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Calendar of Events
Adopt a Highway Clean Up
Saturday, Sept. 27
8-11 a.m.
Meet at the Block House Cafe, 302 Ferry St.

Oregon Main Street Conference
Oct. 1-3
McMinnville, OR
Effective Leadership Workshop
Oct. 10-11, Jan. 9-10
Open House at Historic Dayton First Baptist Church
Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m.
301 Main Street
Downtown Dayton (DCDA)
Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 16
6:30 p.m. at the City Annex
408 Ferry Street

Join us! All are welcome!

Dayton Community Development Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing primarily on the revitalization of the downtown Dayton area. The DCDA's mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Dayton by helping to revitalize, improve and maintain the economic, physical, social, aesthetic and cultural environment of Dayton's downtown area. Visit our website at

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Business News

New Restaurant and Bar Opens in Downtown Dayton
Chris Czarnecki in front of historic mahogany bar
The Czarnecki family, proprietors of the acclaimed fine dining restaurant Joel Palmer House, opened a second restaurant in Dayton this past June. The Barlow Room is a family-friendly restaurant and bar featuring locally sourced foods and fresh, seasonal ingredients incorporated into signature menu items. Chris (pictured at right) and Mary Czarnecki undertook a major renovation of the building at 306 Ferry Street, and the gorgeous result features exposed brick walls, historic photos, a 1920s mahogany bar and giant picture-window views of the park. The Barlow Room is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to close. They have a special event planned in October. Play a Trivia Quiz while you socialize with friends new and old on Thursday, October 16th at 8pm at the restaurant and bar. Your knowledge could win you prizes!

Open House at Historic Dayton First Baptist Church on Oct. 12th, Block House Cafe Relocating

The community is invited to share their memories of the historic Dayton First Baptist Church at an open house on Sunday, October 12th from 2 to 4pm at 301 Main Street in Dayton. The memories will be collected for a memory book. The church has undergone a historically sensitive renovation and a new structure with kitchen facilities is nearly completed in the rear of the property. The Block House Cafe, currently at 302 Ferry Street, will be relocating to the renovated property at 301 Main Street in November 2014.

Friday Nights Wrap

Second Winds Band plays at Friday Nights eventThis summer, Dayton celebrated our community, friends and family at Friday Nights events in our town square. Three hundred people attended each night on average. A big thank you to everyone who participated, to our businesses and the City who helped to sponsor the events, and especially to our volunteers who made it all happen!

Bands entertained the audiences with a variety of genres from bluegrass licks to 50s & 60s oldies tunes. Our downtown businesses offered delicious specials, local vendors displayed their wares, kids had fun creating art and playing in the park playground, and vintage car owners showed off their prized vehicles at Archie's Cruise Ins on Fourth Street. And, everyone got creative with hand made lanterns at our Lantern Parade at our finale night! 

Lantern Parade participants socializing
Friday Night goers expressed their feelings about Friday Nights in our attendee survey and Facebook page. A few comments:
  • "It was wonderful.....just like when I was growing up"
  • "We got lost and found Dayton. Went to one Friday night event and came back for the lantern night. So much fun!"
  • "Great summer activity, we loved it!  Can’t wait for next year."
  • "What a wonderful thing you all have done here. We have come twice and this is now a standing date on Friday Nights!"
We can't wait for next year's Friday Nights either! We'll keep you apprised of our Friday Nights plans on our website and Facebook page; "like" our Downtown Dayton Facebook page to stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

Adopt a Highway Clean Up on Sept. 27
Join the Dayton Community Development Association and community members in cleaning up Dayton's highways on Saturday, September 27th from 8-11 a.m. Bring your friends, neighbors, kids (age 16 and up) and family and help pick up trash along along 3rd Street/Wallace Rd./Hwy 221. Meet at the Block House Cafe at 8 a.m. (free coffee and courtesy of the Cafe!) and bring work gloves if you have them - the DCDA will provide trash bags and supplies. RSVPs appreciated, to John Francis & Caye Poe at 503 864-3933 or

Oregon Main Street Conference on Oct. 1-3

Get ready to be inspired! The 2014 Oregon Main Street Conference will be held in McMinnville from Oct. 1-3 and offers proven ideas and strategies for preservation-based revitalization that is relevant to rural, mid-sized, and urban communities. This conference is a great way to look at the “big picture” of downtown revitalization by discovering fresh ideas and learning numerous ways to turn your historic downtown or neighborhood commercial district into a bustling center of activity. Sessions cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience. The format includes walking tours, lectures, and networking time. Attendance is FREE for communities which are participating in the Oregon Main Street Network and to our Certified Local Government communities. (Dayton qualifies under both of those criteria.) Register here to reserve your place:

Preliminary schedule here:

Venues: Registration will take place at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans Street. Sessions will be at various locations throughout downtown McMinnville.

Who Should Attend: Staff and volunteers of organizations focusing on downtown historic preservation and economic development, downtown business and property owners, government leaders, chamber of commerce professionals and volunteers, and others with an interest in the future of downtown will benefit from attending this conference. 

Effective Organizations Workshop on Oct. 10/11 & Jan. 9/10
The Ford Institute Leadership Program will offer a free Effective Organizations workshop to interested citizens on October 10-11 and January  9-10. This interactive and fun workshop is designed to develop your skills and knowledge for leading and managing smart, effective organizations that make a bigger impact! This workshop is rich with practical information and opportunities for networking and peer learning.
Key topics covered include:
  - Organization life-cycle & planning strategically
  - Board development & engagement
  - Financial Management
  - Fundraising
  - Volunteer recruitment & program management
  - Leadership & supervision
  - Communication skills & managing conflict

This workshop is FREE thanks to the Ford Institute's commitment to partnering with the central Yamhill County region to build leadership, strong organizations and networks, and community vitality!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are provided! Registration is required; the deadline to register is Friday, October 3.

Learn more and find the registration link in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) sheet here:
For more information and to RSVP, contact Maribel Mora, Rural Programs Coordinator, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
p 503-239-4001 ext. 134 / f 503-236-8313 

Questions or comments about our newsletter or about Downtown Dayton? Contact Kelly Haverkate at
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