Tuesday, 17 June 2014 11:52 | Written by Byron Beck
Trudi Toliver and Martha Stewart at Portland Farmer's Market on Saturday (photo by Scott Ballo)
MARTHA TAKES PORTLAND: Anyone with access to my Facebook page on Saturday knew that I pretty much spent the day stalking Martha Stewart.
Martha was in Portland for a speaking engagement at an event planners conference.
As for when she wasn't speaking, Martha Stewart was first spotted Saturday morning in Portland at the Portland Farmer's Market with Trudi Toliver, the Executive Director of the downtown market.
Next I heard word that she was shopping at the hipster mall known as Union Way, where supposedly she bought a pair of Danner boots (I was told she received a 20-percent discount).
Then came the news that she was swiftly making her way to Sauvie Island and Cistus Nursery where she says on her blog, "I bought myself several early birthday presents for my garden in East Hampton and (owner) Sean (Hogan) is shipping them to me," before heading over Cornelius Pass to Sherwood and Xera Plants.
She ended her day of shopping with a meal at Ava Gene's with Timber Press publisher (and former head gardener and Martha Stewart Living gardening editor) Andrew Beckman. From all appearances it looked like she had a very lovely day.
To read more about what Martha says about her trip to Portland click here.
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:17 | Written by Byron Beck
Brian Sims, Juan Martinez, police escort, Paul Rummel, Jeff Merkley, Mary Soteberg, Ben West, Jay, Darcelle, Dori, Misha Isaak, Ellen Rosenblum, Gabe, Christopher and David, Terry Bean, Barbara Roberts, Kate Brown, Darcelle, Kourtni, Alexis, Byron, Juan, Rob Nosse, Jules Bailey, Matt, Derek, Alec, parade marchers and viewers
PRIDE 2014:Rain and the occasional downpour didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended Sunday's Pride Parade and Waterfront Festival in Tom McCall Park. And there was plenty to celebrate including all the good news about marriage equality and our communities dedication to continue working on equality for all people.
I especially loved running into so many old friends as well as new ones like Rep. Brian Sims from Pennsylvania who walked with Nike in the parade with out gay athletes from across the country. It was also great to see longtime community leaders like Terry Bean and Gov. Barbara Roberts (Oregon's own "Will" and"Grace") and icons like Darcelle.
Monday, 16 June 2014 11:32 | Written by Byron Beck
My boys: Robin, Juan, Iean, John, Steve, and me, Maria, some random smoking hottie, a tall drink of water from the Midwest, Evan and his friend at Block Party
BLOCK OUT: We ended our Saturday night, after the PGMC "Night & Day" concert, with a little moonlight dancing at the Stark Street Block Party held on SW Stark between 11th and 12th Avenue. We ended up getting there pretty late, but the dancing and romancing was still hot and heavy amongst the crowd who had started to already trickle to the countless other parties being held around town that night. That said, we did get to see "Maria" all cuddled up in a comfy blanket in the VIP (Very Important Peacock) section.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:52 | Written by Byron Beck
PGMC Artistic Director Bob Mensel, The Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Bill Dickey and David Wagner
ANYTHING GOES: On Saturday night, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, The Portland Gay Men's Chorus brought to life the catchy rhythms and cunning lyrics of Cole Porter with class and just a wee bit of savoir-faire at a concert entitled "Night & Day."
For a few of us the night kicked off with a pre-func at Charlie Frasier and Rick Taylor's place and ended with a little "Afterglow" party at The Heathman Hotel. In between the parties the men of the chorus entertained the near capacity crowd with many of Porter's biggest hits. And, yes, it was a quite a swellegant night. Big thanks to Bill Dickey for helping to to make the fabulous night such a big success.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:30 | Written by Byron Beck
Robert Goman displaying the giant #BETRUE sign in Pioneer Square, Terry Bean, Jeana Frazzini, Billy Bean, Pillow pit, Juan Martinez, Kieron Weidner, Brett Soulek, dance party people
BE TRUE: In honor of Nike's annual LGBT Sports Summit—which gathered together over 100 college and professional athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, political figures, LGBT advocates and sports organizations to combat anti-LGBT bias in sports—a big party was held atop the roof and inside the beautiful new Eastside Exchange Building. The kick-ass dance party was just one of the many events that Nike hosted, or was part of, at this year's Pride celebration. Way to #BETRUE, Nike!