Next to Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Association’s National Night Out Picnic every August, the springtime Taste of Beaumont on April 13 is typically the largest gathering of neighbors, according to John Sandie, BWNA president. “Taste of Beaumont is an opportunity for many of our local restaurants and other culinary businesses to showcase a few of their wares for the neighborhood residents,” Sandie said.
Beaumont Middle School cafeteria, 4043 N.E. Fremont St., will be the venue. Cynthia Plank and her BMS band will provide short sessions of musical entertainment, adding to the festive evening. “The event is an opportunity to connect with old neighbors you may not have seen for a while or a chance to extend a warm welcome to Beaumont Wilshire new-comers, Sandie added.
The neighborhood association also uses the Taste of Beaumont as a backdrop for BWNA annual election of officers and board members. Sandie pointed out that anyone living within the boundaries of the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood, as recognized by Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, is eligible to vote on BWNA motions and proposals, as well as seek election to BWNA positions. As in many neighborhood associations, every year, half the at-large board positions and a couple of officer positions are elected or re-elected in addition to any open positions needing to be filled.