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Thanks to all you "Ed Heads"
that made the last Cannery Row Foundation Lab Tours of 2015
another great success. Next scheduled tour will be for
the Cannery Row Foundation's annual John Steinbeck's Birthday
scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016.


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The first video segment produced from the February 21, 2015
Cannery Row Foundation

at Stanford's historic Hopkins Marine Station
A production of The History Company,
Video post-production by
Your Sanctuary TV, Monterey

This is the Surprise Official Announcement of the
purchase and restoration of the endangered historic
Western Flyer from John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts'
1940 voyage to
Baja California's Sea of Cortez.

Michael Hemp, President of the Cannery Row Foundation,
introduces historian Bob Enea who in turn announces
John and Andy Gregg, new owners of the historic Western Flyer

Now on YouTube...pass it along!

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At her 1937 Tacoma launch at Western Boat Builders
More to come...

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This year's
annual Cannery Row Foundation

Saturday, May 16th
 celebrated the Western Flyer voyage to the


WF Profile

The whole story is in both the original 1941 "SEA OF CORTEZ" co-authored
with Edward F. Ricketts...re-issued by Viking in 1951 without its
scientific half as the "Log From the Sea of Cortez" by John Steinbeck.


Here are some scenes from special segments of the day's tours:

Sardines for Mayor Roberson (Teaford)

Piers Crocker, (Director of Norwegian Canning Museum) Stavanger emissary, presents ultra-deluxe sardines to Monterey mayor,
Clyde Roberson, in a "Sardine Capitals of the World" mayoral exchange.
CRF Lab Tour "Row Rats" Dave Barker and Jeri Rossi observe the ceremony.

                                                                                                                    Scott Teaford photo

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Norway's Mayor of Stavanger,
Christine Sagen Helgψ

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CRF Lab Tour Docent, David Barker, profiling marine biologist Ed Ricketts.

                                                                                                                 Scott Teaford photo

Jeri Rossi helps Bob Enea

Jeri Rossi helps historian Bob Enea with exhibits in his account of
 the 1940 Steinbeck-Ricketts voyage of the Western Flyer to the Sea of Cortez with his uncles, skipper Tony Berry & seaman Sparky Enea.

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Archivist and CRF Board Member, Pat Hathaway, organizes prints
available to Pacific Biological Laboratories tour guests in the
party room of Lab.

                                                                                                               Scott Teaford photo

Bill Frew receives EFR Artist Proof

Bill Frew receives the EFR bronze artist proof by Ricketts Memorial
sculptor, Jesse Corsaut and major membership in the Cannery Row
Foundation from historian and
CRF president, Michael Hemp.

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The Cannery Row Foundation
urges you not to miss author Kevin Bailey's
fascinating presentation of his new book
"The Western Flyer"
at the National Steinbeck Center
Thursday Evening, May 7th
from 6 til 8 PM at
One Main Street, Salinas

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Guest Author Kevin M. Bailey resurrects this forgotten
witness to the changing tides of Pacific fisheries.
He draws on the Steinbeck archives, interviews with family
members of crew, and more than three decades of working
in Pacific Northwest fisheries to trace the depletion of marine
life through the voyages of a single ship.
This is a free event. Seating is limited. No reserved seatiing.

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Reservations are now open for
Ed Ricketts Birthday tours of
Pacific Biological Laboratories

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 — hourly tours 9 AM to last tour at 4 PM.
E-Mail us at tours@canneryrow.org (preferred) or (831) 659-2112:
let us know how many in your group, what hourly tour you'd like to be on
and your e-mail and a cel phone number. We will confirm your
reservation by return e-mail.

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  We will be celebrating Ed Ricketts' Birthday with more news and information
on the restoration and return
of the historic WESTERN FLYER...
(from "The Log From The Sea of Cortez")

If you missed the Cannery Row Foundation's CANNERY ROW SYMPOSIUM
in February at Hopkins Marine Station MONTEREY BOAT WORKS Auditorium,
 make reservations for our Saturday, May 16th, Edward F. Ricketts Birthday Lab tours.

We'll recap the Official Announcement of the purchase of the Western Flyer and the
vision for its restoration and return to Monterey as a floating classroom.

Western Flyer when purchased early in 2015 at Port Townsend, Washington...

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John Gregg, Bob Enea with Western Flyer photo, Andy Gregg.

Above are the Western Flyer's new owners, marine geologist John Gregg (left)
and Andy Gregg (right) with Bob Enea, CRF board member and Monterey's
acclaimed fishing historian related to the Western Flyer skipper, Tony Berry
 and deckhand, Sparky Enea, from the 1940 voyage to Baja California's
 Sea of Cortez with John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts.

Make your reservation NOW for this rare chance
to be in Ed Ricketts' Lab for such a great occasion!

For reservations: e-mail tours@canneryrow.org (preferred),
or call (831) 659-2112
Bring your cameras, dress in layers, and enjoy another rare opportunity
to be inside Pacific Biological Laboratories for an hour of historians,
literary scholars, marine biologists, CRF docents and "Row Rat" Volunteers,
 refreshments, and a chance to wander the entire Pacific Biological Laboratories.

Donation is $15 per person at the door; cash or personal check to the CRF.
Make sure your friends and family make reservations for this rare chance to be in "Doc's Lab."


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Just In!
Steinbeck Now
click here for its feature on

a smash hit with rockstar Steinbeck scholars,
historians, documentary films and
exciting new Ed Ricketts research,
and an official announcement of the change in
ownership of the Western Flyer (from the Sea of Cortez)
for a fullrestoration as a working classroom
on Monterey Bay.

Stay tuned to this story here, or as it happens at
The History Company.

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on Saturday, February 21st, 2015!

In Association with THE HISTORY COMPANY

Presents the 2015 debut of our new annual

At the Hopkins Marine Station "Monterey Boat Works" Auditorium
9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Open to the Public • $25 per person admission

Featuring historic, literary, ecological, and documentary film presentations:

 MORNING SESSION (begins promptly at 9:00 AM)

Prof. Richard Astro, Drexel University ("John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts: The Shaping of a Novelist")

Robert Enea ("Monterey Fishing Industry and Steinbeck in the Sea of Cortez")

Special Annoucement

Michael K. Hemp ("Cannery Row: The Industrial Stage for John Steinbeck's Cannery Row Fiction")

From Paris, France, Dr. Eva Lothar (Film Documentary 1972, "Street of the Sardine")


You are invited to bring your own "Brown Bag" or (by a special arrangement with Hopkins Marine Station)

Kuki's Gourmet Food Truck for an economical special menu for the Symposium event!

AFTERNOON SESSION (resumes promptly at 1:00 PM)

Steven Federle, Solano College (The Making of John Steinbeck's Short Story "The Snake")

Don Kohrs, Hopkins Marine Station Librarian and Edward F. Ricketts Researcher
("Ed Ricketts: The Publishing of Between Pacific Tides First Edition (1939)"

Steve and Mary Albert Pacific Grove Filmmakers ("The Great Tide Pool") Film

Prof. Susan Shillinglaw, San Jose State University
("Layered Fiction and Deep Ecology: John, Ed, Carol and The Grapes of Wrath")

an informal reception at

The "Steinbeck: The Art of Fiction" exhibit gallery
2nd Floor of the American Tin Cannery (across the street from Hopkins Marine Station)

(Benjamin Brode, artist and co-creator with Thomas Steinbeck of their new book, presents a reading of
"In Search of the Dark Watchers") •

For Symposium reservations e-mail to: symposium@canneryrow.org
You will be e-mailed a PayPal invoice for payment, which becomes your
ticket(s) to this extraordinary debut Cannery Row Symposium.

Attendance is limited to the first 120 reservations!
Don't miss this cutting-edge exposition of current, cutting-edge research
and information on Cannery Row history, literature, and ecology by
an unparalleled panel of historians, educators, and experts in
tomorrow's legacies of old Cannery Row.

Attendance is limited to the first 120 reservations only
Stanford University's historic Hopkins Marine Station

Get your reservations before this historic event sells out!

Sponsors of this Event include:





AMP shaded


Sar Fac


Fish Hopper


Wax Museum

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Sardine King
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Special thanks to Chairman David Barker for his leadership in
the Cannery Row Foundation's 2014 hosting of the "Steinbeck Adobe"
in Monterey's annual "Christmas In The Adobes" tours. Our thanks
also extend to CRF "Adobe Rat" Scott Johnson, City of Monterey docent,
for his support, participation, and Steinbeck readings—a new feature this year.

Johnson & Barker

Johnson & Barker in-character for 1944 (not 1844)
Barker & Campbell vols

Barker with CRF volunteer, Tracy Campbell

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Barker with enigmatic "Mexican Mona Lisa"

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Scott Johnson with "Mona Lisa"

Frank Douglas

CRF Docent Dr. Frank Douglas

Johnson reading

Scott Johnson reading Steinbeck

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Part of the hundreds of visitors to the Steinbeck-Lara-Soto Adobe this season

And thanks to all our CRF docents ("Adobe Rats")
Michael Guardino, Tracy Campbell, Dr. Frank Douglas, Andrea Satterfield
David Barker, Scott Johnson, Michael Hemp.
Let us know if you'd like to assist us at the Steinbeck Adobe next year.

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It's that time of the year again!
The Cannery Row Foundation announces
we will again hold open the
(Steinbeck-Lara-Soto Adobe)
for holiday guests
as part of Monterey Historic State Parks Association's
30th anniversary of CHRISTMAS IN THE ADOBES


Tickets available at www.MHSPA.org

To be a Cannery Row Foundation volunteer
or for more information, click here — or call (831) 659-2112 — to help us
celebrate the famous adobe owned by John Steinbeck in 1944-1945
where he wrote "The Pearl."

Steinbeck Adobe

Go to our "Western Flyer" Newsletter for details

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Thanks to all that attended our last scheduled Lab tour of 2014

October 11th, Pacific Biological Laboratories
honoring Harlan Watkins and the private men's club
he organized among friends, which preserved the Lab
from 1958 until its sale to the City of Monterey  in 1993
as an international literary and historical site.


Harlan and Louise Watkins in the Lab

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Plaque to Harlan

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The most important place on Cannery Row

Lab Members 1986

Steve Crouch photo of the men's club c. 1986

Reservation information at tours@canneryrow.org

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Cannery Row Company honors Row history with dedication of the
Cannery Row Monument
(A public art project donated by the Cannery Row Company)
Located at Steinbeck Plaza above McAbee Beach • Cannery Row & Prescott • Monterey

Dedication Ceremonies were held on February 26, 2014
Photos by Michael Hemp


Cannery Row Monument

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Ted Balestreri, Managing General Partner
Cannery Row Company

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Monterey Mayors

Mr. & Mrs. Dan Albert • Chuck Della Sala

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Laura Davidian • Ted Balestreri 
Leon Panetta • Bert Cutino

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John Steinbeck, top of the pile

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Ed Ricketts

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Ed Ricketts closer

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A girl from the Lone Star?

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Madam Flora Wood

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Chinese fisherman

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Steinbeck looking down on
Cannery Row Company founders
Balestreri • Cutino • Davidian • Zarounian

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Ocean-side of Monument on Steinbeck Plaza

For more information call the Cannery Row Company at (831) 649-6690

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Thanks to all who made our Steinbeck Birthday
Doc's Lab Tours a major success!

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