Saturday, August 11, 2012

TAC Summer School 2012

Hubby and I went to Portland State University in Portland, OR, the last week of July, for the Teachers Association of Canada (RSCDS) Summer School.  Basically dance camp for Scottish Country Dancers from all over the world.  We had a great time.  Portland was cooler than Idaho until the last day, and it was fun to see old friends I hadn't seen since the last time I was there in 2010.  Altogether there were seven of us from the Thistle & Ghillies group here in Idaho who went.  I couldn't actually *dance*, but I went to classes anyway and walked though everything.

Aside from going to morning dance classes and evening social dances, we also got out to do a few things in downtown Portland.  On Tuesday was the Yarn Tour.  Four of us took the afternoon and went to three different yarn shops - Knit Purl, Happy Knits, and Yarn Garden.  We did pretty well at supporting the local economy.  I bought four skeins of yarn,

two of Malabrigo Arroyo in 'Jupiter,

And two of Tosh DK in 'Spectrum'.

Is that not the most gorgeous color blend ever?  And I managed to get myself to choose multi-ply yarns, rather than singles.  I tend to be drawn to the color saturation of single-ply more, but they aren't as practical.  I already have a few ideas for what I'll make with both yarns.

On Wednesday afternoon all seven of us went on an organized bus tour to some local wineries, Duck Pond and Erath.  We also stopped at a Christmas ornament store, which was not really a hit with most of the people on the tour. We would've rather gone to another winery.

Here we are, setting off on our Powell's bookstore adventure on Thursday...

well, except for me since I took the picture.  We're waiting for the Portland Streetcar to arrive.  We rode up to Powells and ended up mostly looking at knitting and crochet books.  Then we stopped in at Le Sur d'Table and Whole Foods since we were there.

On Thursday evening the social dance was the Red & White dance, a celebration of TAC's 40th Anniversary (ruby).  Almost everyone dressed in some variation of red and white.  It was very impressive to see on the dance floor.  I did not take any pictures, but Ken did.  Here are four of us in our red and white...

The red scarf I'm wearing was knit by Diane in a red yarn I chose - Madeline Tosh lace in 'Tart'.  It turned out beautifully.

On Friday hubby, myself and Cheri rode the streetcar up to Deshutes brewpub, near Powells, for dinner.  That was a nice change from the cafeteria.  And Cheri got to try a gluten-free beer.

On Saturday the Portland Farmers Market sets up in the park you can see behind us.  It's amazing!  Wonderful fresh veg and fruit.  I had a very yummy ripe peach, as well as some good pastries.  It really makes you wish you lived there just so you could shop at the market every weekend.

As for the dance classes, I had a reasonably good time, in spite of not being able to dance.  I sat out more than I wanted, but when I did get into a set I focused on good technique from the waist up - posture, phrasing, handing and teamwork, and eye contact.  It was annoying to have to wear my trainers for dancing - even at the Ball on Saturday night - but at least I could walk without the boot!

On Sunday we drove home.  Cheri rode with Ken and I.  We stopped at Multnomah Falls, and then had lunch at Full Sail Brewery in Hood River, OR.  Yum!

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