Catch your breath — an Event-a-lanche is coming at us in August

30 Jul

Talk to business owners downtown about how summer has been, and “Busy” is the word. Weekend of Aug. 6-8 (Fri-Sun) promises to be busier still. What up? Hundreds of bike riders will descend on town Saturday, Aug. 7, for Jackson’s Ride the Gorge, a five-year-old fund-raiser for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. It’s all based at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM). Rides of 100 miles or less begin at 6 a.m,. and continue through 5 p.m. Watch for cyclists on the road!

Also coming down that weekend is First Friday (Aug. 6), with streets closed for pedestrian rambles PLUS, in the middle of summer, a Snow Rail Jam. It’s an echo event, of the Jam that 2nd Wind Sports and IPS Skate organized last December, during the run-up to Christmas. Pepi Gerald at 2nd Wind tells me that, yes, “We’re hauling snow down from Timberline. We’re delusional. We’ve got five trucks and some trailers. It’ll be on 4th Street between State and Oak.”

In August? Dumped onto relatively warmish asphalt? How, Pepi, will you keep it from melting faster than you unload it? “Good question,” Pepi says. “We’re going to bring it straight down. And Sunderland is playing while we’re doing this. There’s also a snowboard movie premiere after at the parking lot of the British Pub.” Oh, lordy, this should be fun.

Same weekend, just west of Ground Zero, comes the Bridge of the Gods Kite Fest. No snow imports required. They just use the snow after it’s melted. You may be familiar with the substance called w-a-t-e-r. …

Then we have the sail BOAT folks (remember when this was sailing?), gathered together under the banner of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association. They’ve got a killer schedule of activities and races, and coming up Aug. 3-5 they’ve got the WIND Youth Clinic for kids (i.e. future sailors). If that doesn’t float your boat, hang on — for THREE national championships during the Columbia Gorge One-Design Regatta Aug. 6-8, also in Cascade Locks. …

Interesting post in the SF Gate about our fair city, from perspective of someone with a disability, trying to get around town. A chance for some empathy for those with such challenges, during the anniversary week of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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