It seems like the folks at the Sellwood Community House (SCH) are always coming up with innovative ways to serve the community.
Their most recent inspiration is called late-afternoon "Thursday Markets"; and the now-weekly outdoor events kicked off on April 15, greeted with summer-like weather, as neighbors visited vendors and with one another.
"The idea for the Thursday Markets originated with our Community Relations Director, Erin Fryer – and Kate Bolton, owner of Silver Julep – as a way to support local small food and craft vendors and local musicians, and create a family-friendly COVID-safe experience every week for the community," explained Program Manager Elizabeth Milner.
The SCH leadership team spent a month coordinating with local vendors, businesses, the SMILE neighborhood association, and the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance (SMBA), to get it going. Volunteers reached out to musicians interested in performing.
"Kate has connected us with several food vendors who are excited about attending the markets, and has secured the necessary permits to be able to serve limited beer and wine at the markets," Milner told THE BEE. "Tom Dwyer Automotive and SMILE are sponsoring entertainers for the first month of the markets; Heiberg Garbage is donating extra garbage cans, and additional weekly garbage pickup – and our volunteer crew will be on-hand to ensure we meet State guidelines for capacity and COVID-19 safety enforcement."
Visitors can expect to see about ten craft vendors each week, plus one or two food vendors. Shoppers will find local vendors offering everything from jewelry to French caramel sauce, from Waldorf-inspired kids' toys to handcrafted clothing, and from candles to hand-made soaps, for example.
"The mission of Sellwood Community House is to be a place where people from all walks of life can learn, play, gather, and connect," Milner remarked. "These Thursday Markets will create a one-stop experience for neighbors and friends to grab a bite and a drink, listen to live music, let their kids play safely, shop locally, and learn about the many classes and programs for all ages that SCH has to offer.
"And, by the way, the Thursday Markets are also a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting involved with SCH to volunteer!" Milner added with a smile.
The Sellwood Community House Thursday Markets are from 4 until 7 p.m. each week, and they're scheduled to continue through July. The location is S.E. 15th and Spokane Street in Sellwood.
For more information, go online – www.sellwoodcommunityhouse.org
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