Archive for the ‘Festivals’ Category

OR Railfans – 2017 Clamshell Railroad Days July 15-16

July 11th, 2017 by Clementines B&B

Celebrate the history of railroading in the Pacific Northwest at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s Clamshell Railroad Days, July 15-16, 2017. Railfans of all ages can tour the railroad’s Pullman coach, the NAHCOTTA, a typical passenger coach of the 1880s. The Peninsula Model Railroad Club, the Mt. Rainier N-Scale Club and the Portland Cascade Z-Scale Club Model will host model train displays. Kids will have fun at the Kids Craft Caboose and the Lego train as well.

Door to 1888 railroad coach with seats, hanging lights, boy standing at end of carFrom 1888 until 1930, the narrow gauge Clamshell Railroad provided the primary transportation along Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, from the Columbia River to Nahcotta, on Willapa Bay. Although it lacked any connections with outside rail lines, the railroad both linked the coastal communities, and transported local products such as oysters, cranberries, and timber, to ports where they could be shipped to outside markets. Schedules of the steamboats that met the train at its endpoints determined the time table for the “Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad”. Although the railroad ceased operations over 80 years ago, some landmarks along the train’s route can still be identified.

After the railroad ceased operation, the NAHCOTTA became a cottage in Seaview, Washington until the 1960s, when Henry Welzel acquired the coach and restored it over the next 30 years. Much of the original Eastlake-style oak woodwork remains; the Carter Brothers style seats are replicas of the originals. The Nahcotta came home to Ilwaco in 2003, where it rests next to the restored Ilwaco Freight Depot at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

The railfest is just across the Columbia River in Ilwaco, WA, conveniently located less than half an hour from Clementine’s Bed & Breakfast in Astoria. Give us a call to book your weekend getaway, and you’ll enjoy our delicious gourmet breakfast to start your day, and have all of Astoria’s shops, galleries and restaurants nearby when you return from your day at on the rails.

Clamshell Railroad Days
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
Dates: July 15-16, 2017
Location: 115 SE Lake Street Ilwaco, WA 98624 Phone: 360-642-3446
Admission: $5.00 for adults including a souvenir pin and Museum entrance for 2 days, children under 12 free.
Photo 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!

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.

Washington’s 2016 Water Music Festival: Musical Palette

September 15th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

2016 Water Music Festival Musical Palette - Waves photo by Kris Guico on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/@krisguicoWhat better place for the Water Music Festival than Washington’s Pacific Coast? You’ll  listen to the artistic strains of jazz, guitar, and classical piano, as well as the sounds of the surf, at this year’s festival, Musical Palette, on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2016. Friday’s evening concert and Saturday’s afternoon and evening concerts are held at three different venues along the Long Beach Peninsula, all less than 40 miles from Astoria, Oregon, and Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast. Tickets for individual performances may be purchased online at the Water Music Festival website.

Friday evening, October 14, 2016, features the highly regarded jazz group Pearl Django with guest vocalist Gail Pettis, recently named Northwest Vocalist of the Year. You’ll swing to their two decade repertoire of both original compositions and jazz classics at Ilwaco, just a 15 minute drive over the Astoria-Megler Bridge from Astoria.
Admission: $35 Social Hour: 6:30 pm  Concert: 7:30 pm
Venue:  Inn at Harbour Village, Ilwaco  120 Williams Avenue NE  Ilwaco, WA 98624
Phone:  (360) 642-0087

Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2016, you’ll enjoy the 50 minute drive up the Long Beach Peninsula to Ocean Park, WA, to hear Cavatina Duo at the historic Oysterville Church. The duo of Eugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar, have performed world-wide to critical reviews of both their sophisticated style and technical artistry.
Admission: $30 Concert: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue:  Oysterville Church, 33590 Territory Road, Ocean Park, WA , 98640

Saturday evening, October 15, 2016, you can venture a little farther up the coast to scenic Ledbetter Farms in Ocean Park, and listen to the poetic notes of Tien Hsieh, renowned classical pianist. Winner of major piano competitions, she is known for her personal warmth and sense of humor as well as her superb performances with symphonies and at festivals across the country, as well as in Germany, Hungary, and China. Her most recent CD is entitled Bach & Beethoven: Mostly Transcriptions 2.
Admission: $45 Social Hour: 6:00 pm  Concert: 7:00 pm
Venue:  Leadbetter Farms  35710 I Place Ocean Park, Washington, 98640

Astoria and surrounding areas host many events on the weekend of October 14-16, 2016, so don’t wait to purchase your Water Music Festival tickets and reserve your stay at our B&B soon!

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

Oregon Presents: Astoria Music Festival 2016

June 15th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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.

conductor and string players performing

Photo: Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

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

June 10th, 2016 by Clementines B&B

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!

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