After a pandemic hiatus, the famous Sellwood-Moreland 'Sundae in the Park' returned...but with a few changes

DAVID F. ASHTON - Folks were invited to step up to purchase ice cream sandwiches and soft drinks at this years Sundae in the Park on July 31st. The "Summerville!" weekend community celebration continued on July 31 in Sellwood Park — with a revival version of "Sundae in the Park".

Although sundaes weren't served, as they were during the four-decades-old annual Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) summer event which drew its name from the dessert, ice cream sandwiches and fruit pops were available for sale.

The afternoon of activities included a baby goat petting area, and a lineup of musical performers on stage.

"We are thrilled to be hosting Sundae in the Park — this is the first one that we've had since before the COVID-19 pandemic," remarked one of this year's organizers, Sellwood Community House Development Director Elizabeth Milner. "I think this is one of the most loved neighborhood celebrations in Sellwood and Westmoreland.

"This year, SMILE and the Sellwood Community House have teamed up to put this on together," she told THE BEE. "All proceeds from ice cream sales and donations go to fund Sellwood Community House scholarships for both our after-school and our preschool programs.

"We have had twenty groups — including businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations — set up kids' activities, and give out treats. It's been a really fun day," reflected Milner.

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