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Astoria - Warrenton

Astoria - WarrentonAs the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria offers a rich history for your exploration. Situated on the Oregon Coast near the mouth of the Columbia River, the city was named after the American investor (and first millionaire) John Jacob Astor. His fur trading company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1810. Astoria was incorporated in 1876.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806 at Fort Clatsop, a small log structure south and west of modern day Astoria. The expedition had hoped a ship would come by to take them back east, but instead endured a torturous winter of rain and cold, then returned east the way they came. Today the fort has been recreated and is now a national monument.

Astoria celebrates its Scandinavian heritage with the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, held in mid-June. Local Icelanders, Finns, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes join together to celebrate their heritage. Come celebrate and enjoy the costumed local townspeople dance the midsummer pole dance, see the bonfire burn to destroy evil spirits, and the tugs-of-war pitting Scandinavian nationalities against each other. The festival features authentic Scandinavian musicians, a smorgasbord of old world delicacies, ethnic entertainment, dancing, crafts and a parade.

For Astoria - Warrenton events, festivals, live entertainment and happenings go to our Oregon Coast Calendar.



Goonies Day in Astoria, Oregon
Astoria - Warrenton

gooniesNever Say Die:  Goonies Day/Weekend June 7, 2013

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. A band of kids from the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, hoping to save their homes from demolition, go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate.

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Astoria Sunday Market
Astoria - Warrenton

ASMAnother great reason for a weekend trip to the Astoria area is the Astoria Sunday Market. 

In the past decade or so the market has grown into a favorite regional attraction for both locals and tourists and features several hundred local artisans, food vendors, and farmers.

The market also sponsors  “Music at the Market”  which showcases fresh music performances by local bands and performers. Each Sunday features a different act.

You can find the market spanning four block of downtown 12th Street in Astoria’s historic district between Marine Drive and Exchange Street.

This year’s Astoria Sunday Market kicks off on Mother’s Day,  Sunday May 12.

http://astoriasundaymarket.com/

 
Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
Astoria - Warrenton

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ASTORIA-WARRENTON -- There’s nothing like seafood, wine and sunshine to bring out a crowd.

 

Thousands yesterday came to the Oregon Coast for the 2013 annual Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, sponsored by the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.

 

On the second day of the three-day fest, the parking lot at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds was full within hours.

 

A quick survey of licence plates showed an almost even split between Washington and Oregon state.  Others came from Missouri, Nevada, Idaho, and California.

 

Crowds gathered at area hotels for big, yellow buses to shuttle them to the fairgrounds. Six shuttles, with names like “the tuna bus” and “sturgeon bus” were busy all day ferrying festival-goers from hotels, motels, KOA and other campgrounds, and the Lewis & Clark RV Park.

 

With 200 booths -- about one-quarter Oregon wineries -- a beer tent, food tent, and crab dinner hall, the festival is truly a moving feast.

 

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The Astoria Riverfront Trolley
Astoria - Warrenton

astoria-trolleyAstoria’s Old 300 Trolley follows the flow of the Columbia River with trestles crossing over the water occasionally. A diesel generator powers the 1913 car.

The trolley is equipped with GPS tracking that updates every two minutes for the convenience of the public. Visitors to the waterfront discover the historic trolley is the best transportation in town.

The trolley became a reality through donations, volunteer workers and a little help from the city itself. 

Originally, the San Antonia Museum of Art owned the trolley car even though Portland, Oregon used it on the Willamette Shore Trolley line until 1994. The car remained in outside storage in Oregon until 1999 when Astoria signed a five-year lease. In 2005, the Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association purchased the trolley. The association refurbished the trolley with a coat of green and red paint, a diesel motor and later a GPS tracking device.

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The Shipwreck at Ft. Stevens State Park
Astoria - Warrenton

ASTORIA-WARRENTON -- More than a century of water-logged history sits on the beach at Fort Stevens Park on the Oregon Coast.

 

The shipwreck of the Peter Iredale on Clatsop Spit is one of the most popular  attractions in the area.

 

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The Iredale, named for its British owner, ran aground Oct. 25, 1906, and has been whittled by waves since.

 

The four-masted barque had sailed from Salina, Cruz, Mexico, and was en route to the Columbia River when it encountered “heavy squalls” and a “thick mist,” according to a transcript from a naval court hearing later that year.

 

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Hot Coffee and a Horn - Sunday Morning on the Oregon Coast
Astoria - Warrenton

ASTORIA -- A trumpeter sits alone on a bench at the waterfront, playing a sweet tune to an audience of gulls, ducks and one puzzled seal.

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It’s a precious moment on an overcast Sunday, when the forecast calls for yet another week of rain along the Columbia River.

 

Visitors disembarking from Astoria’s restored 1914 trolley pause to listen before the musician leaves for a gig at the Wet Dog Cafe nearby.

 

In the showers that follow, watching the river from the cafe’s big windows seems like the most cosy place in town.

 

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Commercial Fishermen’s Festival
Astoria - Warrenton

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September 8-9, 2012

You will Witness a real live coast guard helicopter rescue; Listen to Highline fishermen explain all aspects of their fishery in front of actual fishing boats; and to Cheer on the men that risk their lives to bring us seafood as they compete in several fun and often grueling competitions.

The mission of the Commercial Fishermen's Festival is to offer fishermen and industry professionals an opportunity to bond and share information that will save lives, improve productivity, increase demand for seafood products, and promote job opportunities. The mission is also dedicated to educating the public about the fishing industry including the steps fishermen have taken to ensure a renewable resource for the future. The Festival will showcase American fisheries and the process of selecting, preparing and cooking seafood.

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118th Astoria Regatta Festival
Astoria - Warrenton

100-years-port-of-astoriaThe theme this year for the oldest festival in the Northwest is "A New Beginning"

The Astoria Regatta has been a tradition since 1894 and has something for everyone. All five days of fun revolve on the activities on or near the great river of the west, the mighty Columbia River.

Musical events abound this year, with nightly concerts to fit any taste in music. Regatta Square with Kiddie land, a Salmon Bar-B-Q, a Car Show, Ducky Derby, Historic Home Tour, street dance, fireworks, sailboat races, concerts, classic cars, softball, ship tours and great food, including a pancake breakfast, Shanghaied in Astoria, ship tours, trolley rides, museums, shopping, boat rides, great restaurants, lots of fun along the Astoria waterfront and, of course, the 2012 Grand Land Parade.

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Fort Clatsop - a small Piece of History near modern day Astoria
Astoria - Warrenton

Fort ClatsopAs the the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies Astoria offers a rich history for you to explore. Astoria is situated on the Oregon Coast near the mouth of the Columbia River and was named after the American investor (and first millionaire) John Jacob Astor. His fur trading company founded Fort Astoria at the site in 1810. Astoria was incorporated in 1876.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806 at Fort Clatsop, a small log structure south and west of modern day Astoria. The expedition had hoped a ship would come by to take them back east, but instead endured a torturous winter of rain and cold, then returned east the way they came. Today the fort has been recreated and is now a national monument.

Read an Indiana Gazette article by Bob Fulton about his visit to Fort Clasop : FORT CLATSOP: Space limited at Lewis and Clark’s quarters

 
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