Willamette’s Summer Market 2020 (Part One)

Willamette Summer Market


Hi and welcome to another episode of Around The Neighborhood with me, Scott McMahon.  This is the show about the quest for fun, history, and mystery in our backyard.


And today we’re in Historic Willamette here in West Linn.  As you can see main street is still under construction and it looks like the first phase of the opening won’t happen until July.  Then they’ll have another opening, when they plant the trees in October, or something like that.


Speaking of main street, I didn’t know that there was a nationwide organization over at mainstreet.org whose belief is that everyone deserves a vibrant neighborhood that preserves the character and promotes the local businesses.


Historic Willamette is just that.  We have the Clackamas County Historical Society which focuses on the whole county, and we have the West Linn Historical Society that focuses on all of West Linn, but did you know that we have another organization that focuses on just this street.  The Historic Willamette Main Street.  And here’s the crazy thing, they’re operated all separately.


The Historic Willamette Main Street focuses on four points of interest, Design, Economic Vitality, Organization and Promotions.


It’s made up of volunteers who run the committees to cover those four points.  Part of the promotions focus is to put together the Summer Market.  In past years the Summer Market took place every Wednesday along Main Street.  But as you can see, this doesn’t seem feasible this year.


On top of that, we are in the middle of this historic pandemic which, at the time of this recording, the county has approved the first phase of reopening.


Let’s take a quick look at how this year’s Summer Market will be different.


The Summer Market is scheduled to run every Wednesday from 3:30pm-7:30pm, starting June 3rd, 2020 and ends August 26th, 2020.


The owners of The Willamette Ale & Cider House have opened up the back part of their property to house this year’s Summer Market.  Speaking of the Willamette Ale & Cider House, I did a whole episode on this historic building in a past episode, which I’ll leave a link in the description in case you’re interested in watching that one.


Anyway, as we walk along the back part of 14th Street.  You can see that the Willamette Ale & Cider House have started their phase one reopening to allow patrons to sit outside.  So, as we turn onto 8th Ave, this is where the food cart vendors will be located, and then when you walk around the corner here this will be the entrance into the market.


It will be a one-way direction and they’ll only be letting a limited number of people through at any given time.  Vendors will be lined up along this back patio area of the Ale & Cider House.  And yes, the vendors will be wearing masks and gloves, and actually have various Social Distancing Officers in place to ensure safety for everyone involved.  There will be hand washing stations in place.


Masks are highly encouraged.  Some other neighborhood markets in town have tried opening up, but they were just free-for-alls, with very little order in place.  The Historic Willamette committee is doing their best to implement safer protocols.


Because the market runs for several weeks, the plans and layout may change as they see what works and what doesn’t.  I’m just giving you the initial plan.  But I bet most of you are wondering about parking?  Well, if we continue down 8th, there will be public parking in the Les Schwab parking lot.


Of course you’ll have to weigh the risks which you are comfortable with, but if you think you’re able to support the local businesses and the community, you may want to give a go.  You know, if you get down here and it looks too nutty for you, you can always leave and try later the following weeks.


Anyway, we can all commend our local businesses for trying to do what they can do to keep moving forward, and if you think you can help and participate in a safe manner, then come check out the Summer Market on Wednesday from 3:30-7:30pm.


Since the show is sponsored by my real estate services, all my contact information is in the description in case you had any question about buying or selling a home, especially here in this neighborhood.  But in the meantime if you wanted to check out other episodes about this area, just head on over to Around The Neighborhood (dot) TV.  With that said, I’ll be sure to leave the links to all the organizations I mentioned in this video.  Thanks for watching and I’ll see you around the neighborhood.



Historic Willamette: http://historicwillamette.com

West Linn Historical Society: http://westlinnhistory.org/

Willamette Ale & Cider House: http://www.aleandcider.com/

Clackamas County Historical Society: http://clackamashistory.org/



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