The “Entertaining” History of the Cannon Beach Coaster Theatre

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Coaster Theater, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Downtown Cannon Beach is the place to be. New businesses seek to put down roots among the crowds and the fun. Many of the buildings are historic and have an interesting past. The Coaster Theatre is fortunate to be located in the center of it all in a building that has provided entertainment to locals and visitors for over 90 years. [more]

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When Astoria Was Called Fort George

Few know that Astoria was once called Fort George. How did that come to be and what is the fascinating twist to the story? Astoria is known as the oldest settlement on the west coast. It was named after John Jacob Astor in 1911 (even though he never actually visited the area) and was called Fort Astoria. But – it didn’t always have that name. [more]

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Lewis County Historical Museum’s Artifacts – Oldest, Newest, Smallest, Largest

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Sometimes when you visit a museum, it can be overwhelming. Which display or artifact do you look at first? Can you narrow things down? Sometimes it helps to just focus on a few things at a time. So for this visit to the Lewis County Historical Museum, we chose to focus on looking for the oldest, newest, smallest and largest artifacts. [Read more…]

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Evaline School Keeps the One-Room-Schoolhouse Experience Alive

Evaline School began as a one room schoolhouse by another name in 1883 and was destroyed by a falling tree within a few years. A second school was called “Brown’s School” because the lumber was donated by Brown’s Mill. Then the name was changed to Evaline after the postmaster’s wife. A fire then destroyed that building in 1925 and that’s when the current school was built. [see more]

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These Walls Do Talk – Old Churches Tell the History of Lewis County

158b98c9f37cf1-Dryad-1068x981.jpgLewis County churches may be more historically important than you ever imagined. Did you know we have the oldest church building still standing in the state of Washington? Or that we are the site of the first church building and first permanent mission in Western Washington? [more…]

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Where to Take Great Family Photos in Lewis County

15833a2f3e2ef4-whitepass-300x300.jpgWe live in one of the most gorgeous counties in the state. The numerous lakes, the rivers that change with glacial runoff, our mountains – all of the natural beauty gives us not only excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation, but these scenic backdrops make for great family photographs as well. [more…]

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Cispus Learning Center Reconnects Kids to Nature

Deep in the tall forests of eastern Lewis County, there is a camp where boys and girls of all ages reconnect with nature. They run, they play, they build trails, they touch the moss, they disconnect from electronics. For many of these kids, this can be their first trip ever outside of a city. And it can be life-changing for almost any child – or even adult – who attends. [more…]

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Dory Days Celebrates an Unusual Tradition

Beautiful Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

Beautiful Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

Standing on the beach one summer day in 2015, just staring out at the ocean and enjoying the rare sunny day on the Oregon coast, suddenly we hear a horn. “Odd,” we think. “There’s no fog, it can’t be a fog horn.” Then we see a small boat speed around the giant rock sitting out in the middle of the ocean. We watch in a bit of shock as it races towards us on the shore. “Uhmmm, is that thing going to crash?! It’s heading right for the beach!”

 

We stand there just staring as it keeps racing in. There’s nothing we can do. It zooms right up onto the beach and – just stops. No crash, no yelling, no damage. What the heck? We ask someone standing near us, “What is that?” They smile and tell us, “That’s a Dory fishing boat. That’s how they land. They don’t dock. They also just launch from the beach.”

Dory Boat landing on the beach, Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

Dory Boat landing on the beach. (Photo credit: David Keaton)

We are thrilled and fascinated. Standing there at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Oregon, we found out more about this unusual type of basically flat-bottomed fishing boat. While there are different types of dory boats, the beach dory is only used in a few spots around the country where the fishermen launch and land from the beach. According to the Pacific City Dorymen,“There is no other harbor, port, or fishing fleet anywhere in the world exactly like this. It is truly unique how we evolved.”

Traditional Dory Boat in the parade at Dory Days, Pacific City, Oregon

Traditional Dory Boat in the parade at Dory Days. (Photo credit: David Keaton)

Pacific City celebrates this traditional way of fishing by holding “Dory Days” in July. We decided we need to check that out. Fast forward to July 2016. We pulled into Pacific City on a slightly overcast day, which quickly changed to downright warm. We managed to find a parking place pretty easily, and walked back over the little bridge over the canal to the “four-way stop” as everyone seems to refer to it. There we saw several tents with vendors selling their enticing wares. After checking them out, we went back to the bridge and found ourselves a nice little perch where we could sit and watch the parade. We were worried that since we had forgot to bring chairs that we would be standing the whole time but no worries with the bridge to sit on.

Dory Days, Pacific City, Oregon

David and his mom, Sue, are ready for the parade to start from our great perch on the bridge.

Who doesn’t love a small town parade? Everyone hollering out to the people they know on the floats, lots of candy being thrown. Since it’s the coast, David was thrilled to find they were throwing salt water taffy, one of his favorites. He ignored all the other candy but swooped in on the taffy like a seagull.

Creative jelly fish! Dory Days, Pacific City, Oregon

Creative jelly fish! (Photo credit: David Keaton)

Some of the usual features, like a few politicians, were in attendance. But what was most unique in this parade was the Dory boats. Some were fairly plain, but many were decorated very creatively and were quite entertaining. For such a small town, it was a nice parade lasting about 45 minutes.

Dory Days Parade, Pacific City, Oregon

This patriotic Dory boat shows the simplicity of the design. (Photo credit: David Keaton)

As soon as the parade was over we made a beeline for the car. We knew we wanted to hurry down to Cape Kiwanda before the rest of the crowd got there. Again, we quickly found a parking spot right by Pelican Pub and Brewery, a place we have been wanting to try. Luckily we got there when we did because we got in right away and later saw quite the crowd waiting.

The Pelican Pub & Brewery is a popular spot at Cape Kiwanda. Pacific City, Oregon

The Pelican Pub & Brewery is a popular spot at Cape Kiwanda. (Photo credit: David Keaton)

Delicious meal at Pelican Pub & Brewery! Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

Delicious meal at Pelican Pub & Brewery! (Photo credit: David Keaton)

After our very tasty meal, we went on out to the beach to watch the Dory boats coming in. We didn’t have to wait long before one came ripping in. I was a little nervous we were in its path, not sure how far they come up on the beach.

Dory boats are loaded up right from the beach after a happy and successful fishing trip. Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, Oregon

Dory boats are loaded up right from the beach after a happy and successful fishing trip. (Photo credit: David Keaton)

The customers who were on the boat and had been fishing looked happy and excited. Exactly what you want to see. We think we need to come back again and fish next time!

Vendor at Dory Days, Pacific City, Oregon

A variety of vendors set up at Dory Days. This gentleman showed how to flintknap, shaping obsidian into knife blades. (Photo credit: David Keaton)

There were a few other activities that were offered as part of Dory Days, such as the Fish Fry and the Oregon Heritage Traditional Dedication Ceremony. Dory Days was a very fun, small town event that we highly recommend attending. And you have to watch the boats landing!

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Cowlitz Falls Lavender Company Brings Purple Fields to Randle

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What do you do when lavender is the only plant your mom can’t kill? You buy property and start a lavender farm, of course.

Justin Claibourn laughs as he tells that his mom’s love of lavender – and her lack of a green thumb – were the basis for starting a lavender farm. She attended lavender festivals “religiously” according to Claibourn, so he and his wife, Jordann, and his parents, Debbie and Tim, thought, “What if we grew lavender?” They looked into it and that began Cowlitz Falls Lavender Company. [Read more at LewisTalk.com]

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Jane Hodges Brings Mineral School Back to Life

Jane Hodges wanted an unusual place for artists to get away and concentrate on their work—to form what artists would call a “colony” or residency where they can get away and focus on their creativity. She found it in the old Mineral School. [see more at LewisTalk.com]

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