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


Mr. JFK Pageant & Spaghetti Dinner
to support Doernbecher Children’s Hospital & FBLA
May 20th @ Kennedy High School
5:30 pm- Dinner *$10/person, $40/family up to 6
5-6:45 pm- Silent Auction *
7 pm- Mr. JFK Pageant *$5/person

Mr JFK Contestants: Brett Traeger, Jack Suing, Bishop Mitchell, John Kim, and Skyler Bizon
Tickets for dinner and Mr. JFK can be bought ahead of time or at the door. Contact an FBLA or Leadership student for pre-sale tickets or
purchase tickets at the Kennedy HS Office.

*Dinner and auction funds to assist FBLA Students to attend National Convention in
Anaheim June 26th-July 3rd
*Mr. JFK Funds will be donated to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

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. 






Flower Basket Work Party on June 4
The chamber’s annual work party to hang the flower baskets and window boxes is Sunday, June 4 at 7:00 a.m.  We meet at the parking lot on E. College Street (across from Mt. Angel Sausage Company), rain or shine.  We’ll buy the donuts…you bring the muscles!  Your help is needed and greatly appreciated!

Tulip Bouquet Sale
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

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.

Morning Mixer- Glockenspiel 8:00 am - 9:30 am May 18

Thank you to Glockenspiel Restaurant for hosting our first “Morning Mixer” – Mt Angel Chamber’s monthly member networking event.  See attached for your invitation - we hope you can attend!

June will be our first “After Hours” networking event which will be hosted by Touch of Bavaria.  As a reminder, we do still have a few months open, so please let me know if you would like to host one at your place of business.  July and August are morning events and September will be our next evening one.

Thank you!    

Kristi Brackinreed
Branch Manager
Mount Angel
160 E Charles St
Mount Angel, OR 97362
Direct:  503-845-2265  |  Mobile:  503-269-0563  |  Fax:  503-845-6271  |  Website:  ColumbiaBank.com

AUGUST 19, 2017
The City of Mt. Angel will be hosting its first city wide garage sale!
The event will be on Solar Saturday August 19, 2017 (the same weekend as the solar eclipse). Residents are encouraged to contact City Hall to get on the garage sale list that will be provided to visitors to help guide them to the sales. Getting on the list is free for residents, businesses may buy an advertisement on the list for $5.
Call 503-845-9291 for details or to sign up.




Festival Dates: Sept 14-17, 2017
Facebook and Twitter @MtAngelOfest.

the Mt. Angel Hazelnut Festival Dec. 2 - 3, 2017

FEBRUARY 24 - 25 2017


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
18th: Morning Mixer- Glockenspiel 8:00 am - 9:30 am
20th:  Armed Forces Day Main Street

4th: Flower Basket Work Party
7th:  Chamber Board Meeting 5:30pm Festhalle
7th: St. Joseph Worker Dinner
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