Day-long celebration marks Parkrose Schools’ Centennial

From morning to night, see some of the many ways folks commemorated ‘100 Years of Parkrose Education’ …

Hundreds of families come to Rossi Farms – to enjoy a Pancake Breakfast with all the trimmings.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The day following the 2013 Parkrose Tailgate Party, September 7, was set aside to mark the centennial of organized education in Parkrose.

“We are calling the event ‘100 Years of Parkrose Education’,” said Parkrose School District Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Fischer Gray.

“From a pancake breakfast at Rossi Farms in the morning, to a parade, concerts, an outdoor movie, and a dance at the Russellville Grange at night – it’s a time when we’re all celebrating this landmark in our schools’ history.”

100 Years of Parkrose Education
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Amelia Salvador gets ready to flip pancakes onto a plate held by Joe Rossi. Eight Parkrose Lions Club members help pour custom-mixed batter, cook sausages, trim the plates with syrup and fresh fruit, and serve guests.

Nathan Coronado (also seen on our Front Page) digs into his strawberry-and-blueberry-topped pancakes.

The Grand Parade assembles at Prescott Elementary School.

Led by the Parkrose High School Marching Band, the parade steps off, headed toward Senn’s Dairy Park.

Kathleen McDade says her daughter, Shelby, insisted on dressing up for the parade.

Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame musical artist – and Parkrose’s guitarist extraordinaire – Terry Robb, is one of several performers to play during the day-long concert.

The Parkrose Farmers Market is open throughout the celebration, in the Parkrose High parking lot.

As the sun lowers in the afternoon sky, the NoPo Big Band entertains at Rossi Farms, located across from Parkrose High, in outer East Portland.

Parkrose Lions Club member and Rossi Movie Night volunteer Mark Gardner works the grill, cooking up hot dogs.

It wouldn’t be a Rossi Farms Event if the Turkey Creek Players didn’t show up to entertain the crowd with wranglin’ – and a bit of fightin’!

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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