Dayton on Tour celebrates history, art

Tickets for the bus tour are $15 apiece and for the concert cost $10.


DAYTON -- A celebration of history and art, with a selection of good food and an evening of eclectic music are all highlights of Dayton on Tour Saturday.

The Historic Depot Art Exposition and Art Walk includes the work of more than 20 artists who work in paint, photography, quilts, ceramics and jewelry. The artwork is on display at the Depot and at various Main Street locations.

Visitors interested in specialty foods and wine may join the 10 a.m. tour on mini buses to the Monteillet Fromagerie, Dumas Station Winery, Amo Art and jimgermanbar. These destinations represent the post-millennium develop of food, wine and art in the area.

Tours depart from the Historic Depot and reservations are recommended, by calling 509-382-2026. Tickets for the bus tour are $15 each. The buses will return to Dayton at noon.

The art walk features Columbia County artwork at the Depot, and at Main Street businesses. (See list.)

If all that walking whets your appetite or brings on a thirst, you can satisfy both at the beer and wine garden at the Depot courtyard beginning at noon. Hot dogs with a local flair will be available, along with hand-crafted beers by local microbreweries Skye Book and Brew of Dayton and Laht Neppur of Waitsburg.

The German dogs are made by local meat market McQuary's Grocery, cooked by the Kiwanis Club and served in buns baked by the Country Cupboard bakery.

Also at noon participating restaurants will have available special lunch offerings.

Four private homes and the Boldman House Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets with a map of the homes are $10 at the Depot.

The private homes include two Italiante style homes, both built in 1885, and both listed on the local, state and national Registers of Historic Places. The two homes are a 1913 bungalow, and an 1890 Queen Anne home.

The Italiante-style Broughton home has undergone significant renovation over the last three years, including foundation, chimney and roof work plus a new and attractive color scheme.

The Broughton family wished to keep the details of the 1885 house but also to have the home reflect the 1940s through 1950s style of the last permanent family occupant, Mrs. Charles J. Broughton.

The home is owned by the family-held Broughton Land Company, and has been in the family since 1890.

The Nilsson house reflects the formality and classicism of the Italiante style and illustrates the adoption of fashionable national styles at an early date in Dayton. Look for the hip roof with bracketed eaves, central pediment, box bay windows and hood molds.

From 4 to 6 p.m. there will be a celebration of historic sign renovation and an artist reception at the Depot. The signs will be unveiled at 4:30 p.m.

Local restaurants and brew pubs will offer local food and drinks and live music from 6 to 8 pm.

A concert with The B Side begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater. Tickets are $10 and available online at

Carrie Chicken can be reached at or 522-5289.


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