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The second annual Portland Picnic seems already to be firmly established as a tradition

DAVID F. ASHTON - Pausing for a BEE photo were the Portland Picnics organizers, Emily and Travis Motter. From all over the greater Portland area, people streamed in to the southern section of Westmoreland Park on Saturday, September 8, to enjoy the second annual "Portland Picnic".

While it may already be is Portland's largest outdoor wine festival, from its beginnings last year, its organizers created it to be a totally family-friendly event.

Under a 75-foot tent in the center of the festival, 100 wines from around the world were selected for the tastings by the Picnic's planners, Travis and Emily Motter, of the Portland Bottle Shop in Sellwood.

But, in addition to the live music, kids' activities, local food vendors, and the wine tastings, it was planned to help promote a good cause, Emily Motter told THE BEE.

"In addition to the store, I also work with a great organization called 'Ride Connection', a private nonprofit that provides free 'scheduled transportation' for older adults, and for people with disabilities, as well as for low-income individuals and general public.

"We were looking for a big way to promote Ride Connection – and, with our great connections through our bottle shop business, and decided to put on a wine-tasting event, where families would want to come spend a few hours, or come for the whole day," Mottter smiled.

"And, it really was very important to us that our festival be family-friendly; we have two little kids ourselves, and we wanted to make it something we'd enjoy attending with our family."

In addition, the organizers also offered space to many community organizations and businesses. "Our presenting sponsor, TriMet, loved the idea of its being less than a half mile away from two MAX Light Rail's Orange Line stations – at Bybee Boulevard and Tacoma Street," Motter remarked.

"It's really exciting and gratifying to see the people want to come and support this community event, as well as spend time with neighbors and friends – and make new friends at the same time!" Soon, she and Travis were on the run, helping vendors and greeting neighbors well into the evening. To learn more about the benefitting nonprofit, Ride Connection, go online – www.rideconnection.org

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