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No real Rose Festival this year? For one local nonprofit, no problem -- they've got a Rose Fete!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here making cotton candy, its a Sellwood Community House Counselor in Training - as well as a Sellwood Middle School student - Maya Bamford!The Sellwood Community House – the former "Sellwood Community Center", until that was closed permanently by Portland Parks and Recreation – was reopened and is now quite a success, under the neighborhood nonprofit formed for the purpose. THE BEE has kept you updated on its ongoing achievements in serving the greater Inner Southeast Portland Community. One innovation has been the summertime "Thursday Markets" held this year, outside at its building, at S.E. 15th Avenue and Spokane Street. The market held on Thursday afternoon, June 24, was an expanded special event, previewed in the pages of this newspaper by Eileen Fitzsimons.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Coming from just down the street to the Sellwood Community House Rose Fête, and petting Caesar, the No Drama Llama, is Northwest Academy student Teagan Rork.The Community House's Director, Erin Fryer, told THE BEE that day: "We call this our 'Rose Fête', in honor of the tradition of the Portland Rose Festival." Of course, most of the actual Portland Rose Festival did not happen for this second year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although few roses were seen at this Fête, the theme was floral, Fryer pointed out. "For example, many of our vendors have brought their floral-themed wares to share."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Clive Currin had his face painted by Sellwood Community House volunteer artist Vikki DeGaa.Musically performing were the Pride of Portland Chorus, and later, Dust & Thirst. "The Henrik Maneuver" magically entertained; while the Sellwood Flower Company offered a floral crown and wand making station. Volunteers performed rose-themed face painting, and "Caesar, the No-Drama Llama" wore a rose lei during his announced visit.

"This is another way the Sellwood Community House provides ways for the community to connect in an enjoyable way," Fryer beamed. See a brief BEE video showing the fun and entertainment offered that day, right here: youtu.be/QUTmn7iSZYQ


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