Parkrose teen performs at Mt. Scott Park music fest

If you didn’t make it to this community fair and music festival a couple of weeks ago, see what you missed, right here …

Alex Hall, a Parkrose High sophomore and “PDX Teen Idol” finalist, performs at a summertime music festival and community fair held at Mt. Scott Park.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A new event this summer was a festival featuring family activities focusing on the arts and entertainment at Mt. Scott Park.

We came to see Parkrose High School’s Alex Hall, a “PDX Teen Idol” finalist, perform as part of the day-long show a few weeks ago.

“I’ve had a lot of fun performing this summer with the Teen Idol finalists,” Hall told us. The already-accomplished vocalist is a sophomore this year, and will continue her musical education as a member of the school’s Treble Choir and A-Cappella Choir.

Scotty Fairchild, the garden steward at Leach Botanical Garden, offers advice, tells people about gardening, and sells plants at the event.

Elizabeth Phan, Christina Armstrong, and Julia Karell share information about the Multnomah County Library system – specifically, Holgate Library – with visitors to the event.

The event showcased neighborhood diversity and featured social-service resources available to residents in the Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington, and Foster-Powell neighborhoods.

Many of Portland’s city bureaus were represented, as were local businesses and fraternal organizations. Wrapping up the day was a concert by the Oregon Symphony.

These musicians – from the new “Six-String Central School of Music” opening in the former Day Music building of SE Foster Boulevard – played and sang the blues convincingly. Surprisingly, they are all between 13 and 16 years of age!

A wide variety of community and commercial exhibitors provided information for folks coming to the park.

“I hope they do this again next year,” said John Wilkins. “The park is the perfect place for this kind of event.”

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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