The Man about town: There’s only so much we can do

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownThe Man will readily admit that doesn’t watch much Major League Baseball, the game just doesn’t move fast enough to hold my interest. But I gotta tell ‘ya the 7th game of this years World Series was one of the most riveting sporting events I have ever witnessed….with all the layers of storylines combined with the close score made for drama of the highest order….made even better when I found out the next day that 34 years ago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon was managing the Salem Angels at Chemeketa Community College baseball field…

Noticed something different about the Silverton Police Motorcycle lately? It seems that periodically the motor duties cycle (pun most definitely intended) through to a new officer, in this case from Officer Jason Bricker to the 6 ft 8 inch Officer Tim Hein….soooo the motorcycle hasn’t gotten smaller, it’s the rider that has gotten bigger…

If you find yourself lacking in holiday spirit, plan to attend the Brush Creek Players presentation of  the feel good classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The radio show re-enactment, complete with live sound effects will have a Nov. 18 – Dec. 3 run. For info on this and other productions, go to  As an added bonus, BCP president and director Norman Gouveia assures The Man that every time a ticket sells, an angel gets it’s wings….

If that doesn’t get your holiday groove groovin’, plan to head up to the Oregon Garden for the fourth annual Christmas in the Garden. In addition to the 500,000 lights, ice skating rink, German Christmas Market and festive music, mirth and merriment, this year will also feature a 150 ft snowless tubing area. For info and volunteer opportunities, go to

Ok, starting to feel a little warm and fuzzy but still not quite in the mood? Put on your Christmas finery and join all of your neighbors at the Silverton Tree Lighting in Towne Square Park on First Friday, Dec 2. Stop by the Our Town booth and The Man may even give you a free cuppa hot chocolate…if you’ve been good….

Need something a little nuttier? How ‘bout the Hazelnut Fest in the Mount Angel Festhalle Dec. 3-4. All things hazelnut, crafts, a 9 a.m. “Run for Your Nuts” plus free admission to the festhalle… See

Is that lump of coal you have for a heart starting to melt yet? Then put Dec. 10 on your calendar and attend the 23rd annual Celebrate Families Holiday Festival. The Silverton Together and Silverton Chamber of Commerce presented event gives children and adults alike the perfect chance to create a wonderful gift for that special person….. and everyone knows handmade gifts are the best. Also included are refreshments, goodie bags and visits with Santa. Call Jan Holowati at 503-873-0405 for information and, of course, even more volunteer opportunities.

STILL not in the holiday spirit?? We did our best to help you…. Better luck next year….

Happy Thanksgiving and
see you on the street…

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