Salem artist Jude Stevens took part in Englewood Forest Festival last year thinking it might be fun, and a great way to met neighbors. In fact, it was much more.

“The festival brought together like-minded community members and truly represented community in all that it offered. I was able to connect with people and start new relationships as a direct result of this event,” she wrote in this year’s application.

Stevens, who gives discarded furniture and other items new life, will be among the artists, musicians and civic and environmental organizations found at the second annual Englewood Forest Festival, held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Englewood Park at 1260 19th St. NE.

One of the biggest draws is the setting. Englewood Park is the city’s oldest park, and is blanketed with more than 200 white oaks, Douglas fir, and other trees.

Among the trees will be an array of free family-friendly activities, including art & environmental workshops, music, dance, food booths and lots of booths featuring local artists, cottage industries and community resources.

Festival founder Lynn Takata said the event came into fruition as a way to share the beautiful park with others, and for people to learn to protect trees and promote environmental stewardship.

Building on the success of the inaugural festival, a core group of neighbors have worked for months to plan this year’s event.

EFF Young at Art– Two artists paint at the Young at Art booth during the 2017 Englewood Forest Festival. This year’s festival, held Aug. 11, will feature a wide assortment of art, music, and family-friendly nature and other activities. (Photo credit by Lynn Takata).

Some new features include the following:

  • Nature education walks by Straub Environmental Center, and recycling education by Garten Services.
  • Plein air painting: A Paint the Town activity by Artists in Action. Participants can bring their own supplies and paint within the park.
  • A second performance area with open times for members of the public to share their poetry, dance and unamplified music.
  • Recycled wood furniture by Sparrow Furniture, a social business opening soon on Broadway which provides jobs and training to refugees from the Congo, Somalia, Syria and other countries.
  • Information on native and invasive plants at the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District, plus education about Salem’s new Clean Streams Initiative.

More than 60 vendors will be featured this year, including some who are inspired to create by Salem and living in the Englewood neighborhood. Lauren Cooney and Matthew Erdmans are two local art teachers and artists who create together.

They love experimenting and lately have been focusing on making art that can be used, such as cards, mugs, coasters, stickers, ornaments and T-shirts.

Young sisters Emily and Elizabeth Irvin of Salem are learning how to run a business and will be showing and selling the crafts they make.

Throughout the day, live music and dance will fill the park from numerous groups, including the Gail Gage Jazz Band, ENLACE traditional Mexican music and Guelaguetza folkorico, Clair Dietz, Elvicious Cash, Aasha Tribal Belly dance, Garry Mezier and Johanna Broh, and Sarah Alvarez’s Premiere Academy of Performing Arts.

In workshops children and adults will be able to paint the forest on canvas with Young at Art, make clay name plaques with the Willamette Art Center, paint pollinator rocks and make leaf prints with local artists.

Community, school and environmental groups, plus food trucks and other local businesses will also be on hand.

Parking is available on streets surrounding the park, and at Englewood United Methodist church on 17th Street NE and Nebraska Street NE, two blocks from the park. Parking is also available at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene in the lot east of 16th Street NE.

Limited ADA parking spots will be available behind Englewood Elementary School, at 20th Street NE and Nebraska Street NE.

For more details about the Englewood Forest Festival go HERE

Photo at top: EFF Native Plant Society – Children plant native flower seeds with the Native Plant Society during the 2017 Englewood Forest Festival. This year’s festival will feature art, nature activities and more on Aug. 11 at Englewood Park in Northeast Salem. (Photo credit by Lynn Takata).