Welcome to Mt. Angel

Welcome to Mt. Angel, Oregon. This little town, founded in the late 1800s by German settlers, has an Old World flavor which is heightened by the many Bavarian style storefronts and the beautiful Benedictine Abbey. Mt. Angel celebrates its German heritage each year during the Oktoberfest, one of Oregon's largest festivals. More than 300,000 people attend the four-day event, which has been held in Mt. Angel for more than 40 years.

For more on the history of Mt. Angel, visit the Mt. Angel Historical Society's
Please visit us on Facebook - Mt. Angel Chamber


BR&E Project Update
The City of Mt Angel and the Chamber have partnered with SEDCOR for a very valuable project and we have moved to the next step in the process.  All of the volunteers have been gathered and trained and letters to businesses will be going out early next week.  If you are a business owner or decision maker, look to receive your letter soon.  It will give you valuable information on the project and what to expect.  Next you will get a call from a volunteer to set up a time to schedule this survey.  The survey will provide valuable information to the city, county and SEDCOR about the needs of our businesses.  We appreciate your help and willingness to make this possible.  

American Legion Projects
The American Legion members are getting ready for their annual project to prepare for Memorial Day.  Every year members of the Legion go to area cemeteries and clean headstones so that they look nice for the families that come to visit them on Memorial Day.  This year they will be cleaning St Mary’s Cemetery on Marquam St which was established in 1860.  This cemetery has 350 burials, 6 of which are Veterans.  The other cemetery they will be cleaning is Simmons Cemetery located on Hwy 214 North of Dominic R which was established in 1852.  This cemetery has 179 burials, 9 of which are Veterans. 

The Legion is also preparing for Armed Forces Day on May 20th.  Not only will they be putting up the beautiful flags around town, they will also have military vehicles on display on Main Street. 

Thank you American Legion Post #89 for everything you do to honor and respect the military.

Note:  Cemetery data is from 2013 from the Mt Angel Historical Society. 

Mt Angel Heritage Trail
Connecting our heritage
Did you know that a Chamber committee that includes representatives from Chamber, the City, St Mary's, FBYC, PBNC and the Abbey has been working on a project called the Mt Angel Heritage Trail?  This trail has been in the planning stages for a few years now and thanks to a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the project is moving forward! 

The trail connects parts of Mt Angel, taking visitors on a trip through our heritage.  Stops include Father Bernard Youth Center, Benedictine Sisters, Glockenspiel, Saalfeld House, Train Depot, Wilco, St Mary's, and the Abbey among others.  Each spot along the trail will have a marker talking about the history of that area.  This is a great project that will bring awareness of our rich history as well as bring new people to town. 

The committee meets monthly to go over progress and ideas, usually at lunchtime at Leona's.  They would love additional members to help see this project to fruition, as many hands make for light work.  If you are interested in being on this committee or even coming to a meeting to check it out, please email the Chamber at kbrackinreed@columbiabank.com and we'll get you in touch with the group. 

taste. learn. celebrate.
Wines of the Cascade Foothills
Cascade Foothills Winegrowers is proud to present the second annual taste. learn. celebrate., a public tasting event that showcases the family-grown, cool climate wines of the Willamette Valley’s east side. 

The grand tasting takes place on Saturday, May 6th from 12-5pm at the Festhalle in Mount Angel, Oregon.  Tickets are available for $15 per person from cascadefoothillswine.com and include ten wine tastes and an afternoon of music and wine education.  Additional tastes and food will be available.   

Wine lovers can mingle with the winemakers, learn about the process of making wine in the Cascade Foothills, and enjoy hard-to-find-wines.  Tractors, bottling lines, corkers, and labelers will be on display, along with fun, “hands on” activities as we show how wine goes from grape to bottle.
And the “celebrate” aspect?  Cascade Foothills Winegrowers honor May as Oregon Wine Month…a statewide celebration of all things wine.

We invite our fellow Oregonians (and those who just love Oregon wine) to discover the uncrowded byways of our unique winegrowing region, just minutes from the center of Portland and Salem.

Tickets available at caschadefoothillswine.com
The participating wineries include:  Alexeli, Aurora Cellars, Christopher Bridge, Forest Edge, Hanson, King’s Raven, Pheasant Run, Piluso, Pudding River, Silver Falls, St Josef’s, Villa Catalana, Vitis Ridge, Whiskey Hill, and Wooden Shoe.
For more information, check out their website and follow Cascade Foothills Wine on Facebook.  Hope to see you there!





Join Us for a Multi-Chamber Networking Event
at the Tulip Fest
Thursday April 27, 2017 5:oo p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The After Hour - PDF information page

First Christian Church
Italian Dinner
Saturday, April 22
5:30 pm - No Host Wine Bar
6:00 pm - Dinner
$20 tickets or $160 for table of 8
402 N. First Street
Mt. Angel, OR

Tulip Bouquet Sale
Support Mt Angel Lions Club Scholarships!
This year marks the Lions Club 19th Annual Tulip Sale.  For only $8 you get a beautiful bouquet of tulips that includes greens.  On April 11, these bouquets will be assembled and delivered directly to you.  All proceeds are applied toward college scholarships for JFK High School seniors.  If interested you can place orders at Columbia Bank, DirectLink, Pepsi or see any Lions Club Member.  

Price is the same as last year, $8.00 per bouquet.  We deliver the tulips on Tuesday, April 11.

As you know, Wooden Shoe is known throughout the world as a leader in the nursery industry.  The tulip bouquets are high quality!  The bouquet consists of 10 tulips and 2 sprigs of florist greens.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks for your support!!

Maureen Ernst
Cell: 503.910.5417
e-mail:  mernst@mtangel.net

Wurstfest Photo Books
Special photo books to purchase for a limited time!
Local resident, Martha Kosel, has been documenting Wurstfest through photos since it started 9 years ago.  She has turned some of her gorgeous pictures into two different photo books, one highlighting all things Wurstfest and one about all of the great dancers.  For a limited time you are able to purchase one or both of these books at a discounted price, $20 for the Dance Book, and $25 for the Wurstfest Book.  These books are on display currently at Columbia Bank, where you can also place an order.  Come by and check out how beautifully done they were and to see if you or a family member happened to make it in there. 

The Chamber would like to thank Martha for all of the pictures she has taken over the last 9 years and especially for creating this beautiful tribute to Wurstfest.

For more information or to place an order please contact me at 503-845-2265 or you may call Martha Kosel at 503-845-6119.    

Library Events
See what’s happening in April at our Library! 
Have you heard the rumors about how great our library is and the fun events they host there?  Well the rumor is TRUE!  Here are the fun events happening in April: 
Tuesday April 4th:  Poetry Makers 3:30pm
Friday April 7th:  Teen (Grades 6-12) 3:30pm
Tuesday April 11th:  Makerspace Workshop: Makey Makey (Grades K- 8) 3:30pm
Friday April 14th:  Movie Matinee (all ages) 11:00am
Saturday April 15th:  All Ages Storytime 10:30am                                                            Read to the Dogs 11:00am
Tuesday April 25th:  Sticker Fun (All ages) 3:30pm
Friday April 28th:  Teen Paint Program (Grades 6-12) 3:30pm
The library also hosts weekly storytimes and clubs for different ages.  Check out their website or Facebook page for more information!

CONTEST TIME!  The library got a new sign and they are having a contest to celebrate.  Take a selfie with the new sign and tag and post it to their Facebook page for a chance to win an assortment of gift cards from local businesses.  Thank you to Friends of the Library for the new sign and also for sponsoring this fun contest!  Make sure to stop by the Library soon and take your selfie


St. Joseph the Worker Dinner
Support St. Joseph Shelter & Mission Benedict!

The 13th Annual St. Joseph the Worker Dinner will be held on Sunday May 7th, 2017 at the St. Mary Parish Center in Mt. Angel.  Guests will enjoy an entertaining social and delicious dinner as we as learn about building a brighter future for the homeless in our community. 

St. Joseph Shelter, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, provides housing, meals, and case management for homeless families, along with temporary housing for farm workers and their families.  Mission Benedict distributes food, clothing, furniture, household items, and emergency aid to local families in need.  Together with Mt. Angel Abbey and St. Mary Parish, the Benedictine Sisters’ shelter ministry has provided these essential services for 29 years.

May 7th, 2017
5pm Social, 6pm Dinner & Program
St Mary Parish Center

For more information, tickets or to be a sponsor, please contact Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB at 503-845-6141. There will also be a wine and beer pull during the event and they are looking for donations of bottles of wine to be included in this fundraiser.  Please reach out to Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer if you have wine that you would like to donate to the event.




Festival Dates: Sept 14-17, 2017
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the Mt. Angel Hazelnut Festival Dec. 2 - 3, 2017

FEBRUARY 24 - 25 2017


7th-8th:  Used Book Sale 9am-3:30pm Agatha Hall
11th:  Tulip Bouquets delivered
13th: Mt Angel Heritage Trail Mtg 12:00pm Leonas
17th:  Hawaiian Quilts 6:00pm Oregon Gardens
19th: State of County 12pm Library Community Room
22nd: Italian Dinner 5:30pm First Christian Church Silv.
29th:  Oblate Program 10am - 2pm Shalom Prayer Center
29th:  Silverton Breakfast 8-10:30am Silverton Senior Ctr

1st:  City Council Meeting 7:00pm Library
3rd:  Chamber Board Meeting 5:30pm Festhalle
6th:  Taste Learn Celebrate Wines 12-5pm Festhalle
7th:  St. Joseph the Worker Dinner 5:00pm St Mary Parish
20th:  Armed Forces Day Main Street

7th:  Chamber Board Meeting 5:30pm Festhalle
23rd:  Directlink Summer Celebration 3-8pm Dt Mt Angel

What’s going on?
Please email kbrackinreed@columbiabank.com if you have something coming up that we can share.  Sale?  Promotion?  Event?  Anything!  We’ll include it in this newsletter and put it on Facebook! 


What do we do with the money we earn from events?
As you probably know, the Chamber hosts two major events each year – the Hazelnut Fest and the Wurstfest as well as runs a booth during Oktoberfest that sells souvenirs.  The goal for these events is to bring people to town, offer a place for local artisans to share their craft, and have some fun.  Making money is also a goal of these events so that we can give back to our community.  We use this money for ongoing projects, like Flower Baskets, Christmas Trees, and maintain the fountain. 

But our FAVORITE thing is to help with special projects in the community.  Have you seen the pole downtown by City Hall recently?  It needs a major facelift, and with the help of Matt and Sarah Bauman and Kathy Wall and money from the Chamber, that pole called the Tree of Trades, is going to get a makeover.  The Senior Center needed a new refrigerator, which is so important to keep perishable items for their food pantry, cold.  They received a grant from Judy’s Party in Silverton, but were short some funds.  The Chamber is providing the rest so they can purchase that much needed fridge.  Have you been to an event at the Festhalle recently and heard the new sound system?  The Chamber contributed a large donation to help purchase the new sound system in the building.  This will allow non-profits and other events save money and time by not needing to rent them. 

We couldn’t do all of this without the help of our volunteers.  And sometimes we are even able to give back to those that help us.  We donate money to the JFK Football team for their help with First Citizen.  We give money to the Library for all of their help at the Hazelnut Fest and Wurstfest. 

These are just a few examples of what the Chamber does with the money it earns at our various activities.  We couldn’t do it without our volunteers and the residents of Mt Angel who come to support these events – so thank you so much for your support.  Stay tuned for our next newsletter for more information about the Tree of Trades project and some other opportunities in the school district that we have been able to partner up on.   



Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 221
Mt. Angel, OR 97362
Telephone: 503.845.9440
Website: http://mtangelchamber.com