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Tall Ships Adventure Sails, Heritage Fair, Chinese LION Dancers, Portland Taiko, Birthday Cake and fun!

Astoria Bicentennial Events • Downtown Astoria • May 19 – May 22

PortlandTaikoThursday, May 19

Adventure in History Lecture Series
“Astor’s Empire” featuring James P. Ronda, H.G. Barnard Professor of Western American History, Emeritus, author of over a dozen published essays and books including “Astoria & Empire” (1990). Evening includes prelude music performed by Jeffrey Reynolds (Violin) and Andrew Emlen (cello) in period costumes, dessert and beverages, lecture and book signing. Liberty Theater, 12th & Commercial Streets, Astoria, 7pm

Friday, May 20

10am Astoria Heritage Quilters Show – Local quilters display their works at Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Street, Astoria. 10am– 4pm (Donations accepted)
10am – Adventure Sails on the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The 3- hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Board at 17th Street Dock, Astoria. Purchase Tickets
2pm – Battle Sails on the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The popular 3-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close quarters maneuvers, and taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Board at 17th Street Dock, Astoria. Purchase tickets
Shively Fountain2pm – 1906 Shively Fountain Restoration Ceremony & Ribbon-Cutting. Maritime Memorial Park (under the bridge adjacent to Holiday Inn Express) Refreshments served. Restoration of the fountain made possible by Pacific Power as a Bicentennial Legacy Gift to the City of Astoria.
Art Exhibits Opening Reception (Three exhibits at two museums) “Cleveland Rockwell Fine Art Exhibit” Featuring the works of Cleveland Rockwell (1837-1907) one of the foremost painters of the Pacific Northwest. These works are on loan from the Oregon Historical Society, private collections and museums from the Pacific NW. Columbia River Maritime Museum, 17th and Marine Drive, Astoria, 3:30 p.m. to  5 p.m. Museum entry fee / Free to CRMM members. “Astor Party & the Founding of Astoria”- This dynamic new exhibit will tell the story of John Jacob Astor, the fur trade, the Astor fur trading party, the Tonquin, Fort George, and the War of 1812. Heritage Museum, Clatsop County Historical Society, 16th & Exchange Streets, Astoria. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Museum entry fee / Free to CCHS Members.
“200 Years of Art in Astoria” Private Collection of Astorian Michael Foster Mr. Foster is a well-known philanthropist and collector whose 6,000 plus works range from fine art to rare toys. This exhibit will feature Michael’s selected favorites that have a tie to Astoria’s bicentennial. Heritage Museum, Clatsop County Historical Society, 16th & Exchange Streets, Astoria, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Museum entry fee / Free to CCHS Members.
Liberty Theater Presents: Chinook Nation and other Native Tribes Cultural Event. 7:30pm- (see pg. 14) A Special Cultural Event” 5 -7 p.m. Chinookan arts & crafts exhibits and merchandise available for sale in the McTavish Room (enter at 12th St. Free Admission for this event.)

Saturday, May 21

9am – Information Booths Open at these locations-Astoria Bicentennial Store (foot of 15th St.), Liberty Theater (12th& Commercial), Columbia River Maritime Museum Plaza (foot of 17th), and Heritage Fair (9th & Astor)
9:30am –  Heritage Fair celebrating Astoria’s cultural diversity with food booths, demonstrations, music, dance performances, arts & crafts, weaving, and family friendly events. Located at the Sunset Empire Transit Center Parking Lot, on Marine Drive Between 9th, 10th Astor & Bond Streets. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lady WashingtonEntertainment Schedule:
9:30 a.m. – Fort Vancouver Pipe & Drum Corps
10:30 a.m. – Portland Taiko (International Japanese Drummers)
11:30 a.m. – Chinese LION Dancers
12:15 p.m. – Riverwalk Parade to 17th Street Plaza
1 p.m. – Scandinavian Dancers
2 p.m. Hawaiian Foundation Hula Dancing Demonstration
Birthday cupcakes
3 p.m. – Corene Berg Holm – Accordion Music
3:45 p.m. – Wilho Saari -Finnish Kantele
4:15 p.m. – Mariachi Band (Subject to time change adjustments)
10am – Horse and Wagon Rides– Hop on at the Oregon Film Museum (732 Duane Street)  FREE Sponsored by Fred Meyer
10am – Astoria Heritage Quilters Show– Local quilters will display their works at Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 Franklin Street, Astoria. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Donations accepted)
10:30am – Historic Trade Re-enactment Ceremony in the Columbia River with the Chinook Tribe and other NW Indian Tribe canoes with the Tall Ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. Tall Ships sponsored by Bank of Astoria
12:15pm – Chinese LION dancers lead the way along the Columbia Riverwalk to the official opening ceremony at Columbia River Maritime Museum 17th Street Plaza Music. Performance by North Coast Chorale, Director Denise Reed Hines, accompanied by David Carlson with Laurie Drage singing the National Anthem.
1pm – USCG Fly-Over Color Guard – USGC Columbia River Sector
1:10 p.m. Official Welcome & Opening Ceremony Presentation The Honorable Willis Van Dusen, Mayor of Astoria, Governor John Kitzhaber, RAD Blore, Senator Merkley, with other State and National Leaders and Ray Gardner, Chairman of the Chinook Tribe.
Birthday Cake & Refreshments (at Heritage Fair)
2pm – 5pm Tall Ship tours, Heritage Fair continues, horse and wagon rides, museum exhibits, ride the Old 300 Riverfront Trolley or climb the Astoria Column
2:30 –  Chinook Tribe & other NW Tribes canoe races
3:30 – USCG Search and Rescue Demonstration on the Columbia River Viewing from 17th Plaza or Riverwalk
7 p.m. Liberty Theater Presents “The Land of the Dragon”, A Chinese Fantasy Tale written by Madge Miller – see next page

Sunday, May 22

Owl Drug StoreSunday Market, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 12th Street Downtown Astoria 10am – Adventure Sails on the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The 3-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Board at 17th Street Dock, Astoria. Purchase Tickets
2pm – Battle Sails on the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.
The popular 3-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, closequarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. A ticket is required for all passengers, including babes in arms. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets.

Event Fees: Some Programs include an admission charge, as listed.   Heritage Fair and other Bicentennial events – no entry fees. For a full schedule of Bicentennial Info: www.astoria200.org.