‘Tis the Season at the Cultural Center

What’s your idea of a sparkling holiday season? Rollicking Celtic concerts? Funny shows featuring children on stage? Colorful, handmade gifts? Craft projects for the family? Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees? Big band dances? The Lincoln City Cultural Center has all those happy elements, and a whole lot more, through the month of December.  

‘Tis the Season at the Cultural Center, inside the repurposed Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Staff and volunteers invite you to drop by during the new hours, 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday, to enjoy the festive decorations and the new exhibit of sculptures made from marine debris, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea. You’re also encouraged to come back for one of the Center’s holiday stage productions: 

Up first is “A Celtic Christmas with Men of Worth” with two performances, 7 pm Thursday, Dec. 9, and 2 pm Friday, Dec. 10. At press time, the Thursday night show was sold out, but there were still 20 seats left for the Friday matinee. Tickets are available online, but it’s probably best to call 541-994-9994. All attendees age 18 and older must present proof of COVID vaccination. 

The name “Men of Worth” was chosen from the title of a folk song written by the Scottish singer/songwriter Archie Fisher. James Keigher and Donnie Macdonald blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads. 

For their Lincoln City holiday concerts, Men of Worth will be joined by Celtic harpist Maureen Brennan and fiddler Kevin Carr, along with champion Irish step dancer Kelsey Wilson O’Bryan.  

The Cultural Center’s festive schedule continues with “Elf the Musical Jr.”, performed by the youth ensemble of the Lincoln City Playhouse. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Seating is reserved and theatre style. All attendees age 18 and older must present proof of COVID vaccination. Performances are set for 3 pm and 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 11; 3 pm Sunday, Dec. 12; 6:30 pm Thursday Dec. 16; 7 pm Friday, Dec. 17; 3 pm and 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 18; and 3 pm Sunday, Dec. 19.  

There’s always something to see at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. For the month of December, these activities include: 

The Fiber Artisans’ Market – The Fiber Arts Studio Gallery is full of warm, cozy handmade gifts, from hand towels and socks to art quilts, pillows, ornaments, jackets and stuffed animals. See the giant crocheted whale, sign up for a fiber arts class or just smell the lavender sticks. Open 10-4 Thursday through Sunday.  

Chessman Gallery Exhibits – Through Dec. 6, the Chessman Gallery will host “The Traveler,” a collection of oil paintings by John Oberdorf. On Dec. 10, Visual Arts Director Krista Eddy will debut a new show called “Connections,” featuring the work of Debra Hovey (acrylic painting, collage and digital mixed media), Barbara Wallace-Haake (acrylic painting/mixed media), Jennifer Norman (assemblage art) and Jennifer Rose (woven and embroidered beadwork). Join us for a socially distant reception (5-7 pm Dec. 10) or check out the online gallery tour posted on the Cultural Center’s FB page @lincolncityculture. Open 10-4 Thursday-Monday.

Boy Scouts Tree Lot – Buy this year’s tree from BSA Troop 47, and help send a scout to camp. This old-fashioned tree lot is open from 10-6 daily (until they’re sold out). 

  • Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea – These memorable, beautiful figures are made almost entirely of marine debris, collected from Oregon beaches. See the outdoor sculptures on the west lawn from dawn to dusk, any time, and enjoy the indoor works in the auditorium and hallway during regular business hours, 10-4 Thursday-Monday.  
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