The Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival will enter its 11th year as music fills the town Oct. 11-13.

The festival is composed of evening jam sessions, Friday and Saturday, from 7-11 p.m., in the Stagecoach Station (Sage Sarsaparilla Saloon), where visitors and performers share tunes, requests and play time. 

A few years ago, a silent movie with live music accompaniment was added by piano player Keith Taylor, who plays all over the Northwest and California. Past films have included, “Son of the Sheik,” and “Sally of the Sawdust.”

Saturday afternoon in the Shaniko Firehouse, from noon to 2 p.m., the silent movie will be shown, then from 2 to 6 p.m., all performers take their spots for entertaining in the liveliest and most professional manner.

The Friday and Saturday parts of the event are free, though donations to the performers are welcomed as they do not get paid for their labors of love for Shaniko. 

Sunday, at 2 p.m., the all-performer concert in the restored Shaniko Schoolhouse has a $10 suggested donation to help cover performer expenses. 

Shaniko’s city, chamber, and preservation organizations sponsor the event locations and promotion of the music festival. If you are interested in the sounds of the past wafting on the Shaniko desert breeze, you will enjoy a walk back in time at the Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival. For more information, call the event line at 541-489-3434.

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