Sandcastles at Lincoln City, Oregon

This weekend is the annual Sandcastle Contest at Lincoln City, Oregon.  This is a family, amateur event open to all ages. It is held in the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City off SW 51st Street. It is free to register but they are asking for a donation to the food pantry.

On Saturday, August 11, registration starts at 9:00 am. Judging will be at 2:00 pm. Only amateur entrants will be eligible for prizes. Only natural beach materials found on the beach during this day can be used. Forms and hand tools may be used in the making but forms ultimately cannot serve to support the finished entry. No power tools are permitted.

In the evening, S’mores will be toasted on the beach over a fire. Sunday will bring fun games and events. Come join in the fun of building a Sandcastle or just to watch.

Below is our blog post from the 2017 Sandcastle Competition at Cannon Beach just to give you an idea of the beautiful sand sculptures even amateurs can make.

Oregon has some of the most beautiful and vast beaches in the world. The shoreline in this Pacific Northwest State belongs to the people and every inch of it has public access. It is something Oregon has done exactly right.

To help celebrate Oregon’s beaches, there is an annual Sandcastle Contest held at Cannon Beach. The festival started in 1964 when a tsunami washed out the Elk Creek Bridge and the residents were somewhat isolated before a new bridge could be installed. So….that spring the local families got together for a Sandcastle Contest to entertain their children and to encourage visitors to the area. The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest became one of the largest on the west coast and continues today.

Creativity is given free rein as there are no themes. Contestants can only use the sand in their area and not add to. Only natural materials found on the beach—sticks, shells, seaweed, etc—can be used. Nothing artificial and no paint of any kind. Competition is limited to 100. As this is a family event, no risqué entries are permitted and no alcohol is allowed. You can check out details at www.cannonbeach.org Umpqua River Haven is about 100 miles from Cannon Beach. Stop in and see us www.umpquahaven.com on your way or stay a spell before heading North along Oregon’s beautiful shore.

The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest starts on Friday, June 16, with registration for competitors closing at noon. The festival runs all weekend. Oh, yes, and when the tide comes in all of this beautiful work washes into the beach again. Below are several entries from the 2013 contest.

This Weekend On The Oregon Coast

Newport, Oregon is one of our favorite places to visit on the Oregon Coast.  There is much to see and do there on an ordinary day. But this weekend, in particular, there are a great many special things going on. Below is a listing of all the weekend happenings in Newport.

We love the Embarcadero Resort Hotel for accommodations. It is smack on the bay where there is so much to see. Coast Guard Research ships, sea lions on the rocks, and Saturday sailboat races. Plus this fella who wanted to be our buddy all weekend long.

That’s the Yaquina Bay Bridge in the background. There is a lot to see from this second story room with a kitchen! It is just as beautiful at night with so many lights around the bay.

If you just wander around town, don’t miss the huge, 2-story antique mall where great bargains abound. Newport is home to many beaches, the most famous of which is in the antique district of town, Nye Beach. The gulls hang out there and enjoy anything you want to feed them. Watch for more about the beaches here following the list of weekend activities. There is something for everyone here this weekend.

Friday, Aug. 3

“From the Heart”   Newport Visual Arts Center

An opening reception for this new exhibit of works by Rick Bartow, featuring 17 seldom-seen sketches of prominent authors in watercolor, pencil and pastel. 5-8 pm, 777 NW Beach Drive. Show runs run through Saturday, Sept. 29, available to view from noon to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

“Sylvia” Theatre West • Lincoln City

The arrival of a new dog puts a marriage in jeopardy in this stage comedy, with the husband seeing the pooch as an escape while his wife views her as a rival for affection. 7:30 pm, 3536 SW Hwy. 101. Tickets, $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students, available by calling 541-994-5663.

Shop at the Dock  Port Dock 5 • Newport

Get a grounding in how to buy seafood right off the boat in this free workshop from the OSU Sea Grant Extension Service. Tours leave at 9:30 am, 10 am, 10:30 am and 11 am. FMI, call 541-574-6534.

Coastal Arts Guild lunch  Newport Visual Arts Center

Fabric artist Janet Webster talks about her work, which has evolved from weaving to quilting to fabric manipulation. 11 am to 1:30 pm, 777 NW Beach Drive. FMI or an invitation to attend, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599.

Seabird Science Hike  Oswald West State Park • Manzanita

An easy two-mile round-trip journey focusing on the recent community effort to monitor nesting seabirds within Oregon’s Marine Reserves. 10 am to noon. FMI, call 541-231-8041.

“Young Marx”  Newport Performing Arts Center

See what was going on in Karl Marx’ life before the days of “Das Kapital” in this new comedy from Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, screened as part of The National Theatre: Live in HD. 7 pm, 777 W. Olive Street. Tickets, $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students, available at newportpac.com or by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787).

Quilts by the Sea  Newport Recreation Center

Browse some 300 quilts at this annual show from the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild, including the 2018 raffle quilt, “Ocean in Motion.” $6. 9 am-5 pm, 225 SE Avery Street. Continues Saturday.

Community Luau  Oceanview Senior Living • Newport

Enjoy a free, island-themed feast and multicultural traditional drumming from Chandler Davis at this outdoor get-together. Noon-2 pm, 525 NE 71st Street. FMI or directions, call 541-574-0550.

On the south side of the bay, we discovered access to a vast expanse of beach where you can hike for miles. And we did. And came across this fella skimming along the shore.

Don’t miss out on the tide pooling at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. It is unique. And stop in and say hello to us at http://www.umpquahaven.com on your way north to Newport. We are just 87 miles on a beautiful drive up the coast from Newport.

 

Happy 125th Birthday!

Florence, Oregon is a unique small town on the Oregon Coast. It has all the beach amenities with vast expanses of beach. The Dunes live here and have very active riders, hikers and sand sleders. The Bella can be seen when the winter storms reveal her. The Snowy Plover play, nest and are protected on her beaches. Whales pass by the campsites and sea lions play in the waters here. 

But it is the town itself that is celebrating 125 years of being with a ‘block party’ to beat all block parties. Known as ‘The City of Rhododendrons,’ Florence is a major destination for retirees while still retaining a multi-generational population. Florence has a very mild climate and seldom sees snow. It is lined on one side by forests of Douglas Fir, the main timbered tree in Oregon. Everything grows and Florence is renowned for its wild, flowering ‘Rhody’ vegetation. 

While there is a lot of history surrounding Florence, its more modern aspects are what are truly unique. Florence abounds with cultural activities including art, poetry, theater, many varieties of both much and dance. Seacoast Entertainment Association brings quality, professional entertainment to the Florence Events Center 9 times during the year. Florence has a resident community orchestra that performs a few times a year. 

There is more but let’s get to the birthday block party celebration. From 5:30 to 9:00 pm on Friday, July 27, Bay Street in Historic Old Town will be closed for this evening event. One of the main activities will be a Historic Treasure Hunt that will have participants visiting businesses and sites up and down Bay Street. There is a prize at the end of the hunt. Additionally, the city will sponsor giving away one scoop of BJ’s Ice Cream. When asked if there was an age limit for the ice cream give-away the city manager said, “125.” 

There will be a variety of activities for all the generations including rock painting, games and the BeauxBooth photo booth. Based in Portland, Oregon, Pressure Point Band will provide live entertainment. Their music is eclectic in nature to appeal to all ages. First responders will have booths and the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum will also be present. 

The Oregon Mayor’s Conference will be convening in Florence this same weekend. With 70 mayors from all over Oregon anticipated to attend, participation in the birthday celebration will be up considerably. Everyone loves to visit Florence Old Town and the mayors will be no exception. 

Come to the coast this Friday to wish Florence a Very Happy 125th Birthday. Don’t forget to stop in to say hello to us at http://www.umpquahaven.com.  We are just 36 miles from Florence and it’s a beautiful drive all the way. 

Photo credit goes to Ken McDougal (http://www.kenmcdougal.com) Thanks, Ken! The Siuslaw River Bridge

 

Oregon Coast Music Festival

The Oregon Coast Music Festival is celebrating 40 years of gathering musicians from all over the US and Canada. Musicians converge on Coos Bay to participate in this week of classical and pops orchestra playing.  Starting on Tuesday, July 24, and running through Saturday, July 28, the ocean air will ring with great music.

James Paul is in his 27th year as Conductor and Music Director of the Festival Orchestra. Associate Pops Conductor, Adam Stern is participating also. Maestro Stern will be hosted at the Coos Bay Public Library on July 23, 25 and 26 at noon for a Lunch, Listen and Learn event each day.

There is something for everyone with two classical concerts and one pops concert during the week. Stop in to see us at http://www.umpquahaven.com on your way to Coos Bay for this great week of music. The concert programs and dates are posted below.

Concert I – July 24, 2018
“Once Upon a Time”
Wagner: Three excerpts from “Die Meistersinger,” Act III:
Introduction to Act III, Dance of the Apprentices, Entrance of the Meistersingers
Grieg: Lyric Suite, Op. 54
Intermission
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
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Pops Concert – July 26, 2018
“There’ll Always be an England”
Lionel Bart: Medley from “Oliver”
Medley, “Best of The Beatles”
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
Lerner and Loewe: Medley from “Camelot”
Cole Porter: Medley from “Kiss Me Kate”
Peter Townsend/The Who Medley from “Quadrophenia”
Richard Addinsell: Warsaw Concerto
William Walton: Crown Imperial
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Concert II – July 28, 2018
“Concert Favorites”
Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from “La Gioconda”
Strauss, R.: Don Juan, Op 20
Intermission
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e minor
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Festival of Sail – Sandusky, Ohio

On the Oregon Coast, we love our Tall Ships when they visit. The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian. But, we don’t have an exclusive on Tall Ships. They exist and visit in a variety of places. Starting this Thursday, there will be 6 different Tall Ships visiting on Lake Erie for the Festival of Sail Sandusky.

Sandusky is celebrating it’s bicentennial during 2018 and this is one event happening as part of that celebration. For four days, the 6 very different vessels will be in port here helping to celebrate this 200 year anniversary. Visitors will be able to purchase tickets to walk, tour and explore the ships.

There are photos of 5 of the ships starting with the U.S. Brig Niagara. During the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, this ship and 8 others defeated 6 British vessels during the War of 1812. They took back Detroit and lifted spirits throughout the country. The present-day Niagara is the third replica of the original, launched into the lake in 1988, which was the 175th celebration of this battle. She measures 198 feet in length and 118 feet tall and is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel.

The Schooner Madeline is also a replica of a typical mid-20th-century trading schooner that sailed the Great Lakes. Her maximum length is 92 feet. It took five years to build this ship as only traditional materials and methods were used. She launched in 1990.

From Bay City, Michigan comes the Appledore IV which was launched in 1989 and has a maximum length of 85 feet. Hard to tell but I’d swear that’s the Jolly Roger she’s flying!

Next is the Lettie G. Howard, a two-masted gaff topsail fishing schooner, 125 feet in length and built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts. This vessel was restored during 1992-93 and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Sailing School Vessel in 1994.

In 2000, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 400 volunteers and professional shipwrights finished the S/V Denis Sullivan. She carries 21 overnight passengers and 50 on day sails.

The ships arrive on Thursday for the Parade of Sail. There will be food available and entertainment dockside. There will be festival merchandise, various vendors and a beer garden. An added attraction will be the World’s Largest Rubber Duck at anchor in the harbor. It is quite an, um, feather in Sandusky’s hat to have the duck in port.

She has been named “Mama Duck,” weighs 22,000 pounds and stands 6-stories tall. She is part of the bicentennial celebration in Sandusky.

If you are near the Shores of Lake Erie this coming weekend, be sure to visit Sandusky for this unique celebration and gathering of Tall Ships.

The 4th of July

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . .

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

Eleven were merchants.

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
men of means, well educated.

But they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton , Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that
the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill
were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his
children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Author, Anonymous

Remember: freedom is never free!

Pirates! Ahoy, mateys!

Blimey! It is once again time for the Pirate invasion at Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast. The 7th annual Pirate Festival and Treasure Hunt start June 27, so head on up to a great place on the coast and enjoy all the fun!

Be prepared for challenging games of skill, roving pirates, performances, roving pirates, musical pirate acts, roving pirates, food, drink, roving pirates, vendors selling unusual items, roving pirates, a scavenger hunt and roving pirates. Did someone say roving pirates? Shiver me timbers!

Avast ye! There will be a ferocious, rag-tag gathering of mercenaries, buccaneers and vicious scallywags sailing into this Northwest coast port for the weekend. These Freebooters came together in 2008 and have been pillaging along the Oregon Coast plying their own trade in piratical living history. These miscreants will demonstrate fire dancing, swashbuckling sword fights, blasting cannons and more. You can play a game of Liar’s Dice with one of these Seadogs or sign on to the crew!

In addition, you may see the King’s Navy. Based in Portland, the King’s Navy consists of re-enactors who work to present sailors and mariners of the Royal Navy as accurately as possible. With their field carriage-mounted English cannon, this navy has appeared at historic events throughout the US and Canada, including Colonial Williamsburg.

We discovered in writing this article that one of our favorite Tall Ships, The Lady Washington, often doubles as Captain Hooks Jolly Roger!!

All hands hoay for a fun-filled, yo-ho-ho kind of piratey weekend. Don’t forget to stop in and visit us at www.umpquahaven.com on your way up the coast to partake of some crackle fruit and grog! AARRGG!!!

 

 

 

Caribou City

Recently one of our family members took an ATV road trip from Thayne, WY, to Caribou City, ID. Caribou City is an old mining ghost town just below Caribou Mountain. The city was named after an old miner called Caribou Jack. Jack discovered gold on the mountain in the late 1800s and a town rose up overnight.

Caribou City was an old west gold mining town with mainly tents for housing. The city was settled in 1897 and later 1,500 souls resided here. Over time, $1,673,892.00 worth of gold was deposited from the mines in this area.

The businesses in Caribou City grew up around the needs and wants of the miners. At one time there were 32 whorehouses, saloons and gambling dens with a US Post Office being built in 1900.

Over the years, 700 Chinese miners inhabited the city. At its prime Caribou City was one of the biggest mining camps in the West. The last remaining resident who was 96 years old, was moved close by to Swan Valley in 1930 where he had family to live with.

Caribou City is a true ghost town with no residents and very few buildings left. There is old mining equipment scattered around the hillsides. It is warm here in summer but very very cold winters.

Access from Idaho passes through Soda Springs and then about 20 miles to Henry, ID on Highway 30. If you have trouble finding, Caribou City, ask any local as they are happy to point out Caribou City and Caribou Mountain. Be sure to have your 4 wheel drive turned on or your ATV revved up as the roads are rough and tough.

The photos are some our family member took on the ride to Caribou City/Caribou Mountain. The lake is Palisades Lake which you pass coming from Wyoming. Let us know if you spot ‘Shadow’ (our pup) or any other critters.

Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships

Starting tomorrow, June 14, 2018, Reedsport, Oregon will host the Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships.  This is an annual event and will take place through Sunday.

Chainsaw carving is an extreme art—it’s kinda hard to carve with a chainsaw. But, the artists turn out very beautiful work, usually incorporating trees and wildlife. 

There are a variety of events, including quick saw, that are timed or worked on over the entire weekend.  Bring the family to the Rainbow Plaza in Reedsport and enjoy this amazing competition.  Following is our 2015 post, and photos, about this annual event.

Oregon celebrates its 150th anniversary as a state this year. In keeping with this statewide celebration, the annual Reedsport Chainsaw Carving Sculpture Championship this past June adopted “Oregon 150” as its theme for 2015. Each carver created a work of art from what amounts to a large log representing someone or something in line with the 150th theme.

This is by way of introducing you to the annual “Woodcarver’s Ball” so to speak on the Oregon Coast in Douglas County. Just 18 miles from Umpqua River Haven, this celebration of one of Oregon’s largest industries, timber, takes place every year in Reedsport.

 The carving area.CarvingAreaBlocksOfWood

Oregon has a lifetime history with timbering dating back to the early days (remember our blog post about Scottsburg). Mostly men worked in the forests of Oregon cutting down large Douglas Fir for housing and industry needs. When chainsaws came into being it changed the industry quite a bit by allowing faster, more efficient means of harvesting the trees that are grown for that purpose. Those doing the cutting became creative with their chainsaws working to outdo each other. The competitions were born.

The Reedsport competition was started 10 years ago by Bob and Cindy King, both Reedsport natives. Bob is a championship carver himself. The Kings have moved out of state and the 4-day event over Father’s Day is now managed by the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce and supported by sponsors, businesses and individuals. We want to share with you a few of the amazing sculptures the carvers have created over the years. Keep in mind these are all done with chainsaws.

 Beginning the process.

Bob King from Edgewood, Wash., carves a bear during the quick carve event on the final day of the 13th annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships in Reedsport, Ore. King also traveled to Mulda, Germany recently to compete in the wood carving world cup. (AP Photo/The World, Benjamin Brayfield) STANDALONE PHOTO

2010 First Place
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 Angel 2015

 Angel

Snorkel Bear 2008

 SnorkleBear2008

Seals & Pelicans

Seals

 First Place

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Bears are very popular at this event.  2015

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Come stay with us at Umpqua River Haven next June and take in this unique artistic event on the Oregon Coast. We are just 18 miles from Reedsport @ http://www.umpquahaven.com  You can learn more:  http://demo.jspicher.com/chainsaw  Don’t forget to come back to our blog!

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Pistol River Wave Bash

The International Windsurfing Tour will be at Gold Beach, Oregon, starting Thursday, June 7th, 2018. Back for the ninth year in a row, this is the Pistol River Wave Bash and runs through Sunday, June 10th.

With insurance and permits all in order, the contest is set to run at “The Rock” in the Pistol River State Park. If conditions warrant, the contest will be in front of the Beachcomber in Gold Beach.

There will be a skipper’s meeting every morning where the call will be announced. Be sure and register and bring your friends along, too.

When you arrive, you can access “The Rock,” which is in the middle of the open sandy beach, from a gravel parking area just off the main highway. Park there and walk your gear 200m down to the beach through the coastal vegetation. It is just 10 minutes from Gold Beach where you can find accommodations for your stay. The Inn of the Beachcomber sponsors the event and this is where you can stay. Be sure to let them know you are there for this event when you book your stay. http:///.innofthebeachcomber.com.

Cold Water wetsuits are needed for the chilly Pacific waters. The air temperatures can be either cold or hot, so bring warm clothes, boardies and t-shirts.

You can obtain more information about the event and about sharing a room with other riders from Sam at sam@internationalwindsurfingtour.com

What a fun way to spend a weekend on the Oregon Coast. If you pass by Umpqua River Haven on your way to the coast road coming or going, do stop and and see us www.umpquahaven.com We’d love to hear all about your windsurfing experience at Gold Beach!