by Gretchen DeMoss
We spent the 4th of July in Seaside, OR where we joined in the festivities. There was a small town parade, a celebration at the Seaside Historical Society Museum, a cake walk and silent auction, and, of course, fireworks.
All ready for the parade
Antique fire truck
You can’t have a parade without a marching band
After the parade there was an old-fashioned social at the Seaside Oregon Historical Society Museum. Local organization like the American Legion and Kiwanis had food booths. There were kids games and entertainment. There was also a cake walk. It’s like musical chairs. You buy a ticket for fifty cents then stand by a square. You start walking around the circle when they start the music. When the music stops, you stand by the square you’re near and they draw a number. The person standing by the square whose number was called wins a cake.
There was also a silent auction with gift certificates donated by local merchants. We bid and won the Beach Puppy auction. We saw this cutie sitting by the cake walk. Her name was Buttercup.
Decked out for the holiday
People started setting up tents and staking their claim for space on the beach in anticipation of the fireworks show. Some people had some pretty elaborate encampments complete with lounge-chair-like holes dug in the sand. There was also entertainment going on all day by the turnaround. We stayed back at the house relaxing and grilling until about 7 pm when we decided to go see if we could find a place to put our chairs. We found a primo spot on the top of the dunes.
Waiting for fireworks
There’s a firework-free zone a few blocks north and south of the turnaround. It’s nice to have a spot where you don’t have to worry about who is lighting what next to you.
The sun was going in and out of the clouds creating some pretty interesting lighting effects.
Fires on the beach
And finally, Fireworks!
The show was pretty spectacular. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in Oregon. We will definitely be back next year.
Kendall doesn’t seem to mind the fireworks, but she stayed back at the house with the windows closed and the music on – just in case.
Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July
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Today is Kendall’s 3rd birthday. Who ever knew the day
we chose her she chose us at the breeder’s that she’d bring so much joy to so many people’s lives. Besides our family, Kendall brings joy over and over again to the residents she visits at the assisted living facility and the children in the Read to the Dogs program. She has a huge heart and even bigger eyes. Happy Birthday, little girl.
We’re planning to go to Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna and then spend the day barbecuing some ribs. The sun seems to have decided to go away for the day, so it might be a good day to catch up on things that were neglected during my trip last week.
It’s a long weekend, and there’s so much to do. We usually go camping over the 4th of July weekend but find ourselves at home this year. There are so many things happening that we can’t make up our minds about what to do. Here’s a short list of the possibilities:
- Blues Festival
- Molalla Buckaroo Rodeo
- St. Paul Rodeo
- Parades galore
- Farmers’ market
- Outdoor concerts
- Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna
Can you see our dilemma? I think we’re going to try to fit in a trip to the farmers’ market, a trip to Oregon wine country to stock up on wine for the summer concert season, a 4th of July parade, Cavalier Day, and a birthday party for Kendall. Yes, our little girl is going to be three years old on Sunday. My, how time flies.
So, what are you doing for fun this weekend?
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We spent the holiday weekend camping at Nehalem Bay State Park on the Oregon coast. While it was in the 90’s in the valley, it was a nice cool 65 at the coast. It was really windy when we arrived on Thursday afternoon. The clouds rolled in and it cooled off. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings the marine layer was present and didn’t burn off until late in the day. BUT – no rain!
The park was surprisingly quiet. It was almost full every night. The interesting thing was that most people around us didn’t come and stay for the whole weekend. We had a lot of one-nighters. There were some big groups camping together that had the potential for lots of noise, but nothing ever came of it. When I was talking with the ranger, he said that he made sure that they knew that the beach was available if they wanted to party. There’s a huge dune between the ocean and the campground and they couldn’t be heard.
We were a bit worried about the fireworks. This was Kendall’s first 4th of July and we didn’t know what to expect. She wasn’t bothered one bit. The park was really strict about not allowing ANY fireworks in the park. The police were even camped in one of the spots. The town of Manzanita was very strict about no illegal fireworks. Overall, it was a very quiet and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Kendall met two other Blenheim Cavaliers staying in our loop. Believe it or not, they were both named Max! One was camping right next to us. We didn’t see them at all on Thursday, and when we got up to go for a walk on Friday morning, there he was. He was a 10 mo. old cutie. They left on Friday and another Cavalier moved in around the loop. He was a 2 yr old Cav.