Oregon Trail UpdateOn June 17, I announced that Lee Ann Garrison and I would leave Milwaukee for Corvallis, Oregon, where she will become the Director of the School of the Arts and Communications at Oregon State University.
Things have happened quickly since then. We listed our Milwaukee home on June 24 and visited Corvallis June 25-30 to look for a home there. Our house sold on June 26, and the next day we put in an offer on a home in Corvallis. Both deals have gone forward; we close in Milwaukee on July 30 and in Corvallis on August 6.
|The Oregon Capitol Building|
Wineries are everywhere, and the food and wine culture is very high throughout the region. I look forward to writing about that as the new focus of this blog. (I will gather all the Milwaukee Arts Stories into a single, readily accessed archive and preserve it indefinitely.) The restaurants we visited in Corvallis were very good indeed and modestly priced.
The charming old downtown lies on a flat plain above the Willamette River, which flows north to join the Columbia River above Portland, about 100 miles above Corvallis. The pace of the town was casual in June, but will surely bustle more when the full complement of 27,000 OSU students return to school in the fall. That plain extends miles to the west, where the growing OSU main campus (est. 1868) extends from 11th Street to 35th Street. University agricultural and forestry research lands go far beyond that.
The city streets climb and wind into foothills to the northwest, where streets end when the land becomes too steep to build on. Many houses there nestle into tall timber. No two houses are quite the same, because the landforms dictate irregular lots and hillside building strategies. The long growing season, abundant rain and rich soil make just about every homeowner a serious gardener.
Corvallis spreads to the southwest along the curving course of the Marys River, a sizable tributary of the Willamette. More conventional subdivisions have popped up on more conventional lots on the flat ground near US Highway 20. Another string of steep hills rises around the Corvallis Country Club and its large golf course.
Those homes went up between the mid 1950s and about 1990. Ours dates to 1986, by far the newest of the five houses Lee Ann and I will have owned in our 38 years together. It's perched atop a little mountain,
Leaving Wisconsin SaleWe're starting to pack up for the long move, and we're shedding items we won't need. Some bookshelves, the solid oak kitchen table and chairs my parents bought a month after I was born in 1949, a sweet little half-size guitar suitable for beginner kids, at least one ladder, a snowblower, an electric lawn edger, a couple of sidewalk ice chippers, snow shovels, a nifty desk, books and plenty more all must go, and priced to sell. Email me if you want dibs on anything; email@example.com.
Riverwest Garden TourOr you could drop by Sunday (July 13), as our house is a stop on the Riverwest Secret Garden Tour; I'll have some stuff out in the garage if you care to shop. Otherwise, just enjoy the last public showing of Lee Ann's exquisite Riverwest garden. Sign up for the tour right here.
Coming Soon to the Strini BlogI'm not quite through writing about the arts in Milwaukee. I attended the press preview of the Postcards from America photo show at the Milwaukee Art Museum this week and will write that up over the weekend. I do hope to get to the Dancemakers Programs A and B July 24-26 at UWM. And at some point I will have to write that last column about all those music and dance concerts, all those plays, all those operas, all that art, and all those artists I've seen and known over all these years in Milwaukee.
I wouldn't want to leave without saying goodbye.
Oh, One More Thing: Even though I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks, the blog has continued to pile up good numbers. As of today, the page view count is 80,500. Thanks for dropping by, everyone.