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Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Carolyn Cruso Concert

Carolyn Cruso, an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer, returns to Cannon Beach for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's annual acoustic concert series on March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Cruso is a versatile performer who is equally comfortable on the hammered dulcimer, flute, and guitar. She performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her voice and stylings have been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. Her instrumental compositions are mainly for the hammered dulcimer and are inspired by her strong connection to nature as well as her extensive travel and the cultures she's encountered along the way. Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences.

"Boundless highlights both Carolyn's fluid playing style and the broad knowledge of Celtic music she brings to her compositions. A gorgeous listen throughout!" - Sing Out! Magazine

"For the adventerous listener...Cruso's voice has the ability to go from folk to jazz to late night and sultry blues without advertising the change...a lot more going on here than folk...a very fluid album." -Frank Gutch, Folk Acoustic Music Exhange, (F.A.M.E.)

Seating for the Cruso concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum's seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Breeze Court of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

 

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Saturday, April 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m:

Trees Textile Exhibit Opening

 

Attention textile artists, quilters, crafters, and art enthusiasts! The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum will be opening a textile exhibit this April. Throughout the year the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum hosts artists from all over the Pacific Northwest. April's show will feature local artist Constance Waisanen. She is a creative and innovative quilter. She transfers original drawings to freezer paper templates, which are used to cut precise individual pieces. She integrates batik, hand-dyed and painted fabric - and even using Shibori techniques! Each piece is marked and meticulously sewn together by a home machine. The topstitching is done free motion on a standard sewing machine.

Waisanen's exhibit is an exploration of organic forms, patterns, and images of our local resources. This exhibit will be on display through May of 2017.  She says of her style, "In putting together this show, I gathered together three series that are related distinctly different. In the first series, a single piece of hand-dyed fabric serves as the ground for a tree like form. I love the shapes of trees and the metaphor of tree as life, grounded and rooted in the earth, solid yet flexible, always reaching for the light. The second series are "scrolls", with imagery and poetry that explores the spiritual connection I feel when immersed in nature. The third series consists of crosses, another tree rooted in the earth."

Trees will open on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. with a meet and greet with the artist, Constance Waisanen, to discuss her techniques and inspiration. The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum welcomes everyone and will be providing wine and hors d'oeuvres. A special thank you to Cannon Beach's own Center Diamond for sponsoring this exhibit. Center Diamond has been selling fabric for over twenty years in Cannon Beach, with a focus on contemporary batiks, brights, Asian, landscape/beach, and modern fabrics. A favorite for many local quilters and textile artists!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians


In 2015, Oregon's population exceeded 4 million people. Not only are we growing in number, we're also changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today?

This is the focus of "Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians," a free conversation project with Kerani Mitchell on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. This program is hosted by the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

As an East Indian adoptee who has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns, Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in international Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She's since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year-round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Elaine Trucke at elaine@cbhistory.org.

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities' progams and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

 

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

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Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Adlai Alexander Concert

Don't miss acclaimed singer and songwriter, Adlai Alexander perform at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Noted for the sweetness and wide range of his voice, Alexander sings and accompanies himself with intricate guitar in a way that's rare in both the acoustic and jazz worlds.

Alexander enjoys the challenge of arranging band or orchestral music for solo guitar, drawing from his formal training in classical theory and composition. At times, his arrangements of jazz, Brazilian, 60's pop, and other music demand that he play simultaneous melody and bass lines - a technique he learned from world-class guitarist Tuck Andress, of the duo Tuck & Patti.

Sources for Alexander's unexpected and repertoire include Broadway and the Amazon rain forest, and he is known to sing in Portuguese, Hindi, or Japanese in any given set. Along with original music, he's written lyrics for his own reditiions of instrumental songs by the likes of Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, and Ralph Towner. He's also created lyrics based on quotes from Shakespeare, or titles of Duke Ellington songs.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Randy Newman, Leo Kottke, Tuck & Patti, Kenny Rankin, and Brazilian star Marisa Monte. He's appeared at the Monterey Jazz festival and venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, and Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR.

"A skilled writer, vibrant singer, and hotshot guitarist." - JazzNow Magazine.

As music director of the variety show "Fog City Radio" on KQED-FM San Francisco, Alexander performed live weekly with host Ben Fong-Torres. In addition to his own first album, he is featured on the soundtrack of the TV series "Santa Barbara." He's also written music for theater, dance, and classical chamber groups, and collaborated with Todd Rundgren, composing the multimedia musical "20/20 Blake" for innovative theater company George Coates Performance Works.

Seating for the Adlai Alexander concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum's seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

Lodging for this event has been sponsored by Sea Sprite Guest Lodgings of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Oswald West Lecture


On Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is over-the-moon to welcome guest speaker Doug Kenck-Crispin. Originally from Spokane, Doug came with his family in 1982 and settled in north Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School. After walking the Earth like Caine for a decade and a half, he earned his BA (cum laude) in History from Portland State University with a minor in Judaic Studies. Doug then completed his MA in History at PSU (Public History & History of Pacific NW). His thesis is titled "Charles A. Moose: Race, Community Policing, and Portland's First African American Police Chief." He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Sara Glasgow Cogan Scholarship.

Doug is the Resident Historian for the podcast Kick Ass Oregon History. He has been featured in Imbibe and Portland Monthly magazines, OPB's "Oregon Experience," "Think Out Loud," "Weekend Edition," and the season premiere of Esquire TV's "Best Bars in America." Oh - and the PSU Vanguard, too! He has written for Portland Monthly, Street Roots newspaper and the Willamette Week. In addition, he hosts various historical speaking series, field trips and historical tours - across the state - that connect people with Oregon.

Don't miss his rousing and unique presentation on one of our favorite Oregon governors, Governor Oswald West. West built a home in Cannon Beach in the early 1900's that still stands today. The beaches of Cannon Beach inspired his passionate pursuits to protect the beach for the public. Entertaining, engaging, and the perfect presentation to enjoy a pint of Fort George beer or a glass of wine and refreshments.

This event has been sponsored by Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals of Cannon Beach, Oregon!

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Friday, May 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

Beth Willis Concert

Soul-blues diva, Beth Willis and guitarist, Todd Chatalas will knock your socks off for this night of joy and rivalry at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Friday, May 26.

Rock Duo Beth Willis and Todd Chatalas perform both rock, acoustic, and blues music. Willis, who has played in Cannon Beach before, is a local favorite who is well known for her smoky voice and and an amazing stage presence.

Portlandblues.com writes of Willis, "[hearing her] was like going back in time to 1992 and hearing Sheryl Crow for the first time. Just one girl (as near to an angel as you can get) and a guitar."

Willis was honored at the Portland Music Awards in 2012 with the award for Best Female Artist. The Oregonian says, "Willis' full, expressive voice brings her sharp songwriting to life, blending Americana, rock, and western influences..." Willis is a soulful performer that takes listeners on a journey back in time, when music was pristine. Willis has gone from playing on the sidewalks of downtown Portland to being an in-demand musician playing from Las Vegas, to the Aladdin Theater in Portland, and even to Seattle.

Seating for the Willis & Chatalas concert is limited. Tickets are just $15 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum's seasonal exhibits and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket includes tasty treats and donated libations. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop.

 

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Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.:

John Stowell Concert


For over a decade the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum has welcomed renowned musicians from all over the United States. The series kicks-off each January and continues through May, and sometimes even June: from Jazz to toe-tapping Celtic music and everything in between. The series ends with world-renowned jazz guitarist John Stowell on June 9.

This isn’t Stowell’s first performance at the museum. He has become a local favorite. A constant traveler, Stowell was the first American Jazz performer to appear in Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain and he continued to sell out performances there for two decades after.

Stowell teaches internationally. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer at Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Canadian Musician, Soundcheck (Germany), and Guitar Club (Italy).

Stowell's Through the Listening Glass with David Friesen was designated one of the "Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade" by the Los Angeles Examiner, and he was chosen as a "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat’s International Critic’s Poll in 1978 and 1979. He has appeared on BET's Jazz Discovery and Guitar Series television shows.

“More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.” Herb Ellis

Seating for this concert is limited. Tickets for the Stowell concert are just $10 with the proceeds benefiting the Museum’s seasonal exhibits, and free lecture series. Cost of the ticket include tasty treats and donated libations. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone (503-436-9301), at the Museum, or through the online gift shop.

 

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Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is now a part of the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. It is the latest addition to the Fred Meyers Rewards Program where you can earn donations for your favorite nonprofit just by shopping with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyer will donate $2.5 million to nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in 2017 through this program.

Here's how it works:

Sign up for the Community Rewards Program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum at http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our nonprofit number - 80763.  *If you have already registered, you will need to re-link your card. You can follow the same steps as you would to sign up.

Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping us earn a donation! You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates just as you do today.

If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store.

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Amazon.com's Smile Program

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has partnered with Amazon.com's Smile Program. When you visit AmazonSmile.com, you can make purchases and still support a local business - us!

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon.com, but with the added ability for shoppers to support the charitable organization of their choice.

When you shop at AmazonSmile.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Cannon Beach Historical Society. It's that easy to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you! Click here to sign up.

 

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