The Noble Fox – Location mixes with vision to serve up a new dining experience

October 2021 Posted in Business, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on The Noble Fox – Location mixes with vision to serve up a new dining experience

By Melissa Wagoner When Jeramie Mykisen and his step-father Jeffrey Tinkham learned that the Silverton Wine Bar was for sale they instantly jumped at the chance to make it their own. [caption id="attachment_10543" align="alignright" width="300"] Jeramie Mykisen and Jeffrey Tinkham flank Chef, ...

Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

[caption id="attachment_10457" align="alignright" width="300"] Much of the Mount Angel Oktoberfest can be enjoyed out of doors along the village streets, or in tents.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10456" align="alignright" width="300"] The familiar Oktoberfest venues will be up and running for the 2021 festival, some ...

Kids Polka Party – Beloved O’fest entertainer adds new event for 2021

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People | Comments Off on Kids Polka Party – Beloved O’fest entertainer adds new event for 2021

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10453" align="alignright" width="300"] The Astorga Family[/caption] “The Mount Angel Oktoberfest has always been a family-friendly, multi-generational festival,” Tecie Zollner Astorga said.  And she should know, a member of the popular Oktoberfest band, Z Musikmakers, she has performed on stage ...

A Slice of the Pie: A little messy, but… Getting kids into the kitchen well worth the effort

September 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on A Slice of the Pie: A little messy, but… Getting kids into the kitchen well worth the effort

Sarah DeSantis has been cooking with her son, Oliver, since he was a toddler.  “I grew up with home cooked meals and want my kids to learn to cook and eat in the same way,” DeSantis said when asked what inspired ...

People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

September 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

It is so difficult being a writer, even one throwing out unsolicited opinions just once a month. There is a natural flow of subjects that occur annually, starting with New Year’s resolutions and ending with taking the tree down as ...

Datebook: September 2021

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: September 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Frequent Addresses Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton Silverton Senior ...

A Slice of the Pie: Lunch packing tips – Make it fun, fast and resourceful

August 2021 Posted in Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on A Slice of the Pie: Lunch packing tips – Make it fun, fast and resourceful

For many parents, it’s been a while since they packed a school lunch. With the majority of students attending school remotely or in half-day increments last year, more often than not, kids were eating at home.  But no more. With the ...

Falls café reopens – Under new management

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on Falls café reopens – Under new management

By Melissa Wagoner Char Hawkins has been managing snack bars for 23 years but her newest venture, the South Falls Café, located inside the South Falls Lodge at Silver Falls State Park, surpasses all the rest – especially when it comes ...

A unique tune: Glen Damewood honored with First Citizen Award

July 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, News, People | Comments Off on A unique tune: Glen Damewood honored with First Citizen Award

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10306" align="alignright" width="397"] First Citizen Glen Damewood performing with Syco Billy’s String Band.[/caption] Glen Damewood is a well-known, long-time restaurateur. The owner of Mac’s Place, which he opened with a partner in 1980, as well as two Wooden ...

Not just eating – it’s dining

July 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Not just eating – it’s dining

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10297" align="alignright" width="182"] Co-founder Joel Autry[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10298" align="alignright" width="158"] Co-founder Cherry Arbuckle Hoffman[/caption] Joel Autry can’t stand to see good food go to waste. And so, when his restaurant, the Silverton Wine Bar, began generating what could have ...

Datebook: August 2021

July 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: August 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Weekly Events Monday SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. ...

Fr. Bernard Youth Center welcomes supporters back

July 2021 Posted in Briefs, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Fr. Bernard Youth Center welcomes supporters back

In celebration of the re-opening of its doors to guests and retreatants, the Fr. Bernard Youth Center is hosting a BBQ on Friday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are invited.  Gary and Mary BBQ will provide the ...

Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10209" align="alignright" width="225"] Employee, Milui Smith, and owner, Holly Bell at Curbside Kitchen[/caption] When asked to describe the kind of cuisine offered by the newly opened The Curbside Kitchen – a restaurant offering “quick bites to go,” in ...

Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other | Comments Off on Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

By Melissa Wagoner When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions.  “[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event ...

Datebook: July 2021

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: July 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was cancelled because of COVID-19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, ...

Berry time: Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Berry time: Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year

By Melissa Wagoner Strawberries have grown wild in Oregon for millennia and were picked in abundance by Indigenous peoples. But even cultivated strawberries have a long history, having been carefully transported, via the Oregon Trail, by Quaker nurseryman Henderson Luelling in 1846. “Silverton ...

Dinner in the Field – June 4

June 2021 Posted in Briefs, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Dinner in the Field – June 4

By Melissa Wagoner Right now, outdoor dining is at its most desirable. And it doesn’t get any more outdoor than eating in a field of alpacas. “Last year we had the tables scattered throughout the field,” Jennifer Cameron recalled. She is the ...

Perfecting a Palace: New amenities with theater’s reopening

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Perfecting a Palace: New amenities with theater’s reopening

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9974" align="alignright" width="300"] Erik and Rachelle Gonterman, owners of the Silverton Palace Theater, with granddaughter, Vivianna, in front of the new refreshment counter[/caption] There’s never been a better time to go to the theater – at least according ...

A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9976" align="alignright" width="300"] Mt. Angel's Benedictine Brewery[/caption] For those who have missed their favorite Oktoberfest treats during the past 16 months, now is your chance to indulge, as the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel hosts a line-up of ...

Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

November 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

By Melissa Wagoner Holiday meal planning can be a great time to experiment with locally sourced foods, according to Sarah Brown, owner of Diggin’ Roots Farm in Silverton. “Eating local around the holidays is a unique opportunity to raise awareness with family ...

Hanson introduces Poets’ Lament

October 2019 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Hanson introduces Poets’ Lament

It’s not just what’s inside the bottle that makes this wine special.  Hanson Vineyards has commissioned a poem for its inaugural edition of Poets’ Lament, an orange wine made from Pinot Blanc. Award-winning Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis was commissioned to write a ...

Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

October 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Dan Miletta can’t wait to get back to doing what he loves, brewing beer, a pastime he has mostly put aside for the last six months while he and business partner William Mary refurbished the space that previously ...

End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

September 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

[caption id="attachment_9426" align="alignright" width="215"] Jeff and Naomi Nizlek during their last week at Silver Grille. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Silver Grille in Silverton closed its doors after 23 years of service on Sept. 1. “There [were] a ton of reasons,” Chef ...

Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

July 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

[caption id="attachment_9281" align="alignleft" width="300"] April, Kayla and Mitch Sattler of Heavenly Yogurt. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings April Sattler has found herself doing what she’d done as a 16-year-old – working in a frozen yogurt shop. Except this time around, Sattler, 50, ...

Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

June 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

[caption id="attachment_9246" align="alignleft" width="225"] Michelle White with sons, Gabriel and Robbie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Michelle White wants everybody to feel like a kid in a candy store inside of Candy Babel. Her Silverton candy store – officially opened in February ...