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#SilvertonOR Hills Strawberry Festival – Fathers’ Day – June 17th

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival

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Fathers’ Day | Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Coolidge-McClaine City Park

Since 1951, Silverton area folks have been enjoying this local tradition. Originally held at the Silverton Hills Grange Hall, we now celebrate in our local Coolidge-McClaine City Park. Held on Fathers Day Sunday, June 17, 2018.

We serve up a strawberry delight with biscuits and ice cream and a free second helping of strawberries, all for just $6.00! Strawberry shortcake desert is free for children 2 or under and 80 or over!

Kicking off our Strawberry Festival musical line-up from 12:00 to 2:30 will be The SycoBilly’s, a talented group who is hitting the local music scene like a ton of bricks!

And from 2:30 to 5:00 the Oregon Valley Boys will be providing their own brand of Western Swing at The Main Entertainment Stage, located near the covered area in the park!!

Only $6.00!

Under 2 and Over 80 Free!!

More information…

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McMenamins 19th Annual UFO Festival in #McMinnvilleOR – May 17th-19th

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McMenamins 19th Annual UFO Festival

Thursday–Saturday, May 17–19, 2018

Hotel Oregon in McMinnville

We’re prepping the landing gear for our 19th annual UFO Festival , inviting UFO-curious and fun-seekers alike for multiple days of fun and mind-expanding opportunities!

Our events include:

  • more live music than ever
  • the always-fun UFO parade
  • pet costume contest
  • 5K alien dash
  • costume ball
  • a new wine tasting event
  • a new UFO/alien trivia night
  • and so much more!

Speakers are:

  • Jeremy Corbell, UFO phenomena researcher and filmmaker, speaking about the government’s UFO secrecy and Area 51
  • Randall Nickerson & Ariel School Eyewitnesses talking about an alien craft encounter
  • George Knapp, an award-winning journalist and radio host who will reveal new information about Skinwalker Ranch.

Tickets to speakers’ events are available now.Peruse the whole lineup of events and plan on joining in the fun: full schedule.

Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR: 33rd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival – May 12th

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33rd Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill Street SE

First held in 1985, our Sheep to Shawl festival is a classic family event, offering the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of wool fiber processing, from the shearing of animals – sheep, of course, but also als, llamas, and the occasional rabbit – to the production of beautiful lace at the hands of expert fiber artists.

Weaving, spinning, knitting, and rug-hooking are on display, as are blacksmith demonstrations in our operating forge.

You don’t want to miss the 2018 Sheep to Shawl!

Bring the whole family!

Admission is free for everyone!

Go here for the Entertainment Schedule and Children’s Activities!

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, OR 97301

Japan Studies Student Leader’s 10th Annual Sakura Matsuri Festival at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Sat. April 7th

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Japan Studies Student Leader’s Sakura Matsuri Festival

Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Putnam University Center | Cat Cavern

Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life.
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Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities.

10th Annual Sakura Matsuri at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Sat. April 7th

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Japan Studies Student Leader’s Sakura Matsuri Festival

Saturday, April 7 2018 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Putnam University Center | Cat Cavern

Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold
significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of
life.

Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies
Program and Willamette University volunteers, hosts this festival filled with food,
entertainment, and many cultural activities.

Qingming Festival – Chinese Blessing of the Shrine in #SalemOr – April 5th

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Chinese Blessing of the Shrine  

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 10:00 AM

Salem Pioneer Cemetery

Salem had an active thriving Chinatown from the 1880s through the mid-1920s. While there are no remaining buildings from this period, in November 2017, we uncovered a Chinese Shrine within Salem’s Pioneer cemetery. We believe the Shrine was constructed in order to provide the Chinese a place to leave offerings for their family members as well as those who died and did not have any family here. Many Chinese who came to Salem were sojourners, here to work temporarily. The inscription on the Shrine’s marble tablet has been translated to mean ‘To the Tomb of an Unknown Friend’.

This day is set aside to clean the graves of Chinese ancestors and pay them homage.

Please join us on Thursday April 5, 2018 at 10:00am for a Chinese Blessing of the Shrine by the Buddhist Priest from Salem’s Mia Chung Temple in honor of the Chinese Qingming Festival.       

Parking is restricted, and not allowed within the cemetery, so please park along the north side of Hoyt St., near the southwest entrance of the Pioneer Cemetery. Volunteers will be available to guide you to the northern edge of the cemetery, where the Shrine is located.

Below are photos of several headstones that were found in the backyard of a resident living to the north of the Pioneer Cemetery. These stones have been graciously returned to the cemetery, and can be viewed, along with several artifacts from the Shrine and a brief history of Salem’s Chinese as part of the Willamette Heritage Center’s exhibit: Arrival: Stories of Migration, Immigration and Journeys in the Mid-Willamette Valley. This exhibit will be open through April 27, 2018.

If you are interested in attending our next Chinese Shrine Advisory Committee meeting, or have any Chinese artifacts, headstones or other information about Salem’s Chinese and would be willing to share, please contact Kimberli Fitzgerald at kfitzgerald@cityofsalem.net or 503 540-2397.

For more information about the Chinese Shrine project please visit our website at: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/chinese-shrine-project.aspx

#SalemOR Winter Brewfest! – Jan. 31st to Feb. 3rd

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SALEM WINTER BREWFEST

Starts: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 11:00 PM

Oregon State Capitol

The Salem Winter Brewfest, Salem, Oregon’s premiere winter party, beautifully positioned across the street from the steps of Oregon’s State Capitol Building, is a 4-day festival for the 21 and over crowd, featuring live music, a huge variety of cold beers and ciders on tap, cocktails and yummy eats. Take shelter and enjoy the warmth inside our heated tent and bring your friends and family for a fun night in the city. Enjoy listening to unforgettable musical performances by some of the Northwest’s best talent.

More information and ticket information

Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301