Welcome to AVA’s monthly calendar of events. Take a peek and plan your stay-cation or your next visit to our region. The city’s most notable annual events include historic home tours, outdoor summer concerts and movies under the stars, and the Northwest Art and Air Festival.
*Note for event organizers: If you’d like to have your event listed on the AVA calendar, head over to our contact page and submit your event to us.
The Hidden History Scavenger Hunt includes photos of Downtown architectural elements to identify. Forms are available at The Natty Dresser and The Albany Downtown Association, or here, at the Albany Visitors Association, or find it online here. All entries must be returned to The Natty Dresser by Friday, May 26, 5:00 pm. All correctly completed entries will be put into a drawing for a prize. The winner will be announced May 27 on Facebook and contacted by phone. This event is part of Albany‘s celebration of National Historic Preservation Month. Happy Hunting!
Photo: “Albany Building Corner” by Cathy Webb
Springtime at the Roost features indoor and outdoor garden decor, beautiful and unique gifts for Mother’s Day, delicious baked goods and a shop full of antiques, collectibles, and wonderful creations by local crafters. The show is open Fridays and Saturdays only, May 5 through May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information visit the Vintage Roost Facebook page.
For 1st Friday in May, the carousel will have a Mother’s Day theme. For the craft, you can create a Mother’s Day card with tissue-paper flowers. The Café special is 50 cents off nachos and the Gift Shop special is 20% off of all jewelry. There will be a $5.00 entry fee and it includes unlimited carousel rides!
Photo by Nathan Pendley
The Featured Artists at Gallery Calapooia for May 2023 are Koka Filipovic and Bill Marshall. Their art will be on display from now until May 27.
From Koka Filipovic
“Art can serve to inspire us to feel the joy that is a natural part of being human. It offers some much needed relief during these unprecedented times of rapid fire changes. It has become my joy to share this unique experience in a variety of nature inspired pieces that offer a sense of being inside a sanctuary. My deep reverence for the natural world has inspired a collection of contemporary and arts and crafts designs that serve to enhance a variety of interior settings.”
From Bill Marshall
“Is it me, or has this been one of longest, cold, wet winters here in western Oregon, my home for the past 40 years? As a fisher and gardener, I welcome the rejuvenating rains, and the mountain snowpack assuring that there will be ample water in our rivers, lakes, and reservoirs during the heat of the summer. And as an artist, I feel so fortunate to be able to turn to the studio when the pouring rain prevents such outdoor activities. I can turn away from the wet windows, put on some music, and drift off into the land of drawing, painting, and printmaking. So, what subjects does one choose when the snow/rain mix is blowing sideways outside? Sunflowers in full bloom, drifting in a canoe, fishing a mountain stream, the garden in full production, of course!”
Fresh and local produce, baked goods, meat, flowers and more! For information visit Albany, OR Farmers’ Market
Wes Knodel Gun Shows Inc. is committed to bringing you high-quality, enjoyable, family-friendly shows. For information visit Wes Knodel Guns Shows. Photo by Jonna Niles
Come see the historic hangar and airplanes including Miss Liberty which is currently under restoration and was flown by Albany Pioneer Evelyn Burleson. Aviators will be available to chat with attendees. This is a free open house at the Albany Municipal Airport. Visitors will be asked to sign a waiver and kids are welcome. This event is part of Albany’s celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.
Photo: “Cleared for Take-off, Albany Airport” by Dan Bateman
Join two experienced birders, Bill Freeland and Madelyn Antinucci, for a Guided Birding Tour at Thompson’s Mills. Learn about migration, nesting habits, and how to observe and record your findings. Bill and Madelyn will have a few pairs of binoculars to loan, but please bring your own if possible. Wear comfortable waterproof boots and dress to be outside for at least an hour, walking one mile on flat ground. Meet in the parking lot next to the restrooms at Thompson’s Mill. Call Don Lyon at 541-227-8873 for further information. Free tours of the 1858 Mill are also available.
Photo: “Lunch To Go, Timber Linn Lake” by Dan Bateman