We Love Our Business Supporters – Little Apple

Thank you Manzanita Grocery and Deli
“The Little Apple”

Chung and Judy are long-time supporters of local community service non-profit organizations.
Major sponsors for the Center’s fund-raising Garden Party from the beginning, an event we rely upon to
maintain our programs and building. Their support has been critical to our financial health.
Thank you Chung and Judy, and all your amazing staff!

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We Love Our Business Supporters – Cloud and Leaf

Thank you Cloud and Leaf!

Cloud and Leaf Book Store has been a partner of the Manzanita Writers’ Series since the very beginning in 2008.  They sell the featured author’s books at every event, as well as promoting the author’s work in the store ahead of time.  This year new owner Deborah Reed has been instrumental in helping us recruit exciting new authors for the Series in 2020.

Cloud and Leaf is also one of the primary sponsors of the North Coast Squid, our journal of local writing and art, and is the top seller of the publication each year allowing us to show case local writers and artists to community members and visitors alike.  The Book Store also carries a selection of books by local writers who participate in the writing programs at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

We are grateful to this gem of an independent book store for supporting our writing and reading community.

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We Love Our Business Supporters – Finnesterre

Thank you Teri Desaro,
Fred Kassab, and Matt Gray
of Finnesterre!

In 2018, the three Finnesterre partners Terri Desaro, Fred Kassab, and Matt Gray decided to become major sponsors of the Hoffman Center fundraiser whose proceeds are essential to the center’s financial stability.

Furthering their role, by 2019, Fred also headed up auction procurement on the fundraiser committee.  On the evening of the event, store manager Ann Maisel and employee Kathleen Larson volunteered for checking in and out guests. In September, Terri Desaro was elected to the board of directors.

We are grateful beyond words to Terri, Fred, and Matt, for helping us in bringing arts and culture to our community- giving both their financial support and personal time.


We Love Our Business Supporters – Polaris

Thank you J Scott Wilson of Polaris!

In 2019, Scott Wilson of Polaris Gallery became one of the major event sponsors of the Hoffman Center Annual Fundraiser for the second year.

While Scott’s financial contributions make a powerful difference to us, he doesn’t stop there. Scott designed the Hoffman Center information pamphlet which is distributed at the Visitor’s Center, Hoffman Center, and used for mailings.

In addition, Scott worked with Steven and Sharon Gibson to design the “Manzanita Art Walk” brochure identifying art in the commercial areas of Manzanita.

In 2018, the Writing Lounge and Art Library at the Hoffman, redesigned by Scott, and paid for by generous donors, became a popular and comfortable meeting place for writers and artists. Scott also organized the art library.

We are extremely lucky to have an artist with Scott’s talents living and working in Manzanita and providing such amazing support.


We Love Our Business Supporters

Thank you Living Room Realty!

In late 2018, Living Room Realty in Manzanita named the Hoffman Center for the Arts its Loving Room Fund recipient. The designation was a three-year commitment for the company, and they have been donating every quarter this year.

“These contributions make such a meaningful difference to us here in our small town,” said Hoffman Center Board President Mary Roberts. “They show a strong level of commitment and support that benefits the whole  community.”

We particularly thank the local agents who chose us for the program – Darcey Kline, Dave Leach, Tosha Reinmiller, and Hans Tonjes.





The Living Room Fund is a corporate program of the company, which has offices in Portland, Manzanita and Vancouver, Wash. Living Room Realty agents donate a percentage of each commission to a local non-profit.

New Board Member – Terri Desaro

Terri Desaro of Neahkahnie has joined the Hoffman Center for the Arts’ board of directors.

Original co-owner of Vino Manzanita, and current co-owner of Finnesterre, Desaro said, “I think having an art center in the community is a valuable asset; it speaks to the quality of life we desire as residents of this community.” She added, “I believe the arts play an important part in one’s personal growth, it can stimulate conversation and help understand social change, it can connect people in interesting ways.”

Desaro first became involved in the Hoffman Center in 2009. “I was asked to help with a capital campaign at that time and learned a lot about how the community felt about the center,” she said. “In the end, I convinced several of our friends and acquaintances to contribute to the idea that we needed to focus on making the facility more comfortable and inviting.”

Desaro and her husband Craig Nern are credited with initiating the Center’s Manzanita Film Series. They sponsored the first film night on Halloween 2009, showing the 1922 silent horror classic “Nosferatu.”

“I’d like to play a part in envisioning what the Hoffman Center can be and this is an exciting time to be involved,” she said. “I want to give back to my community and look forward to being involved in this little art center in our beautiful town.”

“Terri’s years of experience in our community in running several very successful businesses gives her unique insights and experience,” said board president Mary Roberts. “She has also been a very long-term supporter who has already helped to make the Hoffman what it is today. We are very much looking forward to serving with Terri.”

September 25th Attendance Broke All Records

Attendance broke all records at our most recent Wonder Garden Wednesdays program.
Standing room only!

Plaintively pink flowers, weeding with tweezers and plants that thrive on neglect were among the topics covered by plant curator, Ketzel Levine, who fielded probing participant questions such as, “When is a plant a cultivar, a variety, or a cultivated variety?” Heady stuff.

Our small group walk-throughs are for all lovers of beauty, whether non-gardeners or deranged hortheads. The walk-and-talks are tailored to your own level of curiosity and particular interests, with a focus on unusual plants you CAN try at home.
Pre-registration is appreciated 

Speaking of pink flowers…
The Wonder Garden has declared all-out war on a lovely,
long-blooming and heinously invasive geranium.
Check out our next blog post to find out why.



Wonder Garden Heads into Late September

Life in the WG remains remarkably floriferous, with thanks due to the month’s early downpours. Such delicious sustenance no doubt reassured our weary perennials that life was indeed a venture worthy of setting down roots.

Admittedly, before the rains, it was touch and go for the August-planted specimens we acquired from Dancing Oaks Nursery (Monmouth, OR), but those new additions, including a century-old blue aster and a willow-leaved salvia, are now perking up. Whew.

Right now, despite intense competition from any number of reds, oranges & purples, the WG’s boldest color is the sumptuous yellow of Rudbeckia laciniata, beaming like a searchlight along Division. Though this cutleaf coneflower is capable of 10’ in the best of conditions (stream bank, flood plain, etc), it can still reach 5-6’ in full sun and average water. Also know that this North American native can tolerate some neglect, as discovered in one of our home gardens (not saying whose).

No doubt you’ve been seeing boatloads of black-eyed Susans, a.k.a. rudbeckias, chatting their heads off since early summer. So much percussion! Way too much noise!  This green-eyed cutleaf Susan keeps its own counsel till, drawing itself to full strength, it sings sweet joy.

And The Winner Is…

Meet Gladious murielae, the peacock orchid, star of the late summer border! The first bulb opened at the back of the WG early August and the long blooming season promises to keep us in flower & fragrance well into September.

The pristine, burgundy-kissed blossoms are like white wing-spread origami poised midflight, blooming in succession on arching stems like long-playing daylilies. Oh, but the difference in music between daylilies and peacock orchids! Think brass band vs a capella choir.

Though native to Ethiopia, G. murielae is particularly well-suited to our coast. It asks only full sun and fast drainage. (A Costco membership helps, too. We got ‘em for a song).

But whether African, Australian, Chilean or North American, we at the WG have amassed quite a collection of outstanding coastal plants. It’s time you met them.


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Earth Laughs In Flowers

Gardeners – at least those who don’t grow dahlias – are typically at their wits’ end by mid-August.  So many plants are past peak bloom and their leafy remains do not go gently; without adequate water, they look like hell.
Well we can’t have that at the WG, showcase that it is. And so our volunteers water, each one caring for her or his own bed, beds they’ve been tending since spring.

If, as Emerson writes, ‘Earth laughs in flowers,’ this is a shout out to the astonishing WG volunteers who continue to keep us laughing:

Guy & Mary Gehling (pictured), Haim Kenig, Mel Luna, Char von Ahlefeld, Jan Layne, Isabella Beaton, Colleen Schwindt, Susan Reinhardt, and the BMOC, Mark Kuestner. Yay team!

Feeling left out of all the fun? Drop us a line, we’ll need you in fall!