Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

March 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music & Band | Comments Off on Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

[caption id="attachment_9065" align="alignright" width="300"] Image by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Daniele Keating Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Past President Pete Wall selected Oktoberfest to receive the 2018 President’s Award for its tremendous community accomplishments and charitable contributions. Inaugurated in 2014, the President’s Award recognizes ...

Mount Angel Abbey: Chamber salutes 137 years of Distinguished Service

March 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Mount Angel Abbey: Chamber salutes 137 years of Distinguished Service

[caption id="attachment_9054" align="alignleft" width="300"] Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, above right, conducted the church service at last year’s Saint Benedict Festival. Nearly 1,000 people visited the Abbey in early July for an afternoon of prayer, music and a buffet picnic lunch with ...

Comfort food: Chef Raul Santana

February 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Comfort food: Chef Raul Santana

[caption id="attachment_9000" align="alignleft" width="168"] Raul Santana opened Magnolia Grill in Mount Angel in December. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Raul Santana first found work in the berry fields after migrating to the U.S. in 2000. The 16-year-old, brought by an uncle, taught ...

Volksfest: New name, fresh look

February 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Volksfest: New name, fresh look

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="alignright" width="210"] Photo by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Volksfest – or a festival of the people in German – is an apt name for the annual wintertime sausage-themed extravaganza that takes place in Mount Angel. “There’s a plethora of entertainment ...

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

January 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier will give the keynote address following a community potluck in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King Day at the Silverton Grange on Monday, Jan. 21. Co-sponsored by Silverton People For Peace and the Silverton Grange, the event is ...

A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

[caption id="attachment_8811" align="alignleft" width="300"] Heather Desmarteau-Fast and Courtney Fast, owners of the Coffee Station and Stamen and Pistil with the vintage Santa from the old 76 Station. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] A piece of Christmas past is coming home to downtown Silverton in ...

Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

Grab your passport inside this edition of Our Town and get ready to Shop Hop for a chance to win more than $1,000 in gift certificates. The Silverton and Mt. Angel chambers of commerce are banding together, expanding this year’s ...

Jazzercise benefits SACA

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Jazzercise benefits SACA

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 29th Thanksgiving benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid this year. Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. all fitness levels are invited to join in an hour-long aerobic and muscle toning session at the Silverton Community Center, 421 ...

Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

[caption id="attachment_8776" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dan with Silver Falls Bread Company[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Sometimes ‘feeding your neighbors’ is a metaphorical concept, and sometimes it’s literally the best thing you can do,” Hilary Dumitrescu said when asked about the new partnership between the ...

‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on ‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

[caption id="attachment_8727" align="alignleft" width="300"] Diners at the first MADA event at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Nine strangers were recently asked to find two things they all shared. Gathered at a Make America Dinner Again (MADA) ...

Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other, People | Comments Off on Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

By Melissa Wagoner After seven years, Mount Angel’s annual Hazelnut Festival was hanging in limbo due to the recent passing of its co-founder Maureen Ernst. “There was some talk about, ‘I don’t know if this is going to happen this year,’” ...

Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions: How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead ...

Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

[caption id="attachment_8674" align="alignleft" width="300"] The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the ...

Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

By Melissa Wagoner  When library fines add up many people stop using the library – according to Christy Davis, Director of the Silver Falls Library District. Now, for a limited time, those patrons have the chance to pay off their fines ...

Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

[caption id="attachment_8670" align="alignleft" width="257"] Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When Elizabeth Voth cooks she focuses not just on taste but on making sure the nutrients in her food are both present and ...

Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

August 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

By Melissa Wagoner When 503 Distilling began producing their first canned cocktail – the Wicked Mule – they didn’t know what to expect. “The response has been really, really good,” 41-year-old Silvertonian Andy Diacetis said. “We’re selling 150 cases a month. We’re ...

Angels Grill: New diner serves up comfort food with lots of local flavor

July 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Angels Grill: New diner serves up comfort food with lots of local flavor

[caption id="attachment_8523" align="alignleft" width="300"] Angels Grill owners Tami and Bill Hauth take a moment to relaxat the counter. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Bill Hauth has accumulated many miles in his choice of careers. As a volunteer Mount Angel Fire Captain for ...

Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

By Nancy Jennings The second annual Fischer’s Mill Music Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 21, 1 to 9 p.m. Seven bands will take the stage in Silverton’s Old Mill Park, located behind Silver Falls Library. Co-organizers Victor Madge and Corey Christensen ...

Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

June 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

[caption id="attachment_8466" align="alignright" width="292"] Middle school students in Mr. Jamsa’s eighth grade science class present their Perfect Food Feast. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Daniel Jamsa’s eighth grade class prepared a “Perfect Food Feast” of rhubarb crisp, fruit salads, smoothies, spring rolls ...

Summer brewin’: BrewCamp offers fun for grown-ups, families

May 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden, Music & Band | Comments Off on Summer brewin’: BrewCamp offers fun for grown-ups, families

Craft brew fans familiar with the Oregon Garden Brewfest will discover a lot that’s new at the Oregon Garden BrewCamp June 15-17. BrewCamp is a new take on the Father’s Day weekend experience at the garden.There’s more activities – from yoga ...

Incentive to own: Silverton Food Co-op springs forward

April 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Incentive to own: Silverton Food Co-op springs forward

By Melissa Wagoner As spring ushers in new energy Silverton Food Co-op members ready themselves for another year with big goals on the horizon. “We’re now, more than ever, unified in moving in the right direction,” board president Jason Codner said. Codner said ...

Spring training: 15 wineries gather for tastings

April 2018 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Spring training: 15 wineries gather for tastings

Consider Taste. Learn. Celebrate! as spring training for wine enthusiasts on Saturday, April 28 – before Oregon Wine month begins in May. Hosted by Cascade Foothills Winegrowers, the third annual Taste. Learn. Celebrate! is a chance to taste wine crafted by ...

On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

January 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

[caption id="attachment_8115" align="alignright" width="225"] Marty and Mar’cia Schrock Nancy Jennings Samurai Madame 202 Jersey, Silverton, 971-370-0077 Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.[/caption]     By Nancy Jennings Marty Schrock loves to play with his food – in a sushi chef kind of ...

Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Christmas is all about togetherness. But not everybody is able to be with their family or relatives during the holidays. Silverton’s Senior Center and Harry and Karrie Douglas found a solution to introduce neighbors to each other: Team up ...

Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

[caption id="attachment_8034" align="alignleft" width="169"] Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire in Belgium.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Verzetsbir is ode aan grootvader,” read a recent headline in the Belgian newspaper “Het Belang Van Limburg.” Translated it reads, “Resistance beer is ode to grandfather.” The beer in ...