Saturday, October 22, 2005

Fall Festivals & Yule Tidings!

Of course it's time again for the end of Fall and beginning of the Holiday Season!

In that spirit, here are some fun Portland area things to do:

First, get your Pumpkins and last of the year's produce at a local farm Here's a map!

Next the Verboort Sausage Festival is coming up! Don't miss the chance for fresh kraut and tasty sausage served up by Visitation Parish! Here's the Info

Now right after Thanksgiving, you'll need to start listening to the Cinnamon Bear. Here's a link to a site where you can listen for free!

Then in early December, two great events - The Christmas Ships, which ply the waters of both the Willamette and the Columbia Check here (there are lots of great pics of the ships too!) and The Revels, the Yultide show I've been gushing about for years that has become a family tradition. Visit this site for details!

If you're not in the Portland area, check your local A&E section, there's probably tons of FREE and FUN stuff to do!


Pandabonium said...
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Pandabonium said...

Sounds like a fun season ahead for you guys. 'Makes miss the brass quartet and all the Christmas time gigs.

And pumpkins. I don't know if Moody ever talked about it, but pumpkins in Japan are a small, like 6 inch diameter, green variety called kabocha. That isn't all bad, I grew some this summer. They are very tasty for cooking in pie or soups or slicing up for tempura. But toward the end of October I miss the big orange pumkins for making jack o lanterns. I'd be the only one for miles around with a jack o lantern, but I'd still make one. I've see a few tiny orange pumpkins for about $1 each and a couple of 10 inchers at garden shops for about $10 each, but nothing that really screams Halloween.

Ah well, when in Rome and all that.

Have a great season!

quqzyuy - yiddish for "weird hippie".

The Moody Minstrel said...


It is possible to find western-style "Halloween pumpkins", i.e. the big, orange, smooth-skinned variety here in Japan, but you have to look around. Try the big produce shops up in Hokota or across the river in Choshi. I'm rarely able to find one, but other gaijin friends here never seem to have any trouble (and they have often sent me one just to rub it in...).

cffrluuh - The sound made by the winds of Hurricane Wilma as they screamed through Cancun.

Pandabonium said...

Thanks Moody.

I'm sure I'll have the neighbors abuzz when I have big orange jack 'o lantern on my porch. Hakota here I come.

ladybug said...

Bummer that Japan doesn't have the big Halloween type pumpkins readily available.

Can't wait for the Verboort sausage - fresh firm kraut is the BEST.

Any funn fall festivals in Japan or elsewhere?

ladybug said...

I meant "phun" of course...

Pandabonium said...

I am sure Moody Minstrel is well versed on fun stuff.

In November there is a month long exhibit of chrysanthimums at Kashima Jingu shrine that is pretty cool.

New Years day is good here and on the 7th of January there is a horse riding festival called Omezame at the shrine that is fun to experience.

Otherwise, this time of year I am freezing my extremities off and dreaming of Fiji!

dnjbp - a disease caused by exposing your bippy to cold weather.

Pandabonium said...

by the way... to the tropical panda (my particular species) anything less that 70 degrees F is "cold".

Seymour said...

Although I know nothing of this, I guess it's popular in some rural areas to carve up "Jill-O-Lanterns" for those lonely Autumn nights. Make sure you replace the candle with a hot-water bottle though...

kwadn-A West African Knife. Usually serrated. Wielded two-handed.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Are you guys familiar with the Flash cartoon series "Happy Tree Friends"? There's a new one out that has a bit about carving a Jack o' Lantern that will give me nightmares for the rest of my life.

I thought Joe Cartoon was deranged...

ipvli - When someone confuses his urinary functions with his lungs.

Seymour said...

I love "Happy Tree Friends"! Who's your favorite character? I like the Racoon twins who always get into trouble and die in hideous agony! Well everyone dies in hideous agony, but you have to root for someone!

Xhiqrshn-The Flagship of the invading Thulsians. Many Terrans learned to fear Xhiqrshn and its remote "Hideousity" batteries.