Need a break to get away from crazy holiday shoppers? Here are three ideas to get you out of town this weekend.
1 Ale, ale, the gang's all there (in Portland)
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4-7, $35 includes 12 beer tickets; Broadway and Morrison St., Portland
A visit to Portland can warm you to the cockles with more than 50 bold (read: strong and high alcohol) winter ales served up at the Holiday Ale Festival, continuing through Sunday at the heart of the city, Pioneer Courthouse Square. Look for brews such as Jingleberry Stout (with cranberries, and hints of cocoa and coffee) from Portland’s Burnside Brewing, Gingersnaps Sour Strong Ale from Cascade Brewing, and many more.
2 Ski by day, see movies by night at Whistler Film Fest
Dec. 3-7, various venues, Whistler, B.C.;, single film tickets, $10-$13, matinees and evening showings.
Go skiing by day and watch groundbreaking films by night at this weekend’s Whistler Film Festival. Saturday, see the world premiere of “The Cocksure Lads Movie,” a musical comedy that looks at the break-up of a British boys band, or “Bang Bang Baby,” about a small-town teen whose dreams of rock ‘n’ roll stardom are complicated when a leak from the local chemical plant causes genetic mutations amongst the locals. And much more.
3 Find holiday crafts, custom chandeliers in Mighty Tieton
1o a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton; free
Head for folksy, rural Yakima County and the Mighty Tieton Crafts and Antiques Bazaar and opening of the annual Chandelier Festival, in the orchard-ringed town of Tieton. Find hand-made and vintage items, food, and music at the bazaar, and inspect the juried collection of whimsical chandeliers made by local artists using just about anything and everything that strikes their fancy.