The fifth annual Crab Krack to raise funds for the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center of the Lincoln County Historical Society will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport.
Local Dungeness crab will be provided by Newport’s seafood processing plants, fishermen and Pacific Shrimp. The dinner will include a whole crab, potatoes, salad, roll, and desserts with a no-host bar.
“We’re relieved to hear that the crab season is open so we can serve fresh, local seafood,” Steve Wyatt, executive director of the Society, said.
Ticket sales for the Crab Krack are in full swing; tickets can be purchased from Crab Krack committee members or at the Lincoln County Historical Society Burrows House Museum. Cost for members is $40 per person, for non-members $45. Memberships start as low as $20 a year. For more information, call 541-265-7509.
“Lucky Gap” is scheduled to play. They feature traditional Americana and blue grass. Members of the group include Chas Malarkey, Bob Llewellyn, Jerry Robbins, Mike Harrington, and Linda Sickler.
The event features silent and oral auctions with donations from many businesses and individuals including vacation trips, furniture, quilts, artwork, tools, baskets and other items.
“This year should be especially exciting because we are very close to opening the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center,” Dawn Pavitt, chair of the event, said. “The goal is to open the main floor by June of 2013.”
Newport has a long love affair with the Dungeness crab. In 1938, with an abundance of crab and a need for tourists, the town started a Crab Festival, giving away the delicacies by the thousands. During the first Crab Festival, 25,000 people visited Newport for the free lunch. The festival ended in 1951 with a big bang: 38 cases of crabs were shipped to soldiers in Korea.
The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County. It operates the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.