Silverton Coolidge-McClaine City Park
300 Coolidge Street
Important Venue Notes
Located in the center of Historic Silverton, Oregon, Coolidge-McClaine City park is noted for its large cathedral-like towering firs and adjacent oak grove. With Silver Creek running by, a convenient footbridge leads the visitor across the old mill pond to our Swimming Pool, History Museum and Library.
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Friday, August 7, 2015 at noon through Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 6pm
noon through Sunday, August 9 at 6pm
Silverton's famous son, Homer Davenport (1867-1912), was an internationally renowned cartoonist in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Homer, left Silverton, fulfilling his desire to become an editorial cartoonist... inspired by his mother's appreciation for the art form. His legacy, however, endures. Homer Davenport Days began in Silverton in 1980. Every year since, the celebrations have kept Silverton's young and old alike in high spirits. The Homer Davenport Community Festival (August 7, 8, & 9) which is coordinated by the Silverton Rotary Club strives to put the 'Homer' back in 'Homer Days.' To that end, we are reaching into the Homer Davenport archives of writings, photos and illustrations to bring our community's past to life. We plan to celebrate and honor our heritage! Information about the festival can be found on the "Homer Page," (linked below) There were numerous articles about Silverton's business community; it's schools; surrounding farms; notable citizens of the day, and of course a glowing tribute to Homer Davenport, by then gone for just eleven years. Once again, The Davenport Project will provide a historical focus for the festival, as we continue to celebrate our heritage from yesterday, today and tomorrow. This year's festival promises to be bigger than ever, while keep our uniquely "home town festival" feel. On tap again for this year: Parade, 10K Fun-Run, The Davenport Races, Food Court, Live Music, Lion’s Club Breakfast, Davenport Cartoon Display, Crafts Fair, Fly Wheels Classic Car Cruise-In, Combined Silverton High School Alumni reunion, Tennis Tournament, Beer Garden, and much much more! Watch these pages for updates and future announcements!
Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 6-11pm
The Homer Davenport Community Festival and The Wooden Nickel are Proud to present the Fifth annual Homer Kick Off Party! Held in historic Silverton's tree-filled Coolidge-McClaine City Park. We will be kicking off this huge community party at 7pm, featuring Lloyd Jones Band! Portland, Oregon roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. He’s a relentless road dog, hitting festival stages, Delbert’s annual Sandy Beaches Cruises (he’s been a regular on six winter cruises), and clubs all across the land to enthusiastic crowds who can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues (back before the R&B tag was somehow appropriated for other musical purposes, apparently when we weren’t looking). Yet he may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene. Jones is a master of the soulful understatement, the raw growl, and the groove. From his roots in muddy Oregon soil, he’s forged a 30-plus-year career as an impassioned singer and fierce guitar slinger, a clever and soulful songwriter, a bandleader, record producer, and an almost strident torchbearer for all that’s true and good about America’s music. Jones is his own true artist who works diligently at pushing American roots music forward. What he does, he says, is “combine New Orleans rhythms, the simplicity of Memphis music, and the rawness of the blues, all for the 21st century. This music is not about louder and faster. It’s about time, meter, groove. I thought Muddy and Walter and those guys were pushing the envelope in their era. They were using effects, they were inventing their own sound. They were modern. I want to look at it in a contemporary way.” The gist is all the same — Lloyd Jones is the total package. The gates open at 6:00 pm with beer, wine and food! And this year, admission is FREE!