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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Astoria New Years Eve

We're considering spending New Years weekend in Astoria, and I was looking for something to do. Came across this Scandinavian New Years Eve party. I'm not sure if it's an annual event, or a one-time thing. Tickets seems pretty reasonable, at $45 for a couple.

We're from Hillsboro, and don't know anyone in Astoria. Has anyone been to this before? Wondering if we would feel out-of-place, if all the other attendees were locals.

-- Meg

Portland, Oregon
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1. Re: Astoria New Years Eve

Since no one else has responded.....

I read here - http://www.oldoregon.com/ - that this will be the 2nd time the event's been held. And I didn't go to the first, but I'd guess that it will be mostly locals attending. My logic? 1. I suspect that there will be few non-locals in Astoria over New Years, and 2. Only Scandinavians (of which there are many in the area) would pay $45 to eat lutefisk. ;-) Still, I'd be tempted to check it out. You won't know anyone regardless of where you go, and you just might get to see one of those stoic Norwegians smile, maybe even laugh.

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2. Re: Astoria New Years Eve

I can only speak from my experience in Newport, but New Year's Eve parties here that are held at hotels attract people from the valley and Portland, *not* locals.

I looked on the link that mistletoe provided and since this is sponsored by the Cannery Pier hotel, I'm guessing it will attract a lot of out-of-towners, since everybody who has stayed at the hotel this year probably got an email/mail notice about it.

Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: Astoria New Years Eve

I'd be interested to know where you read about this event, Meg.

Obviously, an event held at a hotel would attract hotel guests. But that Newport analogy isn't relevant here, half-Brit, since this event is not being held at the Cannery Pier. Oldoregon.com is Astoria's Chamber of Commerce website, so it may simply be that Cannery Pier agreed to "sponsor" a Chamber-organized event. But the kicker for me is, why would there be a Scandinavian theme if they weren't hoping to attract the large population of local Scandinavians?

But, what do I know..............

Hillsboro, Oregon
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4. Re: Astoria New Years Eve

Thanks, everyone, for your thoughts. I did get reservations to stay in Astoria for the weekend, and we'll go to the event on New Years Eve. I found out about it on the Old Oregon website calendar, as I was specifically looking at the Dec 31 date.

I'm of Scandinavian descent so it sounded interesting to me, and the price seemed pretty reasonable for a New Years Eve party. I think we'll have fun, even if we don't know anyone there.

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I hope you have a great time, where are you staying in Astoria? Let me know if you would recs for great places to eat while you're in the area, we have several favorites! I hope you have some time to explore some of the Oregon Coast, Gearhart, Seaside and Cannon Beach are all right there. Have fun! :)

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