Portland, OR Club?


#1

Does one exist anymore? if not possibly start a new one? Let me know if there’s any interest…


#2

I would try and get in contact with Thomas Keene. He just moved to Portland from Eugene and I heard he was rebooting the Portland yoyo club. If you ever get the chance, you should visit the club in Corvallis as well.


#3

Thanks for the response… Is Thomas Keene on the forum?


#4

I’m pretty sure he is, but I don’t know his user name. He does have a facebook though. You might want to message him there. And I just realized that I mispelled his last name. It’s actually Keane


#5

Ask this guy…

https://www.facebook.com/colinleland


#6

If you get one started or someone does, let me know, I know alot of yoyoers that can go, but we havent all had a meet up before.


#7

I think Jcpdx530 (I think that’s his name) lives in Portland. I’ve dive some trading with him and he seems like a pretty cool guy.


#8

There have been a number of attempts at a yo-yo club in Portland. What it always comes down to is location. We never seem to find a location that is accessible to all at the time of meet up.


#9

I think that’s the main reason we haven’t had a club in a while


#10

Why not just meet downtown somewhere?


#11

Colin Leyland did a meet-up outside the art museum for a awhile.

The real issue is the non-sustainability of the event. Sure, we could motivate X number of people, at one time or another, but there is always a lack of momentum because the numbers are so low. If one or two people miss a week, it dies. Maybe in a city like S.F; or New York, the sheer numbers would be there to sustain the event from week to week. In Portland, there does not seem to be those numbers.


#12

I have access to what I think will be an awesome venue to host a yoyo event/meetup in Portland. I’m new to these types of events, so please send ideas for an agenda. I’ve listed some of mine below. I’ll also reply back when I secure the space (with the name).

Prior to event:

  • Get a sponsor (Otherwise, it’s likely to not be sustainable.)
    • One Drop? You in on this? :slight_smile:
  • Get a venue (Note: It’ll should be a open space that allows a backing track to play.)
  • Get a pro to perform. Paul Dang, you in on this? (This’ll be a motivator for people that are not as good – me.)
  • Collect performance submissions (submittee picks duration of set and backing music)
  • Just in case there are no submissions, there’ll be a single trick performance. Each attendee will know prior to event what this is. This trick will be picked at the end of each meetup.
  • Set up an area to trade and sell yoyos

Event/meetup agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Live performance from a yoyo team member
  • Break to talk to and buy warez from the pro (Show some love.)
  • Open up the floor to people that sent in submissions.
  • Open up the floor to “the trick”. Each attendee can participate and a winner will be chosen by the pro. Based on whatever criteria he/she sees fit.
  • Open discussion (Talk about a new yoyo, manufacturer or style of play.)
  • Vote on next week’s trick

Please send me more ideas or feedback. I feel confident that I can make this happen.


#13

Uri is gonna be in portland the week before worlds and there’s probably gonna be a meet up.