Friday, August 26, 2011

Saturday Markets #20 & #21: Sweet Summer Saturdays

These August Saturdays are precious. No matter how foul the long spring is, by August it's sweet sunny summertime. The Saturdays roll by in a succession of all the Usual Things that make up a Market day.

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Old friends come to visit from far away - in this case, Ritta's former employees Daphne and Ellie who stopped in to roll burritos for old time's sake.

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The giggling of delighted children fills the air - especially when Magic Levin takes to the stage.

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Dancing! There's always dancing going on.
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Dru at Bangkok Grill shares his latest fashion statement - this time a tiny top hat made from recycled innertubes by Tyler Dones.
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Someone shares their quirky sense of humor.
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The sound of music fills the air - on this occasion from the hands of Richard Crandell on the mbira.
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The kids from Music's Edge Rock Camp roll through with their week-old bands (this one's "No Stairway")…
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their enthusiastic coaches (Zack Johnson)…
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and their avalanche of gear.
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Stephanie's eye-boggling flowers add pizzaz to the food court.
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I get frequent new back stage neighbors - Linda Kelley and her jewelry last Saturday.
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And warm late afternoons in August are perfect for sitting for a spell with your girls as the Market winds down - That's Rosemary and her daughters.

This week we look forward to the fun of being part of the Eugene Celebration, the perfect way to wrap up another August on the Park Blocks. See you there!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Saturday Market #19: The Deal With The 5¢ Deal

Sorry for the delay on this post, I know you've all been anxiously anticipating the answers to my burning questions! This post required a bit of research, calling out to the Internets for an archival photo, and was interrupted by SLUG Queens. But all that's over now and we can proceed...

As you will recall, in my last post I was puzzling over the coincidence and feasibility of 5¢ Architecture and 5¢ Web Design from these gentlemen: Saturday Market 07 30 50.jpg

On Saturday afternoon I set out from my home base next to the stage for the far side of the West Park Block to get some answers. The booths weren't next to each other this time, but they were both there, ready to give answers. Since I wasn't actually asking about architecture or web design, I got those answers for free!

First I asked "How does 5¢ Architecture work??" The nice gentleman in the booth, who is actually Will Dixon's co-worker Travis, explained that the booth is there to empower people to engage with architecture and make it work for them. You can ask a question about a remodeling job, about how to go about starting a project, or anything architecture related. Obviously, you're not going to get plans drawn up for 5¢, but you can approach with a problem or question and get advice on how to move towards a solution. Of course the 5¢ Architects will be happy to enter a client relationship with you, if you so desire.

I also found out where the idea came from. We all remember Lucy's "Psychiatric Help 5¢" stand from the Peanuts cartoon. There was even a "Lucy Booth" at Saturday Market for many years, run by a local mental health group. This is where the archival photo comes in, it was taken by Michael Connelly and is actually from the Oregon Country Fair version of the booth in 1986.

Inspired by the same cartoon, an architect in Seattle, John Morefield, set up an "Architecture 5¢" booth at the Ballard Farmers Market back in 2009. His idea spread through the American Institute of Architects, and locally Willard Dixon decided to start dispensing 5¢ advice at our Market last year. You can find an NPR story about John Morefield's original booth here, or check out to learn more.

Meanwhile, way off in Austin, Texas, Will Alkin's wife heard that same NPR story and told her web designer husband about it. He decided to try the idea with Web Design in Austin last February, setting up at the Barton Creek Farmers Market. The venture was successful. When he and his wife decided to move to Eugene, Will looked forward to seeing if he would be able to set up at our Market. As he was exploring that option, Market Manager Beth told him about the Architecture 5¢ booth, already part of the Market scene. So, on the morning of July 30, Will showed up to sell for his first time, and just chose a space he thought would be good. Will and Travis showed up with Architecture 5¢ in the next space. It was cosmic coincidence indeed! You can stop by Will's booth for some 5¢ web design advice, or have a look at

So now you know you can still get something valuable for 5¢, come and get it!

Friday, August 05, 2011

Saturday Market #18: Three Questions

I have questions about things I saw on Saturday. Lingering questions that I hope to get a chance to ask this week. This is what happens when I run around at the far side of the Market at the end of a Market day grabbing photos and not having time to chat.

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Question 1: What's Kathleen Dusing's story? She makes these braille bracelets, and I presume she's blind because I heard that she has a dog companion. But I want to know more, it's a really cool idea!

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Question 2: Where did Matt Hawk suddenly come from? How did he learn to draw like this? I do know that he juggles too, I bet he's got a good story to tell.

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Question 3: How on earth does 5¢ architecture and 5¢ web design work? Did Willard Dixon and Will Alkin know each other before Saturday Market, or is this some amazing cosmic sidewalk coincidence?

I'll let you know what I find out! And in the meantime, go ask them your own questions...