Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bandon's Cranberry Festival

During our stay at Cape Blanco State Park, we had planned to drive to the coastal town of Bandon for an afternoon.  What we didn't expect was to arrive during the weekend of it's 70th Annual Cranberry Festival. This section of Oregon is noted for rich, red cranberries and produces about 7% of the nation's cranberry fruit. You can see the cranberry bogs dotting the roadside along Highway 101 between Bandon and Cape Blanco.  Go to Goggle Earth and one can really get a scope of the many, many cranberry bogs in the area.  Click here to learn how the cranberries are grown and harvested.

We arrived to the town in the middle of their Cranberry Parade.  Here are a few of the highlights.
All of the floats were hand-crafted with originality.  Some of the entries were from the local businesses and some from non-profit organizations.

Even the local Fish Hatchery had an entry, complete with a salmon in a fish tank!

There were the equestrian entries..

and entries from the local dune buggy groups.

I saw folks gathering around people pushing wheel barrows.  It appeared they were reaching into the barrel and getting out some kind of treat.  Soon they came to us.

The wheel barrows were filled with painted rocks.  We were given the opportunity to pick one and we were also given one from this young lady.  It seems the rocks were painted by community members from a local church.

We missed the headliner float celebrating the town's 70th Annual Cranberry Festival..until it pulled into the ACE Hardware Store.

Now, it's time to visit the Saturday Farmer's Market and the Festival's Craft Booths.

There was even an exhibit of winning cranberry recipes.

As usual, there was an assortment of craft booths.  In this intriguing booth, the artist was making wooden spinning tops.

Of course there was a car show..

And best of all..a free, all you can drink and snack on OceanSpray Cranberry Products Booth.

The Bandon Waterfront had some interesting wooden ocean-themed sculptures..

However, it was this sculpture that really got my attention.  This is Harry the Fish.  The sculpture is made entirely of trash collected from the local beaches.  Look closely..

Cigarette lighters, plastic bottle caps, pieces of plastic coolers..

The artist even put a child's sand toy, a crab, in it's mouth!

Check out that brush used in the fish's fin..

Ah Ha!  I come across another exhibit, it's from Washed Ashore-Art To Save The Sea.
I am amazed and awed.

A sea anemone with old shoes for its anchor base got my attention too.

The folks running the exhibit point me in the direction of the museum's location, Washed Ashore-Art From The Sea.  Their door's open and I walk into incredible surroundings.  Again, I am just amazed.

I find so much to see and investigate.  Volunteers are there, anxious to share their mission. This giant sea turtle catches my attention.

Look closely..a child's sand shovel handle, rope, netting and more plastic bottle tops make up the turtle's shell.

They use a lot of Styrofoam in the exhibits too.

Here is a close-up of the lower left corner of the above "trash collage/painting".  A combination of plastic bottle bottoms, rope and aluminum cans create bubbles in the waves.

and lots of fish nets.

The gallery is full of interesting sculptures, wall art and even children's art..all made with trash from the sea.

Angela Haseltine Pozzi is the Executive Director and Lead Artist associated with Washed Ashore.  What an inspiration she seems to be for this community.  She has an art education background so her desire to inform and inspire while using the creative process sure hits home with me.

Look at this map to see how the ocean currents circulate this trash all around the globe.

Click on photo to enlarge.

There was open seating at the table and they needed volunteers this day to create "sectional trash collages" for an upcoming project..a giant whale's tail breaking the surface of the ocean. 

This is my contribution, what a thrill for me to be able to participate in this worthwhile cause.  I bored holes with the drill and assembled and wired all kinds of black trash together to make this relief collage.  It will be added, along with other "black trash relief collages" to form this massive whale's tale.  Now this was a highlight for me!

That's the Coquille River Lighthouse located on the north side of the jetty in Bandon.  We didn't get to visit it and the Interpretive Center this trip, gotta leave some things to explore for next time. Maybe I'll have that telephoto lens for my camera by then too.

More Later as we have eased on down the road to Gold Beach.


  1. What an interesting blog. All the trash turned into treasures from the sea, too bad it kills all the wildlife, but this museum is showing folks just how things really are, maybe it will finally hit home, have a great time in Gold Beach, looking forward to your next blog, and thanks for your text about my photo, so nice to hear from you.

  2. How amazing to see art made from other people's carelessness!(and worse) And how cool that you were able to take part in it! You have certainly done the state of Oregon a service with your travelogues.
    Are you intending to stay in the west for the winter or are you headed back to Florida? If you're in the SW Arizona area any time after Dec 1, we'd love to see you again!