Category: Culture2

The Dirty on Derby

The Mad House. Home to shredded tights, stripes, sweat, blood, glory. And not necessarily in that order. The Cherry City Roller Derby has been around since 2009, and if my math skills still serve me well, that means CCRD has been around for eight years. After living in Salem since 2010, I finally took the Drive of Noob Shame, having never been to the CCRD Mad House on Madison Street. I had recently read about their Cherry City Roller Open Derby Recruitment, and finally grew a pair to go and see what the fuss is all about. I had...

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Salem Cinema: Lights, Camera, Proaction

There is very little room in the budget of a “poor, starving artist” for supporting the film industry. With the local major movie theatres charging between $12 and $19 per adult, and matinee pricing becoming obsolete, going to a movie becomes a serious financial commitment. Film aficionado or casual spectator, it is increasingly difficult to keep up with the popular films. In light of the Oscars, Regal Cinemas is currently running a promotion for their annual “Best Film Festival” at participating theatres across the nation later this month. The part I find most amusing is the glaring truth that...

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Choose Your Own Adventure Series: The Coast

Most Oregonians understand when I speak of the violent beauty of the Oregon Coast in the wintertime. While Salem area residents are accustomed to the rain and the cold we experience in the Valley, the coast range takes winter weather to a whole new level of dramatic splendor. Without the mountains to belay the wind and rain, the cloud cover and fog, our western “beaches” take on more of an unpredictable and raw persona, akin to something straight out of a film, only better #becauseOregon. I think the Pacific Coast is so admirable in our region because the trees and the mountains continue all the way up to the shoreline. We don’t just have sandy beaches—we also have rocky terrain, ominous sand dunes, beachcombing the driftwood for treasures, tidepools, fresh seafood restaurants, sea lions, scenic hiking trails, storm watching, numerous “Haystack Rocks” and rocky crags pointing upwards in defiance against the test of time. In terms of the time constraints of a day-trip, Salem’s coast access spans from Newport to the south, all the way up to Seaside, over 100 miles of opportunity. From 1- to 2-hour driving times, the coast is an ideal destination option for a winter escape, especially with the holiday season upon us. With the stressors of over-crowded city centers and increased traffic, sometimes our sanity demands the balance of a little R&R. Solo trips...

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Choose Your Own Adventure Series: Mt. Angel

I confess: I’m spoiled. It brings me immense pleasure when I get to go on an adventure, and then the boss man permits me to write about said adventure. But this series was never created as a bragging platform; it exists to widen the collective understanding of Salem and its surrounding areas, and all the delightful possibilities within that radius. Up until I quit my 8-to-5 job for the freelance life, I simply couldn’t seem to squeeze in the time to sneak away and have a spontaneous adventure. But I quickly learned that my notions were false—that it is possible to sneak away even amidst the insanity of the day-to-day hustle. Not to mention that “escapes” are actually super healthy for you, both mentally and emotionally. (Even physically, if you choose to incorporate walking or hiking.) My job is to set out and rediscover what our rich, local culture has to offer us. Some destinations and shops and restaurants have been around forever, while others are fresh additions. I find the ones worth visiting for the first time or for the seventh time. An easy favorite of mine, Mt. Angel actually proved a challenge. I, like so many other Salemites, am accustomed to seeing the little Bavarian town in its festively-pompous splendor during Oktoberfest, held every September. And I was guilty of ignoring it the other 11 months of...

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Bigger and Better a Block Away: Salem Summit Company

Can we just take a moment to applaud how downtown Salem has really been shaping up this past year? I’m talking more local businesses cropping up, more food things and drink things and shopping things, more people out and about, more to do and explore and adventure! Another exciting change-up this month includes Salem Summit Company’s recent move from their old location on State Street to the space which was once Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest. “We were feeling a little tight [at the State Street location], and needed some more breathing room,” says owner, Al Tandy. “We wanted to find...

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