Gearing Up for 2014

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Dear Community,

The 8th Annual Slabtown Community Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, and we hope we can count on you for your continued support of this great NW Portland event.  Our meeting last week went wonderfully.  The History Committee is focusing on The Street Car and St. Patrick’s Church.  We’d also like to invite you to get involved in the festival.  The next planning meeting will be at 3pm on Thursday, June 26th at McMenamins Tavern & Pool (1716 NW 23rd Ave.).

If you’re unable to attend any meetings, please mark your calendar for September 20th, and we’ll see you at the NW Portland Library parking lot for the 2014 festival.


Mike Ryerson (Festival Coordinator)  cell # 971-202-6269

2014 – 8th Annual Slabtown Community Festival Planning Committee Meetings.
All meets are at 3:00 p.m. Thursdays, McMenamins Tavern & Pool.

June 26.

July 10. History Committee Meeting

July 24.

August 7.

August 14.

August 21.

August 28.

September 4.
September 11.
September 18. Final Planning Meeting
September 19. Festival Setup.
September 20. Slabtown Community Festival.

Mike Ryerson

We are going to be posting these all over town!

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We are going to be posting these all over town!

2013 Slabtown Festival Poster

No Pie Eating Contest Yet…

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No Pie Eating Contest Yet...

Booths Hosts for September 21, 2013

1.) Friendly House Raffle.
2.) Food Front Cooperative Grocery.
3.) Class Academy.
4.) The Bent Brick Tavern.
5.) Nature’s Pet Market.
6.) Synergy Behavior Solutions.
7.) Key Bank.
8.) Inn @ Northrup Station.
9.) Frame Central-Yeon.
10.) Portland Child Art Studio.
11.) Northwest District Association.
12.) Community Booth (20′ Tent).

Face Painting, Balloon & Balloon Artist, Free Water, First Aid, NW Portland Library Book Signings including Portland’s Slabtown Book, Walking Tours
with Mike’s History Tours
ESCO 100th Anniversary History Display

Slabtown June Updates

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Slabtown Community Festival Planning Meeting

McMenamins Tavern & Pool - Thursday, June 20, 3:00 pm. Agenda: Introduction of New Businesses, 2013′s Events, The new Portland’s Slabtown book.


Today is Juneteenth so I have included an image from Guild’s Lake Courts Junior Patrol. In the 1940s these integrated patrol was an active volunteer group in Slabtown. Image courtesy City of Portland Archives.


Vivace Coffee House & Creperie 1400 NW 23rd.

Is hosting a Slabtown History Exhibit which is a great promotion for the Festival and the  Portland’s Slabtown book.

Dorothea Lang 1939/ Library of Congress Image

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Dorothea Lang 1939/ Library of Congress Image

“Woodpiles along the street are a characteristic of Portland, Oregon. Costs five dollars and fifty cents per cord, and must be hauled thirty-five miles. (Shows homeowner on porch.) Portland, Oregon. Lange, Dorothea, photographer. CREATED/PUBLISHED
1939 Aug.” I am hoping these are homes in Slabtown-Tanya.

Photos From Slabtown 2012

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Mike Ryerson, Holly Hagerman and Julie Benevento Ball.

Glenn Gholston, Norm Gholston and Brian Bressler (photo credit Mike Ryerson)
Brooklyn, Jennifer Heckman, Berkeley (Courtesy TLM)

We all had a wonderful time at this year’s Slabtown Festival.   The weather was certainly the best ever for this event.  Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and community members who made this year’s festival a fabulous event.

Julie Benevento Ball (TLM)

History Team members Tim Hills and Norman Gholston rushed and the displays up and ready for viewing. There were two new exhibits this year. Bike lovers should be thrilled. (Courtesy TLM)

Fans young and old enjoyed the first puppet show.       (Courtesy TLM)

Slabtown Community Festival Poster 2012


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