You asked for ‘em, we’re making it happen! In case you haven’t caught wind, DPC is now offering a series of three recurring walking tours of downtown Portland. The first three tours went great, and we asked each of our guides for a recap…in hopes you’ll join them this month.
Today’s recap comes from Doug Kenck-Crispin, who leads Seedy, Seamy & Sinful Portland (coming up this Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, November 18). From Doug:
The first tour was so much fun! I had a great group that was really into hearing stories about Portland’s seedy, seamy, sinful past – or the ”naughty bits,” as I like to say.
I think some of the funniest moments were people who just stopped on in on the tour and listened for five minutes as they happened to be passing by our group. Of course, one of these folks was the Random Junkie Dude who was hanging out in front of Kelly’s Olympian as we stopped to talk about the history of the establishment. It seemed like he couldn’t decide if he should move on, or maybe pan handle the tour goers. He was quite indecisive, so he just stood, and smoked his cigarette and listened and chuckled at the appropriate times.
It was fun to place all the “sin of yesteryear” within the context of today. Of course, visiting several former card rooms, that now feature video poker instead, help with the process. But it was interesting to hear attendees provide their own modern-day examples – one tour goer mentioned Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso as an example of Stumptown’s “alive and well” contemporary sinfulness! History, of course, never actually repeats itself – but some themes seem to never die off.
Of course, enjoying a malted beverage at Mary’s Club with some attendees visiting from Los Angeles was a very nice end to the tour. I LOVE telling stories about our city, and it’s even more fun when they are true!