More post event news from Great Albacore BBQ Challenge

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Aug 152012

Patti Curfman, big winner

Patti Cakes takes the Tuna Cup in the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge

It was a beautiful August summer day on the bay in Newport and at Port Dock 7 the barbecues were out in force for the inaugural $2,000 Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge. Thirteen teams brought out their grills and their best barbecue recipes in an amazing culinary competition featuring a major product that comes into the Port of Newport, Albacore Tuna which is currently in season.

Patti Curfman of Stayton and her Patti Cakes team took home the Oregon Albacore Commission Cup and the $800 grand prize with her recipe titled “Let the Fish Speak for Itself”. Curfman’s recipe was salt and pepper rubbed and grilled Tuna cooked Rare with a gremolada of lemon celery leaf, parsley, shallot, roasted garlic, olive oil and sliced grapes to compliment the tuna but not mask the taste, also to just give a bright flavor.

Runner-up was Matthew Manary of Banks with his “Smoked & Blackened Cajun tuna.” People’s Choice Award winner were two local fishermen Don DeLange & Brian Faith with their Triple T~ Tantalizing Teriyaki Tuna.

Judges were James Rand, Publisher of the News Times, Laura Anderson owner of Local Ocean Seafoods, Gil Sylvia of the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Captain Eric Berkowitz of the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific.

The high quality tuna used in the competition came from Dan Donza and his boat the F/V Master Chris and with much appreciated help and assistance from Cody Chase and his crew at Cody’s Seafood.

The large crowd that attended the event were also treated to a major classic car show featuring the Bay City Cruisers of Newport and the NW Woodies Club our of the Portland area. Over 30 classic automobiles were on display.

Judged Awards:
1st Place Champion – $800 & Winner of the Oregon Albacore Commission Cup – Patti Cakes – Let
the Fish Speak for Itself – Patti Curfman
2nd Place – $400
Duke of Wellanddone – Smoked & Blackened Cajun – Matthew Manary
3rd Place – $300
Soupcon – Pacific Rim Grilled Tuna – Jackie Gzsanka
4th Place – $200
Manaryators – Asian Fusion – Kristine Manary
5th Place – $100
Toby’s Nose – Grillin’ Fish & Chips – Cassie Fergusson & Michelle Manary
People’s Choice Winner – $200
Grillin’ Gloos and the Grils – Triple T~ Tantalizing Teriyaki Tuna – Don DeLange & Brian Davis

‘Don’ Dogs & ‘Mann’ Burgers…comin’ right up, NOAA style!

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Aug 102012

Don Mann, cookin’ away
Port of Newport photo

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the NOAA Pacific Fleet moving its home-base from Seattle to Newport, Newport is throwing a big barbecue – a tuna barbecue called the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge. It’s a combination of small town Americana picnic – but on a bay – and by an Iron Chef competition with locally caught tuna. Both days’ events take place at Port Dock 7 on Newport’s historic Bayfront, and include everything from scrumptious seafood, barbecued burgers and hot dogs, a massive cake for NOAA and a big classic car show.

The event begins Friday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m., with a barbecue of “Don Dogs and Mann Burgers” – grilled by Port General Manager Don Mann and his barbecue team – and hosted by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. The BBQ feast sizzles until 6:30 p.m. Five bucks gets you a full plate including side dishes and Pepsi products.

A special commemoration ceremony for NOAA begins at 5:30 p.m., with officials from the Port of Newport, the chamber and local dignitaries. It also features a big anniversary cake for NOAA’s first full year in Newport, presented by Chinook Winds.

On Saturday, August 11, it all cranks back up at 10 a.m. with a tasty celebration of the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge, which begins at 11 a.m. Approximately 15 teams of chefs are expected to compete for prizes, performing their culinary feats right in front of the judges and the public.

James Myers, one of the organizers of the event, said the recipes will be quite creative, and that the event follows a new tradition in Newport for interesting culinary festivals.

“This is like several of the cook-offs famous now in Newport including the Great Newport Wild Seafood Cook-Off and the 5 Alarm Firehouse Cook-Off,” Myers said.

The public does get a taste of the results, he said.

Awards ceremonies happen at 3:30 p.m., with teams competing for $2000 in prizes, including first through fifth place awards and a People’s Choice Winner.

Meanwhile, a special added to the two-day feast is the NW Woodies and Bay City Classic Car Show.

There are no fees to enter the competition and the ceremony events are free to the public, except tuna cook competition. Cost includes “all you can sample” of the tuna entry dishes. Advanced tickets at $10 can be obtained by going to or $12 at the gate. Students 6-15 are only $5.

For more information or to enter into the competition, contact James Myers, or call 541-270-0892.

Olalla Lake Off-Road Triathlon coming up August 4th. Still time to enter!

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Jul 272012

Courtesy photos

Story provided by Liam Hughes

August 4th brings the Olalla Lake Off-Road Triathlon to the large freshwater lake just east of Newport, where dozens and dozens of athletes compete and race along a course that includes swimming, running and biking. Put on by the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, organizer Liam Hughes said the course is hard to beat since his department improved the bike course.

“This race is characterized by gnarly hill climbs, both the bike and the run course feature some seriously fun and challenging hills, and if we could add one to the swim, we would!,” Hughes said. “The reservoir is a pristine lake surrounded by tree covered hills, and the view from the top of the bike course is nothing short of breathtaking.”

The swimming part of the course is 800 meters, the bike section is 12 km, and the running portion is 5 km.

The August 4 event starts at 9 a.m., but all athletes are required to attend the pre-race briefing at 8:30 a.m.

At this time of year lake surface water temperatures can reach into the low 70’s. However it is impossible to accurately predict the water conditions in advance because they can change dramatically with weather conditions. Wetsuits are not required but athletes are advised to bring one on race day, even if they think they will not need it.

Entry Fees:

Adult individual is $35 for pre-race registration; day of the race is $50

For an Adult Relay Team, preregistration is $80; day of the race is $95 .

Race T-shirts may still be available on the day of the race.

Olalla Lake is about eight miles east of Newport off Highway 20.

For information call Liam Hughes at (541) 574-5453. More info: Click here.

Don’t just say “I love you” on Valentines Day. Send in the Coastal-Aires to prove it!!

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Feb 112012

Coastal-Aires delivering Singing Valentines February 14th

Singing Valentines has become a tradition along the Central Coast provided by members of the Coastal-Aires Barbershop Chorus. Every February 14th the Coastal-Aires dispatch quartets to deliver the music of love to your Valentine whether they are at work, home or anywhere else.

At the appointed time, the quartet will arrive and serenade your sweetheart with two songs of love and affection, and then present him or her with a long-stemmed rose symbolizing your Valentines Day love. Quartets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day. For further information, or to schedule your Singing Valentine, call 541-265-8504.

The Coastal-Aires are affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of barbershop singing. The Singing Valentines program helps the Coastal-Aires raise funds to support music in our schools.

Newport’s Lighted Boat Parade – The Video!

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Dec 032011

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Brad Taylor video
Video shooting location courtesy The Embaradero Resort

The still photographs of this year’s Newport Lighted Boat Parade are below…but the video came out even better. So click on the play button above and enjoy watching the boats without being subjected to rather chilly temperatures on the Bayfront.

A taste of Yaquina Lighhouse Victorian event…

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Dec 032011

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Photos & video by Brad Taylor

The lighthouse at Yaquina Head hosted some nice Victorian ambiance along with seasonal music for everyone’s enjoyment. It was a beautiful day for it!

Sea of Lights – Oregon Coast Aquarium through tonight!

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Dec 032011

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Information provided by Oregon Coast Aquarium

Wander the grounds of the Aquarium as you’ve never seen them before – festooned with holiday decorations and tens of thousands of colorful twinkling lights and lighted displays. Our guests can also visit with Santa in his sleigh next to our enormous and beautifully lit Christmas tree while enjoying holiday music by Coastalaires and The Central Coast Chorale Hand Bell Choir. Kids can delight with holiday-themed face-painting while parents take pleasure in shopping the relaxed atmosphere of our Aquarium Gift and Book Store, which provides a huge variety of ocean-related merchandise including apparel, jewelry, toys, books, videos and more.

Admission is $2.00 per person with two items of non-perishable food, pet food or new unwrapped children’s toy. All collected toys will be donated for the Newport Fire Department’s Holiday Toy Drive. ($5.00 per person without food or toy.) Admission is free to members.

This event is great for family members of all ages

Lincoln City’s long and winding road that leads to a way of awarding up to $75,000 annually to worthy non-profits.

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Aug 092011

Lincoln City City Council

Amid claims that city hall was doling out thousands of dollars in room tax money to local non-profits without proper review, the Lincoln City City Council labored Monday night until they felt they got it right. The council helped developed a system of doling out those funds that should hold up under future scrutiny.

Lincoln City area resident Jim Hoover, a frequent critic of what he calls “city shortcomings,” recently complained that the Visitors and Convention Bureau was awarding city grants to groups putting on local entertainment and cultural events without adequate oversight. Hoover claimed that rules surrounding the grant awards were not being followed in a consistent way. So the council had the VCB’s Sandy Pfaff appear before them, armed with an updated of procedures and protocols that should meet a more stringent test of fairness and clairty as the VCB grant review committee examines applications submitted by local groups who are vying for a part of the city’s annual $75,000 pot to put on tourism related events.

Pfaff and a member of her VCB committee outlined a series of new review criteria, most of which seemed to please the council. Pfaff promised to use clear and objective criteria by which to measure the value and return-on-investment for the city in terms of tourist draw and the number of hotel/motel room nights, restaurant use and other indicators of “visitor benefits” to the town. Mayor Dick Anderson said he also wants to see the way the committee scores local applicants; who are the winners, who are the losers and how they wound up that way. A suggestion that successful applicants be awarded 90% of their grant up-front, and the final 10% awarded only after they turn in all their paperwork, didn’t fly. Pfaff initially disagreed, saying there are many good local groups that don’t have half the costs up front for their events, so a 90% advance would get them up and running. But councilors said the current 50% now and 50% when the event is complete, is the way they want to go. Others called for funding groups that have shown success and grown their events to where they don’t need any more “seed money.” However, Pfaff said some events and their organizers require a little something every year since they don’t always break even, even though their events are popular and are well attended.

City Manager David Hawker said these and other comments gleaned from the councilors will be added to the record and be held over for another council review next month.