Woodburn, A Diverse Community

June 5, 2007

The northern valley bus trip stopped at the Schreiner Iris Gardens for coffee, a treat amongst the beautiful floral displays.

Our first stop was at the Settlemeier House in Woodburn. It is a magnificent Victorian house, built by the town founder in 1892. Our next stop was at Wellspring, the new wellness center. It is a remarkable rejuvenation of an old K-Mart. The unique facility is a part of Silverton Hospital. After a tour, bus trippers enjoyed lunch at the Wellspring Bistro. The meals were very good.

Then it was on to the world berry museum, the local historical center. In the old theater auditorium, we heard about the old Russian Believer residents and the community relations director for Woodburn spoke about the large Hispanic population. A diverse community indeed!

We drove by the Old Believer Church and prayer houses, notable for their onion shaped domes.

Finally, our last stop was at the Bauman Farms, a forth generation nursery and farm operation, from 1896. Obsidians were seen with shopping bags loaded with farm produce, plants, pastry, candy and other things, before they boarded the bus for the trip home.

Riders were: Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Louise Behnke, Mary Lee Cheadle, Barbara Chinn, Jean Coberly, Donna Halker, Dora Harris, Margit Hollerud, Mary Ann Holser, Phyllis Hulse, Ray Jensen, Rosella Jones, John McManigal, Lenore McManigal, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Liz Reanier, Edith Rode, Paula Sievers, Dorothy Sistrom, Julia Snell, Vera Woolley, and Mary Ellen West, leader.

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