Tickets: FREE. Reservations Required. $25 Suggested Donation.
Hunter Noack performs live on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano at the Astoria Column in Astoria with its unrivaled view of Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the mighty Columbia River and, in the distance, the Pacific Ocean.
Special Guests: TBD
This concert is made possible by Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Friend of the Astoria Column. Special thanks to Bruce Conner, Celeste Rose, Cannery Pier Hotel and Astoria Riverwalk Inn.
Standing above the city–600 feet above sea level to be exact–the Astoria Column is the “crowning monument” in a series of 12 historical markers constructed between St. Paul, Minnesota and Astoria, Oregon. These markers were the pet project of Ralph Budd, who was president of the Great Northern Railroad at the time. Budd and other businessmen and scholars wanted to celebrate Astoria’s early settlers for their role in expanding the United States to the Pacific Coast.
While the city of Astoria is home to approximately 10,000 people, it’s estimated that 400,000 more visit the Astoria Column each year. The Column is among the most visited parks in the state of Oregon, and is one of the city’s greatest attractions.
Modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome, the Astoria Column features a hand-painted spiral frieze that would stretch more than 500 feet if unwound. The monument was dedicated in 1926, and has since undergone several restorations.