December Briefs

November 2018 Posted in Briefs, Community

Brush Creek auditioning for youth play

Brush Creek will be holding auditions for actors and would-be actors up through the age of 18 to perform in the 2019 children and youth show, The Pirate’s Paradise, directed by Linda Zellner.

This adventure is an original script by Emily Wood and Michael Wood, who have been writing Brush Creek’s children and youth scripts for the last several years. The production has adventure, mayhem, plenty of rousing good humor – and perhaps just a touch of romance!
The Pirate’s Paradise offers an unusual twist on the typical pirate tale.

Open auditions using cold readings from the script will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

No preparation is necessary, and the auditions are expected to last about two hours. While it isn’t necessary to be there both days, it can sometimes be useful, especially for actors who are new to
Brush Creek.

The production will rehearse through January and February to open its three-weekend run on Friday, Feb. 22.

There will likely be two casts who will share a total of 12 performances (one on Friday, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday each of the three weekends). To learn more about rehearsal expectations – or you are interested in being in the show but cannot make either audition date – contact director Linda Zellner at

Silverton’s Bobbie second edition released

On Valentine’s Day 1924 a farm collie named Bobbie — ragged, footsore and weary after a 2,500-mile trek beginning in Indiana — arrived at the door of the Silverton home that he’d left with his family in the autumn of 1923.

Imagine: A dog lost in unfamiliar territory, traveling approximately 2,500 miles from Indiana to Oregon over a period of six months to reach his home. He had performed a homing feat of such great distance and elapsed time that many who heard of it were skeptical. But the amazing journey was validated and has stood the test of time. It has been recounted internationally and even was included in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Even in the days before the Internet, Bobbie became an instant celebrity and his story spread around the world.

Written by Oregon native Judith Kent, who spent summers as a child with Silverton relatives and was fascinated by Bobbie’s story, the book Silverton’s Bobbie was first published in 2004.
Approaching the centennial of Bobbie’s odyssey, a new second edition of Silverton’s Bobbie includes most of the materials from the first edition, along with additional details, background, photos, and illustrations including photo clips from a 1924 movie starring Bobbie provided by the Oregon Historical Society.

The new edition has twice as many pages as the first and includes new details about The Oregon Garden’s Bobbie Memorial and the annual Silverton Pet Parade.

Published by Ridenbaugh Press in Carlton, Oregon, Silverton’s Bobbie, second edition (ISBN 978-0945648444) is available directly through the publisher, at The Oregon Garden or through and many retailers in the Northwest.

Sno-Park season underway

Oregon’s Sno-Park program helps provide snow removal at about 100 winter recreation parking areas (Sno-Parks) across the state. Sno-Parks exist in most of Oregon’s mountain passes and in most ski, snowmobile and snow play areas. A list of areas designated as Sno-Parks is available at under “Travel Center.”

If you park in a Sno-Park from now until April 30, you need a valid Sno-Park permit displayed near the lower left corner of your vehicle’s windshield. Parking in an Oregon Sno-Park without a permit may result in a fine.

There are three types of permits: a $25 seasonal permit, a $9 three-day permit good for three consecutive days, and a $4 daily permit. All DMV offices and permit agents at winter resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets sell these permits. Private agents can charge an additional service fee. A list of permit agents is available at under “Travel Center.”

The seasonal permit also is available by mail from DMV. Send a written request with your return address, phone number, and a check or money order to DMV, Vehicle Mail No. 1, 1905 Lana Ave., Salem, OR 97314.

You can use California and Idaho Sno-Park permits in Oregon.  Oregon Sno-Park permits are honored in California and Idaho.

Christmas concert at St. Paul’s

Ad Lucem’s seventh annual Christmas Concert & Carol Sing will be at St. Paul’s Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton on Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The ensemble’s name, Ad Lucem, is Latin and means “toward the light.” The audience will be invited to sing traditional carols interspersed between beautiful Christmas songs featuring a mix of individual soloists, duets or the entire ensemble, in addition to related scripture readings. 

Gordon House welcomes new members

The Gordon House, located adjacent to the Oregon Garden, was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This example of his “Usonian” vision is the only Wright home open to the public in Oregon. More than 120,000 guests have taken guided tours of the house interiors. 

Guided tours and youth public education programs are partially funded by conservancy members. Membership also helped fund recently completed restoration work on the west balcony and a refurbished roof last year. Site landscaping to fulfill Wright’s original drawings is next on the restoration list.

Benefits of membership include free visits and tours at the house and discounts for special events and retail purchases. Some levels provide reciprocal memberships and benefits to other Wright houses across the United States.

The Gordon House Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible. For more information visit

SAA opens 2019 poster competition

The Silverton Arts Association is looking for its official poster image for the 2019 Silverton Fine Arts Festival. 

Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 31. Works to be considered must be 18″ by 24″ and a reproducible image. Works should not include a border or title specific graphics.

The winning entry will be used in event marketing. It becomes the property of the Silverton Arts Association and will be auctioned during the festival. The artist will be able to select either a $200 cash prize or a free booth at the festival, Aug.
16 – 18, 2019.

Entry forms are available at or may be picked up at the Silverton Arts Association office at the Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, or noon to 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. The association office is also where submissions should be dropped off.

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