By Justin Aufdermauer
The recent bouts of rain have been a nice relief from the wildfires of summer, and sure make it easier to start picturing the cozy, inside gatherings of fall and winter next to a fireplace or wrapped in a warm sweater. While I am also looking forward to kids going back to school and the fast-pace of summer slowing down just a bit, I can assure you there is still a lot happening in our town before summer officially parts ways.
This Saturday from 9 am- 3 pm is the city-wide downtown garage sale, hosted by the Tillamook Revitalization Association and the Tillamook Headlight Herald. Second Street between Main and Ivy will be closed to traffic so those interested can bring in tables and items they’d like to sell. It’s a great way to either clean out some much needed space before the rainy season hits, pick up a few new things to redecorate with, or even find unique pieces that will make great holiday gifts. From clothing, to furniture, to fabrics and decor pieces, it’s a one-stop-shop garage sale.
If you’d like to rent a table space, reach out to either the Tillamook Headlight Herald or Sky at Lucky Bear Soap Co. Each 10×12 space is only $15.
The Tillamook Farmers Market is still underway on Laurel Avenue between First and Third every Saturday from 9am- 2pm. The last day of the season is Sept. 29, so there is still plenty of time to find your favorite produce (tomatoes are in season, btw) and enjoy the plethora of talented artists, crafters, designers and producers that we have here in Tillamook County. There’s also some really fun and talented musical acts coming up this month, including the always-popular Buffalo Kitty, ZuhG with an encore acoustic performance on Sept. 1, and local favorite Eric Sappington with his soulful tunes. Hopefully your calendar will lend itself to a leisurely Saturday on Laurel, where there is plenty of great food and music to wile away a few hours and enjoy the company – making stocking your produce drawer as much about the experience as the exceptional local produce.
While you’re checking your calendar, make a note about the upcoming Third Annual Oktoberfest in the Dairylands on the Second Street Plaza from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 8. Pacific Restaurant will again cater this year’s event with authentic German-style cuisine, and participants will be entertained with local and professional polka bands and dancers. New this year is the artist celebration of Route 6 brought to you by Art Accelerated, so there will also be artist booths and exhibits to enjoy. Because this event is a fundraiser for the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook, every penny raised goes to supporting local music scholarships as well as bringing professional concerts to Tillamook multiple times per year. Tickets to Oktoberfest in the Dairylands are available at the gate or at the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook’s Facebook Page. The cost for entry is $10 and includes a commemorative mug for adults, admission for those under 21 are free. The combination of authentic Swiss and German music and dance make this a fun and entertaining family friendly event.
And of course, Sip + Shop and Art Walk will resume later in September, making sure there is plenty to do for both locals and tourists while the sunshine is still upon us.