Montavilla businesses host ‘Block Party’

Well-known for their very successful July Street Fair, discover why METBA held this new seasonal event …

Live music, games, and local businesses greet many outer East Portland neighbors to the Montavilla Spring Block Party.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Hosting successful public events has become a hallmark of the Montavilla East Tabor Business Association (METBA) and its members. The organization’s latest event was a Block Party, held on the afternoon of May 19.

For context, the largest and most successful one-day event in outer East Portland is now the Montavilla Street Fair, to be held again this year on July 29.

Musically entertaining are: On guitar, Montavilla Jazz Festival Director Neil Mattson, with Shao Way Woo on bass, sponsored by Montavilla Guitar Studio.

And, METBA has found success with other seasonal events, such as their Montavilla Holiday Locals Market held the on weekend after Thanksgiving – “Small Business Saturday”.

“Welcome to our Spring Block Party,” grinned METBA President Tina Granzo of City Beautiful Design.

Instead of holding monthly events, METBA Board Members decided on the approach of holding seasonal events, Granzo explained.

Having a daytime event is welcoming to families, says METBA President Tina Granzo.

“Our Events Committee came up with the idea for the Block Party,” Granzo told East Portland News. “We decided to close off a block, here in Downtown Montavilla, just north of SE Stark Street, to hold this family-friendly event during the day – encouraging our neighbors to come out and bring their kids!”

Enjoying his ride on a teeter totter is young neighbor Griffin Rogers.

The street was teeming with families laughing, playing, and relaxing. “It looks like a success,” Granzo said as she surveyed the event.

Indeed, a success!

Pitching for member/owners in the Montavilla Food Co-op at the street fair are its project manager Colby Clipston, and member/volunteer Monica Donnelly.

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