July 25th 2015 is the Ned Jaquith Foundation's annual bamboo campout and BBQ potluck fundraiser! Proceeds from the camp out's activities will benefit the Ned Jaquith Foundation, which supports bamboo research. We will be holding two special bamboo related classes, and folks are invited to wander through the groves, ask bamboo questions, visit with friends old and new, and partake in a potluck which will include sumptuous oysters. Tents will be pitched and participants can fall asleep to the rustle of bamboo leaves and the music of the frogs. The following day, July 26th, the party will continue at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland Oregon, where the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Bamboo Society will host vendors of bamboo plants and bamboo related products, who will be happy to help you. There will be a bamboo lecture, a free bamboo fan making workshop, and a rare bamboo auction at the end of the day. More details of each event are below, with a helpful registration link included.
Class: Bamboo Birdhouses with James Clever
Saturday July 25th 11am-1pm
In this workshop James Clever, a bamboo grower and craftsman, will lead students through the making of a birdhouse constructed of bamboo, wood, and copper. All ages and skill levels may attend, but anyone below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult helper. Price is charged per bird house. Pre-registration required.
Class: Paper Making with Pulp and Deckle
July 25th, 1:30-4 pm
Students will learn paper making basics in this 2.5 hour workshop. A visual lecture on the history of papermaking and demonstration will start off the class and students will make a few small handmade bamboo paper samples to take home. Pre-registration required.
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Bring a dish to share! We will have fresh caught oysters, cake, and lemonade. Feel free to bring things to put on the grill, a favorite beverage, and a side dish to share. People can wander through the groves and learn about bamboo. There will be Grantees reports, and a guest speaker during the evening (details to follow) A camp fire will be lit at dusk and folks are encouraged to bring music instruments to jam around the fire. Potluck starts at 5 pm.
Silent Auction 1:30-7:30
Live Auction 7:30
Ned was a great collector of all things bamboo. Silent auction items will include large winnowing baskets and hand painted scarves by Carol Loverde. There are a few special bamboo cultivars that originated at Bamboo Garden, under Ned's careful eye. They will be among the bamboos live auctioned, bringing attention to Ned's special contributions to horticulture. All auction proceeds will benefit the non-profit Ned Jaquith Foundation and are tax deductible.
The Camp Out
3 pm July 25th- 10 am July 26th
When they arrive around 3 to 4 PM, campers can set up tents in or around their favorite bamboo grove. We will have a campfire after the potluck and events. The camp out ends at 10 am Sunday and campers are asked to take their tents, all garbage, and potluck items. Campers may choose to gather at a local breakfast place while vendors for the Portland Bamboo Festival leave to set up. There is no fee for the camp out or potluck but donations to the Ned Jaquith Foundation are appreciated.
Sign up here to camp out!
The Portland Bamboo Festival
July 26 10 AM-3 PM
Every year the Pacific Northwest Chapter American Bamboo Society (PNWABS) puts on a Bamboo Festival at Steven's Pavilion, Hoyt Arboretum (4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221). Vendors bring plants, tools, books, and handicrafts to sell (including Bamboo Garden). This year the festival takes place the day after the camp out, Sunday July 26th from 10-3 PM. The PNWABS is always looking for new vendors. (contact Dain at 541-223-8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.) There will be a demonstration of dividing a root bound potted plant. Artist, Charissa Brock, will be in attendance, giving an ongoing bamboo fan making workshop. Show up at anytime between 11 and 2 to to make a fan. Its a fun workshop for all ages! Find more information here.