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Restaurants, bars host live music, history museum is open, all for socially-distanced fun

COURTESY PHOTO: LAUREN SHEEHAN - Lauren Sheehan will play at the Fir Grove Grill at Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Although most entertainment and summer events have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, for a few venues around East Multnomah County, the show must go on — live and in-person.

Spinella's has set up a festive, socially-distanced outdoor venue in its parking lot and features live music from multiple bands all afternoon on Saturdays. The music starts at 2 p.m. and runs until about 8 p.m.

There is no cover, but Spinella's has a minimum purchase of $10 to stay and listen to the music at 436 N. Main Ave. Mask up, please.

Nearby Hoppy Hoppy Brewer, at 328 N. Main Ave.. is planning to host an entertainer in the outdoor courtyard from 6-9 pm. every third Thursday. On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Bob Voll Band will play.

Don't forget while you are thinking about fun things to do downtown, the Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There are some cool new exhibits featuring old-timey radios and one with Meier & Frank memorabilia. The museum is free, as always. Visitors are asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Edgefield has set up the Fir Grove Grill for outdoor dining Wednesdays through Sundays near the Little Red Shed. The Grill features some of Edgefield's most popular bands and singers for all-ages shows.

Lauren Sheehan will play from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Fir Grove Grill at Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. She'll be followed by Lewi Longmire from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, and other artists Saturday and Sunday night.

A McMenamins spokesperson said that the music at the Fir Grove is for people who are eating and drinking in the space. People aren't allowed to bring in chairs and blankets and listen to the music without ordering.

The tables are socially-distanced and people must wear masks when they are not eating and drinking.

The Fir Grove Grill is not taking reservations, so it's first-come, first served.

For fans of McMenamins History Pubs, they are still going on, but online via Facebook live at facebook.com/McMenaminsHistory/.

The next free History Pub is particularly timely. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, the pub will cover "Race Tensions in Oregon: How Did We Get Here?" R. Gregory Nokes, author and journalist will make the presentation.

The super-popular Music Mondays in Gresham is also online this year at facebook.com/GCFTAF from 7-8 p.m. on Mondays through the end of August.

Because restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic can change with little notice, check with the venue before you head out to make sure the show is still going on.


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