MONMOUTH – The Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum are hosting the annual Salmon Bake and auction on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the historic Gentle House, located at the north end of the Western Oregon University campus.
The event will feature fine food and a number of unique auction items. The dinner, which includes traditional style open fire-pit wild Alaskan Arctic salmon barbecue accompanied by a seasonal fare, desserts and refreshments, is $22.50 per person. Entertainment includes live music by WOU student musicians, storytelling, a raffle, and silent and oral auctions.
There are many great raffle and auction items available, including: dinner an golf with cart for two at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, VIP tour and wine tasting for eight at Duck Pond Cellars, lunch cruise for two on the Portland Spirit with boarding passes for two adults on a sightseeing cruise, a one-night stay at Silver Cloud Inn, artwork, jewelry and much more. This year’s auction will be conducted by auctioneer and entertainer Paul Schultz.
The wild Alaskan salmon and transport is being donated by board member Don Oman and his sister-in-law, LaVonne Hendricks. Hendricks is the owner of 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 for the Salmon 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 to ensure that it is cooked to perfection. Guests are encouraged to learn more about Arctic fishing and culture through fun, interactive art and photos located at each table setting.
Included in the program is the Honored Elder presentation; an annual award the Friends of the Museum bestow on men and women who have a long history of supporting the museum through service or other contributions. This year’s Honored Elders are Gerald and Helen McCray of McMinnville. Since 1958, Reverend McCray has cherished and preserved Inuit culture by sharing the memories of his mission in Arctic and subarctic Alaska as well as maintaining his personal collection of more than 100 Inuit artifacts. The McCray’s have spread their passion and dedication for the Arctic with the Jensen Arctic Museum by sharing their stories with museum staff and guests, and donating their collection to the Jensen Arctic Museum for all to enjoy, experience and explore.
The Jensen Arctic Museum opened in June of 1985 on the WOU campus and houses the rare Arctic and Alaskan artifacts of its late curator, Paul Jensen, emeritus professor in education. Many other items have been donated over the years to augment and enhance his collection. The museum is the only of its kind on the West Coast, it’s devoted solely to the collecting, preserving and teaching of Arctic culture and ecology.
The Friends of the Jensen Arctic Museum support the museum through volunteerism, hosting an annual birthday open-house, organizing the Salmon Bake and hosting forums on Arctic ecology.
To purchase dinner or raffle tickets, or for more information on becoming a Jensen
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Roben Jack Larrison
Curator, Jensen Arctic Museum