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Beth Willis & Todd Chatalas Rock the Cannon Beach History Center!

Soul-blues diva Beth Willis and guitarist Todd Chatalas will knock your socks off for this final night of joy and rivalry at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Rock Duo Beth Willis and Todd Chatalas perform both rock, acoustic and blues music. Willis, who has played in Cannon Beach before, is a local favorite who is well known for her smoky voice and an amazing stage presence.
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Portlandblues.com writes of Willis, “[hearing her] was like going back in time to 1992 and hearing Sheryl Crow fo
r the first time. Just one girl (as near to an angel as you can get) and a guitar.”

Willis was honored at the Portland Music Award in 2012 with the award for Best Female Artist. The Oregonian says, “Willis’ full, expressive voice brings her sharp songwriting to life, blending Americana, rock, and western influences…” Willis is a soulful performer that takes listeners on a journey back in time, when music was pristine. Willis has gone from playing on the sidewalks of downtown Portland to being an in-demand musician playing from Las Vegas, to the Aladdin Theater in Portland, and even to Seattle

Seating for the Willis & Chatalas concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 and include refreshments. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit museum featuring seasonal historic, textile, and artistic exhibits. Get your tickets at www.cbhistory.org or by phone 503-436-9301. The museum is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday and is donation based. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located at 1387 South Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by The Waves of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

Oswald West Lecture

Don’t miss this rousing, funny, and spirited presentation on Governor Oswald West by Kick Ass Oregon History’s own

Originally from Spokane, Doug came with his family in 1982 and settled in North Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School. After walking the Earth like Caine for a decade and a half, he earned his BA (cum laude) in History from Portland State University with a minor in Judaic Studies. Doug then completed his MA in History at PSU (Public History & HDoug Kenck-Crispinistory of Pacific NW). His thesis is titled “Charles A. Moose: Race, Community Policing, and Portland’s First African American Police Chief.” He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship.
Doug is the Resident Historian for the podcast Kick Ass Oregon History. He has been featured in Imbibe and Portland Monthly magazines, OPB’s “Oregon Experience,” “Think Out Loud,” “Weekend Edition,” and the season premiere of Esquire TV’s “Best Bars in America.” Oh – and the PSU Vanguard, too! He has written for Portland Monthly, Street Roots newspaper and the Willamette Week. In addition, he hosts various historical speaking series, field trips and historical tours – across the state – that connect people with Oregon. Still a North Portland resident, he does enjoy Pina Coladas, and he LOVES getting caught in the rain.

Doug will be talking about Governor Oswald West, who served as Oregon’s 14th Governor from 1911- 1915. During West’s term he focused on women’s suffrage, a new parole system for prisoners, abolished capital punishment, and protected our beaches. Oregon also became a dry state during West’s time as governor. West was notoriously passionate about his policies, his family, and those who worked for him. In one circumstance West socked a journalist in the face for something he wrote about a staff member. Bring your funny and leave your preconceived notions at the door.

Raise a pint at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. The museum is a private non-profit located at the corner of Sunset and Spruce in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This event is free and open to the public.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals!

Adlai Alexander Live!

Cannon Beach, Ore. Don’t miss acclaimed singer songwriter, Adlai Alexander, perform at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Adlai Alexander sings and accompanies himself with intricate guitar in a way that’s rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds.
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Adlai enjoys the challenge of arranging band or orchestral music for solo guitar, drawing from his formal training in classical theory and composition. At times, his arrangements of jazz, Brazilian, ‘60s pop, and other music demand that he play simultaneous melody and bass lines—a technique he learned from world-class guitarist Tuck Andress, of the duo Tuck & Patti.

Sources for Adlai’s unexpected repertoire include Broadway and the Amazon rain forest, and he is known to sing in Portuguese, Hindi, or Japanese in any given set. Along with original music, he’s written lyrics for his own renditions of instrumental songs by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, and Ralph Towner. He’s also created lyrics based on quotes from Shakespeare, or titles of Duke Ellington songs.

Adlai has shared the stage with artists such as Randy Newman, Leo Kottke, Tuck & Patti, Kenny Rankin, and Brazilian star Marisa Monte. He’s appeared at the Monterey Jazz festival and venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, and Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR.

 “A skilled writer, vibrant singer, and hotshot guitarist.” – JazzNow Magazine.

As music director of the variety show “Fog City Radio” on KQED-FM San Francisco, Adlai performed live weekly with host Ben Fong-Torres. In addition to his own first album, Adlai Alexander (Stella Records), he is featured on the soundtrack of the TV series “Santa Barbara.” He’s also written music for theater, dance, and classical chamber groups, and collaborated with Todd Rundgren, composing the multimedia musical “20/20 Blake” for innovative theater company George Coates Performance Works.

Seating for the Alexander concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 and include refreshments. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is a private non-profit museum featuring seasonal historic, textile, and artistic exhibits. Get your tickets at www.cbhistory.org or by phone 503-436-9301. The museum is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Monday and is donation based. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is located at 1387 South Spruce Street in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Sprite Guest Lodgings in Cannon Beach, Oregon!


The April 13 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.15826553_1344722865558721_1509893878409697605_n

In 2015, Oregon’s population exceeded 4 million people. Not only are we growing in number, we’re also changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today?

This is the focus of “Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians,” a free conversation with Kerani Mitchell on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. This program is hosted by the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

As an East Indian adoptee who has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns, Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in International Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She’s since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year-round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at elaine@cbhistory.org.

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Lodging for event has been provided by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

Attention textile artists, quilters, crafters and art enthusiasts! The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum will be opening a textile exhibit this April. Throughout the year the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum hosts artists from all over the Pacific Northwest.
April’s show will feature local artist Constance Waisanen. She is a creative and innovative quilter. She transfers original drawings to freezer paper templates, which are used to cute precise individual pieces. She integrates batik, hand-dyed and painted fabric – even using Shibori techniques! Each piece is marked and meticulously sewn together by home machine. The topstitching is done free motion on a standard sewing machine.
Purple trees quiltWaisanen’s exhibit is an exploration of organic forms, patterns, and images of our local resources. Trees will be on display through May of 2017. She says of her style, “In putting together this show I gathered together three series that are related but distinctly different. In the first series a single piece of hand dyed fabric serves as the ground for a tree like form. I love the shapes of trees and the metaphor of tree as life, grounded and rooted in the earth, solid yet flexible, always reaching for the light. The second series are “scrolls”, with imagery and poetry that explores the spiritual connection I feel when immersed in nature. The third series consists of crosses, another tree, rooted in the earth.”
Trees will open on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. a meet and greet with the artist, Constance Waisanen, to discuss her techniques and inspiration. The Cannon Beach History Center & Museum welcome everyone and will be providing wine and hors d’oeuvres. A special thank you to Cannon Beach’s own Center Diamond for sponsoring this event. Center Diamond has been selling fabric for over twenty years in Cannon Beach with a focus on contemporary batiks, brights, Asian, landscape/beach and modern fabrics. A favorite for many local quilters and textile artists!

For more information visit www.cbhistory.org, find us on Facebook or call 503.436.9301

Carolyn Cruso, an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer, returns to Cannon Beach for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s annual acoustic concert series on March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

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Cruso is a versatile performer who is equally comfortable on the hammered dulcimer, flute, and guitar. She performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her voice and stylings have been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. Her instrumental compositions are mainly for the hammered dulcimer and are inspired by her strong connection to nature as well as her extensive travel and the cultures she’s encountered along the way. Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences.

“Boundless highlights both Carolyn’s fluid playing style and the broad knowledge of Celtic music she brings to her compositions. A gorgeous listen throughout!” – Sing Out! Magazine

“For the adventerous listener…Cruso’s voice has the ability to go from folk to jazz to late night and sultry blues without advertising the change…a lot more going on here than folk…a very fluid album.” -Frank Gutch, Folk Acoustic Music Exhange, (F.A.M.E.)

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Seating for the Cruso concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Breeze Court of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

 

*The 2017 Acoustic Folk! Music Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

 

 

Looking for a raucous good time, then look no further than the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum’s concert series from blues to jazz, to rock and everything in between. On Friday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m., the Museum welcomes Portland’s own Three Pound Note. Three Pound Note performs traditional Welsh, Cornish, and English Folk music, and will be highlighting music from Wales and Cornwall. In addition, you will hear songs from Scotland, Ireland, and England presented with relevant historical insight and a good amount of native wit.

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Lead vocalist, Andrea Wild, was born in Liverpool, England. She grew up with the sibling singing tradition emphasizing harmony and a cappella performance. Andrea’s mother was from Caernafon, Wales, and moved to Liverpool with her grandmother and grandfather (Nain and Taid) during WWII. As a result, Andrea and her brother, Straford grew up in a Welsh speaking household hearing traditional Welsh songs from infancy. They began singing in folk clubs throughout the North of England and Andrea was a regular at Liverpool’s Irish Centre.

After moving to the Unite States, Andrea continued to sing with her brother, Straford. They collaborated with Oregon Symphony cellist, Jim Smith in the band, Both Wild, and performed at folk festivals and music venues throughout the U.S. Both Wild released a CD recording in 2002, Just Say Nevoth.

Andrea has hosted Irish, world folk, and soul music programs on Portland’s independent KBOO radio. Her native wit and clear articulation earned her a go-to position within the community for hosting and emceeing all manner of music, cultural, charity, and civic events. Andrea joined PSU Chorale and earned a longed-for opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. Andrea just got back from a trip to Pwllheli, Wales, and is excited to perform a number of songs in the Welsh language.

On guitar, mandolin, and melodeon is Hugo Glanville. Hugo started singing in Folk Clubs in England in his early teens, but didn’t find his solo singing voice until he moved to the United States and started leading pub-singing sessions with The Bridgetown Morris Men.

He led several songs on Bridgetown’s first CD – “All About the Ale”, and has performed as a singer at Seattle Folklife Festival and Princeton Folk Festival. He performed as part of a Trio called Village Briar that came together annually to sing songs of a darker and more sinister tradition at Dark Harvest Ballad events, annually, and more recently created a sea shanty group called Stormalong that had its inaugural performance at The Global Folk Club hosted by Andrea.

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Soon after Hugo and Andrea met, they realized that they grew up in England at roughly the same time with the same music being played in the folk clubs they attended. The ‘duo’ offers them both great opportunities to perform songs from the English repertoire at pubs, wineries, folk festivals and private events. Joining Three Pound Note is Portland-based Uilleann piper, Preston Howard.

Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets for the Three Pound Note concert are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of each ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The music starts at 7:00 p.m. amd the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 
Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Bob & Sandi Lundy of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The Acoustic Folk! Music Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

 

 

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In less than two short weeks, Kristin Shauck and Tim Liddiard’s exhibit, Of Two Minds closes. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to see the beautifully abstract and figurative pieces, now is your last chance.

This exhibit is an exploration of both artists varied pasts and experiences. Each piece is an inspiration of color. Liddiard says, “Inspired by color field paintings as a springboard for my explorations, I am interested in experimenting with how colors interact, starting with simpler color combinations and progressing to more complex.” The show integrates Shauck’s own philosophy and love of nature as well. Shauck says, “Since my childhood, I have always felt a deep connection to and fascination with animals of all kinds, from the tiniest insect to the largest mammals, and have always experienced a profound sense of both awe and joy while in their presence. I seek to capture the essense of both humans and animals by beginning each painting with a very spontaneous, gestural approach, drawing initally with either chalk or directly with a brush, and progressing with many obsessive layers of vibrant color.”

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Megafauna by Tim Liddiard and Kristin Shauck

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesday.

How do recipes work? Why do we collect them? Who do we write them for? How can recipes help us connect and create communities across time, distance, and culture?

This is the focus of a free conversation with Jennifer Roberts on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. The museum is excited to once again partner with Oregon Humanities to host a thought provoking conversation project. The Conversation Project is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. We encourage you to bring any treasured recipes that you would like to share with the group. These recipes may end up in a story-based collection compiled throughout this Conversation Project program.

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Write and independent scholar, Jennifer Roberts, will introduce historical and current recipes.

Roberts is a writer and independent scholar who lives in Josephine County. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, where she discovered her fascination with the history of science and medicine. Studying alchemy and early pharmacology sparked her interest in recipes of all kinds. She is currently working a novel set in the seventeenth century that involves witchcraft, alchemy, and, of course, recipes.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical tour our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at elaine@cbhistory.org.

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Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform  communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by The Ocean Lodge of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The Lecture Series has been sponsored by Martin Hospitality of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

The Ecola Inn

The Ecola Inn (also known as the Ecola Hotel and the Ecola Inn Hotel) was built in 1913 and utilized about half of the site of the present day Surfsand Resort. It was built by August and his son, Roy Becker, who were both major landholders in Cannon Beach (they also built the property where the Cannon Beach Hotel now sits, originally known as the Becker Building), with some help from Frank Madden, Paul Bartels, John Brallier, and Mr. Prosser. Mr. Bartels, who was famously known for creating massive fireplaces throughout Cannon Beach, was paid $2.00 a day and the carpenters were paid $4.00 a day for their work. Sometime after it was built, August Becker sold the hotel to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Kofelt, and their associates, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Shaw. It was then, in 1931, that the property was sold to E.A. Hollinshead and his son, John Hollinshead. The hotel went through many owners over the years, but due to spotty records, it is unclear who all of the other owners were and when they took over.

The Inn was open all year round and the rooms featured twin beds with a bath or shower and connecting rooms. There were also apartments with maid services. The price to stay at the Inn was between $2.50 to $3.50 per night and it was $15.00 per week to rent a two-room apartment.

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The exterior of the hotel. To the left you can see the drug store as well as the restaurant.

The front of the lobby was adorned with a large fireplace, which was perhaps constructed by Paul Bartels. The east lobby was done in Firtex from St. Helens, with an inlaid surf girl designed desk front, from pieces of linoleum, and easy chairs with chrome springed arms. The Inn became a social gathering spot and was known for its ping-pong tourneys in the lobby. The lobby also became a place for and guests to gather around the piano and harmonize together. According to records, the Inn was sold to a Mrs. Emma Fowler in 1948 in which she operated it for seven years. Her pet parrot, Loleta, was brought from South America and became almost as famous at the hotel itself. Loleta spoke many words, was delighted in calling the pet dog, and became upset when it saw men wearing gloves and a hat. After Mrs. Fowler sold the hotel in 1955, Loleta left as well.

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This photo shows the South side of the building and was taken sometime after it was built.

The hotel also offered a bike service where visitors could rent bicycles and ride them along the beach. Even though everyone used the beach as a highway at that time, it was only accessible when there was a creek nearby with a constant flow of water, which kept the sand hard enough for cars to drive on. Ecola Inn was one of the few spots that had a connecting ramp for cars or bicycles to use.

The hotel also featured a drug store that was connected to the South side of the building called Roth Drug Store. A man named Mr. Arnold was in charge of the Pharmacy. A graduate in Pharmacy, Mr. Arnold had over forty-years of experience in the drug store business in Chicago, Nebraska, Montana, Spokane, Washington, and twenty-five years in Portland, Oregon.

By the late 1930s, an extension was added onto the South side of the Inn next to the drug store where were meals served. The restaurant was owned and operated by the Stevens family. Although they didn’t arrive to Cannon Beach until the late 1930s, they began serving the public with seafood in 1903. The restaurant went through several names (Ecola Sea Food Inn and Ecola Tavern) until it ended up being named the Ecola Restaurant. Breakfast was $0.20, lunch was between $0.35 – $0.50, dinner was $0.75, an entire pie was $0.75, and a seven course meal was a $1.00! The restaurant was expanded and remodeled in the beginning of 1951, but was closed down just a few decades later to make way for a new and updated Ecola Inn.

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The interior of the Ecola Restaurant offered a “drive-in” service as well as banquets and group dinners in their private dining space.

The Inn was purchased by Bill Hay in 1965 and was then razed in ’66, and the conversion of the motel that you see today began in 1976 and was officially back open for business in the summer of 1981 with just thirteen oceanfront rooms. Several generations have grown up at the Ecola Inn and continue to bring their families. The hotel continues to remain unique with a balance of nostalgia and modern needs, and the history of this place remains the same.

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