Street fair showcases all that Hawthorne Blvd. offers

What fun folks had, as this neighborhood business district held a block-long party! Come along, and enjoy it with us …

On many side streets along the Hawthorne District, booths promote civic involvement, and provide merchants the opportunity to sell their wares.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Although it was blazing hot on August 15, lots of folks came out to peruse one of the better-known business districts – SE Hawthorne Boulevard.

“Hawthorne Street Fair is more popular than ever,” commented the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association’s President, Karin Edwards. “People have wonderful nostalgic feelings about our area.”

Budding artists Andres Sanchez and Jessamyn West-Barker draw on their talents.

Willa Stewart learns how to use Circus Magic Sticks from Circus Cascadia’s Jeff Garritano.

The event is good for both merchants and neighbors, opined Edwards. “It gives people the chance to look at Hawthorne Boulevard with fresh eyes. It generates good feelings that last all year long.”

Edwards said they counted more visitors than last year – even with record heat that day. The event, that included kids’ activities, bands and lots of street sales, ran smoothly she noted.

Stirnkorb of the store 8 Women sets out a colorful display in front of their shop.

Lots and lots of shopping – both in stores and at sidewalk sales – are a big draw for this event.

“We started planning in December and had good crew of seven main volunteers, plus our staff from The Support Group. And, our shopkeepers sponsored and ran exhibits near their stores.”

Lorna Miller entertains with songs and stories as she presents “Little Kids Jamboree”.

We didn’t get her name before she went into the drink – but this intrepid Rivermark Community Credit Union coworker had the coolest duty of the day – taking a dunkin’ for the cause.

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