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North Oregon Coast Town Celebrates Beer, Goonies Connection
(Astoria, Oregon) - There's plenty of new stuff coming out of Astoria, for those who like beer, big celebrations and that cult flick "The Goonies."
The town is gearing up for “The Goonies” Never Say Die, 25th Anniversary in June.
Fans from around the world are gathering in Astoria June 4 - 7 for the 25th anniversary of the Spielberg cult classic movie, “The Goonies.” To mark the over-the-top event, original cast members including Corey Feldman, Joe Pantoliano and Curt Hanson will be in attendance.
Fans will enjoy many events throughout the four-day weekend, including:
Stars signing autographs, along with a celebratory VIP dinner.
Bus tours of filming sites, including an interior tour of the Goonies House.
A “Goonies” themed concert with Corey Feldman’s band, Truth Movement, and the alternative band The Ataris.
Red carpet event and showing of “The Goonies” and a new documentary about the film; and the grand opening of the new Oregon Film Museum and “Goonies” exhibit.
All-inclusive weekend passes are available for purchase, along with individual tickets for most events. Visit www.oldoregon.com's Goonies link or call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807 for more information.
Owners Chris Nemlowill and Jack Harris plan to add an open-air beer garden, outdoor seating and a multi-level deck to Astoria’s own “brewery block.” For more information, visit www.fortgeorgebrewery.com
And there’s still more good news for beer lovers in the town at the very northwestern tip of Oregon. Back-to-back weekend events this September celebrate two North Coast loves: fresh seafood and craft beer.
The Pacific Northwest Brew Cup happens September 24-26 in the Astoria Public Square downtown. Sample beer and root beer tastings, and enjoy food vendors, live music and games for all. Proceeds will benefit Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank, a United Way of Clatsop County Agency. More information will be released in the summer, say Astoria officials. Watch Fort George Brewery’s website for details: www.fortgeorgebrewery.com.
Admission is free, tasting glasses are $7 each, and beer tokens cost $1.
September 18 and 19, you can cheer on local fishermen at the Port of Astoria during the annual Commercial Fishermen’s Festival. Skilled seafarers compete in fun competitions including crab pot stacking and knot tying. Attendees can demonstrate fish filleting and oyster shucking, while attendees enjoy live entertainment, delicious bites, artisan crafts and activities for kids.
Hours for the event are: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit www.pacificfishermenfestival.com for more information.
Coming up in 2011 is Astoria’s 200th birthday. It’s the oldest settlement west of the Rockies, and it intends to celebrate in a big way. To honor the historic significance of its founding in 1811, Astoria will host events throughout 2011 including historical lectures, festivals and a bicentennial ball with visiting dignitaries. For more information, there’s www.astoria200.org.
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