Special Thanks

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

  • Sharon Anseth
  • Bohemia Park – Faye Stewart
  • Bohemia Mine Owners Association
  • The Bookmine
  • Jake, Shannon, Ethan & Gideon Boone
  • Bohemia Gold Mining Museum
  • Buster’s Café
  • Calvary Chapel, Cottage Grove & Pastor Jeff Smith
  • Child’s Way Charter School - Mike & Angela Kerns
  • Church of Christ on Gibbs & Pastor Aaron Earlywine
  • City of Cottage Grove
  • Claire & Penn Sylvain
  • Community Sharing
  • Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cottage Grove Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Cottage Grove Bi-Mart
  • Cottage Grove Garbage Service
  • Cottage Grove Genealogical Society
  • Cottage Grove Historical Society & Joe Brazie
  • Cottage Grove Sentinel
  • Cottage Theatre
  • Eric “Gold Pan Willy” Daquilanto
  • Lorraine Eriksen
  • Matt Emrich Photography
  • Fort Umpqua/Elkton Community Education Center
  • Fort Umpqua Muzzleloaders
  • Gates Meats
  • Geomax Engineering
  • Nancy Glines
  • Laurel Henry, Heather Lawson & WIA High School Interns
  • Lyndi Holst
  • Jack Sprat’s Café
  • Jay The Magician
  • Sharon Jean & Ron Rice
  • Eric & Christie Johnson
  • Grant Johnson
  • Keith Kessler
  • Cathi Kleckner
  • KNND Radio
  • KPNW Radio
  • Lane Electric Cooperative
  • Heather Lawson & Cottage Grove High School WIA Kids
  • Greg Lee Photography
  • Living Faith Assembly & Pastor Rulon Combs
  • Marie Longfellow
  • Berneda McDonald
  • Harry & Kathe McIntire
  • Cottage Grove Mayor Tom Munroe
  • Old Mill Feed Store
  • OLPH Catholic Church
  • Oregon Aviation History Center
  • Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation – Ron McCoy
  • Prospectors & Golddiggers Club
  • K. Michael Roberts
  • Joel, Sharlene & Cameron Reiten
  • Ray Saunders
  • Donny Sevilla
  • Jimmy Schaper
  • Bradly Shepherd
  • Bill & Cathy Simmons
  • Seeds of Change
  • Jerry Squire
  • Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant – Stacy & Kim Solomon
  • Steamworks Research & Design Labs - Steve La Riccia
  • Bud Stewart
  • Travel Lane County
  • Holli Turpin
  • Jerry, Marjie & Jill Vaverka
  • Victoriana Antiques & Costumes
  • The Village Green Resort & Gardens
  • Vintage Inn Restaurant
  • Kerri Warren
  • Cindy & Ralph Weeldreyer
  • Western Oregon Opry
  • Wayne White Western Façade Walls
  • Willamalane’s Dorris Ranch
  • Don Williams
  • Bohemia City Marshal Gary Williams
  • Casey Woodard
  • D & D Automotive – Larry Woody
  • David Work

Ice Cream Social & Quilt Show

Ice Cream Social

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  20thcentury, 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 held alongside the BMD Festival from the beginning.

The First Presbyterian Church of Cottage Grove’s Annual Ice Cream Social and Quilt Show will once again take place during the Cottage Grove Bohemia Mining Days on Friday, July 15 at the First Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Adams and Third Streets in Cottage Grove. The Quilt Show will run from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 pm and the Ice Cream Social will begin at 4:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm. The Quilt Show is free to the public. The suggested donation for the Ice Cream Social is $3.50 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12. Donations of non-perishable food, baby food and diapers will also be accepted for Community Sharing here in Cottage Grove.


Gourmet Quilters

Twenty one years ago 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 fifteen 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.

The Gourmet Quilters have been part of Bohemia Mining Days for 19 years. This year the quilt show is Friday, July 15th from Noon to 8 p.m. Between 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. ride the BMD Express Train from Bohemia City to the stop at Sixth & Adams then walk two blocks west to the Presbyterian Church. Return to the stop by 5:15 to catch the train's last run of the day. Anyone can show. It is not a judged event. Bring your quilt, old or new, to First Presbyterian Church (3rd  and Adams), Tuesday, July 12th – Thursday, July 14th, 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 provided by the church).

Entertainment will be provided by various musical and choral groups. Parking for the event is available behind the church on 3rd Street.

Quilts should be picked up Friday, July 15th at 8:00 p.m. or they can be picked up the following week.

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

City-owned lot behind All-America City Square

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.

Festival Coordinator Welcome

Welcome to BMD 2017

Cindy roundIt's an honor to work closely with the board of directors and be part of the team that produces Cottage Grove's largest event of the year. As the festival coordinator, I invite you to join us for the 58th Annual Bohemia Mining Days, July 13-16, as we again transform Coiner Park into “Bohemia City” for four days on the third weekend each July.

To give you an idea of what our festival is like, see our preliminary 2017 Event Schedule. We are always updating the website, so check back often for additions and changes. You can also find us on Facebook for updates as our plans come together for 2017.

Our theme this year is “Galloping into the Past” and will highlight the interesting role Horses, mules, and Oxen played Cottage Grove and the Bohemia Mining District.

Bohemia Mining Days is an Oregon Heritage Tradition offering four days of family-friendly fun. There’s lots to see and do: two parades, a Kids Zone, live entertainment, a cultural village, a train to transport you into the past (on Friday & Saturday only), themed meals, a carnival and 75+ vendors. The unique Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud returns for the 5th year offering free old-timey games for children and adults that include cash prizes for the points leader of the two towns.

To give you an idea of what our festival is like, see our 2017 Event Schedule. We are always updating the website, so check back often for additions & changes. You can also find us on Facebook for updates as our plans come together for 2017.

On a personal note: I’ve loved Bohemia Mining Days since my first one in 1980! Through the years I’ve been a participant, volunteer, board member and now festival coordinator. I hope you will help me ensure the continued success of this fun, memory-making festival by becoming a sponsor, a vendor or a volunteer. Click on the Join In menu and select how you’d like to participate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (541) 942-5064 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cindy Weeldreyer
(The Hat Lady)

BMD Board of Directors

Meet the BMD Planning Team

The Festival Coordinator along with our BMD Board of Directors work year-round to produce Cottage Grove's largest event of the year. 


Cindy Weeldreyer | Festival Coordinator

Before joining the board in 2012, for eight years Cindy wore several hats assisting Festival Coordinator Sharon Jean, primarily as publicity coordinator, website content coordinator and as an official BMD Ambassador. Prior to becoming the Festival Coordinator in 2015, Cindy served as Board Secretary, Kiddie Parade Coordinator and as a member of the Website Design Team.

How long have you been a Grover? I moved to Lane County in 1980 to attend the University of Oregon.  In 1983, my husband Ralph and I moved to Cottage Grove to better care for his elderly mother and their family’s property.

Occupation/Vocation: Community Journalist, Caregiver, Photographer/Videographer, Radio program host, Public Relations Specialist & Community Organizer, former Lane County Commissioner and LCC Board Member and BMD's Festival Coordinator

Other Grove Connections: CG Prospectors & Golddiggers, CG Historical Society, The Sentinel contributing writer, KNND Radio Host, T.E.A.M Cottage Grove, Around The Grove weekly community newsletter editor, Lane Community College-Cottage Grove Advisory Board, Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel Project and the CG Vision 2037 Project

Why did you join the BMD Board? I *love* BMD! I got involved as an organizer because I wanted to be part of continuing one of Oregon's oldest community festivals for future generations to enjoy. In addition to being Cottage Grove’s biggest party of the year, I love how the festival strengthens community cohesiveness and makes a positive economic impact in town for four days each summer.  

How many years did you serve on the BMD Board? Four years, from 2012-2015.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory? My favorite event is the Historical Treasure Hunt on our "time traveling train" (with The Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud as a close second). My favorite BMD memory is my very first one – in 1980. That year the festival was held next to the fire station on the old Chambers Mill property. Ralph Weeldreyer, my new boyfriend and native Grover, took this Louisiana Bayou girl for a romantic spin on the Carnival’s Ferris wheel and then took me to my first Lemati Gang’s Old West Show. I’m thankful to the thousands of volunteers who've kept this festival going for 50+ years.


Cathy Simmons | President / Vendor Coordinator

Cathy started on the board in April 2013. She has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past 3 years. Now handing over those raigns to a new board member Penny Bierly, she has taken on a new role of President effective January 19th 2017 when she was voted in. She will remain heavily involved with Vendor Coordination piece of the Festival. "I'm excited to be taking on this position on the board and am very much looking foward to another successful year at the 2017 Festival" say's Cathy.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since September of 2005 and I've gone to the festival every year. I love it! I was raised just 20 miles south of Cottage Grove in a small town, so Cottage Grove is just my size. Not too big, but not too small.

Application Administrator. Jobs titles aren't always the best description of what one does every day. In a nut-shell, I write reports for a Health Insurance company. I love what I do and I've been doing it since 1986.

Other Grove Connections:
I sometimes volunteer at 'Sunday Soup Kitchen' (know as 'Soups On') on Sunday's, where we feed community members that need a little extra help. I'm a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I also was a member of the Ford Institute Leadership Program in 2015. We put in those cute Little Free Libraries around town.

Why did you join the BMD Board?
I was looking to fill my life with healthy, community involved, fun activities. I Love this event and was hoping to bring to the table, if not just a smile, then lots of hard work. When Sharon Jean approached me, I jumped at the chance to serve the community by helping out such an amazing fun event.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
This is my 5th year at the BMD Fesitval and hope to be on board for many more. My position of Treasurer brought me a ton of insight as to what it takes to put this thing together. I have the upmost respect for each board member I work with. They each give so much of their time and skills to make sure this Festival goes on each year.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
I loved to sit and listen to the music. Sitting on one of those 2 big rocks out front is usually where you might have seen me...well maybe not these past few years. I'm pretty busy running around. Good news is, you can hear the music throughout the park. Can't wait for this year… I Love to dress in costume! See y’all there.


Joel Reiten | Board Member / Logistics Coordinator

Joel was born in North Dakota and grew up on a large farm and ranch. He went to school in North Dakota State University. He is married and has one son (Cameron). Joel has served as Vice President for 1 year and President for about 8 months. He is our Logistics Specialist. Dealing with Electrical and plumbing issues in the park is where you'll find him spending most of his time during BMD. He brings much experience and expertise to the board.

 How long have you been a Grover? Since 1995.

Occupation/Vocation: Managing partner with a see and reserarch company based in California.

Other Grove Connections: Active with the Cottage Grove High School Garden team. He is also Chair of the Oregon Tilth Advisory Council. He's active at Oregon State University with horticultural research and plant breeding activities.

Why did you join the BMD Board? Wanted to get involved in a solid community event and help make it better.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board? SInce 2015.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory? The Great Music.


Joelie Saunders| Vice President / Parade Coordinator

Joelie started helping the festival in 2016 where she served as our new Parade Coordinator. She has since then joined as a Board member and will remain our parade Coordinator.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since .

Joelie works at Dave's Place cutting Hair and creating beautiful nails for her clients.

Other Grove Connections:
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Why did you join the BMD board?
I was recruited by Cathy Simmons while doing her nails. lol. She asked me to do the parade, then requested I join the board.

How many years have you served on the BMD board?
This will be my first Festival on the Board, so I joined in August of 2016 right after the Festival.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
More to come on Joelie.


Jimmy Schaper | Board Member / Music Coordinator

Jimmy’s passion for community development and public outreach make him a valuable member of the BMD Board. He is a terrific networker and knows how to make things happen. “Farmer Jimmy” as he is known to many for his trademark denim overalls, walking cane, cap  and bandana, is always ready and willing to do whatever it takes to make the BMD Festival an event to enjoy and remember.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since 2006

Agricultural-Biosystems Engineer, Math-Earth Sciences Educator/ Organic Farmer

Other Grove Connections:
Sustainable Cottage Grove, London Grange; KSOW-LP providing Agricultural and Environmental News; Western Oregon Opry Emcee; Kennedy High School Greenhouse and Community Garden Project; Cottage Grove All-American City (Opal Whitely) Park; Organic Farm (MicroFarm) Initiative at LCC-Cottage Grove; musician at WOE, BMD, Habitat for Humanity, "Sunday Suppers", and other community events; environmental analyst for ForestWeb

Why did you join the BMD Board?
This is a family-oriented event that brings all segments of our community together along with inviting visitors to be part of the celebration.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
SInce 2010.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
I enjoy our Sunday Gospel and Country Music performed by our local musicians & entertainers.


Jerry Vaverka | Board Member / Food Coordinator

Jerry is one of those hard-working behind the scenes logistical wizards every successful community organization needs. To help cover the overhead costs of putting on the annual festival Jerry works with the BMD Board to offer the Miner's Steak Dinner on Thursday night and the Chuckwagon Breakfast on Saturday morning. Jerry's skills in estimating the costs and procuring the ingredients for these important themed meals is invaluable to the continuing existence of Bohemia Mining Days.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since 1979

Retired banker

Other Grove Connections:
Bohemia Sunrisers Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Aktion Club, Special Olympics, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, OLPH Catholic Church

Why did you join the BMD Board?
I joined the BMD Board because to me it’s one of the most important events held in our community and I wanted to get involved to ensure it continues each year.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
Since 2010

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
I love all the festival’s music concerts, especially the local groups.


Dave Johnson | Board Member / Food Coordinator

Dave retired in 2009 years ago and moved to Cottage Grove from Sanata Barbara California. He was involved in Community Projects in Goleta/Santa Barbara  area. He has gained an interest in Cottage Grove and has begun to volunteer to help projects in this area. He likes to contribute to his community to give back to the people who live here.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since 2009.


Other Grove Connections:
Member of VFW Auxillary, Elks Lodge #1904, and United Methodist Church.

Why did you join the BMD Board? 
I was asked by Cindy Weeldreyer to join to help with the Food portion of the event.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
Joined January 2017.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
The Parade would be my favorite.


Penny Bierly | Board Member / Secretary/Treasurer

Penny was born and raised in San Diego, California. She has one son who is married and living in Munich, Germany. She has one grand daughter (so far!). She sings with various choirs and OLPH Church.

How long have you been a Grover?
Since August 2011.

Retired from 31 years at Pacific Bell where she was an Engineer. Previously to that, she spent 15 years at University of California San Diego as a telecommunications Analyst.

Other Grove Connections:
Helps at the church of Our Lady of Perpetual and is a member of Middlefield Ladies Golf Club.

Why did you join the BMD Board?
I was invited to join after helping Joelie Saunders with the 2016 Parade.

How many years have you served on the BMD Board?
Joined in October of 2016.

What is your favorite BMD event/memory?
Driving the Parade route in my golf cart.