The 2015 Glenmorrie Neighborhood Ivy Pull and BBQ — the best yet?

The rain  barely made a ripple, the ivy hardly had a chance and the coolers drained quickly at the annual Glenmorrie Neighborhood Ivy Pull and Barbecue that came together on Sunday, April 26.

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Jim Stephan broke out the big guns for this year’s ivy pull.

I’ve been living in the neighborhood since 2007 and have been a part of almost every ivy pull since then. They’re always a fun way to meet people in the neighborhood and catch up with folks you might only see once or twice a year. Plus, they really do help preserve some of the incredible trees and natural areas in this great neighborhood.

But while past efforts have all been successes, this year’s seems to have topped others in everything from participation and impact to simple neighborhood congeniality.

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Jake Turner came across another resident of Glenmorrie during Sunday’s ivy pull.

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Tackling the ivy on Glenmorrie Terrace.

Madeline and Adeline enjoying themselves — yes, they were enjoying themselves! — at the annual ivy pull.

Madeline and Adeline enjoying themselves — yes, they were enjoying themselves! — at the annual ivy pull.

When it was all said and done, we probably had close to 40 neighbors working in three different areas of Glenmorrie for two hours, followed by nearly 50 of us showing up at the after-work riverside barbecue.

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The barbecue on the Willamette.

Huge thanks go out to everyone who turned out to lend a hand or simply say hello. Bigger thanks land with Judy Dauble, who’s spearheaded the ivy pull for years and who graciously offers up her charming home for the gathering. Freya Ahrens, too, gets a heaping plate full of thanks for her  incredible job catering for the masses.

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Seriously? A chocolate mousse cake for the ivy pull? You rock, Freya Ahrens! (The Hop Valley IPA was a huge hit, too! And those smoked German sausages? And that potato salad? And . . . !)

It was great to see so many neighbors out and about. We’ll see you all again at next year’s ivy pull — if not before . . .

Ryan and Jake Turner making some ivy headway.

Ryan and Jake Turner making some ivy headway. (Note the newt on the forearm.)

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3 responses to “The 2015 Glenmorrie Neighborhood Ivy Pull and BBQ — the best yet?

  1. Great event. Thanks for all the efforts coordinating, working on our trees, and reporting after the event. Glenmorrie is a great place to live.

  2. We are so happy to be the newest members of this great neighborhood! And what a great event. It was lovely to meet all of you. Troy & Sunny Freeman, Isabelle, Everett & Anika

  3. Babs Hamachek

    Thank you for all the Stewardship efforts and energy shared by the Glenmorrie neighborhood and friends. You have made a huge difference in the health and the future of the greenspaces. The ivy, blackberries, scotch broom and other invasives were no match for your awesome team of volunteers!
    Babs Hamachek
    Lake Oswego Parks Stewardship Coordinator

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