Community Open House




CMC's Community Open House Highlights Historic Past

On Saturday afternoon, August 11, CMC celebrations the 100th Birthday of our building, the venerable Francis Street Firehouse.  Free and fun events include:

  • try your hand at playing an instrument or two
  • enjoy live muisc circa 1912
  • view archival photos and memorabilia
  • watch to a presentation about the building's history by author/historian Don Nelson
  • take a guided tour of the building
  • have some refreshments, including birthday cake!
  • climb on a real fire truck or rock wall
  • meet Portland Fire Co. #25

In addition, you can

  • shop for an instrument - including used violins, cellos, and pianos (details soon)
  • find bargains and vintage titles in our sheet music sale
  • buy a commemorative t-shirt

Join the party!

Build in 1912 for Portland Fire Co. No. 25 as for horse-drawn firefighting equipment, the Francis Street Firehouse was renovated in 1969 as the site for Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Music Center, which continues programs there to this day.

If you would like to volunteer on the day (or before), please contact the Director


1:00   Live Music: Lisa Zweben, violin, Collin Oldham, cello, Margaret Murer, piano.

           Rock Climbing Wall*
           Refreshments - courtesy Fred Meyer & Trader Joe's
           Instrument Petting Zoo*
           Sheet Music Sale*
           Instrument Sale*
           Memorabilia on Display*
                *events continue through the afternoon

2:00  Mike Abbate, PP&R Director 
          Lieutenants Rich Chapman & Bob Bedgood of Portland Fire Engine Co. 25

2:05  History of Francis Street Firehouse CMC by Don Nelson, local author/historian

3:00  Guided tour of CMC (tent.)
           Live Music: Zita Jefferson, piano, Connie Pazienza, voice

The event is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Wintz Family Foundation, plus donations from individuals and volunteers.

For more information, call 503-823-3177 or visit

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