The Dill Pickle Club

We like The Dill Pickle Club. They care about place and history and the creative and self-motivated people who make culture, independently and without promise of financial return or great acclaim. Through tours and public presentations in Portland, one of our favorite cities, they create non-traditional avenues for learning “where all forms of knowledge are valued.”

Tonight at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland, they’re holding a fundraiser by challenging several local chefs to create the perfect pickle. The benefit marks the beginning of an exciting year wherein The DPC works with Publication Studio to re-release four out-of-print books about Portland — art, oral history, architecture, and local culture — that will accompany a year-long, roving lecture series at symbolic locations around the city.

The books — low-budget, immeasurably important documents of local eras — reflect the fabric of Portland’s weird, rebellious, vibrant and radically earnest culture. Here are some selected pages from Twenty Seven Installations and Rubbings From the Rose City. Keep an eye out on their site for more about the books, the lectures, and other ways you can pick up what they’re throwing down.


Movember’s end has come and gone, but there is still time to donate to support cancer research through Movember. You may remember our post earlier this month about those on the Ace team who are capable of growing facial hair doing so in support of the Movember movement. As is clearly illustrated above, they did a fine job, and we salute them.

Movember’s end has come and gone, but there is still time to donate to support cancer research through Movember. You may remember our post earlier this month about those on the Ace team who are capable of growing facial hair doing so in support of the Movember movement. As is clearly illustrated above, they did a fine job, and we salute them.


Ace New York was recently invited to be a part of Tied Together, “an epic journey in response to a global health crisis.”

Here’s what Brandon, from the Ace NYC team, has to say about it:

It’s Bono’s (RED) campaign with Nike to raise money for AIDS research and care, which is why we all wore (RED) shoelaces. There were 24 teams that ran a particular route within Manhattan. Ace NYC ran from Columbus Circle down Broadway to 13th Street, just outside of Union Square. DUH, of course we ran through the hotel lobby at 10:30am cheering, screamin and yellin’. So, basically, for one day, every hour a team runs a route and passes off a baton. Some teams ran, some skated, rode bikes, stopped for drinks along the way….

They did the same thing in London, Milan, Berlin and Paris. Stay tuned for video of the event (but use your imagination to conjure up an image of us storming the lobby in red shoelaces).
 


Make It Pop

Tomorrow night, we’re hosting Make It Pop!, a benefit with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, at The Cleaners in Ace Hotel Portland. It’s a fundraiser for PDX Pop Now!, an organization that works to support and strengthen Portland’s incredible, diverse independent music community. We’re really honored to help.

They’re also raffling off a two-night stay at Ace Portland. And other treats at the show will include Saint Cupcake, Captured By Porches Brewing, Bakery Bar, and Fifty Licks Homemade Ice Cream. Hopefully you can get some cupcakes before we eat them all.


This Saturday the team from Ace Hotel & Swim Club is participating in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The donations they raise will support education about prevention and early detection, support survivors and families, fund research, and rally support for the fight against cancer. But doing the relay together is the true experience - this event gives people the chance to remember loved ones, feel the power of support and enthusiasm, and have fun together.

To learn more, or donate to the team, visit the Ace Hotel & Swim Club Relay for Life Team page.

Also, the Ace NYC team is running a half marathon in April to support Hope Lodge in NYC, which offers free living spaces for cancer patients and their families when they travel to New York for treatment. See our post about it here.


The Ace Hotel New York team is running a half marathon in April to support Hope Lodge in NYC, which offers free living spaces for cancer patients and their families when they travel to New York for treatment. Someone described it as “a free hotel, but for cancer patients.” Hope Lodge is that and more. They also provide meditation spaces, yoga classes, a grand piano, full kitchens, and community support to their guests.

Several battle-hardened Ace Hotel and American Cancer Society employees have taken it upon themselves to run the 13.1 Marathon New York on April 3rd. (R)ACE FOR HOPE plans to raise more than $5,000 to support this amazing organization, guided by our fearless leaders, Jan and Rob.

We’re committed to helping our community and we’re running so that Hope Lodge can continue to provide these critical services to patients and their caregivers.

We’re also hoping to get photos of Jan and Rob in running shorts. Stay tuned for that.

For more information on the fundraiser, and information on donating to Hope Lodge, visit (R)ACE FOR HOPE.


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