Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31, deadline for Portlanders to take the Portland Plan survey--look at the link on Monday's post!

The other photographs I took at the Artifacts and Archives exhibits at the Architectural Heritage Center.

The label for this said: Dome ventilator from the old St. Mary's School, built 1890, demolished 1970. Demolished--what a nasty, dreary, sad word. Not that I know the details of why the decision was made to do away with the building, but it's still sad to me.

To get an idea of just how large the dome ventilator is, click here. Then look at the second photo to see a group of artifacts in the same corner.

The label for this said: Image of Old St. Mary's School just prior to its demolition ... the brand new Forecourt Fountain had recently been completed. Click on fountain to see it today.

This color photo was on display, too. Look at the top of the dome. You can see at least four of the dome ventilators. Amazing, the scale of the ventilators and the size of the building.

The labels for these items said: (top) Wood brackets with carved acanthus leaves, late 19th century, origin unknown. (middle) Wood scrolled cornice brackets, Fret Ornamentation , late 19th century, origin unknown. (bottom) Wood fret-work balustrade.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Vacation, Day 9, 10/29/2009, Part 2

It's starting to look like all we did was get ready to eat and then eat. Honest, we did other things. You'll soon see, I promise.

Milton brought lots of ingredients and spices to work with as he prepared more food for all of us. He even brought a blender!






Boston butt that will become pulled pork later in the week.

Ham for sandwiches later on in the week.

Pineapple and cherries for the ham.

Milton injecting the Boston butt prior to it's going into the smoker.

Ready to be covered and put into the smoker.

Injecting the ham with pineapple juice to enhance its flavor.

It's just about ready to be wrapped up.

In the smoker.

One more flavor used to enhance the ham--I think it's apple juice.

Splitting wood for the smoker.

There's the wood, ready to get heated up and impact the flavor of the two meats.

It's all going on inside now, for hours and hours.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Important Historic Preservation and the Portland Plan: deadline to participate as a citizen, March 31!

News from the Architectural Heritage Center about The Portland Plan TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Deadline March 31st.
All residents interested in the future of our city and our communities should complete the online survey from the city. The survey can be found here. Click on the Have Your Say in the black banner at the top of the page.

Please let the City know that you care about our historic neighborhoods. Historic preservation is NOT one of the distinct nine action areas.

This is what the city has to say about the Portland Plan: The Portland Plan will be our City’s strategic plan for the next 25 years, ensuring that Portland is a thriving and sustainable city and our people are prosperous, healthy and educated. Developed by the City of Portland and partner agencies throughout the city, the Portland Plan will build on our progress and address the community's needs, like our health and safety, local food and access to affordable housing and quality education – things Portlanders care about that affect our daily lives.

This is the AHC building at 701 SE Grand Avenue, hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
From the Web page: The Architectural Heritage Center is a non-profit resource center for historic preservation, located in Portland, Oregon. Owned and operated by the Bosco-Milligan Foundation, The AHC hosts dozens of programs, workshops, and exhibits each year, helping people APPRECIATE, RESTORE, and MAINTAIN vintage homes, buildings, and neighborhoods. We are also caretakers of one of the largest collections of architectural artifacts in the United States.

The Architectural Heritage Center mounts rotating gallery exhibits drawn from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s renowned collection of architectural artifacts, one of the largest in the United States. In the Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery now, the show Artifacts and Archives. Members: Free General Public: $5

Here are some photos I took at the exhibit.
The label about this said: Rice Construction - P.A. Carlander Sign: In the early 20th Century, the Rice Construction Co. and P.A. Carlander were speculative home builders in Portland's Irvington Neighborhood. Many of their homes were built from plans readily available in publications like "The Craftsman." This sign was found underneath the porch of an Irvington home and donated to the Bosco-Milligan Foundation in 2008.

A photo that I took of a photo. See the next photo and text for an explanation of why the photo is in the exhibit. By the way, I would have loved being able to see this house in person and to go inside for a tour.

The label about this said: Wood Porch Column - Marcus Delahunt House, 1894. You can see from the photo above this one that six of these ringed the rounded porch on the massive-looking house.

Another view of the same house--I think it must be the front door. One edge of the rounded porch is visible on the left of the door, along with one of the porch columns.

The label about this said: Wood Exterior Ornament - Marcus Delahunt House, 1894.

The label about this said: Wood Finial, Marcus Delahunt House, 1894. To the left of it, you can see the other two items, the ornament and the porch column, plus there on the wall are the two pictures that I had photographed.

Come back in a couple of days for more photos from Artifacts and Archives.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Vacation, Day 9, 10/29/2009, Part 1

Sun's rising at Talladega Superspeedway, Thursday morning. You can see how many more rigs are in the campground, and there in the distance between the trees, you can see the grandstand at the racetrack.

Early morning look at another U-shaped spread at the campground. Halloween, college football rivalry, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.--looking from right to left.

Part of a game of some sort at a corner camp site. Looks like they're all set to play, even after dark with that light on the top of the pole.

The other end of the game.

The game set-up, in front of a trailer decorated with three racetrack flags--Talladega, Bristol, Lowe's, and one driver flag--Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

This is the rig just to the other side of Kay and Milton's trailer. I count at least 17 chairs, for a smaller trailer and a pop-up trailer. Wild! Wonder if the ghosts glow in the dark?

Our omelet makers at work.

Sausage and ham on the griddle--one side's done.

Another helper deals with the bacon and the bacon presses on the other griddle.

Green peppers need quite a bit of preparation--those seeds are the pits!

You can have ham in your omelet.

Gotta get those eggs just right before they go into the skillet!

The bacon's done!

Cheese on the eggs in the skillet.

Ham, green pepper and onion, cooking in the other skillet.

Ah, the important combining-all-ingredients step.

Close to done, thanks to Milton and his helpers.

My plate--I had no cheese or green peppers because neither one agrees with me.

The absolute jewel in the crown of a grand breakfast, Steen’s 100% Pure Cane Syrup! Just looking at the bottle took me back to my childhood, eating biscuits and syrup with my Daddy. Yummy!

You can certainly see what I mean in this photo--perfection!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

March Madness and My Wish for You

Looks like looking at the woman has distracted this artistic worker from his task, decorating the windows of the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill for both March Madness and St. Patrick's Day. The Kingston is across the street from Freddie's, with a bus stop that I use all of the time right there, too. I've yet to go inside, though. Maybe I ought to check it out for the NBA playoffs--their Web page says they have 24 televisions!

But not for long. He quickly finished, "Welcome. And have a lucky day." That's my wish for you.