Mill Luck Salmon Celebration Returns September 13-14, 2014

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Summer is in full swing which means the Mill Luck Salmon Celebration is just around the corner! Plan now to experience Native American culture, art, food and music at the 11th Annual Mill Luck Salmon Celebration, September 13-14, 2014.

If you have never been to one of our celebrations, you don’t know what you are missing, so we’ll try to sum it up in 30 seconds:

The celebration is perhaps best known for its traditional salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner but it also features numerous family activities (many of them free) including canoe races, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, a Native American marketplace, and educational children’s activities.

Included again this year will be a “weigh station” and awards ceremony for the Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby.

The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration is linked to the traditional observance marking the return of the salmon and is intended to share the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes.  Details for the 2014 celebration are still in the works so we encourage you to check back often for updates!

Let Us Remind You How Much FUN Having Fun Can Be!

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Winning money in our casino is fun! We highly recommend it.

Fun is all around at The Mill!

Do you remember the last time you had fun?

If you have to even think about the answer to that question, you need to book a trip to Southern Oregon Coast immediately.  It’s another beautiful summer here, so why don’t you join us and have some fun?

There are countless ways to have fun at The Mill Casino! Just look at what’s happening here and around town this summer…..

Good Eats!

There is something good for everyone when you dine in one of our 5 unique dining venues.  This summer, you can enjoy:

“Fish to Fork” Featuring our Fresh, Local Seafood
Each week, the local catch from Charleston’s Fishermen’s Wharf will be featured Wednesday-Sunday at the Plank House Restaurant and Monday nights at the Saw Blade Buffet.

Buffets! Have fun filling your plate as often as you’d like with a bountiful selection of incredible entrees, hand-carved meats, succulent sides and delectable desserts at The Saw Blade Buffet every Monday & Tuesday.  Click here for hours and check back often for special holiday and event buffets.

Plank House Restaurant offers waterfront dining and plenty of specials (save room for dessert)! Open Wednesday – Sunday.  Click here for hours and specials.

Wine Flight: Compare three wines for the price of one at Plank House Restaurant and Whitecaps….ask your server!

Wine Discovery Evening By the Bay: Enjoy discounts on premium wines by the bottle at the Plank House Restauran and Whitecaps on Sunday evenings.

Warehouse 101 is extremely fun! Enjoy a great meal, a great drink, or choose from 20 select imported, domestic or micro brew beers on tap in a casual, fun and friendly atmosphere. Open Daily 10 am – 2 am.

  • FUN ALERT- Happy Hour: $1 off Draft Beer & Well Drinks: Sunday – Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm.
  • FUN ALERT- Lunch Specials: Buy one Lunch Entrée and get the second for $1.01 Monday through Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm

Whitecaps Lounge: A tantalizing menu and on-the-water ambiance invites guests to linger in this smoke-free bayside lounge. Open Wednesday – Sunday. Click here for hours and specials.

  • FUN ALERT Ladies Night: Special wines and appetizers for the ladies every Thursday from 4 pm to 10 pm.
  • FUN ALERT $5 Drinks and Appetizers every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm.

FUN Gaming Promotions for Mill Club Members:

Does earning free play, discounts, meals, merchandise and invitations to exclusive special events sound like FUN? Join the Mill Club for free!  Click here for details on how to join and participate in fun-filled gaming promotions like these:

Play for a Buffet: Play your way to a Free Buffet Mondays and Tuesdays! Earn 600 points per day for one buffet that day.

2x points: Earn double the points on Sunday, July 27th. Must be a Mill Club member and be actively using your club card.

July Gift: A Mill Mason Jar is July’s Gift of the Month! Earn 1,000 points during the Month of July and receive the gift of the month! Earn the Gift. Keep the points! Limited to 1 gift per guest, while supplies last.

Wheel Wednesdays: It’s a Wacky Wheel every Wednesday where we can’t wait to give out cash and Free Slot Play. Top wheel prize is $250 CASH! From Noon – 9 pm. 10 WINNERS using their Mill Club card will be randomly selected to spin the wheel.

Gas Card Giveaway: Take advantage of our giveaway on Saturday, July 26 from 4 pm to Midnight. Play slots and drive home with a $50 Gas Card!! Players will be randomly chosen while using your Mill Club card.

More Fun Things to Do at The Mill:

Play in the Casino: 700+ super-hot, ready-to-pay slots (including Batman!) just waiting for your winning touch! Enjoy our Vegas style table games like blackjack or check out our newest table games, including roulette.

Warehouse 101 offers entertainment, dining, dancing, sports, comedy and more all summer. Live music every Friday and Saturday night Comedy Night every Wednesday evening.

11th Annual Mill Luck Salmon Celebration September 13-14, 2014: Don’t miss our annual celebration of Native American and Coquille Tribal culture!

More fun things happening around town:

July 18-19,2014: North Bend July Jubilee
This Year’s July Jubilee events include our Sip ‘n Stroll, Show ‘n Shine, Parade, Back Alley Bash, Border Patrol, Disc Golf tournament, vendor fair and more! 1380 Sherman Ave North Bend, OR 97459 www.julyjubilee.com

July 19, 2014: Oregon Coast Music Festival – Free Shore Acres State Park Concert
Part of the Oregon Coast Music Festival, this FREE performance begins at 12:00 pm at Shore Acres State Park is one of the most popular events of the festival. Kukuva Marimba Band will play in the gardens at noon. This band delights in entertaining with this unique and joyous musical form that denies the option of sitting still. Please note: Shore Acres State Park does have a $5 day park fee. www.OregonCoastMusic.org

Through July 26,2014: Oregon Coast Music Festival
A 14-day music festival that takes place throughout Coos Bay, Charleston, and North Bend areas. Please visit www.OregonCoastMusic.org for more information on specific times, locations and prices.

August 9-10, 2014: 24th Annual Charleston Seafood Festival
This family-friendly party includes plenty of great live music as well as games and contests for kids and adults. Crab race anyone? Beer and wine, and, of course, SEAFOOD will be the center of the event. Always the 2nd weekend of August! Boat Basin Charleston, OR 97420 (541) 269-0215

August 23-24, 2014: Blackberry Arts Festival
Arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, paintings, prints, weaving, spinning, woodworking entertainment. Blackberry treats, food, drinks and a whole lot more! For more information visit www.coosbaydowntown.org 50 Central Ave Coos Bay, OR 97420

September 20-21, 2014: Bay Area Fun Festival
It’s all about fun! Celebration features Prefontaine Memorial Run, Cruz The Coos, a Parade, and hundreds of vendors ready to make your weekend the best ever with arts, crafts, curios, music, food and….of course, fun!

You see, it really IS all fun and games here!  Be sure to check the Oregon’s Adventure Coast Events Calendar to see what else is happening! Book your Summer stay today! For rates and availability, please call 800-953-4800, ext. 3. Ask about our Summer Getaway Hotel Package and the Summer Flowers Hotel Package!

25th Anniversary of The Coquille Restoration Act to be Celebrated at the Mill

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June 28, 1989 marks a great turning point in Coquille Indian Tribe history.  This was the day the President signed the Coquille Restoration Act into law and restored the Tribe’s government-to-government relationship with the United States that was “terminated” 35 years earlier.  This year the Coquille Tribe celebrates the 25-year anniversary of this occasion and you are invited to join in the celebration at a very special event. Join us June 28-29, 2014 at the Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park to celebrate the history and culture of the Coquille Indian Tribe.

The Coquille Restoration Act is one of the most significant events in Tribal history because it enabled the Coquille Tribe to form a government that could create programs to provide housing, health care, education, elder care, law enforcement and judicial services to its members. Most importantly, it provided the Tribe with the tools necessary to pursue economic self-sufficiency.

With its government and business operations, the Coquille Indian Tribe is now the second largest employer in Coos County, Oregon. Along with The Mill Casino, the Tribe maintains successful business ventures in forestry, arts and exhibits, high-speed telecommunications and renewable energy.

Here are some of the special events scheduled so far for this unique celebration:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pow Wow: 1st Grand Entry 1:00 p.m.
Native Craft Vendors
Salmon Bake Meal $15.00 per guest

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pow Wow: Grand Entry 12:00 p.m.
Native Craft Vendors
Ala Cart Meal Service Available

A Brief History of the Coquille Indian Tribe
The Coquille People lived and prospered along the rivers and estuaries of Oregon’s South Coast for centuries. Euro-Americans began arriving in the late 1700s bringing diseases such as smallpox, measles and plague that decimated entire villages. Then, in the 1850s, a new form of “fever” — the discovery of gold — brought an influx of settlers whose mining bespoiled the rivers and whose hostility toward the Native inhabitants of the area became increasingly violent.

A treaty was negotiated in 1855, but it was overlooked and never ratified by Congress. The Coquille People were removed to the Coast Reservation, where overcrowding and disease took their toll. The few that were able to return to their homeland kept the Coquille Tribe alive until 1954 when, through the Indian termination acts, the federal government ended its recognition 109 tribes. Coquille Tribal members worked hard to right this wrong and by 1989, federal recognition and Tribal sovereignty was successfully restored.

Learn more by visiting www.coquilletribe.org.

Big Bite BBQ Named Grand Champion of the 3rd Annual BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay!

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The 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay event is officially history!

Thousands came to The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park this past weekend to enjoy good fun, great weather, tasty barbecue, hand-crafted beers, blues music and more!  One of the highlights of the weekend was of course the  Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge and the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition.  We had 31 teams who traveled from all over compete for their share of the $8450 in prize money.

It was most rewarding to see our community come together and bring donations for the 100 KCBS Meals Mission and work with the Oregon Coast Community Action to distribute the food to those in need. Thanks to all of the volunteers, vendors, competitors, entertainers, judges and most especially the patrons who came together to make this event a great success!

Congratulations to the Grand Champions of this year’s competition: Big Bite BBQ!

Grand Champion: Big Bite BBQ

Maddogs BBQ: Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge winner (wearing special aprons made by Jim's wife); 1rst Ribs Category

1rst Place Chicken: Leukemia Sucks Too BBQ

1rst Place Pork: Movin the Chains (they got a perfect score!)

Reserve Grand Champions & 1rst Place Brisket: Duelin J's

People’s Choice Best Brew Winner: 7 Devils Brewing Co.

What was your favorite part of the event this year?  Tell us!

To see more photos, follow the BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Facebook Page.

Support the 100KCBS Meals Mission by Bringing Non-Perishable Food Items to Barbecue, Blues & Brews on the Bay!

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Kansas City Barbeque Society to Donate 100,000 Meals

The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is coordinating a national BBQ donation effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year. BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay in North Bend, Oregon will be participating in the 100 KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food contributions for the hungry.

The general public is invited to attend BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay at The Mill Casino May 23-25, 2014 and bring non-perishable food items to donate to the 100KCBS Meals Mission. BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay will be working with Oregon Coast Community Action to distribute the food to those in need.


With almost 20,000 members and more than 425 sanctioned BBQ events in its network, KCBS is the largest organization of BBQ enthusiasts in the world. By using its volunteers, judges, cook teams and event organizers, the nonprofit society will be providing fully cooked, world-class pork butts and other nonperishable food items to food banks and other charitable entities coast to coast, border to border.

“By the very nature of our size and collection of food enthusiasts, we have an obvious opportunity to make a difference in America’s hunger crisis,” said Carolyn Wells, executive director of KCBS. “There are more than 7,000 teams who compete at our events, and for years, they all have demonstrated a giving, charitable mentality. We simply believed it was time to organize a major effort that is a natural extension of our overall mission.”

According to recent hunger and poverty statistics, nearly 15 percent of all U.S. households, or 49 million people, struggle to put food on their table. More than 1 in 5 children in the U.S. live below the poverty line. The 100KCBS Meals Mission aims to help in this effort and give back to the community.

By April 30, 2015, KCBS will have donated more than 3,200 pork butts — the equivalent of 25,000 pounds of cooked pork, or, 100,000 meals to this effort. Currently, there are 34 registered teams that will be preparing the donation at The Mill Casino event. In addition to cooking the provided pork butts, all teams, judges and BBQ enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in this mission by bringing non-perishable items to the BBQ, Blues & Brews event.

Relive the Days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. at The Mill Casino June 7th!

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Swingin’ with The Rat Pack
Saturday, June 7, 2014 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (2 Performances)
Where: Salmon Room, The Mill Casino • Hotel
Tickets: $15 each. Now on Sale at Ko-Kwel Gifts

When Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. hit the stage, it was always a “swingin’ affair”!  Now you can relive the music, laughs, and hep-cat cool camaraderie of this iconic trio that defined the golden era of Las Vegas when Swingin’ with The Rat Pack hits our stage Saturday, June  7, 2014!

Starring David De Costa as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Edwards as Dean Martin and Nicholas Brooks as Sammy Davis, Jr., Swingin’ with The Rat Pack is more than just a tribute or impersonation show. The performers create an engaging blend of the hit songs of these classic Vegas crooners and timely, topical, improvisational humor that was the hallmark of these legendary performers. The show gives the audience a new opportunity to experience what is was like to spend a night with the Rat Pack in their prime.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances of Swingin’ with The Rat Pack are just $15 each and are on sale now at Ko-Kwel Gifts.

For more information about making The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park the centerpiece of your Oregon Coast getaway or for more information on all the latest attractions, events and entertainment call 800.953.4800 or visit www.themillcasino.com.

Time is Running Out if You Want to Judge or Compete in the 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay!

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Headed our way this Memorial Day for the 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay? Tag your photos with #bbqbluesbrews so we can see and share them too!

Do think you have what it takes to be a BBQ champion like our 2013 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Grand Champs Lake House BBQ (pictured left)?

How about becoming a Certified Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge….kind of has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?

Luckily, there is still time to register your team or be a judge in our 3rd Annual BBQ BLUES & BREWS on the BAY May 24th-25th but you must act quickly.  All entry forms and entry fees must be in by May 1, 2014!

To date, 32 teams have thrown their hat in the ring to compete for the ultimate BBQ title and the chance to win a share of more than $8,000 in Cash Prizes.  Care to join them?

Categories are: Brisket, Pork, Ribs,Chicken and Mac N’ Cheese. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must compete in the four main categories. Click on the entry form for complete details. Team Entry Fee: $250.00 per Team. Entry Form & Full Entry Fee Must Be Received By May 1, 2014


You can also register to be a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge by clicking here. Judging will take place on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Judges must be on property for the judges meeting at 9:30 a.m. and have completed the Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Barbecue Judging (CBJ) Class on Friday, May 23, 2014 (see details below). A Completed Entry Form & Full Entry Fee Must Be Received By May 1, 2014

WHAT: *3rd Annual “BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay” Kansas City Barbeque Society Certified Barbecue Judging (CBJ) Class (www.kcbs.us)
WHEN: Friday, May 23, 2014
WHERE: The Mill Casino * Hotel ~ The Second Floor Meeting Rooms
TIME: 3:00 PM–6:30PM
COST: $100.00 (non KCBS members) Includes 1-year membership to Kansas City Barbeque Society and subscription to the Bullsheet newspaper. All materials for the class are provided. $75.00 (for existing KCBS members ONLY)

Follow the BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Facebook Page to stay up to date on event news and announcements!

The Kansas City Barbecue Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque. The KCBS sanctions over 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America. Event Contacts are John Hunt & Amy Bailey. John can be reached at 541-999-5199 or huntj1@mac.com and Amy can be reached at 541-756-8800 ext. 1574 or abailey@themillcasino.com if you have any questions

It’s Time to Purchase Your Tickets and Reserve Your Space for the 2014 RV Jamboree!

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The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park invites you to “Rally Central” this summer! That’s right, it’s time to make your plans to roll on down for the 2014 Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014.

This special event, considered by many to be among the largest RV gatherings on the Oregon coast, is sponsored by Guaranty RV Super Centers. Here is what you can expect at this unique jamboree:

A traditional Salmon Bake Dinner on the shores of the Coos Bay, an RV Show, Poker Run, a boxed-lunch excursion to Shore Acres State Park, Pooch Paparazzi Photo Contest, a chance to win a share of $500 in door prizes, welcome reception & dinner buffet, commemorative Mill Casino gift, an evening at the North Bend Downtown Sip ‘n Stroll – wine & beer walk (includes commemorative glass), send-off breakfast, three winning days of fun and friendship and memories that will last a lifetime. What more could you ask for?

All of this for just $115 per person, plus RV space rental of $25 per night. To purchase RV Jamboree tickets by phone and to reserve your RV Space: Contact Reservations at 800.953.4800 ext. 3. To purchase RV Jamboree tickets in person: Visit KoKwel Gifts. Be sure to ask for the special RV Jamboree Special rate of $25 for your RV rental space!


Set in a tranquil, park-like waterfront location along the Oregon Coast, The Mill RV Park offers 102 level sites, including 65 slanted 68-foot pull-throughs, with full hookups and cable TV. It’s the perfect way to enjoy The Mill Casino and all that Coos Bay, North Bend and the Oregon Coast have to offer from the comfort of your home away from home.

Additional amenities include:

  • Showers and convenient on-site laundry
  • Yurt
  • Complimentary internet access
  • A convenience store
  • Access to fitness room
  • Outdoor hot tubs and indoor pool
  • FREE shuttle that keeps you connected to The Mill’s gaming and dining offerings
  • Pet friendly
  • Check-In: 3:00 pm, Check-Out: Noon.

Registration is Now Open for the Annual Harley-Davidson Lighthouse Run!

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Vroom vroom! H.O.G.® riders, are you ready?

Register now and book your room/RV space for the 14th Annual Highway 101 Harley-Davidson® Lighthouse Run June 20, 2014 – June 21, 2014!   This gathering is always a favorite among the Mill Casino staff, and seems to be getting bigger and better every year! To participate, you must register in advance (registration fills up quickly so hurry!).

The event attracts hundreds of riders from all over the region for a weekend of fun, entertainment, and a great day of riding to various lighthouse destinations along beautiful Highway 101. The events includes (among other things) a Show-n-Shine, 50/50 Raffle, Live Music, Comedy Show, Poker Run — Chance to win a Harley–Davidson, Cash Prizes, Dinner, tastings from local micro-breweries, no host bar and more!

The Poker Run (optional) qualifies you for the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle give-away and high-hand or low-hand cash prize. The run kicks off at 9:00AM Saturday morning with a group run to the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay, one of the most photographed lighthouses in Oregon. Riders are then free to head north or south to visit any of our (10) poker stops or recommended points of interest:

*Points of Interest
Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport
Sea Lion Cave
Coquille Lighthouse, Bandon

*2014 Poker Stops
Highway 101 Harley-Davidson (Required stop for all poker riders): 536 S 2nd St Coos Bay 541-266-7051
Georgie’s Beachside Grill, Newport
Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence
Old Town Florence, Florence- Beachcomber Bar & Grill
Reedsport Elk Preserve, Reedsport
Loon Lake
Umpqua River Lighthouse, Winchester Bay
Cape Arago Lighthouse, Charleston
Old Town, Bandon- McFarlands Bar & Grill – Poker Stop
In the heart of Old Town Bandon, Mc Farlands is a great place to enjoy some good food and drink! We love these guys!
Cape Blanco Lighthouse (& Patrick Hughes House)

*Visit www.highway101hd.com for a details on the 2014 Lighthouse Run Stops and Poker Run.

The event is $70 per person.  You can register by calling Highway 101 Harley-Davidson® directly at 541-266-7051.  Ask us about our special RV and lodging rates for this event.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay in May!

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The Mill Casino will kick off summer 2014 in a big way this Memorial Day Weekend when we host the 3rd Annual BBQ BLUES & BREWS on the BAY May 24th-25th!

The event has grown so popular, we thought you might like to get a heads up so you can make your travel arrangements and begin brushing up those BBQ skills for what should be a very heated competition.

There is nowhere better to be this Memorial Day weekend than The Mill Casino for this weekend celebration that features finger-lickin’ good barbecue, hand-crafted beers, and sizzling hot blues music, Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge and a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition.

Think you have what it takes to be a BBQ master? Then sign your team up for a chance to win a share of $8,000 in Cash Prizes by filling out our TEAM REGISTRATION FORM!

You can also register to be a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge by clicking here! For more information please call 1.800.953.4800 or 541.756.8800.   Follow the BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Facebook Page to stay up to date on event news and announcements!

Friday, May 23rd
3 pm – 6:30 pm – Learn the ins and outs of BBQ and become a Certified KCBS BBQ Judge.

Saturday, May 24
Noon – 8 pm – Enjoy food vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. Sample over 20 craft brews for a $10 donation.
Noon – 3 pm – Sample BBQ from the competitors
2 – 4 pm – Eating contests

Sunday May 25
Noon – 5 pm – Enjoy food vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. Sample over 20 craft brews for a $10 donation.
2 pm – Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge turn in.
2:30 – 3:30 pm – Sample BBQ and Mac ‘N Cheese from the competitors
4 pm – Awards Ceremony

The Kansas City Barbecue Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque. The KCBS sanctions over 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America.

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