If you want to rub shoulders with true radicals this weekend, head up to Albany for the 24th Annual Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief. You can marvel at the handmade quilts, bid on a barbershop quartet holding a concert in your living room, indulge in a traditional pancake and sausage breakfast, or just mark the change of seasons with people who live closer to them than most of us. After most of the field work is finished and before the winter canning begins, the Mennonites stop to celebrate with one another. You’re invited to the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. No head-coverings required. In a world that changes as rapidly as ours, the true radicals are those who refuse.
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One of these four ideas will be developed into a column on Wednesday to be published in The Register-Guard on Friday. I’m asking you to help me choose between them. Between now and the end of Tuesday, leave comments here or send me an e-mail if you’d rather be more private. Or, at the very least, RATE the idea (and the others) so I know which one people like best. No promises, though. This ain’t American Idol. But I will post an entry on Wednesday to say which one I’m choosing (and probably why.) I plan to do this each week — often by Friday, but always by Monday, so visit often and tell me which idea intrigues you the most. Thanks!