An Artistic Vision Becomes Reality

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May 252017

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Gary and Signe Lawrence are the proud owners of the distinguished Lawrence Gallery, the oldest art gallery in the state of Oregon. The gallery represents the Northwest’s finest artists and features special exhibits by classic masters, such as Salvador Dali, Picasso, Chagall, and more.

The longstanding reputation of the gallery has made “Gary Lawrence” a household word in visual art circles. Through his vision as an artist and entrepreneur, the enduring richness of original art has been brought to more than 50,000 homes and businesses.

The story of the gallery begins in the late 1960s when Lawrence began creating sculptures in metal and bronze. He was the first of twenty-five artists to begin selling work from a home studio in rural Sheridan, Oregon. The success of the studio sales prompted him to open a serious art gallery – not a gift shop.

In 1977, Lawrence Gallery was founded in a century old building located on a stretch of Highway 18, halfway between McMinnville and Sheridan. The building was once a house of ill repute, a country store, and later in the mid 1920s, a community center for the small community of Bellevue. Its presence continues to charm today, with its original fir floors, high ceilings and views of the surrounding fields and vineyards of beautiful Yamhill County.

For almost 40 years, the Lawrence family has made this rural setting in wine country both the epicenter and the Everest of the west coast art scene. Art and Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC, one of the foremost art magazines in the United States, selected Lawrence Gallery as one of only seven best places for building an art collection, and the only gallery chosen on the west coast (most of the others are in New York).

Visitors continually find their way to the gallery while exploring the heart of Oregon’s wine country and traveling along the busiest two lane highway from Portland to the coast. Throughout the year, the gallery offers an outstanding venue to host special events, wedding receptions, and fundraisers as well as monthly and special exhibitions.

Just to be at the gallery is a pleasant experience, where artists and patrons can meet and mix and draw on the Lawrences’ expertise in the acquisition of fine art. Sculptures and water features surround the outside of the building. An outdoor sculpture garden is featured on adjoining property as well as Gary’s recently expanded Northwest Japanese style art studio. He loves to give a tour through the meandering paths and bamboo gardens — a perfect setting for his masterful bronze and metalwork fabrications.

When you visit the gallery you may be greeted by 2 of the most enchanting dogs you could imagine. Salvador Doodle and Molly have a following of their own!

CALL: 503-843-3633

WHERE: 19700 SW Hwy 18 – McMinnville

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Winchester Bay

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May 262016

There are several reasons people choose Winchester Bay as their destination. It is home to Salmon Harbor Marina, Douglas County’s largest recreation area, where the Umpqua River – known for some of the best salmon fi shing on the coast – meets the Pacific Ocean. It is also a crab-lovers paradise. In this quaint fishing village outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities and adventure anytime of the year. Fishing, crabbing, clam digging, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, and ATV riding on the tallest accessible dunes in the country make Winchester Bay a favorite year-round getaway. This busy harbor and waterfront sports numerous restaurants and bars in which to sample the catch of the day, fresh crab, fi sh and chips, and fresh oysters. The docks are lined with bait and tackle shops, a cannery and markets. Shops can provide anglers with information, licenses and equipment along with T-shirts,
sweatshirts, souvenirs, unique gifts, salt water taffy, ice cream and much more.

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Uptown – Midtown – Downtown Reedsport

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May 262016

Heading west, at the junction of Highways 38 and 101 you will see the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area offi ce, available for information and permits. To the right (north) is the Umpqua River Bridge spanning the Umpqua River which is second in size to the Willamette River and is navigable by fairly large vesselsas far upstream as Elkton. It is also the state’s largest swing-span bridge and was designed by Conde B. McCullough. To the left (south) is midtown Reedsport where you will find plenty of shopping, several gas stations/convenience stores, restaurants, gift shops and much more. Oregon possesses a wide variety of beautifully colored and grain patterned myrtlewood, and is noted by many as being one of the world’s most beautiful woods.

Downtown, midtown and uptown are connected through beautiful landscaping, wayfi nding signage, and streetscape improvements that add to the community’s character. If you are passing through on your bicycle you can stop at our new Bike Stop Station to rest and learn about the area. If you are traveling with your furry, four-legged best friend be sure to visit our seven acre off-leash Champion Field Dog Park with waste stations, water, and access to Schofield Creek. A small 60 by 100 foot area has been fenced off for use by smaller dogs who are not ready to be off-leash in the larger area. To savor the local cuisine be sure to visit one of the restaurants in midtown for a hearty meal and refreshments. As you cross over the Schofield Bridge (south) and enter uptown Reedsport be sure to stop and explore Lions Park with one of Oregon’s best skateboard and inline skates only parks, because it is an excellent blend of street and tranny. It has a big bowl, an element of pool, a fl uid street section, and of course the funnel. Nearby Highland Pool is open to the public and available for events. A friendly andenjoyable experience awaits you at Forest Hills Golf Course, one of the finest courses on the Oregon Coast. Open to the public and nestled in a beautiful valley in Reedsport, surrounded by many hills, the Oregon Coast wind is not a factor here. This 9-hole course has just the right amount of variety to appeal to every range of golfer, from beginner to expert. And be sure to stop and check out the stores and restaurants before continuing south to Winchester Bay.

So enjoy the spectacular sunsets, harbor lights glistening off the bay in the evenings, some of the best winter storm watching along the Pacific Northwest Coast, beachcombing, crabbing, fishing or just relaxing with a good book and a favorite wine. Enjoy the possibilities, they are nearly endless! For more information, call 541-271-3495 or visit

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Old Town Reedsport

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May 262016

In Old Town Reedsport, you will see the Main Street welcome banners on attractive old-fashioned lamp poles, beautiful hanging flower baskets (May through October) and chainsaw sculpted art lining the sidewalks that just make you want to stop and explore. After all, Reedsport is the Chainsaw Sculpting Capital of Oregon. With widened sidewalks, vintage storefronts and eclectic shops, visitors find a convenient and affordable base for exploration and discovery. The area’s rich landscape is a cornucopia of outdoor adventure and, because it is tucked just a bit inland, the wind is calmer here than in neighboring communities. The real difference between Reedsport/ Winchester Bay and other small beach towns is the friendly people who make this place “the heart of the dunes”. Reedsport is home to Fred Wahl Marine Construction (FWMC) a premier manufacturer of high quality commercial fishing vessels. Several of Fred Wahl’s vessels have appeared on “The Deadliest Catch”. And now that you are hungry, be sure to visit the restaurants, bakery and new Defeat River Microbrewery for a morsel in Old Town before you head to midtown and uptown for more shopping, more eating, more refreshments and enjoying all that Reedsport has to offer

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Find a Treasure at Laurel Bay Gardens

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May 262016


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Come stop in at Laurel Bay’s Garden Center, located three miles north of Florence and just south of the Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside. Walk through the colorful outdoor pottery center, Oregon Coast Pottery, where you’ll fi nd hundreds of quality outdoor pots and statuary. Say “hello” to the koi in the fish pond. Wander the paths on over three acres, and enjoy a botanical paradise. From flowers to Japanese maples, from herbs to rhododendrons and azaleas, there are hundreds of different varieties of landscape trees and shrubs that are suited for many different climate areas in the Pacifi c Northwest. Laurel Bay Gardens carries over 60 varieties of bamboo, including a large selection of clumping bamboo. Have you ever tried an atomic frog ball? Come inside the gift shop and choose from a great selection of Oregon jams, organic shrubs and fruit preserves, along with their famous “atomic frog balls”. Shop for unique gifts such as hand woven myrtlewood baskets made on the Oregon Coast, or try the sea salt soaps. Create your own fairy garden with miniature garden statuary. Pick up a Tillandsia, air plant, for your interior plant spaces. Make a visit to Laurel Bay Gardens, just north of Florence on Hwy 101, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff always looks forward to saying hello!  For more information, call 541-997-5973.

WHERE: 88493 Highway 101 – 3 miles north of Florence

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Cape Lookout Puts Hiking, Camping, Views and Whale Watching at Your Feet

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May 262016

Hikes, and Capes, and State Parks, Oh My! Oregon’s Tillamook Coast abounds with these things. At times, it can be hard to keep them all straight. However, one spot has rather impressively culled some of the best of these recreational attributes into one location – Cape Lookout State Park.

For outdoor lovers, Cape Lookout State Park is without a doubt one of the crown jewels of Tillamook County. The park is a well-known haven for camping, fishing, beach strolling, and even hang gliding. It is also home to miles of hiking trails that extend along the beach as well as a short jaunt through the forest. But the headliner of this show is the hike that stretches the length of the cape itself, reaching two miles out into the Pacific Ocean. During spring and fall, migrating gray whales make their way up and down the Oregon Coast. There are many places to take catch a glimpse of the majestic creatures as they come up for air, occasionally breaching the ocean surface. But because the cape affords an unencumbered view two miles from the shore, one could argue that Cape Lookout is the best spot on the coast for observing the whales’ annual pilgrimage.

Whale watching aside, the five-mile out-and-back hike to the end of the cape is one of the most scenic on the Oregon coast. From the Cape Lookout Trailhead, the path meanders through some of the best old-growth forest in Tillamook County. Stately Sitka Spruce guard the path on either side, adorned with thick moss. The ancient forest understory is lush, complemented by countless primeval ferns. It can be a muddy track in spots, so be sure to gear up appropriately. That being said, there are boardwalks in place over the sloppier sections.

WWII Historic Site
Within half of a mile on the trail, hikers pass above the site of a 1943 B-17-bomber crash, which is now commemorated by a plaque. Though word around the campfire is that remains from the wreckage are still down there somewhere, the brush here is pretty thick and the penalty for a fall here would be rather severe. So observe the plaque, offer some quiet reflection, and move on.

After hiking through dense forest for nearly two miles, the fi nal stretch of the path exits the canopy and skirts along dramatic cliff-edge viewpoints each seemingly better than the last. Please note that some of these drop-offs are real day wreckers. If you have dogs or little ones, please ensure they are leashed or tended to appropriately.

The trail ends at a benched viewpoint on the tip of the cape. This is a great place for a snack or a lunch break. Keep the binoculars close, as in addition to the whales a wide array of
wildlife inhabit the area. When you’re good and ready, head back the way you came.

Cape Lookout State Park has a $5 day use fee. Check the website for camping rates as they vary depending on the style of camping you’ll be enjoying, from tents and RVs to yurts and cabins. To get there from the town of Tillamook (at the junction of highways 6 and 101), head west on Highway 131, following signs for Cape Lookout. 4.8 miles later hang a slight left onto Whiskey Creek Road, again, following signs for the State Park. 5.2 miles later, the entrance to the State Park will be on your right. The Cape Lookout Trailhead is 2.7 miles past the main park entrance. (article written by Adam Sawyer, an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, and published guidebook author based out of Portland, Oregon.)

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Kilchis Point Reserve Offers Trip to the Heart of Wonder

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May 262016

In Oregon’s Tillamook County, Highway 101 can be a noisy road, with an especially urgent tone during the height of tourist season. But at the south end of Bay City, there’s a green hideaway where well-made trails allow visitors to leave the highway noise behind — where a parking area offers a portal to the sweet serenity of a rich, soul-nourishing tidal forest along beautiful Tillamook Bay.

That hideaway is the 200-acre Kilchis Point Reserve, where handicapped-accessible trails wind through a wonderland of spruce, alder, hemlock, salal and other native plants, where moss and ferns adorn the forest like nature’s prom decorations, and where the sounds of civilization are replaced by the songs of birds. “I’ve had people cry, come out here and cry about the beauty of it,” said Gary Albright, director of the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, which owns the reserve. “It really is something that touches people’s hearts.”

The land, which grew back into forest after last being logged around 1960, got its start as a reserve in 2002. That was when museum board chair Phyllis Wustenberg’s family — the Watt family of Bay City — made a donation that brought nearly 140 acres into the reserve. The Port of Garibaldi donated 25 acres, other owners donated pieces of land, and the museum bought some smaller parcels and leased 14 acres from the county.

“And then it sat until 2010,” Albright said, while the project went through the process of seeking permits from a wide range of agencies, clearing the high bar that is necessary for any
development in wetlands.

When the last permit was finally in place, changes came with increasing speed. The property has undergone a massive removal of invasive species such as Scotch broom, with native plants regaining their rightful place in the ecosystem. The trails, marked with interpretive signs that educate visitors about flora, fauna, and native and pioneer history, have been finished. Sturdy bridges of Port Orford cedar cross wet areas to keep visitors out of the mud without the need for chemically treated lumber. At the far end of the reserve, a wheelchair ramp leads to a roofed birdwatching platform near the shore of Tillamook Bay.

Kilchis Point — where the Kilchis River flows into the bay — has a rich Native American history. “There were seven tribal communities around the bay, and the largest on the Oregon coast was the 2,200 Indians at Kilchis Point,” Albright said. “You didn’t even have to go hunting. All you could eat was right there. … It was just a plentiful and wonderful area.” But the Tillamook band living there was devastated by diseases after initial contacts with white explorers. By the time the area’s first white settler, Joe Champion, arrived in 1851, the settlement’s population was already down to about 40. (Article written by Scott Gilbert.)

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The Legend of Face Rock

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Jun 302015

IMG_1971.WEBFace Rock, a unique rock formation off the coast at Bandon, is rooted in local Indian legend. Many, many years ago, the legend begins from the Nah-So-Mah tribe. Chief Siskiyou, from the far mountains, traveled with his family and clansmen to the coast to trade with the four tribes who lived by the great sea they called Wecoma.

In his honor, the four chiefs planned the greatest potlatch in all memory. They roasted bear, salmon, elk and deer. Huge quantities of clams and mussels were steamed. Cedar bark trays were filled with honey and red and blue huckleberries.

The local tribes were all in great fear of Seatka, the evil spirit who lived in the sea. It was feared that Seatka might cause trouble for the people and their guest. Armed warriors stood guard on the bluff. However Princess Ewauna, the beautiful daughter of Chief Siskiyou, and those in her tribe who lived in the mountains were not afraid.

Ewauna was enchanted by the sea. After the feast when people were sleeping, she slipped away from camp, carrying a basket with her cat and kittens nestled inside, followed by her faithful dog, Komax. She wandered down to the ocean where she danced and played with delight.

The moon was full and Wecoma ran silver. Ewauna, who did not fear Seatka, swam in the sea, farther and farther from shore. Komax barked a warning but it was too late. The evil Seatka had captured the beautiful princess. The dog, carrying the basket of kittens, swam to his mistress and buried his teeth in the hand of Seatka. Howling, he shook off the dog and threw the cats into the sea. Seatka tried to make Ewauna look into his eyes, but she refused to look away from the great round moon.

When her father awoke, he raised the alarm. Everyone rushed to the shore of Wecoma. There they saw the lovely face of Ewauna gazing skyward. Her dog was on the beach howling for the princess, and the cat and kittens were in the sea to the west. In time, they all turned to stone, frozen forever as they were that long ago dawn.

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Walk the Plank to Fishermen’s Wharf

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Jun 302015

The Charleston Sea Lions.WEBFishermen’s Wharf in Charleston, Oregon, is a whole experience for seafood lovers, and those who enjoy the picturesque scenery that the Charleston Harbor and Marina have to offer. Located at the foot of “D” Dock, you can walk down the plank to the dock where all the action is and talk to local fishermen who’ve been fishing here for years, some for generations. Charleston irenowned for the variety of fresh-caught seafood, like sweet Dungeness crab, and several varieties of bottom fish caught seasonally throughout the year, along with salmon, tuna and halibut, found in the deeper coastline waters. Ask the folks at Fishermen’s Wharf about the 250 gallon live tank, where you’ll see various seasonal live fish or Dungeness crab. Learn about the latest technology and procedures that preserve the catch in a frozen state, and challenges anyone to tell the difference from that “just-caught” seafood taste. Bring the family and have a picnic at the picnic tables! Watch the boats coming and going… you may even see some sea lions! Fishermen’s Wharf is located at 63534 Kingfisher Rd., “D” Dock in Charleston.

For more information call (541) 888-8862.

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Honor Our Veterans

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Jun 302015


The Oregon Coast Military Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, opened its doors in Florence, on the Oregon coast, on July 4th, 2015, after a seven-year effort by locals to build a museum to honor the more-than 20% of Florence-area residents who are Veterans. Intended to honor all eras of military heritage and all disciplines of military service, it is a small museum in comparison to other military museums around the country. The 3,000-square foot display space is filled with life-sized dioramas depicting scenes from WWI to Vietnam, plus a scaled diorama of a typical Iraqi village depicting a US military convoy traveling through. In addition to other smaller artifact displays and military artwork, the Museum also displays a ‘half-jeep’ for great photo ops, and a beautifully restored 1942 Ford GPW with a connection to General George S. Patton.

While small by museum standards, this facility is jam-packed with artifacts, mementos and experiences all in an effort to serve the Museum’s mission “To Honor our Veterans by Educating Our Public.” In addition to a small gift shop, the Museum also features a small theater showing military films, a USO Canteen, and a lending library.

The initial membership drive to generate seed money, support and public awareness in the early days of our effort was the ‘Kilroy Corps’. Like the urban legend, ‘Kilroy Was Here’ borne of WWII, these Kilroy Corps members have the distinction of being there before all others and are named on a display in the gift shop.

Situated on Kingwood Street adjacent to the Florence Municipal Airport, the Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 10-4. Admission is just $5.00. Be sure to visit this site when you’re traveling the Oregon coast.

For more information, call 541-902-5160 or visit

WHERE:  2145 Kingwood Street – Florence

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Enjoy a Horseback Ride on the Beach or the Trail

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Jun 302015

Green Acres Beach Rides CSM_4513HiRes.WEBIdeally located in the heart of Pacific City, Green Acres beach rides actually ride into Bob Straub State Park. The 484-acre park is dedicated to horseback riding and home to the largest Haystack Rock on the Oregon Coast.
Because of the steep dunes and spectacular views, it is a popular destination for horse owners from all over the state. Their location is a two minutes horseback ride to the Ocean and Beach.

Call 541-921-6289 or 541-603-1768 for more information.

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Find Fine Fabrics & Notions

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Jun 302015

Jane’s Fabric Patch has been serving the Tillamook area for many years. They have supplies for whatever your sewing needs might be, including fabrics, notions, McCall’s patterns, quilting supplies, books and magazines, craft kits, pillow forms, batting, and gift items for quilters. Quilting is their specialty. With their huge choice of fabric and over 800 books on quilting, you are sure to find what you are looking for.  Classes are conducted for beginners as well as more experienced quilters, and there are sample quilts all over the store for you to study. If you love making flannel quilts, they have a huge selection to satisfy all palates. Whimsicals, juveniles, sporty, floral, bright and bold. They have a great selection of wide flannels for your quilt backs. They offer a wide selection of 90” and 108” quilt backing in lights, brights and prints, and also offer polar fleece solids and prints in their fabric lines. For cross stitch and embroidery enthusiasts, they carry a complete line of DMC floss, cross stitch fabrics, patterns,
embroidery transfers, redwork and bluework, beads and specialty threads. Stamped cross stitch kits are also available. Stop in and meet Jane, or visit their website at, or call 503-842-9392.

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Savor Some Sausages

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Jun 302015

In an age of automation and mechanization, there is Debbie D’s. Tucked away in Tillamook County, she creates sausage using much the same process used by her pioneer ancestors in the 1800′s. Using superb quality, lean, ground Oregon beef, flavored with hand-blended fresh herbs, and her great grandfather’s, grandfather’s and great uncle’s recipe’s she has made a very special sausage line. Low in fat and sodium, with a minimum of preservatives, this is a sausage for the health conscious diets of today. With the exception of Teriyaki Beef Stick, all products are made with no M.S.G. They are lightly smoked in small batches to preserve their unique fresh qualities. Select a variety of products from hot and spicy to a very today teriyaki. Try chubs and sticks, links, or their notorious “cow pies”. Jerky is delicious and not just beef.

Also try the salmon jerky. Salmon is their specialty. Smoked salmon with the Debbie D label is spectacular in both flavor and texture. Debbie D’s will happily fill your orders in their retail store, or by mail. They ship all over
the US, or just next door. See their ad on this page or stop in and meet Debbie.

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Treat Yourself to Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream

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Jun 122015

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Experience the smell of homemade waffle cones mingled with fresh baked cookies and cornbread as you endeavor to choose between more than one of your all-time favorite ice cream flavors. The player piano tickles the ivories in the background amusing itself as you attempt to make a choice. Do you go with what you know or what you know you love, or do you get a double scoop! Welcome to Serendipity Ice Cream. Serendipity Ice Cream is an old fashioned ice cream parlor located in downtown McMinnville’s historic Cook’s Hotel, built in 1886. In 2000 Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, Inc. renovated the Hotel’s elegant entrance and lobby to its original turn-of-the century charm and opened Serendipity Ice cream. Serendipity Ice Cream’s purpose is to provide job opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities while bringing back the sights, sounds and tastes of small
town America’s simple pleasures. Wendi and her staff would love to have you enjoy not only our historic setting and fresh homemade delectable treats, but join us for lunch and free WIFI.

Bring in your ticket stub from any McMinnville attraction featured in the current issue of “101 Things To Do©-Western & Coastal Oregon” and receive a free regular ice cream cone.

WHERE: 502 East 3rd St – McMinnville

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CALL:  503-474-9189

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