Oregon Coast News This Week: Musicals, Minkes and Goonies
(Oregon Coast) – It's been a week of history, present day tragedy in nature and fun in the future in the news on Oregon's coast.
Goonies Celebration in Astoria in June. Astoria will reflect on its biggest moment on celluloid with "Never Say Die: The Goonies 25th Anniversary." Fans will gather in there to celebrate the anniversary of the cult classic film “The Goonies” June 4 through 7. Over the four-day event, Goonies lovers can retrace the steps of characters in the film by touring filming locations including the famous “Goonies House,” bowl at “Chunk’s Bowling Alley” and more, plus have the chance to mingle with original cast members including Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Joe Pantoliano and Curt Hanson. There will also be an appearance by alternative rock band The Ataris.
One of the many highlights is a special exhibit in the actual jail cell from, “The Goonies,” as well as stories, mementos and props from famous movies made in Astoria and across Oregon, such as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Animal House,” “Twilight” and more. Full article here.
Rare Baby Minke Whale Washes Up. This week saw the rather rare appearance of a Minke whale. It was already deceased, washing up near the south jetty of the Columbia River, not far from Astoria. Minke whales are not nearly as common as gray whales or even the elusive Orcas in these waters – although they do congregate a ways offshore.
The Minke whale measured just over 13 feet, said Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium, which is part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network that responds to such incidents on the coast.
“This whale was most likely still nursing but about to be weaned,” Boothe said. “When born, Minke Whales measure between eight to nine feet. They usually nurse for about five months.”
Keith Chandler, manager of the aquarium, called it a “pretty animal.”
Chandler said the last time he could remember a Minke whale washing up on the north coast was perhaps as far back as 15 years.
Jim Rice, with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network’s Newport branch, said strandings of these are quite rare on the Oregon coast. Records indicate only five strandings in 20 years. Full story here....
Oregon Coast Fishing History on Display in Newport. "The Newport Fishing Project," a multi-media exhibit, will open Saturday, June 5 at the site of the proposed Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd.
The exhibit features photographs and audio and video works, and brings together commercial fishing experiences, both past and present.
As part of the exhibit, an audio installation overlooking Yaquina Bay will include oral histories from the Lincoln County Maritime Heritage Project mixed with stories from Newport fishers recorded in 2009 and 2010. Several concurrent slide shows will feature snapshots from fishers’ personal collections, a series of photographs of boat cabins from the Newport fleet, and selections from the Historical Society archives, including Jim Heron’s portraits of Newport fishers and boats. More here.
Cannon Beach Film Fest Spotlights Musicals. It happens June 4 and 5: the third annual Cannon Beach Film Festival at the Coaster Theatre in historic downtown Cannon Beach. It boasts numerous famed musicals on celluloid.
The festival kick-off, no host wine reception will start the weekend with a bang at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4. After the reception, attendees can enjoy the first film, Sound of Music at 7 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, the musical theme continues with old favorites and new classics. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, Hair will be featured, followed by Across the Universe at 4 p.m. and All That Jazz at 7 p.m. Sunday’s showings include West Side Story and Singin’ In The Rain, among others. More here.
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