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2011 Summer Festival

PDT Photography From Seattle Offers Portraits and More at 2011 Summer Festival

Phil Thiessen and his wife, Shelly, will provide portraits for square and round dancers at the 2011 summer festival in Troutdale. The sitting and proofs are complimentary.

In addition to standard poses, the duo also will offer something new: 8×10 photo collages that include a formal portrait as well as photo coverage of the event. 

This is the rate sheet for 2011 summer festival portraits. Click on the form to enlarge the image.

Dancers will be able to see their and their friends’ poses on a giant-screen TV that will rotate through all the festival photos during festival hours.

PDT Photography also will offer a CD that includes all of a dancer’s or group’s poses plus complete festival coverage.

PDT Photography will be located in the mainstream hall.

Summer Festival Program Guide Now Published


This is the cover of the 2011 summer festival program book.

The summer festival program guide has now been printed. The 52-page booklet features a full-color cover on glossy paper, possibly a first for a summer festival. Distribution began at Mid-Winter on Jan. 28.

Tickets to the USO show featured below are now available. Contact festival chair, Tony Haskins at (503) 674-0204.

To see the program book, click on the link. Program Book. All 52 pages are available for you to peruse. You will find directions to Reynolds High School, the festival site. You’ll read about the vendors and see samples of their offerings. You will meet the national caller and cuers coming to the festival. RV information including dump sites is in the book. The entertainment such as USO show, tour to OMSI and the Blueback submarine and showcase of rounds is detailed.

Summer Festival To Feature Saturday-Night USO Show

A USO-style show with '40s music will be a special highlight of the 2011 summer festival. The public is invited. If you want a copy of this poster to advertise the event at your club, add a comment on this page, including your contact information.

Summer Festival to Offer Outstanding Shopping


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

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 18 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.

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.

Preview the 2011 Summer Festival Location at Reynolds High School

This is the entrance to Reynolds High School, home of the 2011 summer festival.

A number of the 2011 summer festival committee members toured Reynolds High School on Aug. 20. They were investigating things such as the placement of plugins for vendors, the location of a hospitality room for callers and cuers, and the best venue for the Saturday night USO show.

The group toured the three halls for dancing. Mainstream dancing will take place in an airy room with a high ceiling and skylights.

This is the mainstream hall; professional photographs of dancers will be available here.

Chairs and round tables will be placed around the perimeter of the room so dancers can rest, chat and sip on ice water. This hall is close to the food court and vendor area. A stage in one corner will hold the callers.

The largest of two gyms is reserved for plus dancing. This room holds two sets of bleachers.

The immense plus hall is Reynolds High School’s largest gymnasium.

At least one set of bleachers will be extended so dancers can watch or rest between tips.

A smaller gym will house round dancing. A small set of bleachers lines one wall. Here festival-goers will sit to watch the showcase of rounds that the committee is planning for the weekend.

The round dance hall is Reynolds High School’s smaller gymnasium.

Specialty Coffee Available At Summer Festival

Dancers can bask in the air-conditioned comfort of Reynolds High School until the after parties close…without ever having to leave the building for food or drinks. That’s because the school’s food court will be open. In addition, Coffee’s On, a popular Gresham-area coffee shop, will sell iced and hot coffee drinks. Just another reason to sign up for the 2011 summer festival!

Hotel to Offer Special Rate for Square Dancers Attending Summer Festival

The Comfort Inn & Suites-Columbia Gorge West will provide rooms at a reduced rate for the 2011 Rose Promenade square dance festival. The rate is $99 for a single bed and $105 for double beds. This is a lower-than-normal summer rate.

Dancers must tell the reservation clerk that they are square dancers attending the summer festival.

This offer will end June 15. The hotel has blocked 25 rooms for square dancers. The manager will unblock any rooms unreserved by June 15 and sell them at the regular price to other summer travelers.

The rooms are available for arrival on July 8 and departure on July 10. Check-in time is 3 p.m.; checkout time is 11 a.m.

The hotel offers amenities such as free waffles for breakfast, heated swimming pool, free local calls, high-speed Internet access, free week-day newspaper, and a pet-friendly environment. (Pets are an additional $15 per night with a two-pet limit.) Rooms include refrigerators and microwaves. Some rooms offer whirlpool baths.

To reserve a room at the discounted rate, call (503) 669-6500 or (503) 669-3500. The hotel is located on 477 N.W. Phoenix Drive in Troutdale.


5 Responses

  1. Nice job webmaster! and thank you for being so considerate of whats going on in the square dance community. We need all the advertising we can get and you are a wonderful asset.

  2. […] be munching pizza on a Monday night more than 100 miles from home? Because they were part of the 2011 summer festival committee and were giving Dalles committee members a break from driving all the way to Portland. 2011 […]

  3. Is there a schedule for this dance? We are considering coming from NC.

    • On the Checkerboards’ Home Page is a link to information on the 2011 summer festival. Click on that link. The first article you will find has a link to the entire program book; you can read everything about the festival on that PDF. –Checkerboards Web Master

  4. Where do you purchase and how much are the tickets for the July 8-10 events?

    P.S. Deborah is OUTSTANDING ….. danced Plus to her at the Apple Blossom Festival in Cashmere, WA this year.

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