Once a year the Philip Foster Farm, about six miles south of Sandy, celebrates the contributions of women to pioneer life.

Sunday, July 17, is the day those women, who made Oregon civilized, will be recognized, with samples of reproduction dresses and pioneer finery.

Mary Charlotte's Garden Party is a day for guests 'to see, touch, try and taste the delights of Victorian Oregon,' said a spokesperson for the farm.

'Textiles, laces, live music and dancing, tasty treats and hands-on fun for everyone make this a day to remember,' said Rebecca Ortenberg, speaking of the annual event.

The farm will be open for picnicking and tours beginning at 11 a.m., and the live music and activities will start at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family of any size, but it's free to members of the Jacknife-Zion-Horseheaven Historical Society.

The Philip Foster Farm is a national historic site and is open seven days a week through Labor Day.

For more information, call Ortenberg at 503-637-6324 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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