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A busy Saturday downtown

September 13, 2009

Saturday PSU MarketmarimbasbennieSept 12

This morning we celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Max Green Line train through Portland. We rode the train into downtown, where there was a big fest at Pioneer Courthouse square. What can I say, we are suckers for events offering  some manner of free face-painting for kids. This time B got an airbrushed temporary tattoo on her arm. It was a little bit of an accident – we ended up in the tattoo line instead of the face painting line. Although there was no age limit, I think the tattoo artist was scared to death he was going to scare her to death. She got right down to business though, and informed him him she wanted a purple tattoo on her left arm. Then of course, she held very still and concentrated.

We were there around noon, and saw a smattering of clowns, dancers, some folks wearing giraffe masks and suits (I think they were performers with Imago Theater),  and a live vocal chorus. There was even storytelling in a parked Trimet bus.

To beat the heat we headed up to the PSU Saturday Farmer’s Market for lunch. We ate cherries on the grass and listened to a  6-piece marimba band, Fools in Paradise. They were playing very traditional marimbas, which used different sized gourds below each of the keys to act as resonators.

On our way home we passed Belmont street, which was closed off for the Belmont Street Fair. We were done running around for the day, but it still made me ridiculously happy to see a temporary pedestrian zone. I wish there were more permanent ones around town.

It boggles my mind to think of all the things a person could do in a day in the city, especially on a sunny Saturday. Hope you all enjoy your weekends!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. erin permalink
    September 13, 2009 10:18 pm

    nice blog ( :

  2. Nila permalink
    September 22, 2009 4:39 am

    I wish we were there too to take part! 🙂 I want a tatoo too!

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