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Reservations still available for John
Steinbeck's Birthday Tours
Pacific Biological Laboratories
Saturday, February 28th, 2015 —
hourly tours AM to last tour at 5 PM.
E-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(preferred) or (831) 659-2112.
MK Hemp photo
RICKETTS' LAB TOURS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2015
here for its feature on
The CANNERY ROW SYMPOSIUM,
a smash hit with rockstar Steinbeck scholars,
historians, documentary films and
exciting new Ed Ricketts
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!
THE CANNERY ROW FOUNDATION
In Association with THE
Presents the 2015 debut of our new annual
CANNERY ROW SYMPOSIUM
At the Hopkins Marine
Station "Monterey Boat Works"
9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Open to the Public • $25 per person admission
historic, literary, ecological, and documentary film presentations:
MORNING SESSION (begins promptly at 9:00
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")
Michael K. Hemp
Row: The Industrial Stage for John Steinbeck's Cannery Row Fiction")
From Paris, France, Dr. Eva Lothar (Film Documentary 1972, "Street of the
INTERMISSION FOR LUNCH
You are invited to bring your
own "Brown Bag" or (by a special arrangement with Hopkins Marine
Gourmet Food Truck for an
economical special menu for the Symposium event!
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
Prof. Susan Shillinglaw,
San Jose State University
("Layered Fiction and Deep Ecology:
John, Ed, Carol and The Grapes of Wrath")
AFTER THE HOPKINS PROGRAM
informal reception at
The "Steinbeck: The Art of Fiction"
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") • www.BigSurDarkWatchers.com
For Symposium reservations e-mail to: email@example.com
You will be e-mailed a PayPal invoice for payment, which becomes your
ticket(s) to this extraordinary
debut Cannery Row Symposium.
is limited to the first 120 reservations!
Don't miss this cutting-edge exposition of current, cutting-edge
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
University's historic Hopkins Marine Station
MONTEREY BOAT WORKS Auditorium.
Get your reservations before this historic event sells out!
Sponsors of this Event include:
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 in-character for 1944 (not 1844)
Barker with CRF volunteer, Tracy Campbell
Barker with enigmatic "Mexican Mona Lisa"
Scott Johnson with "Mona Lisa"
CRF Docent Dr. Frank Douglas
Scott Johnson reading Steinbeck
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
or for more information, click
— or call (831) 659-2112 — to help us
celebrate the famous adobe owned by John Steinbeck in 1944-1945
where he wrote "The Pearl."
Go to our "Western Flyer" Newsletter for details
Thanks to all that attended our
last scheduled Lab tour of 2014
October 11th, Pacific Biological
honoring Harlan Watkins
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
Plaque to Harlan
The most important place on Cannery Row
Steve Crouch photo of the men's club c. 1986
Reservation information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
Photos by Michael Hemp
For more information call the Cannery
Row Company at (831) 649-6690
and donated by The History Company
Thanks to all who made our
Doc's Lab Tours a major success!
communication created and donated by The History Company
Attention fans of old
and Cannery Row!
Thank you all who came to the
honoring Harlan Watkins and the Men's Club on
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
The 2014 Tour Schedule will
be e-mailed to you when established.
Make sure you're on our e- ail contact list: e-mail us your name and
contact info at
OF NEWS ON THE
Thanks to chronicler Kevin
(Migrated from TheHistoryCompany.com)
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The Cannery Row Foundation
turned 31 Year Old on February 17th!
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We are sad to announce the impending
the Western Flyer
at a Port Townsend boatyard where her deckhouse may soon be removed
to become a gawker-attraction at a Salinas inn & restaurant.
Here is one of the last photos of her before her
execution in Port Townsend, by Anne Shaffer
of the Coastal Watershed Institute, Washington:
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Angeles Times on the Western Flyer fiasco, March 6th.
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Angeles Times • February 18, 2013
A dispute over
the boat from 'Sea of Cortez'
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(Migrated from thehistorycomany.com)
January 27, 2013:
Our View: The Western Flyer belongs
in the public domain
Thanks to all who attended our
Doc's Lab Tours, Saturday, January 26th
honor Kalisa Moore—the "Queen of Cannery Row"
Here's a Kalisa story from the Weekly,
February 18, 2001.
See her San Jose Mercury
THE WESTERN FLYER
SINKS AGAIN IN ANACORTES'
SWINOMISH CHANNEL, WASHINGTON
Richard Rodriquez photo, http://bitterendblog.com/
Reported sunk overnight, January 13, 2013.
Scroll down for earlier
Western Flyer preservation news
MK Hemp photo
ED RICKETTS' LAB TOURS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2013.
Next regularly scheduled Doc's
Lab Tours by
The Cannery Row Foundation are scheduled for
Saturday, January 26th, 2013 to honor Kalisa Moore,
"The Queen of Cannery Row" (1926-2009)
Click here for a great
1989 San Jose Mercury News
Kalisa Moore: "The Last Character on
...and a special entry in Kalisa's Memorial Tribute by teacher,
writer and musician—long-time
friend and Row Rat—Bill Minor he titles "The Duke and the Dauphin"
from "Rememberances of Kalisa
Moore" (November 2009).
Reservations for hourly tours
are now open.
Tours begin hourly at 9:00 AM and last tour starts at 5:00 PM.
Make your reservations promptly at email@example.com
and let us know the tour time you wish and the number in your party.
Reservations are confirmed by return e-mail.
"See you at the Lab"
cmmunication created and donated by The History Company
Ed Ricketts Lab and Frank Wright
from Carmel Magazine's
Holiday 2012 Issue:
(a migration from TheHistorycomany.com)
Feature by Michael Chatfield • Photos by
Kelli Uldall • www.carmelmagazine.com
Here it is!
San Francisco Chronicle
Ed Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories
Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Featuring Carmel's own Frank
Wright, who knew Ed Ricketts during WWII
at the Presidio of Monterey (1942-1944) and later became a member of
the private men's club that bought the lab in 1958 as their clubhouse—
and sold it to he City of Monterey in 1993 to keep it in public hands.
Feature by Meredith May. Photography
by Jason Henry.
And a poem written after this event by:
"Lucky" – by Mary Cunningham about Frank and
There was no luck involved
Being drafted into the army
World War II in full swing
But what luck to find
Three days into it
Someone knows someone
That you need to meet
The front gates were guarded
Guns at the ready
But the three back gates
So off they went
Down to the smelly canneries
To find a gem nestled between
Factories and rocky shore
Bugermeister for 35 cents
And a bag of potato chips
Was all it took
To start a life-long friendship
Hungry minds coming together
Leaving their varied pedigrees at
To absorb all they possibly could
In conversation and stories
As classical music filled the spaces
Between their words
As the war continued on
the canneries blew their incessant
while an author recited his
specimens were brought in to be
sent out again
at every chance, they all soaked it
smells, tastes, sounds , sights and
knowing these precious moments
were all the luck they needed.
Feb. 27, 2012
From the Monterey Herald, March 1994:
NEWEST NEWS FLASH!
Photos by Capt. Richard Rodriguez • 10/09/12
The Western Flyer is up!
The sunken Western Flyer in the Swinomish Channel
under the Anacortes Bridge, Washington.
Photo by Capt. Richard
Rodriguez • Bitterend Blog
INITIAL NEWS FLASH!
The Western Flyer
sank at Anacortes, Washington,
on September 24th, 2012.
Western Flyer at mooring August/September 2012
Click Here for Details
Sad news for followers of the
It's stalwart editor and
extraordinary Steinbeck fan, Phil
Ralls, passed away suddenly on September 23rd.
Phil was an incredibly dedicated devotee of John Steinbeck's work. It
is certainly hoped
the the Steinbeck Collectors Gazette
will somehow survive to new leadership.
Phil will certainly be remembered by many in the Steinbeck movement.
An inspirational Ed Ricketts story for you from marine biologist Charles
Seaborn (in pdf.)
"Chaz" is a PBL Lab Tour volunteer presentation specialist in marine
FATE OF THE CANNERY ROW RAIL CAR
For years the Cannery Row
Visitors Information Center
and Cannery Row Foundation Mini-Museum and Gift Shop
— Michael Hemp photo 2012
The last days of the Green Railcar on
The Cannery Row Foundation
Cannery Row Visitors Center • Mini Museum • Museum Shoppe Railcar
moved to its new home at the "Steaming Ahead Historic Railroad Exhibit"
to the Salinas train depot on April 4, 2012.
Denise Estrada headed up this project with volunteers and the
resources of A&S Metals and Stan Silva Trucking.
Row Foundation volunteer, Herb Behrens
(now archivist at the National Steinbeck Center) held the
railcar open for years as a Visitor Center, Mini-Museum,
and CRF Museum Shoppe (MK Hemp photo 2002)
Estrada —Boss Lady of this historic
railcar move from Cannery Row to the railroad
museum at the Salinas Train Station.
(MK Hemp photo 3/29/12)
created and donated by The History Company
Thank you to everyone who made the
JOHN STEINBECK BIRTHDAY
"DOC'S LAB" TOURS 2012
a huge success.
Click on the thumbnail for a
larger image of CRF's presenters at the Lab
Caryl Smith "in era"
recalls Ed Ricketts and Pacific Biological Laboratories in 1942
Shillinglaw and CRF board member Gary Varga with sale books
Biologist, Charles Seaborn, shares Lab science
Please send us your best photos
of your tour by e-mail
and we will post them here in a special web-album for
Cannery Row fans and "Ed Heads" to see!
BIOLOGICAL LAB TOURS
in honor of Edward F. ("Doc") Ricketts (1897-1948)
(compliments of The
excellent report by Howard
Stableford of the BBC,
Dr. Steve Webster (Monterey Bay Aquarium), Dr. Susan Shillinglaw
(then Director of the Center For Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State
Katie Rodger, (Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, Ricketts
Michael Kenneth Hemp (Cannery Row Foundation; historian), and
Frank Wright (Lab Group member and friend of Ed Ricketts).
28 minutes of highly recommended
listening before you attend the tour.
NPR: ED RICKETTS THE LEGEND: PART 1
NPR: ED RICKETTS THE LEGEND: PART 2
Thanks to those who helped with another successful
Cannery Row Foundation participation in the
annual Monterey State Historic Park
"CHRISTMAS IN THE
an annual project
participation begun in the 1990s
by past CRF President and "Queen
of Cannery Row"
We again celebrated 1944 (the
year John Steinbeck owned this Monterey
in the Lara-Soto Steinbeck Adobe
at 460 Pierce Street, Monterey from 5 PM til 9 PM
on Friday & Saruday, December 8th & 9th, 2012.
Follow this link to the 2009 Cannery
Steinbeck Adobe "Christmas In The Adobes" featuring
Thursday night videos of
Barbara Evan's Flamenco Dancers
at the CRF's Steinbeck's Lara Soto adobe tour:
(Cell phone quality video and audio until real video arrives)
2. More "Sevilliana"
3. Artist Lana Loukianenko joins
in the festivities
This article created and donated by The History
As seen on the Facebook Ed
Remaining EFR bronzes of the Ed Ricketts Memorial
(also by renowned suclptor Jesse Corsaut) are available
for a membership donation of $1,000.00 for a limited time
before their increased value raises the donation amount.
Bob and Edie Shaheen of Danville,
are the latest to acquire one of the 50
Ed Ricketts Memorial Sculptures
help fund the actual Ed
Ricketts Memorial at
Drake and Wave Streets: the site of Ed's 1948
collision with the Del Monte Express train.
Doug Borer and Jodi Stiles of Pacific
also a recently (12/20/12)
acquired EFR 47/50.
Their names will be on the Ed
dedication plaque. Will Yours?
"Ed Head" Glenn Schot
(Hanalei, Hawaii) says:
"What a deal! My foundry
would charge more than that just to cast it."
|One of 50
"EFR" bronzes by Jesse Corsaut
with a young John Steinbeck looking on.
F. Ricketts Memorial on
Cannery Row— by Jesse Corsaut
Contact CRF President, Michael Hemp, today for
A treat from Lorenzo:
Larry Hosford plays "Down on Cannery Row"
(Bill Sullivan, bass, vocals;
Bill Ingram, guitar, vocals;
Pat Mahoney, fiddle, vocals; Mike Pupo, drums)
— for Kalisa.
Moore Memorial Sculpture
completed and installed at Bruce Ariss Way,
Monday, January 31st, (Kalisa's
Birthday) at noon
Ariss Way across the street from Ed
the Cannery Row Foundation unveiled the
to Kalisa Moore "The Queen of
by renowned scultor Jesse Corsaut.
Thanks to all of you who made the
Lab" Tours on Saturday, January 29th, 2011
commemorating Kalisa Moore (1926-2009)
"The Queen of Cannery Row"
Filmed by John Harris.
See it here on YouTube:
Part 1 • Part 2
Celebration of Life for Kalisa Moore, the
"Queen of Cannery Row"
Kalisa in Ed Ricketts' Lab, 1997
MK Hemp photo
Follow this link to the Kalsia Moore
Group member, Frank Wright,
at the Lab with its recent Urban Camoflage
for termite tenting and repair by the City of Monterey.
(Click on photo for larger image)
The iPhone app (also iPod and iPad!) of
John Steinbeck's Cannery Row
from The History Company
(Click on icon to go to iTunes App Store)
Become a Member of the Cannery Row Foundation
New book by Thomas Steinbeck
features Cannery Row Chinese Settlement
(Click here for larger image)
An excellent read that belongs in any Cannery Row book
Here for an interview with Thom at Simon & Schuster
Buy on Barnes
New Board Members seated!
Dr. Susan Shillinglaw
Mr. James Levitt
Mr. Gary Varga, Attorney at Law
Press Release on The Western Flyer Newsletter
Vintage Views of the Cannery Row Foundation
(a little of our
history — constantly under construction)
From the Bulgarian Shores of the Black Sea,
of Steinbeck and a search for "Cannery Row"
by Quantum Biophysicist, Dr. Alex Gochev.
(A link from The History Company)
A new Cannery Row short feature on
by vacationing British filmmaker, Simon Morris
(posted by The History Company)
Thank you to Ed Ricketts researcher Robbie Behrens
for the digital file of this unedited 1983 recording (in its entirety)
of an interview by
Hemp with Joseph
Campbell (November 28, 1983).
(a link from The History Company)
Including a visit by Joseph Campbell to Ed Ricketts' Lab,
made possible by PBL member Frank
(also in the interview)
This is interview is also part of the collection of interviews
digitized by and for the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas.
A New Feature of the CRF Website!
HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT THE CANNERY ROW FOUNDATION
#1. Bob Rosenthal, Attorney.
We owe the existence of the non-profit Cannery Row Foundation
to its pro-bono (no charge) incorporation in the fall of 1982 by
Bob Rosenthal working with George Walker. We owe an enormous debt of
to them both for the articles of incorporation accepted and promulgated
the State of California on February 17th, 1983.
Robert Rosenthal went on to serve as the Cannery Row Foundation's
second President of the Board of Directors (1984-85).
— Michael K.
Founder and 2009 President of the
Board of Directors
(Watch for more CRF historical facts)
The publication of A. L. "Scrap" Lundy's
"Real Life on
Real People, Places and Events that Inspired John Steinbeck."
The book’s forward is by
below from the Saturday, October 18th, 2008 Premier Book Release
2:00 PM at the National
Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA.
The National Steinbeck Center, Salinas.
Author and CRF Board Member, Scrap Lundy.
Michael Hemp photos
"Real Life on
Real People, Places and Events that Inspired John Steinbeck"
available soon from the
Cannery Row Foundation website.
The historic Cannery Row model (1943-1946)
was constructed by (then) board member, Bill Johnk,
and exhibited at the Monterey
5 Portola Plaza near Fisherman's Wharf.
It remains on exhibit at its successor: the Museum of Monterey.
The exhib is on loan to the Cannery Row Foundation
by the Oakland Museum of California.
By special arrangement with the Oakland Museum of
the model on an extended exhibit—as the
Anniversary of the Cannery
Row Foundation, (2008).
Most of the book "Cannery Row" by John
Steinbeck happens in
this model of old Ocean View
Avenue, nicknamed, "Cannery Row."
More views by clicking here.
CANNERY DIVERS MEMORIAL
Pavers installation around the memorial completes the
New photos of the project completed
on November 2, 2009:
(Installed by Jim Young Masonry, Monterey)
Click on each image for larger view.
(MK Hemp photos)
Details of the Cannery Divers
to the brave hard hat divers of Old Cannery Row. The Row
would never have achieved its fame without them.
Michael Hemp photo
First photos of
unveiling and dedication
ceremonies at 1:00 PM, Friday April 18th, 2008.
(Send your digital
photos to us)
Click here for a link to
Historical Markers Data Base
The Cannery Row Divers Memorial is on it.
E-mail us at:
Authentic Cannery Row historic sardines labels to download,
compliments of www.SardineKing.com
Kalisa's La Ida Cafe passes into
Cannery Row history
as "The Queen of Cannery Row" finds new digs:
Wave Street Studios (the site of the historic home of
Quock Mui, aka "Spanish Mary") where Kalisa Moore lived
for several years; now the site of Wave Street Studios
and the Quock Mui Tea Room & Gift Shop
A look back into Cannery Row, October
The Hovden Fishmeal Warehouse dock with
Kalisa's restaurant sign at David Avenue tracks.
The "Western Flyer" on-line Newsletter
of The Cannery Row Foundation
Coverage Summary of the Great Cannery Row Reunion 2005
ROW REUNION OF 2005 was held at the
AND (3RD LEVEL) CONCOURSE—SATURDAY,
OCTOBER 8TH, 2005.
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