Annual festival scheduled for this weekend on Broadway Street in downtown Estacada

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: NINA BRADFORD - Estacada community members create bright signs in preparation for this weekend's Summer Celebration.

A favorite Estacada tradition is just around the corner.

The city's annual Summer Celebration will take place Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, on Broadway Street in downtown Estacada. The free event features everything from art activities for children and live music to mural painting and a labyrinth creation.

Cari Mayers, one of the coordinators of this year's Summer Celebration, described the block party as "a warm community atmosphere with people of all ages mingling."

"You will be sincerely impressed at the transformation little downtown Estacada can make," she said. "(It's) a space that comes to life, with vibrant decorations hanging in the streets, giant puppets and a labyrinth to follow."

All of the decorations for the event have been created by local artists and community members since the tradition began, and this year participants created signs and other brightly-colored items for the gathering.

While Broadway Street is filled with local art and music, members of the Estacada Artback will paint their annual mural on the Dollar General building at 416 Broadway St. "Celebration of Summer" was designed by Nolene Triska and Kolieha Bush and features many elements from the Summer Celebration tradition, including a stage with performers, arts activity booths, labyrinth painting, giant handmade puppets and a mural being created.

"I think it is lovely that the mural will be so close to the celebration," said Mayers, noting that if attendees are inspired as they watch the Artback artists, there will be several opportunities for them to engage in their own creativity.

Back on Broadway Street, community members can help paint a labyrinth, connect with local artists and purchase art during the silent auction. They will also be able to create a miniature mural, which will a new activity this year.

Younger attendees can create slime, soap, clay items, bookmarks and other projects, and Circus Cascadia will lead interested in participants in sharpening their skills in clowning and movement arts.

Additionally, a variety of performers will take the stage, including Unit Souzou, Axè Didè, The Casimir Effect, The Dusty Herd, Charlie Butts and

the Filter Tips and The Rae Gordon Band.

Another new element of Summer Celebration will be booths with representatives from community resources such as the Estacada Food Bank, Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Orchid Health, Head Start Estacada, Planned Parenthood, the Cascade AIDS Project, Todos Juntos, the Estacada Fire Rural Fire District and Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge.

There will also be materials available from Oregon State University Extension, Estacada Cares, Estacada Connects and Backpack Buddies.

Mayers noted that there's something for everyone during the festivities.

"(There's) free art activities for kiddos that will keep their little hands busy while creating something new. (It's) an opportunity to see a mural being painted live, (and there's) art to buy, art to bid on, great food to eat while you sit back and watch the performers, or dance to the music."

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