Businesses have started to reopen in Albany and around Oregon, but leisure travel remains discouraged for now. Stay safe by staying local.
In the meantime, we’re proud to join industry partners in committing to a safer Willamette Valley. The all-new Responsible Reopening program, sponsored by the Willamette Valley Visitors Association, invites businesses to work proactively to improve safety for guests and employees alike.
Participating businesses have pledged to enact a 10-point safety checklist designed to create the safest possible environment for workers and guests alike. Businesses will then display decals and other signage bearing the Responsible Reopening logo to feature those safety standards.
To date, here are Albany-area businesses taking part in the program: Springhill Cellars Winery, Urban Ag Supply, Comfort Suites Albany, Albany Visitors Association, St. Innocent Winery in Jefferson, Phoenix Inn, Sybaris, Calapooia Brewing Company, Frankie’s, Phoenix Inn Suites and Albany Historic Carousel & Museum.
To learn more about the program or to take part, call the Albany Visitors Association at 541-928-0095, or email our office.
The 2020 Fresh & Local Linn-Benton guide to sourcing locally grown food is here.
Want to buy local? This comprehensive guide shows you how! Locally Grown is your premier guide for sourcing local foods. The free guide provides information for all consumers, including farmers markets, farm stands, U-Picks, CSAs, and more.
You can view the magazine online or pick up a hard copy from our 24-hour visitor center publications rack in front of the Albany Visitors Association front door, 110 3rd Ave. SE., off of Lyon St. View the online edition.
*COVID-19 Addendum – please contact providers in advance for information, from farmers and local food providers, many have adapted their normal methods of selling local food to increase physical distancing and promote safer access.
Thank you to the farms, food businesses, community partner and sponsors who made this publication possible.
Looking for fun this March? Below, we’ve highlighted events all across Linn County that will appeal to family members of all ages. In fact, there’s so many activities we have to split our monthly blog into two parts. So enjoy “Part 1” and come back in another week or so for the second half. For even more fun, check out our full online calendar.
March 6th The Albany Historic Carousel & Museum is hosting “A Wee Bit o’ Fun” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Join the critters for rides, make-and-take activities, Leprechaun Bingo and $5 dinner specials. Rides are unlimited with pot-o-gold raffles every ride – all for the $5 admission fee.
March 6 Ever heard the phrase, “Now cut that out?” Well, two local artisans, Melissa Babcock Saylor and Linda Herd, will share their “cut-it-out!” pieces at Gallery Calapooia for a First Friday reception on March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Saylor specializes in paper collage works and Herd in hand-sawn jewelry. Their show will remain up for the month of March in case you miss the reception.
March 7 from 2 to 5 p.m., It’s time for the “Beards and Brews Festival.” Celebrate luxurious facial hair and quaff delicious frothy beverages at Calapooia Brewing Co.’s annual fundraiser. For more information visit the event Facebook page.
March 7 from 4 to 9 p.m., get your brews on at the “3rd Annual Albany Taps & Caps,” presented by 3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom, The Growler Garage & Tap House, No Rails Ale House, Deluxe Brewing, Calapooia Brewing Company, and the Albany Downtown Association. This is a fundraiser benefiting Furniture Share. For tickets and information call the Albany Downtown Association at 541-928-2469 or visit ADA’s website.
March 7 From 5:30 to 8 p.m., join your friends for a fun evening supporting children’s literacy at “Library Uncorked!” Taste wine, beer and cider from the Pacific Northwest and bid on cool items in the silent auction. Ticket holders receive a unique event glass, five tasting tickets, an opportunity to win a grand prize drawing, delicious hors d’oeuvres and music by the Bush Pilots. Tickets are available at both the main library and the Carnegie, at the Friends Bookstore or purchase online.
March 10 At noon in the Lebanon Public Library, historian Tony Farque will tell the story of the Santiam Wagon Road. Sponsored by the Lebanon Museum and the library, the program is open to all and free of charge. Audience members are welcome to bring a lunch and eat while they listen. The library is located at 55 Academy St. in Lebanon.
March 11 from noon to 1p.m. If you haven’t attended a History Bites presentation at the Albany Regional Museum, what are you waiting for? Conveniently scheduled once per month during the lunch hour, these free presentations almost always entertain and educate on life in our community over the last few centuries. Previous topics have included the history of nutria and how they infamously populated the Willamette Valley, and Civil War Era clothing for women and children. Topics to be announced, so stay tuned, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear from the museum! (The photo is from last month’s presentation and presenter Linda Steffen.)
Save the Dates for the marvelously nutty play “Squirrel Lake” at the Albany Civic Theater. Through a series of unfortunate misunderstandings, things go terribly and hysterically wrong for a family gathering for a reading of a will. Performances at 7:30: March 6, 7, 12, 13, 14. Performance at 2:30 on March 8. For tickets and more info view ACT’s website.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED! March 13 and 14 ((((The “Fly Tyers & Fly Fishing Expo”)))). For more information, visit the event website.
March 13 — LBCC CONCERT CANCELED.
March 14 Take to the calm waters of Cheadle Lake in Lebanon, Oregon. from 9 to 11 a.m., Bring your kayak, canoe, or other non-motorized watercraft and join “Build Lebanon Trails,” as they follow the water trail on the lake. Learn about the history and the development of this crown jewel of the Lebanon trail system plan. *Please note: in order to participate, you must sign a waiver and use all required safety gear as listed by the organizers. Read about requirements and registration at the organizer website.
March 14 — IRUN FOR KIDS POSTPONED: The “17th Annual iRun for Kids” race will be rescheduled. Telephone 541-979-2773 for more information.
March 14 — 1st ANNUAL CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED: Due to actions combating the coronavirus, this event will be rescheduled, according to the Albany Fire Department Facebook page.
March 14 and 15 Will you see a little red corvette at the mall? Come find out during the annual “Corvette Show” at Heritage Mall in Albany. This event is free and sponsored by the Beaver State Corvette Club Members. For more info visit the mall’s Facebook events page.
March 20, 21, 22 — HORSE FAIR CANCELED: Due to the governor’s ban on events of 250 people or larger to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Annual NW Horse Fair & Expo at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany has been canceled. Organizers of the event say the fair will be back next year, March 26-28, 2021. For more information, visit the event website.
March 30 — POSTPONED. “History Sips” with the Albany Regional Museum at Deluxe Brewing and Sinister Distillery, 635 NE Water Ave in Albany, from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic is “The History of Women in Brewing.” Admission to the presentation is free (spirited and brewed libations available for purchase). Donations gratefully accepted and go towards the operation of ARM.
On Saturday, July 27, 2019, the Annual Summer Historic Interior Home Tour offers an opportunity to peek inside some of the city’s finest historic buildings and houses on the National Historic Register. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., homeowners and hosts will be available to answer questions about the history of the dwelling, restoration efforts, historic house maintenance, and other details about Albany’s four historic districts. The tour is self-guided; you can visit the homes in any order by walking, personal vehicle, or horse-drawn wagon and vintage trolley, both of which are included in the $15 price of admission (well-behaved children aged 12 and under are free). For more information telephone Albany Visitors Association at 541-928-0911.
Online tickets are available below. Please bring your email confirmation with you the day of the tour to our office, and breeze past the lines! Tickets will also be available at the Albany Visitors Association office the day of the tour.
In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, Albany’s 2019 month-long party kicks off on May 1st with a variety of events spanning across 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. ($)
The Albany Regional Museum First Friday. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The museum will be open late the first Friday of each month to help visitors appreciate the cultural history of our city. ARM is located at 136 Lyon Street S.
Albany Wine Walk in Historic Downtown Albany 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with over 20 wineries participating. Enjoy tasting along with the ambiance and atmosphere of beautiful Historic Downtown Albany. Sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club. Tickets for sale at the Albany Visitors Association ($)
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.
Historic Garage Tour From 2:00 – 3:30, meet other architectural history buffs under the big tree at SE 5th and Jefferson. There will be a walking tour of several historic outbuildings, and the exterior of seven other historic structures. You’ll see a barn, garages, conversions, and even a former outhouse.
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)
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.
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.
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. Costs $ at time of reservation.
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 $.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 1st Ave. 7:30 p.m. 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.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 2nd Ave. 7:30 p.m. 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 18th and May 19th
Gingles Cemetery Cleanup, North Albany. Inga Williams, Benton County Planning, is hosting a cleanup at Gingles Cemetery May 18th and 19th, from 9am to 4pm. An owner of a nearby farm (8765 NW Springhill Drive) is allowing participants to park by their barn. A shuttle will then drop participants off near the cemetery entrance. Interested persons should register with SOLV online. Questions? Contact Inga at 541-766-6027.
May 17th through 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
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 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
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.
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.
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”
1st Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Home Tour Snacks”
2nd Place, Cathy Webb, “Tomato Assortment”
3rd Place, Katrina Wilson “Takena Tomatoes”
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”
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”
1st Place, Stephanie Low, “Welcome to Albany”
2nd Place, Oliver J. Anderson, “Monteith Adorned”
3rd Place, Camron Settlemier, “Thompson’s Mill in Motion”
1st Place, Pavla Zakova-Laney, “Handsome Buck”
2nd Place, Cathy Webb, “The Guardian”
3rd Place, Camron Settlemier, “2 Flakes Short of a Blizzard”
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!
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.
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:
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/
April 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/
April 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/
April 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
AVA sends out gratitude to Sybaris Restaurant and Springhill Cellars Winery for their gorgeous Farm to Table dinner along Albany’s historic 9th Street Canal. This beautiful evening was a benefit for the Albany Regional Museum, who provides educational and historical presentations, collections, and exhibits for free to the public. We hope you enjoy the slideshow and stay tuned to AVA for the 2019 farm-to-table dinners! (*Images provided by Knoher Photos and Katie Knower.)
Spend a wonderful day on Saturday, July 28th, exploring some of Albany’s most beautiful historic homes and buildings. The tour is “self-guided,” meaning you have a choice about how to tour the sites—you can ride a horse-drawn wagon or antique trolley and go in map order, or you can opt to drive your own car and visit homes and buildings in any order you like.
Greeters will be on hand at each site to show guests around and refreshments will be served. Once you’ve secured your ticket at our office, you might want to have lunch at one of our great restaurants, ride the carousel and join the tour afterwards.
Tickets are on sale the day of the tour (at AVA’s office) starting at 10:00 a.m. for $15 each; children under 12 are free. We are located on the corner of Lyon and 3rd Ave SE (110 3rd Ave, SE). You can also prepay for your ticket on our secure-certificate ticketing plug-in below. (Some fields are required so that we may confirm your purchase.) Telephone our office at 541-928-0911 if you have any questions.
Albany was founded in 1848 and was an agricultural mecca for many an Oregon Trail pioneer. These early roots are still cherished in Albany—and today, history and heritage are alive and flourishing.
More than 700 historic buildings dating from the 1840s to the 1920s are nestled in four historic districts. Albany Visitors Association publishes a free guide to help you plan your own walking or driving tours through these charming neighborhoods, so during National Preservation Month, stop by and pick one up from our office.
National Historic Preservation Month is an opportunity to celebrate Albany history with events (most of them free) throughout May. The National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages cities across the nation to raise awareness about the month-long event, and states that “Preservation Month was designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods and communities – the places that really matter to us. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and towns, and enables all of us to become involved in the growing preservation movement.”
If you’d like to view our guide to Preservation Month, view it online or Print the PDF.
The following events are planned to show-off Albany’s historical attractions, instill community pride, promote heritage tourism, and showcase the social and economic benefits of historic preservation:
Hidden History Scavenger Hunt Photo Tour (sponsored by the Natty Dresser). Information and entry forms are available at the Albany Downtown Association, 126 SW Ferry St, Albany. Return your entries to the ADA by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, to be eligible to win a prize. The grand prize winner will be announced on June 1st. For more information contact the Albany Downtown Association at 541-928-2469.
A Historic Albany Display will be open at the Albany City Hall. The display is presented by the City of Albany Landmarks Commission. The display show-case will be viewable during regular business hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 333 Broadalbin SW. (Free admission.)
Albany’s Old Fashioned Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Purchase hand-picked produce, fresh flowers, baked bread, local eggs and meats, and many other wonderful items. Located at 4th and Ellsworth, City Hall parking lot. Admission is free. The market is open through November, so not just during Historic Preservation Month. For more information, visit www.locallygrown.org.
Come participate in the Friday Wine Walk in Historic Downtown Albany from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Over 20 wineries are featured. Sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club. For more information, telephone 541-928-0911, or stop by the Albany Visitors Association on Third and Lyon for ticket purchases. Adults over over 21 please.
Gallery Calapooia’s First Friday will be held from 6:00 p.m. to -8:00 p.m. Gallery Calapooia is located in the historic Flinn Block, an 1887 French Second Empire style on 1st Avenue in Albany. The building has a beautiful cast iron facade and a spacious interior with old brick walls, making it a wonderful setting to view fine art. 222 W. 1st Ave. 541-971-5701. Regular gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am–6pm. Free.
Albany Regional Museum First Friday kick-off 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The museum will be open late the first Friday of each month (starting in May) to make it easier to appreciate Albany history, heritage, and culture. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 136 Lyon Street S. More info at: armuseum.com, 541-967-7122. Free admission.
Albany Civic Theater presents 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. May’s ACT performance is Annie the Musical, by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Directed by Christi E. Sears. 111 First Avenue West. Check ACT’s website for ticket information: albanycivic.org ACTS is one of the oldest, best-known community theaters in Oregon.
City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents: Albany Unseen Guided Walking Tour 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet at the Albany Regional Museum (136 Lyon St S) for an insider’s tour of the 1887 Commercial Italianate Building. Walk to the 1914 American Renaissance US Post Office building for an in-depth tour and then to the 1912 St. Francis Hotel designed by Charles Burggraf for discussion and consider the potential of these iconic Albany buildings. Space is limited, reservations required. Laura LaRoque (541) 917-7640 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Free.
The Preservation Awards Presentation will take place during the Albany City Council meeting at 7:15 p.m., at the Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. Telephone 541-917-7640 or email email@example.com for more information. The event is free.
The Albany Regional Museum presents its brown bag lunch series History Bites. This ongoing series is being offered the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Bring your own lunch. Beverages and light snacks provided. Regular museum hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The museum is located at 136 Lyon Street S. Visit their website at www.armuseum.com or telephone 541-967-7122 for more information. Admission to both History Bites and the museum is free.
Monteith Historical Society’s Historic Interior Home Tour Committee presents preservation FAQs during the Albany Farmers’ Market, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Purchase hand-picked produce, fresh flowers, baked bread, local eggs/meats and more at Albany’s old fashioned farmers’ market. Saturdays, 4th & Ellsworth, City Hall parking lot. More info at locallygrown.org.
Monteith House Museum Pre-Season Clean-up 9:00 a.m. to noon, 518 2nd Ave SW. The Monteith Society will lead volunteers in clean-up and light maintenance of Albany’s oldest home. Following the morning’s work, there will be an Open House from noon to 3:00 p.m. Telephone 541-928-0911 for more information.
The Masonic Cemetery Clean-up will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Please 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. Assemble at 700 Broadway Street SW (west end of 6th & 7th Ave SW). If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Albany Masonic Cemetery, telephone Kathy Griffiths at 541-967-1941.
The Albany Regional Museum presents the Albany Streetcar History Tour, at three times on Saturday: 10:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Assemble at 136 Lyon St S, and hop aboard Albany’s vintage streetcar with Bill Maddy (Albany Regional Museum docent and railroad historian) for a narrated ride on historic Albany streetcar routes. Guests are also invited to step inside the museum to see the expanded train station display. The story of the 1870 arrival of the railroad in Albany is instrumental to the growth of our town. Streetcar seeing is limited and reservations are required, so please reserve your ticket to board: 541- 967-7122. The tour is free.
Albany Tweed Ride Don your best tweed cycling attire and join us for a leisurely ride through the Albany Historic Districts. Meet in front of the Natty Dresser at 12:15 (ride starts at 12:30 p.m.) for an hour-long tour of historic Albany. Prizes will be given for the Best Dressed Participants (male and female) as well as a prize for the favorite bicycle. Ride past many lovely historic homes and stop for refreshments at the Monteith House Museum before cycling on to the Deluxe Brewing Company’s Vintage Bicycle Show. Enjoy a cool libation at the no-host bar, explore the bicycle parts swap meet and see the winners of the bike show. This is a FREE event, let the Natty Dresser know if you plan to attend and they’ll have the right amount of refreshments on hand. Telephone 541-248-3561 and RSVP. Vintage attire is encouraged. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
The 5th Annual Albany Vintage Bicycle Show is presented by Deluxe Brewing Co. and runs from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 635 NE Water Ave. Register online at www.deluxebrewing.com. View a collection of interesting, rare, and memorable vintage bicycles, and vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice Award. 2018. Categories: Best Original Condition, Best Restored Condition, Best Custom Build, Best BMX (Freestyle or Race), Most Unique/Rare Bicycle. All ages welcome in the main brewery area. Tasting room open to ages 21 and over. Non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase and there will be a local food truck on site. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Admission.
City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents: Window Repair Workshop with Chris Gustafson of Vintage Window 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This comprehensive class will include how vintage windows work, basic window repair techniques and simple maintenance techniques for homeowners. Space is limited, reservations required. Laura LaRoque (541) 917-7640 or e-mail: email@example.com Free.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 1st Ave. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Meet at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture and history. Sponsored by the Natty Dresser. Telephone 541-979-9108 or visit www.monteithhouse.org for more information. Admission is free and donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.
The Historic Downtown Walking Tour of 2nd Ave will start at 7:30 p.m. Assemble at Burkhart Square (Lyon and First Ave). Learn about Albany’s historic architecture and history. Sponsored by the Natty Dresser, telephone 541-979-9108 or visit www.monteithhouse.org for more information. Admission is free, however, donations can be made to the Monteith Historical Society.
City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents: Historic Building and Maintenance Contractor Fair 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meet at Calapooia Brewing Company (140 Hill Street NE). 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. Free. Pre-registration is not required.
City of Albany Landmarks Commission presents: Porch Talk & Guided Walking Tour 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meet at City Hall (333 Broadalbin Street SW) for an informative tour the porches of several historic Albany homes. Porches vary significantly from one house style to the next. Tour guides will give an overview, answer questions, and touch on the styles and materials that are appropriate for the timeframe and architectural style of house. Space is limited, reservations required. Laura LaRoque (541) 917-7640 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Free.
Linn County Historical Society Presents “Jennie Parrish: Early Oregon Healer.” At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, Jane Kirkpatrick, historian and author, will present at the Lakeside Center, located at the Mennonite Village at 2180 54th Avenue SE in Albany. All programs sponsored by the Linn County Historical Society are free and open to the public. Telephone 541-926-4680. The presentation is free.
Albany Masonic Cemetery Memorial Weekend Recognition Take a self-guided cemetery walking tour. Start at the location, 700 Broadway Street SW, Information will be on hand regarding the grant, work and tours. Questions? Contact email@example.com 541-967-1941 Free.
Sad that you couldn’t fit all of preservation month activities in during May? We will keep adding chances to visit or tour historic displays and events as we get the chance. Starting off with a few listed below:
Albany Fire Station 11 Historic Display Stop in at the new fire station downtown and get a close-up look at the 1927 American LaFrance fire engine and other items of interest on display on the front lobby. Located at 611 Lyon St SE. Free display open during usual public business hours.