Moral fiction: Silverton author explores her own worlds of wonder

September 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Moral fiction: Silverton author explores her own worlds of wonder

[caption id="attachment_9429" align="alignleft" width="185"] Lisa Lowell[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Silverton is known for its majestic waterfalls and extensive artistic community. Among those artists is author Lisa Lowell. She was raised in a large family of creative, imaginative types. Her maternal grandmother wrote ...

‘Long Time Gone’: Memories of Woodstock

September 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Long Time Gone’: Memories of Woodstock

[caption id="attachment_9395" align="alignright" width="300"] Poppy Shell[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The nation recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and a Silverton resident with strong ties to that festival – who also appeared in the classic film of the concert – is now ...

Tactile feelings: Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster artist strives to put kids in touch with art

August 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Tactile feelings: Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster artist strives to put kids in touch with art

[caption id="attachment_9364" align="alignleft" width="294"] Laura Koppes with her poster for the 2019 Silverton Fine Arts Festival, “Blue Basin.” Submitted Photo[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The painting chosen to represent this year’s Silverton Fine Arts Festival was the result of an earth-shaking experience. Artist Laura ...

Briefs July 2019

July 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Briefs July 2019

Silverton Eagle Scout leads Rose Festival Color Guard The Cascade Pacific Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America were asked to lead the color guard of the Portland Rose Festival Parade last month. About 200 scouts and adult leaders from around ...

‘Teach-In’: Silverton minister holds peaceful rally to demonstrate public process

July 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Teach-In’: Silverton minister holds peaceful rally to demonstrate public process

[caption id="attachment_9282" align="alignright" width="199"] Reverand Michael Carlson[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Reverend Michael Carlson is not a politician, nor is he particularly politically-minded. What he is, is a citizen concerned about the welfare of his country and the citizens who reside in it. “Personally, ...

Out of tune: Silver Falls School District at odds with Silverton Friends of Music

June 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People, School | Comments Off on Out of tune: Silver Falls School District at odds with Silverton Friends of Music

By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Friends of Music presented a 41-page status report “Music in Silver Falls School District” to the Silver Falls School District Board at its May 13 meeting. The nonprofit, formed three years ago to promote music instruction in area ...

Restoration: SHS Environmental Club plans to rehabilitate Silver Creek

April 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Restoration: SHS Environmental Club plans to rehabilitate Silver Creek

By Melissa Wagoner “People think of pollution like a diaper floating in the creek,” Alison Stolfus, a teacher in the Science Department at Silverton High School, laughed. “But it’s sediment and heat and level of flow. Silver Creek needs help now.” Originally ...

She Shines 2.0: Conference for women, girls expands for second year

March 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business | Comments Off on She Shines 2.0: Conference for women, girls expands for second year

By Melissa Wagoner The annual She Shines Empowerment and Wellness Event has an inter-generational component this year. Now a two-day conference, the second day of the non-denominational event is entirely dedicated to young girls aged 10 to 16. “These girls are ...

Elizabethan tale: New play covers legendary queen’s final days

March 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Elizabethan tale: New play covers legendary queen’s final days

[caption id="attachment_9061" align="alignright" width="225"] Elizabeth Keyser will play Queen Elizabeth I. Submitted Photo[/caption] By James Day Silverton playwright, poet and musician Christopher Wicks will explore the final days of Queen Elizabeth I in Death Comes for Her Majesty, a new one-act play ...

Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

December 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

By Nancy Jennings With 16 of his edgy art pieces being displayed in September at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton artist Joshua Kinsey knows how to make an impression. After all, he has sold his creations worldwide. Classifying his art’s aesthetic as “vintage ...

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

By Melissa Wagoner The Old Oak tree – once a gathering place for Native Americans and a landmark for early settlers of Silverton – is being given a spiritual rebirth by the new Talking Oak Studios, an art space and gallery ...

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

One more push: Summer completion fountain project goal

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on One more push: Summer completion fountain project goal

One final push for the Community Fountain project in Silverton’s Coolidge McClaine Park is planned for this summer. “We are so close to the finish line and if all goes well we will finally turn on the water fountain for a ...

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 ...

Silverton legacy: Hospital celebrates 100 years of service to the community

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Silverton legacy: Hospital celebrates 100 years of service to the community

[caption id="attachment_8495" align="alignright" width="207"] The house purchased in 1918, known as the Water Street Hospital, served the community until 1937 when the community purchased the land where Legacy Silverton Medical Center now exists. Submitted Photos[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand As settlers to Silverton ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...