Summer Silent Reading Party

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
6 p.m.–8:15 p.m.
Cost: $25
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd
Portland, OR 97231

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.


Rekindle your favorite summer pastime and treat yourself to a couple hours of uninterrupted reading under the glorious skies of Topaz Farm at this private, after-hours event. Shaded by the generous limbs of the magnificent Grandmother Tree, a 500-year-old Oregon White Oak, you’ll read in community with fellow book lovers and anyone who wants to experience a special night. 

This first-ever event on the farm will make a perfect evening for singletons, date nights, groups of friends, and families (minors welcome as long as they can happily read quietly for two hours). 

Hosted by Portland writer and editor Audrey Van Buskirk, the reading portion of the event will begin at 6:15 p.m. after a few remarks about what makes Portland one of the most literate cities in America. As you read, you’ll listen to live background strumming by ukulele master Chris Lydgate. And the birds. And the wind. 

The Summer Silent Reading Picnic is the first Portland offshoot of Seattle’s Silent Reading parties, which have been going on since 2009 and recently featured on Good Morning America

Bring whatever you like to read and enjoy the picnic tables for seating, or bring your own blanket or chair. Your ticket price includes one drink; additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. Note outside food and drink are not permitted.

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