June 30, 2004
Seaside Museum works to raise funds amid the fun
By HELEN WARRINER
The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — With
a bang and a boom and a flash of red, white and blue, Independence
Day festivities will burst upon the Northwest in just four
at Roy Kirkham’s house, planning for the day continues
year-round. Kirkham is a member of the Seaside Museum and Historical
Society’s Board of Directors. He is also the Parade Coordinator
for the museum’s 19th annual Old-fashioned Fourth of July social.
“At my household, we eat and breathe Fourth of July,” Kirkham
said. “It takes hundreds and hundreds of hours to get this
LORI ASSA — The
Ruby McGlothin, of the Sou'Wester Garden Club, deadheads some
flowers Monday afternoon at the Butterfield Cottage in Seaside.
The club, which maintains the garden, prepares the yard for the
Old-fashioned Fourth of July social. Nancy Berry, also from the
Sou'Wester Garden Club, says, “We try to have the garden
looking its Sunday school best.”
event starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with a parade through Seaside.
After the parade, the fun continues
at the museum, 570 Necanicum Drive, with a cake walk, children’s
games, food booths, raffle drawing, silent auction and bingo.
will be a free concert from noon to 4 p.m. on the steps of
the museum’s Butterfield Cottage featuring the New
Pacific Jazz Band and visitors may tour the museum and cottage
beyond celebrating our country’s
birth, the festivities have a serious purpose. They help keep
the museum’s doors open by raising approximately $7,000.
The museum’s annual operating budget is approximately $40,000.
“This is our biggest fund-raiser of the year,” said
treasurer Helen Gaston. “We use the money for general operations,
like the light bill. If we didn’t have this money every year,
we’d have to cut back on operations.”
When the museum held its first social 19 years ago, the “old-fashioned” part
was the rule. Anyone participating in the parade had to be on foot
(or horseback). Since then, organizers have made some concessions
to modernization, Gaston said.
This year’s parade features decorated floats, the Seaside
streetcar, classic cars, dancers, walkers, horse clubs and kids on
bicycles. All are encouraged to participate in this year’s
theme “Let’s Show the Colors.” That means parade
watchers will be seeing red ... and white and blue.
“It’s kind of a freewheeling parade,” Kirkham
said. “We’re changing every second.”
decide on the exact parade route until Sunday morning because of
road work at the 12th Avenue Bridge.
If the parade follows its regular route, participants will line
up along Necanicum Drive starting at the museum. The parade will
head north on Necanicum, turn right on 12th Avenue, go south on Holladay
Drive, turn onto Broadway Drive, go right on Columbia Street, right
on First Avenue and end back at the museum.
If bridge pavement work is not completed, the parade will go south
on Necanicum, over the First Avenue Bridge to Holladay and on to
Broadway, Kirkham said.
year’s celebration is on a Sunday, Kirkham took
care to talk with the ministers of all churches along the parade
route. He wanted to make sure the parade would not conflict with
church schedules. All gave him the go-ahead.
After the parade
has passed by, visitors are invited to the museum’s
grounds, where the festivities continue with more old-fashioned fun.
The children’s games - like the fish pond and bean bag toss – are
“The games are strangely attractive to kids,” Kirkham
said. “There are no batteries. It’s just the interaction
of the crowd and the hustle and bustle of the fun. Kids are just
fascinated and they get lost in it.”
And it doesn’t hurt that the museum gives away hundreds, “maybe
even a thousand” prizes, including hats, beach balls, whirligigs
and kickballs, Gaston said.
Inside the museum, grown-ups will enjoy placing bids on silent auction
items, including camp lanterns, original paintings, restaurant gift
certificates and an overnight stay at Heceta Head Bed and Breakfast.
A raffle for a $100 Fred Meyer gift card will also be held.
the food. Participants may purchase cotton candy, hot dogs, clam
chowder and strawberry shortcake from a variety of
food booths, many of which are run by local non-profit groups. Or
participate in the cake walk to win one of the many cakes donated
by local bakeries. Peggy Kirkham starts work in November, rounding
up close to 100 cakes for the walk.
At dusk, the
day’s festivities will end with the Seaside Chamber
of Commerce’s beach fireworks show. The 30-minute-plus show
is the largest on the Oregon Coast and attracts close to 20,000 people
In other communities
Cannon Beach: Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday on the porch of the Coaster
Theatre, the Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood will
sell strawberry shortcake to raise money for women’s educational
scholarships. A parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Gower and Spruce streets,
go down Spruce to First Street and travel back to the American Legion
via Hemlock Street. At 2 p.m., the North Coast Symphonic Band will
give a free concert at the city park at Second Street and Spruce.
See the related story about fireworks in Cannon Beach.
A parade featuring the Astoria High School Marching Band will begin
at 1 p.m. Sunday at 10th Street and North Marion
Avenue with a fly-by by the Oregon Air National Guard. The parade
will travel south to Pacific Way and east to the Gearhart Fire Station,
where free hot dogs and soda will be distributed by firefighters.
The Warrenton Community Center Board will sell Krispy Kreme donuts
beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at city hall. At
noon, the Warrenton Firefighters Association will offer a free barbecue
and tours of the fire station. The parade starts at 3 p.m. and heads
down Main Avenue from the post office to Ninth Street, ending at
the Warrenton Grade School.
The Fourth of July square opens at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia
River Maritime Museum, at the foot of 17th Street.
The event features food, games, the Astoria Fire Boat and a demonstration
by the Coast Guard. The fireworks show begins at dusk.
• Long Beach, Wash.: This year’s
celebration starts at the Port of Ilwaco with fireworks at dusk
Saturday. Ocean Park
hosts a festival and parade Sunday at 2 p.m. At dusk Sunday, a fireworks
show will be held at the Bolstad Avenue approach in Long Beach. The
next morning, residents are invited to any of the six major beach
approaches at 9:30 a.m. to help clean the beach. For more information
on the cleanup, contact Shelly Pollock at (360) 665- 5388, by e-mail
to (email@example.com) or visit (www.ourbeach.org)
Festivities begin Saturday in the city park with a carnival, a
dog show at 1 p.m. and a street dance from 7 to
10 p.m. on Nehalem Street. On Sunday, the Heritage Days Parade will
begin at 11 a.m. on Nehalem Street, with a Kiwanis chicken barbecue
at noon in the park. The fireworks show will begin at dark above
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