Carousels bring out the kids in all of us, and on Tuesday August 15th, 2017, starting at 10:00am, kids of all ages will enjoy a fun-filled Grand Opening of the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum. The press and public are invited to celebrate the completion of the long awaited, 22,000 square foot, state of the art facility which is located at the corner of 1st Avenue SW and Washington Street SW.
The Carousel Board will be hosting the celebratory ribbon cutting event as a means of acknowledging and thanking the community for their tireless support towards the completion of this spectacular project – and to officially “open” the Carousel facility as a much anticipated local amenity, tourist attraction and event venue for residents and visitors to Albany. “This is not just about the Carousel,” said Carl Baker, lead engineer of the
mechanism. “It’s about the community – so many people working together - that’s what this Carousel is all about!”
The building will open immediately following the ribbon cutting and stay open until 7:00pm. Guests will be treated to a free ride (a boarding pass will be given out to each guest the day of the event and is needed in order to get on the Carousel this one day only). Free snacks, outdoor entertainment and kid activities will be available from 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Overseen by a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to building a traditional carousel in Albany’s downtown historic district, this project is the centerpiece of the downtown revitalization effort. This grassroots project has been serving as an anchor for the Historic Downtown Commercial District and has gained attention and support each year with over 200,000 volunteer hours documented. Sponsors, donors and grantors continue to show their support through financial contributions, bringing this community project to fruition. Over 2,000 visitors on average visit the carousel project every month.
The carousel project began in 2002. Carving officially began on June 7, 2003. It has taken over 14 years to complete, all work has been done by hand by volunteers of all skill levels. The tradition will continue with additional animals to complete and repairs that will certainly be needed. No experience is necessary to volunteer and volunteers over the age of 14 are welcomed to fill out an application. Volunteers are still needed for all phases of the project, including carvers, office helpers, gift shop sales, concession sales, carousel
operators, painters, sanders, fundraising and organizers.
For additional information on how to become a volunteer for the Carousel please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum visit our website at www.albanycarousel.com.
The Carousel Building will be open seven days a week, from 10am – 7:00pm (at times, closing early to accommodate special events). According to Wendy Kirbey, whose dream sparked this project, “This is a place you can come to, where you don’t need a lot of money. You can bring your family and see something really spectacular and just spend an afternoon having fun. You don’t see a Carousel like this everyday!”
Philomath, Ore.—The Benton County Historical Society is presenting a summer lecture series titled “A World of Ideas” on Mondays at noon at the Museum in Philomath. The program is free to Society members; a $5 admission is charged for non-members
On Monday, July 31st, Robert J. Lillie will draw on his experience as a photographer, graphic illustrator and park ranger to tell the geologic story of the tallest peak in the Coast Range “Oregon’s Island in the Sky: The Geological Story of Marys Peak”.
On Monday, August 7th Nancy Bryant will get “Dressed for the 18th Century”. From underwear out, Nancy and her assistant will demonstrate the complications, details and cultural expectations of women’s apparel in the 1700s. Nancy is retired Professor of Apparel Design, Oregon State University; she built her own replica costume from an extant English gown.
On Monday August 14th, Richard Engeman presents “Chop Suey for All: Chinese Cooks in Oregon”
Former Manuscript and Archives Head and Public Historian at the Oregon Historical Society, Engeman will talk about the history of Chinese immigrants to Oregon and their adaptation to the American food landscape as well as the rise of their family-operated restaurants. Richard is a writer, speaker and consultant in the field of Oregon and Pacific NW history, with a particular expertise in food history.
Closing out the series on Monday, August 28th, Richard W. Etulain, son of a Basque immigrant, will present “The Basques: Mystery People of the American West”. Etualin provides the Old World background of this culture as well as the American experience of Amerikanuak (American Basques).
There will be no lecture on Monday August 21st due to the eclipse.
Lectures will be held in the Moreland Gallery at the Benton County Museum in Philomath. Presentations begin at noon and attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be served.
The Benton County Historical Society is located at 1101 Main Street in Philomath on Hwy 20/34, six miles west of Corvallis. The museum is open special hours for the Monday lecture series. The museum’s general operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Contact 541-929-6230 or visit www.bentoncountymuseum.org
Saint Benedict, OR - The monks are brewing three new experimental beers and are inviting the public in for a taste.
During their third annual Saint Benedict Festival on July 8, 2017, noon - 4 p.m., the monks at Mount Angel Abbey will be pouring tastes of three beers brewed for the Benedictine Brewery: Belgian Strong Pale, Foreign Extra Stout, and the experimental "Saint Benedict Triticale Ale.” In addition, they’ll be serving Black Habit and Saint Benedict Farmhouse Ale at the main beer booth. Festival goers will enjoy a farm-to-fork picnic featuring Swiss-German cuisine, local wines, and the monk’s own beers. Tickets are on sale now.
Abbey beers are only one of the many draws for the event. The monks provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their centuries’ old way of life which is rooted in a rhythm of work and prayer. Visitors can mingle with monks working in a mini-Scriptorium or carving candles made at the Abbey, play a round of bocce ball with the Abbey’s junior monks, and take tours that highlight the Swiss traditions that endure at Mount Angel Abbey. The Silent Auction features a wide variety of experiences with the monks themselves including catered dinners and a private music performance. Tickets are $50 per person (adults only, 21 and over) and include the catered picnic, beer, wine, a festival logo glass, and all activities. Tickets have sold out the last two years; pre-purchase is recommended. Free parking with shuttle service to the Abbey
lawn is provided; car pooling is recommended; call ahead for tour bus parking information. For information, call 503-845-3030 or see www.mountangelabbey.org/sbf-2017. Proceeds support the Abbey’s monastery, library, and guesthouse.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 -
12:00pm to 11:00pm
July 1-4. Family fun including a movie in the amphitheater (July 1), parade (July 4), fireworks, carnival, vendor booths, live music and children's games (July 2-4).
Riverview Park and Amphitheatre
50 C St.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Organic Craft BrewFest will debut at Overlook Park, 1599 N Fremont St., in Portland. Event hours are and and . The event will present 60 organically brewed craft beverages, including beer, cider and mead, as well as food carts, sustainability-oriented vendors and nonprofits, a soda garden for minors and designated drivers, games for adults, and a children's area with face painting and activities – all in a beautiful park setting.
The Organic Beer Fest focuses on raising awareness about organically brewed beverages and sustainable living. The event serves up 60 organically brewed products, with styles ranging from ciders to cream ales, ambers to lagers, and fruit beers to IPAs. All the products have been brewed using a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, per USDA guidelines.
Advance packages cost $25 per individual and include the festival cup, 15 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & cup). Packages at the door cost $25 per individual and include the festival cup, 10 drink tickets, a wristband, and free re-entry all weekend (with wristband & cup). Advance packages are on sale now through Bold Type Tickets at http://www.merctickets.com/events/43891630/organic-craft-brewfest.
Designated drivers may purchase a ticket for $5 at the door, which includes handcrafted Crater Lake Soda and a bottle of water; designated drivers are not allowed to consume any alcohol. Minors under the age of 21 receive free admission, but must be accompanied by a parent. Leashed dogs accompanied by responsible owners are welcome.
Most products cost one ticket for a taste and four tickets for a fill. Select products, including some beers and most meads and ciders, may cost extra tickets. Additional drink tickets are available at the festival for $1 apiece.
The festival encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Urban Brewery Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free. Patrons receive an extra ticket with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).
The goal of the Organic Craft BrewFest is to promote and celebrate the spirit of organic brewing. In the United States, an organic product is considered truly organic when the product bears the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s official USDA Certified Organic seal; has been certified organic by an accredited organic certifying agency; and contains 95% or more organic ingredients. Products can also be made with organic ingredients, meaning the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients, excluding added water and salt. Organizations that sell less than $5,000 worth of organic products annually are not required to get certification; many of the products at this festival fall into this category.
The Organic Craft BrewFest benefits the Timbers Army 107IST (Independent Supporters Trust), whose mission is to support soccer in and around Portland, from the grassroots to the highest professional level. The 107IST is a member-based non-profit organization open to anyone who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, and Portland.
View the list of participants, buy tickets, volunteer, and learn more at OrganicBrewFest.com.
9th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival Features Artists Working Throughout the Town and on the Beach
SEE WHAT THE ARTISTS SEE IN CANNON
Cannon Beach, Oregon has been named “One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World” by National Geographic and “One of the 100 Best Art Towns in America.”* So, it’s not a surprise that this spectacular natural beauty has beckoned artists from around the world to capture it “en plein air” or “in the open air.” To celebrate this challenging artistic style, the Cannon Beach Gallery Group is presenting their 9th Annual Plein Air & More Arts Festival. Scheduled for June 23-25 the event will feature more than 30 artists represented by Cannon Beach’s art galleries.
Many will be painting. But, as you wander through town, along the beach and through the galleries, you’ll also find sculptors working on stone, creating the clay forms that will eventually be cast in bronze, jewelers, ceramic artists (complete with a kiln on the beach), glass blowers and print makers.
The artists can be found near their representing galleries or in one of five locations: Whale Park, the courtyard between Spruce and Hemlock Streets, the Coaster Theatre Courtyard, Washington St. at Ocean and Harrison Street at Ocean. They will also all come together for an “Artists’ Swarm” from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday in the Coaster Theatre Courtyard. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to see them all at work. Leading up to this event will be a 2-hour courtyard concert by the Boka Marimba Band, sponsored by Pelican Brewing Company and Hallmark Inns.
A “Creative Play Space for Children,” encouraging them to explore their own budding talents will be located in the US Bank parking lot.
And back by popular demand is the Saturday evening raku firing on the beach at Whale Park with Dave and Boni Deal. This year it will also include s’mores and music by the Rogue Blue Grass Band.
Brochures will be available at all Cannon Beach Gallery Group locations and the Chamber of Commerce, and will be distributed during the day by Portland stilt walker Melissa Rae. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions of the artists while they work.
Galleries and their participating artists include:
· Archimedes Gallery: Nicole Gustafsson
· Bronze Coast Gallery: Pamela Claflin, Dan Chen, Kristina Boardman
· Cannon Beach Gallery: Christopher Perry, J. Scott Wilson, Sidone Caron, Sharon Furze
· DragonFire Gallery: Joanne Shellan, Anton Pavlenko, Michael Orwick
· Icefire Gallery: Jim Kingwell, Suzanne Kindland, Michelle Kaptur, Pamela Juett
· Imprint Gallery: Angela Purviance, Lisa Wiser, Alisa Vernon, Mark Andres
· Jeffrey Hull Gallery: Jeffrey Hull
· Jewelry By Sharon Amber: Sharon Amber, Steven Amber-Voorheis
· Northwest By Northwest Gallery: Jeff White, Ivan McLean, Tolley Marney, Cristina Acosta, Hazel Schlesinger
· White Bird Gallery: Gretha Lindwood, Dave and Boni Deal, Robert Schlegel, Bev Drew Kindley, Josh Henrie
Father Day Festivities
June 17th and 18th 2017
Yamhill Valley Heritage Center will be hosting Father’s Day On The Farm June 17 + 18, 2017 from 10 to 3pm: Start your Father’s Day weekend off right by bringing the family over to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center at 11275 SW Durham Ln, just off of HWY 18.
Making Hay While the Sun Shines. On Saturday, June 17, Wayne Beckwith with friends and their mules will be making hay, using antique horse-drawn equipment, in a good ol’ fashioned haying demonstration. Take this opportunity to witness how loose hay was handled when it was done with horses and mules.
Then on Sunday, June 18 the museum is open to celebrate Yamhill County dads. Throughout the day, Dad can tour the agricultural exhibits in the museum, and sit at the teacher’s desk in the one room schoolhouse. He can take a swing or play catch with a bat and ball circa 1866, play a couple games of horseshoes, enter the 2nd annual historical society arm wrestling contest, or just sit back and listen to the player piano with a cold sarsaparilla.
Admission is free! Brought to you by the Yamhill County Historical Society – Preserving Our Past, Enriching our Future. Find us on the web and Facebook at YamhillCountyHistory.org.
The Monteith House Museum Opens for the Season, June 14 through September 9
The Monteith House Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 12 noon to 4pm. There is no fee but donations are gladly accepted. For more information call the Albany Visitors Association (541) 928-0911.
The Monteith Historical Society: A Brief History:
In 1971, the owner of the Monteith House announced that he was going to demolish the house unless it was moved or bought. The house was in an advanced state of deterioration. The City of Albany purchased the house and gave the responsibility for restoration and maintenance to the Monteith Historical Society, which was formed in 1973. The society has been instrumental in the restoration of the house.
The society continues to raise funds for the maintenance of the house museum and interpretation of the Albany history. Restoration of the Monteith house kindled a new awareness of the history of Albany and sparked a restoration effort throughout the community. This spark continues through the restoration efforts of the Historic district neighbors. Residents and visitors have the opportunity to see the inside of several homes each year when the owners open their homes during one of the annual historic interior tours. The Historic Albany Interior Tours committee is a volunteer organization created to promote awareness of historic architecture and local history by creating unique and quality tours of Albany’s vintage homes and buildings. Financial gains are considered secondary. When financial gains permit, funds will be allocated to the preservation of the Monteith House Museum.
For more information, see the Monteith Society website at: www.monteithhouse.com
Cycle Oregon Celebrates 30 Years Of Great Rides… With More Great Rides
Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization and community of cyclists who love to ride and explore the vast and varied landscape of Oregon while helping to support rural Oregon communities.
Cycle Oregon’s offerings consist of three events with something for everyone, no matter the rider’s age or ability.
Joyride kicks off the 2017 season on June 10th with a one day, women’s-only event taking place at Stoller Family Estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills near Dayton OR. Joyride features short, medium and long routes suitable for all riders. Locally sourced food, tasty wine, great music, and fully stocked rest areas are all part of the experience.
Weekender (July 7-9) is a two day bike bash that’s great for groups of friends, families, or anyone who likes to ride! Starting in McMinnville, OR on the campus of Linfield College, this ride explores the great roads, farms, forests and hills southwest of town on day one and the beautiful wine country southeast of town on day two. WEEKENDER riders choose between three different length routes each day and then camp under the stars or crash in the dorms after a night of good food and rockin’ live music at the beer garden.
And finally, The Classic (September 9-16th). This year marks the 30th anniversary of Cycle Oregon’s signature ride, The Classic, and it’s going to be epic. The stunning route will cover 430 miles of Central Oregon’s majesty, taking in parts of the Cascade range, sparkling alpine lakes, wild and scenic rivers and some of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways. The icing on the cake– Crater Lake, the Aufderheide and McKenzie pass get three iconic Oregon rides off the bucket list in one week. Riders spend their days passing through unforgettable landscapes and their nights enjoying the many amenities in camp - hot meals, hotter showers, smoothies, beer, wine, live music, great company and more.
Registration and other details for these events can be found at www.cycleoregon.com