Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Big Weekend in Toledo!!

Mother's Day Weekend will be a very busy one in Toledo.

The Second Annual Quilt Quest will feature over 300 handmade quilts on display all over Toledo. It's also National Train Day, and the folks at the Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society will have big doings over at their museum which is adjacent to the Port's grassy field. The Port's field will be the home of Toledo's first Renaissance fair! Here is a news release from local organizer Anthony Bucas:

Ye Merrie Greenwood Players brings the world of Elizabethan England to Toledo this Mother's Day weekend. Celebrating the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the players and friends create an English village market faire. A variety of interactive entertainers and faire merchants present the visitor with wares with all to make them all faire people. The Port of Toledo hosts the Faire as it encamps upon the Port's field near the intersection of 1st & "A" Streets. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12 & under, and children 5 & under receive free passage. Ye Merrie Greenwood at Glastonbury Faire is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th.

Entertainment from the Ye Merrie Greenwood Players will range from Renaissance dance and song to English madrigals and Gypsy dancers. They are accompanied by the Bridgetown Morris Men dancers, musician Annie Henry, the Firey Fool Brook Riddick, the Sherwood Madrigal Singers, harpist Janet Naylor, Junction City Brass, the Reverend Chumleigh, the Mongers Guild, James Funke-Lobigniac and his hurdy-gurdy, the Pacific Northwest Privateers, the gracious Sir Gustov, and the knights of the Empire of Chivalry and Steel. Faire merchants will share their merriment and pleasantries as they entreat the visitor to part with their coin.

Ye Merrie Greenwood Players are a non-profit theatre company from the Tri-Cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Volunteers and players who have, since 1985, successfully produced and peopled their Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire in Richland, Washington. The come to visit the beauty of the Oregon Coast and to share with the coastal communities their passion for faire play. The play is the thing and all is faire.

Here is a link to their event page which includes performance schedules, location maps, and vendor applications. We are very much looking forward to all of these events and we hope you'll attend them as well. See you then!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Depoe Bay's Wooden Boat Show

The always enjoyable Depoe Bay Wooden Boat Show was held this past weekend. It was chilly but not raining (for a change!) and a good time was had by all. Here, tireless volunteer Karel Murphy chats with visitors.
In our tented booth, Michael Bogoger and Rick Johnson continued work on the nutshell pram they started at last year's show. They brought along a portable steamer to mold the oak frames for installation. Michael has posted details and a short video of the process on his blog.

The steam did help keep us warm in the chilly air, and watching the process really was interesting.

Another very entertaining feature at the boat show is the kids' boat building tent. I captured a few images of young boat-builders with their unique craft.

Karel's husband Tom, and his friend Richard Appicello gave the crowd a couple of kayak safety demonstrations. Very impressive, especially in that cold, cold water!

We always look forward to and enjoy Depoe Bay's show.