Current plan: Meet near my house in SW Portland (location will be sent to anyone that signs up) around 1:30 pm. It will take us a little over an hour to get to Mt Angel.
We will park and then stroll through the streets of the festival and up to the Abby. Afterwards we will return to the festival and partake in the wonderful food.
We might hit up the restaurant that is there permanently but orders special German Beer for this festival that you can only get once a year.
Whatever we decide, we will have plenty of time to stretch our legs as we meander and munch.
Then we will go to the Weingarten and finish the night listening to the amazing German Band from Munich that is flown in to play at this fest every year. The crowd on Sunday is not the drunken yahoos who take over the festival on the other nights, it tends to be locals from Mt Angel and neighboring towns - couples, children, seniors - all in all a very nice mellow happy crowd.
The fest ends about 8ish but the band usually goes to about 9pm. Then we head back to PDX.
Want to come - please sign up by at least 12:30 Sunday so I have time to e-mail you the directions to my house - or at least my cell phone number.
(You can of course leave any time you want if you have your vehicle with you.)
So if you want to go with me at 1:30 pm or meet me at the festival - sign up here. I will send you my address so we can meet near my house or my cell phone number so we can hook up at the festival!
The walk from downtown Mt Angel up to the Abby. We can see the Orthodox Russian Museum with ancient Icons, the library that is renown for it's architecture, and depending on when you get there you can hear the monks sing the vespers. The Abby is on a hill the overlooks the town and the valley so it is worth doing the walk just for the view.
Remember - don't drink and drive! Police enforcement is very strong during this festival.
Here again one of my favorite food festivals. I love Mt Angel and this cozy festival. I have been going for almost 30 years and I still find new things to see every year. Make sure you take time to watch the Glockenspiel perform on the hour in the main square. (in the picture here) More info:
Some of the Beers are flown in from Germany and are only available for a short time each year just for this special festival!
FYI You can add some outdoor exercise by walking from downtown Mt. Angel to the Abby which will be open and also hosts some interesting museums and a world class library noted by architects world wide for it's innovative design.
Visitors are invited to use, or at least take a peek at, the abbey's magnificent library. Designed by world-famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, the building features a fan-shaped plan with skylights and rows of high windows. "Even on the gloomiest of Oregon winter days, the room is flooded with bright, natural light," according to the librarian. The collection includes approximately 250,000 volumes with an emphasis on religion, philosophy, and the humanities. All the furniture and fixtures in the library were designed by Aalto, and reflect a modern, Scandinavian sleekness and simplicity.
Also of interest to visitors are two small, but unusual museums. The first, sometimes referred to as the natural history museum, displays a huge collection of stuffed mammals and birds donated to the abbey by an avid wild game hunter. It certainly serves as a testimony to the art of taxidermy. Other exhibits, displayed on a rotating basis, feature small collections of odds and ends ranging from glass paperweights to pink coral formations, all donated to the monks for safekeeping. Sadly, the two-headed calf and world's largest hairball have been rotated out of the current exhibition.
The other museum reflects one monk's keen interest in the "Old Believers," a breakaway sect of the Russian Orthodox church. Choosing to ignore reforms, they continue to practice the older rites and rituals, and lead a more traditional lifestyle. The museum chronicles their troubled history of persecution, first from the Tsars and then the Communists; and their subsequent flight for refuge in such far-flung destinations as China, Tibet, Brazil, and the Willamette Valley. The community of over 10,000 Old Believers living south of Woodburn donated many of the handicrafts, clothing, paintings and icons displayed in the museum.
Of course for the more energetic - there is Silver Falls Creek Park not too far away where you could hike first and then finish the day at the Mt. Angel Festival with a cold Brew.