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Central Oregon Coast Stirs Up Cuisine and Controversy
(Lincoln City, Oregon) - Lincoln City is brewing up some new things for the season, including a glass float gala, some cooking classes and the first ever gay pride festival on the Oregon coast.
It all starts all on September 19 - 21 with the Iris Pride Festival, a celebration of gay and lesbian folk and culture, but with a few family-oriented events. The Lincoln City Visitor Center is at the helm of this two-day and very varied festival, which has caused some of the more conservative elements of the locals to get a little antsy. Because of this it's being downplayed in town but publicized heavily to the tourists. Some protests are purportedly planned by some groups.
The event has been in the work for a few years, changing management a couple times, and now organizers say they have what is apparently the first of its kind event on the entire Oregon coast.
From Sept 18 to 23, an AIDS Memorial Quilt will on display in the City Hall building.
Things really kick off on Friday, September 19 with a Clam Bake at the Surftides Inn. 6 - 9 p.m. $10.
At 6 p.m., authors Marc Acito and Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall
will read at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Library.
During the day it’s the Beachside Street Fair in the Historic Taft District, at SW 51st. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be live music and other performers, vendors, food, kids activities, and pie eating contest, wine garden, and authors Marc Acito and Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall will sign copies of their works. The event will have an emcee: MC Lily Armani.
At 4 p.m., the Beachside Street Fair will host the Iris Goddess Look-a-Like contest. This contest is open to everyone, even pets. Dress up like Iris, goddess of the rainbow, and win prizes. Pre-Registration not required.
Just south of Lincoln city, Eden Hall will host the “Flamingo Bingo” at 11 a.m. Drinks and refreshments available. Wear pink and get a free card.
All-ages Community Youth Dance Party, with a live DJ. Chaperones will be provided and the dance is open to all youth ages 13 – 18. 8 - 11 p.m. $1 suggested donation. Community Center Saturday. Lincoln City, Oregon.
Also that night, comedians Lisa Kaplan and Jackie Monahan will take the stage at the Surftides Inn at 9:30 p.m. $10 standard. $20 VIP (front row and one free drink or appetizer).
Sunday night heads a decidedly more adult direction with the “Gay Monologues and Open Mic” at Eden Hall, starting at 6 p.m. Over 21 only.
Call 800-452-2151 for more information.
A little less colorful is the "Authentic Italian Cuisine" class at the Pacific Coast Center for Culinary Arts on October 4. Guest chef Ken Henson from Pacific City’s Pelican Pub and Brewery will help you tour Italy. Using seasonal produce as the Italians do will bring a true authentic feel to this full-day hands-on course. Comfy shoes are recommended.
The menu will consist of Insalata de Tonno con cannelloni, Ravioli al Zuccha, and more. Create pasta by hand, such as cannelloni. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $90, meal included. Pacific Coast Center for Culinary Arts. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-996-2119.
On October 18, the City of Lincoln City will present its 10th Annual Glass Float Gala. The event will be held at Chinook Winds Casino.
The 10th annual Glass Float Gala will kick off the placement of 2009 handcrafted, signed and numbered glass floats on the beaches in Lincoln City from October 18, 2008 through Memorial Day 2009. It promises to be an elegant evening of international cuisine, silent and oral auction, music, dancing and a 2009 ‘Signature’ Lincoln City Glass Float to take home for your future enjoyment.
This is also the opportunity to meet many of the glass artists who will create the 2009 hand-blown glass floats that will be placed for beachcombers to find along the seven and a half miles of public beach along this central Oregon coast town’s length.
Dress is semi-formal. Tickets are $70 each and are now available at the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau - 801 SW Hwy 101, 4th Floor. For more information call 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org .
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