Why Wait for the Weekend? Midweek Events on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A few years ago I was writing about an event that featured an appearance from Ray Troll, a guy I only knew as the person who drew the graphic that adorned many a t-shirt in the '80s and '90s reading Spawn Till You Die” with a skull and crossbones with fish instead of femurs. I called Troll and found him to be a fascinating fellow, and we were on the phone for over an hour, with him doing most of the talking and me mostly doing a lot of laughing.

A self-professed paleontology nerd, I later found out that Troll is a public speaker popular among not just fellow paleontology nerds but also artists and people that love a good follow-your-dream success story.

Though he primarily resides in Alaska, Troll occasionally visits the coast. Excitingly, he will be at the Salishan Lodge this Wednesday, Nov. 13, to promote Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline, the long-awaited sequel to Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway, an art-meets-science collaboration with Kirk Johnson, director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The project was developed in part during a dual residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Troll and Johnson's books are beloved, and their words and illustrations bring a shared passion for fossils, geology, and science-inspired road tripping to life for readers of all ages. 

Copies of the book will be available at the event for purchase.

6:30 p.m. | Doors open and no-host bar

7 p.m.| Book talk

8 p.m. | Book signing and mingling

It's tempting to make a midweek getaway out of the book event, as Salishan is now offering off-season rates but still have their yoga classes and cruiser bike usage. Guests can enjoy these complimentary amenities in addition to the food and drink available at the three restaurants, one brewery and Irish pub located onsite.

In the food industry? Salishan's Attic Lounge is hosting Industry Night this Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m., with open mic, music and drink and food specials. Those with a Food Handlers Card, OLCC or business card can get additional discounts.

On Friday afternoons, the Shops at Salishan is the spot for a weekly Artisan Faire from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with local vendors' handcrafted goods inspired by the coastal environment.

If you're looking for evening entertainment to carry you through the week, feel your skin prick and heart pound at Theatre West's production of Deathtrap at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This play explores the story of a successful Broadway-thriller writer facing block until a creative student introduces a script that could change everything with collaboration and a little plotting. This comic thriller provides audiences with laughs, shocks and captivating twists that you just need to experience for yourself to appreciate. The show opens Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday. 


Do you also like going out during the quieter part of the week? Let us know some of your go-to favorites. For other things to do on the Central Coast, check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment, our Nightlife page steers you to the top happenings on the Central Coast.

About the Author Gretchen Ammerman
Gretchen Ammerman received an Environmental Science degree from Humboldt State University and was soon running a state environmental agency in Hawaii. She gave it up for the glamorous life of the freelance writer. This led to steady employment as a newspaper editor in Lincoln City, OR, where she knew she was doing well when the paper was threatened with a lawsuit within a week. Though the work was rewarding, she returned to freelance writing to have more freedom to explore the beautiful state of Oregon with her adopted dog, Scout.