The arrival of Labor Day suggests calm will soon settle over Cannon Beach as vacations end and families prepare their little darlings for a new school year. Such nostalgic predictions may be premature, however, if September activity at the Cannon Beach Library offers any indication.
Library members already are preparing for the annual fall festival — scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at the library. A silent auction already began Sept. 1 for five hotel stays donated by Hallmark Resort, Land’s End, Ocean Lodge, Surfsand Resort and Tolovana Inn, each stay valued from $365 to $638. Bidding continues until 4 p.m.
Tickets ($1 for one, $5 for six, and $20 for 25) also continue on sale until 4 p.m. at the festival for drawings of six bundles of gift certificates, each valued to $295. Forty Cannon Beach art galleries, brew pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, and other shops donated these certificates.
Winners of silent auctions and drawings will be announced at 4 p.m. at the fall festival, but they need not be present to collect their winnings. Library members and community volunteers, though, already are working hard to encourage attendance.
They are crafting handmade items — knit and quilt accessories, artwork, jewelry, ornaments and more—making the festival an opportunity for early holiday shopping. And these crafty volunteers soon will be baking homemade treats — cookies, pies, specialty breads and other treats — that sell early during the festival. Be sure to circle Sept. 29 on your calendar so you don’t miss winning gift certificates and hotel stays or finding uniquely crafted holiday presents and tempting baked goods at the festival.
While preparing for the festival, the library membership held its first monthly meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Sept. 5, where City Manager Bruce St. Denis discussed “The State of the City” and members learned that the library board of directors had hired Kimberly Catton as library office manager, the library’s only paid employee.
Holly Lörincz — award-winning Manzanita novelist, nationally prominent literary editor and collaborative author of fiction and nonfiction books—will read at the first Northwest Authors event of the new year from “The Everything Girl,” her latest novel collaboratively published with L.E. Malecki. She also will read from a crime book slated for fall publication and discuss collaborative authorship at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, in the library, 131 N. Hemlock.
Before founding Lörincz Literary Services in 2010 in Manzanita, Lörincz, who holds a journalism degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Western Oregon University, taught at Neah-Kah-Nie High School in Rockaway Beach for 15 years. A language arts teacher, she coached the speech and debate team to two OSAA state championships and seven of her students to individual championships in nine forensic events. This experience informed “Smart Mouth,” her first novel, which received the 2014 Bronze Independent Publishers Book Award in popular fiction.
A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Lörincz was named National Federation of High Schools Educator of the Year for Oregon. A participant in writing workshops nationwide, Lörincz now serves on the faculties of the Profitable Authors Institute and the Blackbird Studio for writers in Portland.
In another literary event this month, Kathy Bell will lead Cannon Beach Reads participants in a discussion of the late Brian Doyle’s “Mink River,” a captivating novel of quirky characters set in a fictional North Oregon Coast community that mixes Salish and Irish cultures. Cannon Beach Reads meets Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested may participate in discussion, coffee and treats.
I return now to predictions about a calm arriving (or not) with Labor Day behind us. Last month John Huismann touched on the local tourism invasion in his Aug. 10 Gazette column. He recommended a parking structure for day visitors, a fleet of buses to deposit visitors downtown and strict parking enforcement so emergency vehicles and residents can negotiate midtown streets. Hitting my hot button, he opined:
“We have the responsibility of sharing our great natural beauty with the rest of the world. What we do not have to do is make this place unpleasant for the people who live here. Unfortunately, this has already happened. The question now is what are we going to do about it?” Well stated, John.
Elizabeth Becker, a former New York Times correspondent, makes exactly this point in “Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism.” Her 2016 analysis of nations dependent on tourism, contrasts those countries that benefit their citizens’ lives (France and Costa Rica) with those that don’t (Venice, Dubai, China and cruise ships). North Coast residents could benefit from reading Becker’s nonfiction book, now available at the Cannon Beach Library. “Overbooked” will be discussed by Cannon Beach Reads on Nov.21.