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Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival An Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce Event

By Scott Nagel
Published: 05/22/19 Topics: Comments: -

Ocean Shores celebrates the start of summer at the beach with one of the larger celebrations in Ocean Shores - the Five Star Dealership Sand and Sawdust Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 28-30, 2019, The free annual festival presented by the Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates the forests and the beaches of the Washington State coast and the Olympic Peninsula in Grays Harbor. The festival takes place at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and on the beach. There is no admission charge to the Festival.

At the Convention Center, the festival features the Chainsaw Art Show and Auction with 30 carvers creating pieces for the daily auction, more than 60 vendor booths, food booths, beer garden and bar, music, a mechanical shark ride, a rock climbing wall, face painting and more for the entire family. New this year, Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has moved their annual national Juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show to the Festival.

On the beach is the Amateur Sand Castle Building Contest on Saturday. Families, friends and businesses may join in the beach fun. Form Finders of Olympia will be building one of their signature sculptures Friday, conducting a sand sculpture workshop on Saturday morning before the fun begins. They will be there to advise and encourage the teams. Teams of any size or composition can sign up on our website, at the Festival, or Saturday morning on the beach.

New this year on the beach is the Sand Drawing Celebration by Justin the Circler, Friday and Saturday. Watch as the artists make amazing large geometric drawings in the sand, to be washed away by the next tide. Justin will offer a free class on Friday and Saturday morning, so everyone can make their own sand drawings – on 6 miles of beach!

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The Chainsaw Art Show and Auction is one of the larger in the Northwest featuring 30 amazing carvers. In three days, there will be 100 or more chainsaw sculptures created, with an auction each day. Watch the artists at work, then purchase your favorite creations. We have international, pro, and semi-pro artists coming from all over the world - Argentina, Australia, California, Oregon, and the Northwest -- all to celebrate this amazing art form. Friday and Saturday the program includes the audience favorite "quick carve" at 11 am. The live auctions are Friday and Saturday, beginning at 5 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The auctions typically last three-four hours.

The Festival begins on Friday, 11 am-6 pm, Saturday, 10 am- 6 pm and runs through Sunday, 10 am- pm. Activities take place at the 30,000 sq. ft Ocean Shores Convention Center, surrounding parking lots, and on the beach. Rain or shine there is space for everyone. The Convention Center is located at 120 W Chance a La Mer NW, just two blocks from the beach.

Ocean Shores is approximately 2 1/2 hours from Seattle and 3 hours from Portland in Southwest Washington's Grays Harbor area traveling through Aberdeen and Hoquiam. Ocean Shores is a 6-mile long peninsula bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor and is one of the top Northwest destinations. Millions have come throughout the years for the beach and the festivals -- one of Washington’s favorite getaway spots!

The Festival is sponsored by Five Star Dealerships, Quinault Beach Resort Casino, Oyhut Bay, Bennett's Fish Shack, The Grey Gull, The Canterbury Inn, Shilo Inn, Makita Tools, The Daily World, and many community businesses and organizations.

The Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce is committed to quality events and programs for the local community and visitors to enrich coastal lives and experiences. For more information go to www.sandandsawdust.org, e-mail info@sandandsawdust.org, or call (360) 289-2451.

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Author: Scott Nagel
Blog #: 0663 – 05/22/19

Wearable Art Show returns with 'Hidden Meaning'

Published: 05/14/19 Topics: Comments: -

Now in its eighth year, the Wearable Art Show comes to life Saturday, June 1 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. "Hidden Meaning" is this year's theme.

Show production has transferred to Stage West Community Theatre. Past producers Eric Bjella and Tricia Funk are still involved as the artistic directors and artists of all media create functional or not functional pieces of Wearable Art. All of this is brought to you as a high-energy runway show.

Wearable Art is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind artwork designed to be word on the human body. These are not ready-made costumes.

Last year’s show highlighted 24 artists and 28 pieces. Groups have traveled from as far away as Vancouver to be part in the show. These groups have served as the opening act, from mermaids to jousting members of medieval times.

This is a runway extravaganza with something to pique your creative interests. The show is rated PG-13 and well-behaved children accompanied by an adult are welcome. There will be a no-host bar available. Doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are now on sale and will be available online at the Stage West Community Theatre website or at The Dusty Trunk store in Ocean Shores.

More information about the Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show can be found at www.oswearableart.com. Or, contact the OS Wearable Art Show through its Facebook page: or through Stage West Community Theatre at StageWestCommunityTheatre.org

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Blog #: 0662 – 05/14/19

Urban Unglued Dark Markets returns to Ocean Shores

Published: 05/08/19 Topics: Comments: -

Urban Unglued Dark Markets is coming back to Ocean Shores for Mother's Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 in the Ocean Shores Convention Center. More Gore at the Shore will have local and visiting artists and crafters for your pleasure. It's 10 am-5 pm both days.

Gore Games are an addition for this May event. This is a new gaming room for all of gamer friends. "The games aren't gory, we promise," Sherrie Vineyard event planner says.

Get that unique, edgy and unusual item for which you've been looking! Meet the vendors by going to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/636315286747381/ Please say your coming on the invite, and invite your friends!

Urban Unglued shows are always free admission, so stop by and say hi! This show will again collect food for the Ocean Shores food bank, so please drop off a donation for a human or for a pet in need.

After the market, if you're 21 enough, stop by our sponsor, Ocean Pours Taproom. Some drinks will also offer a donation to the local food bank!

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Blog #: 0661 – 05/08/19

Spring Fair springs into the North Beach

Published: 04/30/19 Topics: Comments: -

Spring Fair is Springing to North Beach

Spring Fair is springing into the North Beach. You'll find vendors, food truck and even chainsaw carving on the chapel campus of St. John's Chapel by the Sea.

After the Market for Mission in December another first-ever event was put on the calendar with the chapel. The December event had a focus on global mission and fair trade products. Mayan Hands and Haiti Creations of Hope were two of those included. In addition, a bake sale brought local talents to the table.

"We decided to have an event with local vendors and business owners given an opportunity to share their crafts and business lines. The focus if for those who use this as a source or maybe their main source of income," Lee Marriott, chapel member said.

Native Beach Accessories with Tony Robinson will be chainsaw carving his art in the front parking area. You'll see him as you enter the chapel campus at 4612 SR 109 at the border of Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Vendors include Touchstone Crystal Jewelry with Elaine Thompson. Other crafters and vendors will be on the campus as well. Park and it's an walk to all that's happening.

Plan a meal while you're here! Double Barrel BBQ brings the NEW Double Barrel Grub Truck to the chapel campus. Blue Boar Burgers are on the menu. (You may remember these from Aberdeen and here they are for you!)

You'll also be able to tour the chapel. Ask the Rev. Dr. Linda Flatley or a chapel member for a personal view of the sanctuary and facility.

This event benefits the Barbara Topete Memorial Benevolence Fund. All proceeds in this fund go to those in emergency need in the North Beach.

For more information, please call 360.276.8143 or email: chapelbytheseapresbyterian@gmail.com.

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Blog #: 0660 – 04/30/19

Announcing Owner Direct Rentals at Oyhut Bay Resort

By Ron Lee
Published: 04/29/19 Topics: Comments: -

By the Sea Vacation Rental company has opened an Owner-Direct website for all the Cottages and Condos at Oyhut Bay Resort, and managers announce a cost-saving rental program for property owners..

The new company offers first-class onsite housekeeping and other localized services combined with the global advertising, reservations, and services back by the Vortex Organization.

Prior to the recent sale of the resort, the property would have caused property owners to lose the expertise and longest experience that only By the Sea staff have Goldener and Vortex services can claim.

Staff from By the Sea, and its affiliate Goldener Inns, have provided services to the developers of Oyhut Bay for over six years, and spear headed the rental program, owner and guest services. They have hosted tens of thousands of happy guests there.

"This is a new way to bring back those visitors and introduce Oyhut Bay to all those visitors who have yet to experience what is becoming a go-to place on the Washington Coast," said Penny Taylor, head of reservations

The recent sale of the resort would have caused property owners and guests to lose the massive global advertising built up with By the Sea, so the company moved quick to start the Owner-Direct program," said Trina Flanagan, client manager for Oyhut Bay Vacation Rentals. "Now, owners can stay with us or switch to us to get maximum income with minimum effort.

Onsite services are managed by Jackie Martin, who has been the lodging manager for By the Sea for eight years and a member of the Ocean Shores community for over thirty years. The company has as stable of highly reliable cleaners and maintenance personnel who provide hospitality grade services.

"Jackie is well known in the community as providing fabulously clean homes,fast maintenance and 24-7 guest services" said, Penny Taylor, "no one is more reliable than Jackie."

As an incentive to property owners By the Sea is cutting rental commissions IN HALF to get underway. So this is how owners get maximum income with minimum fuss.

"We are a better management alternative for owners who want personal attention and results" said Trina Flanagan. "Owners can call me directly at 360-553-1818 for more information.


BY THE SEA VACATION RENTALS: Although it began business in 1964, the company is the most innovative and technogically advanced rental management company in the Ocean Shores and North Beaches area. It can be reached at BytheseasBythesea.com. PO Box 627 OceanShoers, WA 98569. Phone: 360-746-0686.

OYHUT BAY VACATION RENALS: is operated by By the Sea in affilaitoni with Goldener Inns and the Vortex at OyhutBayVacatoinRentals.com Owners now have an alternative independent management company offering full service for a more competitive commissions. The business can be reached at OyhutBayVacationrentals.com phone 360-553-1818.

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Author: Ron Lee – Author, Goldener Inns & Resorts
Blog #: 0659 – 04/29/19

Hot rods roll into the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

By Tony Halekakis
Published: 04/18/19 Topics: Comments: -

High Rolling Hot Rods Car Show

Hot rods will be rolling in for the High Rollin' Hot Rods Car Show at the Quinault Resort and Casino (QBRC). Join in the fun Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Owners and enthusiasts will take in the cars, games and prizes at QBRC. For this 10th annual show, it all goes on rain or shine.

Event goers will also have an opportunity to meet Lance Lambert from the Vintage Vehicle Show. Lambert has seen it all as the host on the show, taking viewers to see everything from the biggest and best car shows in the United States, to museums and private collections owned by celebrities.

The Push Rods of Hoquiam Car Club was originally founded in 1953, by an area group of friends. The group raises money to provide two college scholarships for Grays Harbor College, assisting motivated students studying the auto and business industries. The also donate to the Aberdeen High School Auto Shop, The Meals On Wheels Program and the Center for Domestic Violence.

There will be cash and prizes galore throughout the event with $3,000 being given away. Enter the Poker Run 1-4 pm, Friday.

Bring Your ‘Rod! Pre-register a car for the show for $15 or $20 on arrival for the show. Registrants will receive a goodie bag, dash plaque and entry in door prizes drawn every 15 minutes. Check-in for the show begins around 8 am with the shows concluding between 2-3 pm.

For more information on the High Rollin’ Hot Rods event or to register, visit the Pushrods of Hoquiam official website, the Pushrods of Hoquiam Facebook page, or contact Denny of the Pushrods at 360-581-9911.

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Author: Tony Halekakis
Blog #: 0657 – 04/18/19

Alice in Wonderland takes to the stage

By Pamela Nygaard
Published: 04/16/19 Topics: Comments: -

Stage West Community Theatre is proud to present "Alice in Wonderland." This is based on one of the more widely beloved British children’s books, "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

Follow Alice as she has many wondrous, often bizarre adventures with thoroughly illogical and very strange creatures. She encounters the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, the Duchess (with a baby that is a pig), and the Cheshire Cat. Alice attends a strange endless tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. She plays a game of croquet with the Queen who calls for the execution of almost everyone present.

With its fantastical tales and riddles, this is a fast paced, colorful, witty, and a delightful visit in Wonderland. The script is full of humor, fun and action. The whimsy, energy and creativity of the show will take you on a journey of childhood discovery.

Stage West has been providing quality live theater to the North Beach community for over seven years and continues to be the only community organization dedicated solely to keeping local theater alive. We have volunteer opportunities for actors, musicians, directors, set creators, stage managers, web and social media promotion and performance help for all ages and experience.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Performances are 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm, Sundays, May 3,4,5 and 10,11,12. Performances are at the Lions' Club in Ocean Shores. Purchase online:Stagewestcommunitytheatre.org.

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Author: Pamela Nygaard
Blog #: 0656 – 04/16/19

Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show Is Looking for Artists!

By Eric Bjella
Published: 04/07/19 Topics: Events, Ocean Shores WA Comments: -

Raucous

The Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show is gearing up for their eighth crazy runway show! Artists are busy working on their creations and set designs are being planned. While I’m a bit biased, I think this show has become a local favorite among the many great events happening in Ocean Shores.

Show producers, Eric Bjella and Tricia Funk, have always intended that the show, once it proved its value, be used as a fundraiser to benefit a local non-profit willing to take on the production responsibilities. Stage West Community Theatre (SWCT) has been a non-profit community theatre producing plays in Ocean Shores for nearly 10 years.

The theme for the 2019 Show is: “Hidden Meaning” and artists are encouraged but not required to create pieces along this theme. Artists of all media are invited to create ensembles of functional and not so functional pieces of “clothing” and accessories to be presented in a one-of-a-kind runway fashion show held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center on June 1.

This is a runway extravaganza with something to pique your creative interests. The show is rated PG-13 and well-behaved children accompanied by an adult are welcome. There will be a no-host bar available. Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets will go on sale May 1 and will be available online at the Stage West Community Theatre website or at The Dusty Trunk store in Ocean Shores.

More information about the Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show can be found at www.oswearableart.com. Or, contact the OS Wearable Art Show through its Facebook page: Ocean Shores Wearable Art Show or
through Stage West Community Theatre at StageWestCommunityTheatre.org

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Author: Eric Bjella
Blog #: 0653 – 04/07/19

'Rockin' the Shores' is shakin' it up for the Ocean Shores Food Bank

By Kathy Harris
Published: 03/29/19 Topics: Comments: -

Raucous

"Rockin' the Shores" takes center stage as the fourth annual benefit for Ocean Shores Food Bank. Back by popular demand is “RAUCOUS”.

(Pronounced “Rock US”)

This band presents an energy-packed, audience-friendly performance playing a variety of classic rock and dance music. "RAUCOUS" has performed at clubs, casinos, dances, festivals, fairs and various events throughout the Pacific Northwest. "RAUCOUS" has been selected to perform multiple times at the Bite of Seattle and the Taste of Tacoma.

The evening begins with a silent auction 4:30-6 pm with along with music by Charlie Baer. Dinner by George Lee is at 6 pm, then it’s time to rock out with "RAUCOUS" starting at 7 pm. Live Auction takes place at 7:30 pm, then more music closing out the event at 8:30 pm.

Tickets are $35 per person, Reserved table for 8/ $300. Tickets are available at the Visitor’s Information Center (across from Ocean Shores IGA) and at the Convention Center Mon-Fri 10 am-2 pm. You may also purchase online. This is the Food Bank’s only fund raising event during the year. Tickets are limited to 400 and have sold out each year before the event.

Here are a few facts about the Ocean Shores Food Bank from 2018. They served 5,094 households, 13,520 individuals and distributed 114 tons of food. Volunteers clocked in 10,852 hours of their time. One of those volunteers, Kathy Harris, a volunteer commented during the first quarter of this year, Ocean Shores Food Bank has seen a 23% increase in the number of guests coming to the food bank compared to last year's numbers.

"There is hope and that hope is YOU", according to Sandy Harley, executive director of Ocean Shores Food Bank. "Your support will help provide individuals and families with warm, nutritious food - meals that also offer happiness and hope for a better tomorrow. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of others."

Hunger is a year round problem. It’s as much a problem for the working class as it is for those struggling with poverty Life may change for anyone at any time, making the everyday task of providing for one’s family very difficult. The need is present in individuals, families, senior citizens on fixed incomes, the underemployed and the unemployed, those who struggle to make ends meet.

For more information, please go to the Ocean Shores Food Bank website:https://oceanshoresfoodbank.org/.

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Author: Kathy Harris
Blog #: 0652 – 03/29/19

UFO Summit lands at Quinault Resort and Casino

By Johnny Manson
Published: 02/28/19 Topics: Comments: -

UFO Summit


The UFO/Paranormal Summit is an annual research conference in Grays Harbor Washington. It is at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in Ocean Shores. We feature the world's most renowned researchers in the UFO and Paranormal worlds as well as new researchers as they present their evidence, theories and information.

Event Schedule
Please note: Sunday workshops are a pre-register event and are limited to 45 guests in total. If you are interested in attending the workshops on Sunday, please let us know.

Schedule and speaker lineup subject to change without notice.

Friday, March 1, 2019, 6-10 pm
Event Vendors
6-10 pm
UFO/Paranormal Vendors
Throughout the resort grounds, you will find various UFO & paranormal related vendors selling books, t-shirt, trinkets and keepsakes.

Meet-N-Greet
Friday, 6-10 pm
Meet-N-Greet
Get close and personal with the events speakers. Ask the questions you want to ask, get autographs, take pictures and mingle with the leaders in this type of research.

Come ask one-on-one questions

UFO iTeam
Friday 7-7:50 pm
UFO iTeam
The UFOiTEAM is a highly educated group of experienced Paranormal Field-Investigators, who travel by train, bus and local ride-sharing services, to investigate UFO, Bigfoot, Ghost and other Paranormal sighting reports around the world.

Sarah Nash
Friday 8-8:50 pm
Sarah Nash
Rev. Nash's Mission Statement reveals her vision “To assist all of mankind in the evolution of authentic consciousness and the quest for enlightenment. To eradicate fear, suffering and spiritual illness at the cosmic centers of our being. To illuminate The Path with humor accompanied by a gentle sense of irreverent reverence. To have a really really really good time doing all of that.”

White Light Express
Witness Testimony
Friday 9-10 pm:
Witness Testimony
Come share your experience! Witnesses are given the opportunity to tell us what they saw, what happened and the circumstances surrounding their sighting or abduction in an accepting environment, free of judgement.

Hosted by The Alien Hunter

Day 2
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9 am-7 pm
Event Vendors
9am-7 pm
UFO/Paranormal Vendors
Throughout the resort grounds, you will find various UFO & paranormal related vendors selling books, t-shirt, trinkets and keepsakes.

Aleta Debee
Saturday 9-9:50 am
Aleta Debee
Aleta DeBee is Assistant Director of MUFON for in Washington State, and an experienced Field Investigator. After retirement from the Washington Department of Ecology, she has stepped up her work with UFO research. She has studied the abduction/contact phenomenon to help Experiencers better understand their encounters. She is also a member of the MUFON Experiencer Research Team
(http://www.mufon.com/experiencer.html).

MUFON Experiencer Research Team
UFO iTeam
Saturday 10-10:50 am
UFO iTeam
The UFOiTEAM is a highly educated group of experienced Paranormal Field-Investigators, who travel by train, bus and local ride-sharing services, to investigate UFO, Bigfoot, Ghost and other Paranormal sighting reports around the world.

UFO iTeam
Maurene Morgan
Saturday 11-11:50 am
Maurene Morgan
Maurene Morgan is a Washington State Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) State Section Director and Certified Field Investigator. She has investigated dozens of reports of UFOs, entities and mental and physical procedures.

UFO Disclosure: More Smoke and Mirrors
Lunch Break
Saturday Noon-1 pm
Lunch Break
We will have great lunch specials available at the Summit. The Quinault Beach Resort & Casino provides fun wraps, sandwiches and snacks at the event or feel free to wander over to the Bistro for more options.

The Maury Island Incident
Saturday 1-1:50 pm
The Maury Island Incident
Based on declassified FBI documents, "The Maury Island Incident" tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, WA, sparking 'the summer of the saucers,' the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of 'Men in Black' and a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Paranormal Ranger
Saturday 2-2:50 pm
Paranormal Ranger
Jonathan Dover spent 31 years as a law enforcement officer. He worked in the Arizona Police Department, The National Park Service, Navajo Historic Preservation Department, and the Navajo Nation Rangers.

John Dover
Derrel Sims
Saturday 3-3:50 pm
Derrel Sims
Derrel Sims, The Alien Hunter. The world’s leading expert on alien abductions. His 38+ years of field research has focused on physical evidence, and led to his groundbreaking discoveries of alien implants and alien fluorescence. As a former military police officer and CIA operative, Sims has a unique insight to the alien organization which he believes functions similarly to an intelligence agency.

The Alien Hunter
Peter Davenport
Saturday 4-5 pm
Peter Davenport
Peter Davenport has been director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994. Peter reports UFO sighting cases regularly on the Jeff Rense Radio Show and presents lectures on specific UFO cases, most notably the Phoenix Lights sighting.

Day 3
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9 am-noon
Please note: In order to attend Sunday workshops, you need to pre-register via online. Tickets are only $100 and INCLUDE entry for Friday & Saturday.

Maurene Morgan Workshop
Sunday 9 am-noon
Maurene Morgan Workshop
Maurene Morgan is a Washington State Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) State Section Director and Certified Field Investigator. She has investigated dozens of reports of UFOs, entities and mental and physical procedures.

WA MUFON State Director
Derrel Sims Workshop
Sunday 9 am-noon
Derrel Sims Workshop
Derrel Sims The Alien Hunter is the world's leading expert on alien abductions. His 38+ years of field research has focused on physical evidence, and led to his groundbreaking discoveries of alien implants and alien fluorescence. As a former military police officer and CIA operative, Sims has a unique insight to the alien organization which he believes functions similarly to an intelligence agency. Sims is also a compassionate and skilled therapist who has helped hundreds of alien experiencers all over the world come to terms with what they've witnessed. He currently works as a licensed private investigator in Houston, Texas.

The Alien Hunter

National UFO Reporting Center

UFO iTeam Workshop
Sunday 9 am-noon
UFO ITeam Workshop
The UFOiTEAM is a highly educated group of experienced Paranormal Field-Investigators, who travel by train, bus and local ride-sharing services, to investigate UFO, Bigfoot, Ghost and other Paranormal sighting reports around the world. Using their extensive expertise and a wide range of experience to uncover ‘Whatever Truth there is Out There,” the UFOiTeam is on a quest to ‘Red-Pill’ the public on the topic of “UFO/Paranormal Disclosure” and the new “Paradigm Shift in Consciousness” that is currently sweeping the planet. The UFOiTEAM’s founding director is Michael W. Hall, J.D., an attorney and former Superior Court Judge Pro Tem with a lifelong interest in UFOs, Bigfoot and the Paranormal. An ‘Experiencer’ himself, Hall has served as a field investigator for the “Aerial Phenomena Research Organization” (APRO), during the 1970s, the legal advisor for the “National UFO Reporting Center” (NUFORC), 1995 to present, legal counsel and research associate for the “National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena” (NARCAP), since 1999, and a consultant/investigator for the “Mutual UFO Network” (MUFON), since 1995. Michael has also served as the attorney of record for such World-renowned ufologists as Peter Davenport, Dr. Richard Haines and Dr. James Harder.

UFO iTeam

For more information on the conference, please call 888 461-2214.

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Author: Johnny Manson
Blog #: 0646 – 02/28/19

Beachcombers Fun Fair finds its way to Ocean Shores

By Dianne Hansen
Published: 02/25/19 Topics: Comments: -



The 32nd annual Beachcombers Fun Fair brings together all kinds of information, experts and enthusiasts for a weekend for anyone who enjoys the beach.

Hours are 10-5 pm, Saturday, March 2 and 10 am-4 pm, Sunday, March 3 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Admission, covering both days, is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for under 5.

In addition to speakers, displays, hands-on educational activities and beach-related vendors, you are offered an opportunity to display some of your beach finds and creative talents. Kids games and beach walks are part of the weekend.

Several hundred entries in more than 40 categories will be on display. These may include single objects, collections and photography, along with various creative and artistic efforts, such as collages, carvings, mobiles, mosaics, flower arrangements, home décor and furnishings.

Entries are to be received at the venue 2-7 pm, Friday, March 1. Entry forms may be picked up and completed on-site.

All entries must be retrieved just after the event closes, 4-5 pm, Sunday. There is no charge to enter any display categories. Entrants are competing for ribbons and Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.

In addition to an array of informational and educational booths, displays and kids’ activities both days, four beachcombing experts are on hand for Saturday afternoon seminars. Sunday morning, Alan Rammer will conduct his annual educational beach walk. Space is limited and people with sign up Saturday. Meet at 9am on Sunday for the walk.

At the same time, folks can pick up free trash bags for the other Sunday morning activity, “Dash for Trash and Treasure.” From 9-11 am, people may bring their freshly found items from the beach to tables set up just outside the Convention Center to learn more about their origins.

More information is available on the festival’s Facebook event page.

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Author: Dianne Hansen – Event Planner
Blog #: 0645 – 02/25/19

March into Ocean Shores for the 13th annual Razor Clam Festival

By Piper Leslie
Published: 02/21/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival is the celebration of local beach life, culture and the great bounty of the sea featuring our famous razor clam “digs.” The Festival offers activities for the entire family whether you come to go clamming, to enjoy the 6 miles of beach or the amazing array of fun and activities put on by the beach town businesses and Festival.

The Festival is growing and expanding this year – check our website, grab a program or just start looking around as you come into town! There will be live music, clamming tutorials, cooking demonstrations, vendors, razor clam art, beer and wine tasting, and a 5K run. For the kids, there'll be face painting and ride the shark.

SATURDAY EVENT SCHEDULE:
Inside Convention Center
11–11:30am – Opening Ceremony @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 6pm – Professional Clam Chowder Contest (requires a tasting passport) @ The Pacific Hall/Outside
10am – 2pm – “Clamming 101” – Learn how to clam! @ The Tide Room
10am – 6pm – Workshops – Fishing, outdoor topics, and more @ Jetty Room
10am – 6pm – Vendor Booths @ The Pacific Hall & Lobby
10am – 6pm – Cooking Demonstrations and music @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 6pm – Ride the mechanical shark! @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 8pm – Beverage Station – beer wine, spirits @ The Pacific Hall (Sponsored by The Weed Shack)
10am – 6pm – Info booth and chowder tasting tickets @ The Lobby
10am – 6pm – Merchandise booth & chowder tasting tickets @ The Pacific Hall
5:30pm – Award Ceremony – Clam Chowder Contest, Clam Contest @ The Pacific Hall Stage
6-8pm – Clamtastic Party with 80 Proof Ale (80proofale.com) @ The Pacific Hall (Sponsored by Bennett’s Seafood Shack)
7pm – Shuttles to Casino begin @ The West Entrance
9pm – More Live Music at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino!

Outside
10am – Running with the Clams 5k
10am – 7pm – Food booths – (seating in convention center)
2:30-6pm – Clam Cleaning Station – –
2:30-5pm Clam Contest registration – largest and smallest
10am – 6pm – Giant slide ride

SUNDAY EVENT SCHEDULE:
Inside Convention Center
10am – 2pm – “Clamming 101” – Learn how to clam! @ TheTide Room
10am – 3pm – Workshops – Fishing, outdoor topics, and more @ The Jetty Room
10am – 3pm Professional Clam Chowder tasting @ The Pacific Hall/Outside
10am – 3pm – Vendor Booths @ The Pacific Hall & Lobby
10am – 3pm – Cooking Demonstrations and music @ The Pacific Hall Stage
10am – 3pm – Ride the mechanical shark! @ The Pacific Hall
10am – 3pm – Beverage Station – beer wine, spirits @ The Pacific Hall (Sponsored by The Weed Shack)
10am – 3pm – Info booth and chowder tasting tickets @ The Lobby
10am – 3pm – Merchandise booth & chowder tasting tickets @ The Pacific Hall
2:30pm – Award Ceremony – Amateur Clam Chowder Contest @ The Pacific Hall Stage

Outside
10am – 3pm – Food Booths – (seating in convention center)
10am – 3pm – Giant slide ride!

FREE Admission for this 13th annual event! Ocean Shores North Beach Chamber of Commerce presents this festival.

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Author: Piper Leslie
Blog #: 0644 – 02/21/19

Museum of the North Beach hosts Beachcombing ID from A to Z

By Kelly Calhoun
Published: 02/16/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Museum of the North Beach will be hosting the next Beachcombing ID from A to Z event on Sunday, February 24 from 2-4pm.

Bring in your unique, mysterious or everyday beachcombed objects and local expert and professional beachcomber Alan Rammer will be on hand to identify and educate. Fun is a key element in the program developed by Rammer. He says that finding items on the beach can be enjoyable, and he tries to help participants try to figure out what the items are, where they originated and what the findings could mean. Alan was one of the original founders of the annual Beachcombers Fun Fair in Ocean Shores.

A prize will be awarded to the most unique beachcombed find. This is a free event.

The Museum of the North Beach is located at 4658 SR 109 in Moclips. We are open 11am to 4pm on weekends during the winter months.

For information call us at 360-276-4441 or email kelly@moclips.org.

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Author: Kelly Calhoun, Museum of the North Beach
Blog #: 0643 – 02/16/19

2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores

By Evergreen State Walking Club
Published: 02/15/19 Topics: Comments: -

2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival is coming to Ocean Shores, WA,

February 16-18!

Online registration is now available at: http://www.esva.online/seabreeze-walking-festival/

This event includes six walks and a bike, as well as two YREs, in and around Ocean Shores, WA. Also featured on Saturday, February 16, is a dinner and social time in the evening.

Event: 2019 Seabreeze Walking Festival at Ocean Shores, WA.

Walk Pre-registration: The walk pre-registration form is available here. Online walk pre-registration will be available via PayPal starting August 1, 2018, at which time the link will be provided here. http://www.esva.online/seabreeze-walking-festival/

Sponsors and Dates: The Capitol Volkssport Club invites walkers and cyclists to join them at Ocean Shores Saturday thru Monday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-18, 2019.

AVA Sanction#/Distances:

Ocean Shores Oyhut Bay Area Walk 111020 – 5K or 10K or 15K (all rated 1A).

Ocean Shores North Town Walk 111099 – 5K or 10K (both rated 1A).

Damon Point Walk 111023 – 5K or 7K or 12K (all rated 1C).

Moclips Walk 110986 – 5K or 10K (both rated 1C).

Griffiths-Priday State Park Walk 111024 – 5K or 7K or 10K or 30K (all rated 2C).

Seabrook Walk 111022 – 5K or 10K (both rated 2C).

Point Brown Bike 111021 – 25K or 30K (both rated 1A).

Two Ocean Shores YREs are also available 10K with 5K option (rated 1A or 1C).

Griffith Priday State Park

A walk on Damon Point

Driftwood explosion

Beach houses at Seabrook

Driving Directions: I-5 Northbound and Southbound: Take Exit 104 (US 101). Continue westbound as US 101 becomes SR 8 and then US 12 and finally US 101 again, passing through Aberdeen and Hoquiam. From Hoquiam continue on State Route 109 approximately 18 miles to the intersection with State Route 115, and turn left. Continue to Point Brown Ave (the entrance to Ocean Shores) and turn left. Turn right onto Chance-a-la-Mer at the traffic circle, then take the next right which is Ocean Shores Blvd. Drive .1 mile to the Ocean Shores Lions Club on the right.

Starting Point: Ocean Shores Lions Club, located at 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW in Ocean Shores, WA.

Starting Point: Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, Ocean Shores

Start/Finish Times: Walkers may begin walking any time between 8 AM and 2 PM on Saturday or Sunday, and must be finished by 5 PM. Walkers may begin walking any time between 8 AM and noon on Monday, and must be finished by 3 PM on Monday.

Saturday Evening Social: This is an Italian dinner at 6 PM on Saturday night, featuring a new caterer. See registration form for menu. We’re also excited to welcome the six-piece Burren Band, who will play Irish music. Cost is $35 per person (US Funds only, please), which includes tax and gratuity. B.Y.O.B. Advance reservation is required, and seating is limited to the first 120 tickets sold. Dinner reservations may be made via mail using the form located here, and must be received by February 1, 2019. Online dinner reservations via PayPal will be available by August 1, 2018, at which time the URL will be provided here. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Further Saturday Night Social information: e-mail sheila.morrison@comcast.net.

A herd of birds

Window in the driftwood

Beach cabins at Moclips

The river mouth at Pacific Beach

Facilities/Pets: Restrooms and water will be available at the start and finish, also at restaurants or stores (where they exist) along the routes. Pets are permitted but NOT in buildings. Owners must observe leash and clean up laws.

Registration and Costs: These events count for American Volkssport Association (AVA) and IVV credit. Those walking or cycling for credit only will pay $3 per walk. Free participants are welcome. All walkers and cyclists must register, carry, and return a start card. Donations in support of the festival are always appreciated. Pre-registration for events is now open. Print and mail the form located here, or register online after August 1, 2018. On-site registration will also be available throughout the festival.

Lodging: Please note this event occurs on a holiday weekend, so it would be prudent to make hotel reservations early.

Other walks in the area: If you would like to come early, stay late, or walk on your way down and back, we have YREs for you. These can be found in Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Centralia, Chehalis, Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, Tumwater, and Westport. Details of all of the YRE walks can be found here and details for YRE bikes here.

Please note: The sponsors are not liable for accidents, thefts, or material damage. Every effort will be made by the sponsors to make this a safe, enjoyable, and memorable event. Weather will be provided; hope to see you there!

Seabrook pines

Low tide

A Viking longship

The beach steps at Seabrook

Walk and bike details: All walks, and the bike route, are MAP ONLY routes; there will be no trail markings. Please also note that many of the walks are weather and tide dependent.

The following descriptions are subject to change, as the exact routes have not yet been finalized.

Ocean Shores Oyhut Bay Area Walk: 5K or 10K or 15K, all rated 1A. Walk the southern end of Ocean Shores through neighborhoods and city parks, and a new small development with café and Bistro, Market. Views of North Bay, Chehalis River and mountains.These walks are suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Ocean Shores North Town Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 1A. Take a break from the beach! Enjoy the north end of Ocean Shores with this walk. Walk past homes with views of North Bay as well as a small lake. After walking through neighborhoods you will wind your way along both sides of Point Brown Avenue NE where you can stop and enjoy a variety of shops, art stores, and a wide variety of restaurants.

Damon Point Walk: 5K or 7K or 12K, all rated 1C. Walk around a former island in the Chehalis River, now connected to the mainland by a sand spit. On good days, there are views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, the Olympics, and the distant cities of Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Westport. Seals, eagles, sandpipers, sanderlings, surfers, fishermen, ships, driftwood, shells, and the occasional Snowy Owl are sometimes seen while walking in this area. On the ocean side of Damon Point, the beach can be quite steep; some walkers have found walking sticks helpful (one can easily be found among the driftwood, if you don’t normally carry one …). These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Snowy owl at Damon Point

What is it?

In the woods at Seabrook

Canal homes at Ocean Shores

Moclips Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 1C. Walk from Moclips to Pacific Beach State Park along the rugged north beach. This walk has the option of returning to Moclips through Pacific Beach State Park and the quaint town of Pacific Beach or along the beach. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Griffiths-Priday State Park Walk: 5K or 7K or 10K or 30K, all rated 2C. Walk through the dunes on a remote corner of the Washington coast, free from cars year-round, and along the beach. See nature in action as the land and paths erode in one area and build up in another. Due to this ongoing erosion, the path can be rougher than you might expect it to be walking on sand dunes or on the beach. Walking sticks are recommended for those who find them helpful. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Seabrook Walk: 5K or 10K, both rated 2C. Walk through the new vacation community of Seabrook. This walk includes paved streets in the town portion, a trail through the woods surrounding the town, and the beach. Trails through the woods are fairly well maintained, but can be uneven. The 10K walk goes up and down the bluff via steps to the beach, and passes several huge tree stumps that were left by loggers in the past. These walks are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

Ocean Shores Bike: 25K or 30K, both rated 1A. The 25K and 30K routes circle the Ocean Shores peninsula on flat roads, through neighborhoods and undeveloped areas. Bikes are available for rent from local businesses.

The land between the creek and the sea

Sea lion pup

Come Walk With Us!

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Author: Evergreen State Walking Club
Blog #: 0642 – 02/15/19

Coastal Cleanup Seeking Volunteers

By Washington Coast Savers
Published: 02/15/19 Topics: Comments: -

The Washington Clean Coast Alliance

The Alliance formed in 2007 and launched the CoastSavers program to coordinate the efforts of volunteer groups and individuals that had been cleaning up Washington’s Pacific Coast since as far back as 1971.

The Washington Coast Cleanup

Our signature annual event is the Washington Coast Cleanup, which started as a series of separate beach cleanups held every April in celebration of Earth Day. The number of volunteers and the amount of debris collected keep growing. On average, over 1,300 volunteers participate in the cleanup and remove more than 34,000 pounds of debris each April. Awesome!

Three Branches of our History

Prior to 2007, our history has three branches: the Olympic Coast Cleanup founded by Jan Klippert; the three annual Long Beach cleanups organized by the Grass Roots Garbage Gang; and Operation Shore Patrol organized by the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association.

Jan Klippert

In April 2000, Seattle environmentalist Jan Klippert founded the Olympic Coast Cleanup as an Earth Day activity to clean up our northern coast, especially the hard-to-reach wilderness beaches. With the help of Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Surfrider Foundation, and several tribal groups, Jan’s efforts have blossomed into the current Washington Coast Cleanup.

Grass Roots Garbage Gang

Also around 2000, a group of civic-minded folks down in Long Beach came together as the Grass Roots Garbage Gang to clean up their community beaches. With the help of Washington State Parks, the Gang holds three cleanups every year, including a January effort to gather winter storm debris, the April Washington Coast Cleanup, and a July 5 effort to clean up the “war zone” fallout of Independence Day fireworks.

Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association

Cleaning our coast since 1971, the Pacific Northwest Four Wheelers have been at it longer than anyone! With help from Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Ecology, and the Ocean Conservancy, their Operation Shore Patrol event has become an annual tradition on Washington’s southern beaches.

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Author: Washington Coast Savers
Blog #: 0639 – 02/15/19

Renewed antiques find a home at Ocean Shores Convention Center

By Dianne Hansen
Published: 02/14/19 Topics: Comments: -



Ocean Shores Renewed Antique Show returns Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17 to the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Kicking off the weekend is a “Peek and Purchase” premier social event Friday, Feb. 15.

Shop at the vendor booths inside the convention center. You'll be able to enjoy an adult beverage with nibbles. Live music with Sunni and KC of Unexpected Soul will be featured. Purchase a ticket allowing you to experience the weekend's show.

the annual event opens to the public 10 pm-6 pm, Saturday and 10 am-4 pm, Sunday. Highlights include a vintage accessories show at 1 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.

The antique show features over 50 vendors with a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, upcycled and repurposed items.

Admission to the show is $3 or $2 with a non-perishable food donation for the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Friday night is 6-8 pm and a pre-ticketed function for $25. Free pass provided for the weekend.

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Author: Dianne Hansen
Blog #: 0641 – 02/14/19

Barbershop quartets harmonize in Ocean Shores

By Charlie Boon
Published: 02/12/19 Topics: Comments: -

QCED (Quartet Champions of Evergreen District) is coming to Ocean Shores! After many years of traveling to Seaside Oregon, QCED will perform in Ocean Shores.

QCED is a fraternity of past quartet champions from the Evergreen District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The Evergreen District encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Annually, the District holds a competition among its quartets and those who win the District Championship are inducted into QCED.

QCED also hosts two shows a year, one in January and one at the District Convention. The proceeds are used to support coaching opportunities for quartets in out-lying areas around the District and assist our quartets who will be singing at the BHS International competition.

How QCED came to be

Back in 1972--at the Islander Resort on Lopez Island, WA--several past District champions had been talking about getting a group together with the purpose of "upgrading the calibre of performance of Evergreen District Quartets." Their objectives were to:

  • provide fellowship with others who have won the District Championship,
  • promote and encourage quartet singing within the District,
  • support and promote efforts to advance the level of singing, coaching, and judging skills within the District, and
  • give financial assistance to quartets representing the District in International Competition.
  • For over ten years the group grew slowly. Finally it became apparent the Lopez Island location was too remote to guarantee attendace by many of the former champs, nor could sustain a good-sized audience at shows. In 1985, through the untiring efforts of the late Bob Swanson, the annual QCED meeting and show was moved to Seaside, OR as a joint venture with the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.

    With the great oceanside atmosphere, shops and restaurants, the new location was an instant success with QCEDers, their families, and fans alike. After 40 years of existence QCED has given tens of thousands of dollars to the promotion and betterment of our unique style of four-part harmony.

    The concert is 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 23 at Ocean Shores Convention Center. Tickets are $20, $10 for under 12 years old.

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    Author: Charlie Boon
    Blog #: 0640 – 02/12/19

    Dugan's Run fun for all ages

    By Eric Noble
    Published: 02/07/19 Topics: Comments: -

    For over 30 years, Dugan's Run has been promoting youth sports, family participation and community involvement. This year's annual event is Sunday, March 24.

    The run features part of its course on the beach for the 5K and 10K routes!

    In addition to a great time for family and friends, excess proceeds also go to support a local nonprofit each year.

  • The Kids Dash age groups are for ages 3 & under, ages 4 & 5, ages 6 & 7, and ages 8 & 9, beginning at 10 am.
  • The One Miler is 12 & under and begins at the conclusion of the Kids Dash.
  • The 5K & 10K follow at the conclusion of the One Miler.
  • The awards ceremony will start at noon. Place winners are awarded for each age group (male and female) for the Kids Dash, One Miler, 5K, and 10K.

    Everyone entered in an event is eligible for one of dozens of prizes to be given away at the awards ceremony.

    Excess proceeds will be donated to Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue http://ghvsar.org/

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    Author: Eric Noble, Dugan's Pizza
    Blog #: 0638 – 02/07/19

    Chocolate Sundaes on Sunday is open to you

    By Lee Marriott
    Published: 02/04/19 Topics: Comments: -

    Chocolate on the Beach Festival offers 13 miles of chocolate! Find vendors Saturday and Sunday at Pacific Beach Elementary School. Up and down SR-109, you'll find all kinds of chocolate delight.

    Returning to the schedule is an annual Sunday favorite. Chocolate Sundaes on Sunday is a sweet treat hosted by St. John's Chapel by the Sea. Create your own sundae with ice cream and toppings provided for you.

    This FREE event follows 10:30 am worship and is open to everyone. You'll find all kinds of toppings and ice cream. Pile it up in your bowl and choose how much chocolate to add and enhance.

    For the first time, this event will benefit the Barbara Topete Memorial Benevolence Fund. As a charter mamber, Barbara Topete (matriarch of Ocean Crest Resort) saw the need in the community through this fund which is designed to help those in emergency need in the North Beach. Whether it's a fire, accident, medical emergency, this fund gives back to those who have emergency circumstance thrust upon them.

    This is a FREE event. Any financial donations benefit this fund.

    St. John's Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is at 4612 SR 109, border of Moclips and Pacific Beach.

    For more information, please call 360.276.4183.

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    Author: Lee Marriott, St. John's Chapel by the Sea PCUSA
    Blog #: 0637 – 02/04/19

    Chocolate on the Beach Festival Celebrates its 12th Year

    By Stephanie Allestad
    Published: 01/25/19 Topics: Comments: -

    Our small coastal community of Pacific Beach has been the home of the Chocolate on the Beach Festival for over eleven years now. In 2008, it started out as a small fundraiser for The Museum of the North Beach. In 2012 we became our own entity that has now grown into a HUGE event for the sister communities of Moclips, Aloha, Copalis Crossing, Seabrook, Copalis Beach and Ocean City and is now a four day event and over 13 miles long!

    The Chocolate on the Beach Festival supports organizations and groups in the North Beach area with grants and donations for historical, educational and community projects. This year, $6,000.00 in grant funds and auction baskets were given, making a grand total of over $41,000 donated back to our community since we became our own entity seven years ago!

    This is a fun, family festival offering something for every chocolate lover! There are chocolate vendors, artists, and crafters. You can attend a cooking class or enter your favorite recipe in the recipe contest. How about entering a chocolate eating contest? You can do all this and so much more. Attendees will find chocolate that is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, organic, fair trade, and even chocolate-themed crafts!

    Become a fan on Facebook by navigating to: https://www.facebook.com/ChocolateontheBeachFestival. There you’ll be able to chat with The Chocolate Lady, get recipes, and keep up to date on all things Chocolate Festival.

    Adult Admission Only $5

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    Author: Stephanie Allestad, Chocolate on the Beach Festival
    Blog #: 0636 – 01/25/19
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