Enjoy the last sunny days of the year with the short drive to Aurora, Oregon, only 20 minutes from Portland or Salem!
Aurora boasts 25 shops and eateries and is a national destination for antiques and vintage goods, everything from the now-decorative industrial salvage to the finest porcelain and antique jewelry. Mid-century modern furnishings, country primitives, shabby French flea market and 20th century collectibles round out a full variety of decorating styles.
Park your car (for free) for the day and you can easily walk to most every shop in town as well as the tiny historic “village” within the Old Aurora Colony Museum complex. Fiber arts studios, wine tasting, a hazelnut candy factory and antiques auction house are all within town and more wineries and garden farms are located just outside the city limits.
September 20 Antique Bottle & Collectible Show & Sale, 9-3, American Legion Hall. Antiques as well as antique bottles are featured in Aurora’s oldest antiques show! Admission by donation. Sponsored by the Oregon Bottle Collectors Association. Friday, September 19 is set-up and Early Bird opening with a $5 admission, 12-5pm.
Now through September 30. Dahlia fields open daily, 8am-8pm. Swan Island Dahlia farm, Canby. Just 8 minutes from downtown Aurora, view acres of blooming dahlias and purchase cut flowers. Follow Holly Street from downtown Canby north toward the Canby Ferry and watch for signs. www.dahlias.com
Take the free self-guided Emma Walk through historic downtown Aurora and see the 19th century here through the eyes and words of Emma Giesy, an Aurora Colony lady and heroine of three novels by author Jane Kirkpatrick, now combined into one volume Emma of Aurora. Pick up your free walking tour map at most shops or at the Old Aurora Colony Museum. You can take in the walk and visit shops and eateries all at the same time!
October 11-12 Hazelween, 11-5. Follow our squirrels Fil and Bert as they hide their favorite Hazelnut recipes in Aurora’s shops. When you find the recipes you can also win prizes as well as purchase just the right nuts for the recipe. Tour Pacific Hazelnut Farms Candy Factory and have a fun day of it! Bring your family or favorite “cooking” friend for a day of antiquing and recipe collecting! Pick up your free map at shops.
October 11 Chili Cookoff, 12-6pm, Maplewood Grange. $5. Warm up for Hazelween with a lunch of a variety of chili entries presented by Maplewood Grange #662 at their hall at top of hill on Hwy 99E just north of Aurora. Do you have a chili you wish to enter? Contact Dan Keeley at (503)633-2838.
October 10-19 “Are We There Yet?” Annual Quilt Show, Old Aurora Colony Museum. Daily 10-4. Details at www.auroracolony.org