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

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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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 at 7:00 p.m.

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. 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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Don't miss this rousing, funny, and spirited presentation on Governor Oswald West by Kick Ass History's own Doug Kenck-Crispin on Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public! More info at

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Don’t miss this rousing, funny, and spirited presentation on Governor Oswald West by Kick Ass Oregon History’s own Doug Kenck-Crispin on Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.

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. Still a North Portland resident, he does enjoy Pina Coladas, and he LOVES getting caught in the rain.

Doug will be talking about Governor Oswald West, who served as Oregon’s 14th Governor from 1911- 1915. During West’s term he focused on women’s suffrage, a new parole system for prisoners, abolished capital punishment, and protected our beaches. Oregon also became a dry state during West’s time as governor. West was notoriously passionate about his policies, his family, and those who worked for him. In one circumstance West socked a journalist in the face for something he wrote about a staff member. Bring your funny and leave your preconceived notions at the door.

Raise a pint at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum. The museum is a private non-profit located at the corner of Sunset and Spruce in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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Do you like local art, historic photographs, or gift certificates from your favorite local shops? How about supporting a local non-profit? Then the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's annual fall raffle is for you! The raffle takes place as part of the museum's annual fundraiser, the Cottage & Garden Tour. The drawing will take place at the museum on Saturday, September 10. You do not have to be present to win, but you might want to anyway. The raffle drawing will take place during the Maggie & the Kats concert from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For just five bucks, you have the opportunity to take home some pretty wonderful items. The shining star is a one-of-a-kind garden sculpture by Cannon Beach glasswork artist, Jim Kingwell, which can be viewed at the museum. Kingwell has been glass blowing since the '70s and his work is legendary. Glass artists from around the world visit Icefire Glassworks to work with him. If you have never been, Icefire Glassworks is located in the old Van Vleet Logging building at the corner of Gower Street and Hemlock. At Icefire Glassworks, visitors can watch as glass artists, Jim Kingwell and Suzanne Kindland create vessels with dramatic colors and specialized techniques.

Who wouldn't want to take home an original painting by Washington artist, Mary Arnold? Arnold is a versatile artist that is as comfortable working with textile as she is with oil. Her love of nature and the sea comes through in everything that she does. This original piece, entitled "From the Path," was inspired by Arnold's favorite place - Cannon Beach. Not to mention a few great pieces from Pacific Northwest illustrator, Gabri Kirkendall. Kirkendall specializes in hand lettering, watercolor, and pen & ink. Other prizes include a dinner for two from Mo's, or one of two $25 gift cards from Insomnia Coffee, one of two $20 gift certificates from Cannon Beach Treasure Company, a gift card from the Human Bean, an original Beth Willis CD, among many other amazing prizes.

Tickets are available at the Museum or through the Museum's online gift shop ( Tickets are just $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will take place at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum on Saturday, September 10 during the Maggie & the Kats concert from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets to the concert are by donation.

With your help and the generosity of local businesses, we hope that we can make this the largest fundraising event ever for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

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Get your Cottage & Garden Tour tickets now!

If you haven't purchased your tickets for the Cottage & Garden Tour, now is the time. Tickets start at $30 and include a tour of homes and gardens of Tolovana, wine tasting, live music, beer from Fort George Brewery, and more! This is the perfect way to support Cannon Beach's only history museum while having some fun. See historic cottages, grand beach homes, and beautifully manicured gardens.

For over a decade, the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond inside vintage homes, historic lodges and inns, and architectural wonders of your favorite coastal town. Over the years the tour has received accolades from Oregon Home Magazine, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Seattle Times, Oregon Coast Magazine, among others.

Not many home tours take place with the Pacific Ocean and one of the most iconic Oregon images, Haystack Rock, in view. Cannon Beach has been a destination community since the late 1800's. The August 1891 issue of The Daily Astorian declared the settlement a "sportsman's paradise" - ideal for rest and recuperation. It was alluring for both its seaside location and its unequivocal charm.
The unequivocal charm isn't lost on visitors. The town was included as one of the most beautiful destinations by National Geographic. The Cottage & Garden Tour is a perfect excuse to visit. The fundraiser is scheduled for September 9th through the 11th, 2016.

The tour is a multi-day event that begins with an exclusive concert and reception on Friday, September 9th at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum (1387 South Spruce Street). Start the weekend out on the right foot with Kelsey Mousley and "The Next Right Thing." Mousley has been performing for just over a decade and has been compared to a young Diana Krall. Concert attendees will enjoy delectable delights created by Newman's at 988 and Sea Level Bakery + Coffee. Tickets to this event are extremely limited, so get them while you can.Tickets for this event are $12

On Saturday, September 10th, attendees are invited to a special luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn (3400 South Hemlock). This year's lecture will focus on vintage and traditional design and the reawakening of these styles in home design. Believe it or not, it's possible to do contemporary upgrades for today's modern living while still maintaining the character and traditional design of the home. The speaker, Libby Holah, received her master of architecture from Washington University and has had her vintage and historic designs featured in 1859 Magazine, Gray Magazine, Oregon Home Magazine, The Oregonian, and was even selected for a featured custom furniture showcase in the bi-annual furniture show, Show-PDX.  She is the Principal, with her husband of HOLAH Design + Architecture in Portland, Oregon. They do a variety of project types whith an emphasis on residential projects arond the state of Oregon. The presentation will take place in the event rooms at the beautiful Tolovana Inn. Food will be prepared by Oregon Fine Foods of Seaside, Oregon. Following the presentation, attendees will receive tour maps (if they are going on the tour). Tickets will not be available the day of, so get your tickets in advance. Tickets for this event are $25.

The tour of homes will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th. This year, the tour will take place in the Tolovana Park area of Cannon Beach. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour historic cottages (the original "tiny house"), grand beach homes, lodges, and inviting gardens. One of the highlights of the 2016 tour will be the former summer cottage of Frank and Irta Woodfield. Frank Woodfield was a prolific and acclaimed photographer of the Oregon coast and Astoria during the early 1900's. His wife, Irta, was a talented poet. Both had a love of Cannon Beach that was obvious from their works, which will be on display. If historic cottages aren't your thing, the tour will also feature dream homes and a garden or two. Not to mention all of the other events that will take place on tour weekend.  Tickets for this event are $30.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to a concert and reception at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Take off your walking shoes and slip on your dancing shoes for the Saturday night concert featuring Maggie & the Cats. Local libations will be flowing thanks to the Nehalem Bay Winery and Fort George Brewery. This event is included in the cost of the home tour ticket.

The final event of the weekend is an English style garden tea at the Tolovana Inn on Sunday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. Attendees will enjoy English style tea while enjoying a presentation by the event's guest speaker, Sherian Wright. Wright is a naturalist and NW author of "Mason Bees for the Backyard Gardener." She is a retired mechanical engineer who came across what appeared to be a garbage fly on a flower, but something seemed a little different. After comparing her photos with those in insect books, she realized that this unfamiliar insect to her was a mason bee (osmia lignaria propinqua local NW mason bee). She continued documenting and researching this little blueblack bee and after a period of time, felt compelled to share her insights and "discoveries" with others who needed to know about its amazing super pollinating abilities. Wright started out with mason bee parties in her home, but the word spread and before she knew it, she was traveling throughout the states of Oregon and Washington doing presentations and workshops to colleges, master gardeners, schools, nurseries, The Oregon Garden, and various special interests groups. Wright's presentation will focus on beekeeping for the backyard gardener. Coffee and tea will be provided courtesy of Sleepy Monk Coffee, along with tasty treats created by EVOO and volunteers. Tickets for this event are $20.

The Cottage and Garden Tour is the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum's annual fundraiser put on lovingly by volunteers for thirteen years. The event provides twenty percent of our organization's annual income and allows us to provide a free field trip program to area schools, seasonal exhibits, and a free lecture series. Tickets for each event may be purchased individually or as a weekend package. Weekend packages are $60, with a discount to members, and include all events. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop ( Many of the events sell out, so make your plans as soon as you can.

For more information regarding tickets or other events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum at 503-436-9301 or email at

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The Cottage & Garden Tour is only one week away! Have you got your tickets yet?
This year, the tour kicks off with a luncheon and lecture at the Tolovana Inn. The lecture will feature five intrepid women of Cannon Beach as they share their unique perspectives on the history of Cannon Beach. The luncheon will be prepared by tour favorite, Culinary Capers. Tickets for this event are $25. The luncheon and lecture sells out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.
The self-guided home and garden tour will be at 1:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to tour dream homes, cozy cottages, historic splendors, beachy cottages, and well-manicured gardens of the neighborhood around First Street and the Presidential streets. Maps are not available until ten minutes prior to the start of the tour. Tickets and maps may be picked up on the day of the tour from the east side porch of the Coaster Theatre or from the History Center. Tickets for this event are $30 and include the post tour celebration at the Museum at 6:00 p.m.
The final event will be an English style garden tea on Sunday, September 13th at 11:00 a.m. at the Tolovana Inn. Enjoy a selection of Oregon made teas, homemade scones, and other treats in a flower-filled setting. Debbie Teashon, owner of Rainy Side Gardeners, and co-author of Gardening for the Homebrewer: Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider, Perry, and More will be giving a presentation entitled, Life Beyond the Two-Season Garden Party.
Tickets for each event are available to purchase separately. Luncheon and Lecture tickets are $25, Home and Garden Tour tickets are $30, and Garden Tea tickets are $20. A weekend event package is $60 with a discount to members.
The proceeds of this event allows the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum to continue operating as a donation based museum. It also allows the Museum to continue offering a free lecture series and field trip program, as well as a season acoustic series.
Tickets are available to purchase at the Museum, over the phone (503-436-9301), or through the online gift shop (
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