May is Historic Preservation Month in Albany

Photo of Historic Downtown Albany building.

In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, Albany’s 2019 month-long party kicks off on May 1st with a variety of events spanning throughout its four weeks. Here are most of the fun things to do, and more will be added as we receive word.

*Note: events are free, unless marked with a $ sign.

May 1st through the 31st

Albany’s Hidden History Scavenger Hunt Photo Tour Sponsored by the Natty Dresser, entry forms available at the Albany Downtown Association, 126 SW Ferry St, Albany. Return entries to the ADA by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st to be entered to win a prize. The grand prize winner will be announced June 1st. For more information contact the Albany Downtown Association 541-928-2469.

Albany Farmers’ Market is the oldest outdoor farmers’ market in Oregon. Open every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Purchase hand-picked produce, fresh flowers, baked bread, local eggs, meats and more. The market is located at 4th and Ellsworth in the City Hall parking lot.

Historic Albany Display at City Hall and the Albany Downtown Public Library Presented by the City of Albany Landmarks Commission, City Hall’s and Historic Carnegie Library’s display cases will be filled with Albany history artifacts and images. Viewing is available during regular business hours. City Hall: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 333 Broadalbin SW; Historic Downtown Carnegie Library: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 302 Ferry Street SW.

May 3rd through the 25th 

Albany Civic Theater (ACT) is one of the oldest, best-known community theaters in Oregon. ACT is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community theater that takes pride in producing a year-round season of top-quality comedies, dramas and musicals chosen to appeal to a wide range of audience tastes, and to provide exciting creative opportunities for local actors, technicians and theater lovers. In May, ACT presents “The Addams Family” musical. The theater is located at 111 First Avenue W. Tel: 541- 928-4603. albanycivic.org. ($)

May 3rd

The Albany Regional Museum First Friday. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The museum will be open late the first Friday of each month to help visitors appreciate the cultural history of our city. ARM is located at 136 Lyon Street S.

Albany Wine Walk in Historic Downtown Albany 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with over 20 wineries participating. Enjoy tasting along with the ambiance and atmosphere of beautiful Historic Downtown Albany. Sponsored by

the Albany Rotary Club. Tickets for sale at the Albany Visitors Association ($)

The Gallery Calapooia First Friday Reception 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gallery Calapooia  is located in the historic Flinn Block Building, an 1887 French Second Empire style on 1st Avenue. The 19th century building has a beautiful cast iron façade and a spacious interior with old brick walls, making it a wonderful setting to view fine art. The gallery is located at 222 W. 1st Ave. Come meet the artists and enjoy live music and refreshments.

May 4th and 5th

Carriage Me Back. Be transported to another time at this annual Brownsville, Linn County event, where the history and hijinks of Linn County are reenacted from a different historical time every year. This year, the carriage will travel back to 1888. Visitors can ride the horse-drawn carriage through Historic Brownsville and see costumed actors performing historical skits. This is a fun day for the whole family to spend in the quaint town of Brownsville. You must register your spot. Telephone 541-466-3390 or visit linnparks.com or the Linn County Parks Facebook page. ($ to ride carriage, walking free)

May 8th 

The Albany Regional Museum – History Bites. This ongoing series is being offered the second Wednesday of each month at noon. This month, learn about the history of the Albany Streetcar. Serving light refreshments and you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.  See it for yourself at 136 Lyon Street S. armuseum.com.

Preservation Awards Presentation at the City Council meeting The awards start at 7:15 pm, at Albany City Hall Council Chambers, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. Please contact Laura LaRoque 541-917-7640 for more information.

May 11th

Monteith House Museum Pre-Season Cleanup 9:00 a.m. – noon, 518 2nd Ave SW. The Monteith Society will lead volunteers in cleanup and light maintenance of Albany’s oldest home and living history museum. Following the cleanup is the annual Open House, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Teens welcome to help out and then enjoy the refreshments at the open house.

Masonic Cemetery Cleanup 9:00 a.m. – noon. Volunteers should bring gloves, kneepads (if needed), and other cleaning implements. Snacks will be provided. Volunteer work by the Friends of the Albany Masonic Cemetery is made possible by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Cemetery Grant Program. Meet at 700 Broadway Street SW (west end of 6th and 7th Ave SW).

Albany Tweed Ride Don your best tweed cycling attire for a leisurely ride through Albany’s three National Historic Districts. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of The Natty Dresser, 425 1st Ave W. After touring the exterior of several historic homes and buildings, the ride ends at the Deluxe Brewing Company’s Vintage Bicycle Show. Plan to have lunch and a beer with your tweedy friends. The ride and show are free, showing antique bikes requires registration and a $5 registration per bike. Beer and food purchase also cost $.

Monteith Historical Society’s Historic Home Tour Committee at the Albany Farmers’ Market. Pick up great preservation information AND great fresh produce, flowers, eggs and more. City Hall Parking Lot.

Albany Regional Museum Presents the Albany Streetcar History Tour with three time slots to join this informative tour: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Bill Maddy, Albany Regional Museum Docent, will conduct a narrated ride on historic Albany streetcar routes. Guests are also invited to step inside the museum and view the expanded train station display. The 1870 arrival of the first railroad to Albany is a special story and instrumental in the growth of the town. Streetcar seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call to reserve your ticket to board. 541-967-7122. Free.

6th Annual Albany Vintage Bicycle Show presented by Deluxe Brewing Co. 1:00 p.m. – 5: 00 pm. at the Deluxe and Sinister tasting room, 635 NE Water Ave. View a collection of interesting, rare, and memorable vintage bicycles and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. All ages welcome in the main brewery area. Tasting room open to 21+ only. Non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase and there will be a local food truck on site. Free Admission, food and libations cost $.

May 15th

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 1st Ave. 7:30 p.m. (confirm time) Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture and history. Sponsored by The Natty Dresser. Information at 541-248-3561.

May 16th

Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 2nd Ave. 7:30 p.m. (confirm time) Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture & history. Sponsored by The Natty Dresser. Information 541- 248-3561.

May 17th and May 19th 

Linn County Lamb and Wool Fair The oldest fair of its kind in Oregon includes sheep shows, fiber arts, crafts and Northwest Champion Sheep Dog Trials. The event is held at the Scio Fairgrounds, 38764 N Ash St, Scio, OR. lambfair.com 

May 18th

City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents the Albany Unseen Guided Walking Tour confirm info (which  buildings) and final date. Space is limited, reservations required. Contact Laura LaRoque 541-917-7640.

May 19th

City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents the Historic Building and Maintenance Contractor Fair confirm info (which buildings) and final date. Contractors and vendors with historic building and maintenance expertise will be available to share their knowledge and answer questions about restoring and renovating historic houses and porches. Pre-registration is not required.

May 30th through June 2nd

This year is the 110th Annual Lebanon Strawberry Festival. This remarkable event has something for everyone, from a Saturday night fireworks display and the World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake, to a parade and entertainment. Located at Cheadle Lake Park, 37919 Weirich Dr, Lebanon, OR. lebanonstrawberryfestival.com

Wine Walk Tickets Available Now

Don’t whine—wine! Get your tickets ahead of time for the Albany Downtown Wine Walk. The walk takes place on May 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include a wine glass, and five tasting tickets.

Additional tickets may be purchased in scrip bundles, $5 for five tastings.

Head over to our office on 3rd and Lyon for your entrance to this tasty evening.

Winners of the 2019 AVA Photo Contest

Image of Waverly Lake in Albany Oregon taken by AVA 2019 Photo Contest Winner Grand Champion David Maestes

AVA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 AVA Photo Contest. We received over 250 stunning images, and although our judges struggled mightily to hone the honors down to just a few in each category, the end results are beautiful.

View the winners video

Winners circle

The Albany Visitors Association (AVA) is excited to announce the winners of our 12th Annual Photography Contest. The purpose of this contest is to find images suitable for use in marketing materials for Albany and the surrounding area. The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels, and this year 15 talented photographers entered 251 beautiful and creative photos. 

Prizes this year included ribbons and gift cards for the winners of Champion, Reserve Champion, Staff Choice, and People’s Choice. All Photographers who earned a ribbon were entered into a drawing for $200, and Camron Settlemier was the talented and lucky winner this year. 

Winning photos are on display through May at the Albany Visitors Association at 110 3rd Ave SE. All entries can be viewed on the Albany Visitors Association Flickr page.

Names of award winners

Grand Champions
Champion, Dave Maestas, “Reflections at Waverly Lake”

Reserve Champion, Cathy Webb, “Taking Off”

People’s Choice, Katelynn LaGrone, “Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival”

Staff Choice, Keith Kendrick, “Bridges of Albany in Winter”

Category winners
Culinary
1st Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Home Tour Snacks”

2nd Place, Cathy Webb, “Tomato Assortment”

3rd Place, Katrina Wilson “Takena Tomatoes”

Events
1st Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Tweed Bike Start”

2nd Place, Katelynn LaGrone, “NW Art & Air Festival”

3rd Place, Jonna Lynn, “Up & Away, Art & Air Festival”

Historic Albany
1st Place, Camron Settlemier “White Snow on Blue House”

2nd Place, Stephanie Low, “Ralston House”

3rd Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Monteith Unadorned”

Life in the Community
1st Place, Dan Bateman, “Study in Red”

2nd Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Monteith Volunteer”

3rd Place, Stephanie Low, “Cyclist in Fall”

Landmarks
1st Place, Stephanie Low, “Welcome to Albany”

2nd Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Monteith Adorned” 

3rd Place, Camron Settlemier, “Thompson’s Mill in Motion”

Open
1st Place, Pavla Zakova-Laney, “Handsome Buck”

2nd Place, Cathy Webb, “The Guardian”

3rd Place, Camron Settlemier, “2 Flakes Short of a Blizzard”

Scenic

1st Place, Dave Maestas, “Sunrise on Old Salem Rd.”

2nd Place, Keith Kendrick, “Foot Bridge over Bowman Park”

3rd Place, Barry Hoffman, “Snow Day”

Congratulations to all the winners!

Open Season – Albany Farmers’ Market

In 2019, the Albany Farmers’ Market enters its 42nd season. This delicious Albany tradition is Oregon’s longest continuously operating outdoor farmers’ market. Opening day’s musical forecast includes guitar licks by David Rogers.

Photo of brightly colored bell peppers spilling out of a rattan basket at the Oregon Albany Farmers' MarketSince this is the Year of the Pig in Chinese tradition, the market sought local pork producers. Three Linn County pork ranchers will now showcase their product to eager shoppers. Participating farms are Anchor Ranch, Gap Road Meat Company, and PK Pastures. Other producers sell a selection of locally-grown chicken, beef, and lamb.

Krakelen, another new vendor, will sell their made-on-the-spot wood-fired pizzas topped with many locally sourced ingredients.

Since the market requires that its products must be local and farm direct, the size of the farmers’ market expands and contracts over the outdoor market season. Some farmers grow inside large greenhouses called high tunnels that keep the soil a little drier and warmer, allowing them to bring vegetables a bit earlier in the season. Not all market vendors have access to this method,  which is one reason why you might see see what you are looking for one week, but not another.

The Albany season begins with fewer than 20 vendors, depending on weather earlier in the year. As hot weather crops develop, the vendor count builds to about 30. Albany’s market is open for a 32-week long season. Early season offerings feature spring raab and many other greens, potatoes and other storage vegetables, radishes, fresh turnips, carrots, rhubarb, preserved foods, honey, eggs, meat, poultry, and cheese plus nursery plants and cut flowers. On the other extreme, the last market in November will feature much of what will be on Thanksgiving tables the next day.

Power of Produce Kids’ Club in Albany

Graphic image showing a big illustration of a carrot and advertising the PoP Club for kidsThe Albany Farmers’ Market and its community partners are supporting a 12-week “Power of Produce Club” (PoP) June 15th through August 31st. Children aged five through 12 will receive $4 in market tokens to spend each time they attend the market during the program dates. Club members can attend activities produced with support from community partners like the Albany YMCA and Linn County Master Gardeners.

The PoP Club is funded with local small business sponsorships and larger grants, including one from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, which has supported anti-hunger efforts in Linn and Benton County for many years.  The Albany Elks Lodge #359, which is seeking to renew its national grant supporting PoP in Albany, will assist with cooking and planting activities.

Albany’s club is modeled after the Oregon City Farmers Market PoP Club, and has spread to other farmers’ markets across the country. 

What to know if you go

The Albany Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, April to November. Located in the City Hall parking lot at 4th and Ellsworth Streets, it is within walking distance of historic downtown and unique shopping and dining experiences. And while at the market, fresh baked cookies, muffins, pies, pastries, and hot or iced beverages are available for a grazing brunch.

Don’t forget to check out other great events on our website at https://albanyvisitors.com/calendar-of-events/calendar/

Join us at The Pix for the 2019 Photo Contest Awards

Photo of owners of the Albany Pix Theater standing in front of the box-office and holding balloons that say "Shop Small."

The public is invited to a big party, Saturday, April 20, 2019, for the free AVA Photo Contest Awards at The Albany Pix Theatre, 321 SW 2nd Ave in Downtown Albany.

We can say that quite possibly, “You get a prize, she gets a prize, they get a prize – but not without showing up!” Door prize drawings will be awarded to several lucky attendees. We also hear that snacks will be served – – yum.

AVA received over 200 photos that our esteemed judges selected this year’s winners from. While we can’t reveal who won just yet, come and join us for the party and see all of the entries on the big screen.

Watch this space for an updated video of the winners. In the meanwhile, head on over to our Flickr albums and catch a glimpse at what you’ll see at the party.

23 amazing things to do in April

Photo of tulips blooming in a field and horses in the distance, by photographer Stephanie Lowe

Do April showers really bring spring flowers? If you visit anywhere in the Willamette Valley, they certainly do! And not only do fragrant bouquets color our springtime, but there’s plenty of other fresh things to see and do in Albany and Linn County.

We’ve listed some of the more notable events and places to visit below.

Image of fiber artist Karen Miller's work that features a full moon over tree silhouettes entitled "Moonset."April 5th First Friday in Downtown Albany Make sure to pop downtown after work and experience the fun. Many restaurants, shops, galleries and attractions host extended hours and specials during the evening. Here’s a few we think you might enjoy:

  • First Friday at the Albany Regional Museum Two local artists will exhibit their work—let Linda D. Ellsworth’s oils and acrylics and Cecelia Peters’ stoneware tiles spice up your history lesson. Special museum First Friday hours are 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and refreshments are provided. Admission is free to both the art reception and museum, but your donations help keep the museum open for all. https://www.facebook.com/albanyregionalmuseum/
  • First Friday at The Natty Dresser  Come join the crew at Albany’s premier men’s clothing store for “Date Night” and enjoy sparkling wine, in-store specials, and a chance for you and your sweetie to win door prizes. The party at The Natty Dresser runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/TheNattyDresser/
  • First Friday at 1st Hand Seconds Extended store hours run between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. The store promises that it will be an “extra crazy evening of fun.” There’s also a special sale this night only. https://www.facebook.com/1stHandSeconds/
  • First Friday at the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum Drop by the carousel from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. for unlimited rides, just $5.00 per person. Children under three are always free. Other fun activities at the carousel will take place as well.  https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyHistoricCarousel/
  • First Friday at Gallery Calapooia Part of the founding “mothers and fathers” of Albany’s First Friday, Gallery Calapooia will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a ‘meet the artists reception’ featuring jewelry by Linda J Herd and Karen Miller’s Katazome fabric and paper. There’s usually some sweet and savory nibbles and live music to enjoy while you chat with the artists. https://www.gallerycalapooia.com
  • Photo of a blonde great dane wearing a yellow scarf and standing in front of a backdrop of blue sky and clouds, by Sniffany's Pet Boutique in Albany OregonFirst Friday at Sniffany’s Pet Boutique This awesome shop features quality and healthy pet foods, a knowledgeable staff, bling pet collars and glam fur-baby accessories, unique toys, local treats, and professional pet photography photo shoots. Sniffany’s is open until 8:00 p.m. for First Friday festivities. https://www.facebook.com/sniffanyspetboutique/
  • First Friday at Sweet Red Bistro “Sweeteasy” Join Sweet Red for their late night Sweeteasy! Stop by for a 1920s inspired roarin’ good time. Happy Hour menu, food and drinks, and wearing 20’s style (think Great Gatsby) costumes encouraged. The fun party atmosphere gets started at 9:00 p.m. and runs until just before midnight. https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Red-Bistro-255972211110762/
  • First Friday live performances Maybe not a formal First Friday activity, but there are two different live theatrical performances taking place on April 5th (and other dates in April as well):
  • “Too Good to Say Goodbye” at the Albany Civic Theater Performance at 7:30 p.m. Redmon Hunter, a best-selling author of pulp fiction, has created an unusual world for himself. His talent lies in his ability to make his characters come to life for his readers; they’re so real, in fact, that they literally take up residence in his home while he’s working on a novel. Tickets at: http://www.albanycivic.org
  • “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Russell Tripp Performance Center Performance at 7:30 p.m. Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical” and winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. Tickets at: https://www.linnbenton.edu/current-students/involvement/russell-tripp-performance-center/

April 6th Indoor Farmers’ Market at The Warehouse Kitchen This delightful little Saturday market sells freshly baked sourdough and other breads, cookies, pastries, honey, jams, locally raised grass-fed meats, and fresh-off-the-farm produce. The idea is to “grow” business for our local farms and ranches during the cold season, before the outdoor market opens its season. The Warehouse is located between  Albany Visitors Association and Willamette Credit Union, at 315 Lyon St. https://www.facebook.com/thewarehousealbany/

Photo of the historic Cumberland Church in Albany Oregon, close up of stained glass windows at dusk with light shining through themApril 10th History Bites at the Albany Regional Museum Join the museum for another fun and informative History Bites presentation starting at noon, and learn about the community effort to save the Cumberland Church. This historic church will be be relocated from its current site and then restored, creating a community resource center. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this program. However, donations are gratefully accepted to help support the museum’s programs and exhibitions. https://www.armuseum.com

April 13th – 14th RaSani Health Fair at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The fair focuses on alternative holistic healthcare practitioners and their methods. Lots of opportunities for mini-treatments, readings, demonstrations, and shopping from vendors with holistic-minded supplies and gifts. Admission $5 per adult per day. https://rasanifair.com

April 13th – 14th Pacific NW Reptile and Exotic Animal Show is back at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. The Pacific Northwest’s largest animal expo features over 100 vendor booths, and plenty of scaled, shelled, feathered, winged, and finned creature displays. Food, beer, wine, and spirits will be onsite as well. Make a day or weekend out of it for the whole family. Admission is $10.00 for adults, children 6 through 10 $5.00, and children 5 and under get free admission. https://www.facebook.com/PACNWRS/

April 13th – 14th The Oregon Paint Horse Show at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center is sponsored by Purina and the Oregon Paint Horse Club. “The Painted ’N’ Sterling Spring Show” runs for two days, and will include trials, a trainer’s challenge, demonstrations, vendors, and plenty of beautiful horses! http://www.oregonpainthorseclub.com/ophc-shows.html

April 17th Poet Laureate Kim Stafford Presents Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford will conduct a workshop and a reading at Linn Benton Community College. Stafford will read his works at noon, in the Russell Tripp Performance Center. The workshop starts at 2:30 p.m. in the Calapooia Center Boardroom. Both events are free and open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/1407464726063382/

Photo of a farm stand with vegetables at the Albany Farmers' MarketApril 20th Grand Opening – 2019 Season of the Albany Farmers’ Market The Albany Farmers’ Market is thought to be one of the oldest continuously operating open-air farmers’ markets in Oregon. Buy freshly harvested salad greens and other veggies, colorful flower bouquets, berries, bread, jams, pies, pastries, veggie starts, flower bulbs, and hot coffee. You never know what kind of delicious treat, demonstration or entertainment you’ll find at the corner of 4th and Ellsworth downtown. Open Saturdays through November, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

April 20th Lamb and Fleece Sale at Iron Water Ranch The ranch is holding their first ever, annual open ranch event, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be lambs, yearlings, and fleeces available for sale. The sheep for sale will be great show and breeding stock, pets, or 4-H projects. Come meet the friendly owners and their lively flock. http://www.ironwater.com

April 21st Easter Egg Hunt at Cumberland Community Center You’re invited to an egg hunt at 3:00 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Eggs will be filled with prizes and goodies from local businesses and ‘Save our Cumberland’ supporters. Guest of honor and mascot  “Eggie” will be on the grounds and hopping for photos with you. https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurCumberland/

Photo of food, jambalaya, on a white plate at Frankie's Restaurant in Albany, OregonApril 22nd – 28th Downtown Restaurant Week Albany’s Restaurant Week returns Monday, April 22nd, and runs through Sunday, April 28th. From breakfast to dinner, dozens of tasty options will be available. A list of participating restaurants and specials will be listed below closer to the dates on the Albany Downtown Association website. https://albanydowntown.com/ada-event/downtown-albany-restaurant-week/

April 25th Brownsville Farmers’ 2019 Market Season – Grand Opening Another chance to sample the best from local farms and ranches, this open-air market is located in Historic Brownsville. In addition to shopping for ingredients, you can visit the Linn County Museum, hunt for treasure in unique shops, dine in yummy restaurants, and tour historic Moyer House all in one trip. https://www.facebook.com/cfathursdaymarket/

April 26th – 28th Albany’s 46th Annual Spring Home Show Held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, you’ll discover fresh ideas for the backyard and indoors alike at this great home expo. A partial list of what you’ll find include: remodeling ideas and supplies, home interior and garden designs, artwork, garden sculpture, custom kitchens, and even a gigantic plant sale. Free admission and parking. https://www.wvpevents.com/433/

April 27th Linn County Flea Market It’s baaaack! This huge indoor flea market is held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in the Santiam Building, and features everything from junk to antiques. Come early, from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and find treasure before the other guy—early admission is $6. Regular admission at 9:00 a.m. is $2, and children 12 and under are free. http://www.linncountyfleamarket.com

 

 

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April 27th Procession of the Species People of all ages and walks of life, the young, old, tall or short or fast walkers, slow crawlers, the furry, the feathered and the fanciful are invited to participate in the annual “Procession of the Species,” a favorite rite of spring in Albany. Earth Day information booths will open at the Albany Farmers Market at 9:00 a.m. with activities, face painting, giveaways, and Claudia the giant Chinook salmon. 

At 9:45, all creatures should gather in front of the Linn County Courthouse on Fourth Avenue, where the parade begins at 10 a.m.

Procession of the Species is a celebration of nature that brings Albany residents and people from outlying communities together to honor and respect each other and the natural world. Participants are encouraged to dance, flutter and prance their way into spring using music, art, and their creativity to celebrate our environment. https://www.cityofalbany.net

Honoring veterans no matter the season

Photo of German Shepherd police dog lying in front of a large howitzer cannon on wheels at the Linn County Veterans Memorial in Albany, Oregon

When you first dive into Albany history, you might think that historic homes and our connections to the Oregon Trail and indigenous peoples are the only roots we value. However, you might be interested to note that we honor our Linn County veteran’s history in a big way—in fact, we have the largest Veterans Day Parade in the state and west of the Mississippi River.  

Photo taken from an airplane of the Linn County Veterans Memorial, showing outline of the state of Oregon In addition to the parade, the Linn County Veterans Memorial (LCVM) is an inspirational example of how selfless volunteers contribute to the region’s historical preservation. AVA met with Randy Martinak, President of the LCVM, and we spoke about how the memorial got its start and what the future holds for it.

AVA: So when was the original Albany veterans memorial built Randy?

Randy M: “Well after the City of Albany moved the airport to the east (as a result of the construction of Interstate 5), Timber Linn Memorial Park was constructed. Conversations started up in the Albany Jaycees about a flagpole already standing at the park that was bare and had no flag flying. So a couple of the group’s young members sent a request to Congress, and asked for a flag that had flown in the nation’s capitol.” 

Once the flag was procured, the Jaycees went on to hammer out a plan with the Albany Police Department to ensure the flag was raised and lowered according to proper etiquette (when there is no illumination) at sunrise and sunset. During this time, plans for a permanent light installation moved forward.

AVA: Wasn’t it in the original plans that the memorial would only be for those who had been killed in action during the Vietnam War?

Randy M: “Yes, and those Missing in Action as well. During subsequent planning sessions, the committee decided with community input, that any Linn County veterans who were killed or missing from all 20th century wars would be included.” 

After several long years of work by the Jaycees, construction provided by numerous volunteer builders, and building material contributions by contractors, the Linn War Memorial was finally dedicated at Timber Linn Memorial Park on May, 30, 1969. 

For nearly 40 years following the dedication, the memorial did not change much. Albany Parks & Recreation Department helped to maintain the memorial with regular landscape and gardening sevices. After a newspaper article about the memorial was published in the Albany Democrat Herald, a local Navy veteran, Garner Pool, visited the site and discovered that his brother’s name, Sylvan B. Pool, was missing. Research to locate his missing records helped unearth other names that should have been included in the original construction. 

Photo of new construction on the Linn County Veterans Memorial in Albany Oregon.During the expansion planning, it became apparent the memorial not only needed to include veterans who had inadvertently been missed from the Vietnam War, but to honor veterans from all wars fought in the 20th century.

Randy M: “Pool was instrumental in forming the Linn County Veterans Memorial Association. He went to the City of Albany and the Parks & Recreation Director, Ed Hodney, for help with the expansion proposal. Loans and grants were needed to start work, and many in the community stepped forward to help fundraise.”

Included were in-kind contributions of materials and labor, including an anonymous donor who offered to lend the group the $21,000 necessary to begin the work.

The expansion included the opportunity to purchase engraved “sentry bricks” at $50 per brick. The bricks would contain the name of any veteran who served honorably, from any part of the state and the US. 

Randy M: “The memorial was designed so that the original walls with the bronze plaques (for the Linn County Vietnam War veterans) faced outwards, while the inscribed sentry bricks faced inwards towards the plaques—a symbolic gesture of support.”

Martinak was responsible for moving the large Howitzer located in an awkward part of the park. He worked with his cousin (who just happened to be an engineer) to safely relocate the cannon. This was no small feat, as the large gun weighed 36,000 pounds! 

With all of the moving parts (and cannon) in place, the refurbished and enlarged memorial was ready to receive visitors and hold gatherings. 

Photo of German Shepherd police dog lying in front of a large howitzer cannon on wheels at the Linn County Veterans Memorial in Albany, OregonThe time has now arrived when the memorial needs to be expanded once more to accommodate requests from veterans’ families.

The Linn County Veterans Memorial Association hopes their state heritage grant application and the sale of new bricks will help fund this current expansion project. 

Randy M: “We have about three or four stages in the planning process, and hope to break ground in 2020, and complete the expansion by Veterans Day 2020.”

We encourage all who would like to visit the memorial to check the Albany Parks & Recreation Department website for park hours and/or closures.

What to know if you go

For visitors: The Linn County Veterans Memorial is located in Timber Linn Memorial Park at 900 Price Rd SE, Albany, Oregon. Besides the veterans memorial, the park encompasses 100 acres with family amenities including basketball courts, disc golf, fishing, lake access, horseshoes, playground and picnic areas with BBQ facilities and tables, restrooms, and day-use shelters. 

A memorial service is held each year on Veterans Day, normally the same day as the Albany Veterans Day Parade. The parade is the largest veterans day event west of the Mississippi River.

School Field Trips: Educational school tours may be set up through the Linn County Veterans Memorial Association by sending requests to LCVMA, P.O. Box 2739, Albany, OR, 97322.

Sentry Brick application

Bricks: For those interested in requesting an engraved brick to honor their loved one who has served in the US Armed Forces, send copies of the service member’s DD Form 214, the application form below, and payment ($50 per brick) to LCVMA, P.O. Box 2739, Albany, OR, 97322.  *Please note that this all-volunteer group only has the capacity to install approximately 65 bricks per year. 

Brick application form PDF

Finding the names of veterans on bricks

Brick location at the memorial: To access a list of the veteran names at the park, view the PDF document below.

Sentry Brick Directory PDF

11 Cool Things to Do Mid-March in Albany

Photo of three rodents called nutria on a grassy parcel of landMarch 13th, noon to 1:00 p.m. The Albany Regional Museum presents History Bites. You either hate ‘em or are fascinated by ‘em—nutria! Discover how this once farmed rodent became an invasive species. Mike Martin is the presenter and his family once owned and operated an Albany nutria ranch. The lunchtime presentation is free, and will include light refreshments. Donations to the non-profit ARM will be graciously accepted. Visit the museum’s website for more details https://www.armuseum.com

March 15th through the 17th The Oregon Woodturning Symposium comes to the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. See stunning artistry in wood! One of the most exciting things about this event is the vendor gallery. Attendees will also be able to see the latest woodturning products, equipment and tools, and connect with other woodworkers. For more information: 503-763-0983. www.woodturningsymposium.com

March 16th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., get your breakfast on at Applebee’s Grill & Bar, with the Flapjack Fundraiser for Linn County Special Olympics. All proceeds from the breakfast stay in Linn County. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

March 16th, 9:00 a.m.  iRun for Kids Each year, approximately 700 runners of all ages and abilities gather at West Albany High School for the annual iRun for Kids race. Proceeds benefit the Albany Public Schools Foundation and its programs, including classroom grants for teachers, enrichment opportunities for kids, and scholarships. This is a great run for the serious racer as well as a fun run for all ages. There’s a 10 Mile and a 5K Run/Walk, plus the Little Leprechaun Dash: (2 laps on the WAHS track) Telephone 541-979-2773 for more information or get online registration information at irunforkids

Photo of young Ugandan children in traditional costume March 17th Ugandan Kids Choir Don’t miss this gorgeous music and dance by children. On March 17th at 5:00 p.m., the Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of talented Ugandan children, will perform at Albany First United Methodist Church. The choir has performed nationwide at churches, schools, at Disneyland, on KING 5 Seattle Television’s “New Day Northwest,” and at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. The Albany concert will feature traditional African song and dance. Admission is free, and any donations will support the choir’s travel through North America.

March 17th Oregon’s Military Heritage Join the Linn County Historical Society for the presentation “Oregon Military Heritage” at 2:00 p.m. Held at the Lakeside Center (in the Mennonite Village), the speaker is Warren Aney, coauthor of the book Oregon Military. Image collections that will be shared are from the Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, county historical societies, other regional and national archives, and the authors’ personal collections. Copies of the book will also be for sale. Lakeside Center is located at 2180 54th Ave SE Albany, OR 97322.

Photo of a pre-teen girl sitting on a hand carved wooden elephant on the Albany Historic CarouselMarch 22nd Friday Family Fun Night at the Albany Carousel From 5;30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. enjoy a family night out at the carousel with unlimited rides and lots of activities.  Admission is $5.00 per person and children under three are FREE.  For more information telephone 541.497.2934.

March 22nd (and other dates throughout March and early April) The Albany Civic Theater presents “Too Good To Say Goodbye.” Redmon Hunter, a best-selling author of pulp fiction, has created an unusual world for himself. Recently, writer’s block has set in, so all the characters from his works in progress have set up semi-permanent residence in literary limbo. Redmon’s chance meeting with a beautiful, young pop literature professor, sets the wheels in motion for a madcap comedy where wild imaginary characters clash with real world snobs. For performance dates, times, and tickets: http://www.albanycivic.org

March 29th The BnB Lit Lighthouse Paint Follow Along This adults only (21 and older) art event will be sure to put a happy smile on your face. Join your friends or significant other at the Albany Art Studio’s famous splatter box and paint a happy little lighthouse with instructor Laura Ellis. Fee includes a 16×20 canvas and all materials. Plus, you are welcome to BYOB. For information and to reserve your space, visit the Albany Art Studio website.

Photograph of a an open hand holding two pieces of fossilized snail shellMarch 29th, 30th, 31st The Chintiminti Kennel Club’s Conformation, Obedience, and Rally Dog Show Three days of all-breed dogs will compete at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. The Columbia River Agility Club will also take place during the trials. For information about hours, admission, etc. visit the sponsor’s web site.

March 30th The 71st Sweet Home Gem & Mineral Show This rockhound’s paradise includes gems, minerals, slabs, fossils, cabochons, wire wrapping, flint knapping, and geode preparation demonstrations. Not to be missed! The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St. Check out show info on the Oregon Rock & Gem Show website.

Call for agri-tourism workshop participants

Registration Opens for Culinary and Agri-Tourism Studio Program

Travel Oregon,  Albany Visitors Association, and Visit Corvallis, invites interested participants to the “Mid-Willamette Valley Culinary and Agritourism Studio,” on March 20th and 21st, at the Children’s Farm Home Historic Old School, between Albany and Corvallis.

This two-day educational forum is designed to connect local farmers, ranchers, vintners, beverage producers, restauranteurs and others, in bolstering the region’s tourism economy through interactive strategic planning and product development workshops.

We call this type of collaboration “experiential tourism,” and it’s a booming business—whether it includes sipping wine amongst the vines, attending a farmers’ market, or creating a farm stand to sell fresh produce and jam. The end product could be an exciting new venture and way to put your business on the map.

Anyone from the the Mid-Willamette Valley who would like to make connections and receive valuable information on making the most of your marketing dollars through developing unique visitor experiences like farm-stands, tasting rooms, or hands-on culinary and agricultural tours or loops should attend.

Our steering committee is composed of farmers, ranchers, vintners, distillers, chefs, caterers, tourism experts, specialty seed growers, nursery owners, and others who all share similar values about our connections to the land and the economic vitality of our cities.

Training topics include:

  • Navigating land-use policy in your county
  • Growing awareness of culinary and agritourism market trends, product development strategies, and case studies
  • Leveraging statewide and regional resources in tourism marketing and business development
  • Developing an Oregon “food trail”

Let’s work together to stimulate the economy while enhancing local resources and retaining the unique qualities of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Please join us!

Registration

The cost for the two-day event is $15 per person. (Or $10 per single day.) A full lunch each day is included in the workshop price. A separate evening socializing/networking tour will take place following the first day’s workshop. Pre-registration is required. Please use the highlighted link to connect with the registration website for more information on who should attend and the full schedule.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Bond, Executive Director Albany Visitors Association, 541-928-0911 or Christina Rehklau, Executive Director of Visit Corvallis, 541-757-1544.

Enter the 2019 AVA Photo Contest

It’s that time of year, when Albany-area shutterbugs dust off their lenses and head out to find the perfect shot. Although it might be a bit cold and rainy, there’s still plenty of breaks where sunshine and majestic scenes reveal themselves. Join the fun and enter the 2019 AVA Photo Contest.

You can download entry forms (for both video and still photography), review the rules, and instructions for submitting your work in the “Download entry forms” section at the bottom of this page. All entries must be received by us on Friday, March 8, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. 

Good luck—we hope to see many beautiful images projected onto the big screen at the Pix Theater for the awards ceremony on April 20, 2019. Winning photographers will be eligible for a special drawing of a $200 Cash Card as well as ribbons and prizes for the “Best Of” categories. (See “prizes” section below for more info.)

Focus

We ask that your work specifically feature Albany. Your images of life in Albany and surrounding Linn County (Benton County for North Albany) are what we most commonly use in our publications, advertisements, and social media. Imagine what visitors might like to see—people enjoying themselves outdoors, fantastic food and drink (micro-breweries, distilleries, winemakers), events, hiking, biking, paddling, and the beauty and majesty of our city’s historic architecture.

We never get enough action shots of people out and about, so think about staging something with friends; just make sure you get their permission and a release form signed (see forms section below) if there are recognizable people in your work.

Image resolution and more

Special effects Images that have digitally applied effects (such as montages, double exposures or vignettes) cannot be used in AVA publications or national advertising. Images manipulated in photo apps with effects such as frames or special borders also cannot be used.

Signatures or watermarks Images that retain watermarks or photographer signatures cannot be used in publications or ads. We will always credit the photographer by name in any publication or online. If you wish to submit an image with your signature or watermark, please note it may be seen by a limited audience.

Resolution and size Additionally, image size and shape are very important. Photos should be large file sizes for print (biggest size image setting on your camera, 300 dpi or larger); smaller mobile phone images may be blurry when enlarged. Photos should be standard portrait or landscape since square, panoramic, or custom ratios are more difficult to place within ads.

AVA Annual Photo Contest Categories

The following defines our contest categories and gives you an idea of what we are looking for.

Scenic: Visit our parks, the Willamette River, hiking trails, vineyards, and surrounding rural vistas. Find something you think will make someone want to come visit us, and that represents the unique charm of our region. Rustic barns, farm- stands, wildflowers, the Willamette Valley with distant snow- capped mountains—our great outdoors is chock full of amazing scenic shots.

Landmarks: What is your landmark when you tell friends to meet you in Albany? Is it the Historic Carousel or maybe the clock tower at the Albany Train Station? A landmark is unique to Albany and lends itself to the quintessential identity of our city. Even an old building with a Victorian painted advertisement on a brick wall or a statue could be a landmark.

Events: Albany is an event-driven community. Think about our parades, our Christmas horse-drawn wagon rides. There’s always an event happening monthly—from AKC national dog shows at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center to National Historic Preservation Month, there’s never a shortage of what to do! Make sure to check our events calendar and find something fun to photograph.

Life in the community: What is the quality of life in Albany? We are farmers, we are vintners and craft-brewers, we are artists, we are blue-collar welders and white collar executives, we are teachers… and we know how to have a great time no matter what we do. Help tell a visual tale about how we practice our daily lives.

Historic Albany: If you live in Albany, you know that we have deep historical roots. Our city has four nationally recognized historic districts. Albany’s architectural styles vary from the mid- 1800s to the 1950s. Grab a copy of “Seems Like Old Times” and document your personal visual tour or join us on one of the seasonal guided tours.

Culinary: We live in the proverbial bread-basket of culinary delights: farm-to- table special dinners; farmer’s markets; renowned and award-winning chefs; cozy coffee houses, bakeries; wineries and breweries; German and Hungarian restaurants. Our city bubbles over with bounty. Visit a local restaurant or a unique foodie or drink venue and let people know what delicious rewards await them.

Video: Are you a licensed drone pilot? Can’t wait to show people a new perspective? Whatever type of video is your hobby or your living, consider sharing your art-form with thousands. We avidly promote video on our website and across social media. Add your submission to your curriculum vitae.

Open: All things Oregon! All phases of life including nature at her finest—animals, waterfalls, rainbows, cycling, old kitchen sinks (wink wink)—you name it. If it doesn’t fit into one of the categories above, submit it under “open.”

Who can enter?

The contest is open to all ages, all skill levels—from amateur to professional or hobbyist. We encourage teachers to involve their students.

Prizes

Winning photos will be on display at the Albany Visitors Association, the Amtrak Train Station, while all entries will be shown at the Pix Theater on the big screen at the awards ceremony on April 20th. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for Overall and Reserve Champions, Individual Category winners, and People’s Choice. Those attending the Pix reception will have the opportunity to win door prizes. All winners will be entered into a special drawing for a Gift Card in the amount of $200—shop for a new lens, memory card, or whatever you like!  (If you’d like to see the video of the 2018 contest winning photos, click here.)

Download entry forms and all documents

You must fill out all required forms to complete your entry. Click on the link to download to your computer and print. Please submit all pertinent paper work with your entry. *Note: Remember to submit the model release form for entries with people in your photos and videos.

Download the photo contest rules PDF (*Please note, the “open” category was inadvertently left off this list of rules. Please see above categories for 2019. Confirm that you are entering in the open category when you fill out your entry form.)  2019 AVA Photo Contest Rules  

Download the photo contest entry form PDF  2019 Entry Form

Download the photo contest release form PDF 2019 photo contest release form

Download the model release form PDF 2019 Model release form

Download the video contest rules PDF (same as 2018) 2019 AVA Video Contest Rules

Download the video contest entry form PDF 2019 Video Entry Form

All entries must be received by us on Friday, March 8, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. 

*Featured image for this blog post of the Pacific Northwest Art & Air Festival by Oliver J. Anderson, from the 2018 AVA Photo Contest