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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRO 3 • Maps 4 • Events EAT 6 • North Coast Food Trail 8 • Where to eat SHOP 9 • Find your beach treasures PLAY 12 • Lincoln City Open Spaces 14 • Fun on the Oregon Coast 16 • Must Dos 18 • Art on the Edge studio tour 20 • Siletz Bay Music Festival STAY 22 • Real estate on the Oregon Coast 23 • Accommodation options
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t’s not unusual for those of us who live on the Oregon Coast to send photos of our surroundings to friends and loved ones, only to then be accused of applying filters, tweaking with Photoshop and all manner of other dark arts of the darkroom. I can’t blame them, sometimes it’s hard to believe how beautiful this part of the world really is. And the best part is that even the best camera, wielded by the most accomplished photographer can’t come close to capturing what it is like to be here in person. Perhaps this was the inspiration for Travel Oregon’s new “Only Slightly Exaggerated” marketing campaign, which brings the state to life quite literally through whimsical animation in the style of Hayao Miyazaki. Neskowin’s Proposal Rock and petrified forest feature prominently in this love letter to our beautiful state — the iconic rock reimagined as a giant turtle stationed at the controls of the setting sun. To see the Travel Oregon spot in full, go to traveloregon.com and hit play. Then come and see the real thing. Patrick Alexander editor & publisher Oregon Coast This Week
EDITOR & PUBLISHER Patrick Alexander email@example.com MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES central coast Greg Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org central coast Larayne Higgins email@example.com north coast Jessica Jung Jjung@oregoncoasttoday.com CONTRIBUTORS Gretchen Ammerman Rebecca Stone Visit Tillamook Coast DESIGN Adam Drey John Bruijn Kevin Weidow
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Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival
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Fun for Everyone! The Oregon Coast is the stage for an array of events all year long, and some of them are so much fun that they keep coming back year after year – to the delight of locals and visitors. MAY North Coast Culinary Fest Cannon Beach Friday-Sunday, May 10-12 cannonbeach.org
Waldport Great Garage Sale Waldport area Saturday, May 11 • All day waldport-chamber.com
2019 Rhododendron Festival Florence Wednesday-Monday, May 15-20 florencechamber.com/events
Art Studio Tour
Lincoln City area Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 • 10 am-5 pm ArtStudioTourLCCC.com
Spring Wine Walk
Downtown Seaside Saturday, May 18 • 3-7 pm seasidedowntown.com
Fat Bike Festival
Cannon Beach Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 bikecannonbeach.com
World’s Longest Garage Sale
Long Beach Peninsula • Washington Friday-Monday, May 24-27 visitlongbeachpeninsula.com
Fleet of Flowers
Depoe Bay Harbor Monday, May 27 • 11 am fleetofflowers.org
JUNE Beach to Chowder 5k/10k Long Beach, Washington Saturday, June 8 • Noon-5 pm visitlongbeachpeninsula.com
Astoria Pride Celebration Throughout Astoria Friday & Saturday, June 7 & 9 facebook.com/astoriapride
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Friday-Sunday, June 7-10 thegoondocks.org
Friday-Sunday, June 21-23 astoriascanfest.com
Summer Kite Festival
Cannon Beach Saturday, June 8 • 12:30-5:30 pm cannonbeach.org
Throughout Waldport Friday-Sunday, June 14-16 beachcomberdays.com
Northwest Garlic Festival Ocean Park • Washington Saturday & Sunday, J une 15 & 16 nwgarlicfestival.org
Siletz Bay Music Festival
Lincoln City area Wednesday, June 19-Thursday, July 4 siletzbaymusic.org
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Throughout Astoria
D River Wayside • Lincoln City Saturday & Sunday, June 22 & 23 • 10 am-4 pm oregoncoast.org
June Dairy Parade and Festival
Downtown Tillamook Saturday, June 22 • 10 am-1 pm tillamookchamber.org
Taft High School • Lincoln City Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30 • 11 am-7 pm pixiefest.com
JULY Fireworks on the Beach Long Beach, Washington Thursday, July 4 • Dusk
Independence Day Fireworks Siletz Bay • Lincoln City
Thursday, July 4 • Dusk oregoncoast.org
4th of July Festival
Cloverdale Saturday, July 6 • Noon yourlittlebeachtown.com
Ocean’s Edge Wayside • Rockaway Beach Thursday, July 4 • 11 am rockawaybeach.net
Firecracker Wiener Nationals Phyllis Baker City Park • Rockaway Beach Thursday, July 4 • Noon-4 pm firecrackerwienernationals.com
Fourth of July Parade Gleneden Beach Thursday, July 4 • 1 pm oregoncoast.org
la de da Parade
Downtown Yachats Thursday, July 4 • Noon yachats.org/events
Ocean’s Edge 5K
D River Wayside • Lincoln City Saturday, July 6 • 9 am
Clover’s Day Festival
Beach, Bacon & Brews
Chinook Winds Casino Resort • Lincoln City Saturday, July 13 • Noon-6 pm chinookwindscasino.com
Music in the Gardens
Bay City Cruisers Cars at the Coast
Taft Beach Sandcastle Contest
Long Beach Rodeo
Wooden Boat Show
Jazz & Oysters
Newport Saturday, July 20 • 8:30 am-3 pm baycitycruisers.com
Long Beach, Washington Saturday & Sunday • July 27 & 28 peninsulasaddleclub.com
Surf’n Saddle Jr. Rodeo
Long Beach, Washington July 13 • 10 am-4 pm watermusicfestival.com
Long Beach • Washington Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4 peninsulasaddleclub.com
Toledo Summer Festival
Memorial Field • Toledo Thursday-Saturday, July 18-21 ToledoSummerFestival.com
Throughout Astoria Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10 astoriaregatta.com
Dory Days Festival
Tillamook County Fair
Pacific City Friday-Sunday, July 19-21 yourlittlebeachtown.com
Tillamook County Fairgrounds Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10 tillamookfair.com
SW 51st Street • Lincoln City Saturday, Aug. 10 • 9 am-2 pm oregoncoast.org
Port of Toledo Friday-Sunday, August 16-18 PortofToledo.org
Port of Peninsula Saturday, Aug. 17 watermusicfestival.com
Washington State International Kite Festival Long Beach • Washington Monday-Sunday, Aug. 19-25 http://kitefestival.com
Chinook Arts Festival
Chinook • Washington Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2 visitlongbeachpeninsula.com
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ne of the first things that stands out when looking at a list of stops on the North Coast Food Trail is that it’s not just about food. Flowers, adult beverages and even lodging options are nestled between businesses that follow the trail’s credo: food, farm, fish and forage. “We decided that it shouldn’t be just a farm trail,” said Nan Devlin, executive director of Visit Tillamook Coast. “When we started planning the route, we heard from fishermen that sell from the dock, breweries, wineries, cooking schools and even bed and breakfast-type places that fit the main theme.” The stops on the trail stretch from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City, and can be found on a map on the trail website, northcoastfoodtrail.com. “To be listed, restaurants have to have at least 25 percent of their ingredients locally sourced, though most are closer to 75,” Devlin said. “Breweries have to be actually brewing on the North Coast, they can’t just be a tasting room; the same goes for distilleries.” The trail was officially launched last year with 60 stops listed. “This year all but four of the original 60 are back,” Devlin said. “We have added 21 more, including many more farms.” One of the new places listed is the Recess food cart in north Tillamook, which serves beef or Portobello mushroom burgers, wraps, salads and hand-cut fries. “We locally source as many of our ingredients as possible,” said employee Stormie Champ. “We also make all of our sauces and dressings; that’s one of the things that keep our regular customers coming back.” Another thing that draws customers is cyber-specific. “We’ve had customers tell us that when they asked Siri where a good place to eat in this area was, we were the first place that came up.”
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Celebrate the coast’s bounty, on the North Coast Food Trail Story by Gretchen Ammerman Photos by Visit Tillamook Coast
When the robots are on your side, you know you are doing something right. Bear Creek Artichokes, a longtime staple near Beaver, is under new ownership but is still serving up similar sustenance. “We make the sausage for our pizzas, our pesto sauce and our extremely popular artichoke dip,” said chef Ember Black. “We grow most of the produce from what we serve in the café and what we sell to-go, like peas, kale, artichokes and heirloom tomatoes.” Other items that come out of the kitchen include sandwiches with house-cured turkey and succulent sweets like mini cakes and puff pastries. Seeing the food trail come to fruition was particularly satisfying for Devlin. “It’s a passion of mine and also part of the mission of Visit Tillamook Coast to build agricultural tourism,” she said. “We had terrific coverage from regional and national magazines for our first year, and businesses listed on the map had a great turnout. Last September, we did our first Crave the Coast Food Festival where all the participants were members of the food trial. We were hoping for 200 people to show up, we ended getting about 800.” Starting in the early summer, farmers markets will pop up along the trail to join the diverse list of stops, including lodging options like Sheltered Nook Tiny Home Village in Tillamook or the Twins Ranch Covered Wagon Campground in Bay City, or cooking schools like the Culinary Center in Lincoln City or the Cannon Beach Cooking School & Restaurant. The variety of options along the route, according to Devlin, truly reflects the growing energy in the area. “There is a lot happening on the North Coast,” she said. “We have a lot of new farmers; they’re young and they’re operating their own farms. They know there is something wonderful happening here”
For details, go to northcoastfoodtrail.com
EAT ASTORIA Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe
1493 Duane Street, Astoria, OR (503) 338-7473 It’s obvious the skilled food artisans at the Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe find a lot of joy in what they do – the foods and drinks they make practically burst with their passion. The worker-owned cooperative produces delicious breads, pastries, light bites, specialty coffee and tea in a roomy and rustic atmosphere complete with an inviting children’s nook. The ingredients and products are carefully selected, locally sourced and organic, and everything is made from scratch. Their weekly bread schedule features French bread, traditional sourdough, high-hydration whole wheat sourdough, handmade bagels and much more. They also offer handcrafted Ecuadorian chocolates, take-out pizza and many vegan options with their menu selections. As big believers paying it forward and a nurturing strong community, every week Blue Scorcher donates numerous loaves of their delicious bread to area organizations feeding those who are food insecure in Clatsop County.
20 Basin Street, Suite A, Astoria, OR (503) 325-6777 The Bridgewater Bistro features casual and fine dining at its best. The restaurant is rooted in the area: their food and beverages use fresh ingredients that capture the region’s flavors. Additionally, their location is steeped in history and complete with killer views. Housed in a remodeled vintage cannery on a site that was an historic boatyard, this eatery boasts views of the Astoria/Megler Bridge, the Columbia River and the green and pleasant hills of Washington state from every table. In the summer months a back deck affords a unique outdoor dining experience. Seafood dishes abound here - for lunch,
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GREAT PLATES dinner and all things in between, including Sunday brunch, small plates, desserts and happy hour fare. Other fare includes steaks, poultry and vegan and gluten free options. Live jazz, classical music and more is offered most evenings.
Shucker’s Oyster Bar
4814 SE Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 996-9800
LINCOLN CITY Autobahn 101
1512 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 614-1811 With homemade weisswurst, schnitzels, spaetzle, and pretzels with beer cheese fondue, Autobahn 101 is a place to go for traditional German food in Lincoln City. The restaurant also offers a full bar with 16 tap beers, including 10 German beers. With a pool table, video games and live music at 7 p.m. on Sundays, Autobahn 101 is open to kids until 10 p.m. and becomes a late-night spot for those looking to continue the evening. On warm days, customers can enjoy a drink out in the pub’s outdoor beer garden. Autobahn 101 is also a place to celebrate with special events like Fasching parties, Oktoberfest and parties for Halloween, New Year’s Eve and more.
Black Squid Beerhouse
3001 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 614-0733 If you want a sense of that funky, friendly vibe that Oregon is known for, head over to Black Squid Beer House bottle shop and tap room in Lincoln City. Select a glass of mead or you can choose from 17 rotating taps of fresh craft beer, cider and kombucha. This chill and inviting spot also offers a robust selection of wine, growlers to purchase and fill, specialty kegs, a super cozy couch, a covered patio that’s dog friendly, Trivia Thursdays and dart tournaments. What they don’t have is food, except for a few snacks. But if you’re hungry for more, you can bring your own or have it delivered from a nearby yummy eatery – delivery and take-out menus are provided in
south end of town. Family owned and operated, Corner Café is not about fast food, it’s about comfort food. The business also features displays of artwork and jewelry that customers can peruse and purchase.
This summer’s Great Plate Oyster platter If you’re coming to the coast looking for the ultimate order of oysters, then look no farther than Shucker’s Oyster Bar. Our oyster platter comes with six oyster shooters, six pan fried oysters, six freshly shucked half shells, and six sautéed oysters, served with lemon and tartar sauce. Cocktail sauce and horseradish available upon request.
Shucker’s Oyster Bar
4814 SE Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 996-9800 www.shuckersoysterbarlc.com
the tap room. And you’ll have to leave the little ones at home. No minors allowed, which makes it a good place for date night!
6042 SE Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 614-1467 Everything from the chicken fried steak to the hollandaise sauce is homemade at Corner Café. The cooks make biscuits and gravy from scratch, grind their own hamburger and fry their own fish and chips with more fish than batter. This cafe offers breakfast and lunch every day of the year, including holidays, so you can still stop in to get your elk and buffalo patties or a bacon, mushroom and spinach omelet even on Christmas or New Years. Corner Café first opened at the north end of Lincoln City but is now located in a bigger building in the
If you have a hankering for all things oyster, check out Shucker’s Oyster Bar in the Taft District of Lincoln City. Take a fresh oyster shooter in the restaurant’s house-made Bloody Mary mix, indulge in a dozen oysters on the half shell, or dig into a variety of fried and sauteed oysters. But Shucker’s is not only an oyster bar – it also offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner, with items ranging from breakfast burritos to burgers and prawns. Shucker’s is close to the scenic Siletz Bay. For customers 21 and older, Shucker’s also serves a variety of beers, wines and cocktails.
Gleneden Beach Beachcrest Brewing Company
7755 N Highway 101, Suite E5, Gleneden Beach (541) 234-4013 If you’ve been looking for a place to sip house-made craft beers while listening to live music, showing off your knowledge at trivia night or participating in a host of other events, you’ve found it at Beachcrest Brewing. Co-owner Matt White creates the recipes for the beers and then brews them himself at Beachcrest, offering such flavors as the Siletz Bay Hazy IPA, the Sea Storm Stout, the Trio Belgian Raspberry Tripel and more. He often rotates the beer list with seasonal options, so customers can keep coming back to try new brews. Located in the shops at Salishan in Gleneden Beach, Beachcrest Brewing is known as a family-friendly place to relax and enjoy events. Customers come to enjoy live music from varied bands as well as jazz jams the first and third Sundays of each month. With Pints and Poses, you can try to find balance between beer and yoga, and you can help out with fundraisers during food truck pop up events.
intrinsically, whether it’s through the still lifes or landscapes or in the more nonrepresentational way of abstract art, which artist Charles Schweigart often favors. Grafton’s overarching vision for RiverSea was and is to develop it as a destination gallery for the Northwest, support the regional arts community and enhance the stature of Astoria as a cultural destination.
Wildlife Metal Art
37903 Labiske Lane, Astoria, OR (503) 325-5318
ASTORIA Finn Ware
1116 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR (503) 325-5720 Finn Ware owner Saara Matthews has deep roots in the quality Finnish and Scandinavian products found in her Astoria and Portland stores – her mom grew up in Finland and she still has family there. The passion she puts into her business and customer service is nurtured by the culture she has identified with all her life. Finn Ware’s shelves are stocked with an array of Nordic merchandise including Iittala, Marimekko, Ekelund, Fazer, Marabou, Sauna, Sisu, Uff Da and more. You’ll find linens, food, clothing, jewelry, home decor, gifts and Christmas items year round. Saara occasionally sponsors a Nordic jewelry-making class taught by professional artists for additional fun. Finn Ware’s Astoria location has served the North Oregon Coast since 1987 and is known as a local institution well worth the visit. Its popularity led to the second shop farther inland in Portland.
Mr. Nice Guy
730 Bond Street, Suite B, Astoria, OR (503) 741-3666 690 Olney Avenue, Astoria, OR (503) 741-3420 656 Highway 101, Rockaway Beach, OR (971) 306-1313 Everything about Mr. Nice Guy is just that – nice. The dispensary is beautifully decorated, the
courteous and knowledgeable budtenders strive hard to meet your cannabis needs, and the company’s mission of sourcing locally is friendly to the coastal community’s economy. Their selection is pretty darn sweet as well with many exclusive strains and a wide selection of flowers, concentrates, edibles, pre-rolls, cartridges, topicals, vaporizers, tinctures and accessories for recreational or medicinal purposes. Each of their beautifully decorated stores houses an array of high-end glass pipes and bongs that could double as distinctive works of art. The quality products are reasonably priced and can be ordered online or purchased by stopping by any of Mr. Nice Guy’s 18 locations statewide. Three of those shops can be found on the Northern coast: two in Astoria and one in Rockaway Beach.
1160 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR (503) 325-1270 Embodying the successful mix of art, community and commerce, Astoria’s RiverSea Gallery is the town’s largest and oldest art gallery. It’s considered by many to be the hub of the area’s local art scene. The Gallery is located in the heart of downtown in an old storefront on Commercial Street. Over the years, it has represented an impressive array of artists. Visitors will find a highly eclectic assemblage of art at RiverSea, including both original works and fine craft pieces that speak to the area’s creative essence through painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, art glass, woodworking, ceramics, fiber art, furniture and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. At RiverSea’s core is owner and curator Jeannine Grafton’s philosophy that art is a communication process which speaks to us
For handmade metal cutlery artwork, check out Astoria-based Vern Wilson’s creations. The retired shipbuilder has been transforming gray steel into stunning works of art for nearly 40 years and says he was the first to develop the genre. His pieces can be found at his home gallery and workshop, or up and down the Oregon Coast at various restaurants, bars, hotels and galleries. Vern works with his son, Matthew Wilson, patiently cutting steel with torches, pounding out shapes using a traditional blacksmith anvil, polishing the steel with grinders and sanders, applying color and topping it all off with a clear coat. The end result is high-quality artwork capturing the essence of the of Pacific Northwest wildlife, natural beauty, residents and way of life. Visit his shop and gallery and take a piece of Oregon’s north coast home as a keepsake.
SEASIDE Seaside Outlets
Highway 101 & 12th Avenue, Seaside, OR (503) 717-1603 If you forgot something while packing for your coastal vacation or just have a shopping fix to satisfy, don’t panic – the stores at Seaside Outlets overflow with great deals. Shoppers of all ages will find whatever they fancy from upscale fashion to casual clothing lines, footwear, hair care products, camping gear, sportswear, vitamins, sweets, microbrews, wine, an indoor play park, dining and more. Make it an event by riding over to the retail center in style via the Seaside Streetcar. The Streetcar’s circular route around town includes several of Seaside’s major hot spots and attractions, for added enjoyment before
or after your shopping excursion. The Seaside Outlets is located just five blocks from the Historic Seaside Promenade – also known as The Prom. While the retail complex offers bargains year-round, it holds numerous sidewalk, clearance and truckload sales on holidays and during special events in Seaside. There are also senior discount days and seasonal events like Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Kiwanis Christmas Trees sale and pictures with Santa. Whether you’re doing the day solo, as a couple or out with your whole crew, Seaside Outlets doesn’t disappoint for all of your shopping needs.
MANZANITA Bahama Mama’s Bikes, Boards and Beach Fare
123 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR (503) 368-2453 Bahama Mama’s has the toys you need to make the most of your seaside getaway – bikes, boards and beach fare for the whole family. Owner Joel VanDyke and his knowledgeable staff can help you gear up to get out and have a blast at the beach. The store is stocked with surfboards, boogie boards and Xcel wetsuits to rent or purchase. You can also rent fat-tire bikes and Fun Cycles, which are wide, three-wheeled cruisers that sit low to the ground. Additionally, Bahama Mama’s has a wide variety of clothing, swimsuits, footwear, highend sunglasses, accessories and beach toys. Quality-name brands include Roxy, Quicksilver, REEF, Ray Ban, Smith Optics and Maui Jim’s sunglasses. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the shop, Bahama Mama’s will assist with ordering it online for you. The staff goes above and beyond to help fuel your fun while visiting the North Oregon Coast.
LINCOLN CITY Cap’n Gull’s Gift Place
120 SE Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 994-7743 Looking for a trinket to remember your day at the beach or a gift for a fellow lover of the Oregon Coast? Since 1980, Cap’n Gull’s Gift Place offers both locals OregonThisWeek.com •
MUST HAVES Sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stones Find handcrafted goods from across the United States and ethically sourced fair-trade merchandise, as well as a small gallery of curated local art at this elegant boutique.
Red Cock Artisan Marketplace 1221 NW Hwy. 101 #A • Lincoln City (541) 921-2750 redcockmarketplace.com
and visitors in Lincoln City’s community an array of souvenir items and gifts, including handmade glass floats made by an Oregon glass blower, T-shirts, jewelry, mugs, magnets, wind chimes and more. Cap’n Gull’s central location on Beach River Wayside puts you in easy access to the beach and other activities, so it’s a popular stop for beach goers, and those driving to the area can find ample parking in the shop’s parking lot.
Lincoln City Glass Center
4821 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 996-2569 Glass blowing is a big deal in Lincoln City, and Lincoln City Glass Center has everything you need to experience the longtime local tradition. Located in the Taft District, the Center is a place where you can learn how to craft your own glass float, paperweight, fluted bowl, heart and more. Give them a call and schedule an appointment for a glass art creation session. It’s a great way to make your own Central Oregon Coast keepsake, browse both their galleries or take a seat on one of the studio benches and watch the glass artists for free. It’s a fun and interesting family friendly experience, but children must be at least eight years old to join in. And note that glass has to cool down overnight, so you’ll need to
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pick up your masterpieces the following day or have them shipped.
Lincoln City Surf Shop
4792 Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 996-7433 One of the oldest surf shops on the Oregon Coast, Lincoln City Surf Shop rents out and sells a variety of surfing equipment and vintage surfing memorabilia. The shop prides itself in its vintage, new and used surfboards, stickers and posters as well as its surfing lessons. Located in the Taft District, Lincoln City Surf Shop wants to help you get the best experience surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding or paddle boarding, and its staff will offer advice about the best surfing spots of the day. The store also offers a wide range of hats, t-shirts, stickers and other surfer swag. And before too long, you’ll be able to shop online at Otter Rock Surf Shop, coming soon — check the Lincoln City Surf Shop Facebook page for details.
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Lincoln City at Prehistoric, a gallery featuring dinosaur fossils, trilobites, ammonites and more. An animatronic dinosaur greets you at the door. You can buy a bag of materials to put into a sluice box and sift through to discover minerals and fossils as if you’re panning for gold. You can also use what they call a “geocracker” to break open geodes and find the crystals inside. Minerals are popular items to get at Prehistoric, whether a shopper wants to add to their collection or just have a mineral they’ve always wanted. Prehistoric offers a range from $1 minerals to a $200,000 tail from a Camarasaurus. The owner opened Prehistoric in 2015 to bring this educational experience to Lincoln City.
Red Cock Artisan Marketplace
1221 NW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 921-2750 With home goods, jewelry, and clothing for women and children, Red Cock Artisan Marketplace is not the typical gift shop. The store has an emphasis on the metaphysical, offering incense, altar cloths, smudging, crystals and more. Customers will also find the opportunity to peruse art at Red Cock’s gallery in the
back of the store, featuring works by local artists. Red Cock Artisan Marketplace opened in 1972 as a shop for artists of the Pacific Northwest. The shop was remodeled in 2018 into a boutique shop and art gallery. The items found at the store are mostly locally made or fair trade imports from women-owned businesses. The store hosts a monthly metaphysical and holistic fair, tarot card readings and community after-hours events.
Trillium Natural Foods Grocery
1026 SE Jetty Avenue, Lincoln City (541) 994-5665 Since 1973, Trillium Natural Foods has been providing Lincoln City with organic and local produce and grocery items, such as teas, spices, dried fruit, nuts, meats and vegan alternatives. This grocery store might be small in size, but it has a big selection of bulk goods, including food, soaps and oils. Customers are encouraged to cut down on plastic waste by bringing in their own jars and bottles to refill with the bulk items they buy. Trillium’s Veggie Bucks program is meant to help families buy organic. Anyone taking care of children under 18 years old can bring back their Trillium Natural Foods receipts in increments
SHOP of $100 and get $5 credited toward their next purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables or books. The store also offers a 2-percent discount for purchases made with cash or checks. Trillium Natural Foods prides itself in being a small store with a good selection and fair prices.
Volta Art Gallery
4830 SE Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 996-7600 Volta Art Gallery exhibits and sells glass art made by professional artists who teach at the Lincoln City Glass Art Studio right across street. Located in the town’s Historic Taft District, Volta is known as a fine arts gallery that also carries distinctive handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics and metal creations. Volta’s owner, Kelly Howard, has been a glass artist since 1997, a National Merit Scholar at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an active supporter of the Lincoln City glass art scene. Whether you’re shopping or just browsing, Volta Art Gallery brims with exquisite treasures sure to delight.
Mossy Creek Pottery
483 S Immonen Road, Lincoln City (541) 996-2415 Since 1973, Mossy Creek Pottery has been offering hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pottery from dozens of Pacific Northwest clay artists. Nestled on six acres of
Oregon’s beautiful land, about a half mile off Highway 101 (a very scenic drive), the nearly century-old farmhouse that accommodates the pottery and other gifts is just as alluring as the creations stocking its shelves. If you can’t make it to the store (but try to because this place is enchanting), visit the Mossy Creek Pottery website to shop online for pottery, gift certificates, diffusers and oils through the Moss-E-Shop. The e-store includes a rotating selection of pieces from their gallery, so there’s always something new. Whether online or in person, Mossy Creek Pottery is a charming place to pick up a few treasures as souvenirs from your Central Oregon Coast getaway.
70 N Highway 101, Depoe Bay (541) 765-4001 Find a style that fits your taste in a size that fits your shape at Converge – a unique women’s clothing boutique in Depoe Bay. Tops, bottoms, dresses and shoes from companies like Effie’s Heart, Taos, Noat, Chalet, Merell, Rieker, Cut Loose, Habitat, Comfy, and Tribal will help get you ready to go, whether you’re dressing to watch whales or dine out at one of the central coast’s upscale restaurants. Accessories, including scarves, hats, handbags and jewelry are displayed throughout the two large rooms that feature clothes in sizes x-small to 3X. Be sure to visit the sale rack, too, to find great deals at the shop where style and comfort Converge.
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GOAL Lincoln City aims for health and happiness with
Open Space program
By Gretchen Ammerman
s spring turns to summer, Lincoln City shifts into high gear as a bustling beach town. But even in the midst of the high season, there is no shortage of places where visitors and locals alike can feel like they are miles away from it all. Lincoln City Parks and Recreation has been actively improving and maintaining its designated Parks and Open Spaces; underutilized jewels where visitors are surrounded by nature without leaving city limits. “The Parks and Recreation Department has a vision for 2019 to get more people aware of and experiencing our Open Spaces,” said Director Jeanne Sprague. “We are adding trailhead signs and wayfinding markers as part of that goal.” In addition to static improvements, the Department is hoping for more involvement from locals who share the goal of getting people out in nature.
“We’re actively recruiting volunteers for things like guided hikes, trail maintenance, adopt a trail, adopt a park or various types of outdoor education.” said LoRee LaFon, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Ambassador. “Since we started getting the word out we’ve had a good response, but we are certainly open for more.” The primary requirement to get involved is the desire to do so. “There’s a wide variety of skills and knowledge that people have that we welcome,” LaFon said. “If you have something you would love to share, we’d love to help you do it.” Another way the Department is supporting the City’s Open Spaces is through the work of Joe Miller, Parks and Open Space Supervisor. “Joe and his eight-person crew maintain our parks and trails, and work diligently to keep them safe, accessible and clear of any obstacles like downed trees from storms,” Sprague said. “All of our Parks and Recreation staff are so very passionate about our Open Spaces and getting people out into them. They inspire me.” Though bikes and horses are not permitted in Open Spaces, dogs are encouraged and City ordinance dictates your furry companion is on leash at all times.
The City acquired this property in 2017 in the far north end of town, in part to protect the popular viewshed dubbed The Knoll. Now designated as an Open Space, the trails in the 35-acre Knoll property can be taken in small bites, or as a roughly
three-mile loop that includes the Knoll lookout, offering views of Devils Lake, the Pacific Ocean and parts of the Cascade Head Nature Preserve. If the view is your goal and you want to get there more quickly, the good news is that you can drive to the top of NE Sal De Sea Drive then take a right turn on Port Drive and park at the Dead End sign. The bad news is the less-than-half-mile trek is still a steep climb, and parking is very limited. To reach the optimal (yet longer) trail system from the east side, turn west from Highway 101 onto East Devils Lake Road and follow the road until you reach a cul-de-sac: there is plenty of parking along the road on the way to the end as well.
Gentle for the legs and magical for the eyes, the 26-acre Cutler City Open Space is a wonderful place to visit, especially if the weather is dreary but you just really need to get outside. The trees are tall enough to block the wind but not so tall as to be scary, and they protect you from light rain, yet the trails stay moist enough that there are frequent mushroom sightings most of the year. Live-edge wooden trail-head signs like the one for “Frodo’s Trail,” help with the fairyland quality. The trails are mostly flat and very wellmaintained, so those with less mobility will enjoy this lovely spot that’s a favorite with locals. There are four different points of entry: park in the small pull-outs on the north end on SW 63rd Street, the south end on SW 69th Street or along SW Inlet Avenue to access either of the two well-marked entrances.
One of the more newly built trail systems, the 56-acre Agnes Creek Open Space is well placed for recreational enjoyment for locals who work nearby at City Hall or the library, or visitors staying in places like Olivia Beach. Better for intermediatelevel hikers or walkers as there are some steep sections, the trails wind through a forest that shows how good management helped the forest thrive after being clearcut in the 1960s. During trail construction two large parking areas were created, accessible along SW Bard Road. You can also enter from the end of SW 19th Street.
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Very close to the Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, the trails in this 41-acre space are mostly flat so can get muddy in the spring, but there’s a nice bridge crossing and many very large native trees like Sitka spruce that line most of the trail. Starting next to a paved parking area right on West Devils Lake Road, the trail is straight out and back, so no worries here about taking a wrong turn. This is one of the shorter trail systems, but you can get a bit more of a walk in by heading south on the road to the newly constructed boardwalk that goes over a section of wetlands.
This 73-acre forest is the best option if you are looking for something a bit longer. Though most of the trails are older and well established, Spyglass Ridge recently experienced a tree-thinning project for the health of overall ecosystem. One of the effects is greatly improved visibility, making the fairly dense forest feel safer and the trails less easy to get lost on. Though sections of the trail are some of the steepest you’ll find other than the Knoll and can be a bit rugged, they are still fairly wide and easy to navigate. During the spring and fall you might see kids from the Taft high and middle schools training here.
Locals might have driven past this 26-acre space many times and not even realized that there are well-made trails that wind around the small lake, so named for the natural spring that created it. Large enough to attract a few different species of waterfowl, you might even be lucky enough to sight a goose sitting on a nest that makes you glad you brought your long-distance lens with you. There are only a few parking spots right at the trailhead on West Devils Lake Road, about two miles from Highway 101, but Spring Lake is close enough to Regatta Park that can you park there and take a short hike.
The smallest of the lot at 23 acres, this is a place best enjoyed as much through the ears as through the eyes. The sounds of the many birds that flock to the area, just south of Devils Lake, fill the air during different parts of the day while you walk this short loop trail. Parking is available in a small turnout across the street just to the west of the marked trailhead.
Though not new to Lincoln City, the two Community Gardens within city limits have been newly acquired by the Parks and Recreation Department and will now be maintained by them. “Now that the City maintains the community gardens in Taft and Oceanlake, Joe Miller and his crew are putting new energy into them,” Sprague said. “including new raised beds, fresh soil and signage; it looks awesome. And we currently have plenty of plots available to the public.” Plots are $40 per plot, per year. For more information or to reserve a plot, call 541-994-2131. Supporting the opportunities for outdoor recreation and gardening is something Sprague feels is integral to ensuring the future of Lincoln City as a good place to live and visit. “I believe being outdoors in nature contributes to the health and happiness of our community members and the people who vacation here,” Sprague said. “I hear often from people how much better they feel after taking a walk in the park; that’s what we’re all about. Having Open Spaces is a vital need for community health and we have acres of them to take advantage of within city limits.”
To find out more about volunteer opportunities, call LoRee LaFon at 541-996-1248.
ASTORIA Clatsop County Historical Society 714 Exchange Street, Astoria, OR (503) 325-2203
Time travel to the past with the Clatsop County Historical Society (CCHS). Located in Astoria, the nonprofit educational organization is committed to preserving and presenting a treasure trove of Clatsop County historical information in engaging ways. CCHS operates four different museums housed in historic buildings: the Flavel House Museum, Heritage Museum, Oregon Film Museum and Uppertown Firefighters Museum. (The Uppertown Firefighters Museum is open seasonally, so check in advance before heading over.) Each museum offers fun and informative methods to learn about the region’s past. For example, the Oregon Film Museum is housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, which was a working jail from 1914 to 1976 and used in the famous opening jail break scene from “The Goonies” movie. Visitors can even make short video clips at the Film Museum to keep as a mementos or stroll along the area’s Historic Oregon Film Trail showcasing local locations where various movies were made.
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The Flavel House Museum hosts annual events that harken back to elements of Astoria’s bygone years and culture.
Oregon Film Museum
732 Duane Street, Astoria, OR (503) 325-2203 Astoria’s Oregon Film Museum (OFM) is all about Oregon films and film-making. Operated by the Clatsop County Historical Society, it’s in the old county jail which was the real thing from 1914 to 1976. You’ll learn what films were made in the state and get fun, fascinating details about their production. You’ll even get a chance to make your own film! The first gallery in the museum deals with what it takes to make a major motion picture. You can make your own film and learn about the production process. There are also areas for the props department and location scouts. Another gallery, inside some jail cells, houses an impressive collection of “The Goonies” information. Leave a message for the rag-tag juveniles and vote for your favorite character. In the last gallery, you can edit your film and check out others’ work. Before you leave be sure and take your own mug show for the prisoners’ gallery.
WARRENTON High Life Adventures
92111 High Life Road, Warrenton, OR (503) 861-9875 Imagine soaring over 30 miles of lush green hills, acres of tall timber, ponds and a seven-acre lake without the benefit of a plane or other kind of flying device. How? It’s no great mystery, you’re just wearing a harness (and helmet) that’s hooked to a zipline crisscrossing Warrenton. This particular thrill became available in the North Coast in 2012, when David and Lancey Larson opened High Life Adventures on a 30acre plot of land in Warrenton. David has been erecting ziplines since he was 14. Back then, he’d charge friends a fair price to earn enough to build more lines. He and his staff are highly experienced and completed extensive training to become accredited zipline tour guides. High Life offers eight different lines for visiting thrill seekers. The Maple line, for example, affords riders a quick, exhilarating dunk in the water. It’s family fun for all ages (for anyone between 60 and 300 pounds). After taking a ride, stop by the onsite Zip N’ Sip Bar for a sandwich or their famous beer bread and a local craft beer to toast this memorable activity.
47 SW Gardenia Avenue, Warrenton, OR (844) 567-8687 x844 Lori Beth Kulp’s adventurous passion for showing off the Astoria and Warrenton area is the drive behind the success of her business, Lor’s Tours. Your adventure begins with Lor’s Tour Bus picking you up at your specified location, and whisking you away to the historic Mt. Clatsop where Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery spent the winter of 1805 to 1806. Guests are treated to an informative video about their journey, followed by a walk to the scenic Netul Landing to witness where the explorers came up the Lewis and Clark River. There may even be a re-enactment demonstrating a day-in-the life of the famed explorers. Next on the agenda is the wreck of the Peter Iredale. The four-masted, steel sailing ship met its demise running aground in 1906. Parts of the iconic vessel are still eerily visible today. The tour wraps up at the breathtaking Astoria Column, gifted to the city in 1926 by the Great Northern Railway commemorating the settling of the Western Territory. The impressive 125-foot structure has 164 winding steps leading to panoramic views of the
P L AY Columbia River, Pacific Ocean and Young’s Bay – don’t forget your camera! Zip lines are also available, soaring through a majestic wooded landscape, over ponds and a across seven-acre lake. These year-round tours operate rain or shine. Custom tours are available as well, just give Lori a call and tell her what you like. Both tours and zip line rides for children under five are free.
GARIBALDI Garibaldi Maritime Museum
112 Garibaldi Avenue, Garibaldi, OR (503) 322-8411 At the Garibaldi Maritime Museum, you’ll learn about the lives of fishermen and sailors through interactive exhibits, artifacts and videos. This family-friendly and disabled-friendly museum features an exhibit about Robert Gray, an 18th-century sailor, and his historic vessels Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva. Gray is known for traveling to the mouth of the Columbia River and Tillamook Bay, and for being the captain of the first U.S. ship to circle the world. Other exhibits include historic collections about salmon fishing, clam digging, the U.S. Coast Guard and more. The museum has been teaching visitors about life at sea for more than 30 years and features rotating exhibits.
CLOVERDALE Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides 5985 Pacific Avenue, Cloverdale, OR (541) 418-2313
Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides offers horseback rides on the beach in Pacific City. The one-hour ride is a great way for people of all experience levels to enjoy the waves on the way to Bob Straub State Park. On the way back, the riders can go up into the sand dunes to take in scenic views before heading back on the beach. More experienced riders may opt for the two-hour park tour. This begins with a ride along the water before following the Nestucca River to the sand dunes, where the horses canter up and down the steep slopes.
Green Acres also offers private rides for two, including a beach ride and a picnic and mountain trail ride. People have been known to come back from these “proposal rides” as newly engaged.
OTIS Otis Music Festival
24 N Old Scenic Highway 101, Otis otismusicfestival.com The Otis Music Festival is a laid back event where Central Oregon Coast locals and visitors can come together for a weekend of eclectic music. Here, you’ll find a whole world of music tucked away in the little community of Otis. Over the course of this two-day event, festival goers can savor the sounds of blues, funk, soul, classic and underground rock and more. Performances begin in the early afternoon both days and continue through the evening. Live music fills the air at this outdoor event, and you can listen while enjoying a beverage from the beer and wine garden. There will also be vendors selling food and other merchandise. You can visit the festival by the day, or if you want to make it for both days, camp onsite by pitching a tent or parking your RV.
LINCOLN CITY Explore Lincoln City
801 SW Highway 101, Suite 401, Lincoln City (541) 996-1274 When it comes to finding fun and building memories on the Central Oregon Coast, Explore Lincoln City has you covered. As the marketing arm of the City of Lincoln City, this team works to highlight the huge range of restaurants, shops, hotels and things to do throughout town. With seven and a half miles of sandy beach, tide pools galore and a 680-acre lake, lovers of the great outdoors are never short on fun and adventure in this beautiful beach town. A huge array of restaurants offers visitors the chance to sample cuisine from all over the world, with local seafood well represented too. Add in charming boutiques, a vintage theater, a groovy bowling alley and much more, and it’s clear that every day is a great day to Explore Lincoln City.
Prehistoric Art on the Edge Studio Tour Lincoln City area (541) 994-9994
If you like not only going behind the scenes but also learning how the scenery was made, the annual Art on the Edge Studio Tour is for you. On the third weekend in May, many of the central coast’s numerous artists open the doors to their studios, some of which are as beautiful as the art they produce. Roughly three group sites are also included to give visitors on the self-guided tour even more variety to experience during this three-day event. The artists answer questions, talk about or even show their creative processes and sell their work, which includes oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, metal sculpture and casting, driftwood furniture, handmade jewelry, fire painting, glass blowing, clay and ceramic art, photography, weaving, mosaic, colored pencil art, reclaimed assemblage art, print making and fabric arts. A pre-purchased pin will get you into the sites, located between Neskowin and Depoe Bay.
Lincoln City Glass Center
4821 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 996-2569 Glass blowing is a big deal in Lincoln City, and Lincoln City Glass Center has everything you need to experience the longtime local tradition. Located in the Taft District, the Center is a place where you can learn how to craft your own glass float, paperweight, fluted bowl, heart and more. Give them a call and schedule an appointment for a glass art creation session. It’s a great way to make your own Central Oregon Coast keepsake, browse both their galleries or take a seat on one of the studio benches and watch the glass artists for free. It’s a fun and interesting family friendly experience, but children must be at least eight years old to join in. And note that glass has to cool down overnight, so you’ll need to pick up your masterpieces the following day or have them shipped.
DON’T MISS A THING!
1425 NW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 614-1294 See listing on page 10.
Siletz Bay Music Festival Various Locations, Lincoln City (541) 264-5828
What started as a small-scale chamber music concert series has crescendoed into one of the Central Coast’s main musical events. The Siletz Bay Music Festival in Lincoln City is a two-week series of performances. Its expanded repertoire includes orchestral music, jazz and a few wild card selections, too, in addition to maintaining its chamber roots. Each night’s performance takes on a new theme, such as romance, Hollywood hits, avant-garde American composers or even the convergence of folk music and poetry. Musicians from around the globe travel to Lincoln City for these performances. It’s a chance for audiences to experience talents from as far as China to as close as their Central Coast backyard. Some performances require admission tickets and others are free and open to the public, and they’re held at various locations in Lincoln City. This event runs from June 19 through July 4.
DEPOE BAY Dockside Charters
270 Coast Guard Drive, Depoe Bay (541) 765-2545 Dockside Charters is a good catch – not just for fish, that is, but for the entire charter boat experience. Located in Depoe Bay, they place you in ready access for deep sea fishing. Each of the seven boats in their fleet are operated by experienced captains who know these waters well. And no matter the time of year, they’ll help you find the fish. While charter trips are year-round, they also feature seasonal trips for ling cod, rockfish, halibut, salmon, albacore tuna and even Dungeness crab. You can choose from a five or eight-hour trip, or if you prefer marine mammals, they also offer one to 1.5-hour whale watching trips. Additional services include cleaning your catch, and they can get you a one-day fishing license. OregonThisWeek.com •
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As the saying goes . . . so much to do, so little time! The suggestions listed on this page are tried and true crowd pleasers. You’ll be glad you chose every single one of them!
Step into the past The Garibaldi Museum offers a window into the lives of 18th-Century sailors through the story of Captain Robert Gray and his historical vessels: the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva. The museum also features exhibits on early life in this small fishing town, artifacts of logging, the lumber mill, salmon trollers, commercial fishing trawlers, the US Coast Guard and more.
112 Highway 101, Garibaldi 503-322-8411 garibaldimuseum.org
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Quarter yourself at the arcade
Go deep-sea fishing and whale watching with Oregon’s premier operator, Dockside Charters, in Depoe Bay. We have clean, comfortable, well-maintained boats for the best deep-sea adventure. You can deep-sea fish yearround with Dockside Charters.
At Game Over Arcade, we have more than 100 new and classic arcade games along with a great selection of pinball machines. We have all of the classics such as Donkey Kong, Mario Bros, Ms. Pacman, Galaga, and a lot of new games like Terminator Salvation and Big Buck HD. The bar and dining area features 10 HDTVs and a massive 70” screen. For kids and adults alike, Game Over is the best stop for arcades on the coast.
270 Coast Guard Drive, Depoe Bay 541-765-2545 • 800-773-8915 docksidedepoebay.com
Horseback rides on the beach TripAdvisor ranks Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides number-one on its list of things to do in Pacific City. We offer people of all experience levels the chance to get in the saddle — from one-hour rides for beginners to a two-hour park tour for experienced riders. Looking for that perfect opportunity to pop the question? Our Proposal Rides have never failed yet...
Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides 5985 Pacific Avenue, Cloverdale 541-418-2313 beach-rides.com
Game Over Arcade
2821 NW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 614-1150 gameover-arcade.com
Bone up on fossils At Prehistoric we feature genuine fossils and minerals from all over the world, as well as jewelry, gifts, and children’s educational toys. There are hands-on activities here too, including mining for minerals in our 25-foot-long sluice, and cracking your own geode. You will discover that our gallery is like no other, because we’ve created an environment that will educate you in the most fascinating ways.
1425 NW Highway 101, Lincoln City (541) 614-1294 www.prehistoricoregon.com
August 10, 2019
Bring the family to Lincoln City for a weekend of coastal fun! All ages welcome. Free entry with a canned food donation. Registration begins at 11am - Taft District, SW 51 Street explorelincolncity.com - taftbeach.com
By Gretchen Ammerman
COASTAL CREATIVITY ON SHOW AS ANNUAL STUDIO TOUR RETURNS
rt studios can be as unique as the artists themselves. Add the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast, and it’s no wonder that participants come away from the Art on the Edge Studio Tour feeling inspired. Whether you are an artist yourself or simply curious about how the impressive number of talented artists on the Central Coast create their work, the self-guided tour will offer a glimpse behind the scenes. From Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, doors will open at workspaces located between Neskowin and Depoe Bay, some are as beautiful as the art they produce. Artists will be on hand to answer questions, talk about and demonstrate their creative processes and sell their work. This year the tour will include 26 artists at 16 locations, plus another 30 artists at three group sites. The wide range of mediums include oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, metal sculpture and casting, driftwood furniture, handmade jewelry, fire painting, glass blowing, clay and ceramic art, photography, weaving, mosaic, colored pencil art, reclaimed assemblage art and print making and fabric arts. The first year had fewer stops, the second possibly too many, and this year, organizer Krista Eddy thinks the number is juuuust right. “I think we’ve found the right amount of stops to show the diversity of the many great artists we have here on the coast,” she said, “without overwhelming visitors who don’t want to miss a single stop.” One of these stops will be with Danelle Jones, who paints whimsical animal portraits, many inspired by her beloved Labrador Inky, in a cozy studio where she is warmed in the winter by a wood stove and serenaded by a resident frog in the spring. Though she attended both of the first tours, this will be her first time as a stop. “I saw that what Krista was doing was really cool and wanted play too but it took me a bit to be ready to be an open studio,” Jones said. “I really enjoyed seeing how others artists work and how they prioritize; we all have such different processes.” Jones has worked professionally as an illustrator,
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electrician and landscaper, and now operates a non-profit that helps get other artists past common hurdles like understanding the shifting landscapes of marketing. “When I first started out in illustration, there weren’t things like clip art,” she said. “And sites like Etsy have grown so much that it is far more competitive than it used to be. These types of changes can have both positive and negative effects but it’s hard for people to navigate them Artist Danelle Jones at work without a little help.” One of the things Jones will have for visitors to her studio will be examples of work in progress. “Art can be intimidating All studio tour artists will be featured in an exhibit at the Chessman when all you see is the Gallery inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This show opens Friday, May 10, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm and will run until June finished piece,” she said. 10. Open 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesdays. “I’ll be showing things at different stages, because I believe that seeing some of the location of the studio or group site, and if the stop is the awkward stages a piece can go through as it’s being pet friendly or wheelchair accessible. created can be empowering for budding artists.” The etched wooden tour pins were made by the Taft Eddy makes an effort to invite new artists like Jones High School art students in a unique community art to participate each year. collaboration. “We definitely had people come back after the first “They are beautifully crafted,” Eddy said. “We are tour,” she said. “Since we’d like people to keep coming so impressed with what the kids did and I think these back, we make sure they always have new things to see.” pins are something people will be happy to keep.” Another new site is a collective in a beautiful garden with deep roots in the area. Presale for the tour is available now at the Lincoln “We are so excited to have the Connie Hansen City Cultural Center, and can be made at all particiGarden as a stop this year,” Eddy said. “The timing is pating sites throughout the tour dates. For more perfect because the rhododendrons that the garden is information, go to artstudiotourlccc.com or call 541known for will be in bloom.” 994-9994. The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located The $10 tour entry fee includes a pin and a booklet at 540 NE Hwy. 101. chock full of information about each artist, their work,
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Lincoln City’s Siletz Bay Music Festival is in it for the long haul Story by Rebecca Stone | Photos by Bob Gibson/Bluewater Photography & Jeri Knudson/Jaks Photo Studio
SBMF regular Clairdee
It’s not just the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast and beachtown vibe that make Lincoln City a popular destination for visitors. Each year, in mid-June, people from across the globe make their way here, as if caught in a tractor beam, to attend one of the Central Oregon Coast’s premier events. The ninth annual Siletz Bay Music Festival (SBMF), opening on Wednesday, June 19, will offer more than two weeks of concerts during which more than 65 musicians —many world-renowned artists — will transport concert-goers into the musical stratospheres of classical, jazz and musical theater.
“The Siletz Bay Music Festival invites the community to embrace it as its own,” said festival Artistic Director and Conductor Yaacov Bergman, “presenting a wide variety of musical styles on the highest and most refined performance level by musicians of the highest caliber from all over the globe.” This is the ninth year that Bergman will oversee the festival. The world-renowned maestro, who also conducts the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony, has traveled the globe as a conductor. Nonetheless, he says that he has a special place in his heart for SBMF — and he’s not alone. “Many of our musicians who play in festivals all over the world say that coming to Lincoln City is one of their favorite experiences,” Bergman said, “not only because of the quality of music making and the natural beauty of the setting, but because they are treated so well throughout the community. We rely on locals to house and feed the musicians, and many have forged lifelong friendships, with musicians returning to their homes year after year.”
And return they do. The opening night gala, set for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 19, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, will feature an all-Chopin evening, performed by festival regular Mei-Ting Sun. A gold medal winner at the National Chopin Competition, and currently on faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Sun is a pianist of international stature, whose performances have been described as “stunningly fluid” by the New York Times. Also joining the stellar lineup of returning musicians is Ken Peplowski, whom some consider one of the greatest living jazz clarinetists. He has performed with the likes of Charlie Byrd, Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and Mel Torme, and is currently the artistic director of the Newport Beach Jazz Party and the Sarasota Jazz Festival, from which he received the “Satchmo” award, in recognition of his contributions to jazz. Acclaimed violinist Asi Matathias also returns this year to enchant audiences in a solo performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major.” A protégé of Pinchas
SBMF Artistic Director/Conduc
Zukerman, Matathias is a frequent recitalist at New York’s Carnegie Hall and in venues throughout the world. Four-year festival veteran Clairdee, whose sultry, high-viscosity vocals have captivated audiences here and abroad, cites some reasons that keep her coming back. “I enjoy the excellence of the musicians and camaraderie that we share, as well as the opportunities to sing in various instrumental settings, from jazz quartet to 18-piece big band, to orchestra,” she said, adding: “And you really can’t beat the gorgeous surroundings of the Salishan Resort and Spa where many of the concerts are held.” Other returnees include critically acclaimed violinist and Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Sarah Kwak, principal violist of the Portland Chamber Orchestra Miriam English Ward, and principal cellist of the Portland Chamber Orchestra Katherine Schultz.
FINANCING THE DREAM
As with any artistic endeavor, financing is an endless pursuit. Bergman notes that festival attendance has increased yearly, boosting ticket sales. But the festival also relies on grants, donations and in-kind contributions to ensure its ongoing financial stability. A major asset, according to SBMF Board of Directors President Charlotte Lehto, is the abundance of festival volunteers. “I am proud of and deeply grateful to our volunteers and board for stepping up to help with production, organization and coordination of this year’s festival,” Lehto said. This year’s benefit concert, designed to help generate seed money for next year’s festival, is “Basie, Benny and Beyond,” a big-band swing-era affair, sure to be set ablaze by Eugene’s Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra. And with Clairdee and Charles Turner on vocals, Rossano Sportiello at the piano, Gary Hobbs on drums, Dave Captein on bass, and Peplowski on clarinet and sax — well, the words “smokin’” and “hot” come to mind. Slated for Sunday, June 30, the program also offers those so inclined the opportunity to put on their dancing shoes. According to Bergman, future goals for the Festival include expansion throughout the community and region by building partnerships and collaborating with likeminded arts groups to create world-class musical programs in tune with audience interests. To that end, incoming festival Executive Director Karin Moss is likely in her element. Moss is no stranger to helming major events. Her background in corporate and nonprofit leadership, in markets as large as those in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, is bound to come in handy for the fine art of fundraising.
ctor Yaacov Bergman at the podium
Mei-Ting Sun delivers a thoughtful but impassioned performance
“As an urban person,” says Moss, “it is an absolute ‘bucket list’ goal to have secured a job in such a beautiful setting where I will also have the opportunity to promote the types of world-class musical experiences that can only be found in major cities. This is the best of all circumstances.”
The SBMF enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the Lincoln City community, in which its heart resides, along with a belief that music education should remain available in local schools for K-12 students. In fact, a large portion of the festival’s raison d’etre has to do with reinstating music in local schools after spending cuts for the arts decimated those programs. It’s a mission that was realized five years ago when the festival teamed up with the Lincoln City Cultural Center and local schools to obtain a $280,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to restore music education. The upshot was the creation of an instrument library and mandatory music education for all students in grades K-12. “It is the SBMF’s deep commitment from its inception to involve and expose kids to the festival’s activities,” Bergman said, adding that this includes performance attendance, having them play side-by-side with the festival’s eminent musical artists and involving them in all technical and managerial facets of the festival. Besides introducing area children to high-quality concerts and a variety of musical genres, Lehto explains, “The festival brings tourist dollars to our local restaurants, hotels, and motels. This strengthens local business with increased exposure and foottraffic.”
Four venues, including Salishan Resort and Spa, Lincoln City Cultural Center, the Congregational Church of Lincoln City and Eden Hall in Gleneden Beach, will house concerts. The lineup woven into this year’s festival ranges from the works of classical heavy hitters such as Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak, to classics from the jazz end of the spectrum. Among the more unique presentations, award-winning composer Ofer Ben-Amots will discuss his new work, “Montage Music,” inspired by Bebe Krimmer, who was a Santa Fe-based visual artist, and whose works will be shown during the performance. Also scheduled is Ernest Bloch’s “Prayer” for cello solo played by Katherine Schultz. His “Piano Quintet” will be offered as a special tribute to the famed composer, who
Soprano Nicole Greenidge Joseph
resided in Newport’s Agate Beach, and to his grandson Ernest Bloch II, an avid supporter of the Oregon music community, who passed away last fall. “Musical Tapas” is back for its ninth season. And due to its popularity, a second night has been added, pairing classics and jazz with decadent desserts. Held at Eden Hall, these events offer food, music and fun in a relaxed setting. The festival culminates on Independence Day with a Fourth of July Concert, brimming with Americana, from a Nat King Cole tribute to a solo performance of Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” by jazz pianist Sportiello. The grand finale will also feature the world premiere of “Siletz Bay Serenade” by composer Charlie Creasy, accompanied by a visual presentation illustrating the many moods of Siletz Bay by Gleneden Beach videographer, Barbara Fox. While concert tickets start at $25, three free concerts are scheduled. One, the “Young People’s Concert,” will feature Joan Behrens Bergman narrating Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Though there is no charge, ticket reservations are highly recommended, as these events fill up fast, and ticket holders are given priority.
If you stop and think about it for a nanosecond, you realize just how amazing it is for such a small, relatively rural community to play host to two weeks’ worth of such worldly talent — and not a skyscraper in sight. “The Siletz Bay Music Festival brings to our community beautiful and dynamic musical performances often available only in larger metropolitan areas,” Lehto said. “The world-class musicians who perform during the festival share their talents with a smaller audience eager to experience the music in such an intimate environment. Where else can audience members commune one-on-one with so many accomplished artists in such an idyllic and peaceful setting?” Bergman agreed, adding: “As one of our musicians said, ‘This is the kind of musical menu you find only in a place like New York.’” Well, that’s apparently no longer the case, as the Siletz Bay Music Festival gets set to serve up its ninth season here, on the Oregon Coast, where the forest meets the sea. For more information on the Siletz Bay Music Festival, a calendar of events and to purchase tickets, go to http://siletzbaymusic.org or call 541-264-5828 or 704-813-5510
A LITTLE LONGER
Go small or go home At Sheltered Nook, life moves a little slower. Stopping and smelling the roses isn’t a luxury around here, it’s a requirement. Surrounded by towering trees that block out the noise, the six tiny homes at Sheltered Nook create a peaceful sanctuary where folks can breathe in the coastal air and breathe out their problems.
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When it comes to finding a place to stay in Neskowin, Grey Fox vacation rentals’ diverse shapes, sizes and styles suit practically every travel party’s number and desire for a relaxing vacation in this beachfront town. This family-owned and operated company is dedicated to helping visitors find the best home for their families on vacation, whether that means a big reunion of relatives or just you and your furry companion. Choose from studio or one-room properties with ocean views, two or three-bedroom condos at Neskowin Resort, situated on a scenic bend of Hawk Creek and Neskowin Creek or beachfront cottages and homes that sleep anywhere between four and 21 guests. Depending on the place you select, amenities can include full kitchens, fireplaces, internet and even outdoor patios and decks.
The Captain Cook Inn offers a cozy, comfortable place to stay in Lincoln City. Guests often come to visit the beach six blocks away, to attend concerts or to shop at the city’s outlet mall. The motel’s spacious rooms are dog friendly and feature circular archways and beds topped with memory foam. Each room has a front door leading to the parking lot, so guests can park right in front of their rooms. The big park-like backyard includes a barbecue and picnic tables and is often a good spot to see deer. Built in 1948, the motel was originally called Neel’s Autel, a mix of the words auto and hotel. It is located in close proximity to several Lincoln City shops, restaurants and attractions.
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A stroll on the beach doesn’t get any easier than when you are staying at the Inn at Spanish Head. Each of the one and two-bedroom suites, studios and bedroom units are oceanfront, and a quick trip by elevator or stairs gets you to an exit that spills out practically onto the sand. As each unit, most with balconies and each equipped with a kitchen, kitchenette or
wet bar, is individually owned and decorated, the resort gives you the home-away-from-home feel without the cost of renting a house. Be sure to take advantage of the dining opportunities provided at the Fathoms Penthouse Restaurant & Bar on the top floor. When the weather is fair, watch from your unit’s oceanfront floor-to-ceiling windows as the sand artist rakes original designs or personal messages into the beach upon request. About to pop the question? The Inn at Spanish Head is just the place.
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Experience exceptional lodging and dining at Oregon’s only resort hotel built right on the beach. All guest and meeting rooms are oceanfront with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame glorious sunsets, spectacular cloud formations and the ocean waves. And, some say you can actually see the curve of the earth as you enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a drink at Fathoms, our penthouse restaurant and bar. Visit our website for gift certificates, special rates, menus, and unique lodging packages.
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From Manzanita to Neskowin,
experience some of Oregon’s most natural beauty. Lace up your boots for an oceanview hike and bring binoculars to catch rare birds. Relish a seafood dinner followed by a scoop of Tillamook ice cream to savor the region’s fresh ﬂavors. See what less “virtual” and more reality can do for you.
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Eat-Shop-Play-Stay Enjoy a vacation to the Oregon Coast!