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A Woodstock church throws a party for the neighborhood -- and brings along a petting zoo and a band

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the All Saints Episcopal Church public fair in Woodstock, Elias Sehorn stepped up to feed a baby goat at the petting zoo. Drivers traveling S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and passing All Saints Episcopal Church, on Sunday, September 12, may have been surprised to see an outdoor party going on in the middle of the day.

"We're calling our celebration today 'All Saints Thanks You!'" explained the church's Rector, Andria Skornik. "It's a community celebration; a 'homecoming', where we can thank our neighborhood for being so supportive during the pandemic, and helping us start the Woodstock Pantry. We are also appreciating today those who have helped us provide hot meals and hot showers for people who need them."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Providing a live soundtrack for the gathering, and encouraging young and old to dance to the music, was the band Micah and Me. The organizers hatched the idea, "to take advantage, while we still have nice weather for a nice large outdoor event, so we could do this safely," Skornik told THE BEE. "So, we have a petting zoo today, with the sweetest little baby goats; a slushy lemonade machine, ice cream and popsicles, and a food truck with items for sale – all to be enjoyed while a family dance band, 'Micah and Me', entertains.

"The best thing about this is that people are getting to connect, or reconnect, with their neighbors, and enjoy life together," observed Skornik. "Also, it's a time when we can celebrate that we have made it through the pandemic in this difficult time – so far."

For more about All Saints Episcopal Church and its activities, go online – www.allsaintspdx.org


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