Saturday, September 9, 2017

11th Annual Slabtown Community Festival

Tavern & Pool

11 a.m. 'til 5 p.m.

Free

All ages welcome

About 11th Annual Slabtown Community Festival

11th Annual Slabtown Community Festival

We'll have a Passport Discovery Hunt from 11 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m., and History Pub Presentations from a McMenamins Historian and guest. At the Bottle Shop, we'll offer 20% off apparel and McMenamins logo items. This is part of the neighborhood's 11th annual Slabtown Festival, which has a parade and an afternoon of live music outdoors.

Slabtown Schedule

Parade: a festive procession for kids of all ages
10:30 a.m. - Organize at New Seasons Market, 2170 NW Raleigh St.
11 a.m. - Parade departs, led by Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn, traveling down Raleigh Street west from New Seasons to NW 26th Avenue, north on 26th past Friendly House to Thurman Street, then east on Thurman to the Festival site at 23rd Place.
11:30 a.m. - Parade arrives at Festival site.

Slabtown History Presentations

at McMenamins Tavern & Pool
1716 NW 23rd Ave.

1 p.m. 'til 5 p.m.: Tim Hills and two other Slabtown historians will give individual presentations about Slabtown History.

These are eligible for the McMenamins Passport History Pub Experience Stamp

Festival Stage Music Line-up
Food Front Co-op Lot, NW Thurman & 23rd Place

Noon - Red Yarn Puppet Band
1 p.m.The Alphabeticians
2 p.m.Penny's Puppets
3 p.m. - Steve Cooper & Friends
4 p.m. - Bleuphonk Ensemble

Booths & Exhibits throughout the Festival:

• Shawn Brannan, Face Painter
• Slabtown Historic Photo Displays
• Neighborhood Merchant & Organization Booths
• Kids Games and Activities
• Food Front Co-op's Food Booths
• McMenamins 23rd Ave. Bottle Shop Beer-Tasting Booth: Sample Ruby, Hammerhead & Seasonal Cider; root beer samples for kids; $1 off Crowler Fill Postcards

Bottle Shop:
20% off apparel and McMenamins logo items
McMenamins Passport Discovery Hunt Stamping Station/Prizes

The History of Slabtown

So what the heck is "Slabtown", anyway?

Slabtown gets its name from the enormous quantities of slab wood-the rounded, exterior parts of a log cut away to square off lumber-that were produced as a popular form of heating fuel in the early 1900s by lumber mills of the neighborhood. Slabtown has been a cohesive residential community, distinguished by a mixed ethnic component, since the 1850s. SlabtownIt encompasses the area roughly from NW 16th Avenue to Montgomery Park and from the Willamette River to NW Pettygrove. Landmarks of old Slabtown include the site of the 1905 World's Fair, St. Patrick's Church, the ESCO steel foundry, Chapman School, and the Vaughn Street Baseball Park, home of Portland's Pacific Coast League club, the Beavers until 1955.

Roots of the Festival
Friends and fellow Slabtown history enthusiasts, Mike Ryerson (NW Examiner) and Tim Hills (McMenamins Pubs), organized a gathering in January 2006 for a number of the old, Croatian residents of Slabtown, most of whom shared ties to St. Patrick's Church and the Vaughn Street Baseball Park. The gathering coincided with the visit of one of Slabtown's most famous sons, Johnny Pesky, the Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer. The gathering proved to be such a special event that Ryerson and Hills vowed to greatly expand the idea. One result was the organization of public tours led by Ryerson and Hills along the NW 23rd corridor, emphasizing the neighborhood's rich history. SlabtownFurther inspired by the popularity of the tours, the two men initiated plans for an all-inclusive community celebration of Slabtown's heritage and present-day vitality.

As the festival has continued to grow, Mike and Tim launched another project to help celebrate and make better known the neighborhood history. Called Slabtown Picture Shows, it is an informal lecture and slide show of the heritage and evolution of NW 23rd Avenue. The program proved quite popular and has been presented several times at the Mission Theater, The Oregon Jewish Museum and the Northwest branch library.

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