Things to Do in Silverton Week of August 2 - 9 - HOMER DAVENPORT FESTIVAL!!

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Here’s what’s happening around Silverton this week: August 2 - 9

My picks for the week...


I love the tradition of our community Homer Davenport Festival.  I was horrified when I heard the festival might not happen this year.  (Seriously!  I was horrified.)  It has been saved and has received some revamping and renewed excitement.  I'm so proud of our community for pulling together and for the huge number of volunteer hours it takes to continue the tradition. 


It is a week-end that brings Silvertonians together from all over the globe as we celebrate not only this great festival, but cram in class reunions and Silverton Alumni gatherings.   It all equates to one fabulous week-end of old friends, new friends, family, live music, shopping, golfing, dining, and more. 


Watch out for davenports racing down Main Street. See you at the festival.  (Dates / times / events noted below...)


Along with August brings the best star showers of the year.  Our family likes to sleep outside in the month of August.  We try really hard to stay awake late enough to see the sky show.  If you're a lover of the August skies, check out the Silver Falls Star Party. 




Oh - and if you happen to come to Silverton for the festivities and fall in love with it - we'd be happy to help with the title and escrow for your new home purchase. 



Silverton Business Group
The group meets every Wednesday morning from 8 am to 9 am at Silverton Inn & Suites. Nicky from the Silverton Inn & Suites is the leader for the month of August. Denny & Genie Stoll will present the Angel of Hope program this week.

Submissions for the What’s Happening weekly poster must now be to the Chamber by 3:00 pm on Friday due to changes at the Statesman Journal which prints the poster. To be included in the email blast on Tuesdays the noon Monday deadline still applies. All submissions should be sent to

Homer Info Booth Needs Volunteers

The Chamber is staffing the information booth for the Homer Davenport Community Festival. We would like to have 2 people on each 2 hour shift. Currently we have at least one person per shift. Two hour shifts on Friday begin at noon and run until 8 pm, Saturday shifts begin after the parade and run until 8 pm, Sunday shifts need a second person noon until 2 pm and 2 – 4 pm.
Please call the Chamber 503-873-5615 if you can help.

August Forum Lunch
The August Forum Lunch is set for Friday, August 12 from 11:45 am until 1:00 pm in the conference room above the Birth Center at Silverton Hospital. Topic is the Angel of Hope Program. Cost is $10 for lunch. Be sure to RSVP to the Chamber, 503-873-5615 or by email by Wednesday, August 10. It is very important that we have a count for the hospital prior to Friday. 

Apple Tree School Supply Drive
Apple Tree kids are once again collecting school supplies for local students. A complete list of needed supplies will be in the Chamber’s newsletter which will be out later this week. Look for collection boxes throughout Silverton (including at the Chamber office) along with signs bearing apples you can “pick” to fill specific supply needs. Cash donations are greatly appreciated and are used to purchase additional supplies. The program is coordinated through Silverton Together, 503-873-0405.

Gallon House Bridge
The Gallon House Bridge is closed for repairs until September 23.

The Oregon Garden Resort Hosts Conifer Society
The Oregon Garden & Oregon Garden Resort will be hosting the American Conifer Society conference. The group will be coming in on Thursday August 4th and staying through Sunday. Please be aware that these visitors from across the US will be visiting the downtown area as well as the neighboring countryside. Please make them feel welcome.

Live Music, Seven Days a Week in the Fireside Lounge at the Oregon Garden Resort
Sunday through Thursday: 7-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9-Midnight 
Tues., Aug. 2: Melody Guy, Americana Rock
Wed., Aug. 3: Orvil Ivie, Jazz & Blues
Thurs., Aug. 4: Gene Johnson, Classic Rock
Fri., Aug. 5: Chris Estes, Country Blues
Sat., Aug. 6: Steve Pulvers, Guitarist
Sun., Aug. 7: Bill Hughes, Jazz Guitarist
Mon., Aug 8: Mark Seymour, Folk Rock

Howard Hinsdale Wine Bar
Wednesday, August 3 - Movie Night “Good Morning Vietnam” with Robin Williams 7 pm
Thursday, August 4 – Vallee du Rhone Wine & Food Tasting 6:30 pm
First Friday, August 5 – “A Night of Familiar Tunes” with Nick Ignelzi 7 pm ‘til late
Don’t forget Tuesday night jam sessions starting at 7 pm

Silverton Farmer’s Market 
The market is open 9 am – 1 pm every Saturday through October 15 and features produce, plants, flowers, eggs, baked goods, coffee, jam and jelly, and more. For more information, contact Jessica Griffin, Market Manager at 971-208-3898 or

Homer Kick-Off Party
Thursday, August 4th, 7-10 pm – Homer’s Kick Off Party at the Pavilion in Coolidge McClaine Park. $15 gets you a Hamburger or Chicken sandwich dinner with baked beans and coleslaw and a drink ticket! Live Music from Silverton's Own Tiffany Kuenzi! Tickets are available at Mac's, The Wooden Nickel, Roth's and The Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Cash or checks only please. 

Homer Davenport Community Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday August 5, 6 & 7 - Homer Davenport Community Festival sponsored by the Silverton Rotary Club. There are arts & crafts booths, food booths, and exciting entertainment on the Main Stage all three days. Festival hours are Friday noon - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.

Saturday features the Homer Davenport Parade at 10 am. Safety rule in effect: Candy and other items must be handed out by walkers, not thrown from vehicles or floats, for the safety of small children who tend to run toward candy.

Also on Saturday are the Homer’s Classic Fun Run, and the Silverton Flywheels Classic Car Cruise-in (beginning about 9 am) staged in Old Mill Park between the Silverton swimming pool and the library parking lot. The Silverton Flywheels Car Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

On Sunday watch the Davenport Races on Main Street. All participants should arrive no later than 12:00 for the Race Pit Preview. Judging is at 12:30, with the race getting underway at 1:00 pm. The races should be completed by 4:00 pm. 

You can also purchase a ping pong ball with a chance to win a prize in the Silverton Hospital Auxiliary Ping Pong Float which takes place in Silver Creek Sunday afternoon.

For more information on these and more activities go to

Silverton Lions Club Harvest Breakfast Saturday & Sunday August 6 & 7 
This annual breakfast features pancakes, ham & eggs served in the Coolidge McClaine Park Pavilion from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm both days. Adults $7.00, Children 10 and under $4.00, Over 80 & Under 2 FREE.

Lunaria Gallery First Friday Event
August 5, 7-9 pm - "A Retrospective of Artwork by Kathryn W. Cramer - Artist, Teacher, Mother, Friend" This retrospective features woodcuts and linoleum cuts as well as drawings and paintings.
As a long time member of Lunaria Gallery, and as a beloved art teacher, Kathryn Cramer made a significant contribution to the culture of Silverton. Lunaria Gallery is located at 113 N Water St. 503-873-7734

Lunaria Gallery’s second show on first Friday is titled “11th Annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival” The gallery celebrates the 11th annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival with a show featuring the work of our gallery artists who are participating in the festival this year. The exhibit includes: Mike Williams, Rachel Warren-Allen, Rebekah Rigsby, Emily Start, Julie Huisman, Genie Stewart, and Ann Altman. Art festival memorabilia featuring the artwork of George Hauswirth will also be available for purchase.

A Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Gordon House on August 7
Spend a summer Sunday afternoon exploring the very real relationships of farm, food, family, friends, and Frank Lloyd Wright at the Gordon House on August 7, 2 to 7 p.m. Our slogan is “Frank was a foodie”. You’re invited to join us for live music; live chefs, live vintners and brewers, and live cheese mongers; live and silent auctions, and lively tour guides with livelier stories to tell. It’s a festival and a culinary grazing extravaganza that benefits the preservation of Wright’s legacy in Oregon.

Make your reservation today with your charge card: $30 each or $50 for two; a family group for $60; or a party of 10 for $200 on line or talk to a real person at 503/874-6006. Mark your calendar NOW!


Junior Gardener's Club at The Oregon Garden 

Kids will get moving during zumba with Silverton Fitness on Aug. 9th, learn to make music with ordinary objects on Aug. 13th, and go on a Teddy Bear Picnic on Aug. 16th. All activities are for children ages 5 to 10, and take place in the Children's Garden, at The Oregon Garden, at 10am. For information call 503-874-8100 or visit our blog: http://oregongardenjuniorgardeners

Vitis Ridge
August 13 & 14 - Second Weekend Wine Tastings from 12-5. Get behind the scenes at Vitis Ridge and join us to Taste Amongst the Barrels. In case you missed it last month we're doing it again. To access "Taste Amongst the Barrels" use a separate entrance to access the Barrel Room. Look for signs directing toward the "side door" located in the SE parking lot, near 2nd St. If you park in the main lot follow the signs to the far end of the building on 2nd Street. Access the building using the small side door. Tasting hours are 12-5 

August 20 & 21 - Find us at the Silverton Fine Arts Festival in Coolidge McClaine Park.

Silverton Fine Arts Festival
Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21 – Juried show and sale, hands-on art activities, entertainment, food court, wine court, wine & beer garden all within Silverton’s Coolidge McClaine Park. 
Artist & food booths open 10 am - 7 pm on Saturday & 10 am - 6 pm on Sunday. 
Entertainment schedule: Saturday 11:30 am – 8:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am – 6:00 pm. 
Complementary shuttle service and free parking is available at Robert Frost School 301 Westfield St. and at the Oregon Garden 879 W. Main St.
Festival admission is FREE.

Garden University at The Oregon Garden:
Learn about the Charms & Challenges of Bible Plant Research. Lytton John Musselman will give his presentation at The Oregon Garden during Garden University, at 1 p.m. on August 20th. Tickets are $15, free for members, and include Garden admission. 

Silver Falls Star Party
Saturday, August 27 9 pm until midnight at Silver Falls State Park’s Old Ranch. Join park staff and astronomy club members for a night of stargazing. Learn about constellations, nebulas, and other heavenly sights. View them through many different sizes and styles of telescopes. The event is sponsored by Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club, Silver Falls State Park, and Friends of Silver Falls. Cost is $5 per vehicle day use fee, otherwise there is no charge. For more information, call 503-873-8681 ext 21 or 503-874-0201.

Stop & Smell the Roadsters
Stop and Smell the Roadsters, during an outdoor car show at The Oregon Garden. Cars will be "planted" throughout the Garden on Sunday August 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, or to sign up to show your car, visit


Open House at Silverton Curves

Silverton Curves is having an Open House to celebrate their Grand Re-opening with local owners! Tuesday and Wednesday August 9th & 10th, 6am-7pm, we are offering a special Open House discount of 66% off the join fee! The first 50 people to sign up get a free gift as a special Thank You! Call today for your appt! 503-873-3479 or come see us at 610 Front St. 

Mary Kay at The Mercantile First Friday
Susan Craig, Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, will have a display table set up at The Mercantile, 207 High St., on Friday August 5th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, during Homer Davenport Days/First Friday. Stop by and check out an array of fabulous Mary Kay products, as well as enter a drawing for a free gift! We’ll see you then!

The Chocolate Box
The Chocolate Box extends the “welcome mat” to your visiting friends and family by giving them 1 free chocolate for the price of 1 purchased chocolate of equal or greater value. They just have to tell us they are your guests visiting from outside Silverton.

We have a wonderful new non-alcoholic beverage made from Pinot Noir grapes by Evergreen Wineries. It's carbonated so there's a nice fizz to it and tastes really great. It's called Spruce Goose Oregon Semi-Sparkling Pinot Noir Juice and is only $8.50 per bottle. Additionally, we have brought back an extraordinary dessert wine from Eola Hills Winery--Raspbery Vin'd Ete as well as Eola Hills' Vin d' Espice Gewurztraminer. It has notes of apricots, guava & caramel. 

We also have Extreme Chocolates caramel rum creole sauce. Buttery smooth with just a hint of cayenne pepper & rum, we use it not only on vanilla bean ice cream, but as a dipping sauce for grilled pork chops or chicken! 

Finally, we have Ladybug Chocolates "painted" truffles ablaze with splashes of brilliant color against a backdrop of solid brown or dark chocolate cover. They are 2 to 3 times the size of a typical truffle. Our current flavors include dark chocolate with kahlua, dark chocolate with rum, toffee crunch in milk chocolate or orange blended in white chocolate called an "orange creamsicle". We are located at 202 N. Water St. (503) 873-3225, Open Tue-Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beads n’ More 
Beads n More Design Studio & Gallery has a new look in the back Jewelry n' More Gallery.
Please join us this coming First Friday for the Customer Appreciation Drawing. The chosen customer will win a gift package valued at $25.00. We appreciate our new and loyal customers and it is our way of saying thank you. The name will be drawn at 8:00 pm on first Friday so come by and say hi, to see who won!

Remember to check out Emily's next class project for August while you’re there. Her classes fill up fast! New products on sale: medium and large porcupine quills, Swarovski crystals and Griffin silk threads. Open Tuesday through Saturday noon till 5:30 pm and Sunday noon till 4:00 pm.

The Purl District Sidewalk Sale
First weekend in August is Silverton’s big downtown sidewalk festival during Homer Davenport Days......We will be participating with 10% off stuff outside including books patterns and some yarns.

If you have items you want to appear in “What’s Happening”, email


 *Photo Credits:  Davenport Race / Lori Cain, Statesman Journal

   Searching for Stars / John Lanoue

Comments (2)

Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

The Homer Davenport Festival sounds like a lot of fun. It never ceases to amaze me how many great activities you've got going on in Silverton. Very cool...

Aug 04, 2011 12:57 PM
Rosi Green
AmeriTitle - Silverton, OR

Thanks for reading Rene' - come visit anytime!!

Aug 05, 2011 04:27 AM

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