Haystack Holidays 2017
Come celebrate with us! Cannon Beach is offering can’t miss events to make your holiday season merry and bright!
WOW Cannon Beach!
Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th
A weekend filled with events, classes, discounts and fun! Proceeds go to support the Cannon Beach Library. For more details, visit www.wowcannonbeach.com, www.facebook.com/WOWCannonBeach or call WOW at (503) 741-7443 or the Cannon Beach Library at (503) 436-1391.
A Christmas Carol
November 17th – December 23rd
A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story. Tickets available at www.coastertheater.com. For more details, call the Coaster Theatre at (503) 436-1242.
Friday, November 24th
A shopping extravaganza! Refreshments and deals can be found all around town from 8am until 11am. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/MimosaMadness
Cannon Beach in Lights & ‘Name That Tune’ Window Display Contest
November 27th to December 15th
Visit participating retailers for a chance to win a holiday gift basket, submit correct ‘Name That Tune’ playing cards for a chance to win. Holiday Lights voting at the Chamber or online at www.cannonbeach.org. Voting open through December 15th. Awards will be announced at the Coaster Theatre Play on the 16th.
Holiday Wreath Making
Saturday, November 25th & Saturday, December 2nd
Get creative at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 11am until 3pm. This wreath making event even comes with an instructor – along with refreshments and holiday music!
Cannon Beach Chorus Holiday Concert
December 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Celebrate the sounds of the season with the Cannon Beach Chorus. Locations TBD. For more details, visit www.cannonbeachchorus.org or call (503) 436-0378.
Cannon Beach Library Holiday Tea
Saturday, December 2nd
Enjoy home baked cookies, tea and cider. During the event they will draw the winner of their annual Quilt Drawing; you do not have to be present to win. Cozy up at the Cannon Beach Library from 1pm until 4pm. For more details, visit www.cannonbeachlibrary.org or call (503) 436-1391.
Lamp Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 2nd
Join us in Sandpiper Square for a beloved Cannon Beach holiday tradition at 4pm. You’ll find treats and refreshments after the ceremony as well. For more details, call (503) 436-2618.
Pictures with Santa
Saturday, December 9th
Santa Claus is coming to town. Come support the Cannon Beach Library and get your picture with Santa. Located at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm. For more details, call (503) 436-1391. Ho Ho Ho!
Holiday Foods Around the World
Tuesday, December 26th – Friday, December 29th
Visit participating Cannon Beach restaurants as they feature unique food and beverage specials highlighting traditions from many different Countries and Cultures.
Winter Holiday Concert with The Trail Band
Wednesday, December 27th
Finish 2017 with some fun! The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists. They are the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest A festive holiday concert in the intimate Coaster Theater. For more details and tickets, call (503) 436-2623 – Located at the Coaster Theatre, 7pm
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or call the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623
Past Events Archives
Haystack Holidays 2015
Beginning in mid-November, Cannon Beach plays host to Haystack Holidays, a series of holiday events designed to put the fun back into the holiday season. Some Haystack Holidays highlights include Mimosa Madness, Cannon Beach’s refreshing alternative to the craziness of Black Friday; a long time local tradition, the downtown Lamp Lighting Ceremony; and a special holiday concert, this year showcasing an Oregon favorite: The Trail Band. Cannon Beach offers the perfect holiday shopping season getaway with the picturesque village lit up festively and shops and galleries offering unique gift opportunities. Of course, when your shopping is done, you can enjoy the spectacular Oregon Coast during a season like no other.
The seasonal celebration kicks off November 13-15 with Women Only Weekend, an annual pre-holiday shopping event. Other Haystack Holidays events include live theater performances of a holiday production at the Coaster Theatre, wreath-making workshops, Holiday Tea at the Library and a Christmas concert with the Cannon Beach Chorus.
Haystack Holidays Schedule of Events
Holiday Production at Coaster Theatre: Once Upon A Mattress
November 13 to December 20 – The story of Princess and the Pea will never be the same! If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Tickets available at www.coastertheater.com
Women Only Weekend
November 13 to 15, 2015 – A weekend full of fabulous food, divine wine and sensational shopping. Our town is going all out to get you in the holiday spirit while immersing you in the magic of our unique beach community. Let us help you get a jump-start on your holiday season. www.facebook.com/wowcannonbeach
Friday, November 27 – It’s Cannon Beach’s refreshing alternative to the craziness of Black Friday with shopping deals, complimentary mimosas and refreshments from 8-11am on November 27. A shopping extravaganza! Have your purchases wrapped with flair at our giftwrap station located in Sandpiper Square from 9am-2pm. For more details visit www.facebook.com/MimosaMadness or call La Luna Loca at (503) 436-0774.
Cannon Beach in Lights
November 27 to December 18 – Cannon Beach’s picturesque downtown sparkles with festive holiday lighting displays the entire month of December as businesses compete for awards and you can vote for your favorite online until noon on December 18. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more details. (503) 436-2623
Holiday Wreath Making
Saturday, November 28 & Saturday, December 5 – Get creative at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 11am until 3pm. This wreath-making event comes with an instructor, along with refreshments and holiday music!
Cannon Beach Chorus Christmas Concert
Friday, December 4 – Celebrate the sounds of the season at the Cannon Beach Community Church. The performance begins at 7pm and tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call 503-436-0378
Saturday, December 5 – Enjoy home baked cookies, tea and cider at the beautifully decorated Cannon Beach Library from 1pm until 4pm. During the event, the winner of the library’s annual Quilt Drawing is announced (you do not have to be present to win). For more information, call (503)-436-1391
Lamp Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 5 – A beloved Cannon Beach holiday tradition at Sandpiper Square beginning at 4pm. Treats and refreshments are served after the ceremony. For more information, call (503) 436-2618
Pictures with Santa
Saturday, December 12 – Santa Claus is coming to town, so here’s your photo op at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1pm until 4pm. For information please call (503) 436-2623
Holiday Concert: The Trail Band
Wednesday, December 30 – The premier historic music ensemble from the Northwest will perform brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music with five remarkable vocalists including Quarterflash’s Rindy Ross. Coaster Theater, 7pm. To purchase tickets online, click here. For more information, call (503) 436-2623
PELICAN BREWING COMPANY – Broke Ground in Cannon Beach – Tuesday, September 28, 2015
Pelican Brewing Company officially broke ground on a new Cannon Beach Brewpub location on Tuesday, September 28th. The groundbreaking was attended by just over 120 city officials, local business people, citizens, Pelican fans, and Pelican staff who enjoyed beer sampling and appetizers catered by John Newman and the team from Newman’s at 988. The festivities included a ceremonial “golden shovel” ground breaking and speeches from the Mayor, President of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Pelican owners and senior leadership.
The exterior of the brewpub will resemble a coastal cannery/ warehouse finished in natural cedar shake and board and batten siding. The exterior will feature a 40 seat patio, exterior waiting area, and two fire pits along with heaters to keep outside diners warm and toasty on cooler days. The exterior also boasts four rollup garage-style doors on the south side of the building that will open up to the patio and “bring the outside in” on warm sunny days.
The interior experience starts with a lobby that can be entered through a set of French doors or through another rollup garage door on warm days. The lobby includes a host stand with a growler fill station and a separate retail area that will feature Pelican swag. As guests walk into the dining room they will be greeted with high ceilings and open beam construction reminiscent the coastal cannery feeling, but the finish of the tables, chairs, and interior walls and design touches will be more refined, as if an old building has been repurposed into a new use.
The dining room and bar will accommodate approximately 160 guests inside. Dining room seating will be a mix of banquettes and freestanding tables and chairs arranged into comfortable dining spaces. The bar will have high – top tables and a U-shaped bar. As guests enter the bar area they will also see a ten barrel brewery in the Northwest corner of the building.
The brewpub is scheduled to open in Spring of 2016 and Pelican would like to thank Tolvana Architects, O’Brien + Company Construction, Cannon Beach Landsape, the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cannon Beach, and Fibre Federal Credit Union for their support on the project.
CANNON BEACH’S ANNUAL SANDCASTLE CONTEST JUNE 20, 2015
CANNON BEACH SANDCASTLE CONTEST ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE
OF EVENTS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 19-21
Now more than a 50-year tradition in Cannon Beach, the community’s annual Sandcastle Contest draws thousands of spectators who view the monumental, but temporary, sculptures by teams of professional “Masters” and amateur sand artists.
The 51st annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest will draw thousands of onlookers on Saturday, June 20 and the weekend includes a series of other related events that typically make this the busiest weekend of the year in this small beach town. Additional events planned for 2015 include a parade, a folk music concert and a fun run and walk. The Sandcastle Contest awards will be announced Saturday at 12:30pm on the beach, making 11am-1:30pm the best time for viewing the completed sculptures.
The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by Oregon State Parks last year when the event celebrated its 50th anniversary, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. The contest was founded in 1964 following an earthquake in Alaska that created a tsunami, which washed out the Ecola Creek bridge and flooded the downtown area. Local residents got together that summer to put on a community sandcastle contest to raise spirits and draw visitors back to Cannon Beach. The event grew and, more than 50 years later, the Sandcastle Contest weekend is still the busiest weekend of the year for Cannon Beach.
Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend as hotels typically sell out all rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early. The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of each year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds. For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or to find lodging, visit www.cannonbeach.org or call the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.
Online registration for all sandcastle-building teams is also now open. Divisions available are Masters, Open, Teen, Junior and Sand Fleas. Visitors can also sign up online in advance for the Shovel and Bucket Dinner or 5K Fun Run/Walk, as well as purchase Sandcastle T-shirts and commemorative posters.
2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
10am-5pm – Packets n’ Pail Pickup, Cannon Beach Chamber and Visitor Center
6-7:30pm – Shovels n’ Buckets Dinner, Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
8-10am – American Legion Pancake Feed, 1216 S Hemlock
7:30am-1pm – Sandcastle Contest (awards announcements at 12:30pm)
7pm – Folk Music Concert, Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall
8pm – Beach Bonfire, Tolovana Beach Wayside
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
9am – Sandcastle Fun Run/Walk (Registration at 8am), 2nd Street on Beach
For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or to find lodging, visit the www.cannonbeach.org or call the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.
A 50-YEAR TRADITION TAKES SHAPE AT CANNON BEACH’S ANNUAL SANDCASTLE CONTEST JUNE 20
The 51st Annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest welcomes competing professional and amateur teams of sand sculpture artists who construct monumental sculptures that are washed away by the following high tide.
Cannon Beach, Oregon will host its annual Sandcastle Contest Saturday, June 20, the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the most popular event in this Oregon Coast town. Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand during the event which will celebrate its 51st year in 2015. The Masters division teams compete for cash prizes and construct large, elaborate creations often utilizing construction forms, similar to those used for pouring concrete, to accomplish their monumental size.
In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.
Although the sand sculpture contest on Saturday is the highlight of the weekend, visitors will find plenty of other activities to keep them busy. Weekend activities include a Sandcastle Bucket & Shovel Dinner, parade, concert, beach bonfire and a 5K fun run and walk. Judging of the sandcastles will be at 1pm this year, making 11am-1:30pm the best time for viewing the completed sculptures. The tide will determine how long the sculptures last.
Make lodging reservations early for this popular weekend as hotels typically sell out all rooms in advance. Day-trippers should plan on arriving early. The Sandcastle Contest is the only day of the year when the beach is used for parking to accommodate the large crowds. For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or information on how to participate, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623. For lodging information, visit cannonbeach.org.
CANNON BEACH SANDCASTLE CONTEST HISTORY
From tsunami to an Oregon Heritage Tradition, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest has a colorful 50-plus year history.
A tsunami is credited with being the genesis of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. An earthquake in Alaska in March of 1964 created a tsunami wave that washed ashore on the Northwest coast. Cannon Beach’s downtown suffered from flooding and the Ecola Creek Bridge was washed away. Local residents got together that summer to put on a community Sandcastle Contest to raise spirits. Recognizing the potential draw of such an event, the event was promoted to the public the next year in an effort to bring tourists back to town. The event grew, began attracting tens of thousands of visitors and, more than 50 years later, the Sandcastle Contest weekend is still one of the busiest weekends of the year for Cannon Beach.
In 2014, the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest was named an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, making it one of just 11 events statewide to achieve such a designation. An Oregon Heritage Tradition is an event with broad public appeal, with at least 50 years of continuous operation and that contributes to the identity of the state.
Cannon Beach History Center & Museum’s Spring Raffle
For the first time -ever – the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum is having a Spring Raffle. The raffle has been made possible by Cannon Beach’s Icefire Glassworks. The owners and artists have graciously donated a beautiful vase. The vase is a tantalizing swirl of yellows, blues, and deep reds and hombres. It’s absolutely fabulous, but what isn’t from the talented Jim Kingwell?
Tickets are available at the Museum or through the Museum’s online gift shop. For just $5.00 a unique piece of artwork created by a local artist could be yours! The drawing will take place at the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum on Friday, May 29th at the Museum’s Acoustic Season Finale.
With your help and Icefire’s generosity, we hope that we can make this the largest fundraising event ever for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.
The Cannon Beach History Center is located at the corner of Spruce and Sunset in Cannon Beach. For information, call (503) 436-9301 or visit www.cbhistory.org.
Mariner Market Deli – For Life’s Essentials
Updated Sponsor Information and photo – Arbor Care
Luke Colvin, an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor, is passionate about the stewardship of trees as a natural resource. Colvin founded Arbor Care Tree Specialists in 2004. The company is dedicated to promoting the health and beauty of trees and shrubs throughout Clatsop county, Pacific county and the Capitol campus/Governor’s mansion in Olympia, WA. Serving both the residential and business communities, the team at Arbor Care, Inc. includes three ISA Certified Arborists who are trained specialists in the art of pruning, maintenance and removal of all types of trees and shrubs from ornamental to towering Spruces. Arbor Care also specializes in hazard evaluations, stump grinding, large specimen plantings and transplanting as well as commercial maintenance, design and consultation.
Luke Colvin is very involved in the community. He was the 2008 winner of the “George Award”, an award given by the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce for truly extraordinary service to the community. Luke also volunteers his services to help preserve the treasure trove of exotic trees at Camp Kiwanilong in Warrenton, Oregon. He founded Arborists at the Arboretum to care for those exotic trees. In 2008, Luke spearheaded the “Stuff the Truck” food drive to benefit Clatsop County residents in need. Now held every November, “Stuff the Truck” is the largest food drive in the county on an annual basis. Luke is committed to helping the community in any way that he can and is a member of the Astoria Rotary and has recently been elected a Board Member of the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce for a three year term. In 2014, Luke was recognized with the Small Business Entrepreneurship Award given by the Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) organization.
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It’s time to celebrate crab season! Whole crabs available now at The Wayfarer. #ExploreCannonBeach
For January and February 2015 –
Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach presents
Night Mother by Marsha Norman
Jessie’s has decided her life is no longer worth living. Jessie’s father is dead, her marriage ended in divorce, her absent son is a petty thief, her last job didn’t work out and, in general, her life is stale. As the evening unfolds Jessie sets about tidying the house and making a list for her mother of things to be looked after and we discover what has brought her to this point in her life. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize – this eloquent and ultimately shattering play explores the final moments in the life a woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.
CANNON BEACH, OREGON WILL HOST ITS 51st ANNUAL SANDCASTLE CONTEST
JUNE 20, 2015
Cannon Beach, Oregon will celebrate the 51st annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, June 20, 2015. The event is one of the oldest sandcastle contests in Oregon and the most popular annual event in Cannon Beach. Dozens of teams participate in the contest with divisions for Masters, who compete for cash prizes; plus large group, small group and children’s divisions with winners receiving medals and ribbons. Sandcastle building plots are laid out in the morning, a back hoe digs holes nearby to provide a water source. Masters teams typically utilize construction forms, similar to those used for pouring concrete. Sand is shoveled, tamped and packed into the forms to make large, elaborate sand sculpture creations possible without crumbling under their own weight. The creations are best viewed right before judging takes place and winners are announced. The temporary works of art are usually washed away with the next high tide. Make hotel reservations early for this popular weekend. This is the only day of the year parking is allowed on the beach in Cannon Beach, accommodating thousands of day trippers. For information on the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest or entry forms, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623 Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest History: A tsunami is credited with being the genesis of the Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest. An earthquake in Alaska in March of 1964 created a tsunami wave that hit the Northwest coast. Cannon Beach’s downtown suffered from flooding and the Ecola Creek bridge was washed away. Local residents got together that summer to put on a community Sandcastle Contest to raise spirits. Recognizing the potential draw of such an event, the event was promoted to the public the next year in an effort to bring tourists back to town. The event grew, began attracting tens of thousands of visitors and the Sandcastle Contest weekend is still one of the busiest weekends of the year for Cannon Beach.
Myself and staff want to thank-you for your support during the past year and wish you and family health & happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year.
–John Sowa Chef/Owner
In celebration of the 26th Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival, please join us November 1st – 3rd as we celebrate the artistry of Joseph Ribkoff the designer! We will be hosting a Joseph Ribkoff Fall/Holiday Trunk Show all weekend, with an exclusive Spring Collection preview.
Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-1pm
*Triple Points All Weekend* (Triple points apply to in-store merchandise only)
Sweet Basil’s Cafe was conceived by a change in lifestyle and diet of the chef and owner John Sowa, a Cajun/Creole trained chef
We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan choices as well as seafood, poultry and pork dishes on our menus. From salads, to cold and hot sandwiches, wraps, paninis, tapas, and fusion dishes – all tickle the taste buds. Soups change daily and seasonal offerings keep our guests coming back to try just one more menu item or daily special.
New Entrees! Sweet Basil’s Café and The Wine Bar Evening Menu
For evening offerings and entertainment please check our site for The Wine Bar. Come in and enjoy LIVE MUSIC – offered almost every night! Our dishes, great wine and beer selection, happy hour and wine tasting will keep you busy for hours while the music further sets the mood.