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This old-fashioned garden party will please your palate

Travel to Boring on Saturday and expect craft vendors, tasty food, glass art and flowers


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: D.W. OWENS - Among the more than a dozen vendors scheduled to be at the Linal Art Garden Party on Aug. 10 is Mary Davis, with a business she calls Above The Surface, where she makes handcrafted pot holders, aprons and other accessories for the kitchen.A garden party is the age-old way to connect with neighbors and find out what others have been doing — what Martha’s been saying, where John has been working and who’s living at the old Smith place.

It’s better than gossip.

Coming to Boring is Linal Art’s second garden party, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, with Linda and D.W. Owens playing hosts at Linda’s studio, 28151 Highway 212 in downtown Boring.

The annual party, spread throughout Linda’s landscaped garden, includes Dane and Matt playing bluegrass and folk music from the deck. Attendees can snack on bacon and cheese stuffed hamburgers and other food, such as corn on the cob and potato salad from Uncle Chilly’s Barbecue. There will be more than a dozen Saturday market vendors and free cookies and coffee for those who are not very hungry.

The Saturday market offerings that garden party visitors will find include several jewelry artists; a woman who makes purses from recycled fabrics; a woman who offers handmade potholders, aprons and other kitchen accessories; a demonstration of creating energy from the sun; a woman who crochets scarves and hats; a woman who locates decorative driftwood that will hold growing plants; and a nurseryman with potted plants.

And don’t miss Boring’s beautiful flowers, grown in Linda’s backyard garden and cut especially to be sold at this garden party and Saturday market.

Parking is on Dee Street or in the school parking lots.

Also, Linal Art’s studio and showroom will stay open for tours and an open house throughout the day until 6 p.m.

Expect to see Linda at work on what will appear to be an old-fashioned stained glass window, which has some wrought iron and 100-year-old glass.

For market visitors who want produce they might find at a farmers market, they simply need to find a break in traffic and walk across the street to the Schedeen Farms organic produce stand, 28150 Highway 212. For more information, visit linalart.com or call D.W. at 503-663-7323.