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On the dock of the bay

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Does it get any better on a weeknight in Lake Oswego? Patrons enjoy warm sunshine and lake breezes from the deck at Stickmen Brewing Company.With apologies to legendary soul singer Otis Redding, there’s really no such thing as “wastin’ time” on the dock of Lakewood Bay, where friends and families love to gather for good food, great music and a little fun in the sun.

That was certainly the case on a recent summer evening, when Lake Oswegans flocked to Stickmen Brewing Company, the Lake Theater & Cafe and Sundeleaf Plaza. Inside, sultry blues music set the mood for a happy hour that spilled onto the deck outside, where diners enjoyed a few frosty adult beverages. Nearby, kids climbed on playful sculptures.

And yes, Mr. Redding, they all watched the ships roll in. And they watched them roll away again.

Seems like time well spent to us.

— The Review

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Madison Lee (left) and Tabitha Lee enjoy a warm summer evening while hanging out on a sculpture at Sundeleaf Plaza.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Watching the ships roll in: Lake Oswego residents arrive at the Lake Theater & Café by boat after spending time on Oswego Lake and Lakewood Bay.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Bass player Dean Mueler and guitarist Chris Carlson of the Duffy Bishop Band entertain a sold-out crowd at the Lake Theater & Cafe.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sierra Soukesian of Lake Oswego heads for the deck with food for waiting diners at the Lake Theater & Cafe.