Hillsdale Farmers Market welcomes new manager

Milwaukie resident Alica Campbell has been named manager of the Hillsdale Farmers Market. She will replace current manager Sarah West, who is leaving the organization after six years in various roles.

Campbell comes from a horticulture background. She has worked at various farmers markets in the area for Gathering Together Farm, one of the vendors at the Hillsdale market. She said she's excited to get to know first-hand the inner workings of the market and to continue to educate the community about healthy, fresh food options.

West and her husband are moving to a small community in eastern Oregon. She said she'll especially miss all the volunteers and people who worked at the market, who she called her family. "Oh, and the amazing produce!" she added.

Campbell is scheduled to take West's place in early 2017.

Intriguing quilt on display at Multnomah Arts Center

Maplewood native Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen has organized a display of historical quilts at the Multnomah Arts Center.

Of the three on display, one in particular has special meaning for the director of Southwest Neighborhood History. The large, plaid, umbrella silk quilt, which features diamond and square patchwork and a matching round pillow, is stuffed with down "from the old country" and was gifted to Waitman-Ingebretsen by her Jewish neighbor on a particularly special birthday - her 13th.

The neighbor, Morris Shlafer, was a tailor by trade and had made the quilt himself.

Though they eventually lost touch when Shlafer and his wife moved away, Waitman-Ingebretsen said she always thought fondly of him and cherished his gift.

Now, she's honoring his memory. She dug around to find out more about the life of the Ukrainian emigrant. Though she wasn't able to find close living relatives — Shlafer and his wife never had children — she was able to find traces of his relations sprinkled throughout the Southwest Portland region.

Nevertheless, the journey has been a labor of love for Waitman-Ingebretsen, she said, and she's excited to display her efforts with the exhibit, which will be on display at the center (7688 S.W. Capitol Highway) through January.

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