Festival of Art – Brookings-Harbor

Pelican Bay Arts Association of Brookings-Harbor is having another spectacular art festival on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 at Stout Park just east of Chetco Avenue on Oak Street.

There is no charge to attend this fun, family event and the artwork is awesome. Stroll along the weaving pathways to view juried original art, fine craftsmanship and plein air artists. There are also fun things for the kids to participate in, music by local musicians, food and a wine and micro-brew court.

Check out Brookings while you are there, also. Brookings was founded by John E. Brookings, the president of the Brookings Lumber and Box Company in 1908 and is a destination for retirees. The climate is very mild year around. Walk on the beaches, meander through the boat docks and see all that Brookings has to offer. Brookings is the southern-most town on the Oregon Coast just a very few miles from the Northern California Border and Redwood country. You will see some redwoods in Southern Oregon, also.

Bring your decorative hats to this festival. Or decorate one after you arrive. There will be a “Hat Extravaganza” – a parade of hats! The best hat will win an Award Certificate. Meet at the bandstand at 2 pm dressed in your festive hat for the parade.

There are a lot of fun things happening this weekend in Brookings. We are just 150 miles from Brookings. If you are early risers, it would not be a stretch to head to the festival early morning and come back to www.umpquahaven.com to spend the night. We’ve gone there for breakfast a time or two and then took a leisurely pace up the coast road coming back. Or at least stop in on your way and say hello! Safe travels!

50 Year Celebration Of Oregon Coast Public Beaches

In 1967, Gov. Tom McCall signed the Oregon Beach Bill. This landmark bill created public ownership of Oregon’s 362 mile coastline. From the water to 16 feet above the low tide line, the beaches belong to the people of Oregon. While some of the coast, especially the north coast, is privately owned, access to the public must be given at various points. There are no private beaches in Oregon.

The concept of public beach ownership is unique to Oregon. It is the only state that has this feature to its coastline. You can walk for miles and miles on some of the beaches before a rock cliff impedes your progress. There is much to discover along the way. Birds, sea lions, seals, sea stars and much more. See our blog post about The Bella (https://umpquariverhaven.com/2015/05/26/the-oregon-coast-beaches-the-bella/).

Organizations like the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition’s CoastWatch program help keep track of the beach and document changes. Periodically during the year, volunteers all along the coast will head to the beach with bags in hand to clean up litter and trash to keep the beaches clean. Volunteers also appear at whale watching stations up and down the coast to aide visitors in spotting migrating whales. Check out our blog on whale watching (https://umpquariverhaven.com/2016/12/30/whale-watching-season/)

There is much history along the Oregon Coast and visitors can find historic trails and markers. Visit our blog about some of the coastline history (https://umpquariverhaven.com/2015/06/19/the-oregon-coast-beaches-stagecoaches-on-the-sand-highway/)

And there are the dunes (https://umpquariverhaven.com/2015/04/30/the-dunes/) and many small coast beach towns (https://umpquariverhaven.com/2016/01/26/depoebay/)

Oregon’s coastline is enjoyed by its residents who can take in the fun things along with the natural beauty and life that is the coast. But the public coastline is also important to Oregon’s economy in that it provides all of the things the coast has to offer to many tourists each year. They stay in motels, rent 3 wheelers, eat in restaurants, buy T-shirts and gifts and take wonderful memories home with them that make them want to return.

At Umpqua River Haven you are a very short drive away from the Dunes and places like Winchester Bay (https://umpquariverhaven.com/2015/04/25/visiting-windy-bay/) lovingly referred to by Oregonians as Windy Bay.

You can see that we write about Oregon’s beaches a lot. They are beautiful, full of life and soothing and calm in a world that is often filled with too much to do and the stress that can go along with it. We love to walk the beaches as the sounds of the ocean waves break on the shore taking our thoughts to pleasant, happy places. Come visit www.umpquahaven.com and take in the beauty and serenity that is the Oregon Coast. And the fun stuff, too.

Toledo Summer Festival

Situated in the Yaquina River Valley, Toledo, Oregon is a small, picturesque town with a population of about 3,500. A 2009 All-American City Award finalist, Toledo is just south and east of Lincoln City about 32 miles.

Toledo was originally Graham’s Landing after being homesteaded by John Graham, his son Joseph and William Mackey. When the US Post Office went in, it became Toledo. It was so named by Joseph because he was homesick for Toledo, Ohio. William Mackey was the first post master.

Toledo was Lincoln County’s county seat until it was moved to Lincoln City in 1953. A sawmill was built to produce supplies for World War II, but the war ended before the mill was completed. The mill then processed logs brought in by the railroad. Georgia-Pacific bought the property in 1951 and it became a pulp mill still operating today.

Toledo sits on the Yaquina River and is one of those quaint, small Oregon towns everyone should visit. Especially this weekend as they celebrate another summer festival—Happy Days: Rock & Roll. It’s a great time to visit and take in all the festivities that run from Thursday, July 27, through Sunday, July 30.

Activities include a sidewalk chalk contest, coronation of the Queen, the Queen’s court of Princesses and Jr. Princesses, a kiddie’s parade and lip sync contest, karaoke, DJ’s, a carnival, food and craft vendors, bingo, and more. All of that occurs on Thursday and Friday.

On Saturday the Grand Parade starts at noon. There will be a live band at 7:00 pm and fantastic fireworks at 10:00 pm. Something new and exciting this year will be the logging show at 3:00. Local area amateur loggers will participate in 11 different logging events. Sponsored by the Toledo Elks, there will be cash prizes awarded to the winners.

The fun continues on Sunday with the carnival, food and craft vendors, bingo and the beer garden. In addition at 3:00 pm, the Kids’ Logging Show will take place.

There is something for everyone. It’s about a 2-hour drive to Toledo from Umpqua River Haven. Stay with us while you visit the fair! www.umpquahaven.com We might join you in Toledo!

Oregon Coast Music Festival – Orchestra Week

Music abounds on the Oregon Coast and this coming week from Tuesday, July 25, through Saturday, July 29, is part of the annual music festival in Coos Bay, Oregon. This is orchestra week with conductor James Paul at the helm for his 26th year. Adam Stern will conduct the pops concert on July 27.

This is the 39th year for the OCMF and every year is unique. More than 80 master musicians from all over the country and Canada participate in this event making it one of the most popular music festivals in the USA.

The musicians return year after year and the audiences return year after year, also. Many are members of the Oregon Coast Music Association and receive a $5.00 discount on all concert tickets. Tickets are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for OCMA members and $15.00 for students per concert for those attending any of the three concerts in the Marshfield High School Auditorium in Coos Bay.

There are many great places for dinner in Coos Bay but go early and travel the 8 miles to Charleston to our favorite place on the Bay, the Portside. Enjoy great, expansive views of the Bay, boats and if it’s low tide you might see a few clam diggers. The food is great, too!

The concerts:

Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 pm: Orchestra Concert I, James Paul, Conductor

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm: Orchestra Pops Concert, Adam Stern, Conductor

Saturday, July 29, 7:30 pm: Orchestra Concert II, James Paul, Conductor

For more information: http://www.oregoncoastmusic.org/

And don’t forget to come back and visit us at www.umpquahaven.com or stay a spell. We are just a short drive from Coos Bay and all the music, dunes and fun things to do on the Oregon Coast.

So Many Horrid Ghosts!

This famous quote from Shakespeare’s “Henry The V” will be heard on July 22, 23, 29 and 30th at 3:00 pm in Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. The Logos Players, in concert with Dolphin Players and Liberty Theater, are holding the second annual Shakespeare in the Park. “Henry The V” will be performed under the direction of John Beane. Admission is free!

Starting at 2:30 pm will be the Green Show featuring a recorder group, The Fipples, performing music from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras.

Also performing will be the Side of the Tide Morris Dance Troupe who’s specialty is 16th-century dances from the English-Welsh border. The Fipples are a fun group and have a lot of fun playing. Morris dancing is some of the most energetic folk dancing going. They wear bells sometimes from knee to ankle and wield sticks.

Henry V will start at 3:00 pm with a 28 member, local cast. Set in England in the early fifteenth century, the play begins as a young Henry is crowned King. There are battles, swords, knights and soldiers, heroics and victories that will enthrall you as part of the audience!

Henry V is sponsored by grants from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund and the Coos County Cultural Coalition. Started in 2009, the Logos Players were created to provide quality entertainment that supports local non-profit organizations. They have donated over $28,000 in ticket sale proceeds.

For more information: https://www.coosbayshakerpeare.org Don’t forget to stop in and visit us at www.umpquahaven.com, set a spell or spend a few days. We are just a very short drive from Coos Bay.

Sand Master Jam

In Florence, Oregon, right on Highway 101 at the north end of town is the Sand Master Park. Here you can enjoy all things related to the Oregon Coast Dunes. You can bring your own or rent: sand boards, sleds, surf boards or bikes and more. You can take sand board lessons. There are both beginner and advanced slopes. Take a dune buggy ride! Learn the art of sand sculpting and glass blowing. It’s all here on 40 acres right in town!

Much excitement is yours this coming weekend during the Sand Master Jam at the park. This event is an overall test of sand boarder’s skills in the Pro/Amateur Men’s and Women’s categories. Saturday, July 15 from 2 to 5 PM.


Sand sculpting is also a part of this event!

One of the most exciting happenings during this event will be watching the current sand board world speed record holder, Erik Johnson, as he attempts to break his standing speed record of 51 mph!

There is something here for everyone and it’s all so much dune fun! There is no admission charge for this event.

Come visit us and stay at www.umpquahaven.com. We are just a short drive from the Sand Master Park at Florence. Remember the park motto: It’s not snow!

Yachats Music Festival

Yachats is a very small, picturesque Oregon Coastal town with expansive ocean views. There are many places with great ocean views for visitors to stay in. It is a popular weekend and vacation spot for Oregonians and tourists alike. There are a few great restaurants (we like Leroy’s Blue Whale on Highway 101), and an ice cream shop any competition would be jealous of. Tide Pooling in front of some of the oceanside cabins is popular.

Yachats is also host to an annual music festival now in its 37th year. This weekend will be the Four Seasons Arts’ Yachats Music Festival’s ‘Grand Finale’ filled with the artistry of 20 to 25 musicians. For three days the air will be filled with great music, friendly sharing and the fusion of audiences and artists with the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast.

Come visit us or stay with us at www.umpquahaven.com. Yachats is just a short drive from our location. It is also a beautiful, Oregon Coast drive you will enjoy. For more information, tickets and the schedule of performances, visit: http://fsarts.org/yachats-music-festival-2/ Don’t forget to come back and visit us at http://www.umpquariverhaven.com and or http://www.umpquahaven.com.


Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

A friend of ours just returned from a business trip to Cleveland. While there, they had a chance to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that is situated on the shores of Lake Erie. Our friend shared photos and thoughts with us and gave us permission to share them here on our blog. Enjoy this musical stroll through time.

Back door entrance on the lakeside:


Have you ever seen a flying hotdog?

And a few flying cars!


There are 7 levels at the R&RHF, all of which have or will have displays related to this particular genre of music. Rock and Roll changed music forever but its roots include many genres or styles of music. Bluegrass, Country and Folk Music and others all played a part in creating Rock and Roll.

Over the past 50 years, the Rolling Stone Magazine has reported on every nuisance of this unique kind of music. Levels 5 and 6 of the R&RHF are currently devoted to this popular chronicler of Rock and Roll stars. Below are some shots of the magazine’s covers over the years that are on display here.

That is level 5. On level 6 are the actual portrait photos taken for the 50 years of magazine covers. They can only be described as beautiful. The photographers are unknown as you walk through looking, but they deserve every penny they were paid. On this level, too, Sirius XM was broadcasting live. Here are a few more covers.

If you’ve ever wondered about this magazine or wanted to know more about it, now is the time to visit the R&RHF to find out! Everything you have ever wanted to know, and some you might not have wanted to know, is here.

Levels 3 and 4 are both in the process of change between what was and what will be and do not have visible displays. But level 2 will answer any questions about who “invented” Rock and Roll. An entire area, with video, is devoted to Alan Freed. Freed started out as a DJ on small radio stations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He eventually ended up on the graveyard shift at WJW in Cleveland where he made music history. Freed coined the phrase “Rock and Roll” and began a whole new era in music.

On the same level, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame annually honors one Master of Music annually. This tribute reveals the contributions made by one pioneering figure through various displays of exhibits, lectures, films and a major conference and tribute concert that benefits the R&RHF’s education department. The Master of Music tributes started in 1995 when Woody Guthrie was honored with a 10-day celebration of his life and legacy. Other honorees are listed in the tribute area.

The R&RHF honored the late Johnny Cash for 2016. There is a large display with a video worth watching that chronicles Cash’s career.

There are additional displays to be listened to individually on this level also. When you visit, plan to spend several hours as there is that much to take in. There is a restaurant if you get hungry and don’t miss the gift shop. Even if you buy nothing, it is worth a cruise through to see the totally unique items you will not find anywhere else in the world.

And then turn your attention to level one. The inductees are all honored on this level with displays and movies well worth watching. Displays include costuming, instruments and life-sized statues of these music artists. No matter your age or generation of music, there is something here for everyone. There is too much to describe, so we leave you here with some photos of some of the displays. Enjoy the scroll through this portion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Wings And Wheels

Summer is the time for classic, vintage and historic car shows all over the country. Florence, Oregon is no exception and has its share of them during the summer months. However, July 1, 2017, there is an extra special ‘cruise in’ of sorts. Held at the Florence Municipal Airport, this one combines cruisers of all kinds including vintage airplanes and cars, military vehicles and British cars.

From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. all of the above will be here for the viewing. This event is open to all show worthy cars and trucks but is limited to 100 total vehicle entries. Pre-registration fee for participants is $20.00 and $25.00 on the day of the show. Best to get your space early because this is a popular event. Dash plaques will be given to the 100 entrants and there will be 25 awards handed out.

The City of Florence and the Three Rivers Casino Resort are sponsoring the appearance of an SDB Dauntless, World War II Dive Bomber. And you can ride in this beauty. Rides will be available throughout the day. One ride will be raffled off and tickets for that are $5.00 each available at the Florence Chamber Visitor’s Center and other locations.

This event includes displays by the Central Oregon Coast Military Vehicle Group and the Central Oregon Coast British Car Club with 15 to 20 vehicles each.

The Central Oregon Coast Military Vehicle Group will be providing “Convoys” all day long with rides in vintage military vehicles up and down the runway. So you also have the opportunity to take a vintage military ride! For free!

Back In Time will provide live music from the 50’s and 60’s and the Florence Dance Guild will be performing twice throughout the day. Over 20 local and regional Not For Profits will be involved on the grounds with displays.

If you are a vendor, you are welcome to come and set up and participate. There will be food to purchase from the Florence-Siuslaw Lions Club and the Ada Grange. There is no charge to attend, however, the High School Wresting team is asking for donations of $2.00 per car load.

Florence is just 38 miles from www.umpquahaven.com and makes an easy day trip for this event. Come visit us or set a spell and enjoy all that the Oregon Coast has to offer from here.

Oregon’s Lavender Festival

June 23 – 25 and July 7 – 9 are two full weekends of celebrating Lavender. Lavender is a beautiful plant that fills with, well, small lavender-colored flowers starting in June. The lavender plant has many uses as its fragrance is used in all kinds of pot pourri, sachets and scent sticks. Plus, it is processed into an essential oil that has a calming effect. Put it on your pillow at night. And then there are the bees.

Our bee population is threatened right now much due to the pesticides that are used on food and flower plants. While we ultimately need to stop the use of pesticides for both bees and humans, in the mean time there are things we can do to help the bees. Growing lavender is one of them. Bees love lavender and spend quality time wherever it grows. Lavender assists with increasing our bee population.

In Southern Oregon, there is a Lavender Trail which is a group of lavender farms in the Applegate Valley. Every year these farms sponsor special activities during their annual (13th this year) festival celebrating all things lavender. Because it is such a popular festival, it has been extended to two weekends this year. The second weekend happens during the Oregon Lavender Destinations Farm Tour with over 30 Lavender farms all over Oregon on the tour.

The English Lavender Farm at Applegate, Oregon is just West of Medford off of I-5 on Highway 238 and south of Grants Pass. Here you can stroll through 6,000 lavender plants, pick your own lavender and visit the gift shop. Along with other lavender farms, The English Lavender Farm is open throughout both weekends and during June and July when lavender is in full bloom. There are activities such as wreath making and live music, along with lunch, snacks, lavender lemonade and ice cream. This is just one of the many lavender farms you can visit in the Applegate Valley. You can learn more here: http://www.englishlavenderfarm.com/

It’s about a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from Umpqua River Haven to Applegate, Oregon. Come visit us or stay awhile or even make us your base for one of these great, fragrant weekends amid the Oregon Lavender.