SILVERTON – Summer is trying so hard to start in Silverton. Seeds that were planted just before Memorial Day finally sprouted last week, and the hope of fresh lettuce, broccoli, beans, and more seemed to be a reality. Then it snowed.
Fortunately, temperatures stayed slightly above freezing, and it looks as though the crops may survive.
On the other hand, there is still time for another cold spell. Last year it snowed on June 12, and in a town where there are only about two frost-free weeks, a bountiful harvest can be tricky. Here’s a sure sign that it is OK to plant: the local hardware store, ZE Supply, has a good stock of flowers set out. Owner Carla Safranski has a keen sense of when the frost danger is waning.
And it is not summer without a theatre production. On Wednesday, June 11, A Theatre Group opens its 20th season with a production of Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure. The play focuses on three women, Elizabeth, Hattie and Amy Lee, and their lives in a small Texas town in the early 70s. Anyone who has lived in a small town can imagine the issues these women face and the comedy that comes out of it. The play will run June 11-15, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and June 22 at 4 p.m. Opening night offers special 20th anniversary ticket prices of $3, the price of tickets when the show first opened in 1989. Admission all other nights is $12 for adults, $8 for children. For season ticket information and to make reservations call 970/387-5337.
The 15th Annual Silverton Hillside Cemetery Volunteer Work Day is Saturday June 21 from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteers should bring limb loppers, hand-held clippers, shovels, rakes, pruning saws, soft brushes, rags, plastic or wooden tools for scraping tombstones (no metal), and plastic bags. Also, remember to label your tools. Following the hard work, the party will continue at the Beabers’ house for a bring-your-own picnic lunch and to share stories of loved ones currently resting in Hillside Cemetery.
Later that day, Greene Street is roped off between 13th and 14th streets for Silverton’s Seventh Annual Taste of Silverton Block Party and Street Dance. All of Silverton’s finest eateries offer samplings of their favorite dishes and drinks. The fun all happens on June 21 from 5-9 p.m.
It’s a great time to come out and enjoy a summer evening, catch up with old friends, and eat some tasty local fare.