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The lazy, crazy days of Summer Celebration

Crowds listened to music, did crafts, scarfed down treats and walked a labyrinth under cool skies threatening rain on Saturday, July 25, at Estacada’s annual Summer Celebration.

“This is fabulous,” said writer M.J. Cody, a former Estacada resident who came back to town for the event. “It is so much fun seeing old friends and everyone happy and having a good time, especially all the little kids.”

Kids crowded around the many free art tents, crafting everything from fish prints to bead art to clay creations.

Brennan Wheaton, 10, and his little brother Corren, 4, were earnestly busy at the clay tent, creating all manner of masterpieces. Brennan was scheduled to perform later in the day as a member of OrchEstraCada. “I’m a good maker,” Corren declared to a reporter.

Several blocks away, some grown-up good makers, the artists of Artback, were restoring the 1995 mural “Early Trains of Estacada.” Artback, an Estacada artists’s cooperative, applies a mural on the side of an Estacada building every year on the fourth Saturday in July. In fact the Summer Celebration grew up around the annual mural painting.

This year Artback decided to restore one of the older murals which was showing its age. John Freese, the original mural artist, led the restoration.

By mid-afternoon, the threat of rain became a reality for Summer Celebration as a soft shower started to fall.

The rain didn’t bother those gathered to see the magnificent quilts on display at the Skip-A-Week Quilt Club’s quilt show, which is always a key part of the Summer Celebration. Although it is at the Baptist Church on the hill above downtown, it was a beehive of activity.

Dozens of stunning quilts were on display, quilt products were for sale and quilters were demonstrating their art.

Many of the quilts were by Yolanda Lins, this year’s featured quilter. She had traditional quilts, but also spiced things up with several quirky designs. One, a tribute to Elvis, featured his likeness and was called “King of Rock and Roll.” Another quilter created a dramatic blanket called “Dia de Muertos” or Day of the Dead, themed to the Mexican holiday.

Whether folks were admiring the quilts, watching the Circus Cascadia clown show, making art or just taking a stroll it was indeed a Summer Celebration.