Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10209" align="alignright" width="225"] Employee, Milui Smith, and owner, Holly Bell at Curbside Kitchen[/caption] When asked to describe the kind of cuisine offered by the newly opened The Curbside Kitchen – a restaurant offering “quick bites to go,” in ...

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, ...

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 ...

Dinner in the Field – June 4

June 2021 Posted in Briefs, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Dinner in the Field – June 4

By Melissa Wagoner Right now, outdoor dining is at its most desirable. And it doesn’t get any more outdoor than eating in a field of alpacas. “Last year we had the tables scattered throughout the field,” Jennifer Cameron recalled. She is the ...

Perfecting a Palace: New amenities with theater’s reopening

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Perfecting a Palace: New amenities with theater’s reopening

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9974" align="alignright" width="300"] Erik and Rachelle Gonterman, owners of the Silverton Palace Theater, with granddaughter, Vivianna, in front of the new refreshment counter[/caption] There’s never been a better time to go to the theater – at least according ...

A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9976" align="alignright" width="300"] Mt. Angel's Benedictine Brewery[/caption] For those who have missed their favorite Oktoberfest treats during the past 16 months, now is your chance to indulge, as the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel hosts a line-up of ...

Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

November 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

By Melissa Wagoner Holiday meal planning can be a great time to experiment with locally sourced foods, according to Sarah Brown, owner of Diggin’ Roots Farm in Silverton. “Eating local around the holidays is a unique opportunity to raise awareness with family ...

Hanson introduces Poets’ Lament

October 2019 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Hanson introduces Poets’ Lament

It’s not just what’s inside the bottle that makes this wine special.  Hanson Vineyards has commissioned a poem for its inaugural edition of Poets’ Lament, an orange wine made from Pinot Blanc. Award-winning Oregon playwright E.M. Lewis was commissioned to write a ...

Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

October 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Dan Miletta can’t wait to get back to doing what he loves, brewing beer, a pastime he has mostly put aside for the last six months while he and business partner William Mary refurbished the space that previously ...

End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

September 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

[caption id="attachment_9426" align="alignright" width="215"] Jeff and Naomi Nizlek during their last week at Silver Grille. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Silver Grille in Silverton closed its doors after 23 years of service on Sept. 1. “There [were] a ton of reasons,” Chef ...

Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

July 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

[caption id="attachment_9281" align="alignleft" width="300"] April, Kayla and Mitch Sattler of Heavenly Yogurt. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings April Sattler has found herself doing what she’d done as a 16-year-old – working in a frozen yogurt shop. Except this time around, Sattler, 50, ...

Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

June 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Candy galore: Nostalgic store caters to sweet tooth

[caption id="attachment_9246" align="alignleft" width="225"] Michelle White with sons, Gabriel and Robbie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Michelle White wants everybody to feel like a kid in a candy store inside of Candy Babel. Her Silverton candy store – officially opened in February ...

Olde Moon Farm: Produce for farmers market, restaurants

June 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden | Comments Off on Olde Moon Farm: Produce for farmers market, restaurants

By Melissa Wagoner Spring has definitely sprung at Olde Moon Farm on the outskirts of Silverton. Where, just over a year ago, there was only green lawn, now nearly an acre of garden plots is scattered over the hillsides. What was ...

SACA expands hours: Now offers families weekly food pantry access

April 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on SACA expands hours: Now offers families weekly food pantry access

[caption id="attachment_9128" align="alignleft" width="298"] Paul Scoville, SACA’s Communications/Events Coordinator and Sarah DeSantis, SACA’s Executive Director. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Effective April 1, Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) began offering weekly food pantry visits rather than monthly ones – and added evening ...

Beekeeping traditions: The Honey Haus – pure sweetness and more

April 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden | Comments Off on Beekeeping traditions: The Honey Haus – pure sweetness and more

[caption id="attachment_9130" align="alignright" width="242"] Jennifer Anderson-Rumely of The Honey Haus in Mount Angel. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The smell of sweet honey is undeniably in the air in The Honey Haus, a unique Mount Angel shop that offers over eight different ...

A tasty decision: Milk dispensers improve schools’ environmental efforts

April 2019 Posted in Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on A tasty decision: Milk dispensers improve schools’ environmental efforts

[caption id="attachment_9126" align="alignleft" width="261"] The new milk dispenser in action at Butte Creek Elementary. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When a student throws away a partially-full milk carton, what has the biggest environmental impact? Surprisingly it isn’t the carton but rather ...

Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

March 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

[caption id="attachment_9065" align="alignright" width="300"] Image by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Daniele Keating Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Past President Pete Wall selected Oktoberfest to receive the 2018 President’s Award for its tremendous community accomplishments and charitable contributions. Inaugurated in 2014, the President’s Award recognizes ...

Mount Angel Abbey: Chamber salutes 137 years of Distinguished Service

March 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Mount Angel Abbey: Chamber salutes 137 years of Distinguished Service

[caption id="attachment_9054" align="alignleft" width="300"] Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, above right, conducted the church service at last year’s Saint Benedict Festival. Nearly 1,000 people visited the Abbey in early July for an afternoon of prayer, music and a buffet picnic lunch with ...

Comfort food: Chef Raul Santana

February 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Comfort food: Chef Raul Santana

[caption id="attachment_9000" align="alignleft" width="168"] Raul Santana opened Magnolia Grill in Mount Angel in December. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Raul Santana first found work in the berry fields after migrating to the U.S. in 2000. The 16-year-old, brought by an uncle, taught ...

Volksfest: New name, fresh look

February 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Volksfest: New name, fresh look

[caption id="attachment_9004" align="alignright" width="210"] Photo by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Volksfest – or a festival of the people in German – is an apt name for the annual wintertime sausage-themed extravaganza that takes place in Mount Angel. “There’s a plethora of entertainment ...

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

January 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier will give the keynote address following a community potluck in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King Day at the Silverton Grange on Monday, Jan. 21. Co-sponsored by Silverton People For Peace and the Silverton Grange, the event is ...

A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

[caption id="attachment_8811" align="alignleft" width="300"] Heather Desmarteau-Fast and Courtney Fast, owners of the Coffee Station and Stamen and Pistil with the vintage Santa from the old 76 Station. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] A piece of Christmas past is coming home to downtown Silverton in ...

Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

Grab your passport inside this edition of Our Town and get ready to Shop Hop for a chance to win more than $1,000 in gift certificates. The Silverton and Mt. Angel chambers of commerce are banding together, expanding this year’s ...

Jazzercise benefits SACA

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Jazzercise benefits SACA

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 29th Thanksgiving benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid this year. Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. all fitness levels are invited to join in an hour-long aerobic and muscle toning session at the Silverton Community Center, 421 ...