Division Midway ‘Prosperity Initiative’ readies for annual festival

Find out what’s been happening with the Division Midway Alliance, and learn more about their event coming up this Sunday

At their September Business Mixer, Division Midway Alliance District Director Lori Boisen visits with Key Bank hosts Brandy Alford, Alex Newby, and Kelly Erickson.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Members of the Division Midway Alliance (DMA) for Community Improvement Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative got together for evening “mixers” at various locations, including at the SE Division Street Key Bank location, on September 3.

“This is a way for us to build a sense of community among our business owners,” said DMA District Director Lori Boisen.

“We don’t have an agenda; we sit around and share our business woes and triumphs,” Boisen told East Portland News. “We get to know one another, so we get to better know local business resources.”

After self-introductions, members and guests of the DMA through conversation know each other better at the after-hours event held at Key Bank in the Centennial neighborhood.

Hostess of the October 1 DMA mixer is Rachel Fei of Rachael’s Bar and Grill – who visits with Lori Boisen, and with Annmarie King-Tarr DC of King Chiropractic.

At the October mixer, held at Rachael’s Bar and Grill on SE Division Street, in the Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhood, Boisen talked up their upcoming event.

Midway Harvest Festival returning October 12
“We’re really looking forward to our second annual Midway Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 12; festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.,” Boisen informed. “Last year’s Festival was such a success, we are bringing it back this year.”

The Midway Harvest Festival will again feature local bands and entertainers, as well as great food, retail and community vendors, Boisen explained. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to win prizes at the Midway games featured at the festival. A fun Kids’ Area will host activities specifically for children.

Cha-Cha the Clown entertained at the 2013 Midway Fall Festival – look for her again this year! East Portland News archive photo

“Our goal this year is to have 30% participation from our district businesses,” Boisen said. “So, we’re working toward our goal of bringing businesses and community together.”

On Sunday, October 12, look for the Midway Fall Festival in the parking lots shared by Duke’s Country Bar and Grill and Key Bank, at SE 147th and Division Streets.

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