Saint Lucy seen passing out pastries on the Hawthorne Bridge

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A crowd gathers around Saint Lucy
while sipping free coffee and munching on
free baked goods.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)
View slideshow below

This morning on the Hawthorne Bridge, the Breakfast on the Bridges crew surprised bike commuters with a special edition of their monthly tradition.

It was the annual Santa Lucia Day Breakfast on the Bridge and, like years past, Saint Lucy herself graced us with her presence.

According to Saint Lucy (a.k.a. Timo Forsberg) — who donned a lacey dress, red-ribbon belt, and a headband adorned with candles — the Saint Lucia’s Day tradition has Scandinavian roots. “Saint Lucy was a saint that brought sweets and lights to people in the catacombs…so when Breakfast on the Bridges came along, I figured ahhh! it’s a perfect way to celebrate.”

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Timo Forsberg as Saint Lucy

Forsberg also shared some authentic Lussekatt or Saint Lucy Buns.

On a foggy, chilly morning, the treats and hot coffee warmed up commuters. One of them shared their gratitude in an email posted to the Shift email list:

“Thank you those who volunteered and set up this morning’s BonB [Breakfast on the Bridge] and thanks to Timo just for being in a dress, a cheerful way to start the day. It was really cold this morning and there was no better way to warm up…great people, hot coffee, cold morning, and good doughnuts. Again thanks.”

Check out the slideshow below for more photos of the event:


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Siobhan
Siobhan
16 years ago

I don\’t think that is St. Lucy… I clearly see eyeballs in sockets.

shrimp
shrimp
16 years ago

Whoa! Is that McLovin in picture #7?

Picture #7 = http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/2108394795/

Mclovin = http://vjarmy.com/junkbin/iammclovin.png

joel
16 years ago

re: clearly seen eyeballs…

yeah, but eyeballs on the plate with the lussekatt kinda puts some people off… blasted martyrs, always showing off their scars…

Dan (teknotus)
Dan (teknotus)
16 years ago

Re #2

No the focus is on the card otherwise you would be seeing a cute girl.

NPBike
NPBike
16 years ago

#2 Best. Post. Ever. Well done.

erin g.
erin g.
16 years ago

Dang! I was running late for work today and didn\’t stop to say hi. I would have loved to have met \”Santa Lucia!\” I have fond memories of \”her.\” When I was attending 6th grade back while living in Norway, this was a special day of the holiday season (songs, treats, etc.). Looks like I missed out on an opportunity to recapitulate the fun, Portland bike community-style! Thanks for being out there, guys. Brrrriiiing brrriiiing! (fyi, that was my bell as I cruised by, missing out!). 😉

McAngryPants
McAngryPants
16 years ago

no love for us Steel Bridge folk
🙁

James
James
16 years ago

You bastards! You could have given me a heads up; I missed it. I\’m hungry.

180mm_dan
180mm_dan
16 years ago

Steel Bridge is the forgotten step-child

Aaron
Aaron
16 years ago

I have to say, Timo\’s buns were excellent! (and I don\’t say that about just anyone)

Cap'n Pastry
Cap'n Pastry
16 years ago

Dear Commenters 7 & 8:
Thank you for your recent feedback about Shift\’s (Move By Bike/Calendar/Pedalpalooza/Breakfast on the Bridges) program.
We are sorry that you (couldn\’t get all your stuff moved/couldn\’t find an event on a day you wanted to ride your bike/were exhausted by too much [bike fun/PBR/donuts/sushi]/were not able to share pastry and hot drinks with us).
We endeavor to create as much bike fun as possible on an all-volunteer, all-donation basis. We value your feedback, and will work to improve our service delivery in the future.
Thank you for your comments,
Sincerely,
Cap\’n Pastry