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Volume 3 Issue 3/Summer 2012 (Display until October 1, 2012) WillametteValleyLife.com

Daycation: High above the Willamette Valley Page 14

Potato Passion: Kettle Chips Page 8

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Potato Chips and Balloons


hen I was a kid in elementary school, in the little town of Kyle, Texas, our class would take field trips to local businesses. In the nearby city of Austin, we would visit Adam’s Extract and the Buttercrust Bakery factory. At the end of the Adam’s Extract tour, each student was given a snow cone topped with some of the flavorings that the plant made. At the Buttercrust Bread bakery, we were handed a piece of fresh warm bread right off the conveyor belt, a wooden ruler and a pencil that said “Buttercrust Bread” along the side. Having been away from elementary school for a


considerable amount of time now, I have no idea if kids still get to take tours of local businesses. I hope so. It was quite the education. In our summer issue, we decided to give you a front row field trip of our own. Writer Loren Depping took on the enviable task of finding out as much as he could about Kettle Foods, located in Salem, Oregon. You’ll find out that they do a whole lot more than cook up some of the best potato chips in the world. My good friend and photographer, John Gould and I took a hot air balloon ride a few weeks ago. Having never been up in a balloon before, we were both excited about the trip up, and we were not disappointed. You can find John’s fabulous photos of the trip in this issue’s Daycation section. We hope you enjoy this issue of Willamette Valley Life Magazine and the beautiful summer ahead.


Willamette Valley native Loren Depping is a songwriter, teacher and fledgling pedal steel guitar player. He walks avidly, loves Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, and writes from his home in the Valley’s most underrated town. Jessica Gardner loves the outdoors, enjoys a good cabernet every now and then, and wishes she could fly away in Doctor Who’s TARDIS one day. Ken Gardner writes for life, financial liberty and the pursuit of member happiness. He has worked in the financial industry for over 10 years and does not have perfect credit…but he’s getting there. John Gould’s background includes Victorian home restoration, firefighter, medic, carpenter and photographer. John currently runs a professional photography business photographing weddings, engagements, CD covers and portraits. He also loves to spend time in the wilderness backpacking and fishing with friends. Sarah Horner is a freelance writer, photographer and winemaker. Eight years of experience in the local wine industry allowed her to explore the rich culture the Willamette Valley offers. The sights, sounds and stories

of the region inspire her and she enjoys sharing her discoveries with readers. Sarah lives with her husband, two teenage boys and miscellaneous pets. Ryan Reichert is originally from Northeast Ohio and relocated to the Willamette Valley to further his career in the wine industry. He has received both his Intermediate and Advanced certifications from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and is also a certified French wine enthusiast and Spanish Wine Educator. Ryan strives to learn all he can about wine and to share his passion with everyone. nwwhites.com. Tami Richards is a native of Salem. An avid bibliophile, she has a keen interest in the people of the community, both past and present, local and farreaching. She enjoys the Willamette Valley for all the obvious reasons, but her favorite aspect is taking advantage of all the rivers and streams—day-hiking along them, smelling that amazing fresh scent, and searching for waterfalls to photograph. Jay Shenai is a freelance writer living in the midWillamette Valley, who believes a pizza is not truly a pizza if it does not have marinara sauce.





4 Valley Floor 10 People & Places 14 Daycation 16 Music & Entertainment

Kettle Chips: Potato Passion

18 The Vine 20 Your Money

Doing good and doing well in the Willamette Valley.

ON THE COVER Lift off Photo: John Gould


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Ricky Skaggs at River Rhythms


ourteen-time Grammy Awardwinner Ricky Skaggs will appear at this year’s River Rhythms Festival in Albany, Oregon on August 9th. Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact. Blanket area opens at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit riverrhythms.org.

Bounty of Benton County


njoy what Benton County has to offer this coming Labor Day weekend. The fourth annual “Bounty of Benton County” is an event that features the unique views, tastes and experiences that can be found in the area. Participants are invited to tour the “sights” which include wineries, distilleries, food producers, natural areas and more. Bounty passports feature something of value for passport holders at each site—wine tasting, food sampling, and discounts on items, tours or special experiences.

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o you want something crunchy and sweet, but still want to feel good about eating it? You might try these tasty little offerings from the Willamette Valley Granola Company based in Eugene, Oregon. Granola Chips are lightly sweetened, crispy bite-sized chips loaded with a whole grain blend of brown rice, whole oats, quinoa and barley, and come in four delicious flavors: Butter Pecan, Wild Berry, Honey Nut and Vanilla Bean. The “better-for-you” snacks are packed with healthy and satisfying fiber and protein, and made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients. With at least 17 grams of grains in each serving, they’re also certified by the Whole Grains Council. You can find them at Roth’s, Market of Choice and at amazon. com. willamettevalleygranola.com.

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Bounty participants are welcomed to taste wine, picnic, or walk the trails at many of the Heart of the Willamette Wineries. Distilleries and cider houses are also featured on the tour. Enjoy the views, pick up locally-produced treats, make fish prints, enjoy a fabulous dinner at local restaurants and experience other special places such as farms, hatcheries, nurseries and more. Visit bountyofbentoncounty.com or contact Strengthening Rural Families at 541.929.2535 for more information.

“The valiant popcorn machine gave its life and its coconut oil in the fire. It was destroyed and basically turned into a puddle...” —Stu Rasmussen, co-owner of the Palace Theater in Silverton, Oregon, after a fire that occured in the theater in April. The theater is on the mend and Rasmussen hopes to reopen by Labor Day.

Debut historical novel set in Oregon high desert on Oprah’s top list


he debut novel from Linfield College Professor Anna Keesey landed on Oprah’s Top 16 Best Books for June. Little Century was also selected for The Christian Science Monitor and Vogue Magazine summer reading lists. Although the story is set in the early 1900s, its land and water conflicts still resonate. The comingof-age story by the Linfield College writing professor follows a young orphan from Chicago who rides the rails west in search of her last living relative. Esther, the heroine, lays claim to land outside the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, where a bitter range war between cattle ranchers and sheepherders explodes in violence. In this morality tale, where settlers are duped, politics are corrupted and land is stolen, the heroine develops a moral clarity that far outstrips her age. Keesey is a professor of writing at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. The book has been published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York City.

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“In your spring 2012 edition, you have incorrectly pronounced ‘Chemawa.’ As a long time employee at Chemawa Indian Health Center, I can assure you it is not Chem-ah-wah, but Shhh-mah-wah. Thank you!” —Beth Finnson


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July, August, September kids activities, BBQ, carnival, crafts, food booths, dance and live entertainment. philomathrodeo.org.

Willamette River! Bring your family and friends to this fun-filled festival featuring live music, a delightful array of food vendors, colorful crafts booths, kids activities, inflatables, rock climbing wall, bungy jump, and Oregon wines and microbrews. downtowncorvallis.org. 4 – Fourth of July Parade – Mt. Angel. Tractors, classic cars, floats and evening fireworks.

August 11 - Aurora Colony Days - Aurora.

JULY July through August – Music In The Park – Woodburn. For over thirty years, the Woodburn Public Library has hosted summer concerts in Library Park. In that time, these professionally produced concerts by popular bands have become the heartbeat of summer culture and social life in downtown Woodburn. More recently, the festival atmosphere of Music in the Park’s Tuesday night concerts in July and August has been enhanced through the addition of market vendors selling food and crafts. 503.982.5252. woodburnlibrary.org/music-in-the-park. July through August – Music at Jo-Lily Pond. Select dates. stjosefswinery.com.

1 – Hot Wheels Classic Car Show – Independence. Classic Car show in the Riverview Amphitheatre. Featuring chili-cook off, live entertainment, full beer garden, awards and great food concessions. independenceamphitheatre.com. 2 – History on Tap: Farms, Fermentation and Festivals – Salem. History on Tap examines the cultural and economic role of Oregon generally, and the MidValley specifically, as one of the nation’s largest beer producers. Discover brewing methods, machinery and recipes for creating beers, as well as information on home brewing. Admission charged. Exhibit dates: June 22-Aug. 18. Mon.Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill. willametteheritage.org. 3-7 – Eugene Pro Rodeo– Eugene. Exciting evenings jam packed with rodeo entertainment. EugeneProRodeo.com.

July 3 - Celebration at The Oregon Garden.

July 1-15 – Oregon Bach Festival – Eugene. Artistic Director Helmuth Rilling leads international musicians in orchestral, vocal and contemporary concerts and educational programs at this Grammy-winning festival. 800.457.1486. oregonbachfestival.com. 1 – World Beat Dragon Boat Races – Salem. Come watch 30 teams battle it out on the Willamette River for bragging rights as World Beat Dragon Boat Race champions! SalemMulticultural.org.

3 – July 3rd Celebration, Concert and Fireworks at The Oregon Garden – Silverton. Join the July 3rd Celebration, Concert and Fireworks at The Oregon Garden, presented by Wave Broadband! The event begins at 2 p.m. with family activities including bounce houses, a dunk tank, birds, reptiles, carnival games and a hard cider tasting. A concert featuring Pickwick, The Portland Cello Project, and Ben Rue starts at 6 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. julythirdcelebration.blogspot.com/p/ activities.html. 3-4 – Red White and Blue Riverfront Festival – Covallis. Come celebrate the nation’s birthday on July 3rd and 4th on the Downtown banks of the beautiful

4 – Music and the Vineyard – Eugene. The Maude Kerns Art Center partners with Eugene’s Active 20–30 Club to present this festival and fireworks show. Festivities include an exciting line-up of music entertainment with the Laura Love Quartet and Orville Johnson headlining. In addition, the event features 20 Oregon wineries, a beer garden, international food booths and family-friendly activities for Independence Day. artandthenvineyard.org. 4 – Light of Liberty Celebration – Springfield. Springfield Utility Board presents fun, food and fireworks in this annual celebration by the river. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. willamalane.org/pages/events/events. 6 – First Friday – Silverton. Historic downtown Silverton. Art exhibits, entertainment, dining. silvertonchamber.org.

13-15 – Cycle Oregon - 2012 Weekend Ride – Corvallis. The 2012 Weekend Ride will show you the best of what the Willamette Valley has to offer, from the prime vantage point of a bike seat. With our trusty mix of family-friendly and more challenging routes, you can experience as much of this magical valley as you like. There will be daily routes ranging from 11 to 68 miles, with options for everyone from families to hard-core riders. Camping or dorm rooms will be provided, along with hearty food, hot showers, massage, cold microbrew, Oregon wine, live entertainment and a fully supported route. cycleoregon.com/weekend-ride. 14 – Canterbury Renaissance Faire – Silverton. Canterbury Renaissance Faire is a living history village of the 1500s era England. Enjoy live jousting, royalty, 4 stages of continuous entertainment, period demonstrations of archery, wool spinning, hand hammered armor, blacksmithing, sword fighting, food and ale. A whole day of entertainment for the entire family! canterburyfaire.com.

7, 14, 21, 28 – Champoeg Living History Saturdays – Champoeg State Heritage Area. Come explore the sights and sounds, smells and flavors of 19th-century French Prairie life, and experience the history and spirit of Champoeg with the help of volunteer costumed period interpreters. champoeg.org. 7 – Battle of the Bands - Benefit for Relay for Life – Corvallis. Bring your friends and family to Imagine Coffee for some great music. Bands will be playing all day and night. Benefits go to Relay for Life. imaginecoffee.net. 11 – Celebrate Eugene@150 Downtown – Eugene. Abbey Road LIVE will help celebrate Eugene’s 150th birthday! Beatles fans of all ages will enjoy this concert and discover Beatlemania again! In addition, Radio Redux, Eugene’s acclaimed new theater company that performs historic radio shows live on stage, brings us an exciting original look at the city’s rich history in an amusing special intermission show. eugene-or.gov. 12-15 – Philomath Frolic and Rodeo – Philomath. Parade, rodeo,

July 22 Walter Trout at Mac’s Place in Silverton Silverton.

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14 – Gordon House Summer Bird Count – Silverton. Volunteers participate in the Gordon House Summer Bird Count. thegordonhouse.org. 22 – Walter Trout Live Performance – Silverton. National award winning blues artist Walter Trout is a must see show stopper! Don’t miss this amazing performance. Mac’s Place in historic downtown Silverton. woodennickel.com. 23-August 25 – Marys River Quilt Guild: A Few of Our Favorites– Philomath. The Benton County Historical Museum announces a juried exhibition of quilts submitted by members of the Marys River Quilt Guild titled “A Few of Our Favorites.” The show will be open to the public from July 13 through August 25, 2012, and will include traditional patterns, modern art quilts, and everything in between. It is a diverse collection of quilts exemplifying

9 – River Rhythms with Ricky Skaggs – Albany. Fabulous music under the stars next to the Willamette River at the beautiful Monteith Riverfront Park. Music ranges from blues, to country, to symphony. Children’s art activities and food vendors. riverrhytms.org. 11 – Silver Falls Star Party – Sublimity. Join park staff and astronomy club members for a night of stargazing. Learn about constellations, nebulas, and other heavenly sights. View them through many different sizes and styles of telescopes. Silver Falls State Park. 503.874.0201 oregonstateparks.org/park_211.php. 11 – Aurora Colony Days Outdoor Antiques Faire – Aurora. 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Shops close at 5:00. This is the big summer event of the year starting with a pancake breakfast, antiques, art show and sale, parade, historic activities, music, food, and an evening of music in the city park. auroracolony.com. 15-19 – Lane County Fair – Eugene. One of the Northwest’s finest fairs, offering outstanding concerts, thrilling rides, games and exhibits showcasing Lane County’s best. atthefair.com.

August 11 - Silver Falls Star Party - Sublimity.

many talented Oregon quilters. bentoncountymuseum.org. 27-29 – Jefferson Mint Festival and Frog Jump – Jefferson. Events include a parade, car show and frog jump. There will be vendors and entertainment. mintfestival.com.

AUGUST 3-5 – Homer Davenport Community Festival – Silverton. Celebrate the life of Silverton’s famous son Homer Davenport with music, food court, parade and more. homerdavenport.com. 3-4 – Willamette Valley Blues and Brews Festival – Springfield. Enjoy music on three stages, a huge variety of Oregon microbrews and wines, along with artisan crafts and great food. Headliners include Debbie Davies and Rick Estrin. wvbbf.org. 4-5 – The Great Oregon Steam-Up – Brooks. A two weekend event with fun


13-16 – Mt. Angel Oktoberfest – Mt. Angel. The small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon’s oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. It is Oregon’s largest folk festival. oktoberfest.org.

for the entire family. Everything operates — train and trolley rides, steam tractors, steam sawmill, large engines, threshing, blacksmithing, tractor pull, a daily parade and lots more. antiquepowerland.com.

17-20 – 2012 Harvest Moon Blues Festival – Lebanon. Taking place on the grounds of beautiful Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon, Oregon, the first annual Harvest Moon Blues Festival is a celebration of music and community spirit. A line-up of top blues performers; on site camping; Guido’s Juke Joint after party jam on Friday and Saturday nights; a Blues Gospel Jubilee and pancake breakfast on Sunday; wonderful vendors and surprises at every turn promise to make this an event to remember. harvestmoon2012.com. 18-19 – Silverton Fine Arts Festival – Silverton. The annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival, featuring artists and food booths. The family friendly days feature two entertainment stages, an international food court, a wine and beer garden, and arts activities. silvertonarts.org. 18-19 – Latin Music Festival presented by SAFEWAY – Salem. Featuring Gregg Rolie of Santana fame. Music on two stages all day. Car show, food court and

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September 29-30 - Swines, Steins & a Race To The Finish Line - St. Paul.

wine/beer garden pavilion. Enjoy a full day of Latin music at Riverfront Park. Proceeds benefit Marion-Polk Food Share. salemchamber.org 18 – Harvest Fest – McMinnville. Yamhill Valley Heritage Center presents Harvest Fest. Threshing, binding and baling of oats using vintage farm equipment and mules. Working sawmill and blacksmith. Tractor Parade at 1:00 p.m. Music, food and vendors. For additional information, please contact 503.434.0490. 26 – Car Show at The Oregon Garden – Silverton. Enjoy more than 100 cars planted throughout The Oregon Garden, along with activities, live music, great food and cold beer! oregongarden.org.

SEPTEMBER 1-3 – Labor Day Weekend on the Territorial Wine Trail – Eugene. Enjoy beautiful venues, specials on wine, live music and wonderful food throughout the south Willamette wine country all weekend long. southwillamettewineries.com.

20 – Grilling in the Garden Dinner – St. Paul. Join us every 3rd Thursday, JulySeptember, for a Farm to Table dinner including farm fresh meats and produce served to you while sipping local wines and mingling in the garden...this is the good life! French Prairie Gardens. fpgardens.com. 21 – The Art and Tradition of Kimono – Salem. The Willamette Heritage Center partners with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to present “The Art and Tradition of Kimono.” A kimono is a traditional Japanese robe made of silk and is the national costume of Japan. Exhibit dates: Sept. 21-Dec. 24. willametteheritage.org 29-30 – Swines, Steins and a Race to the Finish Line – St. Paul. Enjoy the only pig races in Oregon, hayrides, hay and corn mazes, hay slides, obstacle course and more! Enjoy brew tasting from local breweries. fpgardens.com.

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Potato Passion n

Kettle Brand...Doing Doing good and doing well in the Willamette Valley


bag of potato chips is sometimes a mere afterthought—a last-moment impulse to accompany lunch or fill an empty spot on the coffee table while concentrating on a movie or the game. For one Willamette Valley-based business, though, creating potato chips involves passionate consideration—and not just for the snacks themselves. Salem, Oregon is headquarters to Kettle Brand, part of Diamond Foods. If your taste buds cross paths with potato chips at all, you’ve probably tried some part of Kettle’s chip family. Sixteen flavor varieties currently comprise its line, the largest at any one time in the company’s history to date. Additionally, Kettle produces a Krinkle Cut™ line, organic chips, a 40 percent reduced-fat chip, TIAS!™ tortilla chips and a chip line called BAKES™. It also manufactures nut butters and trail mixes, and markets roasted nuts. Of these snacks, Kettle’s Krinkle Cut, BAKES and 16 regular varieties are produced in Salem, with BAKES made here in the valley exclusively. And impassioned is how the company feels about both its products and their creation. “To say we’re fanatical about making the perfect all-natural chip would be a bit of an understatement,” Kettle’s web site proclaims. “In our opinion, if it’s not completely natural, it has no business getting anywhere near our cherished potatoes.” These potatoes originate in several states, Oregon among them. “Most are sourced as close as possible to our facilities,” said Marc McCullagh, Kettle’s Brand Manager, and a variety of types are used “to consistently


deliver a chip that looks and tastes at the peak of summer harvest.” Originally founded as the N.S. Khalsa Company by Eugene resident Cameron Healy in 1978, the business began roasting nuts with just a few employees and distributed its snacks from a “beat-up van,” the web site explains. It marketed its first potato chips four years later and became Kettle Foods. After being sold to Lion Capital LLP of London, England, in 2006, Kettle was again sold in 2010 to San Francisco-based Diamond Foods, Inc. (arguably most famous for marketing snack nuts, such as almonds) becoming Kettle Brand. The acquisition more than doubled Diamond’s snack division. From just a handful of workers at its inception, Kettle now employs over 700 people world-wide, about 270 in Salem alone. It distributes its snacks throughout North America, Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Beyond its Salem plant, it maintains a European operation in Norwich, U.K. But it was their expansion in the U.S. of which Kettle remains especially proud. In 2007, Kettle added this second U.S. manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin. It would become the first food manufacturing plant to be awarded “Gold” certification

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in the LEED program from the U.S. Green Building Council. This, in turn, revealed to many something that had been building for a while: the company’s enthusiasm for environmental stewardship. “Focusing on environmentally friendly practices has never been viewed as something that is difficult” for Kettle, McCullagh said. “It has been a major part of the brand’s history and legacy.” Case in point: solar energy. In part to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Kettle installed a massive set of solar panels on the roof of its Salem plant in 2003. Boasting “one of the largest gridtied solar (photovoltaic) arrays in the Pacific Northwest,” the web site reads, the 600-plus panels generate more than 120,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually—“enough to make 250,000 bags of chips and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 65 tons.”

The snack company’s green efforts haven’t ended there. “One hundred percent of the waste vegetable oil from our (chip) production process is converted into biodiesel,” McCullagh said. The oil is transported to a production facility which “can make one gallon of one hundred percent biodiesel for every gallon of waste oil” supplied, he added. Kettle uses the fuel to power its fleet of Volkswagen “bio-Beetles.” In both Salem and Wisconsin, wind power is also on Kettle’s radar, its Beloit plant hosting 18 wind turbines. This power source enables the company to purchase energy credits for the electricity produced, in turn offsetting its electricity usage costs. “We’ve always believed that good business can coexist with nature,” McCullagh commented. A further Kettle undertaking demonstrates his statement in a

(Above) Wetlands near Kettle’s Salem facility. (Right) Solar panels on the roof of the Salem plant generates more than 120,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

“Focusing on environmentally friendly practices has never been viewed as something that is difficult” for Kettle, McCullagh said. “It has been a major part of the brand’s history and legacy.” more literally green fashion. At both U.S. facilities, the snack-maker has invested a portion of its profits toward restoration of native habitats. The outgrowth in Wisconsin has been to add more than five acres of tallgrass prairie, once the dominant vegetation of the American Midwest, near the

plant. This has been a boon to local wildlife. Similarly, the company has reintroduced native aquatic plants in preserving wetlands nears its Salem facility, located adjacent to Mill Creek. A trail system for pedestrians has also been added to the area, as have benches for those who wish to linger. With all this under its green belt, Kettle is looking ahead to the summer of 2012. First, to celebrate its 30th birthday, the company is introducing a revamped line of its BAKES chips. Also, it will bring back four “retired” chip flavors for a limited summer run. Between 2005 and 2009, the company

held a “People’s Choice” campaign, in which the public suggested new chip flavors for market. Although some of these remain in production, others have been discontinued. One winner from the past, Cheddar Beer, is slated to greet its fans this summer. Other returning varieties are Red Chili, Jalapeño Jack, and Salsa with Mesquite. As for Kettle’s concurrent, green ventures, what lies ahead?

“Sustainability is best thought of as a journey,” said McCullagh. “We will work to get better as we continue the journey, making improvements to our practices as opportunities arise.” Willamette Valley native Loren Depping is a songwriter, teacher and fledgling pedal steel guitar player. He walks avidly, loves Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, and writes from his home in the Valley’s most underrated town.

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Apifera Farm

Peace and pie reigns in this Yamhill sanctuary


uthor, illustrator, shepherdess and lavender farmer, Katherine Dunn cares for many animals that may seem to have passed their prime. Since 2004, Dunn and her husband have been offering their small farm in Yamhill as a sanctuary to animals. Dunn enjoys sharing with others the peaceful ways in which Pino, the first donkey to join her at the farm, can wordlessly calm and comfort people. She has even referred to his talent as being “Buddha-esque.” She occasionally invites people to visit her at Apifera Farm to discover for themselves the tranquil and often healing benefits of spending time with the many gentle donkeys, goats, sheep and other animals who have found a haven at Apifera. Every June, Dunn invites people to share her love of animals by hosting Pino’s Pie day. Wearing her trademark braids wound with a rainbow of colors, and with a decorative apron fitted around her middle, Dunn throws a pie party. The purpose of Pino’s Pie Day is not only to showcase the gentle and serene ways in which farm animals interact with humans, but also to raise money for the care of many onceneglected or senior animal friends on Dunn’s farm and care farms around the world. During Pino’s Pie Day, Dunn sells not only the aprons that have been donated to her from places near and far, but also her own artwork, and the lavender that she and her husband grow on Apifera Farm. Pino’s Pie Day came about after Dunn realized her joy in delivering homemade pies to friends and neighbors. Having Pino along as she delivered pie was important, for he brought loving gifts of his own, but Dunn soon found that her method of walking to deliver the pie was rather slow and tedious. Hence, Pino’s Pie Day now comes around once a year as a way to bring the people to Pino, relieving him from spending so much time plodding, time that he would rather spend visiting. Pino’s Pie Day is a day when Dunn shares many of the things she loves with as many people as care to join her for donkey hugs, goat nudges, homemade pie and colorful aprons. In 2012, all of the proceeds from Dunn’s ongoing apron sales will benefit Lavender Dreams Donkey Rescue, Sanctuary One, and Moon Goat Farm Rescue. When asked if Apifera Farm was named after Pino the donkey, or pie 10

(Above) Katherine Dunn holds a fresh Pino’s Pie. (Below) Original art by Katherine Dunn.

Everything that she does on Apifera Farm is done with a cheerful manner and a devout sense of purpose which the animals reflect in their friendliness and eagerness to interact with visitors. in some curiously acrostic way, Dunn explained that “Apifera is Latin for bee bearing,” and, actually, is in reference to the lavender that she and her husband grow. Dunn uses many sources to gather funds to care for the animals living at Apifera Farm, including an informative, creative and entertaining blog. Everything that she does on Apifera Farm is done with a

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cheerful manner and a devout sense of purpose which the animals reflect in their friendliness and eagerness to interact with visitors. Over the past few years, word must have gotten out along the “animal kingdom’s grapevine” that Apifera Farm is an animal’s sanctuary. This is evident in the fact that Dunn’s care for retired donkeys has quickly branched out to providing a care-barnyard to ailing or aging goats, a pig, sheep, chickens and even an aging goose. One should not despair if you missed Pino’s Pie Day this year. There are other ways to become involved with the care of the adopted animals at Apifera Farm, and also at sanctuary farms much like Apifera. A visit to Dunn’s website will provide ways to donate towards the cause of hospice

care for aging or neglected animals. Aside from cash or apron donations, there is also an annual Art Workshop led by Dunn, who has made a career as an illustrator since 1996. During the Art Workshop participants will commune with the animals, learn the essence of storytelling with art, and, of course, eat homemade pie. For more information on Apifera Farm, home to artist Katherine Dunn, visit apiferafarm.blogspot.com. Tami Richards is a native of Salem. An avid bibliophile, she has a keen interest in the people of the community, both past and present, local and far-reaching. She enjoys the Willamette Valley for all the obvious reasons, but her favorite aspect is taking advantage of all the rivers and streams—day-hiking along them, smelling that amazing fresh scent, and searching for waterfalls to photograph.

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The Old Oak Oven

Wood-fired artisan pizzas arrive in Silverton line of customers that these days run several deep will attest. The couple chose to locate their business in Silverton on a hunch. Seeking a sense of community, Katie said Silverton felt like a small town where she could know customers by name, and a town that was open to fresh faces and ideas. And they felt that pizza, more than any other dish, could bring people together. It’s what brought Daniel’s family together once a week. “My father got paid on Thursdays,” he said, “so that’s the day he’d buy pizza—every Thursday.” “Pizza’s an everyday thing,” he said, “[It] should be inexpensive, [for] little kids and big kids alike.” “What happens with pizza,” Katie said, “there’s this extra emotional response that happens to me.” She may not be alone. On an early Saturday evening, one customer offered the couple his



atie Jimenez has always had a passion for food. As a child growing up near Toledo, Ohio, she would wander her grandmother’s garden, sampling the produce. “Everything was fresh,” said Jimenez, 37, “I was eating asparagus when I was young.” Husband Daniel, also 37 and from Ohio, gained his well-developed palate from helping his mother cook. One of six children, he increasingly found himself in the kitchen, helping to put together large, hearty dinners roughly six nights a week. “I’m a momma’s boy,” said Jimenez, laughing as he often does while shifting pizzas to and from his compact wood-fire oven. In March of this year, the pair put their mutual love of food into the launch of The Old Oak Oven, a food cart based off Water Street near downtown Silverton that specializes in wood-fired artisan pizzas. Their unique combinations—one recent offering, called “Cinco de Mayo,” came with corn, cilantro pesto and black beans— have created a loyal and growing fan base that frequently closes the place early by buying up more pizza than the two can bake. And business is looking up: This past May during Silverton’s First Friday, the couple reports having 12

sold approximately 80 pies at $15 to $18 each. It’s an unusual sight, an urban food cart seemingly transplanted from downtown Portland to a small midValley town. But what’s still the same is a universal love of pizza, Katie said. “Pizza appeals to so many people,” she said. According to Katie, a key ingredient to good pizza is fresh local produce. In coming to such a productive agricultural region—the pair moved to Silverton last December—they have fully embraced the concept of buying local. A nurse at Silverton Hospital when she’s not working the lunch crowd, Katie said she appreciates the health benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed food. “We only are going to put out food that we would want to eat,” she said. “And we like to eat clean food— whether that’s clean meat, whether that’s organically grown produce, whether that’s consciously created

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cheese. We like conscious food. So we’re not going to give something that we don’t feel is up to our standard.” Focusing on local also leads to experiments with less-familiar toppings. Recent pizzas have included hazelnuts, chard and asparagus. There are few combinations he’s not willing to try, said Daniel, a trained chef by trade. “I think of crust as just a blank canvas,” he said. “Whatever you’re thinking of, it can be done.” “Local for us is really the new priority, in addition to organic,” Katie said. “You can get organic; organic is readily available. Our priority is to be local first and sustainably grown.” Katie believes buying local means working with neighboring restaurateurs to find the best local produce. “It’s [about] developing relationships,” she said. And it tastes better, as the regular

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High above the Willamette Valley


The Valley is even more peaceful and beautiful from a hot air balloon

woke up at 3:30 a.m. with a certain annoying song by a 1960s vocal group from another dimension singing about going “up, up and away, in my beautiful balloon” running nonstop through my head. Salem photographer John Gould arrived at my house an hour later, and we sleepily drove to Newberg, Oregon, for a hot air balloon journey above the Willamette Valley, courtesy of Vista Balloon Adventures. Ever since the first manned, hot air balloon was launched in Paris, France, in 1783, people have been fascinated with hot air balloons. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to experience and cross off my “bucket list.” It was still dark when we arrived at the launch site, where we signed in and waited for the balloons to arrive. Vista Balloon owner Roger Anderson walked up and introduced himself, and then proceeded to send up a small, black balloon to check the wind patterns. The winds were not going to cooperate at our location, so we loaded into one of four vans with our fellow passengers and headed for a field, next to the high school in nearby St. Paul, with balloons in tow. Believe me when I tell you that there is a lot of work and preparation that goes into launching a hot air balloon. After the staff unloaded the baskets and balloons from the trailers, we were all encouraged to help with the set up and inflation of the balloons. No arm-twisting was needed. Helping get the balloons off the ground was an adventure in itself. The sun was peeking over the mountains as we piled into the baskets and waved farewell to the staff below. The balloons took off silently into the air with the exception of the periodic “swoosh” of the on-board burner. I must admit that I was a little startled at the absolute silence that there is when the burner is not on. I’m used to hearing the roar of a jet engine when I’m flying, but in the balloon we could actually hear our voices echoing off the clouds around us. We wound around a four mile area of the Willamette Valley, at times descending close to the river below and other times rising above the cloud ceiling and into the sunny sky, 3,000 feet above the valley floor. An hour later, we landed in a field between St. Paul and Newberg, packed up the balloons and headed back to the 14

Vista Balloon owner Roger Anderson checks the wind direction.

The ground crew, assisted by a few of the passengers, tip the basket while the pilot readies the flame.

We wound around a four mile area of the Willamette Valley, at times descending close to the river below and other times rising above the cloud ceiling and into the sunny sky, 3,000 feet above the valley floor. Vista Balloon Adventures headquarters where we ended our adventure with a delicious brunch and a final toast by Roger Anderson:

“The winds have welcomed you with softness. The sun has blessed you with its warm hands. You have flown so high and so well that God has joined you in your laughter and set you gently back into the loving arms of mother earth.” For information about having your own hot air balloon adventure, visit the following sites: vistaballoon.com pacificpeaksballoons.com portlandroseballoons.com –Randy Hill (Photography by John Gould)

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[Above left] Balloon pilot Robert Craig. [Right] Roger Anderson gives a toast at the end of the trip.

Birds eye view of the town of St. Paul, Oregon. Inset: Photographer John Gould of Feather River Photography.

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M U S I C & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

The Oregon Jamboree

Celebrating 20 years of community and music


estled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Sweet Home, at first glance, is a fairly typical small Oregon town. But for three days in August the town is transformed as it hosts the Northwest’s largest country music festival, boasting some of country’s top billing acts and attracting 13,000 attendees a day. The Oregon Jamboree, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary with stars such as Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley and Wynonna, is more than just a popular music fest. It is a remarkable story of community, cooperation and sheer determination. It is an unlikely tale of an idea that gained momentum, and through tenacity and a concerted leap of faith, redefined and rebuilt a town that had been on the edge of despair. Sweet Home experienced significant growth during the 1940s as defense needs raised the demand for lumber. Logging operations opened up throughout the area and for more than 40 years, Sweet Home’s identity was as a booming timber town. It was in the 1980s, when concerns over the endangered spotted owl forced the closure of the mills and the cessation of logging in the area, that Sweet Home experienced a dramatic economic decline. Concerned citizens created an organization designed to attract new business to the depressed area and 16

to help keep afloat those that already served the town. During the early 1990s, two members of the group, Marge Geil and Leslie Ancke, hatched a seemingly impossible plan. Both country music buffs, they envisioned a music and camping festival that would feature top country stars, thus attracting visitors that would inject the community with funds needed to revitalize the local economy. The ladies were huge fans of The Judds and followed their tour around the country. Determined that their idea could work, they set out to meet Wynonna Judd and invite her to

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The first Oregon Jamboree was held in 1992 and Wynonna Judd was the headlining act. The following year Wynonna returned to play the festival along with Brooks and Dunn as well as Clint Black. In just a short time this band of determined community volunteers had created an event worthy of big acts, thus drawing crowds and money.

perform in Sweet Home. After one concert, Geil and Ancke sat outside by the Judd’s tour bus and waited for the country star. They introduced themselves and explained the plight of their beloved town. Adding to the emotion of the story was Geil’s recent Hepatitis C diagnosis, the same illness that Wynonna’s mother, Naomi Judd, was battling. Wynona wanted to help and connected the ladies to her manager, Steve Pritchard. While Pritchard and Wynonna would not work for free, they were willing to help get the festival off the ground. Sweet Home citizens could not believe a music star would be performing in their town and were eager to participate. Geil and Ancke recruited volunteers and through donations managed to get most of what they needed to open an office. Fueled by the optimism of the idea, local businesses pooled their limited resources to add funding to the plan. Meanwhile, Pritchard was training the volunteers well, even taking some of them to Nashville so they could get hands on experience working at a big five-day country music festival there. The first Oregon Jamboree was held in 1992 and Wynonna Judd was the headlining act. The following year Wynonna returned to play the festival along with Brooks and Dunn as well

as Clint Black. In just a short time this band of determined community volunteers had created an event worthy of big acts, thus drawing crowds and money. Fueled by their success and the desire to keep the proceeds in Sweet Home, they said goodbye to Pritchard and took over operations themselves. Twenty years later there is now a professional staff, but Teresa Stas, the event’s sales and marketing director, emphasizes that the heart and soul of the festival is in the volunteers. “We now have more than 800 volunteers that make the Oregon Jamboree possible,” says Stas. “Up until just a couple of years ago, they were doing this on their own, and it gives me goose bumps thinking what these people have accomplished.” She expressed how proud she is to be part of the Sweet Home community and explains that the Jamboree is “embedded in families. Kids grow up knowing that, like their parents, they will volunteer.” Over the last 10 years the Oregon Jamboree has given back more than $1 million to the Sweet Home

community, with proceeds this year expected at about $250,000. There are other competing music festivals, but the Sweet Home event is unique in that it is a non-profit organization. Stas says that she wishes there could be more resources for marketing, but that giving back takes precedence over spending. The Sweet Home Foundation was formed to manage the proceeds, and local groups submit grants to receive portions of the funds to serve the community. This year’s Oregon Jamboree will be held August 3–5, 2012, featuring two stages and more than 20 acts. To commemorate the special anniversary, Wynonna will once again be performing. For ticket information and more details about the festival, visit oregonjamboree.com. Sarah Horner is a freelance writer, photographer and winemaker. Eight years of experience in the local wine industry allowed her to explore the rich culture the Willamette Valley offers. The sights, sounds and stories of the region inspire her and she enjoys sharing her discoveries with readers. Sarah lives with her husband, two teenage boys and miscellaneous pets.

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Three wineries not to miss in 2012


very year there seem to be new wineries that are opening their doors and releasing their latest vintages, and 2012 is no exception. There are a number of new wineries and tasting rooms for you to explore in the Willamette Valley. Here are several to get you started that, hopefully, will be welcome additions to your list of favorites. Omero Cellars The community of producers growing fruit in the Willamette’s smallest AVA (American Viticultural Areas), Ribbon Ridge, has expanded, and Omero Cellars recently opened a new tasting room in downtown Carlton to feature their wines. Omero is owned by Bill and Staci Moore and operated by their son David. Sarah Cabot, who has worked at both Belle Pente and WillaKenzie Estate, is their winemaker. Current wines include Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris with plans to introduce a Chardonnay bottling with the 2012 vintage. Ribbon Ridge drew the Moore family, who went so far as to convince the owner of the farm

where their vineyards are now planted to work with them when the land was not even for sale. For Omero, the focus is all on the place, what makes Ribbon Ridge unique, and how they can craft wines that will convey a true snapshot of each vintage. Destiny Dudley, Director of Sales and Marketing for Omero, states “Most people will be surprised by our level of dedication, commitment, and passion for producing a unique style of wine that truly expresses the elegance and transparency of Pinot Noir.” Omero’s Carlton tasting room is located at 116 West Main St., and is open Thursday through Sunday from 12–5 p.m. or by appointment other days. omerocellars.com. Abbey Creek Vineyard This family-owned winery has seen a fresh beginning in the last year and will be opening an official tasting room in downtown North Plains later this year. Outside the welltravelled areas of the Willamette Valley, Abbey Creek is located to the west of Portland and is part of

Abbey Creek Vineyard

the North Willamette Vintners group. Their wines currently include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and a Pinot Gris/Gewürztraminer blend. Bertony Faustin, co-owner and winemaker, recently took on the operations of Abbey Creek full time. Faustin says he lets the fruit from each vintage dictate the style of his wines. He also says that many customers are surprised to be tasting with him at the vineyard— one of the many roles he has in the business. Given his gregarious personality and eager ability to engage people, this is a unique one-on-one experience for many. Until the new tasting location opens, appointments can be made by phone or email. abbeycreekvineyard.com. Domaine Trouvére Domaine Trouvére is an exciting venture managed by Don and Wendy Lange, founders of Lange Estate Winery in the Dundee Hills AVA. Domaine Trouvére’s focus is on small production wines with a philosophy that great wine comes from great vineyards. Their selection includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other classic varietals like Syrah and Tempranillo. Within each of the vineyards used to make Domaine Trouvére wines, the Trouvére has their own block that they have complete control over. It is farmed and harvested to their specifications to achieve the


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Don and Wendy Lange, Domaine Trouvére

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Join us at Fit 50+ the week of September 10th through September 14 to try out all that the Fitness Center has to offer. Enjoy free health lectures, free demos and free fitness classes all week long. A huge thank you goes out to our sponsor, At Home Assistance, for making Fit for All Week possible. Monday Sept. 10—10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Laughter Yoga Introduction and Demonstration. Research demonstrates that laughter reduces stress related hormones, increases circulation and boosts your immune system. Join Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor Amelia Tohn in a short Laughter Yoga session. Tuesday Sept. 11—10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Personal Safety for Seniors Class. Citizens over the age of 55 are common victims of crimes such as fraud, sexual assault, social aggression and care provider abuse. Join Personal Defense Trainer Jesse Lawn in a personal safety class just for seniors. This introduction class will cover awareness and threat recognition as well as tips on how to handle potentially volatile situations. Tuesday Sept. 11—10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Bone Density and Blood Pressure Screening. The Community Health Education Center from Salem Hospital will be providing FREE bone density and blood pressure screenings. They will also bring a couple of their educators and provide educational information. Wednesday Sept. 12—12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Suffering from Angina? Do you find that you lack stamina during everyday activities? Do you have shortness of breath? If you have Heart Disease and answered yes to any of these questions EECP may be the help you need. EECP is Enhanced External Counter pulsation. EECP is a clinically proven, non-invasive treatment for angina and/or congestive heart failure. EECP is FDA approved and covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Heart Centers of America will be providing a free informational lecture on EECP stop by and find out if EECP would work for you. Wednesday Sept. 12—12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. First Aid/CPR Class. Join Certified CPR/First Aid Instructor Carol Gleason as she teaches the most up to date information on First Aid and CPR. Practice your skills on the practice dummies and get a chance to ask the expert questions. Thursday Sept. 13—9:30-12:00. Diabetic Foot Education and Screening. We are pleased to have Dr. Arabshahi of Advanced Foot Clinic conduct a Diabetic foot education class and screening. Learn how to take care of your feet so they can take care of you. Friday Sept. 14—10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Healing Stress Class. Many techniques and theories exist for healing or dealing with stress. However, most fall short because the results are not sustainable. Join Instructor Debra Padilla in an introductory class on healing the stress in your life. Topics such as relationships, retirement, weight loss and caring for aging parents will be touched on.

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