Say “Alialujah” To Trailers and Cellos

Sou'wester Line artAlialujah Choir at theSou’wester Lodge
Location: Beach Access Road (38th Place), P.O. Box 102, Seaview, WA 98644

The Alialujah Choir is a rotating collection of collaborators including the Portland Cello Project, but it’s core is the trio of Adam Shearer and Alia Farah of Wienland, and Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Wester) founder of the Type Foundry Recording Studio in Portland.

The Sou’wester’s blog page says:

Alialujah Choir

The group was founded after coming together to create a song for OPB’s Live Wire! Radio Show’s “Dearly Departed” benefit album. The band has gone on to record its debut album released  by Jealous Butcher Records and garner international awards for the video and song, ‘A House, A Home,’ directed by Mark Smith.

They’ve only played publicly ten times in three years so this is a very cool deal.

Making the weekend even more unique, it’s a “Spartan Only Rally;” yes, it’s the first time Spartan owners have held a rally exclusively for this brand of trailers. Spartans were built by the Spartan Aircraft Company from 1946 to 1960.

Spartan trailer

Organizers had hoped to bring the first Spartan to ever roll off the assembly line, “The Silver Queen.” Late word from Don Denning, who’s leading the rally, is that the Queen won’t make it to this gathering.

You can see these vintage trailers up close Saturday from 10 to 4. Look for the “Open” signs.

Music and lectures are free at The Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington.

Contact Don Denning, rally coordinator, by email at

An avid vintage trailer enthusiast, Don owns two Spartans and has a deep appreciation for the history, design, and overall first rate quality of these trailer-coaches.

To reserve a room or a trailer at The Sou’Wester:
The Sou’Wester Lodge
3728 J Place
Seaview WA, 98644

Shine On: Umpqua River Lighthouse

So think about it, if the intent of a lighthouse lens is to amplify the light going out, doesn’t it make sense that incoming sunlight will be amplified, too?

The answer if “yes” as you’ll see if you climb up into the lens of the Umpqua River Lighthouse. Your tour guide can point out an electrical component that got fried that way. Much the way kids with a magnifying glass can be an ant’s worst enemy.

English: Inside the top of the Umpqua River Li...

English: Inside the top of the Umpqua River Lighthouse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon State Parks maintain the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. It’s open year-round three miles south of Reedsport.

At the nearby Discovery Point Resort is an RV park, cabins, and condos.

If you like oysters, be sure to check Upqua Triangle Oysters. They farm ’em, shuck ’em, and can give you some great ideas on serving them if you’re not a fan of eating them raw.

The Coast Guard no longer maintains the lighthouse. Volunteers and Douglas County rely on you’re generosity when you visit so do. Visit. And be generous.