Town & Country Lanes streaming twice-weekly on-site concerts

Town & Country Lanes

In February, Valor Mentoring, a non-profit organization in Salem, took over operations at Town & Country Lanes from Don and Ann Lebold after more than 50 years of ownership.

Valor Mentoring President Tim Davis was thrilled to restructure Keizer’s only bowling alley, with plans to renovate the restaurant and put in recording and video production studios all while keeping the 24 lanes open.

However, the timing was less than ideal for Davis. 

Town & Country was forced to close temporarily in March due to Gov. Brown’s executive order to shut down all non-essential businesses due to COVID-19. 

However, Davis wants to make sure he’s making productive use of his time during the shutdown, whether it be with his business, his nonprofit, and with helping others in the community.

“We don’t want to hide out in a corner. We want to know how we can help while still being safe and responsible,” Davis said. 

Valor Mentoring has recently shifted their thought process on the Town & Country renovation, focusing more on revamping the restaurant and coffee shop inside the bowling alley.

“We wanted to work on those while we’re closed because when we open back up, those two things will create instant revenue,” Davis said.

The main goal of the nonprofit that strives to lessen the impact of fatherless by providing mentorship to young men through one-on-one relationships, community projects and music media. Davis, and the rest of the Valor Mentoring staff are using this time to write new levels of membership training to better support their mentors. 

“We want to use this time to make ourselves more effective,” Davis said. 

Valor Mentoring has also helped churches, such as Church on the Hill in Keizer, with video production to stream services, as well as lending production equipment to other churches in the area.

In April, Town & Country began streaming live concerts of up-and-coming local artists on Facebook and YouTube from the bowling alley.

Davis first got the idea to stream concerts from his daughter, Alyssa, who recently graduated from Corban College.

The concerts will be every Sunday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. and can be found on the Valor Mentoring and Town & Country Facebook pages.

Davis was able to book out the month of May for the concert series, highlighted by a performance from My Brothers and I.

“It gives artists an opportunity to perform in a safe environment while also having a platform to do it,” Davis said. 

Additionally, Davis set up a “Frontline Meals” donation section on the Valor Mentoring website, allowing people to donate money to provide meals to those in the medical community.

“We want to be leaders that are still dedicated to the community in a time of crisis,” Davis said.