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Cannon BeachCannon Beach is located in Clatsop County on the Northern Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach was named after a small, iron cannon that came ashore from a shipwrecked U.S. Navy schooner, "The Shark.

Although incorporated in 1955, the Native residents of what is now known as Cannon Beach were visited by William Clark as early as 1806. The area has also been known as Ecola (from the Salish "E cu-la" meaning whale) and Elk Creek.

Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock, located to the southwest of downtown Cannon Beach, near Tolovana Park. This igneous rock has an elevation of 235 feet, and is often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline. The rock is also protected as a marine sanctuary, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water.

Downtown Cannon Beach is filled with small businesses. Chain stores such as Safeway and McDonald's have been discouraged from building in Cannon Beach in order to preserve the local economy and small town feel. A wooden whale commemorating the encounter between Clark, his companions and the Native Americans sits in a small park at the northern end of Hemlock Street.

Cannon Beach, a popular vacation resort, extends for four miles along the Pacific Ocean. The downtown commercial area is approximately four blocks on the north end of Hemlock Street - the main street thru town. It is adorned with bright flowers and lots of places to stop and sit. South of "downtown," is the area known as "midtown." The far south end is known as Tolovana Park.

The arts are emphasized in Cannon Beach, and some of the best crafts, shopping and galleries on the coast are located here. The city is planned for strolling, and many visitors take advantage of this to visit the quaint bookstores, shops and bistros. Strict planning regulations have helped Cannon Beach keep its earth toned, rustic look.

Stroll along the 9 mile stretch of beach, fly a kite, watch the sea creatures in the tidepools, or take pictures of famous Haystack Rock. Relaxing on the beach is part of the Cannon Beach experience. The tidepools in the Marine Garden are dynamic areas rich with marine life such as seastars, anemones, crabs, algae, and many others. Collecting is strictly prohibited and it is crucial to be aware and use extreme caution while walking in these areas. The marine life in and around the Marine Garden is very vulnerable to human disturbance.

For Cannon Beach events, festivals, live entertainment and happenings go to our Oregon Coast Calendar.



An Exciting Month at The Haystack Gallery in Cannon Beach

Beautiful Art at the Beautiful Oregon Coast

Haystack GalleryMay is an exciting month at Haystack Gallery as they have three new artists; Melinda Cowdery, Lynn Bishop and Janis Ellison - new oil paintings by Sean Conrad - and new limited edition releases by watercolorist Steve Hanks and sculptor Tim "Frogman" Cotterill.

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Oregon Coast Tufted Puffins, the iconic bird of Cannon Beach, could be in trouble

by Lori Tobias for the Oregonian

Tufted Puffin at the Oregon Coast AquariumScientists are concerned about the steady decline in the number of Tufted Puffins along the Oregon Coast. While they used to number in the thousands, they have dwindled into the hundreds.

CANNON BEACH - On a May morning, the tide flowing out, the sun shining, a man peers through binoculars at Haystack Rock, oblivious to the dogs, kids and beachcombers passing around him.

Then suddenly, he shouts to a companion: "Hey, I saw one flying off the cliff. You could really see the color on its head in the sun. Way cool."

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Cannon Beach Film Festival - This Years Theme is Musicals

cannon beach film festivalEnjoy free musical entertainment June 4-6 at the third annual Cannon Beach Film Festival at the Coaster Theatre in historic downtown Cannon Beach.

The festival kick-off, no host wine reception will start the weekend with a bang at 6:30p on Friday, June 4.

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Bluesy Soul-Singer Beth Willis to play the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

Beth WillisSoul-blues diva Beth Willis will serenade listeners at the Cannon Beach History Center on Saturday, March 27th, 2010 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., as part of the Acoustic Folk! Music Series. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for children (suggested donation).

Beth Willis is a vocal chameleon. According to The Oregonian, “Willis’ full, expressive voice brings her sharp songwriting to life, blending Americana, rock and western influences . . . “

Her voice is vintage soul – a rock edge, smoothed by a touch of melancholy blues. Whether playing solo, trio or with a full band, Willis’ music remains pure. She started out on the sidewalk in downtown Portland and has gone on to play the House of Blues in Las Vegas, the Aladdin Theatre in Portland and the Experience Music Project in Seattle.

Beth has been called the Acoustic Goddess of Fun. According to the St. John Sentinel, “Beth Willis creates quite a stir . . . “

Portlandblues.com writes of Willis, “[hearing her] was like going back in time to 1992 and hearing Sheryl Crow for the first time. Just one girl (as near to an angel as you can get) and a guitar.”

 

Cannon Beach History Center & Museum
1387 South Spruce St
Cannon Beach, OR
503-436-9310

 
Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival

savor CB LogoWine tastings, wine dinners and a wine walk through art galleries and stores are just part of the activities scheduled for Savor Cannon Beach, a weekend wine and culinary festival.Participants in Saturday’s wine walk purchase a glass for $25 and can visit over 20 Cannon Beach businesses for wine tastings featuring Northwest wineries.

The Winter Wine Tour is in its third year and all proceeds benefit the Cannon Beach Children’s Center. The Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce will offer a selection of wine, food and travel related packages in a silent auction during the wine walk.

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Savor Cannon Beach Oregon at Haystack Gallery

Enjoy fine wine, exceptional art and help the kids

HaystackStorefrontHaystack Gallery is part of the annual Wine Walk in Cannon Beach, Mar.13 to raise money for our local Children's Center.As part of the Saturday Wine Walk event, artist Michael Tieman will unveil in bronze ‘The Wine Thief' his newest sculpture in the Hands of the Artists collection. Sally O'Neill will have two new oil paintings in the gallery especially created for this wine event from her wine and flowers series.This year from 1-4pm Helvetia Winery will be pouring some of their fine wines in the gallery.

Stop in and enjoy the wine and art, and help the kids.

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North Coast Native Basket Collection on Display at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Clatsop Cultural CoalitionThe exhibit “Jennie’s Baskets: The Daggatt Family Collection” will be on display at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum (CBHCM) through mid-July. This rare collection of baskets has not been displayed for over 20 years.

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Michael Tieman sculpture “Courage”built as a symbol of hope in tribute to those who have, who are and who will battle Cancer

Michael-Tieman-CourageMichael Tieman's sculpture “Courage” A sculpture standing in tribute to those who have, who are, and who will battle Cancer.

While Tieman has never had cancer himself, he has dealt with the pain of watching four women in his family fight the disease, one of them tragically losing.

In 2008 Tieman's younger sister, Connie, lost her six-year bout with breast cancer, the day before her 25th wedding anniversary and a week before her 50th birthday. Tieman found inspiration for his next sculpture in a dream soon after.

I had the dream for about a month or so, before I finally decided that, you know, somebody's trying to tell me something."

The dream gave birth to "Courage", a 36-inch bronze sculpture, built as a symbol of hope in tribute to those who have, who are and who will battle Cancer.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon - Haystack Art Gallery's Special

January – March Art Exhibition Schedule - from Haystack Gallery

Haystack Gallery , celebrating its 33rd Anniversary this year, has set their 2010 Artist's Exhibition Schedule to coincide with the Cannon Beach Gallery Group's monthly themed exhibitions.

January 1-31 - Winter on the Coast Exhibition.

Michael D. Sorensen

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Art Quilt Invitational “Landscape of the Whale" at Cannon Beach History Center

Mountain View QuiltAn art quilt exhibit entitled “Landscape of the Whale” will be on display at the Cannon Beach History Center from November 16, 2009 through April 15, 2010. The North Coast quilters invited to participate in this show: Kathryn Allison. Cathie Favret, Kathie Kerler, Carol Pierce, and Carol Weber, will display artwork directly inspired by the Greater Ecola Natural Area, a landscape stretching from the ridge tops east of Cannon Beach to the Pacific Ocean and designated the “Landscape of the Whale.”

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