Hope to see a bunch of you here. It looks to be a lot of fun. See ya!
Erik from Contact
Update: 14MAY10, 10:30 AM PST
Well I found myself a cozy coffee shop with Wi-Fi called Union Block Coffee just a couple blocks down the Old Town District of McMinnville from McMenamin's Oregon Hotel where the UFO Festival is being held. There is a building sense of swelling festivity as most of the store fronts and window fronts of the local shops, cafes and bistros have decorative schwag of an "Out of this World" nature. Lots of blow up green aliens and various and sundry creative window paintings ranging from aliens on skateboards to cattle being sucked up by an ominous saucer are the decorative du jour. From the sidewalk vantage point in this lovely area one has only to look up to the rooftop bar of the Oregon Hotel some five or six stories up to see that something extraordinary has occurred near this town as the decorations of the roof edge and rake is of Saucers and Other Worldly metal work around it's street facing corners. Quirky and quaint. My kind of weird.
The adjacent street beside the famous hotel is currently closed to automobile traffic as a very large white tent is being set up while I write this update.
Aside from all of the alien hubbub, my nose has been more than repeatedly tempted to wander in and sample many of the little cafes that litter the sidewalks up and down this beautiful section of town. Currently I am enjoying a 16oz Double White Mocha with a very tastey and fluffy apple fritter that seemed to almost call me by name. Never a one to avert anything that speaks to me like family, I was only too happy to help the poor thing onto a plate and introduce it to my mocha.
That's the latest thus far and I will keep updating this post frequently so keep checking back for more info!
Erik from Contact
Update: 14MAY10, 1:00 PM PST
Once again, your Paranormal Journalist on the inside has some more goodies for those of you who couldn't make it to this festival. The weather, by the way has been impeccable as it has been sunny and warm. I should have packed shorts but I didn't want to blind anybody!
The spirit of the festivities continue to build in this little town of 32,000 where not more than a mile and half away in any direction will find you in the middle of rolling farmlands and vineyards surrounded by gentle green, grassy hills all decoratively framed with coniferous forests, cottonwood and a few oak trees. Very inviting. Very quiet and peaceful. Yet in the middle of McMinnville's Old Town District you find High Strangeness!
...And upon closer inspection still we see an invasion of sorts hitting the shop windows!
Later, I was to meet up with Shopkeeper and Proprietor, James Tate, a founding Chamber Member who own and runs NW Food & Gifts right across the street from the Hotel Oregon. He lined me out pretty good on things but not before I scored a kick ass T-Shirt!
Next I had to cross the street to the Hotel itself. Here's that giant white tent I told you about earlier.
The Hotel Oregon Clerks told me that this is basically going to be a concessionaire area for more event schwag and souvenirs. And wouldn't ya' know it, I couldn't get outta the Hotel without scoring some more awesome, geeky schwag myself!
And then it was time to go back to my hotel room to post this update but not before I could get past an eerie sandwich board boasting the Special of the Day from the Menu. Yikes!
Well there's the latest from McMinnville! Stay tuned frequently as I have volunteered myself to be your Paranormal Journalist on the inside covering this wonderfully kooky festival.
Erik from Contact