As we wrap up the month of February over a cold, rainy series of days, the nearby outdoor things to do on the North Coast are tapering off: The mushroom picking is slowing down; winter steelhead fishing is coming to a close; it’s getting a bit on the chilly side out here. But with the North Coast's ongoing activities and events, you're far from boredom. Whether you’re a film aficionado in love with cinema’s cult classics, an art appreciator with a taste for visual aesthetics, a history lover with a penchant for social justice and civil rights or just someone who prefers to stay active during this last part of the dreary season, there is definitely something out there for you to go do. Spring is coming; don’t let this heavy rain or cold snap keep you hidden away at home. There’s a great deal of exciting things to do and see.
If you‘ve never viewed the classic American buddy comedy-drama film The Bucket List, starring none other than Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, don't say no to the chance to watch this epic story about two, terminally ill men on a road trip to check-off an extraordinary wish list. You can rest assured you’ll enjoy watching these two characters, played by legendary elder statesmen of Hollywood, escape from a cancer ward and live out their dying dream. The best part of this weekend adventure is that you go out but save money, thanks to Neptune Theatre's free screening.
The Bucket List is a family-friendly flick, but if you love the idea of free movies and want to bring younger kiddos to something absolutely G-rated, Neptune Theatre is also showing the 1977 animated epic The Rescuers. No spoilers here, but if you happened to have missed this ageless masterpiece, it’s a movie about an organization of mice from the basement of the United Nations building, who spring into action and save the day on a rescue mission. The film is based on a series of books by Margery Sharp, and it’s a ready family favorite, similar to the likes of Lady and the Tramp or fans of the old TV series Duck Tales. If those ring a bell, this is right up your alley.
The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita has been a hub for arts and culture since 2004. Should you choose to visit this coming weekend, you will be treated to the Fantastical February gallery showings, featuring artists who specialize in beaded and painted images, alongside Denise Sirchie, known for her work in the medium of mosaics, and the vibrant collages of Melissa Young.
For folks who want to dig in on these cold, cloudy days and work on arts and crafts of their own, Homespun Quilts and Yarns in Astoria hosts their regular Sit and Stich event. This well-known workshop welcomes all skills, all ages and is ongoing for anyone interested in knitting, crochet, spinning or needlework. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, (yes, because this is a leap year), you can show up and further hone your craft. Supplies, knowledge and stitching savvy are in abundance; don’t miss out.
Then again, if you're itching to explore the great outdoors, don't let the rain slow you down. Marvel at the beautiful stretch of Tillamook's coastline from your comfortable (and dry!) spot in a historic train car with a special outing from the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Their Wine on the Rails trip features a wine tasting while seated at the two- or four-person tables in the cars of the heritage diesel engine. Each wine will be paired with cheeses and tapas catered by the Garibaldi Portside Bistro. Sip and snack as the train winds its way along the scenic coastline. Grab a friend or your sweetheart, and explore Tillamook while savoring luxurious wines. This trip leaves from their Garibaldi location at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 29.