Salemites of all ages filled Riverfront Park to see the first night of holiday lights as part of a celebration Friday.
By Laura Tesler - Special to Salem Reporter
PHOTOS: Salem’s Thanksgiving at the Mission
Volunteers put on Thanksgiving meals for guests at Salem’s Union Gospel Mission and the ARCHES Project.
PHOTOS: Salem runners dazzle in evening wear at Fanciest 5k
The annual run is a benefit for Safety Compass, which provides counseling and services to sex trafficking survivors.
PHOTOS: Families strut their best costumes at Fairmount Halloween Parade, SSHS
Avocado toast, skeletons, a family from Mario Kart and a mini Bob Ross were among the costumes on display during the Fairmount Halloween Parade and annual South Salem High School community trick-or-treat.
PHOTOS: At OakFest, visitors appreciate acorns with all five senses
Students and faculty at Willamette University highlighted the Oregon oak with a Saturday festival that included acorn pancakes, oak seedling planting and locally-grown delicacies.
PHOTOS: Indigenous carvers make their mark at Hallie Ford
The Saturday event brought carvers from several Indigenous nations together prior to the dedication of a commissioned “welcome figure” by Bobby Mercier of the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde.
PHOTOS: Punk bands turn up the volume at Marion Square Park
Punx in the Park brought five local punk bands to the stage Saturday in an event to provide resources and collect donations for local youth.
PHOTOS: Horses, tractors compete at Sublimity Harvest Festival
The festival, which began in 1973 as a friendly competition between local farmers, now includes ATV, tractor and horse pulls with competitors from around the west.
PHOTOS: Cornhole, and a bit of Wonderland, at the Capitol
A cornhole tournament and Alice in Wonderland cosplay spectacular both graced Salem this weekend.
PHOTOS: Salem grieves, remembers loved ones at Reflections on the River
Thousands of luminaria lit up the park as Salemites remembered departed loved ones in the annual event.