Silvana Fire Chief, Keith Strotz, a forever resident of Silvana, has been a firefighter for 35 years and Chief of the district almost as long. Silvana is his community, so it’s no wonder that’s where he stays. You’ll often find him at Willow and Jim’s restaurant, but especially on the Fourth of July. That’s when the firefighters are the wait staff and Willow and Jim open up the joint for a fire department fundraiser. The community spirit shines then, as the line for a meal can stretch out the door.
Willow and Jim's
The quaint town of Silvana takes you back to a bygone era and a slower pace, when everyone knew your name and waved hello. That welcoming attitude will follow you into the homey diner, where you'll feel like a regular, even if it's your first time. This is comfort food at its best, and you're sure to find a favorite on the menu. For the kids: Enormous pancakes might arrive at the table looking like Mickey Mouse.
Silvana Five and Dime
The Silvana Five and Dime Thrift Store may be a thrift, benefitting children and adults with disabilities, but you’ll swear you’re browsing a classy vintage shop. Antiquities are displayed neatly next to household items and clothing. This place is potential waiting to be discovered! Bonus: Getting here is part of the fun. Drive along the winding Pioneer Highway and through the Silvana floodplain and backroads before arriving to find your next favorite piece.
This may well be the last free community fair in the Pacific Northwest. The Silvana Fair, always the last weekend of July, has been a community gathering for the past 70 years. It’s a classic small-town experience you can't find anywhere else. You’ll find food, live music, Port Susan vendors, and a whole lot of animals. This is where local youth prepare to take their entries to the larger Stanwood-Camano (the following week) and to state fairs later in the summer. Bonus: parking and entrance to the fair are free!