Spring has sprung along the North Oregon Coast with a variety of events in full bloom. Here are a few to plant in your coastal calendar:
Ghosts on the Coast
The eighth Annual Oregon Ghost Conference haunts the Seaside Civic and Convention Center March 29 through 31. It's known as one of the largest paranormal conventions around, featuring speakers, classes, ghost investigations, ghost tours, vendors, raffles, prizes and much more throughout the weekend. Topics include psychic/astral travel, haunted histories, tarot card reading, talking to the other side, seances, past life regression and a paranormal boot camp – just to name a few.
Organizers say a major highlight this year is the world premiere of the All Around Us: Inside the Life of Psychic/Medium Seth Michael documentary at the Times Theatre and Public House at 10 p.m., Friday, March 29. The Times Theatre is located at 133 Broadway Street in Seaside.
If you’re curious how clairvoyants connect with the other side, don’t miss an exclusive evening with professional psychic medium Ankhasha Amenti starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. She’ll be offering readings to audience members, so bring a photograph or object connected to a dearly departed if you need to get a message through.
Photo courtesy of Oregon Ghost Conference
The ghost tours and investigations on Friday and Saturday evenings are always popular, and they give you a chance to walk with the ‘spirits’ of Seaside. Organizers suggest reserving your spot in advance because only 16 openings are available each night. Limited ‘ghost busting’ equipment may be available to share, but attendees with their own equipment are encouraged to bring it if possible.
As long as you’re at the Ghost Conference, why not stay for the weekend? Check out the River Inn at Seaside, Ebb-Tide Oceanfront Inn, Hi-Tide Oceanfront Inn or the Rivertide Suites for special hotel rates.
General admission to the conference is $10. Children ages 12 and under are free. Some classes, speakers and special events have additional fees. For more information, go here.
Decorating on the Rocks
Have fun learning how to turn rocks into Easter bunnies and decorative eggs while enjoying creative cocktails at MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar in Manzanita from noon to 3 p.m., April 7. MacGregor’s is located at 387 Laneda Avenue.
Hosted by Free Hand, tickets are $30 per person and include all materials (with cute items for ears, tails and little feet), a decorating lesson and a complimentary drink during the workshop, which is led by local artists Emily Knight and Lynn Kyriss.
Space is limited, so you may want to secure your spot in advance. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of people attending. Organizers will then email you an invoice which can be paid securely online. Emily owns Free Hand and says you can also swing by the arts and crafts shop at 320 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita to get your tickets. To learn more about the workshop, visit Free Hand's Facebook page or call (971) 777-2649.
Photo courtesy of Emily Knight
Break Bread with a Bunny
What springtime celebration would be complete without having breakfast with the Easter Bunny? Well, you’ll get your chance to do just that at the Warrenton Community Center from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., April 13. Bring your appetite – the menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes (prepared by Pig ‘N Pancake), plus sausage, eggs, Starbucks coffee and other a.m.-type beverages.
Tickets for ages 12 and over are $5, ages 6 to 11 are $3 and kids age 5 and under are just $1. All proceeds support the Warrenton Community Center. For more information, call (503) 861-2233.
A Call to Art Walkers
You can also check out the Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Astoria, from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 13. Sponsored by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, the monthly event is a great way to experience Astoria’s vibrant art scene, enjoy delicious refreshments, listen to pleasant music and have an all-around good time! Downtown businesses stay open late to exhibit original works of art and culture. It's easy to find the participating Second Saturday Art Walk venues along the route, just look for the buildings decorated with colorful pinwheels.
The April Art Walk includes Tempo Gallery artist and fine arts photographer Carol Smith’s new show called Reflections on Landscape. The exhibit features images from her recent trip to Nova Scotia depicting its unique seaside villages. Carol will be on hand to meet and greet guests, while David Drury plays classical guitar. Wine, cheese and other tasty treats will also be served.
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. Photo by Carol Smith
Make sure to check our Northern Oregon Coast Daytime Events, Nightlife and Community Events pages for even more springtime good times in the area. Also, we’d love to hear about your Pacific Northwest activity recommendations in the comments section below!