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Hoquiam's Historic 7th Street Theatre

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/30/19 Topics: Comments: -

It really is like a step back in time. You walk into the lobby and smell the freshly popping popcorn. Friendly faces greet you and load you up Raisinets and your tub of popcorn. Then, off you go to find a seat among the almost 1,000 choices. Get ready to settle into an experience that takes you back in time. Instead of looking at computer screen, you're in front of the big screen at Hoquiam's 7th Street Theatre.

Built in 1928, this movie house is one of the few remaining atmospheric-style theatres on the West Coast. Adopted from the works of John Eberson, the theatre's unique interior transforms into a simulated open-air playhouse with a painted “sky” ceiling. You'll experience clouds overhead with twinkling stars.

The 7th Street Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. In 2008, the theatre was the first building in the city of Hoquiam to be placed on the newly formed Hoquiam Register of Historic Places.

Currently, the 7th Street Theatre is undergoing constant work under the guidance of the 7th Street Theatre Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which owns and operates the theatre. (Remember those friendly faces who scooped up your popcorn? They're volunteers from the association.)

The venue hosts events all year long, and regularly features classic movies on certain weekends each year. Additionally, it's home to 7th Street Kids. This is a six-week summer program for kids seven through 16. You may also rent the theatre for private events.

The theatre is at 313 7th Street in Hoquiam. Telephone is 360.537.7400.

October-December Film Schedule

  • Oct 5 & 6 Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Oct 25 & 26 Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Nov 2 & 3 Twelve O’Clock High
  • Nov 29 & 30 Deck the Halls
  • Dec 7 Elf
  • Dec 21 & 22 White Christmas

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0689 – 09/30/19

The caboose is home in Moclips

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/23/19 Topics: Comments: -

It took over 100 years, but the caboose is home. Museum of the North Beach reclaimed this historic piece of history. It's the 1912 wooden Northern Pacific Railway which was brought in the rear of the last train to Moclips.

After it's year's on the rail lines, this caboose was a nightly rental in Moclips. As a new owner bought the land, the little caboose needed a new home. In 2009, museum members raised the funds to get it moved to Washington State Parks land, site of the original Northern Pacific Railway depot.

An extremely slow-moving parade processed down State Route 109 June 29, 2019. The Hidden Coast Scenic Byway, with traffic blocked afforded those gathered along the byway or stopped in their vehicles were a view the caboose slowly and carefully placed into it's new home. This is the first visible step after clearing land, for the site of the Museum of the North Beach.

Currently at 4658 SR 109, the museum will operate in this location until the new museum is completed In 2015, Ocean Crest Resort donated four parcels of land, approximately three blocks south of the current museum (just north of Chapel by the Sea) for the new site.

The new museum building design is a replica of the Northern Pacific Railway depot built in 1905. Moclips by the Sea Historical Society along with the North each community are bringing the past to life with the depot museum building and the real-life caboose.

Please stop in at the museum for more history and information about the caboose and history of this and all the North Beach. You may just hear that faint train whistle as you travel the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway.

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0688 – 09/23/19

Journey along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/16/19 Topics: Comments: -

You've decided to load up the kids and Fido and head out on a car trip. Where do you go? Hidden Coast Scenic Byway has something for the whole car load.

Begin this journey as you leave Hoquiam on State Route 109. Take a stop at Bowerman Basin. Shorebirds may be sighted including the Western Sandpiper. You may spot a plane or two flying in or out of the Bowerman Airport.

Get Aunt Tilda and everyone back in the four-wheel travel vehicle and you'll drive along Grays Harbor with a view for all. Then, you'll wind through curves as you travel on your way to the coast.

If you'd like a stop off the Hidden Coast, take a left at Hogan's Corner and you'll find Oyehut. This is home to the Ocean Shores Junior and Senior High School. Then, take a left through the "gates" and you enter the city of Ocean Shores.

The only incorporated city of the North Beach, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of it's incorporation. Maybe you'd like to stop at some of the gift shops, head out to the Coastal Interpretive Center or a walk on the Weatherwax Trail.

Ocean Shores Electric Boats travel the canals. You may also choose to kayak or stand-up paddle board, surrounded by wildlife from deer to otter.

OK, you're back out to Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. Head north and your next stop is Ocean City. Female residents from the early to mid 1900s are icons of this spot. Ask the locals about Dorothy Anderson and her cabin, "Lady on the Beach" Nora Berg and Nina Rutherford business owner and postmaster. You'll also know you've reached Ocean City with the chainsaw carvings along the "curve" at Ocean City Marketplace.

Did you bring the kayaks? Grab them and head into the ghost forest at Copalis Beach. "Home of the Razor Clam" is the spot where you'll get your clam gun and head out on those annual clam digs.

If you're trying to keep everyone in the car and content (even when it's pouring sideways), take a moment to pull off at Iron Springs. Even from the car windows, you may view clam diggers, walkers and the waves crashing onto the beach.

The "idea town" of Seabrook is next on your car tour. Stop and shop where there are shops for all ages. Maybe you'd like to grab a bit to eat. Be sure to get a photo with "Growler" at the food truck court. Chainsaw artist Tony Robinson of Native Beach Art carved this Sasquatch who's just waiting on his food order...

Pacific Beach is home to the westernmost Main Street. Wacky Warehouse has some wacky inventory. And it's home to KXPB-LP Radio. Tune in to 89.1 when you're there and if DJ Handlebar is in (especially on Saturdays), ask for a musical request. You may even get Aunt Tilda and the kids on the air!

Back out to Hidden Coast Scenic Byway, you'll cross into Moclips. Keep an eye out for the Caboose. You'll see it on the east side of SR 109, just north of Chapel by the Sea. This marks the spot of the future Museum of the North Beach. Currently, you'll find the museum just north of Cedar Serenity Spa (across from Ocean Crest Resort). It's open 11 am-4 pm Saturdays and Sunday (Wednesday-Monday in the summer).

And you're northernmost destination is Taholah. This is the village of the Quinault. With a guide, you're able to fish or hunt on the reservation. Quinault Cultural Center is available to tour weekdays for another stop for you and the family.

There are many events and festival year-round to enjoy along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. And much more history and scenic sites to experience. For more details, visit hiddencoastscenicbyway.com.

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0687 – 09/16/19

Songs were center stage with Ginny Simms

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/09/19 Topics: Comments: -

When you hear or read the "history" of Ocean Shores, there's one woman's name that comes up center stage for the 1960s era. Ginny Simms.

Born Virginia Simms in Texas in 1913, she was raised in California. Studied piano as a child, she was actually known for her vocal talents. She was part of a singing trio during her studies at Fresno State Teachers College. While performing in San Francisco, Kay Kyser (bandleader and radio star), heard her song stylings. She was propelled into the role of his featured singer and stellar attraction for Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge. This was a comedy revue created to be a quiz show with music. For a time, they were also a romantic item. Simms also recorded swing and pop albums.

As a guest vocalist in three of Kyser's films for RKO, she elected to stay in Hollywood to strike out as a solo act and headlining "Ginny Simms and Her Orchestra."

During World War II, she headlined her popular radio show and was known as a tireless performer. She also crossed over into movies including co-starring in "Hit the Ice" with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. In Cole Porter's "Night and Day" starring Cary Grant and Alexis Smith, Simms sang some Porter standards including "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You."

Seen as a frequent escort of Louis B. Mayer after her divorce, rumor was she turned down a marriage proposal. In retaliation, he dropped her studio contract and her career stalled.

In 1951, Simms left Hollywood altogether with her recording career in demise following that departure. Retiring from the limelight, she ran a travel agency and also developed an interest in interior decorating. (Her first husband, Hyatt Dehn, launched the Hyatt Hotel chain, and she put interior decorating talents to work in these hotels.)

After her marriage to Donald Eastvold, her third husband, a former Washington state attorney general, this pairing brought her to be the songbird of Ocean Shores. The Ginny Simms Inn was the iconic spot for the famous and visitors to meet and experience Ocean Shores.

When the hopes of gambling dashed to the rocks of the jetty, the Ginny Simms Inn closed. But, if you listen as the winds and waves stir you on a blustery day, you may hear "Stormy Weather" through the voice of Ginny Simms.

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0686 – 09/09/19

Let's take Fido to the beach

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/02/19 Topics: Comments: -

You're ready to take the kids on a get-away or you're looking for the right solo retreat. But, Fido is looking at you. Instead of the kennel or hoping your cousin is available to dog-sit, whisper one of most canine's favorite words (up there with treat and walk)... BEACH!

And where better than Ocean Shores and the North Beach. This is about as dog-friendly as you can get. Take Fido and head to the ocean.

Just in case, if this is the first time for a beach trip, you may wish to plan a day trip to Ocean Shores. Most dogs absolutely love it, but check to be sure the sand and surf is for them.

Once you've made this test-drive, now you're on target to enjoy your beach-y fun. Look for dog-friendly lodging. Plan to take your dog with you and not alone in the accommodation.

You'll find off-leash beach areas. Keep an eye out for loose dogs, just in case. And a long leash is recommended.

When the sun is out, remember short-coat, light colored dogs and if Fido has a pink nose (or sans hair), they can burn like humans. There's sunscreen designed for dogs, so have it available. And your hairless wonder, a t-shirt is in order. When colder and wetter, adjust accordingly.

Try to keep your dog from drinking salt water. Have water available and also a first-aid kit (just in case of a cut paw).

Ocean Shores has dog-friendly shops including doggie day care, grooming, doggie gifts and even a new self-dog wash. Dirty Dogs is now open and gives you the opportunity to get rid of the sand. When that embeds in hair, it scratches and irritates skin. That gives way to rashes and salt water may damage the coat.

Dirty Dogs supplies the wash tub, shampoo, combs, brushes, hair dryers and towels. It's available for all size dogs.

Now, you may say the magic word... BEACH!

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0685 – 09/02/19

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