Cottage Tours and Living Blues on North Oregon Coast
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – September brings some olden times to life in the tiny town of Cannon Beach, with a historical cottage tour and some outstanding regional blues.
On Saturday, September 12, 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 (3400 S. Hemlock St.) from 12 - 1 p.m. on the day of the tour, and the self-guided walking tour will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. People are invited to take part in a post-tour reception at the Cannon Beach History Center from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (corner of Spruce and Sunset Streets). Luncheon/lecture tickets cost $15, and walking tour and reception tickets are $15. The total package is $30.
Tickets can be purchased 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.
Two weeks later sees the appearance of a nationally renowned blues artist.
Steve Cheseborough will entertain listeners at the Cannon Beach History Center on Saturday, September 26, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., as part of the Acoustic Folk! Music Series. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7.
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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