Music, crafts, food and beer weren’t the only things available in the Whiteaker neighborhood today as its residents welcomed those from the rest of Eugene and the surrounding areas with open arms to kick off the 5th Annual Whiteaker Block Party. The normally quiet streets were crawling with people and live musical acts as individuals took in this unique bastion of Eugene culture. Here are a few frames from today:

Marv Ellis points to the crowd while performing on the Ninkasi Stage at the 5th annual Whiteaker Block Party. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Kim Cunningham chats with longtime friend Duke Cantrelle in front of his house. Cantrelle, who has lived in the Whiteaker area for 30 years now, loves the atmosphere the block party brings. "Buddah says life was meant to be enjoyed," said Cantrelle. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Cecily Crawford takes a break from the crowd during Marv Ellis's set near the Ninkasi Stage at the Whiteaker Block Party on August 6, 2011. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Joshua Chappele (left) and David "Bam Bam" Baker pass the time in between customers at the Whiteaker Block Party on August 6. Despite not making that many sales, Chappele and Baker were upbeat. "I'd rather be out here drinking beer and hanging out (than inside)," said Chappele. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Nina Persin, 6, of Eugene enjoys water being sprayed into the street at the 5th annual Whiteaker Block Party. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Girin Guha, of the Girin Guha Experience, belts out a cover of a Spice Girls song on the G-Spot Stage during the Whiteaker Block Party. The block party featured several small live music venues around the Whiteaker neighborhood in addition to the four designated block party stages. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Grandma and Grandpa Woodstock have been stuck in Eugene for "a couple weeks," ever since their bus broke down in Iowa City, IA on the way to Rainbow Gathering in Washington. The couple, originally from Woodstock, NY, biked over 1,000 miles since their breakdown and are waiting for replacement parts in Eugene. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Jesse Gaines holds Jude, one of his three sons, on his shoulders for a better view during the 5th annual Whiteaker Block Party. "It's a fabulous way to spend a summer night," said Gaines. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Claire Tateoka holds 25-year Whiteaker neighborhood resident, Sydney Macaw during the Whiteaker Block Party on August 6. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Roger Roy, who suffers from mild Parkinsons Disease, smokes a cigarette next to the G-Spot Stage. Roy lived in the Whiteaker ten years prior and commeded the block party on its pleasant atmosphere. "No one's in conflict here," said Roy. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Eugene artist Lester Maurer paints a watercolor depicting a scene from the 5th Annual Whiteaker Block Party. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Pyschadelic funk-rock band, Volifonix, plays a set on the Ninkasi Stage at the 5th annual Whiteaker Block Party on August 6, 2011. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Erik Rhay works on his creation near the Ninkasi Stage during local hip-hop artist, Marv Ellis's set. Rhay wanted to show people the various ways in which music can be interpreted. "Different outlets for the same energy," said Rhay, of his work. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Revo Godwin, of Nocture Screenprinting, makes custom t-shirts to sell on the street during the 5th annual Whiteaker Block Party on August 6, 2011. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Robin Rice (left) and University senior Sara Kunz (right) dance with illuminated hula hoops as a crowd formed around them near the Ninkasi Stage at the Whiteaker Block Party. (Aaron Marineau/Oregon Daily Emerald)


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