Crab Krack Benefit on Central Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) - Local Dungeness crab from Newport’s fishermen and processing plants will be the toast of the town on January 31, as the second annual Crab Krack is put on by the Newport Crab Marketing Association and Pacific Shrimp. The Crab Krack takes place 4 p.m., January 31, at the Agate Beach Inn Best Western in Newport, and it will be a benefit for the proposed Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center of the Lincoln County Historical Society.
The evening will feature music by “The Nettles,” a Celtic group from Corvallis, as well as silent and oral auctions with donations from many businesses including vacation trips, furniture, quilts, art work, tools, baskets and other items. The dinner will include a whole crab, potatoes, salad, roll, and desserts by Mo’s, Chalet, and others. Extra crab will be available for purchase.
“The first Crab Krack was so successful we’re doing it again,” Dawn Pavitt, chair of the event and president of the Historical Society, said. “Because of the generosity of the fishermen, the crab dinner is a great deal; the winning bidders at the auction will go home with some great deals, and we’ll be closer to seeing the Maritime & Heritage Center open,” Pavitt said.
Newport has a long love affair with the Dungeness crab. In 1938, with an abundance of crab and a need for tourists, the town started a Crab Festival, giving away the delicacies by the thousands. During the first Crab Festival, 25,000 people visited Newport for the free lunch. The festival ended in 1951 with a big bang: 38 cases of crabs were shipped to soldiers in Korea.
Tickets for the Crab Krack are available at the Lincoln County Historical Society Burrows House and Log Cabin Museums; Bayscapes Gallery & Coffee House, 333 SW Bay Blvd., Newport; Western Title, 255 SW Coast Hwy., Ste. 100, Newport; and Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. Cost for non-members is $30 per person, $55 per couple in advance; for members, $25 per person, $45 per couple in advance. If any spaces remain, tickets at the door will be $35 each. For more information, call 541-265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society, which includes the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums, is located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County.
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