International Talk Like a Pirate Day, an idea by John Baur and Mark Summers of Albany that evolved into a worldwide celebration on Sept. 19, was celebrated in Philomath. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Pirates take over the Grange Hall for an evening

Organizer Yvonne McMillan wants people to ‘just enjoy each other and build community spirit’ through fun activities

A band of pirates converged upon Marys River Grange Hall on Monday evening but not to pillage and plunder. Instead, this group arrived in the mood to party with the help of organizer Yvonne McMillan on a unique “holiday” created by a couple of Albany guys who call themselves “Ol’…

Philomath Museum unveils new exhibit of Zettler’s work

A new exhibit entitled “Vince Zettler’s 50 Year Retrospective” opened Friday at Philomath Museum and will remain available to view through Oct. 22 in the Moreland Gallery, Mark Tolonen, curator of exhibitions, announced. Zettler, a…

Bluegrass Workshop and Jam debuts on Sept. 14

Bluegrass music will take over Marys River Grange Hall on the second Wednesday each month through a new event organized by local musician Yvonne McMillan. The first Philomath Bluegrass Workshop and Jam is set for…

Country dances set to begin at Marys River Grange Hall on Sept. 2

Country dances at the Marys River Grange Hall in Philomath are scheduled to begin on Sept. 2 and continue on selected Fridays in the coming months, organizer Yvonne McMillan announced. The dances will run from 7-10 p.m. with a cost…

Summit Summer Festival coming back after 2-year absence

The Summit Summer Festival returns for its 43rd year on Saturday, Aug. 20, to the small community northwest of Blodgett after a two-year absence, organizers announced. Barbara Sobo Gast, Summit community publicity coordinator, announced that the celebration will run from…

Miniseries with Philomath scene set for Aug. 18 premiere at OMSI

A six-episode miniseries that filmed a pivotal scene at Mount Union Cemetery in Philomath will be featured at a premiere event on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The film project’s events coordinator issued an…

Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow returns to in-person in Siletz

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians invites the public to the Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz. The celebration begins at 11…

Local director and writer trying to crack entertainment business

The COVID pandemic shut down television and movie productions all over the world. Producers couldn’t figure out ways to keep adequate social distance between performers and crew members, and the safest bet was simply to close up shop and wait…

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