Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Behind the Scenes: World Beard & Mustache Competition 2014

Originally published October 25

The 2014 World Beard & Mustache Competition in Portland, Oregon, isn't over, yet, but I had to share all the amazing action happening behind the scenes. These are definitely the most amazing beards and mustaches of the world!

Ross prepares his mustache to hit the stage

Rich Bartlet getting interviewed by PBS. "The nice thing about this year is that the people who are almost there didn't come. this is top-notch here," he says. 


MJ.... wow... MJ reminds me of Motorhead in all of the best ways.



Xtopher Grey (like his FB page!) with Monica Storss

Neo G Yo & Seige prepare for a freestyle, beard-and-stache-focused hip-hop battle onstage.

Beard and mustache competitors line up to hit the stage.

The Keller Auditorium was packed.


God bless America.
Cheetos, too.
I loved this classy stache.

Life is good as a pirate.

...and with good friends.

YESSS



The 2014 World Beard and Mustache Competition is sponsored by Just For Men.

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Website Launched for Ghostwriting, Developmental Editing, & Writing Consulting


For the past year, I've been working with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon to take my writing and editing business to the next level. This past week, I reached a milestone by launching a new website dedicated to my ghostwriting, developmental editing, and writing coaching and consulting services: www.mattiebamman.com.

The next step—after sending out travel-article pitches to AFAR, Portland Monthly, and Northwest Travel Magazine—is to hit the local colleges and libraries with flyers. Virtual advertising still has to be paired with good old fashioned community advertising! Wish me luck.

If you get a chance, take a look at the website and let me know what you think, and, if you know someone who needs help with a nonfiction book, article, website, or other written material, please consider referring me for the job. www.mattiebamman.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Early-Bird Registration Now Open: Northwest Travel Writers Conference - Travel & Words

Hey all— Just a quick note that early-bird registration for the Northwest Travel Writers Conference is now open. If you're a travel writer who writes about travel in the Pacific Northwest, this is your conference.

Firstly, it puts you in direct contact with editors who want to publish and are willing to pay for travel articles about the Pacific Northwest. Secondly, it's dirt cheap: $99 through January 31, 2015 (the host hotel gives significant discounts on rooms, too).

The 2015 conference will take place April 26-27, at the sprawling Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon. To visit Central Oregon and the 3,300-acre resort alone is enough reason to join—never mind the editors panel, networking, workshops, CVB exhibitors, and, yeah, great post-conference parties. Travel writing can be a very solitary profession, and this conference is really all about community. That's why we all volunteer our time each year to put it together.

To learn more about workshops, which editors will attend the 2015 conference, and more, check out the Northwest Travel Writers Conference here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The New 2015 Portland Events Wall Calendar Hits Stores

Now in its fourth year, the Portland Events Wall Calendar has just hit stores with loads of new Portland events and beautiful photos of the Portland area. We also have some big news: The calendar will be sold in 43 new locations this year, including all local Fred Meyer and Albertsons. So, if you're wondering where to by the 2015 Portland Events Wall Calendar, you won't have to look far.

As always, I want to thank all of the event organizers for providing us with reliable 2015 dates so far in advance. Some of my favorite new events include the All Jane No Dick Women's Comedy Festival—a showcase of all-female comedians—and Curious Gallery—an art festival focused on wonder cabinets (you know, those strange boxes filled with everything from botanicals and bones to dolls and found objects). It's been a lot of fun working on the calendar and serving as editor for another year. I hope you all love the 2015 edition!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Article: Wine Tasting Has Never Been Easier: Portland’s Urban Wineries


Portland urban wineries are just plain cool, and I had to write an article to share the inside scoop. The full article includes travel-guide-style information on how to go wine tasting at Portland's urban wineries. So happy to see my photos included in this Northwest Travel Magazine piece!

Enso Winery Bar Manager Paige Glowacky
Wine Tasting Has Never Been Easier: Portland's Urban Wineries

Step through the garage door at Enso Urban Winery, past the hand-painted sign from the building’s 100-year past—Storage Rates, Parking 35 cents—and enter the industrial-chic wine lounge. A chalkboard lists 17 house wines by the glass. Well-heeled Portlanders sit on couches and bar stools casually sipping happy hour bubbles and pinot noir. It soon becomes clear, this is a wine bar, and they make their own wines.

In 2011, Enso Urban Winery was the first winery in Portland to embrace a wine-bar atmosphere. “The idea came from a trip to Paris,” says winemaker Ryan Sharp. “I got on a train by myself into the Loire Valley, and then I walked 20 miles and visited three wineries. What I loved about them… they were village wineries.” With Enso, Sharp created a Portland winery, a place for wine-loving locals and travelers to connect.

Wine has never been more accessible thanks to urban wineries, where the wine is made within the city limits. Visiting urban wineries, you connect not only with local culture but also winemaking. Most urban winemakers make wine just steps from their tasting bars, and, during the fall grape harvest, the SE Wine Collective lets you join in.

To read the full article, look for this cover on newsstands or get a one-year subscription for $16.95 here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Book: The Specialty Coffee Book

I'm so happy to announce that The Specialty Coffee Book has just been published by Smudge Publishers. It follows in the footsteps of the publishing house's Coffee Encounters, and I feel so lucky to have been able to write on both projects. The Specialty Coffee Book tells the story of the world's specialty coffee industry through the eyes of Melbourne, Australia. Cafes and specialty roasters are profiled, and the large-format book includes many beautiful photographs.

Smudge Publishers is a family-run publishing house based in Melbourne, Australia, and it has published many books on Australian wine and food, including the award-winning Flavours of Melbourne.

Here's a preview:

 




Thursday, July 31, 2014

My First Feature Article in Northwest Travel Magazine!

Summer Adventure Activities (Not Just for Adrenaline Junkies)!
By Mattie John Bamman
Published July 2014 in Northwest Travel Magazine

Photo © John Malmberg

Warm summer days inspire adventure. Places never explored. Untried challenges to test your mettle. From Washington and Oregon to Idaho, they await—crampons, paddles, surfboards and expert guides at your fingertips.

Welcome to another summer in the Northwest.

While adventure activities can seem extreme, many are increasingly accessible to beginners—no experience necessary—and most can be enjoyed within a day. Let these top picks be your call to adventure...

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