18th Annual Crab Feed

Crab_Feed1The 18th Annual Greater Albany Rotary Club Crab Feed will be here before you know it. Prepare for absolutely succulent crab, tasty chowder, and local artisanal brew. Between the butter and the delectable crab, you’re going to want an old shirt or blouse for this one. It’s all happening at Calapooia Brewing Company on February from 11am to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale in advance (highly recommended) at the Albany Visitors Association downtown office, 3rd and Lyons, 541-928-0911, or at Calapooia Brewing Company, and KGAL/KSHO on KGAL Drive in Lebanon.

Ticket prices are $35 each, and you receive crab, a pulled pork slider, Mo’s clam chowder, salad and all the fixin’s! A tasty vegan option is also available. New this year is an Oyster Garden where from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (or as long as supplies last), you can buy five steamed oysters for $10.


Announcing the 2017 AVA Photo Contest

Bill_OrigerThe time has arrived for all our shutterbugs to polish their lenses and head on out to the great outdoors. It’s the 2017 Albany Visitors Association Photo Contest and you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to have your artistry shared with thousands.

This is your chance to enter your work into several categories that might end up gracing the cover of our largest annual publication, The 2018 Albany Visitors Guide. We also use contest submissions in other publications and advertising that is seen across the US and internationally.

Focus your work on Linn County, Albany (and its many outlaying areas), and the Willamette Valley. We have so much to capture and share with the world about our amazing community and landscape.

In the “technical resources” section below, we’ve provided downloadable forms that contain the rules, image and use release, model release, and the full application to submit with your work. The AVA 2017 Photo Contest also accepts video work, so be sure to fill in the right form.

The deadline for all submissions is February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Submissions will be accepted at any time before that date and time. Please read the complete list of rules to find out what formats are accepted.

The following categories frame the 2017 AVA Photo Contest

  • Scenic
  • Landmarks
  • Events
  • Life in our community
  • Open (does not fit the above categories)
  • Historic Albany districts
  • Culinary
  • Video
  • Best cover photo

Please make sure to read the full document entitled “2017 Contest categories and deadlines” in the Technical Resources section below for a full explanation of the categories.


On March 8, 2017, an awards reception will be hosted at the Albany Visitors Association. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels. First through third place ribbons will be given to winners in each of nine categories. Overall winner will be awarded Champion and Reserve Champion Ribbons. There will also be a ribbon awarded for Peoples Choice, with a winner voted for by the general public. Prizes will be awarded to Champion, Reserve Champion, and Peoples Choice winners.

Technical Resources

Photo contest cover letter from AVA: Download a brief explanation of how to complete your submission packet (PDF)

2017 Contest categories and deadlines: Download the categories and information on deadlines and awards (PDF)

Rules: Download the rules for the photo contest, still shots (PDF) (*Rules for video submissions are listed separately.) 

Photo contest submission form: Download the form for still photo entries (PDF) (*Video submissions forms listed separately.)

Photographer’s release form: Download the image or video release form (PDF) (*This is different than the model release form, and MUST accompany your entry to be considered for use in our publications, digital or print use.)

Model release form: Download the model release form (PDF) (*No entries featuring children, teens, or adults with recognizable faces will be considered without the model release form.)

Video contest rules: Download the video contest rules (PDF)

Video contest submission form: Download the video submission form (PDF)

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.

Night Time Magic light display winners


255-country-club-drive-winner-2016Ladies and Gentleman! Announcing the “Night Time Magic” light contest winning displays! For all of those participating, we extend our greatest thanks for your participation. The following four light displays were selected by the judges:
“Lights of the Polar Express,” 3849 Oakmont Loop NE, Albany, OR 97322.
“WATT-A-SHOW” (light up the darkness), 2035 Jefferson St SE, Albany, OR 9732.
“Snowman Land,” 255 Country Club Ln NW, Albany OR 9732.
“Light up the Night,” 1327 NW North Albany Rd, Albany, Oregon 97321.

3849-oakmont-lp-ne-winner-2016Winners will receive a Winner Award Certificate and a $50 gift card to Albany’s downtown first-run movie house: The Pix Theatre. Photos of the winning homes will be on display at the Pix Theatre and on the Albany Visitors Association website along with a list of locations to see. Winners will also be entitled to bragging rights for the entire year! Thank you to all the homeowners who participate in this program. Without your efforts, this wonderful community tradition would not be possible.

The winners of the Night Time Magic Program are determined by a panel of judges who conduct individual random drive-by sightings between December 8 and 15. Homes must be nominated to win.

1327-nw-north-albany-rd-winner-2016This is the 29th year that the Albany Visitors Association has been helping to make the holidays bright with the Annual Night Time Magic Holiday Light Program. All nominations receive recognition for participation in Albany’s Night Time Magic program.

The reward for participation: Your holiday spirits will be lifted, your home brightened, your neighborhood enlightened and your community enlivened.  If you are interested in being a part of Historic Albany’s “Magic” for 2017’s contest, contact the Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave SE, or telephone 541-928-0911 to receive future announcements.

Map of the displays

Feel free to download a PDF of the 2016 light display map. If you would rather have one mailed to you, contact us at 541-928-0911 or stop by the AVA office at 3rd and Lyons.

Past winners


  1. 222 Fourth Avenue SE, Albany OR 97321
  2. 1000 Lincoln St SW, Albany OR 97321
  3. 2905 Lawnridge St SW, Albany OR 97321
  4. 140 First Avenue West, Albany, Oregon 97321


  1. 627 Broadalbin SW, Albany OR 97321
  2. 4160 Evergreen Street SE, Albany OR 97322
  3. 2110 Geary Street SE, Albany OR 97322
  4. 2670 Kingston Way NW, Albany OR 97321
  5. Washington Street houses, block 600


  1. 514 NE 13th Ave.
  2. Santa on the rooftop view from bridge & Water Ave.
  3. 5th Avenue SW, block 800
  4. 630 Seventh Avenue SW


  1. 1001 Washington SW decked out again for 2014
  2. 1830 12th Avenue SW
  3. 3407 Pacific Blvd SW
  4. 6127 Piedmont Pl. SW
  5. 4295 Clay Place SE


  1. 730 Washington SW
  2. 425 6th Ave SW
  3. 2893 E Mountain View Dr SE
  4. 1340 NE Mayview Dr.

Holiday Nosh Tour canceled due to inclement weather

We are very sorry to report that the Holiday Nosh Tour scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, has been canceled due to inclement weather. We want this to be a happy event, but given the reports of black ice, treacherous road conditions, and more freezing temperatures predicted for tomorrow evening, we have made the decision to cancel the tour in interest of safety.

If you have pre-paid for any Nosh Tour tickets, please contact the AVA office at 541-928-0911 and we will issue a full refund. We hope to reschedule the tour sometime in January.

Thanksgiving in Albany, Oregon

thanksgivingThe bounty of our region is never more evident than in the fall. As you drive, bike or hike through Albany and the surrounding countryside, you’ll see a wild beauty through raindrops. And as late November arrives, it’s almost as if people are holding their breath for holiday adventures and celebrations.

We thought it might be fun to go out to eat or maybe sip some of our award winning regional wines. And if you enjoy helping others, there are many community free dinners taking place, and we have included them.

Wherever you choose to spend the day, may it be a very warm and wonderful time filled with good memories! (*Please telephone the venue if you plan on attending, as times and dates may be subject to change.)

Thanksgiving Dinner Out

Elmer’s Restaurant will be open all day on Thanksgiving. 2802 Santiam Hwy,, Albany, OR. Tele: 541-928-4227.

Cascade Grill will be open on the holiday from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m. for Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations are available for parties of seven or more. 110 Opal St NE, Albany, Tele: 541-926-3388.

Sweetwater’s Restaurant is open all day on Thanksgiving. 2390 Santiam Hwy., Albany, OR. Tele: 541-812-9222.

Sybaris Bistro is hosting their annual ABC House Thanksgiving benefit dinner. However, the latest word said that the dinner has sold out. You might want to check with them about their hours on the holiday weekend. Sybaris is located at 442 First Ave, Albany, OR. Tele: 541-928-8157.

Area Winery Thanksgiving Specials for November 25 – 27

Willamette Valley Vineyards at 8800 Enchanted Way, Turner, OR will have wine tasting, appetizers and entertainment. Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tele: 503-588-9463

Tyee Cellars at 26335 Geenberry Rd in Corvallis will do wine tasting from noon until 5:00 p.m. Tele: 541-753-8754.

Marks Ridge Winery, at 29255 Berlin Rd in Sweethome, will host an open house with tastings and appetizers. Hours are from noon until 5:00 p.m. Tele: 541-974-4557.

Spring Hill Cellars, at 2920 NW Scenic Drive, in Albany, will host wine tasting from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tele: 541-928-1009.

Spindrift Cellars, at 810 Applegate, in Philomath, will be serving light food and hosting wine tasting from noon until 5:00 p.m. Tele: 541-929-6555.

Thanksgiving Option And Meal Resources

For those without family or in need of a hot holiday meal, please check the following list:

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen: 822 S Ellsworth hosts a Thanksgiving meal during their normal hours on Wednesday, November 23rd. (The day BEFORE the holiday.) Tele: 541-926-8562.

American Legion Post 10, Albany: Invites all veterans and their families to enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal at the hall, 1215 Pacific Blvd SE. The dinner is served from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tele: 541-926-0127.

Albany Helping Hands: at 619 SE 9th Ave will host Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday the 24th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Tele: 541-926-4036.

Lebanon’s First United Methodist Church: will play host for a dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Free coats and blankets will also be available during the event. The church is located at 1890 S 2nd St, tele: 541-258-7819.

The Point Restaurant and Sweet Home Elks Lodge: Located at 440 Osage St, are providing Thanksgiving dinner to those in need on November 24th, from noon until 3:00 p.m. Tele: 541-367-1560.

Christmas Parlour Tour


Enjoy the sights and sounds of an old fashioned holiday celebration in Historic Albany, Oregon, on Sunday, December 11th, starting at 2:00 p.m. This year the tour will feature eight historic homes decorated for the holidays. Along with the homes on tour, you may visit the Whitespires Church (1891), United Presbyterian Church (1912-13), Albany Regional Museum (1887), Monteith House Museum (1849), and Carnegie Library (1914).


  • Father Christmas will be out and about with his bag of treats.
  • The Monteith House Museum will be lit by oil lamp and fire light.
  • Take a moment to enjoy the fire lit in the Carnegie Library. It is the only time all year this fireplace is
    used and it creates a soft warm glow that transcends time.
  • Christmas music will be played at various locations including Gayle Cladys and Marsha Fisher at the
    United Presbyterian Church.
  • Whitespires Church encourages visitors to ring the bell.
  • Light refreshments included in ticket price.

Trolley and Horse Drawn Wagon

chafinChafin Farms horse-drawn wagon will take you through the Historic Downtown District and the vintage trolley will be making rounds as well.

Ticket Sales

Purchase your tickets at the Albany Visitors Association 110 3rd Ave SE in Historic Downtown Albany. Ticket sales begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 6:00 p.m.

The tour hours are 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Music, refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, and vintage trolley rides are all included in the $15 ticket price ($12 for seniors and groups of 10 or more). Well-behaved children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Proceeds benefit Monteith House Museum.

Take Your Time

This tour is self-guided. You can tour the homes in any order you like. Spend as much or as little time at each location as suites you. Transportation is by your own vehicle, by horse drawn wagon and vintage trolley. Several of the buildings are within walking distance of each other, a few may be outside the district requiring your own vehicle for transportation. Visitors usually take three to four hours, sometimes more.

Find unique gifts in antique and specialty stores. Taste holiday treats in one of the many eateries in Historic Downtown Albany. There will be a list of the downtown shops and restaurants open on tour day.

Albany’s Annual Interior Tours were created by a group of friends and neighbors to share the past through the architecture of historic dwellings. They are coordinated by Albany’s Historic Interior Home Tour Committee and sponsored by the Monteith Historical Society.

For More information about Albany’s Historic Interior Tours and other Albany events and attractions contact the Albany Visitors Association 541-928-0911.

Willamette Valley number one in world wine regions

Willamette Valley Wins Award for Wine Region of the Year.


Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced Oregon’s Willamette Valley as its 2016 Wine Region of the Year. The Wine Star Awards are regarded as some of the most important in the wine winestaraward-art_2industry. Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast honor individuals, companies and regions that have made outstanding achievements and contributions in the wine and spirits world. The magazine will officially award the region at the Wine Star Awards gala on January 30, 2017 in Miami, FL. The Willamette Valley will also be featured in Wine Enthusiast’s December 2016 issue.

The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, has over two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards and is home to nearly 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Other cool-climate varieties such as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are equally at home in the Willamette Valley.

willamette-valley-620x413“People are already traveling from all over the world to experience great wine and breathtaking scenery,” says Jimmie Lucht, Board President of the Willamette Valley Visitors Association, a non-profit organization that supports travel and tourism in Oregon’s Wine Country. “We are thrilled that this recognition will bring the Willamette Valley to the forefront and give more attention to our wine growers, wineries and this wonderful place we call home.”

While the number of wineries continues to grow, Willamette Valley winemakers haven’t lost their personal, handcrafted approach to making wine, or their desire to do things a little differently. Many winemakers in the Willamette Valley practice sustainable winegrowing techniques based on their respect for the land and desire to see future generations continue the winemaking tradition. Nearly half of all Willamette Valley vineyards are certified sustainable, making the valley the most sustainable wine region in the world.

nr_winecountry_northwillamettevintners_6002994381_courtesy_visitwashingtoncounty“Wine lovers worldwide are traveling to Oregon to experience our valley first hand and find our winegrowers as welcoming as our valley is beautiful,” says Jim Bernau, Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards. “The Willamette Valley is indeed a Star.”

Other 2016 Wine Region nominees include Provence, France; Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; and Sonoma County, California. The Willamette Valley is also home to two other nominees recognized for their achievements in the wine industry: Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards earned a nomination for Person of the Year, and King Estate, located in the southern-most part of the Willamette Valley, was nominated for American Winery of the Year.

Willamette Valley: The Willamette Valley is 150 miles long and up to 60 miles wide making it Oregon’s largest AVA. It runs from the Columbia River in Portland south through Salem to the Calapooya Mountains outside Eugene. Named for the river that flows through it, the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Oregon and includes six appellations within its borders: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge and Yamhill-Carlton.

wvv_tualatin_estate_photo_1The Willamette Valley Visitors Association is a private, non-profit organization that supports travel and tourism in the Willamette Valley – Oregon Wine Country. Comprised of six destination marketing organizations, the Willamette Valley Visitors Association works to maintain the Willamette Valley as Oregon’s premier wine destination, while highlighting the culture, heritage and natural resources of the region.

For more information, connect with the Willamette Valley Visitors Association website: oregonwinecountry.org or telephone 1-866-548-5018.




The Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast

vets_day_breakfastThe Veterans Day Breakfast in Albany will be on Friday, November 11th, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the West Albany High School cafeteria, 1130 SW Queen Ave, Albany.

The menu features All-You-Can-Eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, and beverage.

Adult tickets are $7; children under 12 and also military and scouts in uniform pay $4.

The Albany Optimist Club is sponsoring this event for the 21st year to raise funds for youth activities and services in our community. For more information and updates, visit the Veterans Day Breakfast Facebook page.

After the breakfast, make sure to head on over for prime viewing of the 65th Annual Veterans Day Parade.

Newsletter subscription contest

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Special November Subscription contest

For e-news subscribers who sign up during the month of November, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free Holiday Nosh Tour ticket (Value $45.00) Wind your way through an Albany evening on a delicious tour of culinary delights aboard the Trolley. The Nosh Tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th, and we’re holding a ticket for one lucky new subscriber.

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