Monday, June 30, 2014

Ballet & Jazz

Last week was our kids recital at the Newmark Theater in Portland. Cedric is doing ballet and Isabelle is doing jazz dance. All kudos' go out to the organizer of this great event the West side Dance Academy in Tigard. Especially their staff, teachers/instructors and volunteers deserve a round of applause making this to the highlight of the year. it is awesome to see and watch these talented performers on stage.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Louisiana style Crawfish

Last Sunday we were invited to a friends house for a genuine crawfish boil. And what a treat it was. Besides the Louisiana cuisine there was plenty of other dishes to munch from. If you grabbed crawfish that was too spicy for you a cold home made hazelnut brown beer from one of the guests could came to the rescue. The occasion? Our friends son Nick graduated from high school and is going to make his way from Portland to Eugene to continue his education. As an already excellent (fly-)fisherman he will orient himself into outdoor programs to fulfill his wish to enjoy working for the Fish and Wildlife department. We wish Nick al the best to get there and since this will be only a 35 miles drive from Eugene we hope to see him at the McKenzie River Inn more often to cast out a fly.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Here we are in the swing of things, this week a tv ad regarding the wine tasting event on July12th and 13th will air on KWVT / KSLM / KPWC 17 - Willamette Valley Television
27 - Retro TV Oregon and
37 - Azteca Oregon
Further we have ad space in two newspapers, the East County Gazette in the Portland area and Westside newspaper in Salem and appeared in the Portland Guide and Oregon Symphony booklet during our own Chris Botti concert early May.
At the moment I'm working at a e-mail campaign to finish off this round of marketing. As reported before, this years wine tasting is in collaboration with the Eagle Rock Lodge and McKenzie River Mountain resort and features three wineries each stationed at one of the venues. I think we are off to a great start of this summer having the wine tasting at the same time as the Oregon Lavender Festival, which is just around the corner. Cheers!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Move

In the last couple of days I've been helping a friend move to another house about a mile and a half from the old one. She's a single Mother of four and the oldest is a special needs boy. The new house is a great improvement over the previous dwelling. Since she is operating a daycare, as her only source of income, the layout and especially the back yard with deck greatly enhances her business. During the whole move it proves you'll never can get a big enough truck to transport your belongings. The 26 footer looks big empty, but it fills up easy.... again, again and again. I helped out with my 5x8 trailer and did nine loads and two loads with our friends van. I though moving from the Netherlands in 1995 was quite an undertaking?!?