Molalla's City Council and the folks from the Molalla Heritage Apple Festival put their heads together to create a celebration this year on Sept. 22.
There will be something for everyone as Celebrate Molalla brings a day of fun to the community.
Celebrate Molalla is part of the visioning project that council members Leota Childress and Elizabeth Klein have been working on for the past couple of years. The Molalla Heritage Apple Festival is an annual event revolving around the history of the area from pioneer days through today And now they are combining forces for a day of celebration.
Childress isn't working alone, "I have a wonderful team who are all devoted and hard-working. My advisory committee consists of Roxie Smith, Pamela Lucht and Jordan Nesmith. We are all working well together."
And, she added there are many others doing a great job, but are too numerous to name.
One part of the event will be statues that were selected by an arts committee in conjunction with the tribes of Grand Ronde and artist Ben Dye.
So far, these include four large statues a river fish, a huckleberry plant, a bear and a coyote. Some of the sculptures are designed with colored glass. More statues are possible. The city hopes to begin installing them in early September and are expecting to unveil them at Celebrate Molalla. The Apple Fest is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. around the Dibble House at 620 S. Molalla Ave.
Celebrate Molalla will last a bit longer, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing, in some cases, to 6 p.m. and in other cases until 8 p.m. Near Dibble House will be vendors, acoustic music and a car show.
There will be more vendors and a motorcycle show from Celebrate Molalla between 5th Street and Section Avenue/6th Street until 6 p.m.
"Applications or registrations for vendors are closed with 95 percent of the space filled thanks to the car show, the motorcycle show and the corn hole tournament," said Childress, who is heading up plans for the show.
Music, food and beer, wine and cider will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the block fronting Sally Fox Park and will have many tables, chairs and pop-ups for shade. Games, activities and a corn hole tournament with prizes also will be in front of Fox Park. Participants also will be able to play Corn Hole without playing in the tournament.
Music will be part of the festivities thanks to two Molalla artists, Dan Zinder and Joe Gibson, in two separate acts. Other music will come from the Rae Gordon Band and Timothy James Band as well as a Latino band yet to be announced.
There will be a raffle, local service organizations have been invited to share their missions with the community, and volunteers are offering six different free kids craft areas. Artists from various mediums will be attending as well as booths for antiques, woodworkers and metal workers.
There are a number of vendor applications coming in and the group is looking for artists, artisans, hand-crafted products, local produce and more. More sponsors and donations are wanted. Applications are online at cityofmolalla.com/News/Celebrate Molalla.
Molalla Sculptures For Heritage Walk Coming Along
Molalla artist and sculptor Ben Dye is busily at work with at least four beautiful sculptures that will produce the verbal Native American lore depicted by the coyote, the grizzly, the Camas and Huckleberry plants, river/fish and Canoe/bench. There might be subtle changes as well as more additions down the road.
The figures on his website show the coyote, the bear, the huckleberry plant and the river/fish. Some of the sculptures have what appears to be a human figure, which is not part of the plan, but is used to show scale. The huckleberry plant has blue-glass berries made of cast glass. He suggests people look for more glass in the large pieces to add color. The coyote and bear's tummies appear to be full of food, and the silvery fish appears to be jumping from the river.
So far the city says that while he continues to work on the project, installation could begin in early September.