Ken and Denise Doerfler cutting the rope, officially opening the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center’s Doerfler Family theater.
It’s official, the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center’s Doerfler Family Theater (DFT) is open for business. Pomp and circumstance were kept to a manageable level as Ken and Denise Doerfler cut the ribbon officially opening the theater June 4th. The Doerfler Family made a sizable contribution to the Maritime Museum for this project. Additional funding came from the Murdock Charitable Trust and the Collins Foundation as well as countless locals who donated anywhere from $5.00 to thousands to the project. The much-anticipated opening event on June 4th was attended by over 80 people who contributed to the project either financially or gave their time, energy or expertise. Cellist Adrienne Welsh provided a soothing soundtrack for this highly social event.
The initial brainstorming and research for the museum’s theater project, a complete rebuild of the old Smuggler’s Cove bar overlooking Port Dock Five, began in earnest some six years ago. Museum visitors can select on demand from eight “Ebb and Flow” videos and view them on an 18-foot screen. More short films will be added to the menu when the Ebb and Flow project progresses. The Society is seeking donations to have more videos produced. The museum’s 125 seat theater is equipped with a state of the art 4K laser projector. The system is also capable of screen mirroring and a myriad of other high-tech features. The DFT can also be rented for after-hours events such as weddings, lectures, musical performances and film showings. The Doerfler Family theater is a one-of-a-kind facility, as theaters are typically a large box with no windows, the DFT features a stunning panoramic view of Port Dock 5 and Yaquina Bay.
W O R K S H O P
At the Maritime Museum
Saturday, May 11th, 10am-4pm
Gyotaku Artist Heather Fortner
On Saturday, May 11, master fishprint artist and former commercial fisher Merchant Marines Master Heather Fortner will head up a gyotaku workshop at the Pacific Maritime Museum.
Fortner has been practicing the art of gyotaku since 1976 and has taught 100s of people the art of gyotaku. All proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.
Fortner’s Sea Fern Studio, Newport fishermen and Sara Skamser of Foulweather Trawl Company are collaborating on this hands-on fish print class. As an added bonus, a behind the scenes tour of the Maritime Museum will be offered by Director Steve Wyatt.
In this six-hour workshop you will learn how to prepare fish for printing and how to mix colorful oil-based inks. Then you will be introduced to the technique of inking the fish and pulling off the fish print on beautiful Asian rice paper. Participants will also learn how to paint eyes and embellish their prints. Attendees of this limited enrollment class will walk away with at least 3 prints suitable for framing, as well as their practice pieces.
Learn the art of Gyotaku and create multiple prints suitable for framing.
Workshop cost of $150 includes all materials, box lunch, and a behind the scenes museum tour. Limited to 20 people – Reserve your place at the museum today or call 541-265-7509.
11TH ANNUAL CRAB KRACK FEBRUARY 17
The Krack is back! The Lincoln County Historical Society’s Annual Crab Krack will take place 4pm, Sunday, February 17th at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport.
Treat yourself to a luscious fresh local Dungeness crab dinner and live jazz in the company of your friends and neighbors. Each year, crab for this event is graciously donated by the Yaquina Bay commercial fishing community. The generosity of a long list of local restaurants and merchants also help make this annual event possible.
This whole crab feast includes various side dishes, an array of desserts, no-host bar, live music by the Bringetto Jazz Duo, and both a silent and oral auction. In short, something for everyone!
Event proceeds will be used to complete the Doerfler Family Theater at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. The highly anticipated theater project will be completed this spring.
The Agate Beach Inn is offering a special rate for guests attending the festivities, and reservations can be made by calling 541-265-9411, or 800-547-3310 and mentioning “Crab Krack” to get the special rate.
YOU CAN PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE BY USING THE FORMS BELOW
Tickets for the Crab Krack are also available for purchase at the Burrows House and Pacific Maritime Heritage Museums. Cost for members is $45 per person, for non-members, $55. Memberships start as low as $20 a year. To become a Member or for more information, purchase tickets by phone, or reserve your table for 8, call the Historical Society at 541-265-7509.
Crab Krack Tickets: For Members
11th Annual Fundraiser for the Maritime Museum’s Doerfler Family Theater.
Crab Krack Tickets: For Non-Members
11th Annual Fundraiser for the Maritime Museum’s Doerfler Family Theater.
The Lincoln County Historical Society’s Holiday Gathering is a fun and casual mixer complete with rare vintage instruments, played by Brent Bunker. It will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 1:00-4:00 pm.
Festivities will take place around the glowing warmth of the fireplace in the Maritime Center’s Great Room and will include festive refreshments and a special holiday musical program by Brent Bunker. Brent will be sharing his extensive collection of old and unusual musical instruments and playing them too! For anyone who has never seen a Ukalin, Harp O Lyre, Tremoloa, or a Marxophone, google it or better yet, take this opportunity to check out, up close and personal, these rare vintage instruments.
Attendees to this long-standing community tradition can also check out the museum’s exhibits, the great progress being made on the Doerfler Family Theater project and enjoy the unmatched views of Newport’s Historic Bayfront.
Be sure to bring your Christmas shopping list as the gift shop will be offering a Special Holiday Discount only available during this event. The Maritime Museum gift shop has an outstanding selection of maritime and history publications, as well as locally produced items.
Admission to the Holiday Gathering is free for members and kids under 12, and $5.00 for non-members. The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. Parking is available at the top of the hill.
For more information, call 541-265-7509.
The staff and board of the Lincoln County Historical Society would like to share some highly anticipated news – completion of the Doerfler Family Theater is within sight. This proclamation is backed with more than unchecked optimism.
Work is progressing nicely – 300,000 lbs of cement has been poured and dried, creating two sets of stairs for 124 tiered seats and an ADA wheelchair lift platform; the heating and air exchange system is nearly finished, and completion of the electrical system, stage, control room and seating area is at hand.
The extensive interior wood work will be of reclaimed product from our local forest. The end of these old growth Douglas Fir trees came when they were blown down in the 1962 Columbus Day Storm. The downed trees were recently helicoptered out of a grove atop Cape Foulweather. They are being milled locally at the Siletz River Lumber sawmill. There is not a knot of any kind in this beautiful wood. In the coming months, the combined efforts of Skriver construction, and a dedicated team of volunteers, will install the theater interior wood work.
You can do your part to bring this project to completion by adopting a theater seat. For each $300 “adopt-a-seat” donation, a plaque acknowledging your gift will be installed on a Doerfler Family Theater seat. The wording is of your choice — you may acknowledge yourself, a loved one, or perhaps a few words of wisdom or short poem.
All finish work should be done by the end of 2018. The 124 seats have been selected and ordered. This will be the last component to be installed. Presently, the seating company is projecting the seats will be installed in the first quarter of 2019. If you are interested in scheduling an event, such as a meeting or theater film screening, we are taking reservations for events in April 2019 or later.
Lincoln County Historical Society