The now-regular neighborhood promotion 'Decemberville' is fast becoming a tradition

DAVID F. ASHTON - A popular feature of Decemberville this year, and an easy way to tour the entire Sellwood-Westmoreland business districts, was a free double-decker bus. This year's "Decemberville" promotion held on December 2, by the newly-renamed Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance, turned out to be a fun-filled community event for many area families.

"About 100 business activities and offerings were offered throughout the Sellwood and Westmoreland business districts," said the event's organizer, Rachel Ginocchio of Rumpus Events.

SMILE Station in Sellwood was a major center of activity, with a choir concert, and a puppet show put on by the Portland Puppet Museum, as well as crafts all day long.

And, if looking in shops, participating in activities, and riding the double-decker bus around the area, made shoppers hungry, fifteen restaurants provided lunch specials.

"This sure is fun, especially getting the Christmas light necklaces," smiled Joshua Mason, after he and his parents received thsee colorful novelties from a trio of Cleveland High School students in Westmoreland.

With so many people decked out with multihued flashing neckwear around the area, it's clear that "Decemberville" put a lot of folks in the Holiday spirit, while supporting local merchants.

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