It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to deck the halls and enjoy the beautiful tree lighting ceremonies throughout our different communities on the westside.  While they look different this year there are still plenty of ways for you to enjoy the beauty of the season:

Hillsboro Holly Days/Light Up Hillsboro

Is  Saturday, Dec. 1.  While downtown businesses will be open please check out The Holly Days of Hillsboro site to see how you can support the local downtown businesses.  Due to COVID the tree lighting will be virtual  In addition you can also experience the fun of Light Up Hillsboro

Beaverton Winter Lights 

Enjoy several light displays throughout Beaverton during Winter Lights.

North Plains Jingle Parade

For the past 17 years residents of North Plains have enjoyed the Jingle Parade.  This year enjoy all the fun and the tree lighting ceremony at the community garden.

Forest Grove Tree Lighting

Enjoy seeing Santa and listening to carolers during the Forest Grove tree lighting event.

Please be sure to check with each city for any changes to their events due to COVID prior to attending.  I hope you enjoy all of the wonderful holiday events.

 

 

Time To Get Your Scare On!!!

Halloween is Saturday and one of the big Halloween events is Haunted Houses.  I know they’ll look different this year but here is a list of some amazing Portland area Haunted Houses that you can check out and get your scare on:

The Fear PDX

ScareGrounds PDX

13th Door Haunted PDX

Creatures of the Night

Sauvie Island Haunted Corn Maze

Please note that many of these haunted houses do require tickets to get in because of COVID and some of them are close to selling out for this weekend.  Hopefully you’ll be able to find somewhere to get your scare on at.

I Love Unique Jewelry…

I am that person on your gift list that LOVES unique jewelry.  I do not want to wear something that I’m going to see on every other person out there.  Case in point on year for Mother’s Day my daughter bought me T-Rex earrings from Coach because I saw them in the store and fell in love.  Plus how many people are going to wear T-Rex earrings.  Hmmmm maybe I need a T-Rex costume to go with them?  That’s a whole nother story.

So since I love unique jewelry I love to find local artists who make amazing jewelry to give to those hard to shop for women on my gifts list.  We all have them, the ones that have everything.  Therefore when I found this week’s Local Etsy Shop of the week I knew I had to share.  It is Asakawa Silver located in Hillsboro, OR.  I am more than a little bit obsessed with the bee earrings.

The owner/artist is Monte Gueber and he takes his inspiration for the unique pieces he creates from the world around us.  From beautiful butterflies to honeycombs there is certainly a unique piece of jewelry for someone on your gifts list.

Welcome to Cornelius, Oregon!

This city of Cornelius is full of a rich history.  It’s history begins long before it was incorporated into a city thanks to the arrival of the railroad.  It should be noted that the railroad played a big part in the beginnings of several other cities on the Westside of the Portland Metro area as well, North Plains, Forest Grove and Banks to name a few.   While the railroad helped to bring folks to the west many of the settlers to the area faced the hardships that came with traveling along the Oregon Trail.

The City of Cornelius is named after one of those successful settlers, T.R. Cornelius.   He settled in to the Tualatin Valley and upon hearing about the Whitman massacre joined the Washington County Volunteers where he fought with them in five battles.  As the need for volunteers decreased Mr. Cornelius moved to California to follow the gold rush.

As a Sgt. he returned to Oregon and was was promoted to Captain, eventually becoming a Colonel of the Washington County Company D after the retirement of Colonel Nesmith.  At the conclusion of the Indian War Col. Cornelius spent 20 years working in the Territorial Legislature.  At the end of his time with the Territorial Legislature in 1871 he returned to the 1,300 acre farm that he had built over the years.  His farm housed a grain warehouse, two sawmills, a grocery store, creamery as well as several homes and barns that stretched across the 1,300 acres.

During this time Ben Holladay was building a railroad depot that was going to house the post office and telegraph office in an area known as Free Orchards.  Farmers in the area began to enjoy the railroad depot and Cornelius’ warehouse.  Farmers would line their wagons up all throughout the day to unload the grain into the warehouse as it waited to be shipped.  In later years everyone in the town agreed that the town should be named in honor of T.R. Cornelius to recognize the many contributions he made that allowed the community to develop.

The City of Cornelius was incorporated in the spring of 1893 and the first Council meeting was held on May 5, 1893.  Folks today enjoy living in Cornelius for it’s close proximity to Forest Grove and Hillsboro in addition to the average price of homes in Cornelius being in.  It allows for small town living close to it all.