Woodstock hosts a day of celebration and giving
The atmosphere was decidedly festive on Sunday, September 9, as the fourth annual "Woodstock Gives Back" event and sale orchestrated by the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA) dominated the morning and midday, and the celebration of the Woodstock Community Center's 60th anniversary was an afternoon highlight on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.
Throughout the day, business was also brisk at the Woodstock Farmers Market, which served as the staging location for the "Woodstock Kids' Parade".
"We thought it would be a good way to kick off our Community Center's birthday – by holding a Kids' Parade along Woodstock Boulevard," remarked its coordinator Sage Jensen, current Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) Chair.
"Before we go marching, 'Dingo and Olive Root Beer' are gathering a crowd here at the Farmers Market with their funny songs and stunts," Jensen smiled. "Having this fun and kind of silly parade is our way to give back to the community!"
Along the boulevard, many colorful balloons marked the businesses participating in "Woodstock Gives Back" – each raising funds for its own chosen charity, while also offering sales and promotions for customers, and participating in a prize drawing involving collecting business cards from participating stores on a bracelet.
Helping folks at her sidewalk sale, participant Erin Beauchamp of Red Fox Vintage said, "It feels amazing to be able to do something for our community; our store is donating our proceeds to Planned Parenthood."
By mid-afternoon, a street party was underway at the Woodstock Community Center. Volunteers were serving birthday cake and ice cream; kids participated in crafts and games, and the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band was on hand to play.
"Having our Center turn 60 years old this year is a good reason to have a big party," grinned "Friends of Woodstock Community Center" Chair Dawn Haecker.
"And more than its longevity, we have another reason to celebrate – thanks to rallies, letter-writing, postcards, and calls to the Portland City Council during the last budget session, our Community Center is still open," Haecker said. "Hosting this party is another way to say 'thank you' to all of our community members who continue to support us."
Many people will remember the joy of the day, and a variety of worthy charities will have benefitted from patronage of Woodstock neighbors and visitors to the community again this year.