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Woodstocks other summer event returns in August

by: Woodstock Neighborhood Association, Last year, Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams was one of the celebrities acting as the target in the Oaks Bottom Lions Club dunk tank at the Woodstock Picnic. The dunk tank will be back this year, but the list of celebrity dunkees was not released to THE BEE.

Until this year, there was only one summer event in the Woodstock neighborhood; either the Woodstock Festival, or--as of last year--the new Woodstock Family Picnic. This year, the best of both worlds: Both events!

The WCBA-sponsored Woodstock Parade and Festival returned successfully on Saturday, July 15th, and now on Saturday, August 19th, the Woodstock Neighborhood Association offers its second annual 'Woodstock Family Picnic' in beautiful Woodstock Park.

Although it is a neighborhood-wide old-fashioned picnic, and you're encouraged to bring your own picnic basket, there will be local food vendors. And it's not only a food event: The afternoon, 11 am till 4 pm, will be filled with live music, and fun family games sponsored by local groups and businesses.

The live music will be all day, and in the shade! Starting out the day's music will be returning artists: Joan Smith (Woodstock's own Children's Librarian), with Barbara, Joe and Noah Adams, for a family sing-along fun. Next to perform, on the stage sponsored by the Southeast Portland Rotary Club, will be Extra Measure, a duo with fiddle and guitar. Later in the afternoon, a marimba band--Kamarimba--will get everyone dancing. Rounding out the day will be Dry County Crooks, who will take the stage and rock.

Various local restaurants will be on hand to sell delicious foods: Otto's Sausage Kitchen will cook up their famous hot dogs… First Cup will serve cold drinks and snacks… Island Creamery will be offering something cool and in a cone. Loaves and Fishes will be there as well. And of course, since it is a picnic, you're invited to bring a picnic basket of your own favorite foods.

The Oaks Bottom Lions Club's dunk-tank will be back, to test your aim. Watermelon seed spitting contests and potato sack races will keep you busy. The Oregon Humane Society will be on-site with adoptable animals. Puppet shows, martial arts demonstrations, crafts and other fun activities will be available. The WNA promises 'something for everyone to enjoy', and will be offering a neighborhood T-shirt to keep memories of the day alive all year.