Saturday, July 4, 2015

Invitation to sketch Aurora Colony Days, August 8

Saturday, August 8 -- Aurora sketch outing 

Susan Black from Aurora, Oregon (just south of Wilsonville, about 20 miles from Portland) invites us to leave the city and spend all or part of the day sketching and enjoying a bucolic small-town celebration, Aurora Colony Days.  

Aurora, a National Historic District, is a 950-person town that was settled in the mid-19th century as a sort of utopian colony .  Though that specific community no longer exists, Aurora continues as a creative, vibrant place esp. known for its many antique and vintage shops, its 35 original colony buildings, its historic museum and its natural beauty.  Sketchable people-watching events in the Colony Days celebration include a footrace, a parade, a pancake breakfast, antiques, food and other street vendors to augment the brick-and-mortar merchants, a community art show, a beer garden and a concert -- most outdoors and all in walking distance and set among vintage buildings and lush greenery.  Events begin at 7:30 (the footrace) and continue all day into the evening (the concert).  

Susan is the organizer of the community art show and has also invited a group of watercolorists to work in Aurora on August 8.  A reception and show/sale specifically for the day's work will take place in mid-afternoon.

Susan invites us to gather at her home (21424 Liberty Street NE, Aurora), which is handy to all the Colony Days venues, anytime from 7 AM on.  Please contact her directly at susanb224@aol.com or 415-533-5431(cell). 

For research: www.auroracolonydays.com -- www.auroraarts.auroracolony.com -- "images of Aurora Oregon" in your search engine.

Please email pdxusk@gmail.com if you are interested in carpooling, or post on the Google group. 

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