Live arts return – Albeit slowly, and with COVID-inspired caution

October 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Music, People | Comments Off on Live arts return – Albeit slowly, and with COVID-inspired caution

By Melissa Wagoner When the COVID-19 pandemic began, in the spring of 2020, the students at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Company were weeks away from the annual spring recital. The culmination of months – if not years – of practice ...

Soundscape – Shindig returns to delight town

October 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on Soundscape – Shindig returns to delight town

By Melissa Wagoner When Nicholas Alan Coffey moved to Silverton six years ago, the annual Sidewalk Shindig was one of his favorite events.  “You can have fun for free, you can bring the whole family and you can hangout for free all ...

Return of the zombies: Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets

October 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Return of the zombies: Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets

By Melissa Wagoner  What says Halloween more than a flash-mob of zombies jerkily dancing to Michael Jackson’s classic song from 1982, Thriller? “It’s so cool,” Marta Hazekamp – owner of Revolutionary Dance and Movement Company in Silverton – said of the annual ...

What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Other | Comments Off on What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10464" align="alignright" width="300"] Knitters Raised by Wolves[/caption] When Celia Stapleton named her knitting group Knitters Raised by Wolves, she had one thing in mind.  “The point is, children that were raised by wolves are feral – and we’re not ...

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 ...

Paper master: Borland Gallery features scissor artist, author Jim Bornzin

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Paper master: Borland Gallery features scissor artist, author Jim Bornzin

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10447" align="alignright" width="230"] Jim Bornzin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10446" align="alignright" width="247"] Swallowtail on Pink & White[/caption] Silverton Arts Association is featuring the work of local artist Jim Bornzin, whose show, “Amazing Scissorcuts,” runs Sept. 10-26 at the Borland Gallery. Bornzin became fascinated ...

Lunaria exhibits celebrate elegance and agriculture

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Briefs | Comments Off on Lunaria exhibits celebrate elegance and agriculture

Lunaria Main Floor Gallery presents the show, Artful Elegance, by featured artists Rebecca Cozart and Linda Jacobson Sept. 29 - Oct. 31.  Rebecca Cozart captures eclectic, colorful images ranging from still-life photos to florals to food. Linda Jacobson creates intricate fabric ...

Through the flames: Silverton nurse recalls 2020 ordeal in canyon blaze

August 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Through the flames: Silverton nurse recalls 2020 ordeal in canyon blaze

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10416" align="alignright" width="225"] Silver Falls State Park -- courtesy of Jason Wagoner[/caption] When Holly Perez and her 16-year-old son, Sam, decided to get away for a couple of nights over Labor Day in 2020, they planned to do ...

Straw bound: Silverton publisher releases new books

August 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business, Community, News, People | Comments Off on Straw bound: Silverton publisher releases new books

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10330" align="alignright" width="249"] Richard Orr[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10329" align="alignright" width="225"] Lester Petrie[/caption] Mike Ashland has always been a writer.  “I was a freelance reporter for the Marin Independent Journal and reporter for the Coastal Post in Bolinas,” Ashland recalled. “Some of ...

Homer Days returns: Silverton festival charges ahead – like a couch

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on Homer Days returns: Silverton festival charges ahead – like a couch

By Melissa Wagoner Affectionately known as “Homer Days,” the Homer Davenport Community Festival – held the first Friday through Sunday in August (the sixth through eighth this year) – is absolutely unique. An offshoot of the Silverton Arts Association’s, Family Festival of ...

Historic preservation: Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, News, People | Comments Off on Historic preservation: Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

By James Day [caption id="attachment_10246" align="alignright" width="300"] The 1905 blacksmith shop in Mt. Angel[/caption] Efforts to repair and restore the historic blacksmith shop in Mount Angel have received a shot in the arm. Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation ...

‘Return to Beauty’ showcases new jewelry and paintings

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Return to Beauty’ showcases new jewelry and paintings

Lunaria Gallery presents a new show, “Return to Beauty, Jewels and Blooms,” by two Lunaria artists, jeweler Chelsea Goin and painter Diane Trevett.  Goin is showing her jewelry in fun summer colors. Diane Trevett is showing oil paintings of flower portraits. ...

Inked adventures: Graphic novelist Jonathan Case explores issues

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Inked adventures: Graphic novelist Jonathan Case explores issues

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10231" align="alignright" width="277"] Jonathan Case[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10230" align="alignright" width="198"] Jonathan Case is the author and artist behind books including The New Deal from Dark Horse Comics[/caption] The comic books Jonathan Case creates are not run-of-the-mill comics.  “It’s less about what ...

City of Silverton: Silverton constable added to fallen officers memorial

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Silverton constable added to fallen officers memorial

Roger Greenfield, who grew up in Silverton, is a retired Salem Police Officer and grandson of Constable Hansford Greenfield. On Oct. 28, 2019, Roger contacted Silverton Police regarding his grandfather’s line of duty death he found while researching his family ...

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, ...

Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10151" align="alignright" width="300"] Artist, Susan Murray, with her bird boxes and garden art at Finds that Shine in Silverton[/caption]     Susan Murray hasn’t always been an artist. In fact, she spent the majority of her life working in higher ...

Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

[caption id="attachment_10097" align="alignright" width="300"] The artist known as Peace with his painting of the South Falls in Silver Falls Lodge[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “I’m an artist and not particularly tied down,” Peace said of the journey that inspired him to work as ...

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 ...

Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Outdoor Life, People, Travel | Comments Off on Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

By Melissa Wagoner The Pacific Northwest is a land of movers and shakers – when it comes to geology that is. “The PNW is known as an active margin,” geologist Leslie Moclock described. “That means it’s a place where different tectonic plates ...

The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

June 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10014" align="alignright" width="261"] Cecelia Petrik tutoring a fifth grader on the clarinet[/caption] When Frank Petrik was a child, he found an old saxophone in his grandfather’s closet. That moment set him on the path to college, a full-ride scholarship, and ...

Art shift: Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Art shift: Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9955" align="alignright" width="300"] Known for many creative activities for all ages, the Silverton Fine Arts Festival - last held in 2019- has been rechristened Silverton Arts Festival[/caption] The mission of the Silverton Arts Association has long been to ...

Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9919" align="alignright" width="225"] Theobald Kirsch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9918" align="alignright" width="212"] Theobald & Theresa (Von Hatten) Kirsch[/caption] Jim Kosel was going through memorabilia at Mount Angel American Legion Post #89 when he came across four documents related to Civil War veteran Theobald Kirsch. These ...

Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Briefs, Community | Comments Off on Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

Lunaria Gallery presents Neo Geo, a show by Lunaria painter Jane Castelan Buccola and jeweler Dawn Hemstreet.  Buccola’s painting involves exploration, personal expression, play, experimentation with color as well as texture.  She likes to bring mystery and an abiguousness to her ...