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Music in the Gardens Tour near Astoria: July 15 2017

June 23rd, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Water Music Society will host its 11th annual Music in the Gardens Tour on Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, just north of Astoria. Gardens on the Tour are located from Chinook, WA (about 15 minutes from Astoria) to Oysterville, WA, 45 minutes away. Each stop on the garden tour features live music in various styles, plus master gardeners happy to share their knowledge as well as the history of their properties.  Most of the gardens will tempt you to linger to enjoy the small bites and beverages they are offering.  One of the gardens will have raffle items as well. Visit the Tour’s Facebook page as the tour date approaches for highlights about the musicians and artists to be featured, as well as preview the gardens in bloom and raffle prizes.Music in the Gardens July 15, 2017

Tickets are $20 per person and include the Tour map and a keepsake brochure with information about the gardens and points of interest.  The event benefits the Water Music Society, whose mission is to bring classical music to the Long Beach Peninsula, and the Ocean Beach School District Music Program. We can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day in July than enjoying music and art in these beautiful coastal gardens near Astoria. We have several rooms still available for your getaway that weekend, so don’t wait to give us a call or go online to make your reservation.

Water Music Society’s Music in the Gardens
Date: Saturday, July 15th, 2017  Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tickets: $20.00 for adults; children under 18 are free.
Tickets may be purchased online; the Garden Tour map may be obtained at one of three locations on the tour. The location closest to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast  in Astoria is The English Nursery at the intersection of US 101 and 103 in Seaview, WA.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum: Oregon’s Botanical Landscape

June 8th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

The current exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800, presents works by Corvallis resident Frances Stillwell. Frances Stilwell ExhibitionLR, Courtesy of CPHMHer 82 pastel drawings, watercolors, and oils represent the native flora of all eight of Oregon’s ecoregions, from the Coast Range and Klamath Mountains to the Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountains. She says: I paint in response to what I see, though often don’t realize what that is until afterwards. – The Democrat Herald, March 13, 2009.

Frances Stilwell Painting, Courtesy of CPHMHer award-winning artwork has been displayed in multiple juried exhibits. In the forward to this exhibit’s companion book, she writes: This is my window into Oregon’s botanical landscape. By the end of this book…  You will have become more familiar with the natural world of Oregon. Familiarity is the first step towards a sense of home. Like the book, the exhibit’s purpose is education about the natural world, taking time to slow down and stop, to consider colors, shapes, and shadows.

Wildflowers abound during the spring and early summer here in Astoria, so why not plan a getaway to Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast soon, and enjoy both our flora blooming in nature and that experienced though Stillwell’s botanical landscapes?

Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon before 1800
Dates: May 12 – July 8, 2017
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Museum Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday
Museum Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (55+)$4.00, Children (12-18) $2.50, Children under 12, Free
Admission on Thursdays is FREE for everyone thanks to the Port

Images courtesy of Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Oregon Presents: Astoria Music Festival 2017

May 31st, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Sheet music on stand in foreground, more stands and the backs of musicians playing violins in background

Voted Oregon’s Best Fine Arts Festival, the Astoria Music Festival offers “a string of jewel-like presentations – first-rate soloists, top-notch orchestral playing – at the beautiful renovated 1925 Liberty Theatre…”- Oregon Music News. The 2017 15th Anniversary Festival features international vocalists and instrumentalists performing symphonic and chamber music, opera, and more from June 11 – 25, 2017.

The concert series opens with Metropolitan Opera’s Angela Meade in her Oregon Solo Recital Debut with acclaimed pianist Danielle Orlando . The Grand Finale on Sunday, June 25, is The Barber of Seville with Mexican baritone Luis Ledesma as Figaro leading the all-star cast.

Other 2017 highlights include:

  • The Festival Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the Oregon Premiere of Philip Glass’ Spectacular, a sci-fi multi-media experience.
  • Two Baroque in Grace Concerts featuring Astoria Music Festival Baroque soloists, Baroque trumpet, Baroque cello and harpsicord performing works by Purcell, Handel, Corelli, Bach, Marcello and more.
  • 3-Leg Torso’s eclectic program of Tango, Klezmer, Latin, and Roma (Gypsy) music.
  • Beethoven and Blue Jeans – an informal mash up of music by singer-songwriter Israel Nebeker, plus eclectic classical jam.
  • Three Chamber Music Concerts with works by composers including Brahms, Turina, Schubert, Strauss, and Schumann, plus music by, and inspired by Wagner’s operas.
  • The Michael Foster Memorial Concert, Saturday, June 17, 2017, begins with Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring Roberto Cani, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’ performed by the Festival Orchestra, soloists Deborah Mayer, Angela Niederloh, Marco Panuccio, and Richard Zeller, the North Coast Chorale and the Portland Symphonic Choir.

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, available by phone: 503-325-9896 or online

From Baroque to Sci-Fi Spectacular, Beethoven to The Barber of Seville, you’ll find programs just right for you, so reserve your stay at Clementine’s Bed Breakfast now, and experience this outstanding Oregon music festival!

Shot in Astoria 2017: The Goonies + Oregon-made Films

May 26th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

The Annual Goonies Day, June 7, is fast approaching. Why not plan to visit Astoria the weekend of June 9-11, 2017, for Shot in Astoria that celebrates not just The Goonies, but the other films made in the area. You’ll be on location in the heart of the action at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast on Exchange Street.  The Oregon Film Museum, the best way to start a “Goonies” tour, is just a two minute walk away. On the way, you’ll pass the Flavel House Museum, that appeared in the film. You should recognize the Film Museum as the site of the movie’s opening jail break. You’ll want to go in rather than break out, since the Museum was created especially to serve visitors with an interest in Oregon’s film heritage. You can see artifacts from The Goonies and other Oregon-made movies, and even make your own film. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Visit the Museum’s website for information about Oregon films and movie clips.

Facade of Oregon Film Museum with people in front & vehicle on right reenacting The Goonies filmFrom the Museum, stroll the few short blocks to the foot of 6th Street or 11th Street, where you can board the Astoria Trolley (for $2, you can ride all day). If you wish, make a short detour to the Lower Columbia Bow (826 Marine Drive), alias Chunk’s Bowling Alley. Hop on the Trolley for a ride along the Riverwalk to the East End Mooring Basin at the foot of 36th Street (often used as a location for films). You’ll be right across from Columbia Baseball Fields, a good spot for viewing the ‘Goonies House’ at 35th Street. Please note the house is privately owned and not open to the public. Stroll along the Riverwalk toward 37th Street for another good viewing location for the house. A bonus from these vantage points is a view of the murals on Astor School, which you may recognize from the movie Kindergarten Cop.

Cap off your tour at the same location as the film’s ending – Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. It’s about a 40 minute drive down US 101 from our bed and breakfast. Visit the Goonie Day Facebook page for more information, and the schedule of events for Shot in Astoria. The annual celebration is the weekend of June 9-11 in 2017, but we welcome Goonies fans any time of the year, so just give us a call or go online to book your stay!

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Tall Ship Lady Washington in Astoria OR June 7-9 2017

April 30th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Washington sails into the Port of Astoria June 7, 2017, where she will drop anchor at the Maritime Museum until the morning of June 10, 2017. You might recognize her from roles in such movies as the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Two-masted Tall Ship Lady Washington under sail at seaThe State of Washington’s official tall ship, she is a full size replica of the original Lady Washington. That Lady sailed around Cape Horn, was the first U.S. ship to visit Honolulu, Hong Kong and Japan, and helped inaugurate America’s Pan-Pacific trade in the late 18th century.

Board the ship and you travel back in time more than a century before Astoria was founded to find out what life was like aboard a sea-going trading vessel. The Vessel Tour lets you explore the ship and visit with the crew while they are docked. Evening Sails let you experience the Lady Washington ship under sail, where you’ll learn about its handling, sea shanties, and have the chance of watching a sunset on shipboard.

Brig Lady Washington
Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport 
Docked at: Columbia River Maritime Museum 1972 Marine Drive Astoria, OR 97103
Dates: June 7 – 9, 2017
Schedule
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
   Vessel Tours: 12:00 – 5:00 pm  Evening Sail: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017
   Vessel Tours: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday, June 9, 2017
   Vessel Tours: 12:00 – 5:00 pm Evening Sail: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Admission:
Vessel Tour: $5 donation requested
Evening Sail: Adults $49, Children 12 & under $42; must be accompanied by adult.
Tickets required for all passengers.
For tickets go online or phone: 800-200-5239
Photo by Bob Harbison. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Astor Street Opry Co Presents New Melodrama Spring 2017

March 29th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

astor-streetNeed an antidote for any lingering winter blues? If you’ve laughed at being “Shanghaied in Astoria”, then the Astor Street Opry Company has just the cure for you! Make plans to travel farther back in time when they present their original production: “Lewis and Clark, or How the Finns Discovered Astoria.” Welcome spring with this vaudeville-style musical melodrama where you can cheer for the heroes as they struggle to make their way from Missouri to Oregon, and boo the evil villains they face at every turn. Will they be able to rescue the Corps of Discovery? Lose their most precious cargo? You’ll rejoice when our heroes finally arrive at the Pacific to found Astoria, and can celebrate with their supply of beer!

Cowgirl holding book Lewis & Clark looking away toward Oregon

Photo: Marcus Brown

Evening Performances: Fridays & Saturdays March 31 – April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Sunday matinees: April 9, April 23 at 2:00 pm
The house opens 30 minutes before each performance.
Tickets are $5.00 for Friday performances and $7.00 – $16.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances.
Tickets may be purchased online or by phone: 503-325-6104.

A stay at historic Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast will put you in the mood to visit the Opry Company’s Astoria of long ago, without sacrificing any of the comforts of today. Leave the lumpy beds and dried provisions to the Finns – you can look forward to luxurious bed linens, robes and spa-quality bath amenities, multi-course gourmet breakfasts, plus complimentary beverages and small bites each afternoon! Celebrate spring’s arrival with a refreshing weekend getaway to Astoria – just give us a call or go online to book your stay.

Curious About Ghosts on the Oregon Coast?

March 16th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

4 rows on white grave stones in graveyard

Photo courtesy of Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Do you wonder if there are ghosts and spirits on the Oregon coast? Since the coastline around Astoria and Seaside boast over two centuries of history, it’s no wonder visitors may hear of encounters from beyond. Perhaps some spirits linger in Seaside from past shipwrecks before the lighthouse was finished in 1881, or from a brawl at the Bridge Tender Tavern.

You have the chance to find out much more about these mysteries at the Oregon Ghost Conference, the largest paranormal convention in the Pacific Northwest. The 6th annual conference takes place from March 31 to April 2, 2017. Perhaps you’ll even help investigate the Tavern’s story – or at least have a ‘ghoulish’ drink there! Don’t believe in ghosts? That’s OK – just bring your own curiosity, and choose to believe or not believe any or all of the presentations. You don’t need to believe in anything, just to question everything!

The General Admission ticket gives you access to the vendors and the 16 speakers and six panels on topics ranging from Oregon Ghost Towns to Afterlife Experiences to Do You Want to Be on a Paranormal TV Show? In addition, a number of classes will be offered with separate ticket prices on topics as varied as Reiki Energy Healing, Paranormal Journaling, and Historical Research for Paranormal Investigators. There are entertaining events, ghost tours, and parties to round out the schedule.
Bonfire on the Beach: Share the best ghost stories, true or not, around the fire. S’mores optional!
The Historical Conjuror Magic Show: Presenting illusion and mystery in the same way that 18th and 19th century audiences would have seen it – bringing parlor tricks back from the past.
Mystiques Roadshow: Phychometry with Ankhasha Amenti – Audience members may bring haunted, mysterious or ancestral objects to be read.
Northwest Ghost Tours:  “Walk with the Spirits” into Seaside’s haunted history and listen to ghost stories based on documented research. Two Tours: Seaside Promenade and Oceanfront; Downtown Seaside and Broadway.
Investigations at the Bridge Tender Tavern

Oregon Ghost Conference
Dates: March 31 – April 2, 2017
Seaside Civic & Convention Center 415 First Avenue, Seaside, OR 97138
Visit the website for detailed information and conference schedule.
Admission: $5.00 General Admission to Vendor and Speaker areas for the entire conference. Admission for events and classes vary in price and may be purchased individually or as part of a VIP Pass.

You’ll feel right at home when you reserve your stay at historic Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, since you may get an extra paranormal bonus. Some people say the Moose Temple Lodge building (part of the B&B) is the oldest building in Astoria, and some guests have reported they encountered a spirit named Mary there. Judith will be waiting to welcome you warmly to her bed and breakfast – who knows if you’ll encounter Mary as well?

UnWined in Astoria March 4 2017 – Taste Oregon’s Best!

February 27th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Glass of red wine &bunches of grapes by Roberta Sorge https://unsplash.com/@robertinaUnWined in Astoria March 4, 2017, at an exclusive preview of award-winning wines to be featured at April’s  Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival. Every year, approximately 40 Oregon winemakers complete for these honors, creating a field of close to 150 wines for the judges to evaluate. The 2016 winners were Zerba Cellars’ Malbec 2013 (Best of Show Red), TeSoAria Vineyards’ Vermentino “Secco” 2015 and Namaste Vineyards’ “Peace” White Blend 2013 (Best of Show White), while the People’s Choice Award went to Seufert Winery’s White Pinot Noir 2014.

While you sip and you consider your own vote for the People’s Choice Award, you’ll be able to meet judges Jade Helm, Kerry McDaniel Boenisch, Mattie John Bamman, and Patrick McElligott, and learn more about Oregon wines.  Delicious appetizers accompany the wines, plus live music by violinist Rory Holbrook, whose improvisational style ranges from classical and Celtic to modern. Best of all, you’ll be the first to learn the 2017 competition results – what the judges decide will be Best of Show for the Festival. Your ticket includes 10 wine tastes (additional tastes may be purchased), appetizers, and a souvenir 2017 UnWined wine glass.

Don’t miss this wonderful chance to learn more about – and sample – Oregon’s great wines. Book your weekend stay at Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast now– you’ll savor the tastes of wine knowing we’re less than a 10 minute walk away!

UnWined 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 5:30 pm. – 8:00 pm
Venue: Liberty Theater: Paulson Pavilion & McTavish Room (Use side entrance on 12th Street)
1203 Commercial Street Astoria, OR 97103
Tickets: $35.00 (may be purchased online)
Only people age 21+ may purchase tickets and attend– a valid ID is required at the door.
For more information, contact Kelsey Balensifer Phone: 503-325-6311
Email: kelsey@oldoregon.com

FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria OR February 24-26 2017

January 20th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Bouys, ropes, life preserver ring hanging on wall of commercial fishing boat

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

February may be a quiet time for fishing in the Pacific Northwest, but the FisherPoets Gathering  brings Astoria alive this month with its celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. Begun almost two decades ago, the Gathering now brings nearly 100 poets, storytellers, and songwriters and their fans from the east coast to the west, and as far away as Hawaii and Europe, to our Columbia River community. The U.S. Library of Congress recognizes the FisherPoets Gathering as a ‘Local Legacy’ project that has ‘spawned’ the genre fisherpoetry through the voices of those whose careers are linked to the sea as fisherman, shipwrights, and cannery workers.  Smithsonian Magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Today Show, and BBC all have featured this unique event. For a taste of the talented fisherpoets’ catch, visit In the Tote an on-line anthology of works by participants in past FisherPoets Gatherings.

This year, Fisherpoets will perform poetry, music, and prose Friday and Saturday evenings, February 24 and 25, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm at venues throughout Astoria including the Astoria Event Center, Columbian Theater, KALA performance gallery the Wet Dog Café, the Voodoo Room, and Fort George Brewery’s Lovell Showroom.  They’ll offer workshops Saturday morning on topics such as song writing and knot tying at the Columbia Maritime Museum, and gather later on Saturday afternoon to share oral histories at the popular Story Circle. You’ll also find visual art by Fisherpoets displayed at local galleries and screenings at the Columbian Theater Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect location for enjoying all the different Fisherpoet events – you’ll be a short five-six minute stroll from almost all the venues.  Don’t wait to give us a call or go online and book your stay – as Sharon Boorstin titled her Smithsonian article (www.smithsonianmag.com), “Rhyme or cut bait: When these fisher poets gather, nobody brags on the verse that got away”!

FisherPoets Gathering 
February 24-26, 2017
Visit their website for complete list of Fisherpoets, events, and venues
Admission for the weekend: $15 event buttons will be available from all venues and at the FisherPoets Gathering Gearshack beginning at noon on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Astoria’s Flavel House Museum Victorian Christmas 2016

December 15th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Step back in time to the end of the 19th century, and celebrate the holidays at Astoria’s historic Flavel House Museum,  one of the best examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest. The Clatsop County Historical Society decorates the mansion for a Victorian Christmas, with evergreens encircling fireplace mantels, and strung over doorways. Favorite decorations in that era included gilded or silvered nuts, and a Christmas tree decorated with fanciful paper chains and ornaments and lighted with candles.

Holiday Tea and Plum Pudding
You can enjoy the Holiday Tea from 1 pm until 4 pm  on the afternoons of December 17 to December 23, and December 26 to December 30, 2016,. Tour the beautifully decorated house and refresh yourselves with a cup of tea and a dish of fresh, warm Plum (or Christmas) Pudding. The pudding originated in medieval England but did not become a tradition for Christmas dinner until the mid-1800’s. Don’t expect plums in your Victorian treat, since the word “plums” was an early term for raisins, and today the pudding can include different dried fruits!

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Girl hugging Santa while sitting on his lap, Victorian fireplace draped with Christmas greens in background

Photo: Clatsop County Historical Society Museum

St. Nicholas comes to town Monday, December 19, 2016, for the Flavel House’s Christmas Celebration. Although he could choose from six of the festively decorated fireplaces in the house, you’ll probably find him sitting in the library, waiting to hear the children’s wishes. Why not celebrate the season with music, games, and stories for the children, while you enjoy sharing cookies and hot cocoa with St. Nick?

Celebrating at Astoria’s Flavel House Museum this December will take you back to the Victorian era, and what better way to enjoy the nostalgia of Christmas past then staying at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast this holiday season? Give us a call, and let us surround you with the warmth of both Christmas past and Christmas present.

Flavel House Museum
Corner of 8th and Duane Streets
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2203

Holiday Tea and Plum Pudding
Dates: December 17 – 23 and December 26 – 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost for Tea: $12.00 for non-members of the Historical Society
Sponsor: Clatsop Community Bank
Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration
Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Museum admission: Adults $6.00, AAA/Senior/Student $5.00 , Youth (6-17 years) $2.00, Children (under 6) free
Sponsors: Easom Property Management and the Windermere Pacific Land Company

Astoria OR: Astor St. Opry’s 2016 Starving Artist Faire

December 1st, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Red, Green, Blue Christmas tree ornaments with snowflake decorations "Starving Artist Faire"If you like to give unique holiday gifts, don’t miss the Astor Street Opry Company’s 21st annual Starving Artist Faire on December 2 – 4, 2016! Enjoy the Faire’s festive atmosphere with musical performances and holiday treats while you peruse items created by over 50 talented artists and artisans from the Pacific Northwest. You’ll find one of a kind gifts and fine art crafts ranging from photography to paintings to pottery, plus jewelry, clothing, and more.

Not finished decorating your home for the holidays? You’d better watch out, since Santa will visit the Faire both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am until noon. Don’t worry, you’ll stay on his ‘Nice’ list when you choose from the great selection of wreaths, candles, and holiday décor that are sure to please both you and Santa!

The Starving Artist’s Faire is held at the Astoria Armory, just a short 10 minute walk up Exchange Street from Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. You know that Judith’s delicious breakfasts mean you’ll never leave the B&B hungry, so don’t let Astoria’s artists starve either! Give us a call at the inn or go online and book your room today. Don’t miss one of Astoria’s most festive holiday traditions!

Astor Street Opry Company presents the Starving Artist Faire
Location: Astoria Armory
407 17th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Dates & Times:
Friday, December 2, 2016 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

Admission: $2 per person

Astoria OR Holiday Concerts 2016: Sounds of Christmas!

November 24th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Holiday wreath on green door by Jez Timms https://unsplash.com/@jeztimmsThe Oregon coast is alive with the sounds of the holiday season, from the traditional carols to modern jazz. Here are a few of the concerts planned in Astoria and the surrounding region of the Pacific Northwest.

Community “Messiah” Sing-along & Play-along
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016 Time: 4:00 pm
Begin the Christmas season when the North Coast Chorale and Astoria Christian Church present selections from Frederic Handel’s beloved ‘Messiah’. You can sing along with the Chorale or bring your instrument and join the piano accompaniment by Debbie Loyd. Donations to this holiday concert benefit local food banks.
Venue: Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
588 16th Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Cost: No admission fee, but donations for the food bank are suggested.

Tuba Christmas at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm
The annual Tuba Christmas concert will feature the Astoria Tuba Quartet performing a variety of seasonal selections, jazz arrangements and even a Christmas polka.
Venue: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St Ilwaco, WA 98624
Cost: Free, sponsored by the Ilwaco Merchants Association. Seating is limited.
For more information contact the Columba Pacific Heritage Museum
Phone: (360) 642-3446

Here We Come A Caroling – North Coast Chorale’s Holiday Concert
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm
Date: Sunrday, December 11, 201 Time: 2:00 pm
Don’t miss the North Coast Chorale’s Holiday Concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s beautiful “A Ceremony of Carols” accompanied by Harpist Cheryl Walker. The Chorale invites the audience to join them in singing familiar carols as part of the concert.
Venue: Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center
588 16th Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 338-2306
Cost: $10 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Water Music Society Christmas Concert 
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016 Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The Water Music Society’s Christmas Concert offers a musical feast of seasonal jazz vocals and instrumentals. This year’s concert features Greta Matassa, one of today’s most talented jazz singers. Celebrate the Pacific Coast’s Christmas season with holiday music, beverages, and homemade sweet treats at this annual event.
Venue: Inn at Harbour Village
120 Williams Avenue NE Ilwaco, WA 98624
Phone: (360) 642-0087
Cost: Free; donations are gratefully accepted with a portion donated to local high school music programs

Joyful Christmas Traditions Concert
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016 Times: Pre-show 3:30 pm and Concert 4:00 pm
As Christmas approaches, the North Coast Symphonic Band and Liberty Theater present this joint concert with the North Coast Chorale. This year, the concert features vocalists Deac Guidi and Aleesha Nedd, and harpist Cheri Walker. Come early too enjoy the pre-show music provided by the Astoria Tuba Quartet.
Venue: Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial, Astoria, OR 97103
Cost: Adults $20; children 18 years old and under $5
Tickets: Box Office open Tuesday – Saturday 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm, by phone: (503) 325-5922, Ext. 55 or online at Tickets West.

There are so many ways we celebrate the holidays in Astoria, from shopping at our unique boutiques and galleries, to festive dining, to these many sounds of Christmas you will hear throughout the season. We’re decking our halls at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, so give us a call and let us surround you with the sounds of Christmas during this holiday season. We’re waiting to welcome you!

Taste 2016’s Sparkling Holiday Spirits in Astoria OR

November 17th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

glass of red wine with bottle and glass container of Christmas balls and ribbons behindAs the holidays approach, some of us wonder what sparkling wine or champagne to choose to celebrate the many festive occasions as the year draws to a close. Astoria’s Cellar on 10th  will have the answers for you on December 3, 2016, when it hosts its annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting that afternoon and its Holiday Sparking Winemaker’s Dinner that evening. The Tasting gives you the chance to sample bubbly from different worldwide regions producing these festive beverages, and make plans for the season’s entertaining. Even better, why not begin the season’s festivities yourselves at the Winemaker’s Dinner that evening? You’ll enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine, perfectly matched with Champagne and sparkling wines. Space is limited in the Cellar Room so make your reservations early.

If you’re planning your Astoria getaway for some other weekend in November or December, don’t despair – The Cellar on 10th hosts a wine tasting each Saturday. Their weekly tastings in November and December feature wines chosen especially for different holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Plan to stop by on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and enjoy the tasting, or just browse in their well-stocked shop. There is a $5.00 tasting fee, complimentary with a purchase of the wine tasted.

November 19, 2016            Wines for Thanksgiving
November 25 & 26, 2016   Holiday Open House and Special Tasting
December 3, 2016               Annual Holiday Sparkling Tasting
December 10, 2016             Wines for Holiday Entertaining
December 17, 2016             Wines for Christmas
December 24, 2016             Christmas Eve Surprise    Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
December 31, 2016             New Year’s Eve Surprise

The most festive season of the year is almost here, so book your weekend getaway at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast, and get ready to enjoy the holiday spirits you’ll discover in Astoria!

The Cellar on 10th in Astoria’s Historic Underground
1004 Marine Dr., Astoria, OR
Phone: (503)325-6600
Saturday Wine Tastings
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 tasting fee
Holiday Sparking Winemaker’s Dinner
Date & Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm C
ost: $125 per person

Seek Buried Treasure at Astoria Talking Tombstones 2016

October 20th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Dead men (and women) talking? It’s true at Talking Tombstones, an annual living history event when interpreters bring people buried in the cemetery ‘back to life’ by portraying their past lives the historic Astoria, Oregon region. This year, the Clatsop County Historical Society is partnering with the Seaside Museum to present Talking Tombstones XIII, Buried Treasure, at Evergreen Cemetery, Seaside, Oregon on Sunday, October 30, 2016, from 1 pm until dusk. Who knows what former residents will appear from their graves to tell you about their lives in the first seaside resort in Oregon, a major tourist attraction of the Pacific Northwest for over a century?

Tombstone photo with greenery background by Adrian Moran on UnSplash https://unsplash.com/@adrianmoranThey may be women or men, famous citizens, infamous scoundrels, or residents remembered by their descendants alone. They may have come from many walks of life – a hotel owner, a midwife, or an excursion boat captain – but their different journeys brought all of them to this part of the Pacific Northwest in the past. Who knows what buried treasure they were seeking?

You’ll only find out who appears if you join hundreds of visitors who come to listen to the life stories of these early residents who lie beneath tombstones often noting no more than name, birth, and death. You’ll need to spend time chatting with all the spirits who appear from the past, so be sure to arrive by 3 pm, since spirits begin to fade away as the sun sets over the Pacific and dusk falls over the cemetery.

Seaside is a scenic half hour drive down the Oregon coast from Astoria, and there’s plenty to fill your day there, from a visit to Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area, to feeding the seals at the Seaside Aquarium, to the Seaside Museum, where exhibits show over 2,000 years of the town’s heritage, including a diorama depicting Seaside in 1899. So book your room at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast now, and make plans to seek friendly Seaside spirits and their buried treasure this Halloween season.

Talking Tombstones XIII: Buried Treasure
Evergreen Cemetery, Beerman Creek Rd, Seaside, OR 97138
Date: October 30, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM – Dusk
Dampness doesn’t bother the deceased at all, so you can expect spirits to be  present rain or shine
Admission: FREE
Sponsored by Astoria Granite Works

2016 Astoria International Film Festival: Oct. 21-23

October 13th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

silhouette of film maker against golden sky with clouds

Photo: Astoria International Film Festival

Calling all movie buffs to the 10th Astoria International Film Festival, October 21-23, 2016! Now in its 10th year, the Astoria International Film Festival brings the talents of independent filmmakers from around the world to the Oregon coast for this unique event. The Festival offers audiences a curated viewing experience of documentary, dramatic, and short films in the intimate setting of Astoria’s historic vaudeville-style Liberty Theater. In this distinctive setting, they not only have opportunities to view and learn about the films, but also have the privilege of meeting with filmmakers and discussing their works.

Although the Festival draws international attention, part of the program also showcases outstanding works of filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. The 2015 Festival’s world premiere of Voyagers Without Trace by Oregon filmmaker Ian McCluskey and the Northwest premiere of Black Road by Oregonian Gary Lundgren, will both be featured again this year. For this year’s 10 Year Anniversary Commemoration program, visit the AIFF website. It promises an “Intelligently and thoughtfully curated marquee of films, some major coups, unheard of for a film festival of this intimate size.”

Film lovers shouldn’t miss this “One-of-kind opportunity to see some world-class films alongside the works of Oregon filmmakers.” (Kate Giese, The Daily Astorian, Coast Weekend Arts & Entertainment).  Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located just a five minute walk from both the Liberty Theater and Imogen Gallery, so give us a call and book your stay.

Main Theater: Liberty Theater
1203 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-5922
Artwalk Reception: RiverSea Gallery
1160 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-1270

Tickets
Liberty Theater Box Office 1203 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-5922
Box Office Open Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00-6:00 pm

Astoria OR: 2016 Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run

September 29th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

You can drive across the Astoria-Megler Bridge any day of the year, but there’s only one day when you can run or walk across – race day this year is Sunday, October 16, 2016!  Take the challenge of the Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run, where everyone is welcome, from experienced runners to casual walkers, singles and families. Whatever your age – just a babe in a stroller or a nonagenerian with many crossings behind you, there’s a category for you. Age groups for men and women include 15 categories from 19 and under to 90 and over.

Man & woman running in Great Columbia Crossing Race over Astoria-Megler Bridge

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the bridge and the 35th annual Great Columbia Crossing. You begin at Dismal Nitch in Washington (named by Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, when fierce winds and high waves trapped them along the rocky shoreline for six long days). The 10K course covers fairly flat terrain along routes WA 401 and US 101, except for one steep incline to the peak of the bridge. There, 200 feet above the water, unique views of the scenic Columbia River Basin below are your hard-earned reward. Then it is downhill toward the Riverwalk and Basin Street finish line in Astoria, conquering the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

When you reach the finish line, you’ll be ready for lots of pampering, and what better place for post-race comfort than Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. Those last steps of the race will bring you to just over a mile from the bed and breakfast, and your personal ‘spa’ where you’ll be ready to indulge in your room’s luxury bath linens and accessories, spa robes, and down bedding. Then it will be time to relax on a balcony with a view of the river you’ve just conquered, or enjoy the inn’s beautiful gardens. If your whole family is planning on the Crossing, book the inn’s Moose Lodge with its Riverview Suites. This historic house on the inn’s grounds is the perfect choice for larger parties and families with children.

Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run
October 16, 2016
The Great Columbia Crossing 10k Walk/Run is an OFFICIAL USA Track & Field Certified Event. Please visit the Great Columbia Crossing website for additional information and to register for the event.

Registration
Opens May 1 – closes at maximum of 3,500 participants; NO race day registration
Basic registration fee: $40; chip timing upgrade: $5
Children ages 8 to 17 must register as a participant. Children younger than 8 will also be allowed to participate, but do not need to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Registration Includes:
Parking
Shuttle bus service to start of race
Bib number
Light snacks at finish
5 “Clam Bucks” redeemable at participating Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce businesses Oct. 13-19, 2016
T-Shirt: $15 additional

Schedule
Shuttle buses depart from Port of Astoria to Dismal Nitch State Park 5:30 – 8:00 am
Shuttle buses depart from Port of Chinook to Dismal Nitch State Park 6:30 – 8:15 am
Runners start: 8:45 am Walkers start: 9:00 am
Shuttle buses depart Port of Astoria for Port of Chinook: 11:00 – 11:45 am

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup – September 23-25 2016

September 8th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Calling all beer lovers for the 15th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup in Astoria, Oregon’s Historic District on the last weekend in September.  Named “Best Beer Festival” by The Oregonian, it features many northwest breweries, plus live music as eclectic as the brews, and food to clear your palette while you sample. Admission to the Festival is free, but to taste beer you need to buy a souvenir mug and tokens for sampling.

2016 Pacific Northwest Brew Cup with image of two bottles at bottom leftYou’ll find over forty beers and ciders from across the Pacific Northwest at the Brew Cup this year.  Oregon brewers include Astoria Brewing Company, Buoy Beer Company, Fort George Brewery and Public House, FOTM Brewing, Pfriem Family Brewers, Two Towns Ciderhouse, and Seaside Brewing. Washington brewers include North Jetty Brewing, and the 2015 winners of both “Thar She Blows” and People’s Choice honors. Last year, Prodigal Son Brewing’s Huckleberry Wheat was the People’s Choice, and Walking Man Brewing’s  Black Cherry Stout was the first keg to go.

Don’t miss seeing which keg is the first to blow in the 2016 “Thar She Blows” contest, and voting for your favorite brew in the People’s Choice Award.  You may do some serious tasting to decide your vote, so you’ll want to stay within walking distance of the festival (located just east of the Columbia River Maritime Museum). There’s no better choice than Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast on Exchange Street. You’ll be less than a 15 minute walk from the festival, so book your weekend now, and get ready to lift your mug at the Pacific NW Brew Cup – a beer connoisseur’s (beeroisseur’s) delight.

15th Annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup
Barbey Center, east of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, OR 97103
(Festival also may be accessed by vehicle or the Astoria Riverfront Trolley)
September 23-25, 2016
Friday: 12 pm – 10 pm
Saturday:  11 am – 10 pm
Sunday:  11 am – 4 pm

Admission: Free
Guests wishing to purchase a mug and sample beers must have their ID checked to verify they are of legal drinking age.
Souvenir tasting mugs are $9.00 Tokens are $1.00 each (a 4 oz pour) 3 tokens = a full beer

2016 Astoria Finnish Brotherhood Salmon Dinner and Heritage Exhibit

September 1st, 2016 by Clementines B&B

The Finnish Brotherhood annually hosts a traditional Salmon Dinner, celebrating their rich heritage.  This year they will once again gather on September 10, 2016 in the Uniontown Historic District of Astoria, Oregon.

Row of fishing boats anchored in harbor text: Finnish Brotherhoold Salmon Dinner

Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

If you stroll through the Uniontown neighborhood of Astoria, you’ll see the proud legacy of the many Finnish immigrants who swelled Oregon’s population in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. In fact, so many Finnish families arrived over a century ago that they became the largest group of immigrants in the city, and Astoria sometimes was called the “Helsinki of the West”.

The United Finnish Kaleva Brotherhood & Sisterhood, formed in 1887, still boasts over 200 members and sponsors the Heritage Salmon Dinner, Saturday, September 10, 2016.. The Dinner, together with the Finnish Heritage Exhibit, honor the Finns’ expertise in commercial and sport fishing in the lower Columbia River. For the Exhibit, local descendants share family pictures and possessions that illustrate the ideals and traditions of these early Finnish settlers. Almost all of them were fisherman or worked in the fish packing plants.

Make plans to dine September 10,  when the salmon will be served fresh off the boat at Suomi Hall in historic Uniontown. (Suomi is the word for Finland or the Finnish language). Only 100 tickets will be sold, so make your plans now for the Dinner and your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. Suomi Hall, near the waterfront, is a pleasant walk or just a five minute drive from the inn. What better way to welcome fall than with dining on Oregon’s famous salmon, learning about Finnish-American culture, and enjoying a relaxing weekend getaway in Astoria?

Finnish Brotherhood Salmon Dinner & Finnish Heritage Exhibit
Date: September 10, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Suomi Hall, Uniontown Historic District
244 W Marine Drive, Astoria, Oregon 97103
Admission: $20 (only 100 tickets available)
Advance purchase $18: Phone 503-861-2400
Email contact: mailto:clatsop41@yahoo.com Subject: Finnish Brotherhood Salmon Dinner & Finnish Heritage

The Astoria-Megler Bridge Turns 50 August 27, 2016

August 25th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Imagine Astoria’s waterfront without the Astoria-Megler Bridge. That’s what you would have seen 50 years ago while you waited to take the half-hour ferry ride across the river to Washington state. If the weather was bad, you couldn’t even take the ferry! That’s why everyone celebrated the construction of the longest continuous truss bridge in North America, and is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary today.  The four-mile-long bridge, one lane in each direction, spans the Columbia River from Astoria to Point Ellice at Megler, WA. 

Astoria-Megler Bridge over Columbia River

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

Over 30,000 people watched Governors Mark Hatfield of Oregon and Dan Evans of Washington cut the ceremonial ribbon on August 27, 1966. This ambitious project cost $24 million in 1966, the equivalent of $175 million today. Over 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day – can you imagine how many ferry trips that would be? Bad weather isn’t a problem now – the bridge was built to withstand 150 mph wind gusts and a river water speed of 9 mph to tame the “Graveyard of the Pacific”.

Help celebrate the birthday of this final segment of U.S. 101 between Olympia, WA, and Los Angeles, CA. on your visit to Astoria this summer. Be sure to cross the bridge and visit the special exhibit  “Memories of Megler” at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. It’s just a scenic half-hour drive up U.S. 101 from the bridge to Ilwaco, WA.  Historic photographs and first person memories will take you back in time to see the end of the ferry era and the beginning of contemporary auto travel on U.S. 101.

So don’t miss saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to what once was called “The Bridge to Nowhere’, but this year is celebrated as “The Bridge to Everywhere”. Book your stay at Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast today – the special exhibit closes October 2, 2016.

Special Exhibit: “Memories of Megler” July 29 to October 2, 2016
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St., Ilwaco WA 98624
Phone: 360-642-3446
Open: Tuesday – Saturday Hours: 10 am – 4 pm

Astoria OR Artists Showcase Work in Open Studio Tour

July 21st, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Astoria Open Studio Tour July 30-31 10 am - 4 pmMake plans to discover the talents and diversity of Astoria, Oregon’s arts community when artists welcome you into their studios from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2016. Their sixth annual Astoria Open Studio Tour showcases 47 different artists who are waiting to greet you and discuss their art and sources of inspiration. You’ll meet both professional artists and emerging talent who work in all kinds of media – sculptors, painters, fiber artists, potters, photographers, and more. You will see works in progress as well as finished pieces for sale, and learn what has drawn different artists to this beautiful location.
The Tour is self-guided and self-paced, allowing you time to watch live demonstrations as well as engage with the artists at the different studios and locations throughout the peninsula. Before you begin, be sure to visit the Astoria Visual Arts’ 2016 Open Studio Tour web page, where you will find a map, information about each of the artists participating in the 2016 Tour, their biographies, and examples of their creations. The Open Studio Tour website currently features the work of participants in the 2015 Tour.
The tour guide and map, which includes the 24 locations and all of the participating artists, is available on the Astoria Visual Arts website and at several gallery locations in Astoria. Best of all, you’ll find a number of the Open Studio Tour locations are clustered within an easy 5 to 10 minute walk from Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast on Exchange Street. Book your weekend stay at our B&B the last weekend in July and you’ll find yourself perfectly located for the Tour!
2016 Open Studio Tour
Astoria, Oregon
July 30-31, 2016  10:00am – 4:00 pm

Get Shanghaied in Astoria July 7 – September 10 2016!

June 30th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

Need an excuse for a weekend getaway? Tell them you were Shanghaied in Astoria! ‘Part-vaudeville, part-soap opera, and part 1950’s style Hollywood musical’, this award-winning three-act melodrama has been entertaining audiences every summer for 32 years, and should be on your bucket list for 2016.

Shanghaied in Astoria cast in costume

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

So get ready to travel back in time to 1904, and Astoria’s Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, where Miss Virginia Sweet must be rescued from her guardian by the Norwegian hero, Eric Olson. You can cheer for the heroes, sigh with the heroine, and boo, hiss and throw popcorn at the villains while you enjoy a tale about Astoria’s infamous history. At intermission, belly up at the bar in Miss Vivian’s Saloon for refreshments if you wish – a local draft from Fort George Brewery, soft drinks, hot dogs, candy, and that essential popcorn, of course.

The Astor Street Opry Company is ready to Shanghai you Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons this summer.

July 7 – September 10, 2016
Evening performances
Box Office opens at 6:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm, and show time is 7:00 pm.

July 24, August 14, and August 28, 2016
Sunday Matinees
Box Office opens at 1:00 pm, doors at 1:30 pm, and show time at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $17 to $21 and can be purchased online or by calling the Shanghaied Ticket Hotline at 503-325-6104. Although tickets may be available at the door beginning one hour before each show, reservations are recommended.

We promise you won’t be Shanghaied when you come to Clementine’s – you’ll awaken in a delightfully comfy bed, and Judith’s breakfasts featuring the summer’s local bounty will reassure you that you are right here in Astoria and not in a bunk on a ship bound for parts unknown! Book now for an entertaining adventure and a tale you can tell on Monday morning.

Last Minute July 4th 2016 Getaway Events in Astoria OR

June 23rd, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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!

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