Archive for September, 2017

With over 700 attendees, the 14th annual Cottage & Garden Tour was the most successful tour to date! The Cottage & Garden Tour offered a full weekend of events including a Friday night opening reception and concert, the luncheon and lecture, the tour of homes and gardens, and the garden-style high tea and presentation. There was a variety of beautiful dream homes, vintage cottages, and spectacular gardens.


Salmon Trout House owned by Liz and Jim Austin.

Volunteers ( Arva & Paul Bartos, Sherrie Bonsell, Christ Bouneff, Grace Bruseth, Sarah & Jered Budden, Lolly Champion, Betsy & Will Dixson, Heather Douglas, Andrea Edwards, Laura Edwards, Pamela Ekker, Sherry Emerson, Karen French, Linda Gebhart, Maria Goodrich, Bev & Sharon Graver, Sharlene Gregg, Linda Webb-Gustafson, Alex Harmon, Judah Henderson, Lisa Herr, Steven Klein, Claire Landrum, Josh Loring, Cara Mico, Tita Montero, Lynne Murray, John & Helen Piatt, Carolyn Propst, Robin Risley, Julie Sackett, Linda & Tom Schaeffer, Arnie & Cathy Swanson, Gary & Sandi Thompson, Carol Vanderford, Barbara Vassler, Steve Wright, and Marcia Zegar) worked tirelessly the entire weekend as docents, event set-up and clean-up, ticket sellers, greeters, and information volunteers. The Cottage & Garden Tour would not be successful without the gracious help of our volunteers. 


One of our favorite gardens on the tour was the garden in front of the Godderz house.

Staff and volunteers worked for nearly a year planning, researching, and coordinating the event. Each year, the Cottage & Garden Tour Committee finds new ways and ideas to make the tour more enjoyable. For the first time ever, the tour offered dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens on the North end of Cannon Beach. Not to mention, there was also a lemonade stand available to tour goers that supported the local Fire Mountain School.


Fire pit and seating area in the Godderz garden

The homeowners (Liz & Jim Austin, Bill & Tammy Ellis, Kelly Giampa, Rik & Caroline Godderz, Mindy Hardwick, Stan & Louisa McCleary, Carl & Mickey Odin, Meagan & Mark Sokol, Brian & Nancy Thompson, Dan Weaver & Ecola Creek Lodge, and Steven Wescott) graciously opened their hearts and their homes for this year’s tour. “The homeowners were so gracious and kind, and were incredible to work with,” Museum Outreach Coordinator, Liz Johnson says, “Without the homeowners, this tour would not have been possible, and they should be thanked for their kindness, generosity, and willingness to allow people to go through t


Close up of some of the flowers in front of the Godderz house.

heir homes.” Each year, the tour continues to grow, but not as much as it has over the last few years. The tour has gone from having less than a hundred people attend to over five hundred attendees.

Our generous sponsors, listed by level (Platinum: Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, Coaster Construction, Cottage Keeper, Escape Lodging, Kimberley Speer-Miller; Gold: Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, Martin North, The Ocean Lodge; Silver: Arbor Care Tree Specialists, Columbia Bank, Inn at Cannon Beach, Lighthouse Inn, O’Brien & Company; Bronze: Pig ‘N Pancake) made this event possible. Special thanks also goes to Beachcomber Vacation Homes, Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse, Buoy Beer Company, Cannon Beach Treasure Company, Doug Deur, Dritwood Restaurant & Lounge, Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market, Fort George Brewery, Fultano’s Pizza, Hallmark Resort & Spa, Dawn Hummel, Insomnia Coffee Company, Kettle/Black Teahouse, Mo’s at Tolovana Park, River Inn at Seaside, Schwietert’s Cones & Candy, Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, Tom’s Fish & Chips, Jean Williams, and The Wine Shack.

A huge thank-you also goes out to Jim Kingwell of Icefire Glassworks, who created the beautiful sculpture, won by Agnes Onkka of Beaverton, Oregon! Another huge thank-you also goes out to Jeffrey Hull of Jeffrey Hull Gallery for the beautiful print of Carol’s Geranium’s won by Duane Johnson of Cannon Beach!

Each year the tour continues to grow because of the support and enthusiasm of the homeowners, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters of the community. This was the biggest and most successful tour to date and could not have been a success without the support and help of homeowners, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters. We are continuously grateful for the tremendous community support for our annual tour, which enables us to continue our mission to preserve the very rich history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support of the Museum, and for making this the most successful Cottage & Garden Tour to date!

Share your photos with us of the 2017 Cottage & Garden Tour on Instagram and Facebook by using the hashtag #CBCottageTour!

Mark your calendars for next year’s tour: September 7 – 9, 2018.


Museum Day Live!

musem day live 2017

The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

Free Admission for All Participants Presenting a Museum Day Live! Ticket on September 23, 2017

Cannon Beach, Oregon – The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., as part of the Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“While the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is as far away from Washington D.C. as you can get, we love the idea of a day dedicated to museums,” says Executive Director, Elaine Murdy-Trucke.

The Museum Day Live! tickets are currently available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about of Museum Day Live! 2017 and a list of participating museum and cultural institutions, please visit:

For more information about the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum visit or call 503-436-9301.

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