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Annual Visit Scheduled to Newport, Ore., for Pair of Tall Ships


Newport, Ore., May 18-31, 2016

The annual visit to Yaquina Bay by the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain is scheduled for May 18-31. The ships will tie up at the Port of Newport, 600 Bay Boulevard, Newport, and welcome visitors for walk-on tours and sailing excursions. Local school groups will also participate in one-hour and three-hour educational programs on maritime history and culture. Both ships are U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessels. Here’s the public schedule for the ships.

5/19-20: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/20: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/21-22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/21: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $38-$75.
5/22: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/22: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/24-27: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/25: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $35.
5/27: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $45.
5/28-30: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/28: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/29: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/29-30: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $39-$75.

Battle Sails are recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish, complete with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Adventure Sails feature opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Evening Sails are similar to Adventure Sails, but value-priced at $35 on Wednesdays, $45 on Fridays.

New for 2016 is a 15 percent discount for online purchases of four or more Battle Sail or Adventure Sail tickets. For example, guests can save $45 on the purchase of four adult Battle Sail tickets. The discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders. To buy tickets, view the Public Sail Schedule or call 800-200-5239.

To book an educational program and ask about discounts for Title I schools, call 800-200-5239.

Tall Ships Arrive at Coos Bay Boardwalk May 4 for 13-Day Stay

Update: Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have moved up their arrival date to May 4. The Crescent City stop is cancelled. || The tall ships Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington state, and Hawaiian Chieftain will make their annual stay in Coos Bay May 4-16. The two ships will tie up at the Coos Bay Boardwalk and offer walk-on tours, public excursions, and educational programs for local students. New for 2016 are special discounts for online ticket purchases. Here’s the ships’ public schedule.

5/5-6: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/7: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Reconciliation ceremony.
5/7-8: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/7-8: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $39-$75.
5/8: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.
5/10-13: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/11: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Evening Sail, $35.
5/14-15: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation.
5/14-15: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Battle Sail, $39-$75.
5/15: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adventure Sail, $39-$47.

During each visit to Coos Bay, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain ask permission from local Native American tribes to use area waters. The 2016 ceremony with the Coquille Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Coos Bay Boardwalk. Lady Washington will depart the dock, sail briefly, then return to the dock with permission from tribal elders. For more information, contact Tom Leahy, 541-217-4365.

Battle Sails are recreations of a typical 18th-century naval skirmish, complete with real cannon, real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Tickets are $75 adults, $67 students/seniors/active military, $39 children 12/under. Adventure Sails feature opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, or take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets are $47 adults, $39 children 12/under. Evening Sails are similar to Adventure Sails, but value-priced at $35.

New for 2016 is a 15 percent discount for online purchases of four or more Battle Sail or Adventure Sail tickets. For example, guests can save $45 on the purchase of four adult Battle Sail tickets. The discount is not available for phone or walk-up orders. To buy tickets, visit the Public Sail Schedule or call 800-200-5239.

Historical Seaport Hires New Director of Science Education

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is pleased to announce the addition of Christie Barchenger to the organization’s team as Director of Science Education. Ms. Barchenger will develop a new science education program at Seaport Landing for delivery to youth and the broader community in Grays Harbor County and surrounding counties.

Christie Barchenger

Christie Barchenger

A resident of Aberdeen, Ms. Barchenger has worked as a consultant for the Partnership for Ambitious Science Teacher Leaders, a project of the Puget Sound Educational Service District. She has taught hands-on ecology and earth science programs at Nature Vision in Woodinville, worked as an eighth-grade science teacher in northern Mississippi, and she directed an educational non-profit at a women’s university in Bangladesh.

The science program at Seaport Landing is expected to welcome its first participants in 2017. The program is funded by a grant from the Magic Cabinet Foundation. Christie can be reached at science@historicalseaport.org.

Aberdeen Parks and Historical Seaport Team Up for SPLASH

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport and Aberdeen Parks and Recreation have announced a joint effort to expand the annual Aberdeen SPLASH celebration.

Since 1997, the City of Aberdeen, Wash., has organized the annual family festival at Morrison Riverfront Park on July 4, including a popular fireworks show. In 2013, after acquiring the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property across the Chehalis River from the park, the Historical Seaport opened the pier to families who wanted to watch the fireworks from the river’s south bank. This year, Aberdeen’s parks department and the Historical Seaport are teaming up to create a new kind of experience for Aberdeen residents and visitors.

Aberdeen_City_Logo_ColorIn 2016, SPLASH will be divided into two sections, one on the north side of the river, and one on the south side. Although details are still under discussion, SPLASH will open at noon on July 4 at Morrison Riverfront Park and feature activities for kids, entertainment, food, and vendors until 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., gates will open at Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., the former main entrance to the old sawmill. Cars and pedestrians will be allowed onto the Seaport Landing pier to watch the fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m. (The public can still view the fireworks from Morrison Park.)

The Historical Seaport and Aberdeen Parks and Recreation plan to announce SPLASH details later in the spring. Both organizations are working with nearby businesses, neighbors, musicians, artists, and vendors to produce the best festival possible. Businesses, especially those in south Aberdeen, are encouraged to participate by contacting Brandi Bednarik, 360-532-8611, bbednarik@historicalseaport.org.

Admission to SPLASH on both sides of the river will be free. Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are expected to open for visits during SPLASH.

The first SPLASH festival was held in Hoquiam, Wash., in 1913. Aberdeen hosted the next festival in 1914, and the two cities traded hosting honors through 1929. After a sixty-year hiatus, SPLASH was revived at Morrison Riverfront Park. More than 10,000 people attend the celebration each year, and since 2013, Seaport Landing has become a favorite spot for watching the Independence Day fireworks display.

Historical Seaport Awarded $418,000 Grant for Education Programs

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority has received a $418,000 grant from the Seattle-based Magic Cabinet Foundation to support its Voyage of Explorers education programs for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The three-year grant will also support a new position at the organization. The Program Development Officer will recruit educators to the Historical Seaport’s one-hour and three-hour programs aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.

“The Historical Seaport is grateful to the Magic Cabinet Foundation for its support of our mission,” said Brandi Bednarik, interim executive director. “This grant is actually a renewal of a previous grant, and we see the renewal as a vote of confidence in our organization.”

The Voyage of Explorers Scholarships, supported by the grant, will fund 85 percent of the per-student cost for the tall ships’ hands-on sailing programs offered at more than 40 ports in Oregon, Washington, and California, including Grays Harbor. To qualify, schools show they are designated by the U.S. Department of Education as Title I schools, meaning 40 percent or more of their students receive free or reduced-price lunch. If a school qualifies, the per-student cost for the three-hour program is $5.25. The full price is $35 per student.

To learn more about Voyage of Explorers Scholarships, educators should contact Helen Bond, 800-200-5239, hbond@historicalseaport.org. GHHSA has also posted the new Program Development Officer job on the website at http://historicalseaport.org/jobs/.

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