During his first visit to Estacada, Ron Jarrett helped paint a labyrinth on Broadway Street.
"It's been awesome. This is a really cool community," said Jarrett, who was visiting his friend Katinka Byrk and helped with design on Third Avenue and Broadway Street.
Newcomers and longtime residents alike engaged with all forms of art at the Estacada Summer Celebration, held Friday and Saturday, July 26-27.
During the 20th annual colorful and crafty block party, Broadway Street closed to traffic and became home to clowns, artists blowing giant bubbles and an abundance of activities for children. Enormous puppets adorned the street as artists showcased their wares and members of Estacada Artback worked on their annual project, a restoration of John Freese's 2001 design, "The Longhouse Mural," at 280 S. Broadway St.
Arts commissioner Cari Meyers appreciated seeing the excitement.
"It's great to see (the event) come alive. My most favorite thing is seeing kids come out," she said, noting that the group has been preparing for Summer Celebration since November. "The music and the decorations create a kind of magical energy."
During the festivities, a variety of bands and performers took the stage in downtown Estacada, including The Casimir Effect, Bridge City Soul, DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid, Unit Souzou, O Brother, Smut City Jellyroll Society, Dina Y Los Rumbreros, Harvey Brindall and The Tablerockers and the Circus Cascadia clown show.
Outside of Harvest Market, Artback members repainted "The Longhouse Mural" with a more durable, acrylic paint, and Freese was happy to see the project updated with brighter colors.
"I really like the Native American Northwest design," he said.
Back on Broadway Street, young Summer Celebration attendees created everything from bookmarks and slime to bracelets and fish prints.
Lilly Summer, a volunteer from Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site, connected visitors with coloring books featuring information about the Oregon Trail, along with historic pioneer clothing.
"Learning what the Oregon Trail was like is important," she said.
Meanwhile, at The Artsmith, people had the opportunity to explore musical instruments during OrchEstraCada's instrument petting zoo.
"I enjoy seeing kids try new things. They come in shy and then they open up, and their interest is piqued," said OrchEstraCada member LaDonna Castle, who plays the flute.
Those who walked down Broadway Street could also admire and purchase works from local and regional artists, enjoy food from a variety of vendors and restaurants and connect with providers at a community resource tent.
And at Estacada First Baptist Church, more than 100 quilts from the Garfield Skip-a-Week Club were on display. Members of the group noted that many had stopped by to see their work, which they appreciated.
Estacada resident Larry Cutler found Summer Celebration ripe with opportunities for photos.
"This is my life. I have Stage Four (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and this is what keeps me alive," he said as he photographed the Circus Cascadia performance. "I love the music and seeing different groups perform."
Cutler's favorite photo he's taken during Summer Celebration captured a young girl juggling during last year's Circus Cascadia workshop.
"I love the expression on kids' faces," he said.
Estacada Mayor Sean Drink wine also enjoyed last weekend's artistic festivities.
"The Circus has been my favorite so far," he said, noting that the gathering offered many fun opportunities. "I enjoyed watching the guy try to balance everything on his nose. It was quite the excitement."
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