Hello neon lovers —

Happy summertime to ya! Did you know that much like our beloved neon signs, the sun is a ball of gas and plasma? The sun generates heat and light by way of nuclear fusion, igniting mostly hydrogen and helium. But also present are small amounts of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, silicon, magnesium, sulfur, and neon!

Neon Speaks Festival roundup...

The 2nd annual Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium took place in San Francisco in April. It was a great weekend of expert speakers, talks about historic preservation, demos, neon walking tours, and so much energy and excitement. Neon Speaks is the only festival dedicated to all things neon, next one is planned for Fall of 2020See photos from the event, or visit the Neon Speaks website.

The dancing pig is back!

In San Jose, CA, a 2-year effort to raise funds to restore an iconic 1950's-era sausage company sign — featuring an animated dancing pig — finally paid off last month when the sign restoration was completed, and the sign was re-installed and relit! See video and  article.

National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles.

The new neon museum in The Dalles, Oregon, held it's grand opening in the fall. About 80 miles from Portland and situated along the Columbia Gorge, it makes a beautiful summer day trip, and the collection there is really something special. Call ahead to make sure they're open before you go. NNSM website.

ON FILM: Neon violins!

On July 17th, Portland's Hollywood Theatre is screening "Gold Diggers of 1933" which features not only incredible choreography of Busby Berkeley, elaborate sets, costumes, and songs, but a magnificent scene featuring a gaggle of neon violins. It's really a spectacular film. Info + tickets.

Fall neon tours are scheduled.

The Electric Letterland neon tour was featured in a June edition of Willamette Week's '11 Events We’re Most Excited About This Week.’ Currently I'm doing 3 tours in the fall and 3 in the spring. Please share with friends! Tickets: Sept 21st / Oct 5th / Oct 26th

Neon Map+Poster of Portland.

Take your own self-guided tour of the best neon signs in Portland! Includes city-wide map of more than 80 signs. Buy one here

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Electric Letterland is where typography and wonder collide. A project of Kate Widdows, Electric Letterland is home to neon walking tours, printed neon maps, neon GIF classes, and will grow to encompass more neon-related things in the future. 

Kate Widdows is a graphic designer specializing in lettering, typefaces, and branding, and has designed neon signs for bars, art shows, and light festivals. Her original neon GIFs have appeared in news articles and television pilots, and have been exhibited internationally at design festivals, art galleries, and parties. Kate is also co-producer of the Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium in San Francisco. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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