PotteryFun's simple, hands-on process lets visitors decorate and take home a piece of expertly crafted earthenware. Like a child emperor preparing to mobilize toy terra-cotta soldiers, potential painters can pace to and fro to eye the studio’s selection of unfinished daubale goods before selecting an item for decoration, fire, and containing. Clay canvases include magnets ($6–$8), tiles ($5–$10), plates ($18–$30), bowls ($20–$60), figurines ($12–$50), and more. Once equipped, owners can festoon their items as they please thanks to a selection of 64 paints and implements including brushes, stamps, sponges, and hands. Once painted, the ceramic vessel is set within PotteryFun’s kiln, thereby emblazoning the piece forever with the spongy markings, and then set to cool. Users swing by a few days later to pick up their nontoxic, food-friendly masterwork.
Every year, revelers gather in the forest of the Pacific Northwest to "experience the magic of the realm." Faerieworlds brings together music acts from around the globe, including celtic rock bands, folks trios, didgeridoo prodigies, ghost cellists, and more ethereal artists. Under bright lights and twinkling stars, audiences shed their inhibitions to dance, commune, eat, drink, and find new friends during the three-day celebration.
Faerieworlds, a soft footprint event, reduces its impact on the physical world by using environmentally-sound practices and encouraging audiences to do the same. Organic and vegetarian food vendors fill the bellies of hungry guests. Afterwards, they can employ the onsite glass, paper, and plastic recycling programs. A rideshare program helps save gas, and 100% green electrical power reduces the footprint more effectively than building a massive megaphone in front of every stage.
With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra satiates culture-hungry eardrums with creative, conceptual concerts studded with guest string-stars from across the country. The British Influence adheres to its name, focusing on three non-British composers—Romantic-era maestro Felix Mendelssohn, German composer Max Bruch, and 20th-century Australian pianist Percy Grainger—that were inspired to orchestrate masterful works after brushes with the landscapes, traditions, or culture of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Accomplished violinist and Portland native JiYun Jeong joins the symphony once again, helping to weave a tapestry of royal reminiscence on Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G Minor.
Sourcing fresh, local ingredients for their made-from-scratch dishes, Mission Mill Café supports community bellies and businesses with a bounty of sandwiches, soups, and other lunchtime favorites. Stimulate a culinary epiphany with the Dubliner sandwich, which comes piled high with corned beef, fried red onions, melted Swiss, and a side of sour cream-horseradish ($9). Or satisfy a green tooth with a seven-grain veggie burger, topped with mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and swiss, and served on fresh ciabatta bread from local bakery Cascade ($8.50). Diners can also dig into an assortment of crisp salads ($4–$9) or cut through the cold with Mission Mill's homemade soups, which, like excuses for not wearing pants, are crafted fresh daily ($5/bowl, $3/cup). Fill a remaining wedge-shaped stomach void with a slice of fresh, homemade pie ($3.50) and then counter strong desires to hibernate all afternoon with a mug of Allan Bros. Coffee ($1.75).
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA), the University of Oregon's premier art museum, tunes uninspired brain waves to fine-art frequencies with its extensive collection of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and American art. With more than 13,000 objects in its permanent collection, the JSMA allows museum visitors to delve deeply into past and present cultures from around the world. Museum members can sink sight buds into traveling exhibitions, such as Giuseppe Vasi's Rome: Lasting Impressions from the Age of the Grand Tour, which focuses on the 18th century Italian printmaker and his prophetic paintings of R&B group Boys II Men. Members can also partake in one of JSMA's educational programs. In addition to the free admission, museum members get the following benefits: