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Annual art and music festival scheduled for July, features activities for all ages in Estacada

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Youths enjoy the mural that is painted every year during the Estacada Summer Celebration.

Summer is just around the corner, which means Estacada's beloved arts-themed block party will soon turn 20.

Established in 2000 to celebrate The Artback's annual mural painting project, today Summer Celebration invites attendees of all ages enjoy visual art and live music while artists paint a new mural or refresh one of the town's older ones. This year's festivities are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, on Broadway Street.

During Summer Celebration, streets are closed to traffic and become home to chalk drawings, craft projects and displays from local artists. Attendees admire wares from makers, delight at antics from circus performers, enjoy live music, engage with art projects and watch as a mural is painted.

This year, members of The Artback will restore The Longhouse Mural at 280 S. Broadway St. The design was created by lead artist John Freese in 2001 and highlights the traditions of the Northwest native people.

"It will be great because the mural is right behind the stage," said Summer Celebration Coordinator Scott Johnson, who said he appreciates the proximity of the projects.

Friday night typically features a music crawl, with performers playing at various locations around town. On Saturday, attendees can enjoy a variety of art and music related activities.

Projects for children typically include clay art, quilting, face painting and balloon animals.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada artist Annette Reisbick plays with bubbles during last year's Summer Celebration.

Additionally, interested participants of all ages can help create a giant puppet from papier-maché.

There will be a silent art auction, and the Estacada Skip-a-Week Quilt Club will hold its annual quilt show. There also will be a booth with representatives from local community resources.

Musical performers at this year's event will include The Casimir Effect, Bridge City Soul, DJ Anjali, Smut City Jellyroll Society, Dina y los Rumberos and Harvey Brindell and the Tablerockers.

Johnson said the festival changes throughout the


"Early in the day, it's centered on the kids with Circus Cascadia and children's art," he said. "The evening is more adult and young adult centered with the art auction and fair, and music."

Johnson said he is eager for this year's Summer Celebration to come around.

"It's a staple for summer and the community," he said.

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