Oregon City is CHARMing again this summer.

Program participants can collect many new charms to build their special bracelet, while exploring the most historic city in Oregon. The program will run through Oct. 31.

“I have been involved with the CHARMing program in Oregon City for five years,” said Sheri O’Brien, the program’s founder and coordinator. “I started it in downtown Oregon City to encourage more customers to visit the shops on and around Main Street. It has grown to include our museums and even some of our annual special events. It’s a lot of fun, and we have participants who create a new bracelet every year.

“For the first time, this year we will have a prize drawing for the folks who complete their bracelets with all the charms,” O’Brien said. “The big prize will be announced later, but it will be something exciting, put together by our participating businesses.”

There are 20 participating businesses on the map this year. There also are charms for two regularly offered tours: one is a tour of history or the art of the historic area of town and the other is the Northwest Ghost Tours (aka Walk with the Spirits). The last special charm to collect is for the annual mobile theater production, “The Spirits of Oregon City,” which is only performed on one evening in October.

Each charm costs $1. Bracelets are $5, and include the first two charms. This year, a unique special charm is included — a framed photo of the Historic Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge, which was built in 1922. Bracelets are available at the Dr. John McLoughlin House, Christmas at the Zoo, the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and the Friends of the Library Used Book Store.

The participating businesses are: Coffee Rush, Coin Corner & Hobbies, Cottage Row, the OC Farmers Market, Friends of the Library Used Book Store, HomeLife Furniture, House of Calabash, the Oregon City Library, the McLoughlin House National Historic Site, the Rose Farm Museum, the Museum of the Oregon Territory, the Stevens-Crawford House Museum, Busch Furnishings, Weathervane Coffee House, Wrightberry’s Cakes & Cupcakes, Wynona Studios and You Can Leave Your Hat On.

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