Eleven years ago, two women in recovery read an article about National Recovery Month and realized people all over the United States were celebrating their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. They decided they would stand on top of the bridge at daybreak to celebrate that they were no longer under the bridge in their addictions. This decision marked the beginning of the Hands Across the Bridge event, a collaborative effort between Oregon and Washington to celebrate National Recovery Month.
Patty Katz and Louise Wedge, along with the support the community, held the first Hands Across the Bridge celebration on the I-5 Bridge in 2002. That first year saw about 200 people and over the next ten years, the event grew; more than 2500 people joined hands in 2012.
The Story of Oxfest
Mike Morgester and other dedicated Oxford House members started a backyard BBQ with music over a decade ago. The event quickly became so popular we had to look for a bigger place. We moved it to Delta park in 2007 and had more than 1700 in attendance. For the last four years Oxfest has teamed with Hands Across the Bridge and has become the biggest one day event celebration in recovery across the Pacific Northwest with about 3,000 people in attendance in 2011.
8 Bands from blues to heavy rock. Activities for the family, raffle, a wide range of food vendors and more with a wide range of community recovery based resource booths!