Summer again – Catholic Sentinel

Nora the polar bear returned to the Oregon Zoo in March and her home, the new “Polar Passage,” opened to zoo visitors in April. (Courte-sy Michael Durham/Oregon Zoo)

From icons to music, berries and wildlife, summer 2021 promises adventure – online and in person. Here you will find the selection of the staff for arts and entertainment in the summer as well as the closest places to attend the fair.

Bach Festival and St. Benedict Festival

July 11 and April 28-30 July

Two events stand out every summer at Mount Angel Abbey. The venerable Bach Festival brings beautiful music to the beautiful hilltop. The newer St. Benedict Festival lets people see what makes a monastery tick. Both events are free and online this year.

The virtual St. Benedict Festival will take place on Sunday, July 11th, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. It marks the solemn festival of Saint Benedict, the man who enlivened western monastic life more than 1,500 years ago. In this year’s online version, monks will talk about their lives in a new video, “The Cloister of the Heart”.

The Bach Festival begins every evening from July 28th to 30th at 7 p.m. The stellar picnic on the site is likely to resume in later years; For the time being, the concerts will take place online and are free of charge, with violinist Itamar Zorman, cellist Camille Thomas and a trio of Alon Goldstein on piano, Amit Peled on cello and Alex Fiterstein on clarinet.

Summer iconography in the Trinity Cathedral

147 NW 19th Avenue Portland 97209

One-week courses of various levels take place in August

The calm of summer can be ideal for the spiritual life. A Catholic priest who is also an iconographer researches icons and prayers during the Summer Iconography Institute in Portland. Father Jon Buffington offers one-week programs for beginners, intermediate, or advanced students.

Budding iconographers deal with the preparation of the tablet, the gilding, transferring and writing of the sacred image. You will also learn the humility and prayer of the iconographer and the deep historical and spiritual foundations of the practice. Students can expect to end the week with a completed icon.

The fee is $ 425 per student with an additional $ 50 pigment kit for beginners. Classes at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in northwest Portland are limited to eight students per session to facilitate Father Buffington’s social distancing and focused attention. Registration closes on July 16.

Weekend masses at the nearby St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1716 NW Davis St., begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday

Reunion with animals at the Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland 97221

9 am-5.30pm on weekdays and 9 am-7pm on weekends


The Oregon Zoo, located in southwest Portland, welcomes visitors again, and there’s plenty to see on its 64 acres of exhibition space.

The polar bear Nora has returned from her stays in other zoos and has now settled in in her new home, the “Polar Passage”.

Other popular zoo residents, many of them also in upgraded spaces, are locals from the northwest such as river otters and mountain goats; Asian elephants; African giraffes, lions and cheetahs; and Pacific Ocean residents such as sea otters and penguins. One particular black bear, Takoda, came to the zoo in 2010 after being orphaned as a cub in Montana. He now lives healthy in the zoo’s Black Bear Ridge.

Non-members pay $ 24 for adults, $ 19 for children 2-11 years old, children under 2 years old are free. Due to the distance regulations, everyone, including members, must make a reservation for the visit. Face masks are required.

Weekend masses at nearby St. Thomas More Church, 3525 SW Patton Rd., Begin at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sundays

Berry picking at Fordyce Farms

7023 Sunnyview Rd., NE Salem 97305

Open Monday-Saturday, 9 am-6pm


Fruit picking is one of the sweetest of summer traditions, and Fordyce Farms has your bucket and then your belly filled with a variety of delicious foods from the wine, tree, and farmer’s cuisines.

The family business in Salem has a range of berries including strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and gooseberries, as well as apples, pears and quinces, an ancient fruit related to apples and pears.

You can pick the fruit yourself or buy a bag in the farm shop.

There is also a bakery that makes homemade scones and pies from seasonal fruits that are harvested just before baking. To cool off after working in the field, there is homemade ice cream to enjoy or milkshakes to slurp.

Farmer Raymond Fordyce called the shakes “pretty fantastic”. His favorite? Blackberry.

Weekend masses at the nearby parish of St. Vincent de Paul, 1010 Columbia St., begin at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8 a.m. on Sundays in English and 2 p.m. in Spanish.

Indulge in the OMSI obsession


Open daily June 11th – September 6th, 10am – 7pm

If Oregon is reopening after so much of it closed during the pandemic, why not take the family to revisit some Portland classics? There is perhaps no more classic family-friendly stop in Portland than heading to the southeastern boardwalk and spending the day at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The museum, commonly known as the OMSI, was founded in 1944 and is one of the leading science museums in the country. It has hosted many school trips. For the stranger, OMSI offers visitors hands-on learning opportunities to gain a better understanding of science and technology. The Science Hall, USS Blueback Submarine, Empirical Theater, and Planetarium are all open, as is the newest feature exhibit: Dinosaurs Revealed.

“Travel 250 million years back to prehistoric North America,” says the OMSI website. “Get up close and personal with life-size dinosaurs, two detailed dinosaur fossils, and more as you discover the history of dinosaurs through a comprehensive experience that shows the science behind paleontology, evolution, and extinction.”

Weekend masses at the nearby parish of St. Philip Neri, 2408 SE 16th Ave., begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday

Rusk Ranch Nature Center

27746 Redwood Hwy., Cave Junction 97523

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

Do you want to get out into nature this summer and maybe even learn a thing or two? The Rusk Ranch Nature Center might just be the place for you.

The ranch, a non-profit organization, extends over large meadows, pine, fir and cedar forests and highland hardwoods. In the heart of southern Oregon’s Illinois River Valley, visitors can explore the river’s west fork to spot unique plants and animals. Their mission is to promote the well-being of the residents of the local community and to preserve nature.

Rusk includes a butterfly pavilion with native butterflies and nature trails, a hummingbird garden, and a natural playground.

The ranch offers an interactive learning environment with unique flora and fauna and offers children’s programs and learning experiences.

The butterfly pavilion and the center of the ranch are open for the 2021 season.

Sunday mass at nearby St. Patrick of the Forest Mission, 407 W River St. in Cave Junction, begins at 11 a.m.

Mini golf at Eagle Landing

10220 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley 97086970

Summer opening times: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

If you like a cheesy aesthetic or always sophisticated windmills with your mini golf, this may not be the place for you. But if the view of God’s creation and a course that winds through trees and fountains sound alluring, then Eagle Landing’s mini golf course is a gem.

The hidden place in Happy Valley has easy access to the freeway, “and yet you feel like you’re a million miles away,” said Betsy Haindl, Eagle Landing’s event manager.

Golfers can swing their clubs on one of two 18-hole courses during an outdoor date, a family outing, or a get-together with friends.

After a round of golf – if mini golf isn’t your thing – give Eagle Landings soccer golf a try. Instead of golf balls and clubs, there are soccer balls and large holes to accommodate them.

Weekend masses in the nearby Parish of Notre Dame de La Vang, 11731 SE Stevens Rd., Begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The liturgies are in Vietnamese.

Kayaking on the Willamette and other rivers, or

Kayaks were as hard to come by as hand sanitizer and yeast in the early days of the pandemic. But kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing are also great activities after the pandemic – for many families and seniors as well as for sporty types.

Rentals make it easy to try out Inuit-invented kayaks and also offer classes for everyone but the youngest. Options include the Portland Kayak Company in South Portland; EnRG in Oregon City and West Linn; and Alder Creek in Tualatin, Portland, Lake Oswego and Ridgefield, Washington. All offer kayaks, paddles, and life jackets. Rest assured that the Willamette is a mostly calm river for learning to kayak – keeping your distance from motorboats and their wakes is not difficult.

For EnRG in Oregon City, begin with a weekend mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 417 Washington St. Liturgies begin on Saturday at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. in Spanish.


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