April 26, 2012
By Kathy Wing
It’s an opportunity to step back into Southern Oregon’s past. This weekend, a newly restored Medford landmark opens it’s doors and a historic farm throws a barn dance.
The unique shape of the Sparta Building made it a landmark at the busy Medford intersection where it first opened in 1911. In the early days, the main floor was home to Rogue River Chevrolet, and Western Auto Supply. The Sparta Building was also the original home of KMED radio. Over time, the building at 16 North Riverside deteriorated; but now, the Sparta has been restored.
To celebrate, the public is invited to tour the building at an open house this Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. The Sparta Building is part of the National Register of Historic Buildings.
You can swing your partner into a full afternoon of family fun at the historic Hanley Farm. The annual “Meet Your Farmer” event features local food and drink along with goat petting, wagon rides, sack races and other kids activities. The event ends with a barn dance; just five dollars for adults and those sixteen and under dance for free. The “Meet your Farmer” event is Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Hanley Farm. Visit this website for more information: www.BuyLocalRogue.org
This weekend is also the community-wide garage sale in Central Point. Residents throughout the city will be cleaning out their closets and selling a variety of items. That’s Saturday in Central Point from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.