Annual Cannery Row Days Festival a splashing success!

Cannery Row Days is a vibrant annual celebration of Monterey Bay’s history, ecology, and art. In anticipation of the upcoming return of the Western Flyer to Monterey Bay, this year’s spring celebration was centered around reading and appreciating Log from the Sea of Cortez! In collaboration with the Monterey Public Library and other local community members, we planned and hosted six Zoom lectures and six in-person events for Cannery Row Days 2023.

Thanks to everyone who participated:

96 people attended the in-person events
201 people watched talks on zoom
Over 262 people have already watched the YouTube recordings of the 6 talks

The Zoom lectures covered diverse topics including a detailed look at the remarkable restoration of the Western Flyer, insights into the modern ecology of the Gulf of California, and the history of the sardine fishery in Monterey Bay. Disappointed to have missed one of these great lectures? You’re in luck! Most of the talks are available on the Monterey Public Library’s YouTube channel.

The in-person events invited participants to delve deeper into Log from the Sea of Cortez, either by reading and discussing the book or by following in Steinbeck and Ricketts’s footsteps to become better observers of nature. The Cannery Row Days Launch Party, held on March 12, featured three lightning talks, a tour of the Japanese American Citizens League Museum, and a festival of hands-on activities for kids.

Later in the month, Steinbeck scholar Dr. Susan Shillinglaw hosted an engaging 3-part reading group that culminated with a tour of Ed Ricketts’s Pacific Biological Laboratories on Cannery Row. As the springtime weather improved, WFF Education Manager Rebecca Mostow got participants outside, leading a nature journaling drop-in event at the Monterey Public Library and a tidepooling adventure at Lovers Point with Pacific Grove Natural History Museum. 

The Cannery Row Days Organizing Committee at the Japanese American Citizens League. From left to right: Susan Shillinglaw, Brian Edwards, Tim Thomas, Greg Cailliet, Charlie (dog), William Gilly, and Rebecca Mostow. Not pictured: Andres Garza. 

Cannery Row Days wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, Cannery Row Company and Penguin Books; the collaborations with our partner organizations, Pacific Grove Natural History Museum, Monterey Public Library, and the Japanese American Citizens League; and the creativity and expertise of our guest presenters. Many thanks to everyone involved and we’ll see you next year! 

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