I enjoy living an upper valley life with my husband Ryan. As a yoga teacher I am particularly grateful for the Town Hall space and the local community that comes together to take my Movement and Yoga classes. There are so many great offerings at the Town Hall as well as opportunities to be involved. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbors, support your local community, and contribute to preserving this treasured resource.
We became involved with MHTH in 2005 when we decided to have our daughter's wedding reception there. After dealing with all the problems of a facility built in 1914, its character proved to be perfect to celebrate a wedding. However, it has led to serving on the board of directors, which also means being on staff, and continuing a labor of love improving and maintaining the building and grounds.
How were we lucky enough to end up in Parkdale? After traveling the world, working as Foresters all over California, Oregon, and Washington, working on Russian and Japanese fishing boats in the winter Bering Sea, luck shown on us as we made our home here to raise our kids. After all our experiences and wanderings, there's no place like home! Mt. Hood Town Hall has something for everyone... come check it out!
I think it was 2005. While I had found my way to an engineering career, I had always wanted to be a gardener/landscaper. After driving by the Mt Hood Town Hall daily for several years, one day I decided to stop by and volunteer to spend a little time improving the grounds. In short, it was a mess. Yea, right, a little time. Everything about the Town Hall... the place and the people... has been a wonderful and life changing experience.
The Upper Valley is a small paradise, from my office I look unto the jewel that is our Town Hall. I love being out in my garden, hearing the community come alive across the highway. My daughter won't know childhood without thinking of the playground and flowered pathways. I believe our rural community can thrive through our dedication, adapting to our changing needs, while still preserving rich traditions. And we'll make new ones.
My husband and I moved to the upper valley on a whim, looking for an adventure. We fell in love with Parkdale - the places and the people. Our three girls all attended preschool at the Town Hall; which established their learning journey and friendships for all of us that will last a lifetime.
My grandparents moved to the Upper Valley in 1970. We grew up moving a lot, always returning to Mt Hood, always feeling like home driving the tractor, walking the ditch, and picking wildflowers. My favorite Town Hall memory is cooking in the kitchen for my sister's wedding while my cousins played the piano and we all sang. I now live in Mt Hood full time with my mother and son and feel so grateful to be part of Mt Hood Town Hall and our sweet Upper Valley community. It's an honor to get to give back to this place that has taken such
good care of us.
Kristin Reese is the Town Hall Manager. She and her husband, (Stan Loop) and their three cats (Lucy, Oliver, and Kathy) have lived in Parkdale for nearly 20 years. Kristin has extensive background working with non-profits and is excited to bring her experience and her passion for community building to Mt. Hood Town Hall. Email Kristin to request rental information.
Our neighbor, John Ashby is a invaluable part of our team. He greets visitors, maintains the recycling depot, helps with our Community Meals program and secures the building day and night. John has lived in the Upper Valley for (probably a REALLY long time). He loves this place and it shows.
Mt. Hood Town Hall has long been the center of its community–first as a school and now as a thriving community center. For more than 100 years this dear old building has served us well.
The Mt Hood Towne Hall Association was incorporated in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. The purpose of the association is to restore and maintain the Mt Hood Town Hall and to operate it as a community center for the Upper Hood River Valley. The association has a volunteer board of directors and appreciates (and relies on) the strong continuing community support (donations, building rentals, volunteers, instructors, etc.).