Sunday, December 21st, the Winter Solstice, is the shortest day and longest night of the year, and the official start of winter. Solstice feasts and festivals are held on that day the world over to celebrate nature’s cycle, and to welcome lighter and longer days ahead.
On this part of the planet, the Lincoln County Historical Society will be hosting a rollicking Winter Solstice Dance with live music featuring Past Forward on Sunday, December 21st, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Past Forward is a fun local jazz group, performing tunes from the 1920s through the 1960s, with a diverse repertoire that features standards, show tunes, bossa novas and popular hits. In addition to dancing in the Maritime Center’s “Great Room,” Solstice Revelers will enjoy refreshments and access to the museum’s exhibits and gift shop.
Admission tickets for the Winter Solstice Dance are $8 for members, and $10 for non-members. Proceeds from the event will benefit Maritime Center lower floor renovations. The lower floor will feature a 140-seat multi-purpose event venue, the Doerfler Family Theatre, conference and exhibit space, and a public elevator. Tickets can be purchased at the Burrows House Museum, Pacific Maritime Center, or by calling 541-265-7509. The Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd on Newport’s Historic Bayfront.
The Holiday Open House for the Lincoln County Historical Society, a fun, casual, and music-filled holiday mixer will be held on Saturday, December 6th, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.
Festivities will take place around the cheery warmth of the fireplace in the Maritime Center’s Great Room, and will include refreshments and live musical entertainment.
This year’s holiday open house coincides with the annual Bayfront Lighted Boat Parade, which can be viewed from the comfort of the Maritime Center. Attendees to this long-standing community tradition can also check out the museum’s exhibits.
For those looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping, the gift shop will be offering an additional 10% Special Holiday Discount only available during this event. The Maritime Center gift shop has an unmatched selection of maritime and history publications, as well as locally produced items.
Admission to the Holiday Open House 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. For more information, call 541-265-7509.
Pioneer Surfers of the Oregon Coast
An engaging and nostalgic exhibit on Oregon Coast surfing, surfer culture, and the pioneers who made it happen opens at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center on Thursday, October 23rd.
For centuries, surfing was central to ancient Polynesian culture. It was “discovered” by European explorers in the late 1700s. The first written account of surfing in Hawaii appears in the journals of Captain James Cook. Cook describes with envy the pleasure experienced by these early surfer dudes, December 1777.
This July 4th beginning at 8:00 pm, the Lincoln County Historical Society invites all to a triple celebration at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center.
The event will feature the annual Bayfront fireworks and dancing to local Jazz band extraordinaire, “Past Forward.” This celebratory evening is to make merry of our Nation’s 1776 Declaration of Independence, a full year of successful operation of the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center, and a kick off to fundraising efforts for the next renovation phase of the Maritime Center. The next section of the building to be renovated is the basement, which will feature the much anticipated Doerfler Family Theatre. Continue reading