Holiday Shopping in Cannon Beach: Mimosa Madness.

Shopping the day after Thanksgiving is as much a part of the holiday weekend as football and leftovers.

Fortunately, those celebrating the holiday of gratitude at in Cannon Beach won’t be left out of the hunt.   The traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season in Cannon Beach starts Friday, November 27, with “Mimosa Maholidaydness.”

Created as a cheery alternative to venturing out to crowded malls, Mimosa Madness runs from 8AM to 11AM. Shoppers are invited to browse and buy from the brightly inviting shops and galleries while sipping Mimosas and other refreshments. There are special retail deals to be had, too!

Added bonus:  The Mimosa Madness gift wrapping station will be set up at Sandpiper Square, from 9AM to 2PM.  Easy!

Christmas displays will light up the homes and businesses of Cannon Beach, contributing to the festive atmosphere, with the most ambitious decorators vying for honors in the Cannon Beach Chamber’s annual holiday lighting competition.

Come celebrate the holidays at Tolovana Inn.  With our spacious ocean front rooms and suites, there’s plenty of room for your family and friends and this year,  you can experience the fun of “Mimosa Madness”  holiday shopping in Cannon Beach.

WOW: The Women-Only Weekend in Cannon Beach

Grab some of your favorite gal pals, book a room at the Tolovana Inn and than immerse yourself in favorite and fun activities taking place all over Cannon Beach during the annual Women Only Weekend, Nov.13-15.

WOW is full of things women like to share with their moms, sisters and friends, like fabulous food, divine whiskeys and wines, painting classes and sensational shopping all in the wonderfully unique community of Cannon Beach where the restaurants, galleries and shops go all out to make the weekend special.

It’s a great kick-start to the shopping season. You can even get refreshed with restorative yoga sessions before the full steam ahead for the holidays.

Start the weekend with the opening night of the Coaster Theater’s production Once Upon A Mattress. If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a big surprise! To purchase tickets contact the Box Office at 503-436-1242 or  online at coastertheatre.com.

Create memories with the women in your life.   A complete list of weekend events is online. 

The 28th Stormy Weather Arts Festival: a Cannon Beach Favorite event!

The 28th Stormy Weather Arts Festival, is an inspired celebration of the arts, set for November 6-8, in Cannon Beach, a unique coastal community whose natural beauty has inspired creativity for decades.

It’s also another great reason to book a weekend stay at the Tolovana Inn.

The complete schedule of events can be downloaded here.

“They Call Me Stormy” original art and commemorative poster, by Ken Grant.

Throughout the weekend, Cannon Beach art galleries will host special events showcasing the artists they represent, with many of the artists on hand to present their latest works.

Two headline events are scheduled for the weekend; Friday night’s Art in Action event and Saturday night’s spotlight concert featuring the Lloyd Jones Struggle at the Coaster Theater.

At the Art in Action event on Friday evening, several professional artists will demonstrate their techniques and create works of art available for purchase during the evening banquet and silent auction. The silent auction that evening will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on unique Cannon Beach experiences, travel packages and other items.

On Saturday, musical performances will be featured throughout town before the Saturday night spotlight concert in the intimate 200-seat Coaster Theater that will showcase journeyman blues artist Lloyd Jones who has forged a 30-year career.  He was named to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and has appeared on stage with blues greats such as Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Etta James.

New to this year’s festival is the Dancing in the Rain Fashion Show on Saturday morning. The Coaster Theatre will host the free runway show that will be filled with stormy weather fashions from several local apparel stores and galleries. It will also showcase the hand painted umbrellas from Friday’s Art in Action event.

Cannon Beach is home to over a dozen art galleries and has been named one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” by author John Villani in his book by the same title.

Sarah Goodnough “Stepping into Greatness”

Tickets to the Lloyd Jones concert are priced at $35 each and tickets for Art in Action are $55. A limited number of tickets are still available. Tickets for both events can be purchased online and more information can be found here.

Commemorative event posters, of original art, “They Call Me Stormy” are available at the Cannon Beach Chamber.

Cannon Beach first among “10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season”

Accordinbeach fireg to a recent online article in The Huffington Post, Cannon Beach tops the list of the 10 Beaches That Are Better in the Off Season.    Key reasons cited are smaller crowds, empty swaths of sandy beaches and lower lodging rates in September and beyond.

Specifically, the article points out how Cannon Beach visitors can cozy up into the evening with a twilight bonfire and a fine bottle of wine to watch some of the year’s most incredible sunsets.    Unlike other beaches, there is no rule against alcohol on the Oregon coastline.

Exploring the tide pools at Haystack Rock was also highlighted.  And, it goes on to point out that the wildlife really comes out when the crowds disperse, with lots of bird watching along the shore and at neighboring Ecola State Park where visitors can watch for elk and migrating grey whales offshore.

Storm chasers are advised that that fall and winter’s unpredictable weather that can bring crashing waves, best enjoyed from an oceanfront hotel.   Fortunately, Tolovana Inn’s ocean front rooms and suites are perfect for that.

Other notable beaches highlighted in the article include  Moshup Beach,  Massachusetts, near Martha’s Vineyard, Kennebunk Beach, in Maine,  Sunset Beach, North Carolina and  Pfeiffer Beach, California’s Highway 1, near Big Sur.  Rounding out the list are Shi Shi Beach, in the Olympic National Park, WA; Mackinac Island, Michigan; Cove Beach, New Jersey and Malaquite Beach, Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Solve Volunteers to meet at Tolovana Wayside for 9/19 Beach Cleanup

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Guests of Tolovana Inn who join the Solve clean-up at the adjacent Tolovana Wayside will be eligible for a discount for the September 18-19 weekend.

Volunteers will gather on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, as part of the annual  Beach & Riverside Cleanup and the International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide effort to keep our beaches healthy.

Beach captains will direct all volunteers.  SOLVE will provide bags and gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket/bag.  Volunteers are also asked to bring an old colander or a kitty litter scoop to sift the sand for small items, like tiny bits of plastic and cigarette butts which are extremely harmful to shore birds and marine life.

Dress for the weather, rain of shine. And, bring you own reusable water bottle.

Join volunteers at Solve Beach Clean up at Tolovana Wayside, September 19.

Join volunteers at Solve Beach Clean up at Tolovana Wayside, September 19.

Volunteers can Pre Register with Solve here or show up before 10am on Saturday.

Call Tolovana Inn directly to make your room reservation and be sure to mention that you are a SOLVE Beach Cleanup Volunteer to be eligible for special rates.

SOLVE has been around, and doing good, for decades. The organization originally was called S.O.L.V. (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) and was created by Governor Tom McCall and other community leaders in 1969 to address the need for community action in the ever-growing state. Today SOLVE continues to build on that vision to improve the environment of Oregon and build a legacy of stewardship.

Annually, SOLVE mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state.

PacifiCorp is also a sponsor of the event. Last year, dozens of employees, friends and family turned out to help clean the beach. Pacific power

 

The View from Here

Showcased in Portrait magazine’s new story on Cannon Beach, is a cozy view of iconic Haystack Rock from the lawn outside Tolovana Inn.  The property is aptly described as a “traditional family favorite…the beloved three-story beachfront buildings dotted with decks for watching the waves below.”

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“The Mother of All Relays”–its Hood-to-Coast Weekend

The Hood -to-Coast finish line in Seaside, in just 9 miles north of Cannon Beach.

The Hood -to-Coast finish line in Seaside, is just 9 miles north of Cannon Beach.

And they are off.

1,050 teams of runners, from every state in the union and 36 nations, have come to Oregon to compete in the 34th annual Hood-to-Coast Relay.   Another 450 teams are competing in the Portland-to-Coast and High School Challenge Walk.

That means about 18,000 runners and walkers are  participating, with each team supported by two team vans, shuttling team members between race legs.

The 198-mile Hood to Coast Relay, founded in 1982, started  at 5 a.m. Friday at Timberline Lodge near Mount Hood. The Portland-to-Coast Walk Relay, added in 1991, and the Portland to Coast High School Challenge, added in 1998, started today too.

The starting line is at Timberline Lodge and racers cross the finish line at the Seaside Turnaround, just 9 miles north from Cannon Beach, where the Tolovana Inn annually hosts teams and team supporters for this incredible event.

The teams switch participants every few miles.  The relay race has  36 legs, varying from  from about 3.5 to 7.75 miles. Each team member runs at least 3 during the non-stop event.

The race legs are long, and factoring the terrainchanges and the weekends’ forecast rain, the run can be gruelling. But the shared struggle leads to shared success, and a huge post-event party on the beach at nearby Seaside.

Each year, teams are chosen by lottery from the entries postmarked on the opening day of registration, typically in October of the previous year.   The race has sold out opening day of the lottery for the past 17 years.

 

 

The Palette Puddlers Schedule Labor Day Art Exhibit in Cannon Beach

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Who’s your daddy? by Ellen Zimet

The Palette Puddlers are a group of professional female artists, many of whom have painted together for many years. Every Monday, rain or shine, they gather to paint in some inspiring Cannon Beach location. During their weekly get togethers, they provide mutual support, critique artistic efforts and share the joy of creativity. They just have a lot of fun, too.

Labor Day weekend is one of the three times each year when the group creates an art gallery at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce to show and sell their original work. (Other times are over Memorial Day weekend and at the Stormy Weather Arts Festival.) The Labor Day exhibit will be set up at 207 N. Spruce Street, and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 4-6, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Monday, Sept. 7. Participating artists will provide both morning and afternoon demonstrations of their particular styles throughout the weekend.

Near Camp, by Susan Bish

Near Camp, by Susan Bish

The Palette Peddlers are Louise Birkenhead, Patricia Button, Ireta Sitts-Graube, Susan Bish, Jeannette Gran-Davis, Debbie Janssen, Betty Brower, Judith Fredrikson, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Sheila Brown, Mary Ann Gantenbein, Susan Thomas, and Ellen Zimet. Many of these artists show their paintings and artwork in other venues in the Northwest. Their works can be found in homes throughout the state, as nationally as well.

Hydrangeas, By Debbie Janssen

Hydrangeas, by Debbie Janssen

The Palette Puddlers have created their fourth art calendar highlighting the artwork of individual group members. Each month of the year features a painting in the artistic style of one of the 13 artist members. Calendars cost $20. They can be purchased at the event or online at palletepuddlers.com.

 

Look Up! Blue Angels Flying Cannon Beach Today

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US Navy Blue Angels Flight Squadron

On their way to the Oregon International Air Show this weekend, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight squadron will be flying over Cannon Beach this afternoon.

The six jet F/A-18 Delta Formation will fly twice around Mt. St. Helen’s before heading west.  They will fly along the shoreline near Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach for a flyover and photo shoot. A seventh jet, flying alongside the demo team will serve as the photo platform.  Expect to see or hear something between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. today.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to land at the Hillsboro Airport where they are scheduled to perform this weekend.

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Ecola State Park, in Cannon Beach

 

 

 

Tolovana Inn site of kick-off and garden party wrap-up of annual Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour

On of the notable homes in Cannon Beach is the former summer residence of past Gov. Oswald West.

On of the notable homes in Cannon Beach is the former summer residence of past Gov. Oswald West.

Tickets for the September 12-13 Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour are now available for purchase.

The two day event, now in its 12th year, is a major fundraiser for the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, and provides participants an opportunity to visit unique coastal homes and private art collections.

The tour will begin Saturday, Sept. 12, at noon, at the Tolovana Inn, with a luncheon prepared by Culinary Capers, followed by a round-table discussion moderated by CBHCM board president, Kimberley Speer-Miller, who will provide the unique history of Cannon Beach.   Equipped with a new perspective, attendees will start the self-guided tour.

The Saturday tour begins at 1:00 pm and will conclude with a fun reception at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum including wine, live music and appetizers and a raffle.

On Sunday, Tolovana Inn will be the site of a wrap-up event, an English-style, Garden Tea Party.  Guests will enjoy Oregon-made teas, homemade scones and treats in a flower-filled setting.   The event will be highlighted by a presentations from Debbie Teashon, owner of the Rainy Side Gardener and writer.   Her topic will be “Life Beyond the Two-Season Garden.   She is the co-author of Gardening for the Home Brewer: Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider, Perry, and More.

Tickets for each event are available to purchase separately. Luncheon and lecture tickets are $25; Cottage & Garden Tour tickets are $30, and Garden Tea tickets, $20.  A weekend event package is $60. All tickets can be purchased on line throught the museum.  (www.cbhistory.org) or by phone at 503-436-9301.

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