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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.



Cannon Beach will be ready if a Tsunami hits
A major earthquake is forecast to hit the Oregon coast. If that earthquake triggers a tsunami, as experts predict it will, at least one town on the Oregon coast plans to be ready to protect the residents and visitors with a sturdy tsunami shelter.

Cannon Beach, a small but very popular tourist town on the North Oregon coast is planning for the tsunami. The residents of this town will be building the first tsunami shelter in the United States.

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"Etchings" Exhibition By Klar and Coppock at Haystack Gallery

This month (October 2009) Haystack Gallery is featuring the etchings of two female artists, Irene Klar from Alberta Canada with her people etchings and Barbara Coppock now residing in Montana and her images of the Northwest's past.

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Surf and sunset Oregon coast provides a dramatic view
Cannon Beach SurfersVisiting the Oregon Coast from Texas - Paul White photographed this sunset at Cannon Beach, Ore., Aug 17, while he and his wife were visiting their son in Portland. If you look closely, you can see at least four surfers in the water. It was cold enough that they had to wear wet suits.

 
Cannon Beach’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival

Story Weather FestivalThe Ocean Lodge hosts a Special Reception of Artists and Musicians for a weekend of art, music, cuisine, photography and more during Cannon Beach’s Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 6-8, 2009.

You are invited to a special reception at The Ocean Lodge, Saturday, November 7th from 4 - 6pm, featuring nature photographer, Phil Knouf and painter, Leah Anderson, who will be showcasing their works.

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Women Only Weekend in Cannon Beach

Cannon BeachWomen Only Weekend – November 13 & 14, 2009

Effervescent Estrogen, Fabulous Food, Divine Wine, Sensational Shopping and Sparkling Conversation

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Two New Sculptures in the “Hands of the Artist” Collection

Two New Sculptures in the “Hands of the Artist” Collection by Michael Tieman to be Unveiled During Stormy Weather Arts Festival Nov. 6-8, 2009

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21st Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival

John Ebner21st Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival, Nov. 6-8, 2009 in Cannon Beach with Demos at Haystack Gallery by John Ebner, Eric Langeliers and Michael Tieman.

CANNON BEACH, OREGON – Imagine a place where the mists and storms of the coast swirl around a magical 'mountain of a Haystack' rising from the sea, and from every hearth and home emerges writers, singers, composers, painters and sculptors. That is what happens each November in Cannon Beach. These entire forces join together to transform your experience into a festival of creativity filled with music, theater, poetry and art. This is The Stormy Weather Arts Festival.

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Cannon Beach History Center Project Honored

GovBlanketThe Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s Oregon 150 project, POLITICS OF SAND, was honored as one of the top projects for the Sesquicentennial year by the Oregon 150 Organization.

Tom Olsen, maker of the Politics of Sand documentary and creator of the accompanying museum exhibit, was given one of only 150 Limited Edition Oregon Sesquicentennial Blankets produced through Pendleton Woolen Mills.

 

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Art Quilter Cynthia Corbin on Display at Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

Quilt“Small Conversations: 14 Small Works by Cynthia Corbin” will be showing at Cannon Beach History Center and Museum from August 9 to November 20, 2009. Art quilter Cynthia Corbin sees her work as an eclectic personal expression based on the classical form of the quilt.  Drawing on her love of both folk art and abstract art, she explores dyeing and painting, intensive machine quilting, and a problem solving, seat of the pants approach to quilt construction.

Cynthia Corbin’s art quilts have been published and exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, in such exhibitions as Visions, Quilt National, CraftForms, and Fiberart International. She lectures and teaches nationally, applying her passion to the development of each student’s individual voice.

The History Center and Museum is open Wednesday through Monday, from 1-5 PM, and located at the corner of Spruce & Sunset Streets. Please contact CBHCM at 503-436-9301 for more information, or visit cbhistory.org

 

 

 
6th Annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour
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Lugg's CottageOn Saturday, September 12, 2009 several cottages in southern Cannon Beach will be open for public viewing. The sixth-annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, put on by the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum (CBHCM) will feature houses in Tolovana Park dating from early- to mid-twentieth century.

One of the cottages in the tour features a garden that has appeared in many national publications. A pre-tour luncheon and lecture will be held at the Tolovana Inn from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on the day of the tour, and the self-guided walking tour will take place from 1-4:00 p.m. People are invited to take part in a post-tour reception at the Cannon Beach History Center from 4:30-5:30 p.m (corner of Spruce and Sunset Streets). Luncheon/lecture tickets cost $15.00 and walking tour & reception tickets $15 (Total package: $30). Tickets can be purchased after July 1st by calling (503) 739-0974, or at CBHCM. Walking tour tickets can also be purchased on the day of the tour. The Cottage Tour includes a wall-hanging raffle featuring a cottage-themed quilt by Jean Williams. The drawing will take place at 5:00 p.m. as part of the post-tour reception. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the History Center, $1/one ticket or $5/six tickets.

The Cottage Tour lecture features a talk by Margaret Doman, whose connections to the Arch Cape/Cannon Beach area stretch back to 1961.Doman has been active in many organizations, including the Redmond Historical Society and Habitat for Humanity. She has made trips on behalf of Rotary Club to Ethiopia and India. Her lecture will give listeners a fascinating peek into the history of Tolovana Park and each cottage on the tour.

For more information, contact the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum at 503-436-9301, or visit cbhistory.org.

 
Blues Virtuoso Steve Cheseborough to play at Cannon Beach History Center & Museum

Steve CheseboroughNationally renowned blues artist Steve Cheseborough will entertain listeners at the Cannon Beach History Center on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., as part of the Acoustic Folk! Music Series. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7.00. 

There are people who can play the blues, and people who can talk about the blues. Mississippi blues performer-lecturer Steve Cheseborough does both, masterfully. He brings to life the acoustic country blues of the 1920s and '30s by re-creating the music and recounting the lives, legends and lore of the fascinating men and women who created the blues, and the land they came from.

Cheseborough (pronounced CHEZZ-bro) learns a song off a scratchy old 78 and re-creates it loud and clear, here and now, preserving the spirit and intricacies of the original while making it his own. He sings from the heart, accompanying himself on antique-style guitars that look as beautiful as they sound. He adds touches of harmonica and percussion to his spellbinding and fun one-man act. Steve is also a respected authority on the blues and author-photographer of the acclaimed guidebook Blues Traveling. He speaks and performs in the Starz! TV documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes, which also features Morgan Freeman and Chris Thomas King, and is host and musical director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s nationally distributed “Blues Breaks.”

The Cannon Beach History Center is located at the corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach. For information, call (503) 436-9301 or visit www.cbhistory.org/events.php .

 

 
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