Keep Portland Weird! Community Festival

I am constantly hearing complaints from people in Portland about the “Keep Portland Weird!” bumper stickers that seem to be on every other car in town. I can understand because it seems to be a phrase that is just trying too hard and getting a little tattered around the edges.

There’s an event coming up on Saturday, October 20th at the Central Library that will hopefully dispell some of the bad vibes about Portland and it’s weirdos. The Library Foundation is sponsoring “Keep Portland Weird! A Community Festival.” It’s an opportunity to meet some of the more unusual organizations in town, and also learn things like how to play the ukulele and how to do yoga. There’s also free entertainment including belly dancing and a performance by Sneakin’ Out. I wanted to post this early to make sure people include it in their October plans which can get kind of busy with so many Fall things going on.

Some of the groups attending include SCRAP, the Portland Robotics Society, Free Geek, City Repair, the Portland Cacophony Society, Growing Garden’s Chicken Keepers, the Portland Ukulele Society, and the Urban Berbers. The event runs from 12:00pm – 4:00pm and is free and open to the public.

Go to the Multnomah County Library’s website to find out who else is going to be there. I am looking forward to meeting the Cacophony Society folks because I have promised myself I would join in on their Santa event and help confuse shoppers doing their Christmas thing this year.

Thanks Stephanie Miller for the heads-up.

6 Comments so far

  1. Mr. Viddy (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

    I think that for most people the phrase “Keep Portland Weird” is a little confusing and intimidating. To me, it is all about the unique and sometimes contrasting people and ideas that make up our local culture. Keeping Portland weird is all about having a good mix of people rather than just one, homogenous group.


  2. Sherwood (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    Did you guys notice the bumper sticker that was on the car (actually a hearse) belonging to the murder/suicide family from a couple of weeks back? “Keep Portland Normal.” As Bill Hicks would say, it’s irony on a base level.


  3. Thomas Lockney (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

    Funny that no one ever contacted DorkbotPDX (http://dorkbotpdx.org) about participating. We’re certainly dedicated to keeping things weird.


  4. Julian Chadwick (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    1) Stephanie Miller ROCKS!

    2) This festival is why I choose a city like this. I practically wrote Stephanie a love letter last week b/c the Multcolib has been such a great thing for me (even with my $250 or so fine pays in the last 3 years).

    GO MCL! Kepp Portland Weird…you know….I’m weird I guess (as weird as a biz grad student can be)…but mainly to me it is Keep Portland (trying new things to see if they work or make people happy).


  5. Daaaaave (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 7:44 am

    I liked weird Portland before weird Portland became some sort of catchphrase adopted by socks-with-sandals wearing Volvo drivers.


  6. Alison (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Hi – i’m the other person planning KPW with Stephanie. I’m really sorry we didn’t suss on to DorkbotPDX – your group looks really great! And now we’re really packed with organizations. We’ll keep you in mind though – and we are having the Portland Robotics society, if any of your members are involved with them. Thanks!



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