Plus, it’s time for a game of I Spy (for our members).

🎩 Where to find 2,300 hats in PDX

Plus, it’s time for a game of I Spy (for our members).

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Wednesday — even though it feels like a Monday, am I right?

Both journalism and long weekends can mess with your sense of time; for example, hello from the past because I’m writing this to you on a Tuesday, but you’ll see it on a Wednesday. What even is time?

Did you get up to anything fun over the long weekend? I spent time cat-sitting some of my new roommates. Bridgeliner readers, meet David and Alexis.

They are simply the best cats, especially while sunbathing. (📸: Cassie Ruud)

Alexis is the gray one on the left, and David is the black tuxedo cat on the right. They are brother and sister and are 100% percent named after the siblings from Schitt’s Creek

They were very well-behaved over the weekend and enjoyed napping in the sunshine. (I did too.) If you’d like to share what you got up to (or to say hello to David and Alexis), hit reply to this email. I think they’d like some fan mail.  

In true Wednesday fashion, we’re getting a little weird today! If you haven’t read our other Weird Wednesdays, you can find the whole series here. For now, let’s head to Ladd’s Addition to check out a turn of the century museum all about headgear — we’re taking a look at the Hat Museum! 

Also, today our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are kicking off this week’s I Spy — Bridgeliner Bragging Rights™️ are on the line. Wanna join the fun? Become a member today.

Scroll on for the news of the day and some weirdness. 

🎩 A tip of the hat to the weirdness of the Portland Hat Museum

How humans wear hats has been an ever-changing form of creative expression. (📸: Wikimedia Commons)

Have you ever taken a minute to think about how many different styles of hats and headwear human beings have created over the years? It’s mind-blowing. 

And the Portland Hat Museum has practically every iteration. Director Lu Ann Trotebas currently oversees the collection of nearly 2,300 hats accumulated over the years. 

From the museum’s website:

“My passion for collecting hats is in the desire to preserve hat fashions and their cultural heritage before these precious, historical gems disappear with the passage of time,” Lu Ann says. “The museum houses a curated collection of hats and serves as a research and resource depository for theatrical productions, colleges and universities, historical societies, television studios, as well as other museums and hat enthusiasts. We have received research inquiries from around the world, and have most recently completed work on a project with the New York Historical Society.”

The museum itself is in the historic Ladd-Reingold House in the Ladd’s Addition neighborhood, Portland's first planned residential development built in 1905 (The house itself is worthy of a Weird Wednesday feature given its eccentricities and quirky strangeness.)

From Atlas Obscura:

“Besides the strange design of the house which includes pocket doors, a secret hiding place, doors hung backwards and a dumbwaiter, there are more obvious eccentricities, like the giant-sized mermaid painted on the dining room ceiling.” 

The Reingolds themselves were quite the characters as well, and Rebecca Reingold became a woman’s hat-maker — a milliner — and was the original hat collector of the home. Then in the 1970s, Alyce Cornyn-Selby, purchased the home and discovered a huge collection of hats that Rebecca had collected. Pairing her own passion for hats with Reingold’s collection, she opened the National Hat Museum. As of February of 2020, the museum is now run by Lu Ann, a family friend. 

What kinds of hats are you likely to find inside the museum? The answer is all of them.

“Vintage, men’s, women’s, Victorian, Edwardian, silly, novelty, retro, and international,” Atlas Obscura writes. “Also featured in the museum is movie memorabilia, some rare designer hats, and for those that just aren’t that easily impressed, a Thanksgiving table hat that sings.”

Although the museum is still closed due to the pandemic, (keep your eyes on their website for when things start to reopen), there are ways to still support this beautiful piece of Portland’s weird history. Make a cash donation (both for hats and monies), or send them an email at (or call ‘em at 503-319-0799). The Hat Museum is interested in partnering for outreach events so if you are involved with an organization and want to help, reach out!

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🍎 A giveaway for you

Get your pod together for a virtual cider tasting on Saturday, June 26 as part of Cider Summit Portland. Courtesy of Cider Summit Portland.

We are so excited to welcome back the 11th annual Cider Summit Portland and sip on the finest pressed apples Oregon has to offer. This summer’s festival offers a selection of three different themed tasting kits, each accompanied by a branded Cider Summit cooler bag, promotional merchandise from Cider Summit and participating cider makers, and access to the virtual tasting event on Saturday, June 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

To celebrate, we are doing a giveaway of the Modern Styles Festival-To-Go Kit. The kit includes a range of six ciders from Oregon, including several new & seasonal offerings. Enter here for your chance to win – good luck!

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🎷 Support a good cause and get jamming at Botanist with the Elevate Unity Benefit Music Series thru July 29 (Pearl)


🎵 Enjoy a glass of vino with Live Patio Music from R&D at Stem Wine Bar (Boise)


🎺 It’s time for PYP Fest with Return of the Orchestra (Online)

🎸 Live Patio Music with Blair Borax at Stem Wine Bar (Boise)

😆 Laugh out loud during this comedy brunch at Botanist (Pearl)

🍷 Experience Sangria Saturday with Hip Chicks Do Wine (Brooklyn)


🍎 It’s the last day to pre-order for Cider Summit Portland’s tasting kits (City-wide)

🎀 Watch the beauty and grace of the Oregon Ballet Theatre LIVE in small 2-and-4-person groups (Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage)


🌻 Shop at Come Thru Market, which centers Black and Indigenous farmers and makers (Central Eastside)

Thursday, June 10

😂Crack up with Rose City Rollers & Portland Mercury Present LIVE Comedy shows (Oaks Park Way)

🎀 Watch the beauty and grace of the Oregon Ballet Theatre LIVE in small 2-and-4-person groups (Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage)

Friday, June 11

😂Crack up with Rose City Rollers & Portland Mercury Present LIVE Comedy shows (Oaks Park Way)

🎀 Watch the beauty and grace of the Oregon Ballet Theatre LIVE in small 2-and-4-person groups (Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage)

Saturday, June 12

🔍 Solve a "murder" with the Dinner Detective, an interactive murder mystery theater show (Pearl)

😂Crack up with Rose City Rollers & Portland Mercury Present LIVE Comedy shows (Oaks Park Way)

🎀 Watch the beauty and grace of the Oregon Ballet Theatre LIVE in small 2-and-4-person groups (Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage)

🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

You’ve been a real peach today and thank you for spending your time with me. Yesterday kicked off Pride Month and we are so excited. In fact, we’re excited enough that there is going to be a surprise in this Friday’s newsletter, so stay tuned. 😉

One last thing, a shout out to my Dad, because it was his birthday on Tuesday — Happy birthday, Dad. I hope you had a fun and relaxing day barbecuing, playing guitar, or finding a fun show to watch with Mom.  

That’s all for today folks, catch you back here tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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