The High Desert Museum just outside Bend offers families a glimpse at how some of Oregon's first settlers lived and lets them see wild animals up close.
“Have any of you ever hear the phrase, 'flash in the pan?'” An interpreter asks while showing off an old black powder rifle. “We get that phrase from flintlock muskets just like this.”
Families and kids are all ears, as interpreters show them a piece of frontier life in Oregon. But the smoking gun is just one attraction on this path. There are 135 acres for families to learn and explore.
Walking into his barrel room now, Dave Takush can look back fondly at where this all started three years ago, with a simple brew for a friend's wedding.
“They made some cider in Lee's basement and at the wedding, everybody loved the cider. People were dancing on tables. Everybody was just wanting more and that's kind of where the idea came from. We thought, well, we've got something here,” Takush said.
That was the unofficial birth of 2 Towns Ciderhouse, a joint venture between Takush and his two long-time friends. The tasting room just outside Corvallis offers eight flavors on tap, soon to be 16. Their bottling and fermenting operation has now outgrown its space.
“We're actually remodeling an existing space and that's going to allow us to bring our craft cider deeper into Oregon,” Takush said.
Corvallis is quickly becoming a hive for new startups in the alcohol industry. There are nearly a dozen breweries and distilleries, which are quickly outgrowing their space.
As Boyd Brumley fires up the table saw, he quickly buzzes through a small wooden tile. A puzzle piece that he'll custom-fit on a larger mosaic. His workshop is just one classroom open to people in Eugene.
“Primarily, 50 years and above, but we welcome anybody to come give it a try,” Diane Sconce said. Sconce helps run several programs for Eugene’s recreation services.
If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to learn something new, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that around town.
On All in a Day's Drive on Thursday, December 18, Joel Porter visits Old Town Florence to escape both the fog and the busy mall crowds. This day's drive visits Funky Monkey Toys on Bay Street, where Monster High dolls are a hot seller this year.
Our December cold snap is leaving many Oregonians shivering. Fortunately, you don't have to venture far to find a mug or a mitten. Plenty of places in Eugene will help you keep warm even on a bone-chilling day.
Moms and dads will take on the role of chauffer on Halloween as they lead their kids on a candy hunt. And while there's nothing wrong with ringing doorbell after doorbell, many more places are preparing for crowds as well.
As kids head out to load up on sweets, several places will open up their doors to welcome costumed youngsters.