Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

November 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

[caption id="attachment_8778" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carole DeMar in front of the Old Oak mural at Talking Oak Studios. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Old Oak tree – once a gathering place for Native Americans and a landmark for early settlers of Silverton ...

Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

October 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

[caption id="attachment_8708" align="alignright" width="229"] Jim Toler, fifth-generation family owner of GeerCrest Farm, in the farm’s fruit orchard dating back to the 1850s. The grove was recently given Heritage Tree designation by the Oregon Travel Information Council. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A ...

Religion’s role: Author explores women’s history

September 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Religion’s role: Author explores women’s history

[caption id="attachment_8636" align="alignright" width="197"] Silverton-based author Karen Garst. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Karen Garst didn’t intend to become a writer. A woman with a diverse academic background – including a Doctorate in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in French Literature and time ...

Festhalle mural to be dedicated Aug. 28

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Festhalle mural to be dedicated Aug. 28

Mount Angel Community Foundation invites the public to the unveiling of a new mural to grace the front of Mount Angel Festhalle Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. The mural is the crowning glory to Festhalle’s exterior. It was made possible ...

Festival season: Coolidge McClaine Park plays host to two community favorites

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Festival season: Coolidge McClaine Park plays host to two community favorites

The sun is out, the days are warm and it is the time of year when friends and neighbors look for opportunities to be together and share some fun. August features two of Silverton’s favorite festivals, one a celebration of ...

Recycled ruminants: Couple installs public art

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Recycled ruminants: Couple installs public art

[caption id="attachment_8589" align="alignleft" width="225"] Cathy and Jim Prince next to C Street’s elk. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings You may have noticed the over 10-foot-tall, 450-pound majestic elk looming large on C Street – and the deer family (buck, doe and fawn) ...

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 ...

As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

[caption id="attachment_8451" align="alignright" width="248"] Heidi Ambrose of Portland won the 2017 Homer Davenport International Cartoon Contest Grand Prize. Gus Frederick[/caption] By Peggy Savage It is said that everyone enjoys a good political cartoon, so, if you could help choose an award-winning cartoon, ...

Changing tides: Artist’s exhibition draws from environmental dilemmas

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Changing tides: Artist’s exhibition draws from environmental dilemmas

By Steve Ritchie Visual artist Mimi Cernyar Fox has spent countless hours wandering the beaches and mudflats near her home in Raymond, Washington, investigating her natural surroundings and seeking inspiration. On one of her explorations she began to look closely at ...

Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

[caption id="attachment_8530" align="alignright" width="300"] Wayne Huisman working the Esotica Pasta booth at the Mount Angel Wochenmarkt (2)[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Alexandra Samoilov’s family business is – quite literally – the berries. South Barlow Berries grows an enormous variety in their fields off ...

Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

[caption id="attachment_8449" align="alignright" width="300"] Hollie Newton and her painting for the Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster. Submitted photos[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A painting by Hollie Newton of Salem has become the face of the 18th annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival. “It looks like ...

Over hill and dale: Tour offers personal touch, chance to meet the gardeners

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Over hill and dale: Tour offers personal touch, chance to meet the gardeners

[caption id="attachment_8414" align="alignleft" width="300"] Steve Kuhn and Kathy Hunter enjoy the serenity of Kuhn’s creekside garden, part of this year’s Silverton Garden Tour. The self-guided tour admits visitors into eight private gardens in the Silverton area. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton ...

What did you learn? Fox alumni talk about lessons from Silverton High

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on What did you learn? Fox alumni talk about lessons from Silverton High

By Melissa Wagoner Ask former Silverton High School graduates to step forward on the popular Facebook group, “Silverton Connections,” and the outpouring of school and hometown pride is nothing short of phenomenal. A recent Facebook request for former alumni elicited more than ...

Rolling Remembrance comes to Pepsi

April 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Rolling Remembrance comes to Pepsi

Rolling Remembrance – a display honoring those who gave their lives in service to their country – will be at Mount Angel’s Pepsi Northwest Beverages April 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. Launched in 2015, NAB Transport participates in “Rolling Remembrance” ...

HeartLight: Finding who you are

February 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on HeartLight: Finding who you are

[caption id="attachment_8184" align="alignleft" width="300"] Author Amy Gigena. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Author Amy Gigena did not set out to write an inspirational book on living an authentic life but through a happy accident that is exactly what she did. “I think the ...

An Oregon original: Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

February 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on An Oregon original: Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

[caption id="attachment_8189" align="alignright" width="414"] 18th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Feb. 23-25, 2018 Sponsored by Silverton Poetry Association. All events are free unless otherwise noted in Schedule of Events. For info: www.silvertonpoetry.net email: spa.poetry@gmail.com call: 503-269-7895[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Steve Slemenda’s love of ...

A playwright’s odyssey

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on A playwright’s odyssey

By James Day Sometimes the long and winding road leads back home. And a poem posted by a fourth-grader on a bulletin board in a Monitor School classroom can lead to a world premiere play in Portland. That’s the journey E.M. Lewis ...

Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Calling all aspiring writers age 50+, mark your calendars! Thursday, Jan. 18, kicks off a fun and detailed Writer’s Workshop at Silverton’s Senior Center. Free to members and $2 per class to non-members, the workshop will be held from 3 ...

State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

By Melissa Wagoner Vince Till has one of the most recognizable faces in Silverton. Portrayed with his beloved dog FeBee on a mural in the parking lot of 203 East Main St., his signature overalls and his ability to tell a ...

Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

[caption id="attachment_8088" align="alignleft" width="225"] Molly Moreland and Scott Bruno of Silverton Art & Frame. M. Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Molly Moreland believes in providence – and she has more than one incidence in her story to back that up. “I’m a believer in ...

Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

By Nancy Jennings A Silverton teen is on the brink of realizing her dream – becoming a classically trained ballet dancer. Jinjutha (“Jin”) Cheepluesak, 16, daughter of Thai Dish restaurant owners, Manus Jantarasri and Oratai Cheepluesak, can’t imagine living a day ...

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 ...

China adventure: Journey to the Palace of Weddings in China

November 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on China adventure: Journey to the Palace of Weddings in China

By Tom Ewing My middle son Ross (now 32) attended all three schools in Mount Angel, graduating from Kennedy High School in 2003 and then from the University of Oregon four years later. After that, he left for China to teach ...

Engelberg greetings: Swiss Abbot makes history at Oktoberfest

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Engelberg greetings: Swiss Abbot makes history at Oktoberfest

By Steve Ritchie A moment of history was made at the 2017 Mount Angel Oktoberfest. It took place at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Saturday, in a very lively Weingarten that was packed to the rafters. Oktoberfest President Chris ...

Sweet Tea Restorations: Creativity flows freely in family business

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business | Comments Off on Sweet Tea Restorations: Creativity flows freely in family business

By Nancy Jennings Nikki and Caytlan McIntire make in-law relationships look easy. The mother-in-law / daughter-in-law duo started “Sweet Tea Restorations,” their home-based business in 2016. Nikki, 48, first met Caytlan, 24, working in the attendance office at Silverton High School. Caytlan ...