Last Minute July 4th 2016 Getaway Events in Astoria OR

fireworks displayStep back in time from 2016 to days gone by and enjoy some old-fashioned Independence Day celebrations all weekend long in Astoria, Oregon with a parade, fireworks, American Heroes concert, BBQ, and more. You can get in the spirit Saturday afternoon, July 2nd by tasting ‘Wines for July 4th Holiday BBQs’ at The Cellar on 10th in the Astoria Underground from 1-4 pm.

Sunday, July 3, 2016, plan to enjoy Astoria’s Sunday Market (10 am – 3 pm) in the heart of Astoria’s historic downtown, just a five minute walk from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast. Brownsmead Flats will be performing on its Music Stage located in the Food Court.

Music continues Sunday evening with a traditional concert of patriotic music at the Liberty Theater celebrating ‘American Heroes’. The North Coast Jazz Ensemble will present pre-concert music at 7:00 pm; the concert by the North Coast Symphonic Band begins at 7:30 pm. Some of the instrumental selections will honor Abraham Lincoln, the Coast Guard, and the United States Space program. In addition, guest vocalists Andy and Rachel Becker will sing familiar patriotic songs and a medley ‘The Homefront: Musical Memories from WWII’. The concert is free (donations accepted). Tickets may be obtained at the Liberty Theater Box Office Phone: 503-325-2431 (open Wednesday – Saturday and 2 hours before curtain) or through TicketsWest (subject to a convenience charge) Phone: 800-992-8499.

Monday, July 4, you’ll continue your traditional celebration in Warrenton, less than 15 minutes away by the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, at their Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. There’s a Classic Car Show (11 am – 3 pm), and Volunteer Firefighters’ community Barbecue (noon – 3 pm). At 3 pm, be ready to ‘March through Time’, the theme for the 2016 Parade.

You’ll end your Independence Day celebration with Astoria’s fireworks display, Monday evening. So make your reservation now for an old-fashioned celebration and getaway to celebrate our nation’s birthday!

Oregon Presents: Astoria Music Festival 2016

conductor and string players performing

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Voted Oregon’s “Best Fine Arts Festival,” the Astoria Music Festival concert series includes over 100 performers, and features international vocalists and instrumentalists as featured artists.  The 2016 programs include symphonic and chamber music, opera, classic film and dance programs from June 17 – July 3, 2016, selected and conducted by Artistic Director Keith Clark. The Festival also features its Apprentice Artists June 29 – July 2, 2016.

Among the 2016 season’s highlights are:

  • Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Angela Meade and an all-star cast reprising her acclaimed Metropolitan Opera performance
  • Beethovan’s Symphony #3, Eroica
  • Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
  • Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
  • NW Premier of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 4, based on David Bowie’s album “Heroes”, an Independence Day tribute to American Heroes

The orchestra is comprised of musicians from major American ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Oregon Symphony, and Portland Opera and Ballet Orchestras.

Some of the featured artists include:

  • Angela Meade, soprano, Metropolitan Opera
  • Richard Zeller, baritone,  Metropolitan Opera
  • Sergey Antonov, cello, Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist
  • Sarah Kwak, violin, Oregon Symphony concertmaster
  • James Van Valkenburg, viola, Detroit Symphony associate principal violist
  • Ilya Kazantsev, piano,  Chopin Competition gold medalist
  • Cary Lewis, piano, Director of Chamber Music at the Astoria Music Festival

Festival concerts are held in the historic Liberty Theater and several other Astoria venues. See the Astoria Music Festival website for complete schedule, featured artists, and ticket information. Ticket prices are specific to the concert or program.
By phone: 503-325-9896 or Online: TicketsWest
In person: Astoria Music Festival Office or Liberty Theater Box Office, Astoria, Oregon.

From Bach to Beethoven to Bowie, you’ll find  programs just right for you, so make your reservations with us now to experience this nationally recognized music festival set in the natural beauty of Astoria, Oregon.

Celebrate Astoria’s 2016 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

circle dance by women in Scandinavian costumes

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Make plans to celebrate summer this year in Astoria at the annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival June 17-19, 2016. You’ll be transported to the lands of the Midnight Sun for three days of Scandinavian music, dance, food, and traditional Midsummer activities including the Midsummer pole, Viking encampment, a Kubb demonstration and tournament (Scandinavian lawn game), and more. Instrumental folk trios from Denmark, Sweden, and Finland as well as the Nordleik of Poulsbo fiddlers, the Leikarringen of Portland, and the Nordic Viking Dancers of Astoria will perform all three days of the festival.

Retail booths feature handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods such as Danish donuts (aebleskiver), meatballs and red cabbage (frikadeller and rødkål), Norwegian waffle cookies (krumkaker), Swedish pea soup (ärtsouppa), and Finnish pancakes (pannukakku). The festival honors the cultural heritage of the many Scandinavian immigrants who settled in the Astoria, Oregon area beginning in the late nineteenth century. In 2017 it will celebrate 50 years of tradition thanks to their many descendants.

Location: Clatsop County Fairgrounds
(just 4 miles away from our B&B, less than a 10 minute drive)
Admission for all three days is $8 for adults; parking $2 per day or $5 all weekend.
Hours:
Friday 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The complete schedule is available online.

Friday’s festivities include begin with live entertainment by trios Lydom, Bugge and Høirup from Denmark, Septentrio from Sweden, and Karuna from Finland and Sweden. You won’t want to miss the Torchlight Parade to the Bonfire and Hex Burning where throwing straw hexes into the fire will rid you of bad luck! Then you’ll be able to dance, whether a schottische, waltz or polka (or just listen) at the Queen’s Ball with music by Scandinavian Country of Astoria.

Booths open 2:00 – 6:30 pm
Beer Garden – Astoria Brewing Company’s microbrews, entertainment: 3:00 – 11 pm
Beef Dinner by Olney County Grange ($13): 4:30 pm until food runs out
Live entertainment 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Queen’s Coronation: 7:00 pm and Queen’s Ball: 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Torchlight Parade and Bonfire: 8:00 pm

Saturday can begin by joining the Trolls for a walk or run, or just linger over breakfast with us. Scandinavian-themed entertainment begins at 10 am and continues throughout most of the day. The Festival Parade leads to the ceremonial Midsummer Pole raising with ring dancing. Afterwards, you can try your hand at Krub, the Scandinavian game that dates back 1,000 years. While you’re transported back in time, don’t miss the Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking encampment with demonstrations of medieval crafts, tournaments, armor making, and combat arts. You’ll be able to indulge in the Viking Dinner buffet served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA, since the Dancer’s Ball, with Skolkis of Seattle providing the music, will keep your feet dancing.

Running of the Trolls – 1.5, 3.0, or 5.75 mile run/walk: 8:30 am
($25 includes choice of t-shirt or 3 day festival pass and Saturday parking)
Booths: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Live entertainment: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking Encampment: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Festival Parade: 11:30 am and Midsummer Pole Raising: 12:00 pm
Beer Garden: 12:00 – 11 pm
Kubb Demonstration and Tournament: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Costume Parade: 5:00 pm
Viking Dinner ($15): 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Dancer’s Ball: 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Sunday, there’s so much to see and do that you’ll be glad you can still visit the Viking Encampment, enjoy the live entertainment, and visit booths before the festival closing ceremony at 4:00 pm.

Booths: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Empire of Chivalry and Steel’s Viking Encampment: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Non-denominational Church Service with Scandinavian music: 11:00 am
Live entertainment: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

You’ll need all three days to take in the festival, so plan to spend the weekend with us for an unforgettable Scandinavian getaway with no airfare required!

Great Fall Events

October is full of interesting artful and archeological events on the coast. Clatsop Community College has a class on printmaking. And they will open an exhibit by Seattle artist David Allison. At the Graveyard of the Pacific there will be a presentation on shipwreck archeology talking about the many ship remains in the area.
And of course, there will be the wine tasting at The Cellar for their weekly Saturday event. There is the monthly 2nd Saturday Art walk and the Astoria Sunday Market. Go to www.travelastoria.com/events to get more information and book your room for a relaxing break from the daily grind.

Oregon Coast Activities

There are so many things to do on the Oregon Coast we cannot possibly list them all. From shopping at the outlet stores in Seaside, which is less than 30 minutes away from Astoria or hiking on the many trails in the area (you can search for your perfect length and difficulty at alltrials.com) to crazy outdoor adventures like deep sea fishing or calm kayaking (http://www.travelastoria.com/see-do/outdoor-recreation.html.)

August Events in Astoria

The Oregon Coast is a great place for vacation! It stays nice and cool. The average temperature for July and August is 67 degrees. And there are some great activities for the month of August for everyone to enjoy:
The Sunday Market is in its fifteenth year and includes food, handmade crafts, locally grown fruits and veggies and live music.
The second Saturday of every month (August 8th) downtown Astoria hosts an Art Walk from 5 – 8 pm.
Aug. 5-8 The Astoria Regatta featuring parades, street fairs, a pancake breakfast, a softball tournament, a duck derby and a fireworks show
August 30 USAF Band of the Golden West Commanders Jazz Ensemble Concert

Book your room at Clementine’s online so you can experience one of these events on the wonderful coast of Oregon yourself!

Judith’s Greatest Pancakes

Recipe By : jtaylor/clementine’s B & B Kitchen
Serving Size : 16 Preparation Time :0:10
Categories : Breakfast
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method

4 large eggs — beaten
4 cups old buttermilk
1 1/3 cups corn meal
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick oats
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups berry fruit (blue, raspberry, marion)

In medium bowl combine eggs, buttermilk and oil. In another bowl combine corn meal, flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar and mix well with fingers. Add fruit. Combine wet ingredients with dry just till mixed. Preheat skillet to high and spray with Pam. Drop 1/4 C batter onto griddle and cook till bubbles appear around edges, then flip and cook about 1 min. more. Don’t keep turning or they’ll be tough. Brush with melted butter. Keep on warm platter in low oven. Freezes well. Can easily cut recipe in half.

Clementine’s Stuffed Baked French Toast

Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breakfast Egg Entree
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method

2 loaves stale French bread — (about 3″ dia.)
8 ounces cream cheese — softened
16 ounces creamed cottage cheese
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon orange — zest
18 eggs
10 cups milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare large casserole (about 12″ x 18″). Slice bread sandwich style into 3/4″ slices. In food processor combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, powdered sugar and orange zest and process till smooth. Make sandwiches by spreading bread generously with stuffing and placing in casserole in upright position till full. In large bowl mix eggs and milk. Pour egg mixture over sandwiches and let stand at least 15 minutes or overnight. Turn each sandwich and let stand another 10 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover and brush with butter. Continue to bake till golden brown and puffy and egg liquid is done. Remove and cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve with fresh berries and maple syrup or fresh fruit syrup. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Variations: Add thin slices of unpeeled apple; mix jam into stuffing, add banana and pineapple and serve with toasted coconut; delete sugar and use grated cheese and thin slices of ham in sandwiches. Toppings include maple syrup and chopped toasted pecans, fresh peach syrup.

Clementine’s Baked Omelet with Wild Things

Recipe By : jmt/Clementine’s Kitchen
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:20
Categories : Breakfast Casserole Egg Entree
Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 dozen eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream or
4 ounces cream cheese — cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 cup cheese of your choice
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs
1 can fresh green things — i.e.fiddlehead ferns
1 tablespoon blended seasonings like cajun or Spike

Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Spray large baking pan. Beat eggs and pour into baking pan. Add remaining ingredients in layers. Bake about 20 minutes or till center is firm. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Fresh wild things can be fiddlehead ferns, sea beans, (both of which should be blanched) wild mushrooms. Or asparagus or spinach can be quite lovely, too.

Restorative Get-a-way Package

Consider the “nothing to celebrate just need to get-away”  R&R package.  It includes a bottle of your favorite wine,  bubbly, or micro-brew upon arrival,  tickets to the Historical Museum, two massages.  Simple and glorious $200 added to your rate for accommodations. 

The Breathless Birthday Weekend Package

Do you have a friend who is making a milestone birthday?  This package requires a two night minimum stay.  We have the perfect 12 hour celebration.  Your party will be greeted with a celebratory bubbly when you arrive at Clementine’s.  The birthday will begin the following morning for everyone.  The day begins (in any order) with a walk or run on the fabulous Astoria Riverwalk – five mile round-trip as a warm up, an alternate plan would be to do the 6 mile Fort to Sea trek.   Then explore  Fort Stevens  by bike (yours or rented) over miles and miles of trails.  As an alternative we can substitute a kayaking venture (if guides are available).  Next, laps in the Olympic size pool at the Astoria Aquatic Center (and a session in the hot tub),  and finally stretch and unwind with a yoga class before dining.  A chocolate carrot cake,  the ‘official birthday cake’ at Clementine’s  will be served.  Cost depends on your preferences and number of people involved.  A catered dine-in supper can be added to this package.

‘Girls Night In’ Package

Bring six girlfriends and book two nights in the Moose Lodge Suite I & II and do the slumber party party.   It’s BYO jammies and fuzzy slippers and Clementine’s will serve up homemade brownies, popcorn and pizza.  To make it even more homey we’ll deliver breakfasts so ya’ll can stay in your jammies.  $65

Celebration Package

A well-planned celebration always starts with eithera gorgeous bouquet of your color choice of roses or bubbly.  Enjoy both with ourCelebration Package  and there’s more.  Let Clementine’s refine the occasion, enjoy one dozen roses and an excellent bottle of your preferred wine, or bottle of bubbly, either champagne, or sparkling a non-alcoholic choice to greet your arrival (or whenever you choose).  Then enjoy the NW cuisine of the Baked Alaska Restaurant, dinner for two from their prix fix menu which includes salad, main and dessert (excludes wine) courses.   The Celebration Package elevates your getaway to the ‘memorable’ category.  $125

Birthday or Anniversary Package

The welcoming surprise of a dozen roses beautifully arranged in a take-home vase, a chilled bubbly, and a half dozen decadent chocolate-covered strawberries is a lovely way to begin a special celebration of birthday or anniversary upon your arrival at Clementine’s.  $65.

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