2016 Antiques in the Street

screen-shot-2016-04-22-at-2-31-12-pmShop for amazing treasures from over 50 streets vendors and at the Albany Antique Mall sidewalk sale. Then tour over 100 vintage and classic cars. When you get hungry have lunch at one of downtown Albany’s fabulous restaurants or get it fresh off the vine and visit the Farmer’s Market. All within walking distance of each other.

Proceeds from this event will go directly to, Habitat for Humanity, “Raising Roofs and Raising Hopes!”

For more information about the event, check the Albany Antique Mall website.

Aussies in town – shepherds that is

The ASCA Nationals come to Albany, Oregon

pjHerding dog fans have reason to rejoice this coming September. The Willamette Australian Shepherd Club is hosting the National Specialty Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) Show at the Linn County Expo Center from Sept. 10th – Sept. 17th.

“Aussie” Shepherd breeders and 1300 dogs from across the US will participate in the weeklong event. From stockdog trials and agility courses to breeder conformation and obedience categories, the event will draw in visitors from far and wide.

The ASCA National’s Chairperson and Senior Breeder Conformation Judge Rhonda Silveira, is enthusiastic about the event being held in Albany this year.

“The Expo Center facilities are perfect for our dogs to be showcased,” said Silveira. “We feel very welcomed by the city, and it just seems as though everyone in town opens their doors to us.”

Local small and large businesses are sponsoring the event, which will bring several hundred new customers to Albany for shopping, restaurant and brewery or winery visits, and lodging accommodations.

As part of the Albany Visitors Association’s (AVA) mission to encourage visitors to the city, the ASCA event is one of many that help support local economic enhancement.

“We feel honored that Rhonda and the ASCA have chosen Albany as the site for this year’s show,” said AVA Executive Director Jimmie Lucht. “It’s not easy to manage a large scale event like this, and if we can open our doors to help, everyone will benefit.”

final-official-logo-asca-nationals-2016-signedLucht will act as a guest judge for the event’s stall decoration contest. AVA Board member Christy Leuhring is also on the guest judging panel. Cattle vendor John Growney, of Growney Brothers Rodeo Company, will provide livestock for the stockdog finals, while Silveira and another ASCA member raised 550 ducks for the dogs to showoff their herding talents.

“We really hope to see the public at the ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ event on Tuesday, September 13th,” said Silveira. “Raffle-ticket sales will help support efforts to combat a specific type of cancer. Oregon State University will receive part of the proceeds to continue their research on hemangiosarcoma—the main type of cancer that affects Australian Shepherds,” added Silveira. Hemangiosarcoma afflicts humans as well.

Major event sponsors are Coastal Farm & Ranch and NutriSource Dog Food. Local sponsors include Costco, The Rainshed, Heritage Mall, Best Western Prairie Inn, Oregon Freeze Dry, Sizzler, Zoup!, Calapooia Brewing Co., Bo-Mack’s BBQ, Hospitality Vision, Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant, the Albany Downtown Association, and the Albany Visitors Association.

Passport Party and Raffle

Raffle Drawing invitation 2016Congratulations to all of our Journey to the Center of Albany summer explorers. You’ve gathered your passport stamps and turned in your passport to be validated with us. Now it’s time to party!

Make sure you’ve stopped by the Albany Visitors Association and entered the raffle contest for great prizes, including Amtrak tickets, a ride in an Albany firetruck, a one-hour plane ride with Infinite Air Center, and gift certificates from local businesses, sports fan gear, historic toys and games, and a whole lot more.

The party and raffle is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th, at the Pix Theatre. The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. Although you can win great prizes without coming to the free party, those in attendance will be rewarded with even more chances to win great additional door prizes.

We hope to see you there!

Hot summer – cool happenings

As we near the close of the summer in the Mid-willamette Valley, and with temps soaring into triple digits, it’s nice to know there’s a way to beat the heat and still look forward to some cool events. Our very own Rebecca Bond compiled a list of things to look forward to. We hope you find at least one activity to partake in.

And if you’ve been a part of the Albany Visitors Association’s Summer Passport Program (Journey to the Center of the Albany) you’ll want to pay close attention to the section about the great wrap up party and the prizes that will be awarded.

Swimming holes

cool_poolFeeling just a little hot? Need to cool off? Hit the Cool Pool, the Community Pool, the YMCA pool or the Waverly Paddle Boats to have some water fun and beat the summer sun. Don’t forget your passports when you go if you haven’t earned your stamp yet.



ATI Art & Air Festival

16006210374_acd1569050_mYahoo it’s almost Here! Three fabulous days of hot air balloons, airplanes, music and art. August 26, 27 and 28. Be sure to stop by the Albany Visitors Association (AVA) booth (just over the foot bridge from the west side main parking lot entrance) to get your bonus passport stamp and tell us, ‘What’s your favorite thing about the Art and Air Festival?’  You can find out more fun things about the festival on our blog post “Six things you didn’t know you could do at the NW Art and Air Festival.”

Passport wrap party and raffle prizes

image002And now for the update you’ve all been waiting for….the “End of Summer Passport Program Raffle Prize Party” will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pix Theatre. Once again our friends at the Pix have offered to roll out the red carpet for a fabulous time sharing prizes from all our passport partners.  Enter to win by bringing your passport to the Albany Visitors Association August 29 – 31 to receive your raffle tickets.

Infinite Air Center at the Albany Airport is a new 2016 AVA partner, and is sponsoring an airplane ride for a grand prize. Amtrak stepped up again this year to provide another grand prize – round trip train tickets to Portland. You don’t have to be present to win these prizes but there will also be really great door prizes for those who can attend.

Some other fun prizes for 2016 include: Gift certificates for the G2 Fun Zone, Pix Theatre, pottery painting at SureFire Designs, and Albany Farmers Market wooden nickels. We hope to see you at the Pix!

6 things you didn’t know you could do at the NW Art and Air Festival

16006210374_acd1569050_mAs one of Albany’s largest and most unique events, the ATI Northwest Art and Air Festival boasts countless activities for all ages to enjoy.  From the famous hot air balloons, to the rows of arts and crafts vendors, the festival packs Timber-Linn Park full of fun from corner to corner.

If you’ve never attended this spectacular event, you probably haven’t heard of all the things you can do there. We’ve compiled a list to show you why the Art and Air Festival is a can’t miss experience.

1) Concerts

With two stages featuring daily performances, the NW Art and Air concerts fill the festival with great music from incredible artists, including Bret Michaels, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, and many many more. All concerts are free with festival admission.

2) Night Glow

Watch a spectacular display of lights as hot air balloons are illuminated in a series of patterns lighting up the night sky. Children and adults alike will enjoy the show. Photographers, this is a great opportunity to take some incredible shots, so bring your tripods! Night Glow begins at dusk on Friday, August 26th.

3) Young Eagle Flights

This is a great opportunity for your kids to ride in a perfectly maintained vintage airplane, and it’s free! Registration begins at 9 am Saturday and Sunday, and spots are limited.  For a downloadable registration form (required) and more info, please make sure that you link to the registration information web page. Get there early to ensure that your child gets to take part in this one-of-a-kind experience.

4) All Ages Flights IMG_9464A

Kids aren’t the only ones able to take flight at the NW Art and Air Festival.  Adults can signup for rides from Infinite Air Center, a bi-plane, and even a helicopter.  Registration will be available at the show, and will require a fee.


5) Car Show

If you have a classic car and are eager to show it off, bring it to the festival’s Art of Cars show on Sunday, August 28th.  The show begins at 9 am. and gates open for registration at 8:00 a.m. Registration is $20. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m.

6) Hot Air Balloon Rides

You probably already knew that the Art and Air Festival is a great place to get close to hot air balloons, but did you know you can sign up to ride them? Reserve your spot online, and be ready to take off into the sunrise. You’ll never forget the incredible sights as you mingle with other balloons in the sky over Albany.

There is so much to do at the Northwest Art and Air Festival, so clear your calendars for August 26th through August 28th, and enjoy the fun!  More information about the Art and Air Festival is available here.

Photos by Stephanie Low (top) and Cathy Web (bottom).


An evening cemetery tour

Masonic Cemetery Albany, Oregon

Masonic Cemetery Albany, Oregon

On Wednesday, July 27th, at 7:00 p.m., the Albany Regional Museum and St. John’s Masonic Lodge #17 will host a memorable evening tour of a historic pioneer cemetery—the Albany Masonic Cemetery.

Featured headstones include nine prominent Albany pioneers—the Wheeler, Ross, Hale, Hudson, Meade, Althouse, and Parker families. Hear their stories and learn about their contributions to our city.

Admission is free, however parking is extremely limited. You are welcome to board the trolley at Two Rivers Market downtown at 6:30 p.m., where continuous free rides will ferry tour participants until dusk.

For more information, telephone 541-967-7122.

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