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1837 SE Harold Street, dairy farm, Westmoreland, Midway Annex, history, Portland, Oregon
This house at 1837 S.E. Harold Street, the oldest one in the Midway Annex at the north end of today’s Westmoreland, was constructed with a very unusual front porch roof. This photo was probably taken sometime around 1902, and two small boys are visible against the front picket fence. (Courtesy of Gene Scrutton)

Ghost of early dairy farm hovers over Harold Street in Westmoreland


The September issue of THE BEE included a story by this writer whose subject was historic dairy farms in the Sellwood and Willsburg areas. This is a follow-up article that traces the re-development of one of those farm properties, the Midway Dairy – and pinpoints the oldest house in the subdivision that replaced it.

It has been pointed out in previous historical articles in THE BEE that the SMILE neighborhood, whose boundaries are the Willamette River, Mitchell Street, McLoughlin Boulevard and Ochoco Street (plus Garthwick), contains many more subdivisions than just Sellwood and Westmoreland. 

Within the outlines of SMILE are at least 30 subdivisions (tracts) – whose owners, at varying times, decided to re-divide large pieces of land into primarily 50x100 foot building lots and offer them for sale.  It is a process that continues even today, in the 21st Century – as developers, at great expense, “replat” 50x100 lots into even smaller fractions.

If you have Internet service, and want to discover when these subdivisions were filed and by whom, go to the “Multnomah County Surveyor” website.  Click on “Survey & Assessor”, then – then Choose “Locate by address or intersection” and type in the street address.  You will see a map with a blue dot on it – this is the street address.  Click on the blue dot.  This will show you the county Tax Assessor’s legal description of that property.  This will start with a named subdivision (such as Midway Annex), then a Block number within that subdivision, followed by a lot number. 

If you want to view the subdivision’s history, go to “Surveys” in the upper left hand corner of the page.  Choose “Subdivision Plat By Name” (in this example, enter Midway Annex – type slowly, it will give you a list of subdivisions based on the first three letters that you type in).  Click on the subdivision name in that list.  You will see the name with a subdivision plat number above it (PL, then a series of numbers, underlined).  Click on that and the original subdivision will appear!

This process will either drive you mad, or you will be cruising through the various subdivisions in the neighborhood for hours (a good exercise for insomniacs). Once you see the outlines of the many subdivisions within the SMILE neighborhood, you will understand why our streets are not continuous.  Every time you have to make a turn to continue driving in a straight line, you’ve hit the edge of a subdivision whose owner did not want to, or could not, line up his or her streets with an earlier-platted one.

The Midway Dairy is only described as being on the “east side of Milwaukie [Rd.] south of Holgate.”  This area contains both the Midway subdivision (1882) and north of it, the Midway Annex subdivision (1902).  But even before the Midway subdivision was platted, the area was called Midway, because it was half-way between downtown Portland and the City of Milwaukie; Midway is about three miles from both.

The fields between Milwaukie Avenue and the railroad tracks to the east were sparsely settled before the turn of the 20th Century. It was dotted with small clusters of houses, a few commercial buildings, a school or church; but until the Milwaukie Avenue streetcar line opened in 1893, residents were scattered across the landscape.  A house, outhouse, barn, chicken coop, fenced pasture, orchard, and garden composed a familiar settlement pattern. 

As described in the September BEE, a “dairy” in this area would have been a fairly small operation, having perhaps as few as a dozen cows. With supplementary winter feeding of hay, each cow would require just under an acre of pasture for grazing.

Whatever its size, the Midway Dairy operated from the late 1880’s until approximately 1897.  The business owners were variously Ernest and Jacob Groce, Randolph Brown, and William C. Hill. For a brief period of time, a William J. Hill lived at the same address with William C. – presumably they were related; perhaps father and son. William J. Hill was not a dairyman, but employed as a lithographer, and later foreman, at a printing company.

The dairy operators probably only rented or leased the property, because in February, 1902, William J. Hill purchased the former dairy property – eight acres in size – from a woman named Lucea Mason, Watson Hubler and her husband Fred K. Hubler.  Lucea may have been originally from Portland, widowed from her first husband, Mr. Watson, and remarried to Mr. Hubler.  In any case, at the time of the sale, the Hublers lived in Baltimore, Maryland.  

William J.  Hill got a pretty good deal: The price of the whole eight acres was $800.00. Within a month, he and his wife Emeroy Hill registered a subdivision named Midway Annex.  Its boundaries were Milwaukie Avenue, to an alley just south of what is now Insley Street,  to an alley on the south side of Harold Street, to 20th Avenue.   It was north of the 1882 Midway Subdivision, contained four blocks and was surveyed into forty 50x100 foot lots.

When the property changed owners, it already had one house on it, the address of which is now 1837 S.E. Harold Street.  According to Multnomah County Tax Assessor’s records, the house went onto the tax rolls in 1900, the year it was probably constructed. The 1900 Portland census indicates that the Hills were living on the east side of Milwaukie Avenue, north of Insley Street.  Perhaps that was the house originally associated with the Midway Dairy; it is an address that no longer exists.

The Hills, both 27 years of age, had two sons, Dana, age six, and Harold, age one.  According to a 1907 Block Book (at the Oregon Historical Society Library), the house at 1837 S.E. Harold was still owned by William J. and Emeroy Hill, although they no longer lived in the neighborhood.

A quick check of the dates of construction of the older-looking houses within the Midway Annex boundaries indicates that the house at 1837 S.E. Harold is the oldest surviving structure in the subdivision.  Of course there could have been a house in the eight acres that was older than 1900, but if so, it has not survived.

According to a conversation some years ago with Gene Scrutton, the house at 1837 S.E. Harold was built by his great-great grandfather, John Rader, who emigrated from Austria. In addition to carpentry, Mr. Rader delivered slab wood (the curved outer wood from a log, as it went through a planing mill) with a horse-drawn wagon.  A surviving Scrutton family photograph, taken in the early 1900’s shows the original configuration of the house (shown at the top of this article).

With the exception of the front porch, which has been rebuilt, the house is very much as constructed in 1900. The most noticeable feature, long-gone, are the three small gable roofs (rooflets?) that surmounted the main porch roof. The primary purpose of a sloped roof in Western Oregon is to move rainwater off the roof of a structure.  This would have been accomplished by the primary porch roof (which appears to have no gutters), so the three smaller gable roofs might have served to baffle or slow the rain pouring off the main roof, but in a very unique manner!  If any readers have seen similar construction, please contact me through THE BEE.

The house at 1837 S.E. Harold had a number of tenants over the years, but was vacant in 1928  when it was offered for rent for the sum of $20.00 per month. In early 1930, the owner was Robert E. Wintersteen, who decided to build a tool house in the back yard.  According to notes made by a building inspector, Mr. Wintersteen also used the shed as a chicken house, but had not obtained approval of the neighbors. After a number of visits, the inspector finally was able to speak with the owner in July, 1930. He noted, “this man has five chickens but says he always had chickens here and that the all the neighbors have chickens.”  A month later, he noted, “Same conditions. What shall I do with this?” Finally, in April, 1932, the situation resolved itself: “Home vacant. No chickens.”

In the years after 1900, additional houses were built in Midway Annex. On the east side of 1837 S.E. Harold Street, is 1847 S.E. Harold, also built by Mr. Rader in 1902.  It is very similar in design, but features a pair of round-headed windows on the second floor, instead of the single one on the earlier house.

As no early photos of the 1902-built house have been located, we can only speculate about the design of the roof over the front porch.

By the 1970s the house at 1837 S.E. Harold was owned by a contractor, and had been for quite some time a rental; some previous tenant had painted the internal stairway purple, nailed strips of wood all over the kitchen walls, and papered the bathroom with adhesive shelving paper. When purchased by the current tenant in September of 1979, today’s editor of THE BEE, it was a “Moreland Fixer Upper” in which all the downstairs walls and the kitchen and bathroom floors had to be replaced. Much repair and upgrading has taken place since, and the stairway is no longer purple.

Holy Family Church, Oktoberfest, Eastmoreland, Cesar Chavez Blvd, Portland, Oregon, Otto's
As the musical trio “Pick It Up” was preparing to perform, they greeted Holy Family Catholic Parish Event Coordinator Liz Goodell. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Eastmoreland church hosts its second annual Oktoberfest


After hosting an “Eastmoreland-Woodstock Oktoberfest” for the second year, Holy Family Catholic Church believes this Germanic event is on its way to becoming an annual late-September tradition on S.E. Chavez Blvd (formerly 39th).

Throughout the afternoon of Monday, September 23, Holy Family was the site for this festival, with free admission, live music, and carnival games for the kids.

“And, it wouldn’t be an Oktoberfest without our German wieners, smoked pork links, chicken sausage – and fixings like sauerkraut, German potato salad, and a pretzel stick, said the event’s caterer, Gretchen Eichentopf of Otto’s Sausage Kitchen. “Being of German heritage, we love every part of Oktoberfest; and this being our parish, we’re glad to be here helping!”

Guests also found roving pretzel sellers; German-style beer, from Southeast Portland’s Zoiglhaus Brewery, in the biergarten; Pip’s Original Doughnuts; and Scoop Handmade Ice Cream for sale.

“We’re again hosting this, because it’s important for our Holy Family community to extend our love and our appreciation to the greater community that we serve,” event coordinator Liz Goodell told THE BEE.

But, Goodell demurred, she didn’t produce the event alone. “About 144 volunteers have helped us put on this great event; I definitely could not do without my help from our ‘volunteer army’, who are all here helping me out today.”

Salmon Celebration, Sunday Parkways, Westmoreland Park, Portland, Oregon
Allison Dobscha, from the National Wildlife Federation, discussed wildlife-friendly yard certification with Elizabeth Chamberlain. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Salmon Celebration’ at Westmoreland Park draws thousands


Thousands of visitors thronged to Westmoreland Park on Sunday, September 24th, to explore the fourth annual “Salmon Celebration” there. Many area streets were blocked off to accommodate bike riders who were part of the concurrent Sunday Parkways walk and ride, and with sunny weather, spectators arrived in droves.

The Salmon Celebration is a community gathering along the banks of Crystal Springs Creek in the popular park – to welcome the return of salmon to Portland coming up the Willamette River, turning at Johnson Creek, and turning again on Crystal Springs Creek. Inner Southeast provides the last undammed, unpiped salmon-bearing watershed in the city, terminating at the lake at Reed College.

The celebration in the park this year included a Native American blessing, a salmon bake demonstration – not cooking the very salmon returning to spawn! – plus games, crafts, and inter-tribal activities, to help educate people about this historically important food source.

Clifton Bruno and his Wasco Tribe family demonstrated how to prepare silver salmon for stretching and baking on sticks over an open fire. Free samples were given to visitors, along with information on preparing salmon-head soup and other Native American foods.

Bruno said, “This event was set up when Portland’s Native American Community Advisory Council suggested a salmon celebration at the park, which corresponded with the City's reopening of the renovated park, and of its new Nature Play area.”

Native American storyteller Ed Edmo, raised at Celilo Falls along the Columbia, recited origin tales, together with other storytellers and singers. Many of the tales include “the trickster, Coyote”, giving insight on how early area residents explained and made sense of what they found in their world.

The celebration involved many agencies and organizations, including Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, National Wildlife Federation, SMILE, the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, and the Crystal Springs Partnership, all of whom worked together to educate the public about stewardship of the Crystal Springs watershed to maintain a vibrant and healthy place for both people and wildlife.

Representatives of many Native American Tribes explained how early people gathered & prepared foods and demonstrated harvesting lampreys, weaving fish traps, and making bracelets to honor the salmon life cycle.

The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service was there too, displaying a salmon poster, and demonstrating salmon internal anatomy with a large cloth puppet.

Many visitors created salmon hats and artwork to honor this historic local resource, before the sunny afternoon in Westmoreland Park came to an end.

Dougy Center, grieving children, 52nd Avenue, piano, Carole, Creston-Kenilworth, Portland, Oregon
Dougy Center Director of Development and Communication Mallory Tyler, Group Coordinator Sat Kaur Ahalsa, and Program Director Alysha Lacey, together gather at “Carole the Piano”, being played by Pathways Assistant and Group Coordinator Mia Nyschens. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

‘Carole the Piano’ gets new home at The Dougy Center


The music room at The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Adults got the welcome addition of a new musical instrument in September. It arrived by a rather circuitous route.

Every summer, an organization called “Piano.Push.Play” works with local piano companies to “rescue” old pianos that are still in great shape – then rehabilitates and decorates them and drops them off on sidewalks around the city, so passers-by can enjoy the experience of making music.

“Carole the Piano” – named in honor of award-winning singer-songwriter Carole King – came to The Dougy Center after spending July at the Portland Art Museum, and August in Holladay Park. Now it has found its forever home at The Dougy Center, just in time to avoid damage as the autumn rains return to the streets of Portland.

“Carole”, a wildly colorful and unique piano, was designed by SERA Architects, and seems quite at home in the Center’s music room.

“Here at the Center, participants can express their grief in any number of creative ways – including a playroom, in theater, and dress-up – and having this music room is really great,” grinned The Dougy Center’s Director of Development and Communication, Mallory Tyler.

“In the music room, we have high-energy musical instruments, including drums, a xylophone, and other music makers. But, the one thing we didn’t have was a piano,” Tyler said. “We were a little hesitant about accepting a piano donation – until we saw a picture of it!”

The design and its colors – it says “Play Me!” above the keyboard – were a good fit for the center, Tyler told THE BEE. “We rearranged our music room, and we were able to get it to fit in here, and we’re really thrilled about it. And more importantly, the kids are really excited about it, too.”

Not long after the vagabond piano arrived, someone was heard playing Beethoven’s “Fleur de Lis” on it – and staff members knew that it will continue to be a welcome addition to their program.

Find out more about The Dougy Center, situated in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, by going online –

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Woodstock, Southeast, Portland, Oregon
Ending the service celebrating 100 years of holding Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows in Woodstock, Father Ron Millican offered the final blessing of the service. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Woodstock’s ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ celebrates 100 years


Every seat in the pews of Woodstock’s Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church was filled, and it was standing room only, on Sunday morning, September 17, as the venerated church celebrated a century of serving the community.

The service, complete with choral musical numbers, brought tears to the eyes of many long-time parishioners, as did the celebratory luncheon held after the morning Mass.

“Today we are here to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Mass held in the church of Our Lady Of Sorrows,” said the church’s lead pastor, Father Ron Millican. “The actual church was dedicated in 1918, but the first Mass was actually held in December of 1917; we wanted to celebrate it today, because this is also the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows, our patroness.”

Afterward, Millican spoke with THE BEE on his way into the gymnasium, already set up for a celebratory luncheon banquet. “Just seeing all these wonderful people here today is great,” he said. “So many people who have come today have a history here, and have expressed how they have been blessed by Our Lady of Sorrows.

“Seeing the joy, the happiness that this place is brought to a lot of people warms the heart! Their faith helps them in moments of sorrow, and helps them celebrate in times of joy – and Jesus Christ is the foundation of the whole church,” Millican explained. “Our Lady of Sorrows stood by him at the cross, and was faithful to the end, and to that we’re dedicated here.”

One of the celebrants, Helen (Buckhorn) Jones, said she was born in Woodstock in 1933 and was baptized at the church. “It’s amazing how many churches have disappeared here; we had so many churches along Woodstock Boulevard, of all religions and denominations.

“I also went to school here; out of our class of eleven students, there were four boys and seven girls that graduated – four of us girls are still alive,” said Jones, who added that she still lives about four blocks away from the church.

After blessing the food at the special lunch, Fr. Millican opened the buffet line, and an afternoon of celebrating, remembering, and dining was underway.

Apple Festival, Shu Ren, Woodstock Elementary School, Portland, Oregon
Scott Farestrand, at right, co-organizer of the 2017 Woodstock Apple Festival, chatted with volunteers at the cider-press station during this year’s Woodstock Elementary School fundraiser. (Photo by Rita A. Leonard)

‘Woodstock Apple Festival’ on October 1st a success


Apples are a traditional symbol for autumn – and for school! The fruit was celebrated at the third annual Woodstock Apple Festival, in the parking lot behind Woodstock’s Chase Bank on Sunday, October first – held concurrently with the adjacent Woodstock Farmers Market behind the KeyBank – with the apple event benefitting the Shu-Ren Chinese Immersion Program at Woodstock Elementary School.

Apple Festival organizers Scott Farestrand and Kelli George, parents of children enrolled in the program, were pleased with the turnout. “Funds are slated for school supplies, scholarships, and the eighth grade trip to China,” revealed Farestrand. “Although there’s intermittent rain today, we seem to be doing all right this year. These first three festivals have been a learning experience.

“We’re selling seven different varieties of apple that come straight from a farm in Hood River. The fresh cider we’re selling here is being made with help of students.”

Seven classrooms participated, as well as vendor booths selling honey, raffle tickets, books, and other items. An apple-red Bouncy Castle in the corner of the parking lot did a brisk business entertaining active children as parents shopped.

Woodstock School seventh graders sold caramel apples with a variety of toppings, while first graders offered a beanbag toss event. Other classes manned snack and popcorn ball concessions, and helped sell bags of apples from large wooden crates.

The cider-making tent drew much interest, fascinating onlookers with the old-fashioned process. An efficient system of cutting apples, pressing them with a heavy screw system, then straining, bottling, and selling the resultant cider, displayed farm-to-market organization. Visitors told THE BEE it was fun to observe the process first-hand, and even have a turn at the wooden press.

Some acknowledged logistic problems at last year’s Apple Festival were resolved and did not repeat this year, and organizers are looking forward to an even bigger and better Apple Festival fundraiser next year.

Cleveland High School, plays, Crimes of Passion, Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon
Gathering after forgetting the birthday of Lenny (played by Sarah Jones), sisters Babe (Oz Johnson-Congleton) and Meg (Ally Schade) reveal their “Crimes of Passion” to one another, as they browse through an old family photo album. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Three plays in production by Cleveland High thespians


Students involved in Cleveland High School’s (CHS) “Company of Warriors” theater program have not one, but three plays in production, simultaneously – all opening in late October and November.

That’s what CHS Theater Instructor Tom Beckett told THE BEE in his role as Executive Producer, watching two of the plays being rehearsed in mid-October.

“I’m not directing any of them; all three productions are being directed by students who demonstrated that they had solid projects,” Beckett said. “My vision here is to give kids the tools to produce their own works.”

Seven of last year’s seniors went on to higher education theater programs, Beckett remarked with pride; one of them received a “full ride” scholarship to Lewis and Clark College.

"Blood Wedding" opens October 27
On the CHS Main Stage, student actors were rehearsing scenes from a show called “Blood Wedding”, directed by senior Amelia Hillery.

“The play is a tragedy, focusing on a woman and the two men who love her,” Hillery said, “and examine societal norms that keep her from being with the man she truly loves.

“When I was a sophomore, this was one of the plays we studied,” Hillery recalled. “Now, in my senior year, it hadn’t yet been presented, and I wanted this opportunity for people to see it.” 

“Blood Wedding” plays on the CHS Main Stage on the evenings of November 27 and 28, and again on November 3 and November 4. Tickets available at the door: $10 Adults, $8 for Seniors and Students.

"Crimes of the Heart" starts November 10
Student actors and their technical crew will mount a production of “Crimes of the Heart” off campus, in the Shoe Box Theater, in November.

The tragicomedy relates the story of the three sisters who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home, where they share stories about being raised in a dysfunctional family – one with a proclivity for thorny dilemmas – said one of the co-directors, McKenzie Potter-Moen.

“We chose this play because the connections between the family members really stood out to us,” remarked co-director Ella DeVito. “You really see sisters bonding together, and the strong family dynamics in this play.”

“Crimes of the Heart” plays on the evenings of November 10, 11, and 12 at the Shoe Box Theater in the Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood, at 2110 S.E. 10th Avenue. Tickets are $10, available at the door.

Also in November: “God of Carnage”
Not rehearsing on the day THE BEE visited, but playing in November, is the play, “God of Carnage”.

“It is about two sets of parents, one whose child has hurt the other’s child at a public park, and who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner – but it descends in into another ‘playground fight’,” Becket explained.

Co-directed by Julia Rehmann and Eelana Kertzner, “God of Carnage” plays in the CHS Black Box Theater on the evenings of November 17 and 18 – $10 Adults; $8 Students and Seniors, available at the door.

Franklin High School, drama, Hamlet, festival, downtown Portland, Oregon
Comparing scenes in their upcoming production of “Hamlet”, in which they both portray Ophelia, are FHS student actors Lucy Walker and Natalie Perkins. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

Franklin High actors take ‘Hamlet’ to downtown festival


The already-strong Franklin High School (FHS) Theater Department program is getting a boost from the upgraded school’s new performing facilities this year.

“Our students are really excited and really happy that they now have a complete full-size stage, and they are overjoyed with the modern equipment that equips it,” said FHS Theater Instructor Josh Forsyth, as he gave THE BEE a tour of their new Main Theater.

“Our previous performing spaces were built before much of modern theatrical technology was invented; we now have the full range of lighting systems, sound gear and a full-height ‘fly’ loft on the Main Stage. We also now have an additional, small ‘Studio Theater’ for more intimate performances, which provides spaces with full theatrical capabilities.”

Forsythe added that he, himself, is enjoying learning the use of the new technical equipment, alongside the students in his Theater Tech classes.

While showing off the new theaters, the guest director, Jake Merriman from Portland Playhouse, was working with student actors. Now in his sixth year working with Quaker thespians, Merriman was helping them prepare for their first presentation in their new facility – as well as the citywide Shakespeare Festival downtown.

“This year, we’re performing William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ during the festival,” Forsythe grinned. “Because were in a brand-new theater, we wanted to do a well-known Shakespearean play, and ‘Hamlet” is one of the Bard’s most popular works!”

When the play premieres on the evening of November 3, audiences will be treated to a production mounted by 75 students – with a cast of 40 actors and a technical crew of 35.

“After our run here at Franklin, our show will play as part of the ‘Fall Festival of Shakespeare’, held at the Porland5 Centers for the Arts,” Forsythe said.

“Hamlet” debuts at 7:00 p.m. on November 3. The run continues on the evenings of November 4 and 5, and again on November 10 and 11. There’s a special matinee performance on November 5th at 2:00 p.m. The tickets are available online at the Franklin High website, and also at the door; $10 for Adults, and $5 for Students/Seniors.

Dahlia Show, international, Oaks Park, British judge, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Lexa Cookson and Portland Dahlia Society president Larry Smith are here shown judging dahlias at the Oaks Park show. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

British dahlia maven among the judges at Oaks Park show


Dahlia enthusiasts from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the southern part of British Columbia made their way to historic Oaks Amusement Park at the end of August for the annual Pacific Northwest Regional Dahlia Show.

“The ‘romance of dahlias’ is that they are ‘gifts that keep on giving’ – once they start blooming, you’ll have continual blooms for as long as you keep them picked and dead-headed,” smiled Portland Dahlia Society President Larry Smith, as he judged flowers during the show.

“And, the color, the variety, and the diversity of dahlias is just amazing and astounding!” Smith added with enthusiasm.

In addition to the show’s judges from around the region, Smith introduced THE BEE to the Royal British Dahlia Society’s Archivist David Brown, a renowned dahlia expert.

“I think the selection here at the show is marvelous, especially considering that has been a difficult growing season. I think anyone, from anywhere around the world, would be pleased to see what’s here on display at this show,” remarked Brown, while considering which was the very best bloom – to be awarded a [British] National Dahlia Society Silver Medallion.

As the judges wrapped up their work, the doors of the show at Oaks Park were thrown open to the public – all of whom admired the individually-shown blooms, in groups of three or five, and in arrangements.

Moon Festival, Mid Autumn Festival, Woodstock Branch Library, Woodstock neighborhood, Portland, Oregon
Guests go for refreshments during the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Woodstock Branch Library – such as Moon Cakes and almond cookies.

‘Mid-Autumn Festival’ thrives at Woodstock Library


The Chinese festival called Zhongqiujie [“jong-chyoh-jyeah”] – the Mid-Autumn Festival – is actually usually celebrated in late summer or early autumn. And that was the case at the Woodstock Branch Library on Saturday, September 30.

Mid-Autumn was first celebrated as a festival during the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC), which is credited with starting this festival. It’s also called the Moon Festival, in the belief that worshipping the moon and eating together around a table brings good luck and happiness.

“Here today, we’re celebrating the Moon Festival with stories, music, and three different craft activities,” announced Patience Liu, of the Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors – a nationwide nonprofit group sponsored by Overseas Community Affairs Commission of Taiwan.

About a dozen students helped guests make “moon cakes”, served prepared cakes, and made crafts such as Bunny Cup Lanterns, Bunny Book Marks, and Bunny Gift Containers.

Why rabbits?

“The bunny rabbit is important, because in Chinese legend, Yùtù (literally the “Jade Rabbit”), lives in the moon, and accompanies the moon goddess, Chang'e. Because the harvest moon is the visual symbol of the festival, we eat food that is a round shape. Foods like the ‘moon cake’ and oranges symbolize completeness and harmony,” Liu patiently explained.

“Holding this festival helps the children living here, with Chinese-influenced heritages, to learn about the customs of their ancestors,” Liu observed. “And, we enjoy sharing our culture with people here, from all backgrounds because helping people share their traditions promotes good will.”

After renowned musician Bi Hai gave a concert playing his guzheng (Chinese zither), along with Harry Kong playing his dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), guests circulated around the Woodstock Branch Library enjoying snacks and making crafts.

“I’m happy to see so many coming out for our celebration today,” smiled Liu, as the annual Moon Festival was well underway.

Sunday Parkways, Salmon Celebration, Sellwood Park, wheel of fortune, Sellwood, Portland, Oregon
Sera Lou Richardson of New Seasons Market in Sellwood holds the “wheel of fortune” as a Sunday Parkways visitor gets ready to spin the wheel and win a prize. (Photo by David F. Ashton)

For the third year, ‘Sunday Parkways’ rolls into Sellwood


Neighborhood streets were barricaded for five hours on Sunday, September 24, to provide cycling and walking without disruption by motorized vehicles during the final Portland Sunday Parkways Sunday in 2017.

This year’s cross-border route, similar to last year, took participants through the City of Milwaukie and the Sellwood area – along the new S.E. 17th Avenue bike path from Garthwick south, and on the Springwater Corridor Trail, as well as on city streets.

Much of the promotion for the event featured four major activity areas in and around the City of Milwaukie, but also highlighted the annual Salmon Celebration held in Westmoreland Park on the same weekend (see separate article).

“It’s so much fun to be able to ride around, without having to deal with stinky cars and trucks on the street,” grinned Woodstock resident Aerial Schrieffer.

A street fair was set up on S.E. 7th Avenue alongside Sellwood Park, replete with food vendors, local businesses, and representatives of local governmental bureaus and nonprofit agencies. There were big crowds for the Parkways in Sellwood this year.

With pleasant fall-like weather, families clearly enjoyed the Sunday outing.

Southeast Events and Activities
Poetry Reading this evening at Sellwood Library:
Three Portland poets – John Brehm, Andrea Hollander and Sellwood’s own Paulann Petersen – will give a reading from “The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy”, edited by Brehm. This anthology’s masterful but accessible poems “offer all that one might hope for in spiritual companionship – wisdom, compassion, peacefulness, good humor, and the ability to both absorb and express the deepest human emotions of grief and joy.” Free, but space is limited, so come a bit early; it’s from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Free concert at Reed College this evening:
At 7:30 p.m. this evening, in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus, the Reed Orchestra presents a program entitled “Unanswered Questions”. The program includes Purcell's “Dido’s Lament”, Ives’ “The Unanswered Question”, and Schubert's “Symphony #8 (‘Unfinished’)”. The concert is free and open to the public.  Kaul Auditorium is located on the west side of campus, bordering the quad; it can be most easily accessed from the west parking lot.

At OMSI – “ILLUSION; Nothing Is As It Seems”:
Open starting today for visitors to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a mind-bending experience with more than 40 installations prepared by the Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, that deceive the senses – showing that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality of what our eyes observe or our ears hear. OMSI is on S.E. Water Street, on the east bank of the Willamette River, under the Marquam Bridge, and just north of the Ross Island Bridge. For admission and times, visit –

“Thanksgiving Market and Craft Fair” in Woodstock:
 The nonprofit Woodstock Farmers Market holds its pre-Thanksgiving encore today, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on the KeyBank parking lot at 46 th and Woodstock Boulevard. Included is a Craft Fair. “Stock up on fresh food for your Thanksgiving table and explore hand-crafted Holiday gifts for friends and family.” Life music, free kids’ activities, and free hot coffee.

Portland Baroque Orch. Concert at Reed College: This afternoon at 3 p.m., in Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College Campus, the Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a program entitled “Music from Dublin Castle”. Starring Peter Whelan, the program includes “Overtures: l’Olimpiade, RV 725 and Griselda, RV 718 Double Bassoon concerto (arranged) in G Minor, RV 531” by Vivaldi, and Francesco Geminiani's “Concerto Grosso, La Follia (after Corelli Op. 5 No. 12)”. Open to the public, and tickets can be obtained online – Kaul Auditorium is located on the west side of campus, bordering the Quad. It can be most easily accessed from the west parking lot.

Today and tomorrow, ride the Holiday Express train:
For the 12th year, the historic Holiday Express steam train, with Santa aboard, starts its four weekends of rides from the Oaks Park Station north past Oaks Bottom up to the Rail Heritage Center and OMSI, and then returning back to the Oaks Park Station. The rides continue tomorrow, and then the following three weekends: December 2-3, 9-19, and 16-17. Adult tickets $17 to 20.50, kids’ tickets $10.50 to $14. It’s a fundraiser for the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, to help maintain the Rail Heritage Center and Portland’s three magnificent railroad steam engines. Tickets available from TicketsWest at – – or charge by phone at 1-800/325-7328. For photos, details, ticket prices and availability of seats, go online to –

“Scrooge - The Musical” on stage in Sellwood: The nonprofit Sellwood Players present “Scrooge: The Musical”, in its 11th season at the Sellwood Playhouse – at 901 S.E. Spokane Street. The play runs for three consecutive weekends beginning this evening, with the final show being on December 10. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30, with a matinee on Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10; get yours soon, since they are expected to sell out. To reserve tickets call 503/490-5957.

Benefit concert in Westmoreland tonight:
Pianist Michael Allen Harrison appears in concert with Julianne Johnson at 5 p.m. late this afternoon at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard. Tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit the Franciscan Spiritual Center.

Red Cross Blood Drive in Westmoreland:
The latest visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile at Moreland Presbyterian Church – 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard – is this afternoon, 2-7 p.m. With all the disasters recently, your blood donation is needed more than ever. Walk-ins accepted as space permits, but advance reservations are suggested. To reserve, call tollfree 1-800/733-2767, or go online – – and use sponsor code MorelandPresbyterian.

Michael Allen Harrison Benefit Concert:
Once again, Michael Allen Harrison, with special guest Julianne Johnson, will be performing for the 16th year in a row at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Avenue, off Division Street. This year, the concert is TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 28, at 7 p.m. Entrance to the church is on Tamarack, fully accessible, with plenty of free parking behind. The Altar Society, which benefits from the annual concert, will host a reception featuring traditional homemade cookies. Tickets are $25 for preferred seating, $15 regular admission. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call the office 503/231-4955. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“Friends of Moreland Woods” meeting:
The nonprofit community group “Friends of Moreland Woods” is holding a public meeting at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th at Tenino, tonight at 6:00p.m. The purpose is to explore options for acquisition of the wooded area between Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Mausoleum and Llewellyn Elementary School on S.E. 14th for community and park use. Open to all.

Duniway Holiday Home Tour today:
Six graciously decorated neighborhood homes will be on display in today’s 39th Annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour and Boutique – with the morning tour session 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and the evening tour being 6-9 p.m. The hours of the Holiday Boutique at Duniway Elementary School, whose PTA benefits from this charity event, are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tour begins at Duniway School, 7700 S.E. Reed College Place in Eastmoreland, where attendees can pick up their tour booklet – which allows them to enjoy the tour at their leisure in whatever order suits their fancy. Tickets are $35 – available at the school, online at, and at select local businesses.

Trinity’s Christmas Bazaar and Soup Luncheon:
Today’s the day for the annual Bazaar and Soup Luncheon at Trinity United Methodist Church in Woodstock, at Chavez Blvd (39th) and Steele – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade cookies and bars for the Holidays, needlework and quilted items, treasures from Grandma’s Attic, and various local vendors. Open to all. The soups offered are chicken noodle and a vegetarian soup. For more information, e-mail –  

Lewis Elementary School Holiday Bazaar & Tree Sale: The annual Lewis Elementary Bazaar takes place today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school – 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street in Woodstock. All sorts of things in the Bazaar, and you can pick up your Christmas Tree too while you are there! In addition to the shopping, there will be kids’ crafts, swag, live entertainment by Renegade Rose, the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band, and the School of Rock House Band. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win Park-Hopper passes to Disneyland!

Making the Most of Social Security: The Sellwood Branch Library presents an hour this afternoon, 2-3 p.m., examining Social Security, key to the retirement plans of most Americans. Learn about recent changes, future prospects, and strategies that could help you build a more comfortable retirement. Free, but pre-registration required; register in the library or by calling 503/988-5123. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

First Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland:
Moreland Presbyterian Church decorates the Chrismons Tree as part of the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service; at 3 p.m. this afternoon, the church also hosts an Advent Wreath-Making Event. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

“Winter Serenade: Music for the Long Night” at Reed: At 3 p.m. this afternoon in Kaul Auditorium, located on the west side of the Reed College campus near the Quad, join the Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum on a journey through a long winter's eve. The free program, open to the public, features music that explores themes of solstice, advent, and darkness, and depicts the stillness and cold of night. The musical journey begins with twilight, in Joseph Rheinberger's masterpiece Abendleid, after which we reflect the insecurity and fear inherent in darkness through Ola Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul. Finally, we end in a celebration of the return of the dawn light in an arrangement of Dolly Parton's 1970s hit “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”. The concert also features music by Fauré, Sheppard, Barber, Saint-Saëns, Purcell, Holst, Allegri, Poulenc, and Tavener.

“Sing Along Messiah” at Reedwood Friends Church: The annual “Sing Along Messiah” gathering, open to all, starts at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus. Sing or listen to selected portions of Handel’s “Messiah” with piano accompaniment. Bring your own, or scores will be available at the church. Light refreshments served after the concert. Donations will provide food for the homeless.

At Sacred Heart in Brooklyn -- Quiet Joy:
This evening at 7:30, “Quiet Joy, An Advent Service” is an evening of music, readings, and quiet reflection for people of all faiths and spiritualities. The Community of Sacred Heart Parish and the Sacred Heart Choir, under the direction of Marie Phillippi, invite you for an evening of music, prayer, and reflection. “Take some time with others in our community to reflect and be refreshed before beginning the busy Holiday season.” The service is at Sacred Heart Church, 3926 S.E. 11th in the Brooklyn neighborhood. No admission charge. Fellowship after the service at Sacred Heart Villa. For more information, call the Parish Office at 503/231-9636.

Reed College Winter Dance Concert tonight and tomorrow night:
The Reed College Dance Department presents the 2017 Winter Dance Concert, featuring choreography by students and faculty, this evening and tomorrow evening, at 7 p.m. It’s at the Greenwood Theatre, located on the north end of the Reed College west parking lot on S.E. 28th, (across from the Rhododendron Garden). Tickets are $3–$7, available online at – – or at the door.

Second Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland:
The Worship Service at Moreland Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. includes the annual Children’s Pageant. Open to all. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

“The Lighting of the Giants” (Sequoias): A nonprofit organization called “Save The Giants”, created to help save three giant Sequoia trees on S.E. Martins Street in Eastmoreland, continues to celebrate the trees each year in December with a “lighting” ceremony, to which anyone interested is invited. This year, it is this afternoon, 3:30 to 6 p.m. There will be live music, free hot chocolate, plus T-Shirts, Hats, Pint Glasses, and more on sale to support the fund for the prospective “Save The Giants Park”. The location is 3656 S.E. Martins Street (1 block from Reed College). For more information, go online –

Wooden Train Playtime for youngsters, in Woodstock:
Children ages 2 and up (with a favorite adult) who enjoy trains can put together and run wooden trains in the Woodstock Branch Library this morning, 10 until 10:45 a.m. This fun-filled program connects junior train fans with creative and imaginative play activities. Free. The library is on the corner of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 49th Street.

“December’s Tale” – Reed College annual seasonal offering: Tonight at 7:30 p.m., with “December’s Tale”, John Vergin brings new stories and songs to his annual offering. Through prose, poetry, and song, memories both humorous and poignant are evoked, to weave a winter tapestry. It takes place in Eliot Hall Chapel, in the center of the Reed College campus, and nearest the east parking lot. No ticket presale; tickets are $5 to $10 at the door.

“A Christmas Carol” in Ballet, from Sellwood’s school of ballet:
Classical Ballet Academy presents Christmas programs each December on stage at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, open to the public. This evening at 8 p.m. is this year’s only performance of a spectacular dance adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal story “A Christmas Carol”. This high-energy show is based on the original Broadway musical, and showcases dancers from the Sellwood School’s Pre-Professional Contemporary, Modern and Jazz Program. Tickets are sold through the PSU box office: 503/725-3307. $25 for adults 18+, $19 for 65+ as well as ages 10-17; $14 for ages 2-9.

Children’s Scandinavian Dance Performance:
This morning at the Woodstock Branch Library – families, come see a special performance by “Leikarringen of Portland”. The children in this performing group offer a variety of dances from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Free. 11 a.m. until noon today at the Woodstock Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.

Today and tomorrow, “The Nutcracker” in ballet: Classical Ballet Academy in Sellwood offers its annual Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker”, following Clara and her beloved nutcracker on a magical Christmas Eve journey. Suitable for all ages. Presented downtown, featuring many Southeast Portland students, at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University. Shows today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and again tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are sold through the PSU box office: 503/725-3307. $25 for adults 18+, $19 for 65+ as well as ages 10-17; $14 for ages 2-9.

Third Sunday of Advent in Westmoreland:
As part of the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service, the church choir presents “Gloria” by K. Lee Scott. Followed by a Wassail Party at 10:30 a.m. Everyone invited. 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard.

Eclectic Band Concert at Reedwood Friends Church: At 7 p.m. tonight, you are invited to be in the Worship Center of Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 S.E. Steele Street, just north of the Reed College Campus – for an Eclectic Christmas Band Concert, bringing a diverse mix of musical styles to Christmas music, from jazz to pop, bluegrass to blues. Eclectic Christmas, entering its fourth season of concerts, helps create space and community during the Christmas season. Featuring Nathanael Ankeny, Nate Macy, Aaron Pruitt, Nolan Staples, Melissa Thomas, and Frank Verhoorn. Eclectic Christmas is helps you get into the Christmas spirit. Bring friends!

Sellwood Library helps teens make their own Franken-animal:
Here’s something just a little different for the Holidays – create your very own Franken-animal or creature, by hacking apart stuffed animals and reclaimed materials, then putting it all back together using needle, thread, and hot glue. For the final touch, add in animatronics, to make it one of a kind. Free, for teens in grades 6-12, this afternoon 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.

Pageturners Book Group for adults at Sellwood Library:
Read “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan” by Jenny Nordberg; then come to the Sellwood Branch Library this evening 6:30-8 p.m. to engage in stimulating conversation about books with other adults, and get to know your neighbors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free, but space is limited, so come early. The library is on the corner of S.E. 13th and Bidwell Street.

Christmas Eve in Westmoreland:
Three events on the calendar today at Moreland Presbyterian Church – at 9:30 a.m., an informal Advent Worship; at 4 p.m., Intergenerational Family Worship; and at 11 p.m., Candlelight Worship. Open to all.

Woodstock puppet show features “The Snowflake Man”:
Puppetkabob’s “The Snowflake Man” swings family audiences into historic 1920 through creative storytelling, intricately designed Czech-style marionettes, and a striking pop-up book of watercolor scenery. Come chill this winter, and learn about American inventor W.A. “Snowflake” Bentley, pioneer of “snowflake photography”. This award-winning show combines art, science, and a little-known piece of American history, to magical effect! Free. It’s 11-11:45 a.m. this morning, in the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 49th Street.

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