Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Dear August: Please don’t leave us as quickly as June and July did. They sorta came and went, without even a note saying goodbye…only sun-baked sidewalks in their wake. We’ve a lot yet to do before Fall comes calling.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

Kickball tomorrow (Saturday). Last chance. Bring your good leg, pirate gear, and sense of pride to Mt. Scott Park, where the FoPo Pirates will take on Creston-Kenilworth in the championship round of the Southeast Kickball Tournament. 2 -4 p.m.. Oh, Salt and Straw. Forgot that part–ice cream to be had by all. Trophy goes home with the winner.

– Ok, the Wikman Building will finally be sold. The County will be unloading the property to a pair of investors who plan to renovate the building, offer shared office and community meeting space, and eventually list the building on the National Register of Histroric Places. What are your thoughts on this deal? Good for the neighborhood? Meh? Sounds like the forces of gentrification are in gear (for better or worse)?

Brewfest– It’s that time of year again: live music and comedy in the name of shitty beer. (And we say that in a good way.) Celebrate the ‘best of the worst’ with a taste competition that pits 14 different tall boys against each other. Yes, this is the Macro Brewfest, an O’Malley’s tradition. August 7 – 9, there will be live entertainment and lots of good, old fashioned American beer.

– National Night Out is this Tuesday. Come out to Kern Park for some neighborhood revelry. Live music, vendors, and lots and lots of neighbors. No Bar Carlo this year…so pack your picnic basket. August 5, from 6:30 – 8:30.

– NWIPA had a good showing last week when they hosted Cascade Organic and their assortment of fresh produce and seafood for sale. They’ll be back this Thursday, August 7, for more of the same. Again, show them that Foster loves/needs fresh produce…and if seafood comes along with it, that’s great, too. Oh, and if you know of an available retail space in the neighborhood, let them know—maybe we can convince them to stay permanently.

– Speaking of NWIPA, they’ll be celebrating two years in the ‘hood next Saturday. I only mention this because last year’s first anniversary celebration was pretty righteous. I mean, sure, the beer was great. But the crowd and energy was even better. Oh, but that’s not the thing either. Kuza Burger, that’s it. Kuza Burger! They’ll be parked on Foster to feed the carnivores.

– And I guess if we’re going to talk burgers, we should mention that Foster Burger is again a participant in this year’s, Portland Mercury-hosted Burger Week, from Aug. 11 – 17. Get their special, Pepperjack Bacon burger with house pickles for $5 all week.

– Finally, Foster Row is officially open for business today. Their hours will be Thursday – Saturday, from 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday, from 11 am – 5 pm. Delicate Doilies will have a popup shop in the space to initiate the opening and go along with all the other wares and crafts that will be for sale. Also, the folks behind Foster Row have a kickstarter campaign to help them fully realize their vision for the space. Peep it, support it, love it.

– Weekend music/entertainment:
Torta- Zac Allen’s Jazzy Night, Friday; Eric Vanderwall, Saturday
Gemini- Max James Band, Friday; DJ Encrypted, Saturday
Starday- Can’t Hardly Playboys, Satruday
O’Malley’s- Dirty Lowdowns, Vodka Wilson Overdrive, and Monica Wilson and the Highgates, Satruday
Bobwhite Theatre- West Coast Wrestling Connection, Saturday at 1 pm

Enjoy, folks. Be cool, be safe.

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4 Responses to Happy Weekend, Foster People!

  1. Jed says:

    Good news on the Wikman Building. I’d prefer investors with the financial capacity and vision to do something with the space. It beats a haphazard attempt of visioning by committee and then relying on the community to scrounge the money to make it happen. Most importantly, they will be preserving the historic nature of the building!

  2. Matthew says:

    Hi Jeff, the space at 6420 in our building (Red Castle Games) is coming on the market. It is the end space next to the Portland Ketchup Company.

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