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All-Oregon Newsletter February 2005



I promised myself I would have this issue of the All-Oregon newsletter out early.  It didnt happen for a variety of reasons I wont bore you with.  But, I have a great issue with a lot of fun things to do in February and a new section in All-Oregon to help you plan your next great Oregon outdoor adventure.

Featured Events 

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

February 9-14 -- Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show -- Portland
The 30th Annual Pacific NW Sportsmen's Show is scheduled for February 9 - 13, 2005 at the Portland Expo Center. The largest show of its kind in the Northwest, this year's show promises to thrill outdoor enthusiasts from every standpoint. Offering staples that include casting ponds, a free kids' trout pond, seminar theaters and camp cooking, the 2005 Sportsmen's Show will again be the leader in bringing you the one of a kind displays.

February 11-13 -- Hoodoo 25th Annual Winter Carnival Sisters
25 years of  Winter Carnival. This year's carnival will be better than ever. Again overnighters are allowed with the same rules as December 31. Hoodoo's Carnival is always the weekend before President's Weekend. This carnival is expected to last all weekend. On Saturday we will have the normal activities including kids games, the dummy downhill, snowshoe races, and a BBQ. On Sunday we will have new activities including tube racing on the Autobahn.

February 11-13 -- Oregon Wine & Food Festival -- Salem
The Festival offers the "first taste of Oregon's wine season." The event brings together the finest wine, food and art from around the state. Northwest musicians will provide a perfect background for the festival's activities each day. A variety of musical styles will be offered. It's a mouth-watering weekend of wine, food and fun! Proceeds benefit Salem Catholic Schools.

February 11-20 Portland Jazz Festival Portland
The Portland Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz music, Black History Month, and the City of Portland. Throughout the Festival week, there will be numerous educational opportunities for individuals. During these programs, instructors and educators will explore jazz and the African American experience with area students, musicians and the public.

February 11-21 Antique Week Lincoln City
To celebrate the quality of "antiquing", every February Lincoln City hosts Antique Week, a ten-day long event. Antique Week features city-wide antique store sales at which you can save as much as 25% on your purchases. In addition, although each Antique Week is a bit different from the others, it generally offers an Antique and Collectible Show at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, with as many as 50 dealers from all over the Pacific Northwest. Workshops in various antique mediums and an appraise-a-thon fair make the event both entertaining and educational.

February 18-20 -- 4th Annual Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival Ashland
Three afternoons and evenings of award-winning documentaries for all ages (the kids session is Saturday afternoon).  Day passes: $6-10.  Festival Pass: $15 to $25. Havurah Sanctuary at 185 N. Mountain, Ashland. For more information about this event, visit or web site or contact Lisa: [email protected]    541/592-4459

February 18 to October 31 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland
February marks the beginning of the 70th year of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.  Visit the web site for a complete list of this years schedule.

February 19-20 -- Oregon Asian Celebration Eugene
Two days of Asian food, entertainment, cooking and craft demonstrations, children's activities, art, and an Asian marketplace. Event is held at Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Ave. Hours: 10am-6pm. Admission: $5 for ages 13 and up.

February 23-27 -- Home and Garden Show -- Portland
The largest home show and the largest garden show in the state - over 1,000 booths with everything for your home, yard, garden or patio. This year there are 25 spectacular gardens including the premiere of the Zodaic Gardens by APLD. ASID will be building an Accessory Dwelling Unit inside the show as well. There is a huge plant sale, orchid show, art show, and the nation's #1 flower show. In addition there are over 60 free seminars - no admission required for seminars.

February 25-27 28th Annual Seafood and Wine Festival Newport
It wouldn't be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. It's the premier seafood & wine event of the west coast and the original Northwest seafood and wine festival. Since 1978 the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival has attracted visitors from around the world to the central Oregon coast. This year's festival promises to be packed with all of the fun, food and wine you've come to know and love at the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

Featured Attraction 

One of the reasons this newsletter is late is because I was trying to find a list of romantic attractions for Valentines Day in Oregon.  I searched and searched and couldnt find what I was looking for.  I thought about doing my own list and then decided the best way to truly represent the romantic side of Oregon would be to ask all of you.  So, Im starting a new section in All-Oregon that will be lists of your favorite Oregon places, experiences, etc.  Well start it with your favorite romantic place in Oregon.  It can be for a meal, a day, a weekend.  Its totally up to you.  Ill post these in the All-Oregon directory for a great guide for Oregonians and visitors from around the world.  If you have a favorite romantic experience for me, email it to me at [email protected].  If you do not want your name included in the posting, let me know.

Featured Oregon Recipe 

Because its February, I chose a romantic desert for this issues Oregon recipe.  Its brought to you from the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission:

Red Raspberry Champagne Granita
(Preparation 1 1/2 hours, freezing time about 5 hours)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
8 cups frozen red raspberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
1 1/2 cups dry Champagne
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup framboise or other raspberry liqueur
1 cup fresh red raspberries (optional garnish)

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and boil 1 minute. Cool. Refrigerate syrup until cold, about 45 minutes. Puree enough raspberries (about 6 cups) in blender to yield 1/2 cup of puree. Transfer raspberry puree to large bowl. Mix grapefruit juice, Champagne, lemon juice and chilled syrup into raspberry puree. Pour mixture into 13-by-9-by-2-inch metal baking pan. Freeze granita mixture until icy at the edge of pan, about 55 minutes. Using a whisk, mix to distribute frozen portions evenly. Freeze again until icy at edge of pan and overall texture is slushy, about 40 minutes. Whisk again to distribute frozen portions evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until mixture is solid, about 3 hours (time may differ with individual freezer temperatures). Meanwhile, mix remaining red raspberries with 1/4 sugar and 1/4 cup framboise in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Using fork, scrape granita down length of pan, forming ice flakes. Do this for the whole pan, leave in flakes, cover with plastic wrap and return to freezer or serve immediately. (Granita can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time.)

To serve: Divide raspberries in liqueur between 6 wide, wine or dessert coupe glasses. Top with scoops of granita, garnish with fresh raspberries if desired, and serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

Whats New at All-Oregon 

Outdoor recreation is a large part of the Oregon lifestyle.  Weve learned to cope with our weather and participate outdoors all year long.  Ive started a new Recreation section at All-Oregon and the first pages include listings for boating, cycling, fishing, golf, horse adventures, hunting, rafting, scuba diving, windsurfing, rock climbing and more.  You will find people listed who will help you have a fantastic outdoor adventure.  You will also find the equipment you need to partake in our great outdoor activities.  Check out all the great links on these pages and plan an excursion soon.

Thats it for this month. 

Jackie Farris
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