Oregon Inspires. Inspiration creates art. Unique works such as Josh Blewett's Chainsaw Art, can be found in small shops along the highways. Fine Art Galleries and Associations are found in almost every town along the coast. The Arts are alive and well in "The Valley." Troy Fox, Almost Free Comics, formerly of Astoria, Oregon, now has his base in Newberg, Oregon. Performing Artists are as prevalent as the visual artists. The Astor Street Opry Company’s “Shanghaied In Astoria” is a must see in Astoria, Oregon. The Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach offers a wide variety of live performances. Portland has almost too many to list. Internationally known Imago Theatre Company of Portland, offers a unique brand of entertainment that should not be missed.
Sharing the arts and visitor information, as well as thoughts, opinions, and history. Find odds and ends, facts and fiction related to Oregon and its North Coast life. There are tips for tourists, those recently moved to Oregon, and those dreaming of both.
Visit the North Coast of Oregon:
Our tides keep our beaches in perpetual change. A low tides expose hermit crabs, star fish, and more. 6 hours later the high tide washes the beach. There are coves to explore and trails to hike. The coast towns from Astoria to Manzanita are unique. While visiting the coast, you will meet more visitors and new arrivals than those born in Oregon. It is advisable that you Know Your True Born Oregonian When you Spy One.
For decades, Oregon's ong time residents have verbally corrected others, “It’s OrEgun!” Bumper stickers have been produced, “Orygun,” pointing out the “E” sounds like “Y” as in “Mary”. Phone calls have been placed to TV and Radio stations when a news reporter calls it “ORaGone.” US political candidates have swept through the State only to lose votes by calling this “The Great State of Aragon.”
Definitions Used in OrEgun:
Mountain Higher than 5,000 ft elevation; has snow on top all year.
Hill Under 5,000 ft elevation, or does not have snow in summer.
Table Top Level land on top of a hill
Plateau Level land often on the side of a hill
Flatland Rolling land 0 - 400 ft elevation
Valley Low broad flatland between hills and/or mountains, often with U-shaped sides.
Canyon Narrow with V-shaped sides.
Ravine Small canyon
Gully A natural trench dug out by a creek
River Big enough for a ship
Stream Big enough for a canoe
Creek Too small for a canoe
Spring Water flowing from ground.
2 kinds: Year-Round and Seasonal
It Never just Rains in OrEgun
Chinooks Warm heavy rain and wind, can melt snow pack in hours.
Gully Washers Heavy downpour, enough to flood a gully.
Coming Down in Buckets Heavy downpour, often shorter than a Gully Washer
Horizontal Fine, tiny droplets of water traveling horizontally due to wind
Showers Droplets of water falling vertically for less than 2 hours.
Drizzle Small to Medium size drops, gets you damp but not wet
Drips Drops less frequent than drizzle
Light Small drops
Fine Tiny drops, hardly gets you damp
Mist Tinier drops than Fine
Sun break Used by weather reporters when they get tired of saying "partly cloudy."
Theory: Origin of OrEgun Dialect
True Born Oregonieans communicate with each other in a unique dialect developed to prevent drowning from inhaled rainwater while speaking. Phrases begin with the inhale and finish with the exhale and are often shortened in the process. For example, “2yeat dinnur,” is “We are on our way to eat, dinner.” "Guhday" is "Good Day."