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Estacada will be crawling with music lovers Friday and filled with art and music Saturday

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JULIUS KUZIEMSKI - Pictured on stage are a few of the many volunteers who spent so much time organizing all the facets of Estacadas annual extravaganzaÄöÑ the Summer Celebration.It’s that time of year again — time to get your creative juices flowing; time to create and appreciate art and music and history and culture.

It’s the time when the Estacada community throws a street party to honor artistic expression in many of its forms.

The Summer Celebration weekend is almost here.

Without the efforts of nearly 100 volunteers, however, this party, this expression of community, would not exist.

Jane Reid says there’s a core group of about two dozen volunteers who work for months to organize the event, scheduled for Friday night and all day Saturday, July 27-28.

But to make this event happen, another 75 volunteers must work in a wide variety of roles Friday and Saturday.

Those volunteers do not go away empty-handed, even though there is no paycheck for the work they do. Instead, they take away an intangible but meaningful benefit.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JULIUS KUZIEMSKI - Puppets such as this one can be seen in the middle of Broadway. They dont do anything; they are just there to add color and interest to the annual event.“Everyone’s reward is that this is so much fun to see downtown transformed into this magical place,” Reid said, “with colorful banners and people in the street having fun and dancing to this great music. People see our community in a new way.”

Reid has been working with the Summer Celebration for all 13 years of its existence, and she looks forward to this weekend every year when Broadway is closed and the town takes on a new look.

“This is an opportunity to see the town in a fun and new way,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to run into people you may not have seen for a long time and meet new people. It’s a time to dance.”

It’s a community reunion.

It’s a reunion surrounded by music, an art auction, hands-on art for the kids (and adults, too), a workshop on circus skills, totem-pole carving, music crawl, labyrinth, giant puppets in the street, pioneer crafts, juried art fair, quilt show and demonstrations (see separate story on Page 9), ArtBack painting a mural, food booth vendors and a farmers market not far from the main activity area.

All of this is available without admission charge.

“It’s important that the admission is free,” Reid said. “This is open to our whole community. That’s why we have a very eclectic music lineup. We want to bring in all kinds of folks to hear this music. We want to have experiences for kids who wouldn’t normally have these experiences in the arts.”

Among the experiences that Reid wants to expose kids to is the group called OrchEstraCada, a small community orchestra that mentors kids. During the Summer Celebration, orchestra members offer kids (in the back of Mossy Rock Gift Shop) what its members call an “instrument petting zoo.”

“OrchEstraCada members bring a whole range of instruments, and they let kids touch them and play them and just see what they are,” Reid said. “It’s an initial exposure for the kids, and it’s a wonderful thing.”

Reid knows there is a diverse population around Estacada, and that’s why there are so many divergent activities at the celebration. But all are related to art expression or the history and culture of this area.

She also knows that people can’t wait from one Summer Celebration to the next one a year in the future.

Kids, especially, build up an anticipation that is contagious.

“One little boy came to the circus skills workshop last year,” Reid said, “and he said, ‘I’ve been waiting all year for this.’

“We hear that a lot. This is a special day in Estacada.”