North Oregon Coast Town Explodes with Fun in Fall
(Astoria, Oregon) – At the very northwestern tip of Oregon, Astoria is a boomtown of frivolity during the season, and beyond. The town that is set to turn 200 years old gets heated up in autumn and winter with nature hikes for mushroom hunters, holiday celebrations, and a celebration of the movie “Goonies,” among dozens of other possibilities.
Celebrate Fall Mushrooms at Fort Stevens State Park. You can dig into the great outdoors this fall on a guided mushroom hike at Fort Stevens State Park. Foragers meet park ranger guides at DeLaura Beach and trek about one mile hunting for local mushrooms. Tours are offered Fridays at 1 p.m. through the end of November (except Nov. 6). In addition, Fort Stevens State Park offers educational programs on Saturdays in November about Oregon's "Mysterious Mushrooms," which cover regulations, uses and identification of wild mushrooms across the state. There is no charge for the programs, except parking, which is $3 for the day.
For more information or to reserve a spot, contact park ranger Dane Osis at (503) 861-3170 ext. 41 or visit http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_179.php.
Holiday Cheer in Astoria and Warrenton. Looking for a spot to hunker down this holiday season? Astoria and Warrenton are chock full of holiday-inspired festivities and unique coastal shopping. After noshing on comfort food and browsing the downtown galleries for gifts, stop by the historic 1885 Flavel House for Plum Pudding Dec. 12-30 (excluding Dec. 24-25) and enjoy warm plum pudding, a cup of hot tea and a self-guided tour of the house and museum.
Or, sip a bit of the bubbly at The Cellar on 10th on Saturday, Nov. 14 during the annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. For a complete list of the best things to do, see and try this holiday season, call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807 to turn a cold winter weekend into a memorable getaway.
Never Say Die at "The Goonies" 25th Anniversary. Astoria is gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1985 cult classic movie, "The Goonies," June 4 to 7, 2010. With Goonies fans eager to reminisce about secret caves, lost maps and treacherous traps, anniversary events will include:
Stars from the movie signing autographs and sharing stories about the film. Bus tours to movie locations, including the opportunity to go inside the "Goonies" house, the Clatsop County Jail and more. "The Goonies" showings at local movie theaters. An outdoor concert at Warren Park, possibly featuring performers from the movie. Bowling nights at "Chunk's Alley." Commemorative "Goonies" craft beers from local breweries. Weekend passes and individual tickets will be available, and as plans move forward, more information about the anniversary events will be posted at their site. For more details, call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807.
Fishermen Hook Audiences during Astoria's 13th Annual Fisher Poets Gathering. Weathered by ocean waves, salty spray and life on rough waters, more than 60 commercial fishermen and women will dock their boats and take to the stage this February during the 13th annual Fisher Poets Gathering. Emotional poems, rowdy rhymes, boisterous shanties, humorous readings and vivid personal stories – all inspired by earning a living in the fishing industry – will captivate audiences in the historic maritime town of Astoria.
The Gathering happens Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26-28, 2010. Restaurants, pubs, museums and performance venues throughout downtown Astoria. Weekend admission buttons for all events will be available for a small fee. Specific performers and more event details will be posted on http://www.clatsopcc.edu/fisherpoets in January 2010. For more information, call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807.
New Supper Club in Astoria. The owners of the popular restaurant T. Paul's Urban Café just opened a new eatery this August called T. Paul's Supper Club. The supper club serves up a delicious gourmet menu of steaks, burgers, pastas and more in a warm, cozy atmosphere with eclectic décor. A welcome addition to Astoria 's thriving restaurant scene, the T. Paul's Supper Club is sure to become a new favorite of residents and visitors alike.
Astoria's Bicentennial Celebration. The oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria, Ore., will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011. To honor the historic significance of its founding in 1811, the city will host special events throughout 2011 including festive celebrations, lectures and special exhibits, all kicking off May 21, 2011. Only a year and seven months to go! For more information, visit www.astoria200.org.
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