Before it became a resort, Cannon Beach was a village of loggers, fishers and characters who wanted to test their survival skills in a remote area carved between the mountains and the sea.
As a kid growing up in Cannon Beach in the 1950s, Peter Lindsey roamed the Cannon Beach environs with his friends, collecting stories along the way.
In 2004, Lindsey, who became an English teacher and folklorist, gathered those stories and historical photos into a book, “Comin’ in Over the Rock: A Storyteller’s History of Cannon Beach.”
A group of Cannon Beach friends is publishing a second edition of the book, with new stories from Lindsey and more photos. To defray estimated publishing costs of $4,000, a fundraiser is planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Cannon Beach chamber’s community hall.
“I relish stories; I just love stories,” said Lindsey. “We’ve been a township, through all the years I’ve lived in Cannon Beach, that’s just rich in stories.”
In addition to its natural beauty, the thing that sets Cannon Beach apart is its richness in characters,” he added. “The consequence being a bucket load of stories, in my mind.”
Lindsey will read some those stories during the fundraiser.
The fundraiser will offer gifts to donors, including a signed copy of the new book and an acknowledgment in the book for those contributing $100 and readers’ copies of the book for contributors of $25 to $50, said Rainmar Bartl, who is spearheading the effort to republish Lindsey’s book.
The winner of the auction at the fundraiser will be treated to a dinner for six prepared by Hank Johnson at the Wave Crest hotel. Bids will begin at $300.
Music will be provided by the local group, Floating Glass Balls.
Those who cannot attend the event but want to contribute can make out a check to Lindsey and drop it off at the Cannon Beach Book Co., 130 N. Hemlock St.
Bartl, who came to Cannon Beach in 1977 and retired as city planning director, said Lindsey captured the atmosphere of the village as it matured from a working class town to a tourist destination.
“To me, it’s a true history of Cannon Beach, of a time that Peter captured so well,” Bartl said.