Bits & Pieces: Want a boat? Attend Portland Boat Show
Show a go
Boats and stuff have been moved into Expo Center for the Portland Boat Show. As of Monday, Jan. 10, it looked like a go. (Events have been canceled because of COVID-19/omicron variant). It'll be at Expo Center, Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 12-16.
"We're very pleased with the number of companies participating," publicist Trey Carskadon said.
"The challenge for all boat shows across the country has been dealer inventory. There was a sizable uptick in participation (in past couple years) in boating due primarily to COVID and people wanting to get out but stay away from crowds. Sales soared and dealers blew through their inventories while manufacturers struggled (and still do) with supply chain issues and workforce.
"Thankfully, Portland-area boat dealers and regional boat manufacturers have been preparing for this show since last May and are coming to the show with some inventory available for immediate delivery. There appears to be a good supply of kayaks, pontoon boats, deck boats, some aluminum fishing boats, pleasure boats, ski boats, paddle boards, wakeboarding and wakesurfing boats and some cruisers."
For more: www.PDXBoatShow.com.
Formerly Wizard World Portland, the FAN EXPO Portland Comic Con was set to be held at the Oregon Convention Center this week, but organizers shut it down last week because of COVID-19 concerns for visitors, staff, celebrities, exhibitors and artists. Dates for the 2023 event will be announced at a later time.
Multnomah County Library has started its Everybody Reads 2022 campaign with free copies available of "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversation" by author/illustrator Mira Jacob at all library locations.
It's the 20th anniversary of the library's signature community-wide reading program. There'll be a series of free online events and activities through March 10, including a drawing workshop with Jacob, and then an in-person lecture with Jacob on March 10.
For more: www.multcolib.org.
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17, the Hollywood Theatre will host a screening of the film "Keep Alive The Dream," which documents African-American communities in Oregon honoring King.
The film highlights World Arts Foundation Inc.'s annual MLK Tribute Event.
The screening will be at 3 p.m. and the day's program also includes live music and a question-answer session with community members.
For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
The cultural nonprofit organization Nordic Northwest presents a new exhibit, "Swedish Cabins: The Legacy of Henry Steiner and Fogelbo," Jan. 17 to June 5 at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road.
It's free to attend, but there will be a ticketed lecture Feb. 4 with Lloyd Musser, historian and curator with Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum, who'll discuss the history of Steiner cabins and Fogelbo features in the Northwest. (Fogelbo is a private residence built by Henry and John Steiner next to Nordia House).
For more: www.nordicnorthwest.org.
The new Amaterra Winery in the West Hills is set to open for the public on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and reservations can be made on the Amaterra website, www.AmaterraWines.com.
It has a big restaurant and bar and operations building (46,000 square feet total), an adjacent 12-acre vineyard and a nice view of the Tualatin Valley. "'Hospitality on the Hill' we're calling it," said Jeff Brown, Amaterra's general manager for restaurants and events.
Amaterra makes pinot noir and chardonnay, and winemaker Matt Vuylsteke's 51 Weeks label will make pinot noir, petit verdot, grenache, Barbara, blends and more.
It's located at 8150 S.W. Swede Hill Drive, about three miles from downtown Portland.
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