SMBA's 'Decemberville' ushers in Yule Season
A recent annual tradition in the Sellwood and Westmoreland business districts – "Decemberville" – has turned into more than a retail promotion. It's fun – and also a benefit for worthy organizations.
The December first day-long event, organized by the Sellwood-Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA) business association, returned this year with a free movie showing, various foods to try at merchants, a visit with Santa Claus, and more.
"More than 75 businesses provided over a hundred activities – including crafts, games, prizes, and sweet treats. And again this year, there was a free double-decker bus on which to ride around the neighborhood," said SMBA organizer Rachel Ginocchio.
Decemberville also raised money for four nonprofit organizations: Raphael House, Westmoreland's Willamette Shelter, the Children's Book Bank, and UNICEF.
After a show presented by the Portland Puppet Museum at SMILE Station, the entertainment continued with Cleveland High School's "ClevelanDAIRES" – who were leading an a-cappella carol sing-along for a happy crowd.
Throughout the large neighborhood, 35 volunteer elves were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly, Ginocchio smiled. "And our merchants say a big 'thank you' to our neighbors, who choose to shop locally!"