Spirits of the Underground happens tonight during First Wednesday. We’re touring old saloon sites and the looking up from the underground starting 6:00 pm at Blade Fit. Mid-Valley distilleries are offering samples in Blade Fit and Uptown Insurance from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Grand Vines, Brown’s Towne Lounge and Magoo’s are featuring Oregon spirits along the route. The tour or the tastings are a fun excuse to enjoy some spring air.
The 8th Cherry City Music Festival happens April 3, 4, 5, 2014. This year 41 bands are playing in 9 venues around town. Almost all performances are free and 21+. Minors welcome at the Capital City TV live broadcast. Check out the updated schedule at Cherry City Music Festival.
When Gideon Stolz opened the first cider mill downtown in 1879, he seeded an industry that grew to make Salem the largest food processor in the world. Fruits of Labor: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, explores the influence of fruit processing on downtown Salem with an orientation and walking tour.
The event occurs on First Wednesday, March 5 at Blade Fit, 150 Liberty NE in the Metropolitan Building. Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center, will provide a brief history of fruit processing downtown and explain the sites listed on the self-guided tour.
Cider and wine tasting is available at participating businesses. Mid-Valley Makers aims to connect Salem’s past to its future with heritage events. Free.
Schedule (subject to change)
5:00 – 9:00
2Towns Ciderhouse at Uptown Insurance 349 State St
Carlton Cyderworks at Salem Summit Company 246 State St
Honeywood Winery at Blade Fit L.L.C. 150 Liberty St NE
6:00 Presentation by Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center curator
at Blade Fit L.L.C. 150 Liberty St NE
6:30 Guided and self-guided tours
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Uptown Insurance Blind Wine and Cider Tasting
Participants bring fruit wine or cider for entry into competition.
Looking for a good reason to go downtown? Built by Beer kicks off Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, February 5th with seven mid-valley breweries pouring in five venues. The event connects Salem’s past to its future with modern-day makers that continue the traditions that helped Salem prosper. The free beer heritage tour starts 6:00 p.m. at Uptown Insurance, 349 State St and will be led by Kylie Pine from Willamette Heritage Center. It’s your downtown – own it!
Self -guided tour from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $15 wristbands good for 2x 3 oz tastes from each brewery.
1. Venti’s Cafe + Basement Bar pouring Salem Ale Works 325 Court St NE
Since 1996, Venti’s Cafe has been pushing the craft beer envelope downtown by exposing Salem to the exploding microbrew scene. Venti’s always had it on tap first and when they moved across the street and put in the cozy basement bar, the selection only grew. As the mid-valley breweries mature, Venti’s continues to support the community by offering tap handles from the locals.
The Salem Ale Works boys broke onto the scene last summer at the Bite and Brew downtown and haven’t looked back since. Former college buds and wildland firefighters, the brewers opened a taproom behind Kmart last August inside their small batch brewery. Their attention to detail is producing some very tasty brews, like the Misery Whip IPA and Cast Iron CDA, and they’ll be at Venti’s Cafe with their latest.
2. Franklin’s Bottle Shop pouring Deluxe, Two Kilts and Santiam Brewing 241 Liberty St NE
By offering beer until 2:30 a.m., Franklin’s Bottle Shop pulled downtown into the 21st Century in August 2012. As the only late-night option in decades, Franklin’s became the destination for thrill seekers daring to unroll the sidewalks and stay out past midnight. With their tap handles breeding like rabbits and a well-stocked bottle selection, Franklin’s sets the bar for a late-night imbibery.
Deluxe Brewing in Albany launched the mid-valley’s first brewstillery in 2011, making lagers and distilling whiskey, rum and gin. While at different ends of the beer spectrum, their Schwarzbier and Pre-Prohibition Pilsner are great examples of malty bodies. Their taproom is open Fridays and Saturdays down on the river by in downtown Albany.
Two Kilts Brewing out of Sherwood scaled up to bottling in 2011 and now boast a 15 barrel capacity cranking out a strong Scotch Ale and Belgian Blonds, Reds. They focus on high-quality ingredients and their taproom is located on the Tualatin-Sherwood cutoff, open Monday-Saturday.
Santiam Brewing cranks out an amazing amount of luscious beer, influenced by traditional British-style draughts casking in aged oak and rum barrels. With more styles than taps, there’s always a choice at their brewery at 19th and McGilchrist open daily.
3. The Coin Jam pouring Gilgamesh Brewing 439 Court St NE
A sneak-peek into The Coin Jam early on revealed a powerful concept, combining video games and drinks to attract nerds like moths to light. When it opened downtown, everyone got another surprise with a funky menu and friendly staff. They will all be on deck this First Wednesday with a special Gilgamesh-inspired menu and random free play.
Gilgamesh Brewing loves to get creative with their beer and it’s always exciting to see what they do next. From Mamba to Vader to DJ Jazzy Hef, the creative brews have offered an inspiring complement to their traditional pales since 2010. Now that the brewery has moved to Salem and opened The Campus on Madrona, their contagious energy has made them an events destination.
4. Salem Summit Co. pouring Mazama Brewing 246 State St
Salem Summit Co. stepped up and filled a big hole when they opened an outdoor shop with quality merchandise downtown. A quick look on their shelves satisfies even hardcore adventurers and their friendly customer service keeps families and kids in the know. Housed in the Catlin and Lynn Building, Salem Summit Co. is the last stop of the beer heritage walking tour.
Mazama Brewing burst onto the mid-valley scene with their Belgian-style brews in May of 2013. Their 20-barrel brewery near Corvallis anchors the Eastgate Circle fermentation utopia. With plenty of room for experimentation, the brewery is kicking out some 10% Grand Cru and oak barrel-aged Dubbel at 8.2%. Paired with some Fresh ‘n Local Foods at Salem Summit Co., it’s just what the weatherman ordered!
5. Uptown Insurance pouring Seven Brides Brewing 349 State St
Uptown Insurance continues the creative streak in the George Bayne Building. A former guitar store and photography studio, the space lends itself to welcoming visitors and Uptown Insurance refined the experience with two beautiful bars, open space, high ceilings and a video projector. Built with hops money in the early 1900s, the location is the first stop on the beer heritage tour.
Seven Brides Brewing began around 2008 in a West Salem garage with beta-testers filling growlers from 5 and 10 gallon batches of Oatmeal Ellie and Lil’s Pils. After refinement and prodding from the lucky testers, Seven Brides opened a brewery in Silverton, which they immediately outgrew. After building a taproom a few blocks away, Seven Brides finally had room to catch up with demand and continue to make enough beer to pay for their daughters’ weddings.
6:00 p.m. at 349 State St FREE
Learn about the influence of hops and beer on Salem’s growth and architecture with Kylie Pine of the Willamette Heritage Center. The one-hour walking tour will include descriptions of the George Bayne Building, Livesley Building, Adolph Block, J.K. Gill Building, Salem Brewery Association and the Catlin and Lynn Building.
Mid-Valley Makers connects Salem’s past to its future on February 5 with Built By Beer, an interactive heritage event, showcasing seven local breweries and a tour of sites important to the growth of Salem. Gilgamesh, Salem Ale Works, Santiam, Seven Brides, Mazama, Deluxe and Two Kilts will be pouring from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in six venues downtown.
Salem’s beer heritage still stands tall in the architecture in and around State Street. Starting at 6:00 p.m. inside the George Bayne Block, 349 State St, a guided walking tour will explain the importance of beer and hops in building the mid-valley economy, which, at its peak, was producing 27 million bottles annually. We’ll visit the Livesley Building, Sam Adolph Block and site of the Salem Brewery Association with history experts from the Willamette Heritage Center.
A $10 wristband ($15/day of event) gets you tastes from each brewery and the tour is free. Join us on First Wednesday for a peek into the future, based on the past.
There’s still time to get creative downtown this year with a few more events at UpSalem Social Innovation Center. Surrealist Salvador Dali is the subject of a trip we’re taking to see a special exhibit of at Lawrence Gallery on Saturday, December 28, leaving at 11:00 a.m. This is a rare chance to see more than 50 original etchings and watercolors created by Dali during the 1960s. The odd techniques used on copper-plates are truly fascinating, like the acid-dipped octopus, or simple nail-scratchings. The exhibit goes away on January 1, so join us as we carpool on a Surrealist Excursion to Bellevue. Free with arranged carpooling.
Later that day, break dancers pop and lock for $200 dollars in prize money during Konkrete Kingz dance competition. More than 30 dances compete in 2v2, 1v1 and beat boxers categories from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Salem Cypher club, the event brings northwest dancers together for a unique experience downtown.$10 suggested donation.
Looking to express yourself during on New Year’s Eve? Midnight Open Mic invites you to take the stage and sing, dance or speak your mind from midnight to 2:00 a.m. We’ll provide the space, stage and mics. We’ll be broadcasting live on the internet. Free!
There’s still time to support creativity this year! Paypal your tax-deductible donation before Jan 1 to help Salem Creative Network promote social innovation.
Stakeholders interested in discussing marketing strategies for downtown Salem convene today to discuss the impact of the economic improvement district (EID) and other efforts to improve commerce for downtown business and property owners during two workshops scheduled for noon and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 at UpSalem Social Innovation Center, 365 Ferry St SE.
Summit participants will be presented with the history and current status of the downtown marketing and promotion efforts, assess the effectiveness of various marketing implementations and develop a strategy for positive growth in the absence of an EID.
The summit revisits the Mobilizing Stakeholders to Create a Sociable City meeting conducted by the Salem Creative Network in 2011 and will assess the other core elements necessary for a healthy downtown; entertainment, public safety, venue safety, multi-use sidewalks, transportation and quality of life.
The downtown marketing strategy summit is open to all interested stakeholders and free to participants.
Salem Creative Network educates thousands of people every year about the value of social innovation in meeting local community challenges by developing programming about renewable energy, arts and culture, heritage and economic development.
Our large annual events, Cherry City Music Festival and Mix-n-Mash, feature hundreds of artists sharing their creativity in live venues and broadcast environments. The Solarize programs gives homeowners and businesses the tools to invest in renewable energy. Pop Up Art Gallery and the Storefront Art Projects confront downtown blight and revitalization head-on, by providing exposure for artists and attracting new tenants for property owners.
And this year we’ve expanded our educational outreach to support creative small businesses by offering workspace and workshops at a convenient downtown location. Part event center and teaching facility, UpSalem Social Innovation Center is located at 365 Ferry St SE and houses Pop Up Art Gallery. We conduct social media workshops and help small businesses develop innovative products and services in our 3000 ft. facility.
The demand for creative solutions has never been greater in Salem and we need your help. 2013 has seen a flight of creative people and businesses give up and leave Salem in frustration. We need your help to reverse that trend. Your donation to Salem Creative Network will help stop the creative flight from Salem by providing more opportunities through our educational services and programming.
And it’s tax-deductible! Salem Creative Network is a 501c3 charitable organization, so up to $500 of your donation may be deductible from your federal taxes (please consult your tax advisor) and will end up staying in the community to support innovation. Please give today!
Here’s some footage of last month’s fashion event at UpSalem. We’ve added a few twists for tomorrow night’s event, so come early at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy the hospitality of Salem Ale Works and Fresh n’ Local refreshments. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. All-ages, $10 suggested donation.
The Salem Clique, Klu Klux Klan and Volksfront are are explored during Secret Societies Downtown Heritage Tour 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 9, starting at UpSalem, 365 Ferry St SE. The 90-minute walking tour visits sites important to secret societies donwtown. The Salem Clique headquarters, the origin of the KKK’s resurgence and small businesses threatened by the Klan. $10 or $7 for groups of 3 or more. Please dress for the weather.
UpSalem adds some color to First Wednesday, November 6 with Outside Inside, a large-format, graffiti-style exhibition of more than a dozen Salem and Portland artists, led by Matt Kenitzer and Chris Casarez. An artist reception, held 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., will feature participating artists, a skateboard demonstration and refreshments. Here’s the Facebook event.
Salem creatives take center stage during boho chic fashion event at UpSalem on Friday, November 8th. Last month’s Valleylicious Style Show during Mix-n-Mash gave us a taste of our growing local talent pool, as designers, models, aerialists, parkourists and fencers performed to an original composition by Ivan de Prume, former drummer for White Zombie. The most common response from the audience was “I didn’t know anyone did this in Salem.” This month’s show will be even better with stage fighting, belly dancing and boho chic style. Salem Ale Works is pouring and Fresh n Local refreshments are available starting 7:00 p.m, with the show starting at 8:00 p.m. The event is all-ages with a $10 suggested donation.
Property and business owners interested in increasing their social networking potential and ways to attract more customers during the holidays are the subject of classes scheduled during November.
$10 suggested donation per workshop.
10:00 a.m. Monday, November 4 Social Networking bootcamp – Small Business
Hear 3 easy ways to multitask social media for increased traffic to your web site.
12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5 Social Networking bootcamp – Facebook
Learn the 7 best features of Facebook for your business during the holidays.
2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7 Social Networking bootcamp – Twitter plus
See 5 essential social media sites that aren’t Facebook.
10:00 a.m. Monday, November 11 Holiday Prep – Window decorations
Experience interactive lighting demonstrations, storefront art exhibitions and other suggestions for the holiday season.
12:00 p.m.Tuesday, November 12 Holiday Prep – Event sharing
Amplify your message by sharing calendars with other businesses.
2:00 p.m. November 14 Holiday Prep – Social Media
Create and share a campaign of storytelling to drive your brand.
Doctors diagnosing over the internet. Online newspapers achieving global reach. Salemites saying no to boring and chasing yes. These stories and more will be shared at Ignite Salem 5 on October 10 to kick off Mix-n-Mash, a 3-day festival celebrating innovation.
Are you willing to share your passion? There’s still time to get on stage.
Fill out the form HERE because today is the deadline for Ignite Salem 5 submissions.
So, maybe you’d rather share your passion on a more personal level. BarCamp Salem has you covered there, too. Bring your expertise to share with other motivated people in a user-generated, unconference environment. From noon-midnight on Saturday, October 12, Salem Creative Network will facilitate a BarCamp at 365 Ferry St SE in downtown Salem. Never heard of a BarCamp? Essentially, you bring the topic, create the schedule and engage in sessions of your choice. Open source, web development, transportation, health care, Salem startups, any subject is game if enough people want to participate.
Still unsure about opening up? Observe from a distance as a volunteer! Here’s a form for that!
Don’t forget to stop by the Social Innovation Center at 365 Ferry St SE, First Wednesday, October 2, for a Pop Up Art Gallery artists reception.