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September 03, 2013
MONMOUTH -- The theme may be "Preparing for Hibernation," but that doesn't mean the festivities will be dormant.
The 28th annual Wild Salmon Bake, hosted by the Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum, will take place Sunday at the historic Gentle House at Western Oregon University.
This year's event will be a more cozy affair than in years past, with only 100 tickets available.
"In the past it's been a big event with a live and silent auction and raffle," Jensen curator Roben Itchoak said. "We're going to keep it small and intimate this year."
Preceding the raffle at 4 p.m., the museum will be open to the public from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Currently, the museum is only open by appointment.
The wild Alaskan salmon for the pit-fired barbecue will be provided by David Stahlke of Albany and Ray Braswell of Salem. As in years past, the salmon was caught at LaVonne's Fish Camp in Kotzebue, Alaska.
Albany restaurant Sybaris will provide hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Entertainment for the evening will be Corvallis-based roots band Gumbo.
Aside from the smaller fanfare, this could also be the last big event for the museum at Western.
Talks about relocating the museum to the University of Oregon have been moving along since January, when funding from Western to operate the museum ran dry.
A final move date is yet to be finalized, but likely will happen sometime next year.
Itchoak doesn't want the move to detract from the festivities, though.
"I strongly encourage visiting for the open house. Shortly after the salmon bake we'll start packing up some of the collection," Itchoak said. "I don't want to create a public panic, but changes are on the way."
What: 28th annual Wild Salmon Bake, a benefit dinner for the Jensen Arctic Museum.
When: Sunday, 4 p.m.
Where: Gentle House, 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth.
Cost: Tickets are $30 per person; tables of eight are available for $210.
Of note: The Jensen Arctic Museum will have an open house Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
For more information and tickets: Roben Itchoak, 503-838-8468; Mylisa Behling, 503-838-8281.