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Astoria Oregon News – Fall 2011
MONSTER TRUCKS INVADE
Those with a love of larger-than-life off-road trucks will want to get in on the action when the Clatsop County Fairgrounds hosts the Monster Truck & Mud Bogs show, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15. Monster Jam trucks including Maximum Destruction, Bounty Hunter and Grave Digger will thrill the crowd with their oversized engines, gigantic tires and epic suspensions as they crush smaller vehicles. The gates will open at 5:30pm and the show will begin at 7:30pm, both days. Call 360-642-2368 for more information. (Photo: Astoria Warrenton C of C)
This year marks the 30th Annual Great Columbia Crossing 10K Walk/Run, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. The event is the one time each year when experienced athletes and amateurs can cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge—normally open to vehicle and cycle traffic only—from Washington to Oregon. It is the longest continuous three-span through truss bridge in the world. At its highest point, the bridge rises 205 feet above the water, offering a challenging incline. It also features panoramic views of Astoria and nearby Warrenton. Only registered event participants are allowed along on the bridge from 9am to 11am.
Participants start the race at Dismal Nitch and finish near the Port of Astoria. As participants cross the finish line, they are greeted by live music and cheering onlookers. An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the race. You can register online or print the application and mail it to the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. Registration will close Oct. 1, or when the maximum number of participants is reached. www.greatcolumbiacrossing.com
Some may know of Astoria for its connections to the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, but others are likely to think of it for its presence on the History Channel’s Ax Men.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, Ax Men regulars Browning Logging and Gustafson Logging, both based in Astoria, will sponsor the Astoria Timber Festival. The event will feature competitions including axe-throwing, choker-setting, spar pole climbing and log-rolling. Local high schools will compete for prizes, and local logging companies will compete for the 2011 Timber Crown. The festival is being held in conjunction with Astoria’s celebration of its bicentennial. www.astoriatimberfestival.com
SCROOGED IN ASTORIA
The Astor Street Opry Company may be best known for its annual production, Shanghaied in Astoria, but fans of the company have also grown to love its holiday play, Scrooged in Astoria. It combines sentimental holiday tunes with Scandinavian traditions and incorporates characters from Shanghaied to create a musical unique to Astoria. Written and directed by ASOC’s own Judith Niland, with original songs by Philip Morrill and music direction by Chris Lynn Taylor, the production is a melodramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, suited for all ages. (‘Scrooge and Bob Cratchit’ woodcut by John Leech (1809-1870))
Celebrate the holidays Victorian-style at the Flavel House Museum. This year, consider partaking in plum pudding and tea to celebrate the holidays as folks did at the turn of the last century. Astoria’s Flavel House Museum will offer daily afternoon holiday teas from 2 to 4pm, Saturday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Dec. 23.
Considered one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the West, the Flavel House was built in 1884 and 1885 for Captain George Flavel and his family. Flavel, who made his fortune as a river bar pilot and through real estate investments, commissioned the house, built for his retirement at the age of 62. At roughly 11,600 square feet, the house features a four-story, octagon tower, Douglas fir doors and windows, and balconies, verandas, furnishings and decorations from the 19th century. Part of the Clatsop Historical Society’s inventory of historical buildings, the Flavel House is open year-round to the public. www.cumtux.org
LOCAL STORE SUPPORTS ORPHANS
A portion of the sales from Nepal on Exchange (1421 Commercial Street) is donated to the Happiness Colony Orphanage (Helpless Colony Orphanage) in Nepal. This support helps pay for the children’s housing, schooling, food, clothing and their new vegetable garden. Be sure to come into the store to see the new fall and winter arrivals! www.nepelonexchange.com
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