Welcome to the Hoffman Center’s Blog!

This is where you’ll find the latest announcements for our workshops, art camps for kids, the authors presenting at the Manzanita Writers’ Series, as well as other performances in music, magic, and theater.

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Introduction to Ceramics Class on November 7th

wheel picsThe Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will present another Wheel Throwing workshop Friday, November 7, 2014, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. J S Hauer will lead the class.

This workshop will cover basic clay art and throwing principles,  An introduction to the the studio’s throwing equipment will be included and there will be plenty of hands-on practice time.

The cost is $30 which includes two pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work. The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is only $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so sign up today by writing to the instructor at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com or drop off your payment to confirm your spot at the Hoffman Center during Open Studio hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, or the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Introduction to Ceramics Class on November 21st

hand built clayThe Hoffman Center Clay Studio  will present another Introduction to Ceramics workshop Friday, November 21, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. Kathleen Ryan will lead the class. This workshop will cover basic clay art principles, including slab building, how to shape and join clay, and create textures.

An introduction to the the studio’s equipment will be included and there will be plenty of hands-on practice time.

The cost is $30 which includes two pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work. The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is only $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so sign up today by writing to the instructor at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com or drop off your payment to confirm your spot at the Hoffman Center during Open Studio hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, or the second and fourth Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bua to Perform on Thursday, November 20th

Bua colorBua (pronounced Boo-ah), Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” will be performing Thursday, November 20th at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, Oregon at 7pm.

The quartet is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the U.S.–Brian O’hAirt on vocals, concertina, and sean-nos dance; Sean Gavin on flute, whistle, and uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd on fiddle; and Brian Miller on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals.

Bua play Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, “Down the Green Fields”, finds Bua further down that path where the band

explores forgotten sounds and inspirations with a blend of  enchantingly stark song arrangements and bold, earthy dance tunes. A review of their 2011 release, calls it “a testament, from beginning to end, of the lasting essentials of the Irish tradition.”

Bua has performed at many of the top Irish and folk festivals in North America including the National Folk Festival, the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the Lowell Folk Festival, the Dublin Irish Festival, The University of Chicago Folk Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, CityFolk, Catskills Irish Arts Week and Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic.

For more information about the band, go to www.buamusic.com

The Press Gang to Perform on Thursday, October 30

The Press GangThe Press Gang will be performing new music in the Irish Tradition at the Hoffman Center on Thursday October 30th at 7 pm. Tickets are $15.

“Listening to the Press Gang is an elemental experience. The trio from Maine plays dance music from the New England and Celtic tradition, but breathes a unique life-force into the melodies. The jigs and reels have… a lyrical, effervescent spontaneity while retaining rhythmical perfection. In contrast, the soulful, swirling quality of the airs leaves one feeling suspended between earth and sky.”

—Julia Lane, Castlebay Music, Inc.

The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles.
The result is a unique sound—at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. A debut CD, released in the spring of 2010, gives a generous helping of Irish tunes spiced with Appalachian music and original compositions. The joy that these musicians take from playing with each other shines brightly, both in the recording and on the stage.
Junior has become an influential part of the Irish Traditional Music scene in America. Gracing stages across the country, he has performed with some of the genre’s most talented artists and is an in demand performer and teacher.
Alden learned the fiddle as a child in coastal Maine, and has traveled throughout the U.S. and Ireland in search of new tunes and inspiring players.  He has become a staple of the traditional music community in New England.
Multi-instrumentalist Owen is a highly sought-after accompanist in many genres. With his unique sense of harmony and rhythm, he has traveled and performed all over the world with many of traditional music’s top acts.

House Concert at the Awtrey House

sherrie hester imageOn Sunday, November 2 , from 4 to 6 p.m. there will be a special house concert at the Awtrey House Bed & Breakfast in Neahkahnie to benefit the Hoffman Center.

Sherrie Wolf and Hester Carr revive Folk and 60’s classics from Bob Dylan to Laura Nyro with vocals and guitar accompaniment.  A $20 donation is suggested and the event is limited to 20 individuals.  Light refreshments will be served and a short presentation on the Hoffman Center’s future plans will be held prior to the concert.

Go to www.awtreyhouse.com for directions and a preview of the fabulous ocean views.

It is essential that you RSVP for this event by emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net with AWTREY HOUSE CONCERT in the subject line.

If you have questions, you can also call 503 368 3846 to leave a message.  Keep in mind that we check messages periodically, but have experienced delays in receiving voicemails and therefore encourage using email.

A Celebration of Music on Sunday, October 12th

Hoffman CofA Flyer C 6-72If you were one of the standing-room-only crowd at the “Beatles on Laneda” concert at the Hoffman Center in May, you experienced a true community-based music event.

At the end of the evening, as the entire crowd was swaying back and forth singing along to “Hey Jude,” Dave Dillon, past president of the Hoffman Center board, commented, “This is exactly what we envisioned when we started the Hoffman Center so many years ago.”

Sunday, October 12 at 7 pm you’ll have the opportunity to join in on a similar event. As the culmination of a weekend full of festivities and events over the Columbus Day Weekend, the Hoffman Center will offer a concert: A Celebration of Music.

The performance will highlight a variety of music, and celebrates ten years of Hoffman Center programming along with showcasing the newly renovated building.

This has been a big year for the Hoffman Center.

The project to “Finish off the Hoff” included long-needed renovations to the building from replacing most of the east wall to a new carpet.

The building across the street was razed due to safety issues and gardens were planted.

The new and expanded board has been busy with strategic planning and presenting information sessions to community members to share the future of the Hoffman Center.

The Columbus Day weekend of events celebrates and demonstrates the depth of programming at the Hoffman Center.

The Celebration of Music kicks off at 7pm. The $10 fee is part of current fundraising for the continuation and expansion of Hoffman Center programming.

Emcee Amy Pulitzer will introduce four bands and their music.

Bands include Sedona Fire, Fineline, Cliff and the Lemmings, and Fred and Friends, treating you to a mix of covers and original songs.

The newly remodeled Hoffman Center will feature art, as the weekend art show by over 20 Hoffman Center artists continues.

Raffle tickets will be available before the show and 10 minutes into intermission, and the silent auction will also continue 10 minutes into intermission. Amy will announce the winners of both the raffle items and silent auction items as the second half of the evening begins. See below for information on raffle prizes and silent auction items.

Be sure to stop in during the day for other activities (see below).

Join your fellow community members and visitors at the center over the Columbus Day Weekend and celebrate arts and culture in our three-village area.

Activities throughout Columbus Day Weekend, at the Hoffman Center:

When: Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12, between 11am to 4pm.

An Art Show will be up Friday (through Monday,) with an Artist’s Reception from 2 to 4 on Sunday, with cake and other refreshments.  Pieces will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the Hoffman Center.

Music all day on Saturday with Wonderland, Trillium Blue, Scott Warren, and Bob Brook all playing an hour during the event. In addition, John Freethy will give guitar lesson demos for an hour.

Other activities will showcase the wide variety of programming at the Hoffman Center to include clay studio tours and demonstrations, Writing Lounge with writing prompts, poetry writing, a silent movie to remind you of the Film Series, children’s activities and more.

Full schedule of events will be posted on the bulletin board at the front of HC by Oct. 8.

Chance to Win:

Raffle sales give you the opportunity to win dinner at Blackbird, an overnight stay at Manzanita Inn, or a massage from Dan Zia. $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.

Wide variety of Silent Auction items, most tied in some way to arts and culture. Examples:

The Gift of Focus: activities to help you find focus for your creativity, including a private yoga/breath session, a Tarot card reading, an Accutonics (sound) massage, a Stand Up Paddle board lesson and reflexology.

Writing Inspiration & Tools: Numerous writing books (including Writers Market 2015), a writing journal, tea mug, $20 gift certificate from Cloud & Leaf,

The Gift of Time: A variety of local restaurant gift certificates so you can save time for your creative work by letting others cook dinner.

Many standalone items as well including a Yamaha Clavinova CLW-14 keyboard, a clay studio class, and an insider’s view into film-making.


Hoffman Center Sets Information Sessions

get the scoopThe Hoffman Center will host three information sessions in October to acquaint the public with its plans for the future and also solicit the public’s visions for the community’s art, culture and education center.

The sessions will be held on consecutive Wednesdays at the Center – Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., and Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.

“If you live in or near Manzanita—or have visited recently—you’ll have noticed big changes at the Hoffman Center,” said board president Vera Wildauer. “The old Hoffman House has been replaced with a beautiful garden and the Hoffman Center remodel is very near completion.”

“Since the Center is run almost entirely by volunteers, the public’s support is essential for it to thrive,” she added.

The presentations will last about an hour, with time afterwards for questions and discussion. More information about the sessions can be obtained by emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

Cari Luna will read from her book The Revolution of Every Day on Saturday, October 18

Cari Luna photoCari Luna will read from her book The Revolution of Every Day at the Hoffman Center at 7 pm on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Oregonian named Luna’s debut novel from Tin House a Top 10 Northwest Book of 2013. The book has also received great reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, BUST Magazine, and Portland Mercury. It was chosen as Book of the Week by editors at Oprah.com.

“Enlightening and marked by inventive subject matter, intense reflection and stark eloquence.” – Kirkus Review

Is access to housing a basic human right? The characters in the novel, a group of starry-eyed idealists, certainly believe so. Luna’s novel tells the story of a colony of squatters, people priced out of the rental market, who stake claims on abandoned tenements in lower Manhattan and create a thriving community in the mid-nineties. Luna braids together the larger fight against the city’s battering rams with the building’s interpersonal dynamics. Her characters are deeply sympathetic and richly drawn, portrayed as struggling New Yorkers first, political outliers second. (Watch the trailer for the book at  http://vimeo.com/74156279)

Luna’s novel began as an exploration of gentrification, a hot topic for her new home of Portland as well as here at the coast.

Luna is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, and her writing has appeared in SalonJacobinPANKAvery Anthologyfailbetter,Novembre Magazine, and elsewhere. She is also known for the ‘Writer, with Kids’ column, a regular feature on her blog in which writers of every stripe talk about how parenting has influenced their process. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Following Luna’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work.

Admission for the evening is $5.

The Writers’ Series Reading Group will meet the Thursday prior to Luna’s reading, October 16th, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.

Luna will also teach a workshop from 10 am to 3 pm that day at the Hoffman Center: Writing Without a Map and Revision Strategies.

“What if you skip the outline/plan and plunge ahead with nothing more than a few scraps of dialogue, an idea of something you want to explore, or even just a gut feeling? And then let’s say you’ve done that and you reached the end of a draft? Now what? In this two-part workshop, we’ll let go and allow the work to surprise us, and then we’ll discuss revision strategies and techniques to bring those messy, exuberant first drafts under control.”

Click here to download a registration form and mail in your payment.  Please let us know if you’re planning to attend and email hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net so we can make sure we have enough attendees. The workshop fee is $5o.



“Introduction to Ceramics” Set for Sep. 26-CLASS FULL

The Hoffman Center Clay Studio will hold an “Introduction to Ceramics” workshop on Friday. Sept. 26th, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Led by Kathleen Ryan, the workshop will cover basic clay art principles, including slab building, how to shape and join clay, and how to create textures in clay.

Introduction to the Clay Studio’s equipment will be included, and there will be plenty of hands-on practice time.

The workshop cost is $30, which includes two pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing for your work.

The cost for follow-up time at the studio is only $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so early sign-up is recommended. Contact the Clay Studio at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Enrollment will be confirmed by email.

Hoffman Center Celebrates the Arts

lloyd hoffman paintingIt’s time to celebrate! Hoffman Center is happy to announce its building’s renovation will be complete in time to celebrate the tenth anniversary of providing art, culture and educational activities for the community.

Hoffman Center Celebrates the Arts will showcase Hoffman Center artists and programs from Saturday Oct. 11, through Monday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The festivities will also include a Celebration of Music at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Saturday’s events will include an art show by over 15 Hoffman Center artists, writing, poetry and children’s activities, with wheel throwing and hand building demonstrations in the clay studio.

A silent auction will feature fun merchandise and local experiences, plus a raffle for an overnight stay at the Inn at Manzanita, dinner at Blackbird, and a massage.

The art show will continue all day Sunday, with a special Artists’ Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception will include 10th anniversary ceremony with cake and other refreshments.

Sunday evening’s Celebration of Music concert will feature local musical groups donating their time and talent to perform crowd favorites. Admission to the 7 p.m. concert will be $10, with all funds going to support the Hoffman Center.

The art show will continue all day Monday, Oct. 13, providing a last opportunity to view and purchase art.

The Hoffman Center was made possible by Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman, when the long-time and beloved Manzanita residents bequeathed their home and assets to the community.

Founded in 2004, the Hoffman Center is an Oregon nonprofit 501(c)3 that provides an inspiring and welcoming environment for north Oregon coast residents and visitors to enjoy and explore arts and culture.

This tenth anniversary year has been a significant one for Hoffman Center. The Hoffman’s house, in bad condition, was demolished with the help of an anonymous grant from a local family. Additional donations of funds, time and plants from the community helped create the Hoffman Gardens.

In addition, the Finish Off the Hoff campaign raised enough money from generous community donations to complete Center’s renovation, just in time for Hoffman Center Celebrates the Arts and A Celebration of Music.

More information on the Hoffman Center celebration can be obtained by contacting Tela Skinner at mactela@nehalemtel.net or Glenna Gray glenna@nehalemtel.net.

Image:  Painting by Lloyd Hoffman