Sunday, July 17, 2011
Singing in the Rain - The First Montavilla Street Fair
July...the middle of July, and one would think that Portland would finally be ensconced into summer. One would think that the middle of July would be a wonderful time to have the first Montavilla Street Fair, and that we would saunter down the streets, enjoying various food booths, savoring the visual arts of our local artists and craftspeople, and that we could mingle with our neighbors and listen to good music under sunny skies.
One would think so....but, this is Portland...and it rained. Hard. Yet in true Portland fashion, we enjoyed it anyway. We closed a couple of streets, set up the tents, wore our boots and slickers, pulled out our umbrellas...and had a great time.
Live music abounded (Stargazie is featured in the photo above, at the 79th Avenue stage)
Music here is provided by an assortment of artists, again at the 79th Avenue Stage (though the rain forced them to move into the space offered by Portland Garment Factory. If anyone knows the name of this group, please let me know.)
Dancing Earth Massage provided free 5-minute massages.
Face-painting for kids (and adults too, I suppose) was available.
Mayor Adams having a serious discussion with Gretchen, the Market manager.
The end result of the feather weave is really quite attractive, as these three lovely young women show.
"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!" We also had Shakespeare in the street. A troupe of actors from Milepost 5 presented a 15-minute dramatization from Romeo and Juliet. Here Juliet is in the garden, while Romeo watches from a distance.
"Oh swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon that monthly changes in her circled orb..." as Juliet speaks to Romeo.
Mia sports an ear piece fashioned by her daughter Lilith
METBA Board treasurer Beth Kluvers and Board Chair Dokken Ramsey (who owns Montavilla Wellness Center on SE Stark and 78th Avenue). Many thanks to them and all of the people who made this first Street Fair so much fun.
For more information about METBA and the Fair, here is a link: