by: Eric Norberg, McMenamin's Jesters, marching in the Woodstock parade in 2004

The Woodstock Festival and parade, discontinued after the 2004 event, have been revived by apparent community demand--due primarily to the ceaseless efforts by a new Board member of the Woodstock Community Business Association (WCBA), Cristy Landers of Transformations Salon on Woodstock Boulevard.

On July 15th, the summer festival celebrated for over ten years returns to the Boulevard with gusto. The theme selected for 2006 is 'Flower Power,' focusing on alternative power, nature, and the environment. Local businesses plan to decorate their storefronts with flowers to celebrate the vitality and spirit of the Woodstock community.

The Parade starts a little earlier than in the past, at 11 am, and is honored to feature prominent Woodstock resident Mayor Tom Potter as its Grand Marshall. Automobile enthusiasts will be delighted to see Mayor Potter cruise down the Boulevard in the style and comfort of a vintage car, courtesy of Memory Lane Motors on Holgate Boulevard. The parade will also feature a mix of music from dixieland to bagpipes, and a healthy swirl of didgeridoo. Classic cars, stilt walkers, and PGE's Electric Car will keep things lively and moving.

After the Parade, the Festival will serve up entertainment from four stages. At noon, Stage One located at Hollywood Video will present live music from Even in Paradise, Kansas City Rhythm Kings, Love Pyle, and more. 'The Real Mother Goose' will entertain at Stage Two located in front of the Island Creamery, next to Safeway. Adam the Great and Cosmo the Balloon Artist will entertain on StageThree next to Mickey Finn's. Stage Four, at Papaccino's, will present live music and BBQ.

Woodstock Boulevard on this festive Saturday will offer up plenty of other activities, including sidewalk sales by local businesses and artisans, craft booths, pony rides, an inflated bounce room, kids'craft making, outdoor bowling, Reptile Man, temporary tattoos and hair painting, fortune tellers, arts and crafts, great food, chair massage, wandering musicians, classic car show, trash girls fashion show, OMSI Education, and more. The WCBA committee organizing the event urge residents to support the festival by purchasing stylish T-shirts especially designed for the 2006 festival, available at several of the participating Woodstock merchants.

It is Portland's distinct neighborhood mix that makes the City at once unique and desirable, they say, and on July 15th, it's Woodstock's time to shine!

It should also be noted that the Woodstock Neighborhood Association's new event, begun last year to replace the festival, the Woodstock Neighborhood Picnic, will follow this year on August 19th, 11 till 5, in Woodstock Park on S.E. Steele Street, just north of Woodstock Elementary School. Both these events will keep summer fun this year in Woodstock.

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