Cannon Beach News – Fall 2011


When driving to the coast along Highway 26, stop at Camp 18 to visit the Loggers’ Memorial and the Logging Museum (outdoor). The memorial is an opportunity for families and friends to memorialize individuals from the past, present or in the future who have made logging their work, their passion or their life. The museum has an extensive display of vintage logging machinery and tools of the trade.


On Oct. 16, dogs will dominate the beach during the 2011 Cannon Beach Dog Show. A celebration of pets, the show grows more popular each year according to organizers. Each year, dogs take home awards in a variety of categories, including Oldest Looking Dog, Prettiest Dog, “So Ugly You’re Cute” Dog, Fluffiest Dog and Biggest Dog. Other contests include the Frisbee catch, obstacle course and best handshake. Event divisions are based on a dog’s age or weight. Information, 1-800-547-6100.


This fall, consider walking or running for a worthy cause. The “Rock the Beach” 5k/10k, scheduled for 10:30am, Saturday, Oct. 1, will benefit the Cannon Beach Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization, and the only state certified childcare center between Tillamook and Warrenton. The center primarily serves working families from all over the North Coast, caring for and educating infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The race will be followed by a barbecue and live music. Register online at Cannon Beach Children’s Center


This November, you might as well give in to the fact that autumn is about to segue into winter, in soggy Western Oregon fashion, and go to the Stormy Weather Arts Festival in Cannon Beach. Scheduled for Nov. 4-Nov. 6, the festival is the community’s annual fall celebration of the arts, complete with an art walk and a number of gallery receptions. Tickets and information 503-436-2623, or (Stormy Weather poster by Michael Orwick)


While Cannon Beach is known for its gorgeous scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities, the Coaster Theatre Playhouse (108 N Hemlock St.) offers something for those who want to remain warm and dry. This fall, the Coaster will feature, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, through Sept. 17, a musical comedy and Broadway hit. They will also feature, The Mystery of Irma Vep, a gothic spoof, through Oct. 15. From Nov. 18 through Dec. 30, the local cast of Irving Berlin’s, Annie Get Your Gun, will take the stage.


There is an alternative to the breakneck pace of urban holiday shopping. You’ll find it in Cannon Beach where, Thanksgiving through New Year’s, the community celebrates Haystack Holidays. Throughout that time, merchants decorate their shops to reflect the season. Community events during Haystack Holidays include the annual Lamp Lighting, Cannon Beach Library Tea and Cider, wreath-making and Family Fun Camp. (Holiday cow elk photo by John Fowler)


DragonFire Gallery (123 S Hemlock St.) has new chandeliers and sconces by Seattle artist, Russ Morgan. A veteran of thinking green and using recycled materials, Morgan incorporates broken and tumbled glass and found metal in each light. Also, there are new slab built ceramic garden sentinel sculptures by Jan Richardson and whimsical ceramic birds by Sue Raymond, influenced by the artist’s love of literature. (Upcycle photo by Russ Morton)


Michael Parkes’ goal as an artist is to create a world that extends beyond the window or frame so that the imagination of the viewer can continue to expand into that world. His drawing, “Traveling Circus,” seems to hold no secrets. It displays a band of travelers, seemingly at peace with themselves and confident of their final destination. Michael’s work can be viewed at the Primary Elements Gallery (172 North Hemlock St.).

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