A public 52nd Anniversary Exploding Whale Memorial celebration is planned Saturday, November 12th from 12noon to 8 p.m. at Homegrown Public House and Brewery, 24 Laurel Street in historic Florence Old Town. The celebration is open house style, family friendly, a little quirky; a lotta fun.
From 12noon – 3 p.m. come out to meet tide-pool expert, Jamie Kish, from the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve Collaborative and representatives from the Elakha Alliance who will be present to share about local marine efforts and natural habitats.
Don’t miss the 2 p.m. public toast to the whale and meet special mer-guest, Mermaid Shannon, who will be giving a reading and signing of her children’s book, Turtles want Teammates, which will also be for sale. Come and take advantage of photo opportunities with this real live mermaid and maybe even a Merman throughout the afternoon. Florence’s official-unofficial whale mascots, Flo and Rence will also be present to visit and take photos with. There will also be a 6 p.m. public toast.
All are encouraged to bring small offerings and homages to the whale to be placed at the art installation on the east side of Homegrown. The exhibit is meant to be fanciful, fun and will naturally evolve throughout the day into the evening when it glows with lights and the reflections of the colorful contributions. Wearing whaley fun costumes is encouraged too.
Don’t miss a visit to the Exploding Whale exhibit at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum across the street from Homegrown at 278 Maple Street, open from 12noon – 4 p.m. The exhibit has actual whale bones from the honored whale and the museum is full of interesting Florence historical displays. Also, check out the Whale Trail Map of Florence businesses offering activities and whaley cool items for sale to commemorate the occasion. The Whale Trail map and ongoing whale event news is posted on the event website, www.xplodingwhale.com, on their Facebook page @ILoveForence97439 and will also be available at the event.
For more event scoop or to join The Whale Trail contact BeauxArts Fine Art Materials at 541-991-8213 Email WhaleGoBoom97439@gmail.com