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The Mudd Nick Foundation’s local mission

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on The Mudd Nick Foundation’s local mission

The Mudd Nick Foundation has become synonymous with altruism along the Tillamook Coast.As an all-volunteer organization, the Mudd Nick Foundation works to teach children in the Nehalem Bay and greater Tillamook County area about the fundamentals of lifelong citizenship and service to others. Jim and Lynn Mudd made it their mission to improve the lives of kids around the area.Through the Foundation, children are offered a wide variety of opportunities to expand their life experiences through arts and culture programs, athletics, and travel.Over the years, 60 learning experiences have been carried out annually. In the past, children have taken trips to Washington, D.C., Boeing Engineering, OMSI, and the Oregon Writer’s Festival.The foundation got its start from a simple get-together of college pals. Mudd Nick Foundation Annual Golf Tournament is a staple of the organizations fundraising.In 1990, friends Jim Mudd and Doug Nicholson – along with Jim’s wife Lynn – decided to start a co-ed golf tournament, which they christened the ‘Mudd Nick Invitational.’Now an annual event, the Charity Golf Tournament takes place at Manzanita Links every September and draws in hundreds of foundation supporters.If you’ve ever strolled down Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, chances are you’ve come across the Mudd Dog stand, a cart that serves up Chicago-style hot dogs which benefits the foundations activities. Jim and Lynn Mudd have personally served thousands of happy guests every summer from the end of their driveway. Visitors to Manzanita were treated to Chicago style dogs and lots of smiles at the Mudd’s ‘Mudd Dog Cart.’Sadly, Jim Mudd – the “heart and soul” of the foundation – passed away this past October.But, the good works of the Mudd Nick Foundation will continue.  The post The Mudd Nick Foundation’s local mission appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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5 Great Tillamook Coast Bands & Musicians

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on 5 Great Tillamook Coast Bands & Musicians

Billy Joel once opined that “musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.”The Tillamook Coast is famous for its quiet heart.But there’s also a rhythm underneath that heartbeat and it comes from a wide variety of talented local musicians.Here are 5 not to miss: Julie Amici BandJulie Amici Band – “Julie Amici” is the collaboration between local singer Julie Yanko and bassist Dean Mueller. The name is derived from Julie’s first name, and “Amici” the original family name of Dean’s father. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean’s deeply rooted blues foundation. Julie’s repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday, the soul of Nina Simone and the country of Patsy Cline. They’ve shared the stage with the legendary Curtis Salgado and performed at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland.The band tours extensively around the country but continues to perform locally, including at Manzanita Music Festival, Bread & Ocean, North County Recreation District, Nehalem Bay Winery, and MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar.  Rhythm MethodRhythm Method – This Manzanita outfit is a combo of musicians, mainly blues, rock and roll, and a touch of jazz. On top of that, they’ve added djembe and a little ambient percussion.They soon become known as the local “jam band” with African rhythm and guitars finding their way together.Their main mission is to have fun, seeking a sound which is healing, astral, transcendent – and danceable!Rhythm Method has performed at Hoffman Center For The Arts, Pine Grove Community House, Manzanita Farmer’s Market and Nehalem Beehive.  Sedona FireSedona Fire – The annals of rock n’ roll history are crammed with legendary artists who experimented with different musical styles. Led Zeppelin layered their hard rock with the blues; The Police dabbled in reggae; Paul Simon took on zydeco; Blondie recorded a rap song.The idea was to stretch and grow as artists.That might describe Sedona Fire Band, a diverse ensemble from the Nehalem Valley.Playing an eclectic blend of genre-crossing music they’ve dubbed “world folk fusion,” this outfit isn’t afraid to challenge themselves — as evidenced by the levels of instrumentation band members bring to each gig: vocals, flute, cornet, cello, bass and percussion.According to singer Sedona Torres, “world folk fusion” is an eclectic combination of world, folk, rock and blues.“We’re very eclectic,” Torres said. “We’ve done a lot of diverse stuff because all of us have had different experiences with different music.”  Joe WrabekJoe Wrabek – Hailing from Garibaldi, Joe is a singer/songwriter, known for his funny story-telling lyrics.From global warming (“The Termite Song”) to organized religion (“Can I Have Your Car When the Rapture Comes?”) few subjects have been safe from Wrabek’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics.Wrabek has played with the bands Deathgrass and Coaster, as well as Tico Marimba, Tillamook County’s only marimba band.As a member of the Southern Oregon Songwriters Association and Songwriters Association of Washington, D.C., Joe’s songs have garnered awards. Most recently, “Playing in the Ruins” won first place in the “Country Division” of the prestigious 2014 UK Songwriting Contest in England. David WieganDavid Wiegan – Though his day job is as Executive Director at North County Recreation District, Wiegan is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and singer. Steeped in blues and rock, Wiegan has recorded his own CD, “One Guitar,” an eclectic collection of original songs all played on acoustic guitar with rock blues, reggae, and some country influences. Released in 2015, it bears heavy influences from Eric Clapton and Jimmy Buffett.Wiegan has performed at a number of local venues around Oregon, including opening for guitar virtuoso Terry Robb at Hoffman Center for the Arts.The post 5 Great Tillamook Coast Bands & Musicians appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Visit like a local: volunteer!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Visit like a local: volunteer!

Want authentic experiences when you travel? A vacation that goes beyond souvenirs and postcards.“Visit like a local” is a great way to tour while lending a hand.Volunteering is a big part of what makes the wheels turn in our little coastal communities along the Tillamook Coast.Enjoy gardening? Check in with Lower Nehalem Community Trust.Like books? Drop by one of the branches of the Tillamook County Library System.Love area history? Introduce yourself at Garibaldi Maritime Museum or Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem BayPassionate about community safety and emergency preparedness? Check in with Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay.There are hundreds of ways you can make a difference. If you need help finding the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you, visit one of the Chambers of Commerce or visitors centers that operate from Manzanita to Neskowin. Manzanita Visitor’s CenterWhether you’re here once a week, once a month or once a year there’s a volunteer opportunity just waiting for you.The post Visit like a local: volunteer! appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Chef Profile: Julie Barker, Buttercup

Posted by on Dec 27, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Chef Profile: Julie Barker, Buttercup

“I was looking for something different, something our area didn’t have.”Julie Barker has been a pillar of the Tillamook Coast dining scene for over 30 years.She’s owned and been the chef at such local staples as Blue Sky Cafe, Bread & Ocean, and currently Buttercup Homemade Ice Creams & Chowders.And what’s made her successful is her knack for creativity, understanding the coastal food scene, and listening to her customers.“When we bought Blue Sky we had staff, but just by attrition I needed to go into the kitchen and I really enjoyed it,” she said with a laugh. “Eventually I got on a roll and didn’t want anyone cooking but me.”When it came to deciding on her next endeavor after selling Bread & Ocean, she thought about the repeated questions she’d get from customers: Where’s the best chowder? Where’s the best ice cream?Then in 2015, Barker discovered Buttercup Homemade Ice Creams & Chowders was the place she’d always dreamed of running.A look at her menu showcases Barker’s creativity: Italian frozen mousse, Thai red curry chowder, Bananas Foster on a cinnamon cone, Brazilian fish chowder. Whenever Julie Barker is cooking, happy diners are found.“Those things are synonymous with the coast,” she said. “No one was doing either thing as a focus so I just decided the two went together. Our locals have always been my biggest supporters, and also my guinea pigs.”Barker takes pride in using as many local ingredients as possible for her chowders and ice creams, including milk from Bennett Family Farms. She feels that comes through in the quality and taste of the end product.“I like rustic, the best quality ingredients, the easiest procedures. I put a lot of love into everything.”Visit Barker at Buttercup in downtown Nehalem.The post Chef Profile: Julie Barker, Buttercup appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Animal Haven By The Sea looks out for all four-legged friends

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Animal Haven By The Sea looks out for all four-legged friends

Tillamook Coast people love their dogs.With so many natural spaces for their four-legged friends to run and play, it’s a tail-wagging, tongue-lolling, sunbathing paradise.Imagine you’re enjoying your day with your dog and the unthinkable becomes reality: you’re on a trail and your fuzzy buddy runs off. Who do you turn to? Where do you start looking?Luckily, there’s an extremely caring place in Nehalem for you to find help.In 2011, Animal Haven By The Sea Rescue was founded by Lee Blackmon to respond to the needs of animals in North Tillamook County. Food is always needed for lost dogs and cats at Animals Haven by the Sea.Lee is the primary responder when animals are lost, sick or in need of a forever home.It’s a big job, but Lee has a big heart.He fosters, feeds, and exercises all of his four-legged guests in his home, dogs and cats both. Any animal in Animal Haven by the Sea will also receive needed medical care and a loving place to recover. Animal Haven By The Sea works to reunite lost pets with their owners.Want to meet your forever friend while on vacation? Lee will be happy to match you with a new best buddy.The post Animal Haven By The Sea looks out for all four-legged friends appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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Tillamook Coast ‘book flood’

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Tillamook Coast ‘book flood’

What we’re reading this Christmas: books from the Tillamook CoastJólabókaflóð. It’s the Icelandic word for “book flood.”Each year, hundreds of books are released just weeks before Christmas, making them a popular and desired gift.This year, on the Tillamook Coast, we’re celebrating our own Jólabókaflóð. Check out what we’re reading this Christmas, and take home a copy when you visit!25 Family Adventures on the Tillamook CoastBy Brian CameronAdventure guide and father of twins, author and Oregon Coast native Brian Cameron shares his favorite places to take his family on Oregon’s Tillamook Coast. From exploring tidepools, to camping and riding the rails, families will find lots of fun things to do in this 60-page guide. Includes restaurant options.“People have really been enjoying having a guidebook geared toward kids,” Cameron said. “I wanted an excuse to take my kids outside and document that in the process.”Where to buy: Visit Tillamook CoastCost: $9.9925 Hikes on the Tillamook CoastBy Adam SawyerHiking expert and travel guidebook author Adam Sawyer shares his choices for the best hikes on Oregon’s Tillamook Coast. From thigh-pumping trek to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain to a leisurely stroll through Kilchis Point Reserve, hikers will find the trail just right for their adventure in this 90-page guide.Where to buy: Visit Tillamook CoastCost: $9.99DIG, SHUCK, SHAKEBy John Nelson John Nelson’s stories of growing up on the docks and his practical techniques for preparing and cooking a variety of seafood in Pacific Northwest style makes this more than a recipe book. It is a snapshot of the fishing culture that resides alongside the docks of Oregon and Washington. Nelson’s thorough yet personable instruction makes it so even the most timid cook will feel at ease creating delectable seafood dishes.“When I was in central Oregon, I starting missing the beach,” Nelson said. So, he began putting together recipes that turned into a book, not thinking much of it.“I shelved it,” he recalls. “I said, ‘My kids will see it one day and that will be neat.’”But, it wasn’t just a keepsake for his children: it became a success with readers around the world because of Nelson’s authentic writing style.“It will start out with a story and then ten or so recipes following it. I have a story about clam digging, so that chapter is all about shellfish.”Where to buy: Blue Heron French Cheese CompanyCost: $16.14Doug Fir’s Like My HikeBy Douglas A. Carlson-Swanson  Written and illustrated by author Doug Carlson-Swanson, this comic novel is about Doug-Fir, a frustrated conifer tree who gets sick of being stuck in the ground and especially being stuck by multiple, diabetic insulin shots every day. So, to better his health, he sets out to hike sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon.The book is based on Carlson-Swanson’s real life experiences to improve his life.“It was for health reasons, it really helped me take less insulin,” he said.Where to buy: Amazon, Cloud & Leaf Bookstore (Manzanita)Cost: $9.25Grog Wars, Dos By Anne Sweazy-Kulju From the award winning author of Grog Wars, comes Grog Wars, Dos.Trouble brews for Maximilian and Charlotte, two of the most unfortunate characters ever snubbed by history. Meanwhile, their young Master Brew, August, tracks someone in 1860’s Mexico. Max is an emperor without a country. Charlotte is a mother without a child. Both are seduced into making Mexico their family and their hope. But when global politics threaten to tear the monarchs and the country apart, will August abandon his vengeance to save them?“I got haunted into writing my first book,” Sweazy said. “When I was laid up at a bed and breakfast and the ghosts talked me into writing my first book. These things just come to me…they seem to write themselves. What can I say?”Awards: Publishers’ Weekly Annual BookLife Prize in Fiction, Finalist; Literary Classic Silver AwardWhere to buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various places in Pacific CityCost: $15.99Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids By Grant Mc Omie From the same host as the popular tv show, Grant gives us his third guidebook all about adventures with families.Grant’s recommendations of clamming and searching for thundereggs are activities that he enjoyed as a child himself.“It’s not much of a guidebook as relating stories,” Grant said. “I try to never follow the same path twice. Tillamook County has always been my playground…it’s so diverse.”Where to buy: AmazonCost: $12.23The Lightening Painter & Art with Spirit By Jennifer ThieleThe Lightening Painter reveals the secretive life of painter Joseph K. Englehart.Englehart was the artist behind the Mt. Hood landscape painting that found its home in the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum for many years.But, who was Englehart? Apparently, few really know. Englehart was only one of twenty-two pseudonyms that he used for his 600 paintings across the country.The Lightening Painter tries to uncover the truth in Englehart’s life and details his visit to Tillamook.“He remains a man of mystery,” Thiele said. “He didn’t leave any historical accounts. Everything I found was blips in newspapers.Art with Spirit is the biography of Lucia Wiley who is known locally as the artist of murals in both the Tillamook City Hall and Tillamook County Courthouse.“Her story has not been told,” Thiele said.Wiley won a commission, and a group of citizens requested that her fresco be installed in the new post office being built in Tillamook. The Treasury Department agreed, and she began the tedious work of preparing the walls and installing the mural, completing it in 1943. The mural titled, “Captain Gray Entering Tillamook Bay,” depicts Captain Gray’s first meeting with Oregon natives.“This was a fun book to write,” Thiele said. “Through my research, I made connection with family and was invited to the Wiley-Steinbach family reunion. There I was told lots of good stories about Lucia and her talents. This brought a whole new level of personality to Lucia’s story and I thank her family for their input.”Thiele is a research historian for the Tillamook Pioneer Museum.Where to buy: Tillamook Pioneer MuseumCost: $19.95Agnes Canon’s War By Deborah Lincoln  Based during the Civil War, Agnes Canon is tired of being a spectator of life, a small-town schoolmarm and an invisible daughter among seven sisters, meat for the marriage market. The rivers of her Pennsylvania countryside flow west, and she yearns to flow with them, see new lands, know the independence that is the usual province of men. This is a story of a woman’s quest for freedom, both social and intellectual, and her evolving understanding of what freedom means.Awards: Chanticleer 2013 Laramie Awards, Best in CategoryWomen Writing the West, 2015 Willa Award for Historical Fiction, Silver AwardWhere to buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Art Accelerated (Tillamook)Cost: $9.27Coastal Coffee Club MysteriesBy Patricia Brown A Recipe for Dying tells the story of a small coastal town of Waterton (based on Tillamook) where the old people keep dying. Eleanor and her delightful assortment of friends, most whom are getting up in age, set out to discover what is going on. Is it a series of mercy killings, or murder, and is their investigation putting them in danger?“I took a writing class and she gave us a prompt and the characters started talking to me and they wouldn’t leave me alone,” Brown said. “Someone from the class asked when I was going to write that book.”Where to buy: Gladeye pressCost: $12.95Time Flash: Another Me By Lana Ayers The Granola Diet promises to turn curvy Sara Rodríguez Bloom García into a svelte, new woman in no time.What starts out as another fad diet, leads Sara on a time travel journey of perilous twists and turns. Sara’s possibly-magical cat, tasty meals, and vivid music enliven the darker moments.Author Lana Ayers resides in Cape Meares. She says that she needs coffee the way plants need light, height is not one of her attributes, and as a child she was bitten by an ostrich.Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBoundCost: $17.99Additional Tillamook Coast authorsDeep, Dark and Dangerous: On the Bottom with the Northwest Salvage Diversby Rebecca HarrisonCalvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer (Tillamook Pioneer Museum)by Jerry SutherlandThis Side of Sand Island by Victoria StoppielloThe Astoria Chinatown Conspiracy by Richard PowersBeach Bum and Fancypants by Robert FreedmanUnderstanding America and Her Enemies in Wartime by Mark Scott SmithNestucca River Countryby Sally RisselJust Asby Julius JortnerThe post Tillamook Coast ‘book flood’ appeared first on Tillamook Coast.
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