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March 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (March 22-24)

 

Have a little accident while lighting the fireplace, and the house needs airing out for the weekend? If you really need to get out of town, here are three good reasons to go.

GO SOUTH

Clear Creek Distillery in Portland puts a whole pear in its bottles of artisan brandy. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Clear Creek Distillery in Portland puts a whole pear in its bottles of artisan brandy. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Got a taste for vodka and whiskey, but names like Absolut and Jack Daniel’s don’t do it for you? In Portland, it’s the weekend for TOAST, which is billed as the largest public tasting of international artisan spirits in North America. Sponsored by the Oregon Distillers Guild — whose membership ranges from Big Bottom Whiskey of Hillsboro, Ore., to Bend-based Bendistillery (maker of  Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka) — TOAST features more than 50 local, national and international artisan producers, pouring about 150 different spirits. $20 online, $25 at the door. 5-10 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Two World Trade Center, 121 S.W. Salmon St., Portland.

GO NORTH

If innovative dance is your thing, and you don’t need vodka or whiskey to help, head north for the final weekend of the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Saturday, catch a free outdoor performance of Compaigni V’ni Dansi, 2:30 p.m. at Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, at the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Fusing traditional Métis dance with contemporary arts, Vancouver’s Compaigni V’ni Dansi performs “Daughters of the Country,”  which reflects a time of peace prior to the Saskatchewan resistance of Madeleine and Gabriel Dumont, leaders of the short-lived republic of St. Laurent. (Some Canadian history here that you probably didn’t learn in elementary school.)

GO EAST

Is Cabela’s your favorite place to shop? Gas up the F-150 and head for Spokane for the Inland Empire’s hook-and-bullet event of the year, the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, Thursday through Sunday at the Interstate Fairgrounds. Big Horn bills itself as one of the oldest and longest continually operated sports and recreation shows in the United States. Seminars include “Deep Timber Sounds: Calling Tactics for Archer and Rifle,” “Springtime Smallmouth Fishing” and more. $8-$9 admission.

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