At last year's Vintage Roadshow organized by the West Linn Historical Society, a local couple discovered the painting they considered giving to Goodwill was worth $25,000.
Another man believed the haunted dolls left in his possession, after their previous owner attempted to have them encased in bulletproof glass, could be worth a chunk of change — only to learn they were worthless (despite the spirits that supposedly inhabited them).
On Aug. 21, the society will present another opportunity for people to discover whether their antiques and oddities are trash or treasure at the second annual Vintage Roadshow at the McLean House.
For $30, anyone interested can bring an item to be evaluated by professional appraiser Gary Germer.
The society organized the Vintage Roadshow for the first time last year after several members pondered the worth of old family heirlooms over tea.
Styled after the PBS show, "Antiques Roadshow," last year's event included around 30 informative and humorous evaluations of antiques brought by attendees.
Tickets to watch this year's show without having an item appraised are $15.
"If you like the (PBS) show, it's always more fun to see it in person. And you never know what those treasures in your closet are worth," West Linn Historical Society Vice President Danny Schreiber said.
Schreiber, who also emcees the event, said his kids thoroughly enjoyed last year's show thanks to Germer's ability to make each appraisal interesting and provide historical context for every object.
According to Schreiber, having an appraisal done can cost hundreds of dollars, so the roadshow is a good opportunity to have antiques evaluated by a professional appraiser and decide whether they should pursue an official appraisal.
Germer has participated in "Antiques Roadshow" and has worked in the antique appraisal business for over 30 years. He donates his time for the event, so all proceeds go to the West Linn Historical Society.
The Vintage Roadshow takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the McLean House and Park. Tickets for appraisals and to see the show are available at www.westlinnhistory.org. Schreiber recommended those interested in having an item appraised purchase tickets ahead of time as appraisal slots sold out last year.
Other local events
Clackamas County Fair
Located at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds, the fair and rodeo will run from Aug. 16-20 and include rodeo competitions, musical performances, livestock exhibits and more. For more information, visit clackamascountyfair.com.Â
Oregon City Festival of the Arts
The event is free to the public and will include food and beverage vendors, visual and performing artists from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13-14 at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. More can be found at threeriversartistguild.com.
Wonderful Wednesdays start at 11:30 a.m. at the Gladstone Library,135 E. Dartmouth St., through Aug. 24.
Aug. 17 — Cryptozoology Puppet Show, Shawnery Connery is on a monster quest to discover cryptids.
Aug. 24 — Angel Ocasio's Comedy, a zany comedy combination of magic, music, juggling and audience participation.
Fun Day Fridays
Fun Day Fridays are happening starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., through Aug. 26. Kids can get a free lunch from 11 a.m.-noon at all of these Oak Lodge events.
Aug. 12 — Camp Ocean, search for buried treasure and dive into the ocean's mysteries.
Aug. 19 — Takohachi, Japanese drumming, music and stories.
Aug. 26 — Angel Ocasio's Comedy, a zany comedy combination of magic, music, juggling and audience participation.
Music in the ParkÂ
West Linn Parks and Recreation's Music in the Park returns to Tanner Creek Park. The series will culminate with Hit Machine 7-9 p.m. Aug. 11. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local vendors.Â
Through its Movies in the Park series, the city of Wilsonville will feature the throwback classic "The Goonies" at dusk (around 9 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 19, in Memorial Park. Attendees can bring their own food and beverages.Â
As part of the Rotary Club of Wilsonville's Summer Concert Series, Radical Revolution will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Town Center Park.Â
Fitness in the Park
Join other citizens of the county at North Clackamas Park for Fitness in the Park classes running July 12 through Aug. 27, including tai chi, Zumba, HIIT and yoga. See the full schedule and pre-register at ncprd.com/fitness-in-the-park.
Concerts in the Valley
There is a free concert series at Happy Valley Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 28-Aug. 25. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, conveniently close to the splash pad and play area. Food, beverage, beer and wine are available for purchase.
Catch a play
Clackamas Repertory Theater presents "The Sound of Music" from Aug. 6-28; performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Sundays at the Osterman Theater on the campus of Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Tickets may be purchased at clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047.
Lake Oswego concerts
Precious Byrd will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at West Lake Park.Â Shades of Huey will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at West Lake Park.
At 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Millennium Plaza Park, the indie rock band Mbrascatu will entertain audiences.Â
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