(SALEM, Ore.) - Thousands of twinkling
lights and holiday cheer will brighten
the winter nights of December 19th -23rd,
5:30-8pm at the Willamette Heritage Center
during our annual winter festival Magic
at the Mill.
Magic at the Mill is a long-time
cherished seasonal festival that celebrates
connecting generations and interpreting
Mid-Willamette Valley history.
Located on the beautiful 5- acre WHC
campus, Magic at the Mill provides stunning
sights, a holiday market for shopping,
and family-friendly fun. Guests of all ages
are invited to explore our scenery and historic
buildings decorated with exciting holiday
Activities for kids will include: making
Victorian-era silhouettes, "reindeer food",
textile weaving, storytelling with Gordon
Munro-Firelight Stories, pictures with Santa,
Entertainment will include: Ballet Arts
NW, Pentacle Theater, Classic Tap, Madrigal
Singers, City Dance, Cheers, Figs &
Thistles, Starr Studio, Luis Hubbard, Old
Time Fiddlers, Young Salem Singers Club,
Orchard Mountain String Band , and more.
Food & Drinks will be provided by Krewe
Vendors will include: Fordyce Farms,
Suoplushie, Wildcraft Herbarium, Snuggly
Toes, The Peru Sale, SilverTide Jewelry,
Phyllis Dickey, Paul Hirt, Spirit in the Clay,
This Is Salem, Stargazer's Gourmet, Raison
Ethique, Karabombs, Jackie Miles Photography,
Daryle Ryder, Rags & Bon es, Pilgrim's
Roasted Nutz, and Santiam Soap Co.
Warm up to winter with Salem's premiere
holiday event: Magic at the Mill!
The rebirth of the Reed Opera House has
begun. The once neglected and underutilized
property is finally getting a facelift.
Since 1870, the Reed Opera House has
been one of Salem's most important historical
buildings. It has been a significant part
of Salem's downtown social scene playing
host to numerous events, performances and
fundraisers. The Reed houses several popular
businesses including Chira's Restaurant,
Big Derrick's Barber Shop and Hattawear,
Due to the age of the Reed, it was important
to protect the building's economic and physical
longevity by substantially upgrading and
remodeling it. The new building owner, Scott
Chernoff of Cumberland Holdings, has embraced
the challenge of remolding Salem's
Historic Reed Opera House.
Chernoff, an Oregon native, bought the
property along with the former Spaghetti
Warehouse (120 Commercial) in early 2018.
"When I first toured the Reed," said Chernoff.
"I was captivated by the architecture
and unique tenants. I saw it's potential to be
a community hub for dining, shopping and
The process of renovating and improving
the property has already begun. Brick repointing
and masonry restoration was performed
to ensure that the building would be
stable in case of seismic activity. The interior
has seen many cosmetic upgrades including
new paint and a kitchen remodel. However,
arguably the most stunning upgrade has
been to the Reed Opera House ballroom.
The once dull and drab event space has
been magnificently restored. New carpets,
lighting and paint have rejuvenated the historic
ballroom. It has become a hot location
for weddings, birthdays, quinceaneras and
other special events. In fact, it is so popular
that it is booked for months into 2019.
"Even I couldn't have predicted how in-demand
the ballroom would be," said Reed Opera
House On-Site Manager, Jodie Vaughn.
"I get new calls every day from people looking
to host events or special occasions."
Cumberland Holdings is continuing a historic
building remodel trend that has become
increasingly popular in downtown Salem.
Instead of demolishing or abandoning older
buildings, developers are choosing to utilize
the frame and renovate the interior. Cumberland
Holdings is committed to preserving
the historical elements of the Reed while introducing
"The Reed Opera House is an important
part of Salem's history and cultural identity,"
said Chernoff. "I want to ensure that Reed
remains just as popular and relevant today,
as it was when Cyrus Reed built it in 1870."
"She Got Things Done"
County Thanks Commissioner Janet Carlson for 16 Years of Service
Retiring Marion County
Commissioner Janet Carlson
A few years ago, Marion County Commissioner
Janet Carlson was asked what she
would want the newspaper headline to read
when she retired.
Her answer: "She got things done."
After 16 years as a county commissioner,
longtime colleagues say, that would be an
Carlson has a well-deserved reputation for
her work in helping incarcerated individuals
make a successful transition back into the
community. In the same interview where she
talked about her potential retirement headline,
Carlson mused that of all her projects,
the Marion County Reentry Initiative came
closest to fulfilling the dictionary definition
But as Carlson prepares to retire at the end
of this year, it is worth remembering that she
improved county government and touched
lives in countless other ways as well.
Kevin Cameron, now a fellow county commissioner
and previously a state legislator,
recalls sitting with her in the basement of
the Oregon Capitol to discuss the Marion
County Reentry Initiative. Yet her influence
went much further. He estimates that 60
percent of the legislation he passed out of the
House Judiciary Committee was legislation
he worked on with Carlson.
"She's just such a force of leadership, and
when she gets ahold of something, she just
doesn't let go - and in a positive way," he
That work ranges from the Marion County
Fair to developing resources for children and
families to understanding the intricacies of
Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark has been inspired
to join Carlson's efforts to overcome
homelessness. Clark also worked with Carlson
on developing Keizer Rapids Park, the
Keizer Big Toy and other projects.
She credits Carlson with helping her become
a better mayor.
"I adore working with Janet Carlson. She is
so dedicated," Clark said. "Her values are so
deeply embedded in everything she's done."
She describes Carlson's leadership style as
striving collaboratively for long-term, meaningful
successes - not personal grandstanding.
When working with Carlson, Clark said,
"You better come prepared. She's ready to
get it moving."
Commissioner Sam Brentano remembers
one of their early interactions in which Carlson
arrived at a meeting carrying "a stack
of papers two-and-a-half feet high." When
he said she was incorrect on one point, she
quickly thumbed to the right page in the
stack and handed him the data countering
"She's always very sure of the facts and she
knows the facts," Brentano said. "But she always
He and Carlson share a bond. Both have
grandchildren with disabilities. "She knows
the ins and outs of how people get the services
they need and it's important to her that
services work well and are responsive to individual
needs," he said.
Her colleagues credit Carlson with a brilliant
mind and she is known for a tenacious
attention to detail while not losing sight of
the overall goal . But they also note her compassionate
heart. "It's a caring about people
- the heart to help people help themselves
and become better people," Cameron said.
This is demonstrated in her work on children
and families issues and the reentry initiative.
Jan Fritz, the deputy county administrative
officer, recalls how Carlson was a steadying
force when county and Salem-Keizer Transit
officials confronted faulty construction
in Courthouse Square and had to move out.
The remediation, guided with valuable input
from elected officials and the community,
tested Carlson during the prolonged crisis.
"Janet was able to analyze and evaluate all
the options and considered not only the impact
to the county as an organization, but the
long term impact to the community," said
Fritz. "She's made county government better
by challenging all of us to think broadly and
consider all the possibilities," Fritz said.
"She has a heart, and she truly has a commitment
to doing the right thing."
So yes, Janet, you were a commissioner
who truly got things done.