A bit of extra color has been infused into Estacada.
To celebrate summer, community members on Sunday, July 18, painted the annual labyrinth at Third Avenue and Broadway Street and worked on a new way to decorate the downtown area — creating sidewalk chalk drawings.
Though evolving COVID-19 safety guidelines made it difficult to plan Estacada's usual Summer Celebration street fair, members of the event's committee facilitated other ways to appreciate the arts, including decorating downtown, a logger coloring contest and a series of concerts.
Nine chalkboard blocks are embedded in downtown Estacada's sidewalks. This year, artists Kerrie Hubbard, Jake Ellzey, Nina Bradford, Norma Piper, Francesca Bryk, Karl Haugen, Ava Shibahara, Sienna Gormley, Sophia Montez and Isabella Thompson created drawings to brighten up the streets.
Estacada's labyrinth was designed by Stephen Shibley, and Katinka Bryk and Bruce Whiting coordinated a group of volunteers to help with the painting.
Additionally, attendees of previous years' Summer Celebration festivities will recognize several other decorations downtown. Wally the Dog and Ella the Hen, two large paper-mache puppets created by Bradford, are hanging in the windows of Crescendo Dance Studio, 373 Broadway St. Fish and owls created by community members also can be found hanging from light poles around town.
Along with the art downtown, Estacada residents are encouraged to create chalk art in their neighborhoods. Once the drawings are complete, artists can upload photos to Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #EstacadaChalkWalk to help build a map of art around the community.
Those involved with decorating downtown appreciated the feedback they received while working on the project.
"It was rewarding to hear from folks who walked by that they will be missing the Summer Celebration this year — its music, art activities for kids, art show and silent art auction. It will be back next year, and the coordinators are looking for people interested in helping to plan it. Newcomers to the community will be warmly welcomed," said Jane Reid, Estacada Summer Celebration founder.
Concerts in the Park
Admission is free to this series of events sponsored by the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission. Each concert is 5-8 p.m. at Wade Creek Park, 747 N.W. Wade St.
Wednesday, July 21 — Rae Gordan
Wednesday, Aug. 4 — Dem Guys
Wednesday, Aug. 18 — The Casmir Effect
Wednesday, Sept. 1 — Kerry Stickler
Coloring contest winners
The winners of Estacada's "Dress the Logger" coloring contest were Lennox, Miller and Violet in the age 4 and younger category; Gari, Payton and Ocean in the age 5-8 category; and Jocelyn, Izabella and Scout in the 9-12 category. To see their drawings, visit cityofestacada.org.
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