Sep 092014

Thousands of maker fans turned out on a sunny Sunday afternoon to experience open streets, active entertainment and support local Mid-Valley Makers exhibiting on the Capitol Mall. Three breweries, a cider works and a distillery offered craft drinks to complement the mobile cuisine from the 4-truck food pod. Art vendors were especially busy keeping up with the traffic and the live music kept everyone in good spirits. It was a great example of collaboration, led by the City of Salem and Salem Sunday Streets.

If you missed the fun, First Wednesday Pop Up in the the Alleys happens Wednesday, October 1. It’s OKTOBERFEST!

 September 9, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 pm events, update No Responses »
Aug 282014

First Wednesday Pop Up expands to Wisteria alley with 8 mid-valley brew, cider and spirit makers and more art, food trucks and entertainment on Wednesday, September 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Then, on Sunday, September 7, Mid-Valley Makers join Salem Sunday Streets for a celebration of open streets.
Mid-Valley Makers on the Capitol Mall offers art booths, a food pod and a beer and cider garden in the shade of the State Capitol State Park cherry trees. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and lawn games to enjoy the concert by March Fourth Marching Band, City of Pieces and Tokyo International University of America Taiko drummers. Dog/Kid/Bike friendly!

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Aug 062014

Three dog-friendly walking tours, Salem’s first food pod and alley party add sizzle to downtown this First Wednesday. From 5:00 to 9:00, Fusion, Uncle Chuck’s Wagon and Sample This Barbecue will line up in the alley behind Ladd and Bush Bank. They will be joined by Vagabond Brewing, Santiam Brewing, 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Hard Times Distillery. Two Kilts Brewing pours across the street in Uptown Insurance.
At 6:30, three walking tours will be offered for baseball fans and dog lovers. Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center, will talk about downtown baseball and Salem Creative Network will lead an alley parade and creek side stroll with sites of interest.
There are plenty of stores open late and lots more dog events throughout downtown.

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Jul 312014


First Vagabond Brewing caps a $25,000 Kickstarter campaign and starts making tasty beer. Then Taproot got their campaign funded and is busy opening downtown. Now, these two startups will be joined by Qita Wear at the August 6 First Wednesday Pop Up in the Alley. The lighted mask-making company Kickstarter campaign ends on First Wednesday but has already reached more than double their goal.

There will be plenty of these masks on display at the art fair end of the alley, so stop by around dark to get the best experience. Be sure to congratulate Alvin, Topher and Juan for taking a risk on crowd-funding. The results are more than worth it.

Remember, there’s a dog walking tour too!

 July 31, 2014  Posted by at 4:24 pm events No Responses »
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.

 July 1, 2014  Posted by at 9:53 am events, update No Responses »
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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May 312014

Ingenuity and drive fueled early German pioneers to build a lasting impression in downtown Salem. Ursprung: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, explores the influence of German immigrants on architecture, food production and industry during the 19th and early 20th centuries with a walking tour and tastings from mid-valley makers. Stories about butchers, bakers and beverage makers will be shared by Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center, providing an orientation for the self-guided walking tour 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, at Blade Fit, 150 Liberty NE in the Metropolitan Building. Tours and orientation are free and offered in both English and German.
Buildings and bridges from food and beverage producers Sam Adolph and Gideon Stolz, meatpacker Fred Steusloff, and railroad builder Louis Gerlinger, Sr., will be featured on the tour. Modern-day makers continue producing German-style food and beverage products and samples are available at participating venues.
Items of interest along the tour route include a bridge, 2 original butcher shop buildings, 3 former brewery sites, pretzels and German-themed beverages. A multi-cache involving the tour stops will be available at
Mid-Valley Makers aims to connect Salem’s past to its future with heritage events and modern-day makers.

Read more about German immigrants in a story by Kylie Pine in the Statesman Journal.

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Apr 252014

When more than 200 visitors showed up April 2 to take part in the Salem Underground tour and taste some locally distilled spirits, it was made clear that our community loves downtown and wants more access. The stores and sidewalks were full of people asking about downtown’s history and how to find locally-made items. They want to participate but lack opportunity.

By providing lost history and access to mid-valley businesses, Salem Creative Network empowers the community to invest in civic pride and local makers, providing relevant opportunities and creating a multiplier effect. This is only made possible by identifying shared affinities and establishing a new network to strengthen connections between existing organizations.

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Conexiones Latinas: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday

Under the Spanish Crown for more than 300 years, the Salem area retains many of the Latino influences introduced during the nineteenth century. Conexiones Latinas: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday explores Latino heritage in Salem, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. May 7, with a walking tour and local wine, tequila tastings downtown.

Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, leads an orientation 6:00 p.m. at Blade Fit that shares the stories of Spanish conquest, vaqueros and the “appropriated” inheritance that financed the birth of Oregon. A one-hour guided or self-guided walking tour of downtown Salem will follow.

Items of interest along the tour route include a watering hole for traveling livestock, coffee and oyster saloons, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Veracruz amethysts and the factory that manufactured La Corona Cuban cigars. Tequila tastings will be offered at selected bars. Both the orientation and tour are in English and Spanish languages.The tour will also be posted as a multi-cache on

Art of Efrain Diaz-Horna

In celebration of Conexiones Latinas, artist and poet Efrain Diaz-Horna exhibits drawings and paintings throughout May at Pop Up art gallery, 260 Liberty NE. Spanning a decade, the artwork on display has traveled to exhibits in Mexico, Peru, Russia and throughout Oregon. His poetry has been published in Expreso, The Oregonian, The Hispanic News, The National Catholic Reporter, and several newsletters. He is the author of a collection of poems titled The Many Faces of Love (1983). Efrain has been a member of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon United Nations Association, and has chaired the Oregon Hispanic Commission. We’re honored to share Efrain’s “circumstantial doodles” with downtown Salem.

New gallery/extreme exercise gym moving into former UpSalem Social Innovation Center

Remember the art, fashion shows, parkour, aerial silk, fencing, live music, breakdancing and workshops at 365 Ferry St? Salem Creative Network developed the space as a incubator for small businesses to test products and services in a highly visible retail environment. The performances were created to showcase local talent and try new forms of entertainment downtown. Pop Up art gallery installed exhibits to attract new tenants to the city-owned property, which has been on the market for 5 years.

After our last show in January 2014, the city secured a lease from fitness center operator, 413 Industries LLC and gallery and boutique business, Eclectic NW LLC. This is the fourth Pop Up art gallery location to find a tenant since we initiated the storefront beautification program in 2011.

Please support these businesses for their innovative business model approach. Their pre-grand opening is May 30.

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