Jul 242014

Art, music, food and drink christen a new era when the first Salem food pod pulls into the alley behind Taproot (Pete’s Place) during First Wednesday Pop Up. Fusion, Sample This BBQ and Uncle Chuck’s Wagon join Vagabond Brewing, Santiam Brewing, 2 Towns Cider House and Hard Times Distillery for an event celebrating Mid-Valley Makers and First Wednesday in downtown Salem. 20 artists will exhibit work at the art fair and the stage features music, acrobatics and fencing. The event is free and occurs 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6th. Reply if you are interested in participating or volunteering.

Historic Dog Walking Tour allows dogs to take their owners for a walk around downtown on First Wednesday. There’s a short alley parade and a longer stroll in the shade to Pringle Park. Both are free and include sites of interest. Dogs are asked to meet in the alley beside Uptown Insurance, 349 State St. at 6:30 p.m.


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Jul 012014

ursprungwalk Regardless of their background, the Mid-Valley Makers that influenced downtown Salem were All-American. They worked hard and played hard, paying tribute to the country that allowed success and to the community that provided the resources and talent for prosperity.

All-American: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday shares stories about influential Americans in downtown Salem, including Charles Bennett (started the 1849 Gold Rush), Vic Trevitt (Mexican-American war hero) and Jonathan Bourne (initiative and referendum creator). The 90 minute walking tour also covers sites visited by patriotic American figures John Philips Sousa, Susan B. Anthony and Herbert Hoover.

The 6:00 p.m. tour, meets at Uptown Insurance, 349 State St is free and starts with an orientation by Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill.

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Jun 042014

Enjoy a stroll around downtown and take in some culture. Lots of businesses are open late for your enjoyment and entertainment. Ursprung heritage event starts 6p at Blade Fit 150 Liberty St NE.

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Apr 022014

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.
Kid Friendly!
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.

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Dec 032013


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.

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Nov 182013

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!

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Nov 072013
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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.

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Nov 042013

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.

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Sep 232013


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.

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Jul 272013


Tonight’s tour has more bawdy Salem history than you can shake a stick at. Samuel Adolph (Wild Pear), Louis Westacott (ampm), Klinger and Beck (sculpture garden) and all their saloon buddies will once again breathe life into downtown Salem during the 2-hour tour. We’re talking about breweries and saloons while visiting important sites that influenced Salem’s history.


While Salem currently counts seven breweries within city limits, their combined output is dwarfed by just one downtown brewery during Salem’s heyday as “Hop Center of the World.” At the time of its closing in 1953, Sick’s Brewery produced 75,000 barrels – 27 million bottles of beer downtown on Commercial Street South. With roots going back to 1866, the brewing industry dominated the Salem economy and earned the city an international reputation.

Along with brewing, the rowdy saloon nightlife influenced Salem culture, attracting temperance unions and finally prohibition. Stories will be shared of Maggie Gardner’s Hurdy-Gurdy girls, Jonathan Bourne’s six-week binge with legislators and how Oregon’s first deficit paid for a stocked bar in the committee room.

Added bonus: Tour of 1871 ruins.


Breweries: Farmers, Star, Pacific, Pioneer, Capital, Salem Brewing Association, Sick’s, Willamette Valley, Ram, Thompson’s, Seven Brides, Pale Horse, Gilgamesh, Santiam, Vagabond, Salem Ale Works

Saloons: El Dorado, Pony, Oriflamme, Nonpareil, Palmer’s, Crystal, North Star, Vic’s, Fontaine’s, Belvedere, Gem, Chemeketa

Want to support creativity in Salem? Donate to Salem Creative Network and keep creativity flowing.

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