Tickets are available for Cannon Beach History Center’s Cottage & Garden Tour on Sept. 13.

At least 10 homes and gardens in midtown have been chosen to be part of the tour. A group of volunteers and staff members has selected homes that focus on the craftsmanship and architecture of Cannon Beach. Participants will have a chance to see the work of closet artists, private collectors and some of the best beach designs.

“The Cottage & Garden Tour focuses on the history and quality of craftsmanship, architecture and artwork of our small-town,” said Elaine Murdy-Trucke, director of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum.

The Cottage & Garden Tour is the history center’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds contribute a significant amount of the nonprofit’s annual income. The event was started 11 years ago by author and historian Jill Grady, her colleague Connie Crow and several intrepid board members.

With funding from the city’s Tourism and Arts Fund, the tour has expanded to include a concert and wine reception, as well as a Sunday brunch. The tour also includes an exclusive Friday night event.

“I attribute the success of the tour to our volunteers, this is really a volunteer-driven and coordinated event,” said Murdy-Trucke.

This year, the tour will feature an iconic Cannon Beach historic home. The home is perched on a basalt precipice in the middle of Cannon Beach great view of Haystack Rock.

“You could spend hours in this home,” said Elizabeth Johnson, museum archivist. “It’s a must-see.”

The Tolovana Inn will host a luncheon and lecture at noon Sept. 13. The luncheon will be prepared by Seaside’s Culinary Capers. Woodworker and craftsman Ed Overbay, of Astoria, will discuss the innovations that have changed the shape and construction of houses. His company, Overbay Houseworks, preserves Pacific Northwest architecture and is an active member of the Columbia-Pacific Historic Preservation Guild.

Only 12 to 15 people are allowed to tour a home at a time, so expect a short wait at each house. Houses are selected to allow people to tour in less than three hours.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to kick off their walking shoes and slip on their dancing shoes for a concert at the history center. Local singer Maggie Kitson and her team of musicians will rock the evening away with soulful blues, R&B and funk. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Sweet Charity.

At 7 p.m., a quilt, created by local quilt artist Marilyn Dwyer, will be raffled. Entitled “By the Beautiful Sea,” the quilt merges iconic images of Cannon Beach surrounded by a swirl of blues, giving the impression of incoming tides. Raffle tickets are $5.

The weekend’s events will wrap up with a Sunday brunch and garden presentation by local landscape architect, gardener and artist, Beth Holland.

Tickets are available to purchase separately. Luncheon and lecture tickets are $20; home and garden tour tickets are $30; wine reception and concert tickets are $5; and brunch tickets are $10. Tickets are available by phone or through the center’s online gift shop. Weekend event packages are available, with a discount for museum members.

For more information regarding tickets or other events, contact the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum at 503-436-9301, email at, or visit

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