MONMOUTH – The Jensen Arctic Museum at Western Oregon University will host its 24th annual Salmon Bake dinner and auction on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the historic Gentle House. The event features fine food and a number of unique auction items.
The dinner includes traditional style open fire-pit wild Alaskan Arctic salmon barbecue accompanied by a seasonal fare, desserts and refreshments. The wild Alaskan salmon was caught and transported by Oregonians with long time museum supporter, LaVonne Hendricks at LaVonne’s Fish Camp, a commercial salmon fishing and culture camp at Kotzebue on the Chukchi Sea above the Arctic Circle. The traditional style cooking method is an open-fire pit technique that is learned with time and practice. Salmon fillets are attached vertically to poles, then placed around a fire and slowly roasted for several hours; the salmon is basted and turned several times.
Entertainment includes a presentation by special guest and Inupiaq author, William L. Iġġiaġruk Hensley, live music, raffle, and silent and oral auctions. The auction, full of many great items that include dinners, artwork, jewelry and much more, and will be conducted by the noted auctioneer and entertainer, Paul Schultz.
Tickets for the event are $22.50 per person. This includes a dinner of wild salmon, fresh corn on the cob, salad, fruit, seasonal sides, roll, dessert, and lemonade, beer or wine. Guests are encouraged to learn more about Arctic culture and ecology at the museum open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Jensen Arctic Museum opened in June 1985 on the WOU campus and houses the rare arctic and Alaskan artifacts of its late curator, Paul Jensen, emeritus professor in education, and many other items donated to augment and enhance that collection. The museum is the only one of its kind on the West Coast devoted solely to the collecting, preserving and teaching of Arctic culture and ecology.
The Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum support the museum thru volunteerism, hosting an annual Birthday open-house, organizing the Salmon Bake, and hosting forums on Arctic culture and ecology. To purchase dinner or raffle tickets, or for more information on becoming a Jensen volunteer, call 503-838-8147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Curator, Jensen Arctic Museum
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