Things to do in Silverton, Or - Week of July 31-Aug 7, 2012

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Homer Davenport Days are here again! This weekend, Silverton celebrates Homer Davenport, an internationally renowned political cartoonist. I have a greater appreciation of the meaning behind this event and the man we celebrate after reading his coming of age memoir, The Country Boy. Highly recommended reading for any Silverton or Willamette Valley resident.

I've always enjoyed this week-end because it becomes a class / family / friend reunion where our townspeople, past and present gather together. And, somehow I've been roped into pushing a Davenport on wheels down Main Street. See you in Silverton!

Photo source: Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission

Here’s what’s happening around Silverton this week: July 31 – August 7

August Forum Lunch
Friday, August 10, 11:45 – 1:00 pm – Our speaker is Marion County Treasurer Laurie Steele. She will be speaking on fraud prevention and detecting counterfeit currency. Lunch is in the conference rooms above the Birth Center at Silverton Health. Cost for lunch is $10 with a reservation (503-873-5615 or respond to the Constant Contact email) by Tuesday, August 7. 

Live Music & Happy Hour daily in the Fireside Lounge at the Oregon Garden Resort
Happy Hour specials 3-6 pm daily, and live music Sunday-Thursday: 7-10 pm, Friday & Saturday: 9 pm-midnight. 
Tuesday, July 31: Brett Neuman
Wednesday, August 1: Orvil Ivie
Thursday, August 2: Joe Stoddard
Friday, August 3: Billy & the Rockets
Saturday, August 4: Gary Buford
Sunday, August 5: Bill Hughes
Monday, August 6: Tracy Reynolds

Movies in the Garden at The Oregon Garden every Thursday through August 26
Bring your family to watch a movie under the stars, while enjoying food, beer and wine. Doors open at 7pm, movies start at dusk. Anchorman is this Thursday, August 2nd with Babe on August 9th and The Big Lebowski (rated R) on August 16. Visit for details and the full schedule. 

Silverton Arts Association presents The 2012 Silverton Plein Air Outdoor Painting Event: Artists to paint on location.
Artists from the Mid-Willamette Valley are invited to paint outdoors “en plein air” at several beautiful and one-of-a-kind locations in and around Silverton during July and August. Locations include: GeerCrest Historic Farm August 2, Gallon House Bridge August 11, and Silver Falls State Park August 27th. A onetime fee of $20 covers all locations and entry to the final juried show. The first 10 participants to register will also receive 2 8x8 birch painting panels on which to paint their plein air pieces. A reception and awards presentation will also be held. For complete information, call Stacy Higby at 503-873-2480; email, or register on line at

Retirement Celebration for Police Chief Rick Lewis
Thursday August 2, 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Silverton Police Chief Rick Lewis has served 38+ years in law enforcement. Please join us as we bid happy retirement to Chief Lewis at Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St. No-host bar, hors d’oeuvres provided.

Swearing-in Ceremony
Friday August 3, 3:00 pm – Captain Jeff Fossholm will be sworn in as Chief of Police in the Silverton Community Center Council Chambers, 421 S. Water Street. The general public is invited and refreshments will be served. 

Homer Davenport Community Festival Kick-Off Party
Thursday August 2, 6-10 pm in Coolidge McClaine Park - The party is open to the public (21 & over). There will be food, music, a beer garden and wine. Tickets are $5 per person and are for sale now at the Chamber office, Mac’s Place, the Wooden Nickel and Roth’s.

First Friday at Silverton Beverage 
August 3, 4:30 – 6:30 Tastings of Skinny Girl cocktails at Silverton Beverage.

First Friday at Lunaria Gallery 
August 3, 7-9 pm “Illumination” by artists Jane Godfrey & Sondra Radcliffe, and Maya Trysil. Godfrey and Radcliffe will be exhibiting a new line of plates and bowls in a palette of delicious luminous colors, along with their multi-colored fused glass landscapes that give a feeling of depth and intrigue. Their abstract stained glass portrays sensitive fluid designs with the exciting hues of hand blown glass.
Maya Trysil's work focuses on the wild all around and within us. Glowing color and diffuse light permeate her acrylic paintings, delicate colored pencil renderings and digital art photography. Trysil's images are mysterious and rich in story.
The Upstairs Show: Dayna Collins “Layers of Memory” An archeological exploration incorporating wood, plaster, paint, words, and sometimes found objects. 

Homer Davenport Community Festival August 3, 4 & 5 
The festival takes place in Coolidge McClaine Park and other venues throughout Silverton. Arts & crafts fair, food, music, & kids activities take place in the park on Friday noon – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm. 

Saturday 10:00 am - Homer parade along Water Street, Oak Street and First Street. This year’s theme is “Silverton’s Sports History”. 
The Silverton Flywheels Classic Car Club Cruise- In takes place in Old Mill Park (between the swimming pool & the library) Saturday beginning at 9 am. 

Sunday morning - Homer Classic Fun Run starting & ending at Silverton High School 
Sunday: Davenport Races begin at 1:00 pm on Main Street in downtown Silverton.

Silverton Lions Club Harvest Breakfast
Saturday & Sunday August 4 & 5, 7 am-1 pm, Breakfast of ham, eggs & pancakes has been served in the park for over 60 years. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10 & under.

Silverton Farmers Market 
The market is open 9 am – 1 pm every Saturday in Town Square Park. The market features produce, plants, flowers, baked goods, coffee, jam & jelly, and more.

Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch Open Barn and Store
June-Dec Weekends 10-4 pm, call for weekday appt. We have babies in the back. Come for a visit, walk the pastures and hold a baby! We have an assortment of western shirt by Barn Fly and Ryan Michael, Designer alpaca clothing and yarn, roving and rugs in our store. 503-407-3699

Silver Creek Coffee House Hosts Home Wellness Solution Preview
Every Monday night at 7:00 pm. We have unheard of technologies for a better home environment. Water, Air, Magnetic technology, Far-Infrared technology, SpyderRAM technology, Skin, Nutritional and much more. Come see shocking demonstrations. Coffee, beverages and snacks will be provided. 111 N. Water Street RSVP: (503) 874-9600

Silverton Art Association Classes:
For information for all classes, call Stacy Higby at 503-874-2480; email, or register on line at

Big Art Week camp at Silverton Arts Association
August 6-10 9:00-1:00 $130 members or $170 nonmembers A brand new camp of epic proportions! Four amazingly talented instructors take turns teaching tons of different art techniques! This 4-hour camp includes drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, puppet-making, set design, and so much more. Every day, every hour is new and inviting, fun and exciting! Best of all, the week culminates in a performance for friends and family showcasing campers’ art, skills, and talents. For kids 6-12. 

Figure Drawing with Elyse McGowan (for adults only) at Silverton Arts Association
Saturdays August 11 and 25 10:00-12:00 $50 members/$60 nonmembers

Garden University at The Oregon Garden 
Learn about Carnivorous Plants with Barry Rice at 1 pm on Saturday, August 11th. Tickets are 
free to Garden members,$15 to the public and include Garden admission, and can be purchased at the Visitor Center prior to the event. 

Junior Gardeners Club at The Oregon Garden 
Your kids will have a great time with Monster Plants in the Children's Garden at 10 am on Saturday, August 11th! Program is designed for kids 5-10 years old, and tickets are free to Garden members, $5 plus admission for the public. 

An Evening of Stargazing at Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park & the Friends of Silver Falls invite the public to enjoy stargazing at the 8th annual Star Party on Saturday, August 11 from 9 pm to midnight at the main parking lot of the day use area. From there, follow the directions to the viewing area. For those of you who have attended this event before, this is a change in venue from previous years. More information about the Star Party and Silver Falls are available by calling 503-874-0201 or by visiting the park website at or check the events calendar at

Annual Fundraiser Benefiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House
Sunday, August 12 from 3 to 6 pm – The family afternoon includes local Willamette Valley farm fare, delicious food prepared by northwest chefs, and Oregon beer, hard cider, and wine served in a festival atmosphere around the Gordon House. Silent and live auctions; restaurant and winery tour drawings; and bluegrass troubadours add to the festivities. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for two and $60 for a family. All proceeds benefit the Gordon House. For more information and to make reservations call 503-874-6006 or visit

Silverton Health Auxiliary Garage Sale Coming To You This Summer
Do you have items that you don’t need anymore? Do you have items that are collecting dust and need to go to a good home? Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!! 
The Silverton Health Auxiliary is holding their huge yard sale, Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18. The location will be 1084 Oak St., which is at the intersection of Hwy. 213 and Monitor Rd. The hours are 9 am to 3 pm on both days. The funds raised will be used to benefit the projects of the auxiliary. Please come and see all of the fabulous items that will be available for sale. If you have any questions, please contact Chairperson, Larry Brown at 503 873-2738. 

Silver Falls Seasonal Walks
Silver Falls State Park is hosting a series of walks throughout the summer. Show up for the times below or call for reservations:
Wednesdays at 10:30 am - Magical Marshes is an easy one-hour walk through the park’s wetlands. It leaves from the Wood Shed in the campground.
Thursdays at 2:00 pm - Walk in the Mist Zone takes visitors behind South Falls for a two mile walk in the canyon explaining plants along the trail. The walk leaves from the South Falls Lodge.
Saturdays at 2:00 pm - A Walk Through History is a one-hour walk featuring the historic buildings in the day-use area & includes an 8-minute film on the history of the park. It leaves from the Lodge and is an ADA accessible easy walk.
Reservations can be made ahead of time for group walks on other days. For more information about the walks or to make reservations, call Lou Nelson at 503-581-4155.

Thank you Silverton Chamber for all you do, for the love of Silverton.

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