Cannery Row Days 2023

Join us in kicking off Cannery Row Days 2023: Celebrating the Return of the Western Flyer at the Japanese American Citizens League Hall on Sunday, March 12 from 1-3:00pm. Brief talks as well as crafts and activities for kids of all ages. No registration required.

In the two years after the 1939 publication of The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck increasingly became the center of intense controversy and censorship. In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California aboard the Western Flyer, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez. This exciting day-by-day account of their journey together is a rare blend of science, philosophy, and spirited adventure.

Over the past few years, the Western Flyer has undergone a glorious restoration, and this year’s Cannery Row Days will celebrate the return of the Western Flyer to Monterey with lectures, tours and activities that highlight the collaboration and journey taken by two friends – John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts, the boat they sailed, and the one-of-a-kind work of literature that emerged from their adventures, Sea of Cortez.


1:00 pm: Intro to Japantown with Tim Thomas (Fisheries Historian)

1:20 pm: The Highs and Lows of Intertidal Investigation with Rebecca Mostow (Education Program Manager, Western Flyer Foundation)

1:40 pm: The Western Flyer Journey Continues! with Sherry Flumerfelt (Executive Director, Western Flyer Foundation)

2:00 pm: Activities, Crafts & Games for kids: Miniature Tule Boatmaking with Linda Yamane (member of the Rumsen/Ohlone community), sardine can label making, and a special marine edition of Lotería!

See the full Cannery Row Days schedule below and learn more at www.monterey.org/canneryrow2023.

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