Putting the “howl” in Halloween

Looking for some absolutely “killer” local fun for Halloween? Want to entertain the “monsters” in the family? Well here’s list of featured events that are gonna blow your striped witch socks right off!

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Albany’s Monteith House Museum and the Albany Visitors Association are planning a devilish good time for all ages. Their first event is one that kids and grandkids will enjoy: the “Trolley of Terror!” Our bright red vintage trolley will be decked out in spooky halloween decorations and will run hourly local tours throughout downtown. It’s going to be nothing but onboard fun, plus a candle-lit tour of historic Monteith House.

The Trolley of Terror starts on Friday, October 20th, with hourly tours at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. The trolley fun continues on Saturday Oct 21st, then again on October 27th and 28th. Seating is limited, so reservations and pre-payment are highly advised. Telephone AVA at 541-928-0911 for your tickets or stop by our office on Third Ave SE and Lyon. Tickets are $5 for children under 12, and $10 for adults. Special group rates are available.

The VIP Ghost Hunt Tour is strictly for adults. Spend the evening at the Monteith House Museum with a small group of dedicated ghost-hunters. Learn how to use paranormal activity equipment and participate in an investigative tour of the house. Each tour runs from 10:30 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., and is limited to 10 people. The VIP tour will run on Saturday, October 14th, Saturday, October 21st, and Friday, October 27th. This is a “not to be missed” tour, requiring reservations. Tickets are $50.

Both events’ ticket sales will help maintain the non-profit Monteith House Museum.

What to do around the town and nearby

Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon and 8K Feeling a bit pumpkin-shaped from summer goodies? Well this event should help keep you ship-shape for Halloween treats. The marathon takes place on Saturday, October 21st at Cheadle Lake in Lebanon. Get all the info you need about registration on the marathon website: www.runawaypumpkinhalf.org or telephone 541-848-3978.

Boo Boogie Bash Rough Stock Rodeo How about getting your cowgirl or cowboy boots on and heading out to the Linn County Fair & Expo Center? On Saturday, October 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. you can boogie with the best of the rough riders. Pre-admission tickets are $13 buckaroos or $15 at the door. Small ghouls and boys under 5 are free with accompanying adult. Check the event website at www.wildwesteventsinc.com or telephone 541-895-5335 for more information.

Albany Downtown Trick or Treat and Costume Contest On Saturday, October 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you can bring the entire family down for a safe and fun way to celebrate. Downtown stores will open for trolls, witches, ghosts, goblins (and Captain America too!) or any child ready for a treat. Sponsored by the Albany Downtown Association, check www.albanydowntown.com for more information or telephone 541-928-2469.

Zombie Zoup Run On Saturday, October 28th, Sweet Home is getting their sweet treat on with an exciting run for everyone. The event starts at 10:00 a.m at the Jim Riggs Community Center. For more information and registration, visit the event website at www.zombiezouprun.weebly.com or telephone 541-367-5128.

Heritage Mall Trick or Treat at the Mall If the zombies in the family haven’t found a party yet, Heritage Mall is hosting a Halloween Day/Night trick or treat event from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31st. Check out their website at www.heritagemall.com or telephone 541-967-8238 for more information.

 

From all of us at AVA, have a safe and Happy Halloween!

What to do in Oregon in 2017

17_OECGet ready for an Oregon year to be remembered! Many travelers will visit Oregon for the very first time—particularly in late August when a Total Solar Eclipse will occur on the 21st. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is prime TSE viewing territory, and many locales along the eclipse route will feature special viewing activities, food, celebration, and drink, including Albany.

The new 2017 Oregon Events Calendar, published by Pamplin Media Group, can help you plan your vacation—whether you hail from New York or Newberg. The Albany Visitors Association will have a supply of the publication at their office soon, but until we do, check out the digital edition.

In addition to the eclipse, Oregon is home to numerous annual music festivals, cycling and paddling relays, brew smackdowns, winery and culinary tours, and other venues to taste and experience our state in an entirely new way throughout the year. So come on, join us this year in Albany, Oregon.

*For print copies, please contact AVA at 541-9288-0911. Copies can be mailed, or you can stop by the office at 3rd and Lyon Streets in Downtown Albany, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Giving thanks: Albany’s 2015 Thanksgiving Day meals

Fireside dining at Sybaris by Dennis Rivera

Thanksgiving feasts and where to find them

No Thanksgiving is complete without a tasty meal. If you want a holiday feast but aren’t up to cooking it yourself, here are some Thanksgiving Day 2015 options in Albany, Oregon.


Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant | 208 Second Ave. SW, Albany | Noon, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-967-9488 | Price: free. The Novak family is well-known for their belief that no one should go without a meal on Thanskgiving Day. All are welcome to attend their community meal; first-come, first-served, single seating at noon.

Sybaris Bistro 10th Annual ABC House Fundraiser Dinner | 442 First Ave. W, Albany | 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. | 541-928-8157 | Price: $40/adult; children 7-14 $15; kids 6 and under eat free. All sales from this annual event go directly to the ABC House; Sybaris owners and staff donate their time and all gratuities. Call for reservations.

Frankie’s Restaurant | 641 Hickory St. NW, Albany | Two seatings, noon and 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-248-3671 | Price: $35/adults; kids 7-12 $15; ages 6 and younger free. Special three-course Thanksgiving meal shared with Frankie’s family and friends. The owners at Frankie’s are also seeking two families in need with whom they can share the Thanksgiving meal; e-mail the chef to nominate a family. Call for reservations.

Cascade Grill | 110 Opal Ct. NE, Albany | open from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-926-3388. If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving, this restaurant is conveniently located walking distance from hotels and RV parks. Reservations requested for large groups.

Denny’s | 3435 Spicer Rd., Albany | open 24 hours Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-791-2091. Denny’s will be open and serving turkey all day long on Thanksgiving.

Elmer’s | 2802 Santiam Hwy. SE, Albany | open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-928-4227. Elmer’s will be open normal hours, with turkey on the menu starting at 11 a.m.

Sizzler | 2148 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany | open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 | 541-926-6591. Sizzler will have turkey on the menu from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Reservations requested for large groups.


Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon at Albany Senior Center | 489 Water Ave. NW, Albany | noon, Thursday, Nov. 19 | 541-917-7760. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Albany Senior Center. Tickets $8 each ($6 if purchased before Nov. 11).


Need a place to stay over the holidays? The Albany area is home to cozy B&Bs, full-service hotels and friendly RV parks and campgrounds. Check out our lodging listings to book a Thanksgiving trip to the Willamette Valley.

 

Celebrating Veterans Day 2015 in Albany

Albany’s annual patriotic extravaganza

When it comes to honoring veterans, Veterans Day Parade by Quincy Caseythe friendly little city of Albany, Oregon goes above and beyond, creating an annual celebration like you wouldn’t believe. More than 40,000 people pack the streets for the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, making it the biggest celebration west of the Mississippi. The parade isn’t the only event in town, though. Keep reading for details on what to do, where to go, and where to stay when you visit Albany for Veteran’s Day 2015.


Oct. 10-Nov. 15, 2015: Heroes Wall of Honor. Tribute to fallen soldiers, on display all month at Heritage Mall, 1895 14th Ave. SE.

Nov. 10-12: Oregon Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall

200-px-The-Wall-by-OJ-AndersonHonor the memories of fallen soldiers from Oregon by paying a visit to the Oregon Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall. This exhibit contains the names of every Oregon soldier killed in action from the Vietnam War through the present day. The wall will be on display at First & Lyon St. the week of Veterans Day.

 

Nov. 7, 2015: Patriotic Concerts

Nov. 10, 2015: Concert and Banquet

Willamette Valley Master Chorus, 3 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 10. Concert of music honoring veterans, from Renaissance through modern eras. Willamette University, Salem.

Veteran of the Year Banquet, 7 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 10. Doors open at 6, program begins at 7 p.m. American Legion Post 51, 480 Main St., Lebanon. Tickets required. 541-918-2390 or albanyveteransdayparade@gmail.com.

Parade Day: Nov. 11, 2015

Optimist Club Annual Pancake Breakfast, 6:30-9:30 a.m., West Albany High School, 1130 SW Queen.

Albany Eagles Club Breakfast, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Albany Eagles Club, 127 Broadalbin St., Albany.

Veterans Day Memorial Service, 8:30 a.m. Service honoring veterans, Timber Linn Memorial Park, including guest speakers and an army band playing Taps.

Albany Veterans Day Parade Route

Click to view enlarged parade route map.

Mid-morning: Head downtown early to get your spot for the Veterans Day parade! Thousands of visitors line the streets every year for the big parade.

64th Annual Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m. The event you’ve been waiting for! Oregon’s largest Veterans Day Parade starts on Pacific Boulevard and proceeds down the Lyon/Hwy 20 overpass to historic downtown Albany, going past the Albany Visitors Association office and winding up at the Linn County Courthouse. Stop at the AVA for free coffee and hot chocolate during the parade.

After-parade lunches:

  • Sybaris Bistro, beginning at noon: free lunch for Korean War Veterans and a guest. 442 First Ave. W., Albany.
  • American Legion Post 10, 1-6 p.m.: free spaghetti lunch for any parade participant. 1215 Pacific Blvd. SE., Albany.
  • VFW Post 584, beginning at 1 p.m.: free chili lunch for any parade participant. 1469 Timber St. SE, Albany.

Awards Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Parade Awards Ceremony immediately after the parade, on the steps of the Linn County Courthouse.

Nov. 14, 2015

Freedom Fest 2015. Free catered dinner and entertainment for all active military personnel, veterans and family, American Legion Post 10, 1215 Pacific Blvd. SE. Dinner 6-8 p.m., Entertainment, 8-11 p.m.


Got questions? For the definitive answer on anything related to Albany’s Veterans Day events, visit www.albanyveteransdayparade.org.

Looking for a place to stay when you come to town for the celebration? Check out Albany hotels and RV parks, many of them located near Timber-Linn Memorial Park, site of the Nov. 11 morning memorial service. 

Photos: Veterans Day Parade 2014 by Quincy Casey; “The Wall” by O.J. Anderson

 

 

Ghost touring in historic Albany

small-Halloween-Faces-by-Kathy-HawthorneLooking for a fun and spooky historical experience? Choose from two options this October: a ride on the Trolley of Terror followed by a candlelit ghost tour of the Monteith House Museum; or a VIP ghost-hunting experience at the Monteith House. Both are sponsored by the Monteith Historical Society.

Trolley of Terror and candlelit ghost tour: The Monteith House is the oldest building in Albany, and was built in 1849. Through the years, ghost stories have been shared about this building, but very few people have had a chance to hear the stories from the inside of its walls, and even fewer have had a chance to seek out the spirits that dwell within. Take a ride on the Trolley of Terror followed by a candlelit ghost tour to hear the ghost stories of downtown Albany and those of the Monteith House that have chilled its inhabitants to the bone.

Ghost hunting: A separate tour — a VIP ghost hunt experience — will take place on Friday, October 30, from 9 p.m. to midnight. The VIP experience is limited to 10 people. VIPs will be joined by experienced paranormal investigators and learn how to use various pieces of ghost hunting equipment. VIPs will then get to help conduct a paranormal investigation of the Monteith House.

Details: The Trolley of Terror will take place on October 23, 24, and 30. Tours on October 23 and 24 will begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tours on October 30 will begin at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., with the VIP experience beginning at 9 p.m. and running until midnight.

Tickets: The cost of the Trolley of Terror and candlelit ghost tour is $10 per adult and $5 per child. The VIP experience is $25 per person. Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited. Call the Albany Visitors Association at 541-928-0911 to reserve your seats today.

Photo: “Halloween Faces” by Kathy Hawthorne