Live Performers

Jay the Magician

BMD welcomes back local magician, Jay Frasier for his fourth appearance at the festival.  

Jay Frasier is an award-wining magician and escape artist. He is a Dom Deluise Comedy Magic Award recipient and the winner of the 2014 Portland Magic Jam state magic contest. His original magic has been featured in Genii Magazine and on a critically-acclaimed magic instructional DVD set. He has performed professionally for more than 30 years at corporate banquets, county fairs, libraries, birthday parties, and private events. He is also an instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR where he teaches Speech & Communication Studies.

On Friday, Jay will make his stage appearance on the Main Stage from 3:30 to 4:00 pm and he will spend the day roaming around Bohemia City delighting and astonishing festival-goers with his close-up magic tricks.

For booking information: 



Hosanna Youth Performers

Hosanna Youth Performers is a group of dancers (ages 12-19) who desire to glorify God by sharing their love of dance throughout the community. They meet weekly to rehearse, study the Bible, and pray.  Tiese Morgan directs.



Bohemia City Players Return to Bohemia City!

Meet Playwright & Director Jennifer Mandeville Schulz

Bohemia City Players Director Jennifer Mandeville Schulz

In the past, Cottage Theatre did live performances at Bohemia Mining Days to promote their summer production.  When they moved into their expanded facility they began the children's summer camps, which produces the BMD melodrama that coincides with our annual theme.  Due to the rehearsal schedule and Friday-Sunday daily performances they were no longer able to do any performances in the park.

It's been Festival Coordinator Cindy Weeldreyer’s dream for many years to bring live theatre back to Bohemia City and create a Cultural Heritage Stage for them to perform on. The Bohemia City Players troupe was established in 2014.  The theme that year was "Swindlers, Scoundrels, Liars and Cheats" and focused on the great oil well swindle that happened here in 1923. (A good read on page 94 in the local history book, Golden Was The Past.)

To do justice to this chapter of Cottage Grove's unique and colorful history, we had to tell the story "soap opera-style" in four parts with each day's performance advancing the story.  Cindy said, "It was an intrepid group of thespians who pulled it off with very little rehearsal and minimal props, and they did it spectacularly!"

In 2016, she wrote a theme script telling the amazing story of how Andrew Nelson brought electricity to Cottage Grove via the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.  It was her first year as festival coordinator and she simply didn’t have the time to cast and direct it.

This year she reached out to both Cottage Theatre and Opal Center executive directors asking them to put out a call for anyone interested in the job of writing and producing a play highlighting our theme this year.  Cindy said she was overjoyed when Jennifer walked in the door and said she'd like to accept the challenge!

The purpose of the play is to bring live theatre back to Bohemia City, to highlight the annual theme and to convey historical information in a fun way for all ages to enjoy.  Jennifer took the historical information provided to us from the Historical Society and the Genealogical Society and wrote a play focused on some of the early settlers with familiar namesake roads, covered bridges and waterways.  We know y’all will enjoy it!

Bohemia City Players Cast and Crew:

Dale Flynn - old Bohemia Sharp, George Small, Sheriff Joe Damewood, George Clark
Josh Cox - Young Bohemia Sharp, Henry Small, Robert Henry, Thomas Clark, sheep shooter
Emily Bly - Phoebe Sharp, Isabel Mosby, Narrator
Sophia Schulz - Emmett Sharp, Herrod Mosby, David Alexander Mosby, Clark boy, stage crew
Zoe Goings -  Viola Sharp, Nancy Mosby, Stage crew
Danny Henson - David Mosby, Ben Southwell
Blake Nelson - John Burr Mosby, John Southwell
Renata Poulton-Kamakura - Nancy Mosby Small, Eva Davenport, sheep shooter, Ben Clark, stage crew, set design
Jennifer Mandeville-Schulz - playwright, director, producer, assistant costumer, set construction, stage crew
Rhonda Turnquist (Cottage Theatre) - Lead costumer
Judy Smith (Storybook Theater) - assistant costumer

The 30-minute play, “ GOLD, GRIT and GUNS: Locals Who Left a Mark," is performed on the Cultural Stage Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with two daily performances on Friday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

We are thankful to Dari-Mart for sponsoring this return of live theatre to BMD and Lane Electric Co-Op for sponsoring the Cultural Heritage stage to perform it on.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Bohemia Mining Days!


For questions or additional information please contact our Festival Coordinator by calling the office at 541.942.5064 or by clickingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send us an email.

The festival office is located in the Cottage Grove Hotel, 811 E. Main St.

If the lobby is closed, please slip vendor, parade or volunteer applications through the mail slot at the bottom of the front door. If the lobby is open and our office is not, please slip applications through the mail slot of our door.

Special Thanks

It takes many hands and hearts working together to produce the Bohemia Mining Days Festival each July.  As of press time here are the individuals and businesses who have contributed time and/or services who have made this year’s celebration possible.

  • Gracie Adams
  • American Legion Post #32
  • Sharon Anseth
  • Chloe & NevIn Beckes
  • Penny Bierly
  • Bi-Mart – Cottage Grove
  • Bohemia Park Foundation
  • Bohemia Mine Owners Association
  • The Bookmine
  • Books on Main - Sue Henderson
  • Jake Boone
  • Rick Boyce
  • Shawna Bratton
  • Ryan Britton
  • Garland & Darlene Burback
  • Misty Burris & Family
  • Buster’s Main Street Café
  • Cascade Home Center/Stan
  • Chevron Truck Stop/Raj
  • City of Cottage Grove
  • Annah Clark
  • Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council
  • Brad Cohen
  • Kim Cooley
  • CG Calvary Chapel
  • CG Chamber of Commerce Information Desk Staff
  • CG Community Foundation
  • CG Economic Business Improvement District
  • CG First Presbyterian Church
  • CG Garbage Service
  • CG High School Volleyball Team
  • CG Historical Society
  • CG Library Staff & Pete Burrell
  • CG Police Department
  • CG Quality Inn – Jay Singh & Kristel Wright
  • CG Museum Board
  • CG Riding Club/Rodeo
  • CG Sentinel Staff
  • Tabitha Cooper
  • Covered Bridge Dental
  • Covered Bridge Tour Guides
  • Crafty Mercantile
  • Creswell Chronicle
  • Kadence Crownover
  • Cycle Oregon
  • Eric “Gold Pan Willy” Daquilanto
  • George & Teri Devine
  • Kyle Dolan
  • Sally Duncan
  • Bob Ehler
  • EPUD
  • Terri Evans
  • Flower Basket
  • FreeForAll Magazine
  • Gates Family Tradition
  • Jack & Joyce Gates
  • Geomax Engineering
  • Jim & Mary Gilroy
  • Jeff & Celia Gowing
  • Jessica Hannah
  • Dick McHaffie
  • Bob Hamilton
  • Jeannie Handsaker
  • Gary Hilgendorf
  • Dan Hill
  • Ellen Hogue
  • Dan Holt
  • Brent Hoover
  • Larry & Nancy Horner
  • Gayle Hozelle
  • Tara Sue Hughart
  • Sharon Jean & Ron Rice
  • Dave Johnson & Wanda Mosegard
  • Grant Johnson
  • Marissa Johnston
  • Rebecca Jones
  • Robin Jones
  • Suzy Kanich
  • Nadine Kelley
  • Bruce Kelsh
  • Lura Kidner-Miesen
  • Sylvia & Aaron Kitterman
  • KNND Radio
  • KPNW Radio
  • KSOW/Real Rural Radio
  • Lane Electric Cooperative
  • Greg Lee Photography
  • Ken & Helen Lile
  • Ruth Linoz
  • Living Faith Assembly
  • Marie Longfellow
  • Dylan Mann, Shiloh Glaspell & Rori
  • Madison McCarty
  • McDonalds Restaurant
  • Ryan McKinnon
  • Richard Meyers
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Karen & Graig Munsell
  • Old Mill Farm Store – Chuck & Debbie
  • OLPH Catholic Church
  • Oregon Aviation History Center
  • Oregon Community Foundation
  • Oregon Institute for a Better Way
  • Oregon NW Community Connection Magazine
  • Diane O’Renick
  • Patton’s Country Gardens
  • Pacific Power, Sam Carter
  • Ashley Parsons
  • Deb Pelzman
  • Prospectors & Gold Diggers Club
  • Star Posthumus
  • Frank Purdue
  • Joe Raade
  • Joel, Sharlene & Cameron Reiten
  • Reiten Enertainment
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not
  • Kenneth Michael Roberts
  • Michelle Rose
  • Roger Rue & Antique Engine Friends
  • Safe Haven Board & Members
  • Joelie Saunders
  • Shady Oaks Plants & Produce
  • Donny Sevilla
  • Jimmy Schaper
  • Jerry Settelmeyer
  • Jim Settelmeyer
  • Bradly Shepherd
  • Bill & Cathy Simmons
  • Snap Savage Photography/Chalice
  • Stacy & Kim Solomon
  • South Lane Fire & Rescue/FireMed
  • South Lane Wheels
  • Starfire Lumber-Rob Thomas
  • Fred Talbot
  • Lynell Thomas
  • Travel Lane County
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Holli Turpin
  • Jerry, Marjie & Jill Vaverka
  • Sharon Van Gorder
  • VFW Post #3473
  • Village Green Resort
  • Cindy & Ralph Weeldreyer
  • Wayne & Evie White
  • Wild West Event, Inc.
  • WIOA Student Interns
  • Darrel Williams
  • Don Williams
  • Gary Williams
  • Kris Woodard
  • Andy Wright
  • David Work
  • Riley Zolezzi

Ice Cream Social & Quilt Show

Ice Cream Social

The First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove’s Annual Ice Cream Social and Quilt Show will once again take place during Bohemia Mining Days on Friday, July 20th, 2018.

Free Quilt Show: 12:00 - 8:00 pm. (see details below) 

Ice Cream Social: 4:00 - 8:00 pm The suggested donation for the Ice Cream Social and the charitable
community organization beneficiary will be determined in late Spring.

Location: Third & Adams Avenue

Free Train Service: Catch the BMD Express from Bohemia City (Coiner Park) to the Presbyterian
Church between 2:00 - 6:30 pm. (service ends at 7 pm) Parking is also available in the lot behind the church on Third Street.

Ice Cream Social History: In 1892, Cottage Grove’s First Presbyterian church was the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Ladies’ Aid Society held an annual Strawberry Festival featuring strawberries, of course, ice cream and lemonade. They ordered 15 gallons of “tame” strawberries and divided up the tasks of procuring ice, milk, eggs, flavorings, sugar and lemons. Through the early years of the 20th century, the local Presbyterians provided ice cream and picnic lunches for various occasions.  Beginning with the 1959 local observance of Oregon’s Statehood Centennial, the summer ice cream social was moved to coincide with the annual celebration and has been a treasured tradition of the BMD Festival ever since.

Quilt Show History: The Gourmet Quilters have been part of Bohemia Mining Days since 1991. This year the quilt show is Friday, July 14th from Noon to 8 p.m. Anyone can show. It is not a judged event.  Bring your quilt, old or new, to First Presbyterian Church (3rd and Adams), Tuesday, July 17th – Thursday, July 19th, mornings only. Quilts must have the owner’s identification on the back to display and it is nice to tell the quilt’s history, if known. Forms are provided by the church.


Gourmet Quilters

In 1991, several women met to craft pieces of fabric into textile designs of every color and variety and they have been meeting ever since. The group has had 15 members and meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Presbyterian Church.

Meeting together not only produces beautiful quilts but also nurtures friendship and provides inspiration for all. The quilts are traditional and made primarily for friends and family. However, after the 2010 Joplin, Missouri tornado, the group made quilts for the victims.

For further information, contact Sue Broadwater, at 541-767-3811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Where's the FREE Parking?

The hub of the Bohemia Mining Days Festival is Coiner Park, with the carnival set up in Bohemia Park (corner Main & South 10th Street). Responding to requests for providing close-in parking for people with handicapped placards we have restricted the west parking lot (next to the basketball court) to BMD Staff and Handicapped Permit Holders only.


This year we have the BMD Express Train to move people from the free parking lots in the Historic Downtown District to the other major venues in Coiner and Bohemia Parks. The train operates on Friday from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from Noon - 6 p.m.with stops at All America City Square, Coiner Park, Bohemia Park, Trinity Lutheran Church (Sixth St. & Quincy Ave) for Saturday's Chicken BBQ and on Adams Ave. and Sixth Street on Friday and Saturday for a closer walk to the Presbyterian Church Quilt Show and Ice Cream Social on Friday and is a short walk to the Dr. Snapp House via the Swinging Bridge for its open house on Saturday from Noon - 4 p.m..

Below is a list of parking locations that are available, some have limitations as noted.

Coiner Park

The park has three parking areas:

East lot, next to tennis courts

West lot, next to basketball court (for staff and disabled only)

South lot, next to the playground

Off-site Parking Lots (note limitations)

Safeway lot across from Coiner Park (West and South sides, away from store entrances)

Post Office Parking lot (after hours only)

Nearby Main Street businesses that are closed and are not posted for customers only.

City-owned vacant property behind Dari Mart store (includes RV parking)

Bohemia Park [10th & Main]

On-street parking as available along South 10th Street, Washington, Adams & Jefferson Avenues

Historic Downtown District

City-owned lot behind All-America City Square

City-owned lot on corner of Whiteaker Avenue & 8th Street

City-owned lot at 5th & Main Streets

On-Street Parking

As available in the neighborhood surrounding Coiner Park and along South 10th Street next to Bohemia Park.