For those whose passion is searching high and low for
prize antiques, the coming weeks in Lincoln City will be a little bit like Mardi Gras.
An entire week devoted to the timeworn items of the
coastal city west of Salem will take place Feb. 8-18. The week also will see special events such as glass floats hidden on the beach, a scavenger hunt and a
theme focusing on the town’s namesake, Abraham Lincoln.
“It’s a unique time for people to come out during a
time when all the dealers are featuring their best antiques,” said Scott Humpert, public relations coordinator with the Visitor and Convention Bureau of
Lincoln City. “One of the things about antique dealers is they sometimes have odd hours or are open on odd days.
“But this is a time when everyone is open, everyone
is promoting and there’s really that feeling of the thrill of the hunt, of finding a different deal. It’s nice to have an entire week rather than just one day.”
While Lincoln City’s 80 antique dealers will be the
stars of the show, the town also is highlighting three major events.
One of the recurring events is the hiding of 100 pieces of contemporary glass art and 300 antique Japanese glass floats on the town’s beaches for people to find and keep.
There’s also a weeklong scavenger hunt that will take
participants on a search into nine different businesses.
And, last but not least, there will be a number of
Abraham Lincoln-themed events.
The North Lincoln County Historical Museum will be
showing an exhibit highlighting the 16th president’s connection to Oregon (despite the fact he never visited it to Oregon) from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 13-17.
There also will be screenings of the movie “Abraham
Lincoln in Illinois” at the Historic Bijou Theatre and a performance of the play “A. Lincoln” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
All of the events, of course, are intended to
highlight the antiques.
“It’s really not one single event but an entire week
of different promotions,” Humpert said. “The focus, though, are the antiques. Lincoln City has been called one of the best secret antiquing spots in the country, and during the week, we really live up to that.”
Zach Urness has been an outdoors writer in Oregon for
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