Non-Rail Clinics

As of April 14, with only 4 months to go!

You’ve been patiently waiting to find out what Non-Rail clinics are going to be offered. We have been focused on getting the General Tours sorted out and in the Company store. Now that is done, the clinics are falling into place. The following clinics are just a start to our program. We don’t have the times scheduled yet as some of the clinicians cannot set a time this far out. If anyone has another idea for a clinic (with a clinician) please contact

Gardening: “How I wish I had known…"

Donna Hamilton will be discussing things she wishes she had known before she even started to plant and valuable lessons she has learned. She will show pictures of before and after areas and her favorite easy and beautiful plants.

Yoga: “Gentle Yoga”

This class is presented by Kate Baldwin. Everyone can participate safely in this class regardless of yoga experience, flexibility, or stamina. This inspirational class is great for older beginners, arthritis, limited mobility, general stiffness, injuries, chronic pain, or fatigue. Traditional yoga postures are modified & guided in stages, with an emphasis on steady breathing, and self-awareness. Chairs are available for seated poses, resting, and to help with balancing postures. Really, you don't have to get on the floor if you are unable to, or if you are not comfortable with the idea. All body types and abilities are welcome! ($5 drop in fee)

Cooking Demo:

Our Chef from the Doubletree Hotel will provide a talk and do a demonstration of cooking something delicious!


Alison Bruun from The American Diabetes Association will be speaking on a number of informative topics about Living with Diabetes. If you or your significant other have been told you are at risk, or have diabetes, this is the perfect clinic for you.

Fabric Flowers:

Diane Forbes is at it again with a new way to make flowers with fabric. These beautifully simple flowers can be used for broaches, hat pins, gift bag decoration, or many other uses.

Quilt Binding:

Diane Crawford offers her skills with quilt binding done easily enough that you go home with a pot holder in your choice of fabric.


We will be sampling dark chocolate and learning the process of how it is made by Brian Flick, owner of Pitch Dark, a new Northeast Portland chocolatier, making lush, luxurious bars using single-varietal or single-estate cacao beans. He might even have some for sale!

Wine Bottle Wind Chime and Luminary:

Suzy Madsen will show you how to take those old wine bottles and turn them into two beautiful items. Small fee if you would like to make these items to take home.

Washer Necklaces:

These lovely necklaces can be made simply and add color to your outfit. This is a free make & take.

No Sew Gift Bags:

Choose your fabric and make this useful reversible gift bag. Perfect for any occasion.

Make Your Own Applique:

Kristy Webster will show you how to take a simple picture and turn it into a lovely applique for any project.

Medicare Fraud:

Clare Pishing will present information on how to avoid medicare fraud. She will provide handouts and priceless suggestions on this important topic.

Decorative T-Towels:

Stamp paint on a t-towel and make a lovely gift in no time. Kristy Webster will show you tricks and techniques. Small fee if you want to make and take!

iPad Basics:

Nora Bursztein has been a teacher for many years and will give us a primer on using this amazing little computer. It changed my ideas on what a computer can be in your life!

Tracking the Wild Train Chaser:

Kristy Webster has a wonderfully funny slide show chronicling our love of train enthusiasts.

Mod Podge Ornaments:

Diane Forbes will show us how to use mod podge to create lovely ornaments.

Games Night:

Remember board games? Those were those things that we played before the computer took over our play time. We will have Scrabble, Monopoly and a few other games sure to flex those brains of ours!

Movie Night:

The movie is TBA but there will be popcorn & goodies!

Olde Time Sing-a-long:

Mary Moore-Compagna will lead us in a very casual sing- a-long. Song sheets will be provided!

Bingo Night:

What is a convention without Bingo! Tons of prizes and surprizes!

Ladies Luncheon:

This year’s luncheon is being held in the Non-Rail rooms. Along with our delicious menu, we will have a guessing game, door prizes and a speaker.
We are delighted to welcome Joe Mayer who will tell us about his experience as Little Ricky on the I Love Lucy show!

As I have said, this is just the beginning! We hope to have something for everyone. If you know someone in the Portland area with a hobby they love to talk about or skill they’d like to show off, please give then the email address and contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Suzy Madsen
Non-Rail Chair