Read all about historic rehabilitation awards, a downtown outdoor art gallery, infrastructure improvements and more! November 2015 Newsletter
November 27-29, 2015
Make a trip out to the Dayton area during Thanksgiving Weekend, an Oregon wine country tradition when more than 150 Willamette Valley winemakers throw open their doors to visitors and pour special vintages, conduct exclusive tastings and lead behind-the-scenes tours. It’s a great time to visit some of the smaller boutique wineries that are rarely open to the public, and to enjoy live music and specialty food pairings during tastings. Dayton is situated less than 5 miles away from 47 of the wineries and vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Yamhill Valley, including Seufert Winery in downtown Dayton, and Sokol-Blosser, Domaine Serene, Archery Summit, and Domaine Drouhin Oregon. The Willamette Valley Winery Association offers a listing of participating wineries.
The Block House Cafe received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for “Best Adaptive Reuse” from Oregon Main Street on Oct. 7 during the Oregon Main Street Conference in The Dalles. This award is granted to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former use. Paul Falsetto, architect on the project, was on hand to accept the award.
With a total renovation budget of close to $1.5 million, this project transformed a former church to a new use. The initial step was documenting the historic elements and condition of the building to inform construction, including the compatible new addition. The Block House Cafe, which started across Courthouse Square Park, has made the building their new home. This move has more than doubled their business, allowing hiring 4 new employees. The Block House is a draw for both local community members and visitors. Even more important is the boost in morale this project has given the community of Dayton. It is the first major construction project in years, adding to the good work in facade improvement and business remodeling already completed.
“This project has given a new life to one of Dayton’s beloved historic landmarks,” stated Kelly Haverkate, main street coordinator. “By utilizing this church structure in a new way we have allowed it to grow to meet the needs of its community. Instead of sitting vacant and deteriorating, new generations are able to truly enjoy the history and ambiance of this beautiful building.”
“The Block House Cafe Project exemplifies what we are looking for in this award category,” says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. “It brought new life to an important building that had sat vacant for years while maintaining its historic character. It is fun to be there on a Sunday morning and see it bustling with locals and visitors enjoying brunch!”
The Awards Presentation was a highlight of the Oregon Main Street Conference, a popular semi-annual conference that brings together people with an interest in downtown revitalization.
Dayton Friday Nights 2016
The Band Selection Committee will begin its work for Dayton’s 2016 Friday Nights series in January 2016. The events occur every Friday night from June 3rd to August 26th. The committee will review inquiries, CDs, electronic files and websites that are submitted between January 2016 and March 15th, 2016.
What we look for:
- Family-friendly entertainment with broad intergenerational appeal
- Good musicianship
- Performance from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a 10-15 minute break
- Sound system suitable for small park venue with residential zones adjacent to park
What we offer:
- An award-winning event in its 3rd year
- Covered historic bandstand in grassy park venue in the heart of downtown Dayton
- Exposure to crowd of ~500 people, primarily from local area
- “Neighborhood block party” atmosphere with audience enjoying vendors, cruise in cars on adjacent street, and socializing, as well as the performance
- Opportunity to sell band’s CD and merchandise with 100% back to artist
We do have a budget for performances, although it is a limited budget. The DCDA, the Friday Nights’ nonprofit host, works hard to raise funds to compensate performers.
If your band is interested in playing for Dayton Friday Nights 2016, please fill out and submit the online application form below:
*Please indicate a website or venue where the committee may listen to your band, if possible.
New construction is well underway at 303 Main Street. Plans are for a new two-story 5,393 sq. ft. mixed-use building with commercial tenants (tasting room and mercantile) on the first floor and two apartment residences above. Preservation architect Paul Falsetto and owner Bill Stoller are engaged in the project as part of a larger community revitalization strategy, including the restoration of some of downtown Dayton’s historic properties. The new structure is adjacent to the historic Dayton First Baptist Church building, which was extensively rehabilitated in 2014 and repurposed as a restaurant.