New Theater at Maritime Museum Opens

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.

11th Annual Crab Krack

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.

$45.00

Crab Krack Tickets: For Non-Members

11th Annual Fundraiser for the Maritime Museum’s Doerfler Family Theater.

$55.00

A Doerfler Family Theater Update

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.

Steve Wyatt
Executive Director
Lincoln County Historical Society

Doerfler Family Theater Fundraiser

SHIFTY SAILORS IN CONCERT

Get ready for a treat!  The Shifty Sailors, joined by Newport’s Coastalaires, will be performing a fundraiser in Newport on Thursday September 20, 7:00 pm, at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Money raised from the concert will help complete the performing space in the Doerfler Family Theater at the Maritime Museum. Tickets are $15 (12 & under free).

The Shifty Sailors have chosen to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s vision of exploring the Oregon Territory (including what is now Washington and Oregon) at the northwestern edge of the Louisiana Purchase. It also includes honoring not only those who discovered this area by sea, but the many who have labored here as sailors and fishers.

Singing together now for 25 years, the Shifty Sailors have followed Tall Ship Festivals throughout Europe, performing in Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Wales, England, France and, most recently, in the Czech Republic.  They have sung at a Whale Festival in Hawaii, a Tall Ship Festival in Newport, Rhode Island while touring seaports of New England, and Pacific seaports on the West Coast from Washington to California.

Come and enjoy a very entertaining musical presentation while helping to fund theater seats at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

Newport Performing Arts Center
777 West Olive Street, Newport
541-265-2787
http://www.coastarts.org

Historic Yaquina Bay Cruise

2018 Historic Yaquina Bay Cruise

Back for a second year by popular demand!  Welcome aboard the Discovery for a leisurely and informed Yaquina Bay sightseeing tour with ample good company, food, and beverages for a good cause. The Lincoln County Historical Society has made special arrangements with Marine Discovery Tours for a special Yaquina Bay guided boat tour, Saturday, May 19th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $75 for this fundraising event for lower floor renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. A picnic supper prepared by Mo’s is included. Beer and wine will be available. Sara Skamser of Foulweather Trawl will be onboard to share insights and answer your questions about the Yaquina Bay’s far-reaching fishing fleet. Steve Wyatt, Director of the Lincoln County Historical Society and author of The Bayfront Book, will be on hand to share insights into the Yaquina Bay’s rich history.

All proceeds from this adventurous event will go towards renovations at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center. The current focus is to complete the highly anticipated Doerfler Family Theater.

Space for this special event is limited. Tickets for this upriver cruise should be purchased in advance. Yaquina Cruise tickets are available at the Burrows House Museum or Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, Thursday-Sunday 11-4, or by calling (541) 265-7509.