Wilsonville government throws party to say, 'thank you'
Unlike 2018, when the City of Wilsonville celebrated its 50th anniversary at the annual Community Block Party, there is no historic milestone to commemorate this year. Instead, for the City, the point of the 2019 iteration is solely to show gratitude.
"It's the City's way to thank our community and show them that we appreciate their input," City of Wilsonville Recreation Coordinator Erica Behler said.
The Wilsonville Community Block Party will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Town Center Park.
One of the highlights of the evening will be viewing local artist Naomi Haverland's chalk art installation, which will feature a 40-foot-tall bullfrog with an optical illusion that makes the frog seem especially large and the viewer particularly small.
"I know we have a number of art festivals in town and our community is one that appreciates art," Behler said. "I thought it would be something different and cool, and people are always looking for photo opportunities during the event (so) it will be a unique thing for people to remember the block party."
Also, country artist and former "American Idol" contestant Britnee Kellogg and her band will perform for the entirety of the event.
"It's easy listening, good for the family, and will probably be enjoyed by a wide range of people," Behler said.
Also, unlike last year when attendees purchased food from food carts, burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and other fare will be free this year and provided by Wilsonville Catering as long as supplies last.
Not to mention, the City will set up lawn games, a coloring wall, a photo booth and individual City departments are providing activities such as the building department's planter box, the Wilsonville transit department's children's train, and an engineering department activity where attendees build a large structure with spaghetti and other materials.
"You get 20 pieces of spaghetti, a yard of tape, string and a marshmallow and you have to build the tallest structure you can while successfully holding the marshmallow on top. It's pretty cool," Behler said.
Staff will be on hand to answer questions posed by the community.
Behler hopes the event will have a similar feel to that of the Rotary Club of Wilsonville's Summer Concert Series.
"We're hoping to get that vibe of people in lawn chairs and blankets and people hanging out," she said.
For more information, visit the City of Wilsonville's website at https://www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/.
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