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Summer Festival 2011 to Offer a Shoppers’ Paradise

I was eating breakfast at Shari’s in Pendleton, Ore., with square dance friends when I caught a bit of the conversation taking place at a table near our booth. A woman excitedly was saying that she had heard that Summer Festival 2011 was going to have many vendors. The other women at her table smiled and nodded enthusiastically.

What the woman had heard is true. Like to shop? You’ll love the 2011 summer festival. Already 19 vendors are signed up to exhibit at the festival. Shopping will be plentiful even if you never leave the festival grounds. Old favorites will be there such SqDini badges and Carrie B’s dance clothing. But a few surprises are in store–at least two booths will feature hand-made giftware and home decor.

At least 19 vendors will fill this multi-level area adjacent to the food court.

Dancers who choose to venture off the festival grounds will appreciate that Reynolds High School, the festival location, is just minutes away from the Troutdale outlet mall with its company stores. And the school is minutes away from old Troutdale. This long street that runs east and west above the outlet mall sports quaint shops and restaurants. Colorful awnings, flower baskets and shade trees make walking pleasant even on hot days.

If you drive a little further, you can shop historic downtown Gresham, which lies between Division and Powell. Equally charming as old Troutdale, Gresham offers old-fashioned architecture, flower baskets and unique restaurants and shops–even a movie theater. A farmer’s market sprouts up on Saturday. Musicians as well as vendors entertain shoppers.

Just blocks away on Division Street are two malls. Gresham Town Fair, a strip mall with more than 30 stores, contains a sporting goods store, pet store, coffee shop, dress shop,  import store and two large fabric/craft stores, to name a few.

Gresham Station, the second mall, was built to look like a little old-fashioned village with streets and sidewalks. It features more than 50 stores–including chain clothing stores, a Best Buy, restaurants and more.

Plan on dancing at Summer Festival 2011. But save some time for shopping. The variety will impress you.


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