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Southern-Fried Yuletide in a Doublewide with Stage West

By Pamela Nygaard
Published: 11/23/18 Topics: Ocean Shores WA, Things To Do Comments: 0

In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, "Double Wide Texas Christmas," inhabitants of one of the smaller trailer parks in Texas - four doublewides and a shed - are thrown for a loop after realizing the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex their park. And they're already dealing with plenty.

Joveeta Crumpler has had it up to here, having been passed over again for a promotion at work. On top of this, she has an ongoing battle keeping her feisty mother, Caprice, out of the local bar. She also worries her good-ol'-boy brother, Baby Crumpler, is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant way too seriously. Her big-hearted best friend, Georgia Dean Rudd, is struggling to keep her diner and finances afloat and just can't curb her impulse to take in every stray cat, possum and armadillo that wanders by.

Then there's Big Ethel Satterwhite, who's nobody's fool. But tough as she is, she's continually frustrated by her clients at Stairway To Heaven Retirement Village as well as her mule-headed husband, O.C., who shows far more affection for his Barcalounger than he does for Big Ethel. And all the residents are plagued by Haywood Sloggett, the curmudgeon from across the road, who loathes their 'trailer-trash' ways, especially their keeping a life-size illuminated nativity scene up year 'round.

But these friends, enemies and neighbors realize they'll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they - and their way of life - have a snowball's chance to survive being swallowed up by 'the big guys.' The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. So grab your Stetson and come on over to Doublewide, Texas, where life is double the fun, double the joy, and where audiences double over with laughter!

It's the latest production of Stage West. Show times are 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, November 30, December 1, 7 and 8. Sunday matinees are 2 pm December 2 and December 9. The productions are at Ocean Shores Lions Club. Tickets are $10, available at Ocean Shores Convention Center, Dolores' and Fay's, and Mocha Madness.

website: stagewestcommunitytheatre.org

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Author: Pamela Nygaard
Blog #: 0620 – 11/23/18

North Beach home to Washington State Chili Cookoff 2018

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/21/18 Topics: Cooking, Events, Ocean Shores WA, Restaurants, Things To Do Comments: 0

Washington State Chili Cookoff 2018 qualified four competitors to the World Food Championships from the October 7 event hosted by St. John’s Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Moclips, Washington. Categories were for Texas Chili Red recipes and for Open Chili. “Spicy Spirit” Leonard Kellogg Memorial trophy was also presented. There were 14 competitors at the cookoff from Elma to Everett.

Awards for the Texas Chili Red category were: 1st Place - Ross Lunbeck of Lacey, 2nd Place - Pat Maddock of University Place, 3rd Place - Dave Bock of Auburn, 4th Place - Steve Hart of Everett and 5th Place - Cindy Bock of Auburn. Awards for the Open Chili category (all other types of chili): 1st Place - Dave Bock of Auburn, 2nd Place - Pat Maddock of University Place and 3rd Place - Cindy Bock of Auburn.

The "Spicy Spirit" Leonard Kellogg Memorial Award went to Josh Ericksen of Tacoma. This was the first year this award was presented in honor of Leonard Kellogg of Lynnwood who died September 4, 2018. He had competed in the chili cookoff for years and represented the Washington State Chili Cookoff in 2017, taking 11th place finish at the World Food Championships.

Also competing were Rhonda Lunbeck of Lacey, Brena McDermott of Lake Stevens, Hillary Patton of Yelm, Emily and Tasha Simpson of Lacey, Keifer Schrimsher of Seattle, Jim Volz of Elma and Frank Volz of Grayland.

Races were tight, with ties broken for category winners and others with only one or two separating places. Judges from St. John’s Chapel by the Sea and the community judged each chili on its merits. Rules were followed as a Tolbert Chili Cookoff. This is the society founded by Frank X. Tolbert from the roots of the original first chili cookoffs in Terlingua, Texas.

Golden Tickets to compete in the World Food Championships have been presented to four competitors. Those representing will be Josh Ericksen, Brena McDermott, Keifer Scrimsher and Frank Volz. Volz is headed to the WFC for the third year, last year finishing 12th. The other three will participate for the first time at this level. They also were all new to the state cookoff.

“We were so pleased to have veterans and new cooks join us for this year’s Washington State Chili Cookoff,” Cindy Stearns event producer said. “It’s wonderful having new people join us to carry on the chili tradition in Washington state. And this is the third year we’ve sent competitors to WFC.”

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where grand champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. WFC is also the springboard for many up and coming culinary stars and home cooks as they seek TV fame through many well-known food shows and acting opportunities.

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0615 – 10/21/18

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