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What's a Slabtown?

by David Krough


Posted on September 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

This Thursday one of Portland's historic districts will be pulling out the stops with some old time rock history for the 4th annual Slabtown Festival.

You see, back in the industrial days of lumber milling, the slabs of the rounded tree edges made good fuel and were to be found all over this area. Some also said before paved roads, loggers slid their cargo down the hills of Northwest Portland along rows of slabs, to the waiting ships on the riverfront.

Anyhoo -- Thursday Sept. 9 the festival kicks off with the presentation and movie screening of Mark Sten and Mike Lastra's documentary, “Northwest Passage: The Birth of Portland’s DIY Culture" at McMenamins Mission Theater.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission is free; guests 21 and over are welcome. There's a $3 suggested donation and a Q&A afterwards.

Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. ‘til 10 p.m. live music will feature Sassparilla, Shaky Hands and Dolorean and more.

There's also stuff for the kids, including a "bounce house," face-painting, vendor booths, Slabtown history exhibits, a beer garden and theater events.

Proceeds will fund Slabtown history programs and projects, and Friendly House.