Our Favorites: Indulge Sweets

From the ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory to the various shops making saltwater taffy in the windows of coastal businesses – there’s no shortage of sugary treats to satiate the collective appetite of people living on or visiting the Central Oregon Coast.

In fact, it takes a lot to make something stand out from the pack – but Indulge Sweets of Seal Rock does just that. It’s no wonder that they’re a multiple-year people’s choice award winner at the coast’s annual RSVP’s Chocolate Classics.

Located just 8 miles south of Wilder Newport, one of their specialties is brownies, and they’re well worth the drive. One look at the images of the delectable treats from their Facebook page was enough of a trip down memory lane to move this author to shed tears for the memories of brownies’ long ago devoured, but never forgotten.

We love the names they give their confections. The Triple Threat is cheesecake hugged by brownie and their chocolate chip cookie. The Evil Brownie describes how you’ll feel about it during those moments when one is not within physical reach.

Indulge Sweets has a range of chocolate brownies for every need – incorporating whimsical pairings of flavors including fudge, peanut butter, nuts, marshmallows, spices – and other cooking ingredients this inexperienced baker can’t even begin to imagine. They also prepare treats for folks with gluten allergies, just ask.

For more information about Indulge Sweets, visit their Facebook page. And if you want to drop a couple brownies off at the Wilder office on your return trip home we wont frown upon that.

For the confectioners out there – if you want to participate in the 2016 chocolate classics contest, click on this link to connect with the RSVP’s Chocolate Classics web page.


Our Favorites: Oregon Coast’s Largest Firework Show

The sea lions weren’t the only things making noise in Yaquina Bay last week!

One of our favorite things about living in Newport, Oregon is the annual 4th of July firework show — one of the Central Oregon Coast’s largest. This year we’re extra excited because a video is currently being produced that sends a drone into the heart of the production — both behind the scenes and into the actual exploding fireworks.

We recently discovered this project, produced by a video production group called “Uncage the Soul.” You might recognize them as the group behind the popular Portland video titled “Yesterday’s Tomorrow – A Portland Journey,” contrasting the city’s past and present.

The new completed video appears to showcase some of our favorite landmarks in Newport and around South Beach (like the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Rogue Brewing) as the backdrop to the firework show. The completed video will be available to view online beginning July 14th at the Discover Newport website. Until then, enjoy this promo video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the technology and experts involved in creating one of the largest fireworks shows on the Central Oregon Coast:

Discover Newport – A July 4th Experience from Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo.

Newport Symphony Spectacular – July 4th Event

Wilder Newport’s very own Anthea will be performing at a special Newport Symphony Spectacular 4th of July event. Join conductor Adam Flatt for this exciting Fourth of July event. Conductor Adam Flatt has been a music director for the Newport Symphony Orchestra since 2007.

From the Newport Symphony Orchestra website:
As the NSO’s profile has risen to the top rank of coastal cultural organizations, sold-out audiences at home in Newport and elsewhere along the Oregon Coast have extravagantly praised Adam’s exciting and committed musical leadership and compelling programming. Adam first led the NSO as a guest in 1998, and after a subsequent appearance in 2006 was invited to assume the leadership of the Orchestra after a search process that involved over 150 candidates. Click here to learn more about Adam.

One of the members of the orchestra is Wilder Newport’s own Anthea Kreston!

About Anthea:
Anthea, a Violin Soloist and Chamber Musician, has received numerous awards for her chamber collaborations including honors at the Melbourne and Banff International Competitions, the Grand Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and Top Prize in the Munich ARD International Chamber Music Competition.

Wilder Newport Resident Settling Into New “Digs”

7310 Sara Brock final copy 1024x768 Wilder Newport Resident Settling Into New Digs The staff at Wilder Newport got a chuckle (and felt a source of pride) when we first saw this photo of Sara “operating” the excavator at the site of her future home. We’re happy that such a young and ambitious person chose Wilder Newport for her home, and found it fascinating to learn why she chose to move to Newport in the first place, and what she likes best about our beautiful coastal city. We recently connected with her to learn a little more about her decision to live in Newport, and what made her choose Wilder.

How long have you lived in Newport?
I just moved to Newport in October 2014. I’m not quite a local yet, but I’m working on it.

What made you decide to move to Newport?
I had been living in Portland and found myself driving to the beach every opportunity I had. After 10 years, I figured it was finally time to make the change and move to a smaller town with a more relaxed pace of life. I like Newport in particular because it’s just the right size. Newport has an interesting mix of people with the working Bay Front area and the academics at Hatfield and NOAA. It’s great to be able to go to the Farmer’s Market in the morning and the Symphony at night.

Do you have any favorite haunts in the area?
There are so many fun things here, it’s hard to choose! I love the beaches for surfing, running, and bonfires. I enjoy visiting the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and wandering around the Bay Front and the Nye Beach Districts. There are a few restaurants that are quickly becoming favorites, like The Coffee House and Café Mundo; not to mention the brew-pubs including Nana’s and Bier One.

What do you do for work?
I work as a nurse at one of the local healthcare facilities.

Why did you decide to move into Wilder?
When I was looking at Real Estate in the Newport area, I really felt that Wilder was the best investment. It gave me peace of mind that the homes were newly built by reputable contractors. I also appreciated the vision for Wilder as being a place where people lived softly on the land and placed a high priority on community relationships.

What are your favorite features of Wilder?
I love all the trees surrounding the neighborhood! I’m glad that there is a playground for the kids that live and visit here. I enjoy the hiking trails that are nearby and can’t wait to get a dog that I can take to the community Dog Park.

What do you like about its location?
I like that Wilder is convenient to everything you need, but also a little bit off the beaten path. I appreciate that Oregon Coast Community College is next door for community education and events. I’m also glad that Wilder is up out of the Tsunami Zone.

What are you looking forward to as the development moves into its second phase? I’m looking forward to the coffee shop and other small businesses moving into the commercial section. I’m looking forward to all of the landscaping being finished as the other homes in the area are completed. And of course, I’m looking forward to meeting the other people who decide to make Wilder home. Wilder Newport Oregon Wolf Tree Tap Room 1 2000 Wilder Newport Resident Settling Into New Digs

(read more about the new Wilder coffee shop here)

What would you tell someone that is thinking about moving into Wilder?
Come by and check it out. Then you’ll be able to see for yourself what a great place this is.

Anything else you want to add about your experience with Wilder Newport?
Lisa and Jay at the office have been an incredible resource. They had done everything in their power to make my transition to Newport an easy one, and to welcome me home to Wilder.

Newport Chamber’s Annual Banquet and Balloon Auction

The Banquet and Balloon Auction, a major fundraiser for the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday evening, April 4th at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn at 6 pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Krypto-Nite,’ a superhero themed event which will include dinner, both silent and live auctions, a costume contest, and a few surprises.

Come as you are or dress in your superhero disguise!

Ticket Prices: $45 per person or $395 per table of eight

6th Annual Bejeweled

Bejeweled is the ultimate in recycled jewelry sales with over 5,000 donated items of vintage, fine, ethnic, costume, everyday and artisan jewelry. Most pieces are one of a kind, both boutique and bargain and all at fantastic prices! Come check it out and shop for a good cause.

The Bejeweled sale is a fundraiser for Food Share of Lincoln County. 541-265-8578

Whale Watching – Spring Migration

From http://www.oregonstateparks.org/:

People come from all over to learn about the gray whales that migrate past the Oregon coast each year. The Whale Watching Spoken Here program places volunteers at great whale watching sites during watch weeks so they can help others spot the whales. For more than 30 years, our trained volunteers have helped visitors watch whales at 24 sites in three states along the Pacific Northwest coast. We definitely know whale watching. Learn more about whales at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Oregon. Rangers are ready to answer your questions.

Become a Volunteer:

Whale Watching Training – Training dates, agenda, and registration forms

If you want to become a whale watch volunteer, decide which training to attend and the site or sites you would like to work, fill out the registration form and e-mail, mail or fax it to us .

With pre-registration, the training is free and includes two field guides, a nametag and a training manual. You need only take the training once, but repeats are welcome. After your initial training, you may audit the classes for free after pre-registering.

For more information:
Depoe Bay Whale Center
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
198 NE 123rd Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
(541)765-3304 Ext. 3407
fax (541)765-3402
e-mail: whale.watching@state.or.us

What does a volunteer do?

Volunteers are expected to work at a watch site a minimum of two days. Although the schedule is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., actual volunteer time includes setting up the site with a sign and summarizing the data at the end of the day. Many volunteers work additional days and become regulars at their favorite sites.

Free camping in the nearest coastal state parks (for tents or campers only) is available for volunteers during training weekends and watch weeks.

If you are pre-registered for a class or watch week, you may make free campsite reservations by calling Reservations Northwest at 1-888-953-7677. For Washington reservations at Ft. Canby State Park for watch weeks, call 360-642-3078. California State Parks cannot offer free or discounted campsites at this time. For yurt or other campsite reservations, phone 1-800-452-5687 (regular fees apply).

Annual Blessing of the Fleet

Since the 1950s, Newport’s Blessing of the Fleet has continued the custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home. 

The Blessing is open to any and all who wish to ask blessings on their fishing vessel, charter vessel, pleasure craft, or research vessel.

The day’s events also include a Memorial Service at the Fisherman’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park. This service is meant to offer support and encouragement to the families and community while remembering Lincoln County fisherman lost at sea. Participants are encouraged to bring a flower to add to a communal bouquet in remembrance of their friend or loved one.

The parade will get underway at 12:45 pm, from the area near the Port’s International Terminal.

Anyone wishing to participate can pick up a vessel registration form at Schiewe Marine or Englund Marine Supply stores on Newport’s bayfront. All registrations need to be returned to Schiewe’s or Englund’s by 11:00 the morning of the parade.

38th Annual Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

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It wouldn’t be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival. The last week of every February Newport swells to well over 17,000 for the festival. It’s the premier seafood and wine event of the west coast and the original Northwest seafood and wine festival. Artists and Craftsmen showcase a variety of fine art, sculpture, photography, pottery, and jewelry. Pacific Northwest Wineries pour the finest of wines and culinary professionals serve cuisines of delectable delights to entice your palates.

Over 35 food vendors, 24 crafters and 85 wineries will be found at this enormous festival.

If you’re visiting from out of town, be sure to book lodging early. There is some availability at this time, but lodging will fill quickly as the festival draws near.

You must be 21 or older to attend this event and show a valid picture ID or you will not be able to enter. The site is handicapped accessible and smoke-free with a designated outdoor smoking area. Limited parking is available at the site for a fee and shuttle busses will run for free from Newport. A shuttle schedule and map will be available on the Chamber’s website.

Hours for this year’s festival are:

Thursday, Feb. 19th 5 pm – 9 pm

Friday, Feb. 20th 12 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, Feb. 21st 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, Feb. 22nd 10 am – 4 pm


24th Annual Chocolate Classics

Chefs from up and down the Oregon Coast enter their best sweet or savory chocolate dish, to be judged by our esteemed panel of judges, and by YOU! You’ve never had a better reason to indulge! RSVP brings you the 24th Annual Chocolate Classics, the main annual fundraiser for the program helping seniors find volunteer opportunities and providing essential services to the seniors of Lincoln County. For $35 per person or $60 per couple (in advance), attendees get to sample all the chocolate they can eat along with milk, coffee, and a bar sponsored by Twisted Snout Brewery. Attendees also have the chance to bid on silent auction items, and participate in a costume contest. The theme of the event this year is “Peace, Love & Chocolate: The 1960’s”. Tickets available at the Oregon Coast Aquarium or online at www.rsvpoflbl.org. For more information, call (541) 574-2684.

Flyer 2 24th Annual Chocolate Classics