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Dixie’s Vino reopens

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Dixie’s Vino reopens

For nearly a decade Dixie Lee’s Vino Manzanita Wine Bar and Restaurant was the place to pull up a stool and savor a glass of wine.But in 2016, fate frowned on Dixie not once, but twice. After a tornado seriously damaged the Wine Bar building, Dixie’s mom fell, needing her help in Eastern Oregon.It didn’t seem she had much choice, but to close up shop.But this spring, Dixie’s back. There’s a new location and a new way of doing business, but it’s still the same smiling, happy-to-serve, Dixie. Dixie’s Vino Bottle Shop is open again!Dixie’s Vino on 174 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita is a bottle shop and a tasting room. You can sample from one or all three wines Dixie has opened, or skip the tasting and grab a couple of bottles to take along.“I have probably 500 bottles in the shop,” Dixie said. “I’m trying to keep it very simple. I like to buy from small eclectic little vineyards, wine you don’t find in the grocery stores. Occasionally there is a cross over because my customers request it. I change out my tastings about every 10 days.” Dixie LeeShe also offers beer and port.Visitors to Dixie’s old shop will recognize the bar, which she managed to save and rework for the new place.“It turned out just beautiful,” Dixie said. “I am so happy with it.”You can hang with Dixie Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., with extended hours coming after Memorial Day.The post Dixie’s Vino reopens appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Willows and Warblers

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Willows and Warblers

It’s Pussy willow season.
Tillamook Coast, native willows are awakening from their winter dormancy, and already are beginning to bloom.
There are at least four species of native willows in the area. These shrubs and small trees are dioecious, meaning there are separate male and female trees, with different-looking flowers.
Pussy willow on the Tillamook Coast
First the buds swell and break, exposing the developing catkins inside. These are covered by silvery fur: the Pussy willows. Under the fur, the catkins are composed of numerous tiny flowers, packed tightly together. On male trees, these sprout thickets of yellow stamens, with nectar glands below. Females produce catkins stuffed with miniature flowers, each composed of a pistil, an ovary, and nectar glands. Pollination is by insects (and probably hummingbirds) attracted to the nectar.
In a given thicket, the individual shrubs tend to be on different schedules: one will be fully flowered out, while the next still has unbroken buds, and the next is in the pussy willow stage. As a result, the blooming season tends to stretch out for several weeks from late February well into April.
Warblers foraging in willows: Clockwise from upper left, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler.
 
Warblers in the Willows 
Because willows host large populations of insects, they also are magnets for insect-eating birds.
This time of year, blooming willows are among the best places around to look for Yellow-rumped Warblers, Bushtits, chickadees, and kinglets. And soon “tropical migrant” songbirds will return to the Tillamook landscape.
A good way to look for these birds is to visit willow thickets, and watch for movement. Because willows are usually pretty short, this birding can be easier than in taller forests – less chance of developing “warbler neck.”
Additional songbirds foraging in willows: Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
 
Where to see Willows 
Willows are ubiquitous in the lowlands of Tillamook County. The best willow thickets for seeing migrants (and possibly finding rarities) are ones adjacent to bodies of water or to open fields.
Good places on public land in Tillamook County include the following:
1) Nehalem Bay State Park: Willow clumps are scattered through the scrubby pine forests, particularly on the bayside.
2)  Barview County Park has scattered patches of willow, primarily west of the campground.
3) Kilchis Point Reserve (Bay City) has good patches of willows that are scattered along the trails.
4)  The Western Flowway project (accessed from Goodspeed Road, just north of Tillamook) has some good patches of willow among the remnant spruce/alder stands.
5)  Bayocean Spit has a good willow/alder stand next to the parking lot.
6)  Netarts Spit (accessed through Cape Lookout State Park) has good patches of willows, particularly nearer the bayside.
7)  Sand Lake has patches of willows among the Sitka Spruce and Coast Pine stands, both in the Clay Myers State Natural Area on Whalen Island and west of the dike in the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area. 
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Local History, old garden plants, and native plant communities

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Local History, old garden plants, and native plant communities

Can’t afford a trip to the Mediterranean? Just plan one to the Oregon Coast.
Plant climate
The Oregon Coast enjoys what is known as a Mediterranean climate. Mediterranean climates are characterized by mild winters with few if any hard freezes, and relatively dry summers, with most of the annual precipitation coming as rain in the fall, winter and spring months.
Although Oregon Coast summers tend to be much cooler than those in Sicily, Sardinia, or Mallorca, the climate still qualifies as Mediterranean. These climates are found in several places around the world, including coastal southern Chile, western Australia, and the Cape of Good Hope region of South Africa.
Although the natural vegetation in these regions appears quite different, the dominant plants are adapted to similar conditions and many grow well and persist when transplanted among these regions.
Blossoms of Japanese Quince can be found along the Oregon Coast.
Settlers in Tillamook established home gardens to grow vegetables, orchards of fruit and nut trees, and also grew flowering plants and shrubs for their beauty.
Of course, they had far less access to nurseries and seed packs than today, so they tended to acquire plants from neighbors, relatives, and travelers.
Certain shrubs, trees, and flowers can persist for decades, even centuries after planted in a garden. These plants remain as indicators of former habitations. Locally, many of these are from Mediterranean climates, and others are cultivars that happen to fit our landscape better than their parental species.
Take Darwin’s Barberry for example: a close relative of our native Oregon Grape. For a while Darwin’s Barberry was a favored garden plant in regions with climates similar to coastal southern Chile, including the Pacific coast, the British Isles, and New Zealand. Here on the Oregon Coast it persists and occasionally reproduces, but does not aggressively invade native communities. It is not clear who first introduced it locally, but it is easy to imagine a sailing ship stopping in Puerto Montt for supplies after a difficult passage around Cape Horn, and the captain picking up a few local plants for his home in San Francisco or Astoria.
Darwin’s Barberry shrub in flower.
These persistent garden plants can give us insight into patterns of settlement and life over the past 150 years.
Local finds
On an early spring field trip in the Upper Siletz Basin about 18 years ago, I found a scattering of Daffodils blooming under a canopy of leafless alders.
These were “old fashioned” Daffodils – all yellow, and with flowers a bit smaller and less frilly than some of the ones we can buy today.
A short search led to the remains of the foundation of a homesteader’s cabin nearby – a foundation that we might not have noticed. The location was at least 10 miles as the crow flies (and at least 20 by road) from the nearest place people are living now. So, these Daffodils provided testimony to the wide footprint homesteaders had on our landscapes.
On another occasion, I was walking into a Siuslaw National Forest stream restoration project site, and in a small grassy meadow I found a cluster of Cup Plants. Again, this was a remnant from a homesteader’s garden – a showy sunflower relative, but also a plant used medicinally by plains tribes, and perhaps by the homesteaders.
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Get your hands dirty in clay

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Get your hands dirty in clay

Creating art can be inspiring. It can also be a tad frustrating.
But, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every artist was first an amateur.” 
The volunteers at the Hoffman Center for The Arts’ clay program will help you find your inner artist.
Established in 2006 by Kathleen Ryan, the clay program offers a wide variety of clay activities for anyone 18 years and older at its open studio.
And they want you to get your hands dirty.
Working at the wheel at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.
Originally the studio consisted of one kiln, one wheel and a handful of volunteers. Since then, it has steadily grown to include five wheels, two kilns, and over 30 volunteers. 
“We’re very proud of how far we’ve come,” said volunteer clay studio co-leader, Sharon Gibson. 
That growth has allowed the program to expand hours to three days a week and one evening at their open studio.
Everyone is welcome to drop by the studio, though it’s often better if participants have a little more to spare.
“We work with raw clay and you have a lot of steps to see a piece through to the end,” said co-leader Steven Gibson. “The entire process takes about two to three weeks.”
Beginner and expert clay artists are welcome.
That’s not to say you can’t start simple: beginners can easily learn to make a simple pinch or slab pot.
If you want more one-on-one instruction, you can choose from private lessons as well as master classes featuring local and regional clay experts. 
Curious about the work being done in the studio? You can usually find ceramics from studio and guest artists on display in the adjoining Hoffman Gallery. There’s also a large ceramic sale across the street at Hoffman Gardens during the summer. Proceeds support the clay program. 
Take a private lesson or a group class: whatever your pace!
The studio relies on donations of supplies and time and charges a nominal fee for studio time and clay. 
“We really try to keep the fees down so it’s approachable for everybody,” said Sharon, noting that the studio is one of the largest not-for-profit studios on the coast. 
The studio has a large base of local users, though the Gibsons have noticed a slight rise in drop-ins by out-of-towners. 
“Often times those folks are interested in a new experience. They don’t necessarily want to take anything home with them,” said Sharon. 
“Whether it’s food or art, people are becoming more interested in learning how to make things,” Steven added.

Open Clay Studio information:
Hours are Tuesday & Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Adults age 18 or older, all experience levels
Studio fees are $2 an hour and clay fees are $1.50 per pound
No reservations needed.
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Art Accelerated: Blink, you miss it

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Art Accelerated: Blink, you miss it

Here’s one you might have missed.
A few weeks ago, Georgia O’Keefe showed up at a local brewery with a signature painting, a vase of flowers and a whole bunch of art supplies. She planned to inspire and instruct a group of people who had come to paint while enjoying microbrew.
Christine Harrison as Georgia O’Keeffe.
The results were stunning and the people had a blast. Did you miss it? Easy to miss if you blinked!
This is how the creators behind Tillamook Art Accelerated think.
“We offer inspiring happenings in unpredictable places and unforgettable art experiences,” said board member Neal Lemery, a retired local judge turned “creative.”
“Our timing is good—people are thirsty for the arts in Tillamook. Everything we’re offering is a hit: sketch crawls, en plein air painting sessions, art classes for all ages, open mic nights, a book fair with local authors, and now we’ve opened a gallery and started a monthly art walk.”
Art Accelerated offers many unique, art-based experiences.
Next up? One of Art Accelerated’s founders, Dennis Worrel has his sites set on doing something memorable on the scenic Wilson River Highway which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming October.
Along with a host of partners, including the Forest Center on Highway 6, ODOT, and the Pioneer Museum to name a few, Art Accelerated plans to produce a series of creative events called “Celebrate Route 6.”
Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? Stay tuned for details, and don’t blink or you’ll miss it!
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Your hosts on the Coast

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Your hosts on the Coast

For anyone who has spent time visiting the parks of the Tillamook Coast, you soon realize you don’t want to leave. There is too much beauty, activity and relaxation to enjoy in one visit.
A select few have chosen to stay and make these parks their home away from home. They are camp hosts and they have dedicated themselves to sharing their passion for these beautiful places with others.
Dick and Carolyn Colbert of Rockaway Beach were looking for something unique to do with their retirement. While many of their peers were fleeing to southern climates, they wanted to get out and explore the Oregon Coast.
After talking to friends who had hosted at area parks, they decided to give it a try.
“We always loved to camp,” Carolyn said. “We wanted to help enhance the visitor’s experience of Oregon.”
They hitched up their cozy trailer and headed north to Nehalem Bay State Park. Nestled on a beautiful sandy spit it offers activities such as horseback riding and fishing.
Oregon State Parks rely on camp hosts to perfrom a wide variety of services.
As hosts, the Colberts enjoyed being available to visitors from their camp site and found themselves meeting and befriending people from across the United States and around the world, including other hosts.
They participated in helping park rangers organize nature talks, history presentations, and pot-luck dinners.
“Even when there was nothing going on, we were never bored,” Carolyn said.
The Colberts spent nearly a decade hosting – at Nehalem Bay and along the Oregon Coast – before Dick passed away in 2014.
Their trailer became a second beach home and the Colberts found that camping didn’t mean “roughing it.” Their trailer was often decorated with bright flags, wind chimes and other touches of home.
“I enjoyed putting out flowers,” Carolyn said. “We even had a DVD player in the trailer. If I never had to get mail, I would never have gone home.”
Park Ranger Geoff Baertlein, coordinator of the camp host program at Nehalem Bay State Park, said camp hosts provide a number of invaluable services: greeting campers, answering questions, preparing firewood, cleaning up litter.
“The hosts are very important to Nehalem Bay State Park and the Park System,” he said. “We wouldn’t be able to function without them: our parks wouldn’t look as nice.”
Baertlein adds that for everyone involved – Park Rangers, hosts, and campers – its often a lasting familial relationship.
“I’m really proud of the program and the hosts. I’ve made some great friends over the years and we’ve managed to get a ton of work done,” he said. “I’m always happy to bring new folks into the program.”
For hosting information at Nehalem Bay State Park, contact Park Ranger Geoff Baertlein at  503-801-4675 or geoff.baertlein@oregon.gov.
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