Midway area doctor hosts Bluegrass music fest

Find out why a local chiropractor again held a party for neighbors in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood …

Behind the Day Chiropractic clinic, folks gather for an afternoon of food and Bluegrass music.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

The songs, sung in four-part harmony in the Bluegrass/Americana style, emanated from the corner of SE 122nd Avenue and Bush Street on Thursday afternoon, July 27, as once again, Day Chiropractic hosted its summer social festivity.

“It’s true; we’re celebrating our 31st year of practice,” smiled the genial host, Dr. David Andrew Day DC.

Sheldon Penner of Chris Cakes Northwest, who typically caters breakfast events, cooked the pulled pork he’s serving to Dr. Day at his celebration.

Day said he left the family home in Stanwood, Washington, north of Seattle, to attend Western States Chiropractic College (now the University of Western States) located in the Russell neighborhood, and then decided to set up his practice here in outer East Portland.

“We purchased this property and have been practicing here since 1977,” Day told East Portland News.

“We thought the Midway Neighborhood Business District would be a good place to have our have a practice, and we’ve loved it; it’s been the perfect location for us,” Day commented.

The band, Coyote Hill Bluegrass, entertains at the event.

At the afternoon celebration, several Bluegrass music groups played, including Coyote Hill Bluegrass from Vinita, Oklahoma, which is currently on tour in the Pacific Northwest; and Farley, Powell and Day, a trio in which the doctor himself performs.

Asked why he put on such a celebration – offering guests pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, and ice cream sundaes – Day replied, “In our practice, we want people to be healthy, and be fully alive, and engaged in the world.

“Our chiropractic strategy is about enhancing people’s lives, in addition to helping their back pain go away,” Day added. “We want people to have greater joy in their lives; and one of my greatest other joys is sharing Bluegrass music with folks.”

Day Chiropractic’s marketing and social media producer Cynthia Cannon scoops ice cream for another guest.

In all, about 300 guests came to the celebration throughout the afternoon.

“Look at all these people having a good time!” Day enthused. “This is just fantastic!”

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