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‘THAT’S MY FARMER’ FOOD DEMO
Newport & Lincoln City
Wednesday, Apr. 19th
The Samaritan Cancer Resource Centers are offering a special 90-minute edition of the “That’s My Farmer” program Wednesday, April 19, in Lincoln City and Newport.
Each seminar will combine nutrition education and a cooking lesson geared to cancer survivors and patients. Participants will learn how to prepare nutritious and delicious meals and be given ingredients to take home. Each participant may bring a guest.
The Lincoln City seminar will begin at 11 a.m. in the Health Professions Education Center, 3011 NE 28th St. The Newport seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth St.
There is no cost to attend. Registration is requested by calling the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center in Corvallis at 541-768-2171 or emailing CancerResourceCenter@samhealth.org.
MY SISTERS’ SOUP & BOWLS
American Legion Hall (Newport)
Thursday, Apr. 20th
MASTER GARDENER ROUND TABLE – ‘BEES’
OCCC, Newport Campus
Thursday, Apr. 20th
Bees, their health status, lifestyles, and importance, are fascinating subjects of the next Master Gardener Round Table, 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 20, at the Oregon Coast Community College, Newport campus.
Dr. Andony Melanthopoulos, director of the OSU Pollinator Health Program, and Anne Schatz, founding member of the Newport Central Coast Beekeepers and a pollinator and plant enthusiast, will offer most of the information you may need to encourage, protect and appreciate Oregon bees.
To join us at this free educational event, please call the OSU Extension office, 541-574-6534, to assure seating and materials.
Central Lincoln PUD (Newport)
Thursday, Apr. 20th
Herring Mass Spawning: a Local Wildlife Spectacle
A photographic representation will celebrate the mass spectacle of Pacific Herring spawning in Yaquina Bay this past March. Herring spawning events attract seals, sea lions and thousands of birds like Surf Scoter, Western Gull and more making for outstanding photographic opportunities.
Herring are considered a forage fish and local birder and naturalist Wayne Hoffman will share the importance of spawning events in the context of forage fish life cycles, the ecological roles they play in the marine food web, and their conservation.
Meeting Location: Public Meeting room of Central Lincoln PUD. 2129 North Coast Highway. Newport OR. For more info, call 541-961-1307
BIRDING AND BLUES FESTIVAL
Friday, Apr. 21st
“The Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival will be held the weekend of Friday April 21st through Sunday April 23rd. Bring your family to enjoy birding field trips, nature presentations, boat tours, paddle trips, art activities, and live birds of prey presentations. On Saturday night, show your friends how you boogie at the blues concert with the Joanne Broh Band. Register
GUIDED NATURE WALK
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
Saturday, Apr. 22th
A botanical walk along the Cape Perpetua’s Giant Spruce Trail will be led by Sally Lockyear and Betty Bahn on Saturday, April 22nd from 9 – 11 AM.
Wildflowers will be blooming along the Giant Spruce Trail and birds will be singing from the trees as they prepare for the nesting season.The trail to the Giant Spruce, an Oregon Heritage Tree, is about 2 miles round-trip and is rated by the US Forest Service as being of “moderate” difficulty.
During this stroll Betty and Sally will identify and talk about the native flowers, shrubs and trees and listen for songbirds. We recommend wearing clothes for variable weather.
Meet on the deck outside of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center by 9 AM.
The guided walk is free and open to the public, however, a pass or $5 daily fee is required to park. For more information call 541-961-1307.
PANCAKES FOR PEOPLE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Newport Elks Lodge
Saturday, Apr. 22nd
DEPOE BAY CRAB FEED & WOODEN BOAT SHOW
Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 22-23
To accommodate this year’s Easter holiday, Depoe Bay’s annual Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show will be moved from the third to the fourth weekend in April. It will take place on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23.
Thousands of pounds of delicious whole Dungeness crab will be cooked to perfection at Depoe Bay’s Community Hall at 220 S.E. Bay Street. Indoor and outdoor dining will be available, with a selection of brews in the beer garden courtesy of the Rusty Truck Brewing Company. Meals will be served from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, rain or shine.
The 22nd annual Classic Wooden Boat Show will display dozens of wonderful hand-crafted vessels on display at “the world’s smallest harbor” on both Saturday and Sunday. While you’re there, try your hand at building your own vessel at the popular model boat building booth and bring it home. The kids will love this fun experience for the whole family. Admission to both events are free.
On Sunday April 23 hundreds of colorful bathtub ducks released into the harbor at the annual Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket for a chance to win great prizes provided by Depoe Bay merchants, including clothing, dining passes, hotel stays and authentic shipwreck treasure. Bay-front merchants will be open throughout the weekend with food, beverages, art and gifts to satisfy every taste.
Depoe Bay’s U.S. Coast Guard station will open its doors to tours of its patrol and rescue boats stationed dockside. If you’ve ever wondered what its like to be on the Pacific with the Coast Guard, this is your opportunity!
Thanks to a resident pod of gray whales, Depoe Bay enjoys year-round whale watching and has earned the title of “Oregon’s whale watching capitol”. At the Whale Watching Center park rangers are ready to help spot gray whales. The center is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM and admission is free.
For advance information please contact Nick Bruyer (Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce) at 541-270-3944 to plan your group trip. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE FISHING WEEKEND
Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 22-23
Anglers and would-be anglers can enjoy a weekend of free fishing on April 22 and 23. On these two days, Oregonians and visitors can fish, crab and clam for free anywhere in Oregon without a license, tag or endorsement.
This free fishing weekend is in addition to the traditional free fishing weekend on June 3-4. These additional free fishing days are thanks to a 2015 law passed by the Oregon Legislature allowing the Fish and Wildlife Commission to set up to eight days of free fishing every year.
“April 22 is also Earth Day, and what better way for Oregonians to get outside and celebrate the natural world than by taking family and friends out for a day of fishing,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fishing manager.
While licenses are waived during free fishing days, all other regulations and regular closures still apply.
ALSEA RIVER CLEANUP
Sunday, Apr. 23rd
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Alsea Sportsman’s Association will join forces with other conservation-minded individuals Sunday, April 23 to clean up the Alsea River. This event is also sponsored by SOLVE and Dahl Disposal Service.
The day-long clean-up is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Forest Service’s Blackberry Campground (day use area), located approximately 19 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. ODFW is seeking volunteers to assist with the clean-up both by boat and from shore.
“We need volunteers to work from the river and others to work from the road, picking up trash along the Alsea River corridor and at popular boat ramps and bank access sites along the river,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW biologist in Newport.
Free Northwest Forest day passes will be provided to volunteers, and a shuttle service will also be available. Both drift boats and motor boats are welcome. There will be coffee and donuts in the morning and a barbeque hosted by the Alsea Sportsman’s Association in the afternoon.
PINK BUFFALO PAINT AND SIP
Noble Estae Tasting Room (Newport)
Monday, Apr. 24th
Noble Estate Winery is partnering to host a Pink Buffalo Paint and Sip on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Noble Estate Winery. Everyone is invited to register.
Unlike traditional art & painting classes, our art parties are held at fun and exciting venues where you can enjoy a fun time of painting, sipping on wine, and enjoying delicious snacks. The best thing about painting parties is that you don’t have to be an artist to have fun! While the artist guides you, there are literally no rules as to how to paint your masterpiece. Join the fun and unleash your inner artist with us!
The cost of the Paint & Sip is $35.00. To ensure your spot and make certain this event is successful register early as there is a requirement of a 15 painter minimum to guarantee this fun event takes place! All registration fees are nonrefundable.
All instruction and supplies including an easel, a 16” x 20” canvas, paints, brushes, aprons, tables and stools are included in registration fees. Beverages and food may be purchased from the host establishment.
To register visit PinkBuffaloPaintandSip.com
Noble Estate Tasting Room is located at 146 SW Bay Blvd in Newport.
OREGON COAST YOUTH SYMPHONY FESTIVAL
Thursday thru Sunday, Apr. 27-30
NEWPORT 60+ ACTIVITY CENTER SUMMER TRIPS
Friday, Apr. 28th Registration Deadline
2017 is going to be a very busy travel year at the Newport 60+ Activity Center with 60 trips planned throughout the year. Of the 60 trips, 5 are overnight adventures.
After two meetings with our travelers, the Overnight Trip list has been narrowed down to 5 amazing trips. To finalize these trips and make the appropriate lodging and ticket reservations we do need those who are interested to sign up now before the rooms and tickets are sold out.
Last chance to sign up for one of these exciting overnight trips! Sign up deadline is April 28, 2017.
June 13 & 14: Rusk Ranch Butterfly Pavilion & Great Cats World Park, Cave Junction, OR. Cost $140.00.
July 18 & 19: Jerry’s Rogue Jets / 64 Mile Historic Mail Boat Route and Prehistoric Gardens, Gold Beach, OR. Cost $220.00.
August 6 & 7: Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR. Play: The Merry Wives of Windsor. Cost $380.00.
August 15, 16, & 17: Crater Lake, OR. Enjoy a two night stay at Crater Lake Resort. Cost $340.00.
October 3, 4, & 5: Chihuly Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. Cost $390.00.
For more information about each trip, or to reserve your spot, come by the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 20 SE 2nd St, Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617.
To see more fun trips, classes or events, please visit our website at www.newportoregon.gov/sc.
RAINSPOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Apr. 28-30
Rainspout 2017 offers a diverse, eclectic collection of musical acts, workshops, dining, dancing, jam sessions, plus a children’s show, a sing-a-long, and a hootenanny.
Rainspout is sponsored by Polly Plumb Productions and The City of Yachats. The music festival is a musical celebration of spring evolving into summer. Rainspout offers something for everyone, introducing new and exciting musical experiences, alongside some good old fashioned musical fun.
Friday night step out to a jazzed up night of music, dinner, and dancing. Savor a fabulous meal prepared by The Drift Inn Café, while enjoying The Barbara Dzuro Jazz Quartet and The Biondi-Russel Band, featuring a tribute to Etta James starring Joanne Broh on vocals. Jazz, swing, and blues bring your appetite and dancing shoes!
Saturday’s daytime line-up includes, performances, workshops, a sing along and all- day jam session. Saturday daytime presenters and performers are Mike & Carleen McCornack, The New Folksters, Terry Trenholm, Barb Turrill and Morgan Spiess.
Saturday Night showcases the indescribably entrancing sounds of Betty and The Boy and the charming finesse of The East West International Project.
Rainspout is pleased to introduce you, to the imaginative music and lush harmonies of The East West International Project.
Sunday features a morning jam session, a workshop and a performance and Hoedown with the Fiddlin Big Sue Band
Beer, wine, food, beverages, and a variety refreshments will be available during the festival.
Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2900737
Visit rainspout.org or Rainspout Music Festival on Facebook for more information.
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SPRING PLANT SALE
The Connie Hansen Garden (Lincoln City)
Saturday, Apr. 29th
SUSTAINABLE CLAMMING WORKSHOP
Netarts Bay area
Saturday, Apr. 29th
Would you like to learn more about the different types of clams in Netarts Bay? Are you new to clamming and would like some tips? Are you curious about distributions patterns, research and regulations around harvesting? The Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed Estuary Beach and Sea (WEBS) has you covered.
WEBS will offer a FREE SUSTAINABLE CLAMMING WORKSHOP April 29 at 9am. Clamming Netarts Bay – Shellfish and Other Invertebrates participants will learn about the role of shellfish in bay health, the types of shellfish and invertebrates in the bay, sustainable methods for harvesting wild shellfish, and current research on trends in clam size and biomass.
WEBS is a local non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the Netarts Bay area through education and stewardship. Learn more at www.netartsbaytoday.org.
This event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Explore Nature events are hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, and are meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy.
YOU WILL GET DIRTY! Participants will go out into mud flats with guides. We recommend boots or closed toed shoes. Please DO NOT wear flip flops. Weather on the Oregon Coast is unpredictable and change quickly. Please dress accordingly. A shellfish license is required and can be obtained from the local ODFW office or in town at Naveen’s Bayside Market and Deli.
Registration is required. For a link, please visit Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS Eventbrite site or Facebook page.
Questions? Contact WEBSPresident@aol.com or call 541-231-8041.
PINTS FOR PUPS SILENT AUCTION
Rogue Bayfront (Newport)
Saturday, Apr. 29th
SITKA CENTER ARTISIT-IN-RESIDENCE SHOW AND TELL
Sitka Center (Otis)
Saturday, Apr. 29th
For the past few months, a handful of writers, a musician and visual artists have nestled in at Cascade Head to delve into their creative work as Artists-in-Residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. See what this exceptional group of individuals has been working on before they head back to their “regular” lives, at the Resident Show & Tell – 1pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Tucked in the forest near Cascade Head, the Sitka Center is an ideal location for writers and artists-in-residence to withdraw from the distraction of daily life, find the solitude needed to push through their creative boundaries and chase their own artistic pursuits. Sitka Center is proud to host residents in varied stages of their creative journeys, from Oregon and abroad. The Resident Show & Tell is an opportunity for the community to learn about the work done by these accomplished artists.
Light refreshments and presentations begin at 1pm in Boyden Studio. This event is free and open to the public – a great opportunity to visit the Sitka Center! Join the Sitka community as we enjoy brief presentations of their work as they conclude their residencies.
The April 29 Resident Show & Tell includes: Allison Cekala, a filmmaker and photographer whose work shares a unique perspective on how humans mine the earth’s resources and transform their surroundings; Satoko Motouji, a visual artist who has become enthralled by the Salmon River Estuary while simultaneously delving into a project of translation, visual imagery and calligraphy of the Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching; Lisa Sewell, a writer whose poems and essays explore endangered species and ecosystems; Saskia Coolen, a recorder player who joins us from the Netherlands to share her expertise through the Winds and Waves program; and David Kressler, a photographer who comes to Sitka via a partnership with Blue Sky Gallery and whose landscapes ask viewers to consider their viewpoint in addition to the scenery.
Committed to expanding the relationships between art, nature, and humanity, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is renowned for its workshop and residency programs. Exploration of the coastal environment has remained a key component to the Sitka Center’s vitality. Located at Cascade Head, with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Sitka Center offers a place where artists, writers, environmental scientists and musicians of all abilities and backgrounds come to nourish and inspire their creativity, which ripples out into our world making it a brighter place for all. For more details visit www.sitkacenter.org.
TIDE POOL DISCOVERY
Oceanside Recreation Area
Sunday, Apr. 30th
What amazing creatures are lurking at the water’s edge? Come out to Oceanside and see! From 9am – 1pm, Friends of Netarts Bay Watershed Estuary Beach and Sea (WEBS) staff and volunteers will be onsite in the tide pools helping visitors understand what is living along the coastal edge. Learn about anemone clone wars, how a sea star eats, or how hermit crabs steal shell homes from other crabs! From seaweeds to sculpin fish, there is another worldly place to discover. Come out and enjoy! Look for our WEBS t-shirts and let us guide you through the tide pools.
Wear boots or bring a change of shoes. Flip flops are never ideal for exploring tide pools. Be prepared for Oregon coast weather.
For a link, please visit Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS Eventbrite site or Facebook page.
Questions? Contact Chrissy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-231-8041.
LOYALTY DAYS RUN
Saturday, May 6th
110TH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
May 19th, 20th, 21st
The 110th Rhododendron Festival is fast approaching, and preliminary events are already underway. The annual event takes place May 19-21, in Florence.
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the event’s host, is now accepting applications for street vendors in Historic Old Town, and entries for the grand floral parade on May 21. Applications are available at the Chamber’s Visitor Center at 290 Highway 101 and can be downloaded at FlorenceChamber.com/rhody-festival/.
Davis Shows Northwest returns to bring big time thrills with their amazing carnival rides, food booths, and games for the entire family. Presale of discounted carnival tickets begins April 3. Advance purchases save buyers $6 on Wednesday and Thursday admission, and $7 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday admission. Presales continue through noon on Wednesday, May 17, when the carnival opens; however, the supply of advance tickets is limited and can run out early. New this year is the availability to purchase tickets online at FlorenceChamber.com. Each day’s tickets are redeemed at the carnival for an admission bracelet for that day.
Applications for youth (ages 9-17) who wish to volunteer as banner carriers in the Grand Floral Parade are also available at the Florence Visitors Center, 290 Highway 101. Youth volunteers receive a day pass for the carnival.
Festival pins are currently on sale. Funds raised from the $3 purchase go to scholarships for the boys and girls selected for the Rhododendron Court. The crowning of Queen Rhododendra and the King of the Coast takes place on Thursday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the Florence Events Center.
For more information, contact the Florence Chamber office at 541-997-3128 or events@FlorenceChamber.com.
CRAFTS ON THE COAST SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28
The dates of the 20th Season of Crafts on the Coast Arts & Crafts Festivals are Memorial Weekend, Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, 2017, for the 20th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival and November 4-5, 2017, for the 20th Annual Harvest & Holidays Arts & Crafts Festival. Both festivals are held inside Yachats Commons at 441 Hwy 101 N., in Yachats, Oregon, the Gem of the Oregon Coast.
Crafts on the Coast Arts & Crafts Festivals, both juried events, bring together nearly 70 of the best artisans from the Pacific Northwest offering their handmade crafts, fine art and gourmet food in a warm, family-friendly environment. Each event features free tastings of the gourmet food and provides a wonderful opportunity for experiencing art up close and personal with a chance to meet the artisan and often see how the art is constructed with craft demonstrations. Admission and parking are always free.
CALL TO ARTISANS
Artisans in all mediums of arts and crafts and gourmet food producers are encouraged to apply for this long running, juried show. The Yachats Commons has become a fragrance free zone and we can no longer accept applications from exhibitors who have products that use fragrances. Application packages are now ready and have been sent to those on our mailing list. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive an application, please call 541-547-4738 after 11 a,m. and before 8 p.m. The deadline for jury consideration for the Spring Festival is March 29. The deadline for jury consideration for the Harvest & Holiday Festival is September 15. We encourage artisans to apply for both festivals at the same time if possible.
Crafts on the Coast Arts & Crafts Festivals also feature community booths. Organizations using handmade crafts as a fund raiser are encouraged to apply for a small, free community booth, subject to availability.
WIRE WRAPPING JEWELRY CLASS
Lincoln City Cultural Center
Saturday, Apr. 8th (Every Other Saturday After That)
YAQUINA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY SHOW – PATTI JOHNSON
Nye Beach, Newport
April 8th thru April 21st
A two-week Spotlight Show featuring the art of Patti Johnson will be in the Yaquina Art Association Gallery from April 8th to April 21st.
Patti Johnson has been painting for 40 years and currently teaches Oil and acrylic painting in the upstairs classroom at the Visual art center. The classes are on Tuesday’s, from 9:00 pm until 11:00.
Patti will help beginners to advanced painters. Her specialty is portraits but can help you with most any subject. She has been a member of Yaquina Art Association since 1979.
YAQUINA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY SHOW – BEA SANDS
Nye Beach, Newport
April 8th thru April 21st
The current Spotlight Show at the Yaquina Art Association features the creative mosaic art of Bea Sands. The local artist is inspired by colors and shapes and likes to work with recycled and natural materials, using stained glass, shells, fossils, rocks, clay, and glass beads. She said, “Every piece has its basic form in the beginning, be it wood, ceramic, metal, canvas, rock, glass or even a bowling ball. I just get a feeling when I see something that is perfect for me too mosaic. After I complete my design I spend time using beeswax and then bead on the final piece.”
Sands fell in love with art on a European trip where she toured museums and visited many hhttp://oregoncoastdailynews.com/upcoming-events/?preview=trueistorical places. She also traveled to Alaska a couple of times and saw a different kind of art: lots of animal drawings and paintings, which inspired her to paint a tufted puffin—her first artistic endeavor. The last several years she has been painting with melted crayons and beeswax and also enjoys beading.
Sands said, “In many ways I’m self-taught, however, I’m fortunate to live in Lincoln County, where there are many artists who willingly share their expertise. My first oil painting class was with Linda Luckini in the 90’s as well as guest instructors Buck Paulson and Robert Warren. It was such fun going to a class in the morning and coming home in the evening with a finished painting.” She also took a class making stained glass lamps taught by Howard Rubin as well as a beeswax/glass beading class from Jan MacKay.
A native Oregonian, Sands was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up working on a farm near Estacada until her father became a tugboat captain on the Columbia River. Later he bought a charter boat and fished out of Depoe Bay, which brought her to Lincoln County.
The historic, oceanfront gallery is located at the end of the Nye Beach Turnaround at 789 Beach Drive in Newport. Gallery hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
YAQUINA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY SHOW – Calisse Browne
Nye Beach, Newport
April 22nd thru May 5th
The Yaquina Art Gallery in Newport is pleased to present the artistic jewelry of Yaquina Art Association member Calisse Browne in the April 22 through May 5 show. The artist creates memorable pieces using metal, including silver and copper; enamel on copper, glass set in metal and stones varying from turquoise, agate, and picture jasper as well as clay. She also collects stones from the beach and looks forward to incorporating them in her jewelry.
“I love working metals, stones and jewels into something unique and beautiful”, said Browne. “It brings me joy to see someone wearing and enjoying a piece of jewelry I’ve created. I also enjoy reading about the metaphysical properties of stones. Now, instead of just carrying stones in my pocket, I can create ‘wearable art’ where the stones can be truly appreciated.”
Browne started metal smithing in 2015 by taking a Metal I class at the Denver School of Metal Arts. She then proceeded to take Metal II (which she did twice because she enjoyed it so much) and two Precious Metal Clay classes. When asked what inspires her, Browne said, “I believe life is an adventure that you embrace and find people and activities that feed your soul and look for opportunities to leave the world in a happier place.” Prior to metal smithing she did beading and wire wrapping.
A recent transplant to the Oregon Coast, Browne grew up on a farm in Indiana and lived in Colorado for over 20 years and also lived in South Africa for a year. Her love of traveling has taken her to China, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, France, Great Brittan, Scotland, Malawi, and India.
Browne added, “I come from a ginormous family with seven siblings and over 90 nieces/nephews and great nieces/great nephews. I’m blessed with a wonderful husband, four children and two grandchildren.”
FINDERS KEEPERS – GLASS FLOATS ON THE BEACH
Now thru Wednesday, May 31st
The coast is about to get colorful as Finders Keepers, glass floats on the beach in Lincoln City, begins in October. This is the 18th year of the signature promotion, which runs October 15th, 2016 through Memorial Day 2017.
Glass studios from around the Pacific Northwest are handcrafting the colorful glass art for the new Finders Keepers season. One of the glass artists, William Murphy from Oregon Coast Glassworks is thrilled to be participating in the season.
“Lincoln City does such a great job with this program,” says Murphy. “It brings so many people to the coast just to find a glass float. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Murphy, who has over 20 years of glass blowing experience, says that Oregon Coast Glassworks uses only the finest materials for their floats. “Other studios like to cut corners when it comes to color mixes, using only about one or two,” says Murphy. “For us, we use five to six color mixes, which result in a premium quality glass float. And, each float is given a personal touch. We put a lot of love and care into making them.”
Some of Oregon Coast Glassworks floats that can be seen out on the beach include their green watermelon floats and red fireballs. “They are big sellers at the studio,” says Murphy. “We hope the visitors have just as much fun looking for them as we did making them.”
2,017 officially numbered glass floats will be carefully hidden along the 7-½ miles of pristine beach in Lincoln City, from Roads End on the north side of town to Siletz Bay on the south end. Floats can be found above the high tide line and below the beach embankment, and are always hidden during daylight hours. If you find a glass float, you get to keep it!
As if daily float drops weren’t enough, keep an eye out for special glass art drops throughout the next several months, which will boost the total count for this season to over 3,000. These special drops will include a combination of unnumbered glass floats, antique Japanese glass floats, sand dollars, crabs, starfish, and holiday-themed floats. For a schedule of upcoming drops visitwww.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers.
On opening weekend, October 15th and 16th, an extra 100 glass floats will be carefully placed on the beach to kick off the season. In addition, a jumbo float will be hidden with a prize package attached. Find the jumbo float, and take home a weekend getaway courtesy of Lincoln City. The weekend getaway includes lodging, restaurant certificates, and a certificate to blow your own glass float.
Share your glass treasure discoveries on Lincoln City’s social media channels. Post a photo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LincolnCityOregon, on Instagram or Twitter @LincolnCityOR.
The official handcrafted Finders Keepers glass floats will be signed and numbered, and when they are found, they become collector’s items. Register your glass treasure and you will receive a certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who created the float. To register your float, call 800-452-2151, visit www.oregoncoast.org, or text FLOATS to 24587. You can also bring your discovered treasure to the Visitor Information Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. If you have limited mobility or are unable to walk on the beach due to disability, stop by and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a glass float.
Finders Keepers began in 1999, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Each year, tourists continue to come from around the country to search for their own brightly colored, signed and numbered glass float.
In days gone by, visitors searching Oregon’s beaches often found treasures from the far-east: blown glass floats in intriguing shades of green and blue. Used by Japanese fishermen to float their nets, these spheres were as small as two inches or as large as two feet. They were collected, polished, and admired; the ultimate find for any dedicated beachcomber. Today fishing vessels around the world use buoyant plastic, making glass floats a rare find – except in Lincoln City where these treasures can be found every October through May during the Finders Keepers season.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center Upcoming Events
Lincoln City Cultural Center & Visitor Info Center
The info center is open to the public and staffed by volunteers from 10am to 5pm every day except Tuesday. To talk to a volunteer at the info center, call 541-994-3302. For all ticket and event inquires, call 541-994-9994.
How to Purchase Tickets
Event information and tickets are available in our Visitor Information Center, or by calling 541-994-3302 during business hours, 10:00am to 5:00pm (closed Tuesdays). Tickets may also be purchased anytime on our website www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.com. Click the large “Buy Tickets Online” button on the left side of the screen. Tickets may also be purchased through our Facebook page. Remember, LCCC Members always receive $2.00 off LCCC event ticket price with your member code. For membership information call 541 994-9994 or see our website.
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