The Loyal Order of Moose was unable to sell fireworks this year, so they held a big neighborhood party instead

DAVID F. ASHTON - Neighbors enjoyed a fun and leisurely afternoon at the first-ever Portland Moose Lodge #291 block party at S.E. 52nd and Flavel Street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. For the first time, Brentwood-Darlington neighbors were treated to a block party on July 4, presented by Portland Moose Lodge #291 at S.E. 52nd and Flavel.

Throughout the afternoon, there was live music, arts and crafts, games, and a free barbeque for the community.

"Until the City of Portland passed an ordinance banning fireworks, every year before that, the lodge has had a fireworks sale as a fundraiser for the lodge," reminded lodge member, and one of the event organizers, Dunja Marcum. "But now, with 'Vibe of Portland' offering arts camps through the Lodge, those rental fees help to make up the loss of income from the firework sales.

"We applied for, and received, a grant from Moose International to put on this block party, because the Moose organization is about 'building community'," she explained. "These days, after people have been living such separated lives due to the pandemic, it's really important for people to reconnect — and what better way to do that than with a block party!"

Hearing the Pete Petersen Quartet performing pop standards and jazz favorites caused many who were just driving by with their windows down to stop, stay, and enjoy the party.

"When people come together, they become more invested in the community," observed Marcum. "We're just giving back to our community for all the support they've given us over the years."

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