Each issue we scour the state looking for the best local products and events to share with you. Here’s our list for January and February.
Black Butte Ranch Jam
You know Black Butte Ranch as a perfect spot for a Central Oregon getaway. Did you know it also sells its own housemade jams? Made with Oregon strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and marionberries, they’re a great gift for the Oregon fan in your life.
Discover the magic of wool clothing with wool&, a new brand of women’s dresses from the family that owns and operates Pendleton Woolen Mills and the founder of Wool & Prince. Wool & Prince made a name for itself with the 100-day challenge—that is, wearing the same shirt without washing for a hundred days. The wool& dresses are designed for similar use, with a breathable, quick-drying fabric that resists odor.
Portland Old Time Music Gathering
Now entering its twentieth year, the Portland Old Time Music Gathering is a grassroots, volunteer-run four-day music festival. The gathering, this year from January 16 to January 20, focuses on Appalachian-style string band musicians and features Nokosee Fields as this year’s artist-in-residence. Swing by the various venues for a square dance, performances or a workshop.
Crater Lake National Park Poster
Celebrate the state’s only national park with a poster inspired by the era-specific artwork of the Works Progress Administration. Rob Decker, a Colorado-based artist, has set out to photograph every national park in the country and create WPA-era posters of each. The posters are $35 and are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks.
Break your new year’s resolutions at Zwickelmania, a statewide celebration of all things beer. The celebration starts on February 16 in Portland and then continues on February 23 around the rest of Oregon. Participating breweries open them for events like tastings and tours. Bonus—the event is free (the beer may not be) and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.