospectors Association of America Gold Show -- Salem
Columbia Hall, Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, (800) 551- 9707, Ext. 123  

March 18-20 -- Northwest Horse Fair -- Albany
Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-9pm, Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany, 926-4314 or 1-800-858-2005

March 18-20 -- Taste of Tillamook County – Tillamook
Tillamook County Fairgrounds Convention Center, 4603 Third Street, Tillamook, OR, Contact: Karen Viehoever, 503-842-2366, Email: [email protected]  Celebrating Tillamook County's restaurants and diverse food products, while raising funds for county schools and food security programs.

March 19-20 – Volkswalk -- McMinnville
McMinnville Mac Trackers, 20k, start at Amity Elementary School.  Contact: Janet Clow, (503) 472-0254, E-Mail: [email protected]

March 18-19 – 7th Annual Oregon Scrapbook Convention – Portland
The main exhibit hall, known as the Vendor Faire, gives you a chance to shop and stock up on the hottest scrapbooking products. Purchase tickets to technique classes for a chance to strengthen your artistic scrapbooking skills; classes are offered during the day on Friday and Saturday as well as in the evening on Thursday and Friday. Or stay late and crop the night away at our nightly evening activities and crops. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232. Toll-free: 800/791-2250, From Portland: 503/235-7575

March 19-20 -- 35th Annual Original Yachats Arts & Crafts Fair
Approximately 75 artists are selected for the superb quality of their art. Free admission. Food and refreshments. This 35 year-old fair is the original Yachats Arts and Crafts Fair and the only fair sponsored by the Yachats Area Chamber of Commerce. FMI: 541-547-3530, 1-800-929-0477. Held inside the Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 4th St.

March 20-April 20 -- Woodburn Tulip Festival
Every day enjoy a variety of activities along with our beautiful fields. Each weekend we have planned a variety of events. Check the "Schedule of Events" for a detailed list of daily and weekend activities. Phone: 503-982-8221

March 23-26 -- Indoor Kite Festival – Lincoln City
Plan on attending Oregon's Only Indoor Kite Festival, in Lincoln City, March 23-26. Yes, it's true. If you have the right kite and know how to do it, you can fly kites indoors without wind---and have great fun even if the weather outside is frightful! So everyone can enjoy this great sport, Lincoln City is bringing expert indoor kite fliers from all over the country to demonstrate the art and teach kids of all ages how to soar without wind. Check out more about the event at our web site or 541-996-1274 or 1-800-452-2151

March 31-April 4 -- Ashland Independent Film Festival
In the intimate movie house setting, filmmakers participate in their screenings and after the films speak with audience members who seek a closer look into the creative process. Filmmakers have high praise for the welcome they receive in Ashland, many ranking it at or near the top of their festival experiences.

Featured Attraction
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway -- Come find awesome scenic grandeur in Baker County.  The 208-mile drive known as the Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway is also registered as an All-American Road.  You’ll understand why when you begin the adventure in Baker City and forge into the majestic Wallowa Mountains of Northeast Oregon.   Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America, is sharply contrasted by the 10,000-feet-high peaks of the Wallowas.  Don’t miss this trip!  Best time to travel these narrow winding roads is June-October, after that many of the roads may be closed by snow. Put aside a good 7-8 hours to make this trip.

Featured Guest Article
Rafting the Rogue by Joy Henckle
Rogue River rafting IS Oregon rafting!  And the Rogue River provides a totally family fun experience!  Oregon's Rogue River rafting trips give families and friends the best of all vacation options.  For one, the Rogue is easy to travel to (just 20 minutes west of Interstate-5, near Grants pass, Oregon).  The Rogue also offers a fun, active, warm water and sunny weather escape.  It allows families and friends to be together, yet still maintain an aspect of independence. (White Water Warehouse's guides often see teenagers literally "grow up" before their eyes during the river trip.) entire article with photos

Featured Oregon Recipe
This month’s recipe is brought to you by the Dairy Farmers of Oregon ( and includes great Oregon butter, cheese and sour cream.  

Cancun Potatoes
Makes 4 servings


2 Tablespoons OREGON butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 cups fresh O’Brien style hash brown potatoes
1 cup frozen corn
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded OREGON pepper jack cheese
1 jalapeno chili, seeded & minced (optional)
OREGON sour cream (optional)
salsa (optional)
avocado, sliced (optional)


Melt butter in a 12” skillet, add chopped onions and sauté until translucent. Add hash brown potatoes, pat down with a spatula and cook on medium heat for 5–7 minutes, until golden on the bottom. Turn potatoes over, add corn and chilies. Season with salt and pepper and cook until potatoes are done, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top and melt. Top with OREGON sour cream, salsa and avocado. Good alone or with your favorite cooked eggs.

What’s New at All-Oregon
I’ve added two new pages to All-Oregon.  The first one will be popular with book lovers.  You will find 325 book stores listed on this page.  The second new page is a little tease for the new pages I’ll be working on next month.  The newest section will be all about food.  There are so many wonderful Oregon products and food vendors to choose from.  I’ve started you out with a sweet page of Oregon candy and confections with listings for 125 candy makers and sweet shops.  Why not visit both pages and pick up a book and something sweet to go with it.

That’s it for this month. 

Jackie Farris
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