MORRO BAY 50TH CELEBRATION EVENTS
Central Coast Women for Fisheries Legacy Art Sculpture
One of the key milestones for our City is the "Central Coast Women for Fisheries Legacy Art Sculpture" dedication to the families of "Those Who Wait".
The goal for our the community is to have the legacy art project fully funded before the end of 2014, Morro Bay’s 50th Anniversary year. You too can join in on the community stewardship efforts and become part of the legacy of our fine coastal town and our fisherman's heritage.
One of CCWF’s most challenging goals is to have a three piece sculpture erected in the vicinity of Morro Rock's south side near the harbor entrance, dedicated to"Those Who Wait". Envisioned are a mother and her children watching over Morro Bay Harbor. To our knowledge there is only one other sculpture that has been created with the same purpose as ours and it is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. With our sculpture here, there will now be a west coast and east coast tribute to fishermen’s families. The city of Morro Bay has approved our project and will incorporate this sculpture into their future plans for the area. Upon completion the sculptures will be gifted to the city of Morro Bay.
This idea came as a result of the many family members in Morro Bay who have over the years ventured to this location to bid their loved ones farewell as they head out to sea. We thought it would be a lovely tribute to those waiting families and most notably the women who were left behind to tend to the many challenges of raising a family while their partners were away at sea, sometimes for months at a time. Many of our fishermen return home safely, for which we are grateful, but sadly some do not. We honor those lost at sea as well with the making of this public art piece.
Visit the Central Coast Women for Fisheries website.
November 1, 2014 - November 1-28, 2014
Morro Bay in Bloom presents the 1st Annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival. This month-long event will support Project Surf Camp and Morro Bay in Bloom. Twenty renowned artists and community groups will have their surfboard art creations displayed publicly throughout the City of Morro Bay from November 1st through the 28th. Join us on November 29th at the Inn at Morro Bay for the Surfboard Art Festival Gala Auction from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. View the event flyer here.
November 7, 2014
We invite bears from all over to come and enjoy the 1st Annual Morro Bay Bears Weekend, November 7-9, 2014. Your weekend includes a Bears on the Bay Cruise, a Bears Bonfire Beach Party, Bear Beer & Wine Crawl, a Bear Dinner & Brunch, Bear Bar Night with live music & games, plus much much more! Early bird deadline is October 3rd. For more information or to register for this event, visit MorroBay.org/Bears.
November 30, 2014
Take the family down Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for holiday festivities celebrating our 50th year , kiddie entertainment, food and gifts. This event is the perfect place to find a special gift just in time for the holidays. Admission is free. For more information contact the Morro Bay Merchants Association.
December 3-8, 2014
Steer toward Morro Bay for the highly anticipated return visit of the majestic tall-ship Lady Washington as well as the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain. During their stay, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be offering walk-on tours and two options for sailing excursions. Crew in 18th century costumes will welcome visitor’s dockside in Morro Bay for ship handling demonstrations, sea shanty singing and story telling. The ships will also host educational programs for K-12 students. Here's some history and facts in honor of Morro Bay's 50th celebration:
The Lady Washington
- Appeared as the Black Pearl in the 2003 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
- Launched in 1989 • Replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the West Coast.
- Main mast of the 99-ton vessel rises 89 feet off the water
- Crewed by U.S. Coast Guard professionals and a number of volunteers.
- Replica of a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century European merchant trader
- Launched in 1988 • Designed for cargo trade on the Hawaiian Islands, with influences from early colonial passengers and coastal packets that traded along the Atlantic coast
- 80-ton vessel rises 75 feet off the water, with a 4,200 square-foot sail area
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit historicalseaport.org.
Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting
December 6, 2014
Come to the Embarcadero in Morro Bay and secure a spot along the waterfront to watch a procession of some of the most beautifully-decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts, fishing boats, cutters, sailboats, and kayaks at 6:30 p.m. Please call (805) 772-4467 for more information.
For more complete event information, visit morrobay.org/events.