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History melds coastline into military resort
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 11/11/19 Topics: Comments: -
It began as an area inhabited by the Quinault Indian Nation. These people populated the North Beach area including what is now Pacific Beach. Their families hunted sea otters and whales via canoe.
Settlers began to arrive in the 1870s and sea otters were expended because of their prized furs. Clams soon overtook otters as the local primary food supply. Clam digging became so vital and a part of North Beach life, classes at the first school opened in 1900 on the nearby Copalis River, were scheduled according to the tides.
Pacific Beach was known as a cannery and sawmill town. And in 1902, another evolution brought a change to the coast. The Northern Pacific Railway linked this dot on the North Beach to the twin harbor towns of Hoquiam and Aberdeen. Pacific Beach was now a resort destination. With an ocean beach almost two miles long, the Pacific Beach Hotel opened in 1906.
After a fire in 1915, the hotel was rebuilt with 50 rooms and added 25 cabins by 1930. During its peak, there were well-known guests including the actor, Frederick Marsh. It became known as one of the Pacific Northwest's idyllic honeymoon destinations.
By 1942, hotel business had declined, due to wartime travel and fuel limitations. The hotel was identified as underused facility that could be quickly transformed to barracks. The Navy purchased the hotel and grounds for use as an anti-aircraft-gunnery training school. The
Navy and Air Force converted the rooms into regional headquarters for training anti-aircraft recruits.
After World War II, the facility was offered to the local community for $1. With Pacific Beach being unincorporated, the sale could not be completed. The base sat idle until 1950 when the Air Force moved in and used it as a radar station for five years.
Following years of inactivity, Naval Facility engineers redeveloped the base between 1957-1958. It was disestablished in October of 1987, transferred to Naval Station Puget Sound. It then was under the direction of Naval Station Everett. Under Commander Naval Station guidance, the facility is now an active part of Fleet & Family Readiness (MWR).
During 2000-2001, the hotel building underwent a complete renovation. The restaurant is open to the public. In 2010 a multi-million dollar renovation project was completed on the 30 cottages.
And when you drive Main Street, following the curve along the beach, you'll find the Pacific Beach Resort & Conference Center. You'll find the hotel, cottages, RV park/camping area, all with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean.
Author: Cindy Stearns – Editor
Blog #: 0710 – 11/11/19
Dining along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 11/04/19 Topics: Comments: -
You've decided to take a trip along the scenic Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. And you're going to dine as you go. Where and what are some of the selections you'll find?
As you head toward the beach, it's a stop at The Grizzly Den. Just before you reach the Bowerman Basin, it's this spot in Hoquiam. Order a hand-spanked burger with fresh, homemade fries. And plan on a milk shake or ice cream cone before you head on your way. You'll be able to eat inside, carry out or grab a picnic table. It's be known to spot a heron at the edge of the shorebird viewing area on your Hidden Coast trek.
Maybe you'd like to pick up something and fix yourself while you visit the beach. Lytle's Seafood is situated with a view of Grays Harbor. Lytle Seafoods Oyster Shack is a retail and wholesale seafood business. Specializing in their own fresh oysters grown in the cold waters of the North Bay of Grays Harbor, you're able to purchase and take with you on your journey. Other selections include a variety of seafood and more for you to enjoy.
Local markets dot your way along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. Sunrise Market is in Ocean City. New owner, Paula Parker continues to add new lines and products. Lonetree Espresso is a recent addition in the parking area. Grab an espresso on the go.
Copalis Beach Grocery is becoming a local and visitor favorite. This building was totally redone and is open every day of the year. Fresh produce and a bit of the gourmet selection is here for you.
Green Lantern Pub has been a traditional stop for bikers and the rest of us for years in Copalis Beach. During clam dig season, you'll find your clam guns available for sale on this corner. And it's now dining for all ages along with the bar.
Frontager's Pizza is a year-round treat in Seabrook. This concept company elevates the classic Italian brick-oven pizza by infusing Northwest artisanal ingredients. Next door is Sweet Life Ice Cream & Candy Shop featuring Olympic Mountain Ice Cream and tons of candy selections for you. New to Seabrook is a Food truck park and watch more additions and changes. (Watch for an announcement on Red Velvet Bakery.)
Speaking of pizza, there are a couple of more choices for you. Seagate Restaurant & Lounge on State Route 109 in Pacific Beach is known for their pizza. You may find homemade soup on the menu in winter and pan-fried oysters in season. There's a fully stocked bar and Karaoke on the weekends.
Take and bake (or let them do it) is at Moclips Country Deli and store right on SR 109. Also known for their burgers and you may find freshly made bake goods to purchase.
You & I Market in Pacific Beach has teriyaki fixed as you wait (or call ahead) six days a week. You may choose sweet & sour chicken or broccoli beef and other choices from the menu. It's ready for you in minutes.
Looking for a more formal, elegant experience? Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips is a four-generation run restaurant. Open breakfast through dinner, order Grandma's Clam Chowder, Salmon au Poivre with Maple-Balsamic Glazed Strawberries. Save room for dessert! And you may wish to start your day with Dungeness Crab Benedict.
Taholah Mercantile/Chitwin Cafe has Cooper Chicken, Skipper's and locally made soups and more for your lunch. Quinault Pride Seafood (just down the street) offers a retail stop. You're able to pick up individual or a gift-box of salmon and tuna to take with or ship. And fresh seafood (depends on the day and time of year) where you'll find halibut, sturgeon, tuna, seafood and more. Have them package it to take with you or ship it to yourself or as a gift.
Pick up s'mores supplies from any of the markets. Get that clamming license. It's all up to you with culinary choices to fit your style along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway.
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0707 – 11/04/19
Float your way eerily down the way to the Copalis Ghost Forest
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/28/19 Topics: Comments: -
Eerie and hidden from view is the Copalis Ghost Forest. Travel the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. When an earthquake hit in January 26, 1700, the ocean flooded the forest and thus, the Copalis Ghost Forest was created.
Known among researches as "the best example of a ghost forest in the world" this 9.0+ earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone lowered the level of the land. Today, 300-foot high dead spruce trees still stand along the river banks.
Native Americans and First Nations people carried the story of this storm through oral tradition.This expansive grove of ghostly red cedars, geologists Brian Atwater and David Yamaguchi discovered, was killed by a deluge of salt water.
Kwakwaka’wakw indigenous group of British Columbia along with the Japanese have been able to determine the date this ghost forest formed. The date of the tsunami is calculated via tree ring data and records in Japan where they have tracked every tsunami wave for centuries.
In Japan, a six foot wave shortly after this earthquake was recorded.
The ghost forest may only be reached by boat. It's about two miles inland from Copalis Beach.
Local expert, Buck Giles of Buck's Bikes is able to provide you with more detail and access to this ghost forest. "The Copalis River Ghost Forest is a treasure trove of natural and local history. It tells a detailed story of the power of mother nature, and shows the signs of early industry and mans attempt to gain from her resources," he said.
Copalis Ghost Forest is accessible by kayak, canoe and even paddle board, according to Giles. He conducts guided tours. Buck's Bikes is in Seabrook on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway.
Take time for this "ghostly" visit.
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0706 – 10/28/19
Hunting for haunted spots along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/21/19 Topics: Comments: -
October is a scary month. The weather is changing, evening comes quicker and ghosts and goblins roam the streets looking for treats. You're heading to the coast and would like to go with the theme.
Here are some "haunted spots" along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway:
Billy's Bar and Grill-Billy Gohl may be the most ominous Aberdeen history. An infamous serial killer from the early 1900s, he was a sailor and laborer. As a representative of the Sailor's Union of the Pacific, sailors would stop in his office to collect mail, connect with fellow sailors and deposit their valuables. Initially, Gohl began to steal from his fellow sailors. He graduated to poisioning, shooting, strangling or bludgeoning and dumping their bodies down a trap door that led to the Wishkah River. Estimates are between 40 to over 100 met their faith by Gohl's hand. The restaurant names for him has employees and guests reportedly seeing shot glasses flying across the bar, experiencing cold spots throughout the restaurant, and hearing disembodies voices. And watch for apparitions, possible Gohl himself.
Cooney Mansion-This former bed & breakfast, built in 1908, was the home to lumber baron Neil Cooney. Known as "Spruce Cottage" with its finish of Sitka Spruce, Cooney was the manager of the Grays Harbor Commercial Company. Never married, his home included nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms with 8500 square feet. It has been operated as a bed & breakfast. Psychics have visited the manions. One owner brought in Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma (A.G.H.O.S.T.). They've reported doors shutting on their own, reading on their electromagnetic fields (EMFs) device detecting naturally occurring electric fields around electronic devices, indicating paranormal activity. And a personal account of seeming to have hair touched and watched in a mirror in one room, another with a cool breeze. Both of the rooms after having he experiences, being told these are two haunted spots. One was the room of the housekeeper or the companion of Cooney.
Lady Washington-Grays Harbor is home to the stat'es tall ship. It's a replica of the first United States ship to visit the Pacific Northwest in 1788. It was the tall ship of Captain Robert Gray, thus the name Grays Harbor. "A Haunted Tour Guide to the Pacific Northwest" by Jefferson Davis, indicates spirits are attracted to the tall ship when it visits older ports. "Historic Ghosts that remain on the docs seem to gravitate toward the tall ship."
Lake Quinault Lodge-Rain drizzles and you're surrounded by old=growth forest at this historic lodge. Employees and guests have reported encounters with a ghost who allegedly haunts this hotel. "Weird Washington" Your Travel Guide to Washington's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets" indicates Beverly (the ghost) was an employee of the lodge. When a fire burned the lodge down in 1924 (a larger resort was rebuilt in its place two years later), she was scheduled to work. Feeling sick, she still decided to work. Falling asleep at her post, she died in the fire. A two-room suite filling the entire top floor of the resort's boat hose is named after Beverly and is a site of paranormal encounters.
Museum of the North Beach-Paranormal Investigators of Historic America visited the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips. Reports of hauntings drew the Monroe, WA-based team of investigators to the museum in 2010. They indicated to turning up activity on their EMF readers. With a parabolic listening device, some faint voices were picked up during their investigation. Although the identity of these spirits is uncertain, Moclips' history may prove some possibilities. A mill employee hit by a passing train, a blind woman succumbing in a house fire, a fireman and engineer crushed by a falling tree and numerous casualties with passing shiprwrecks. The investigators presented the museum with a "certifiably haunted" certificate.
Polson Museum-Home for the Polson Logging Company and the Polson family, this colonial-style mansion was built in 1924 with a riverfront view. Now the Polson Museum, exhibits include displays of the area sawmills and logging camps. Find a working kitchen, dressing rooms and period clothing. "The Shadowlands" website has listed the museum as being home to spirits including a lady in white and a child in the nursery. The current curator indicates there have been no experiences.
7th Street Theatre-Ranked #2 in Best Haunted Place with pacificnw.cityvoter.com, this is the last remaining atmospheric theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Restored this theatre was built in 1928. Within 7th Street, with the experience of an outdoor Spanish garden, you may experience something more than the production. Volunteers have personal stories of something other-world-y with them in the theatre.
Set out on your spooky tour of Grays Harbor. Report in those ghostly finds!
Author: Cindy Stearns – Editor, Ocean Shores Publishing
Blog #: 0693 – 10/21/19
Glide along the Ocean Shores canals
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/14/19 Topics: Comments: -
You're heading to the beach and would like to try something new. You love the pounding surf and waves washing up and over your car...
First, be sure to pull your vehicle out of the sand and to dry pavement. Now, get in said vehicle and drive down Point Brown Avenue to OS Boathouse.
Did you know there are nearly 25 miles of inter-connected, created fresh waterways with digging beginning in 1960. As Ocean Shores began, so did the canals. A monstrous electric hydraulic dredge, nicknamed the "Razor Clam" by locals, it would dig through and spit out water. The first canal was actually a water feature along the Ocean Shores Golf Course.
Year-round you have access to get out and enjoy these canals. OS Boathouse has several options including hydrobikes, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.
Duffy Boats are the ideal answer for all ages, mobility levels and for most weather. Even if it's inclement, these boats are covered and give you a front-row seat to viewing wildlife, residential areas and parks along these rather hidden canals.
According to OS Boathouse, "more than a boat, a Duffy electric boat puts you at the helm of a lifestyle powered by quiet, reliable, sophisticated fun."
Powered by 100% electric, zero emissions, you're able to hire a captain or captain yourself (after a brief safety check). How about taking out a group from work, your family and friends for a birthday party or just to enjoy while you visit Ocean Shores?
Oh, you're not Captain Ahab or The Little Mermaid? These waters are calm. So, it's an easy ride along these canals. You'll even be able to take food aboard and not end up with hot chocolate on you or potato chips strewn throughout the boat. Easy gliding.
Read more about OS Boathouse on oceanshores.com. And tell Steve and Maria, you're ready to step aboard your Duffy Boat!
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0692 – 10/14/19
Diggin' it at the beach
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 10/07/19 Topics: Comments: -
Any way you slice it, razors are tops in the North Beach. That's razor clams. Known for their flavor and amount of edible meat, autumn brings digs for the annual season.
You'll discover these little creatures along the coasts from Alaska to California. THE spot for razor clams is the Washington coast. "Home of the Razor Clam" is Copalis Beach.
In the autumn, you'll get night digs. It's something for all ages to participate and nothing like seeing Fido discover a razor clam.
Be sure to dress warmly for your outdoor outing. To keep your feet dry, wear water-repellent boots. You'll need a clam gun or shovel. Take along a bucket or net to keep those clams in (just to your limit). You'll find Clam Beltz, specially designed in Moclips. Night digs will be best with a lantern or flashlight.
So, now you're ready to get digging.
Try these three identifiers when you go for the razor clam:
Dimple-a simple sand indentation, like an "inny" belly-button.
Doughnut Hole-hole with two-three inches of sand built up like a mountain crater, almost looks like a sand donut.
Keyhole-hourglass shape with neck of clam showing.
How do you dig? These are the types of digging at the beach:
Dry-on sand, generally digger to deep than surf.
Surf-find clams in the surf as waves come in and out.
Do you go "old school" shovel or new-age clam gun? Guns are known to be easier to use in wet to medium wet sand. Shovels give you a better opportunity in beds or the surf.
Razor clams are named this for a reason. They're SHARP! It's recommended to wear cloves and pull clams out whole. This shellfish is known as some of the better eating in the Pacific Northwest including chowder and pan fried. These are not to be eaten raw. Be sure you read up or learn how to clean them before you cook.
Now, you're diggin' it in the North Beach!
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0691 – 10/07/19
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0685 – 09/02/19
Kelpers Festival highlights events on Hidden Coast Scenic Byway
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 08/29/19 Topics: Comments: -
Labor Day Weekend finds a variety of events and activities to enjoy along the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. Friday-Monday, August 30-September 2, you'll find fun for all ages along State Route 109 and this scenic drive.
Heading north on SR 109, stop at Ocean City for the Community Yard Sale at Sunrise Market. From 9 am-5 pm, Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, check out the vendors who will be displaying all kinds of items to purchase. This is a new event once monthly over the summer including this holiday weekend, according to Paula Parker, Sunrise Market owner said.
Just across SR 109 is Ocean City Market Place. Friday-Sunday, August 30-September 1 is the Labor Day Carve.
"Be sure to check out OCEAN CITY this weekend. We are having our Labor Day Carving event. Chainsaw artists will be gathering here at the beach to create some fan favorites as well as some unique work," Anthony Robinson from Native Beach Accessories said.
Known as "Mama Bear" Mona Hass and husband, Ivan are the founders and creators of Ocean City Marketplace. It's a "big family" of carvers and they gather this holiday weekend complete with chainsaws. Robinson commented "We all call her'mama' because we love her. She has always supported and been a huge part of the carving family."
Auctions are 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Vote for your favorite carvings and find out who will win the People's Choice trophies.
"We expect to have 10 chainsaw carvers, a few guys from up around Seattle, our auctioneer Boaz Backus should be fired up on the stage on Saturday- the auction will boast some bears, Eagles, maybe some Seahawk stuff, and of course an ocean theme.... fish , heron , mermaids etc.... hope to see you here," Robinson said.
As you head into Copalis Beach, make a stop at Copalis Beach Grocery and Green Lantern Pub. Grab your kayak and travel down the Copalis River to the ghost forest.
Then, it's on to Seabrook. Paula Christen will be in studio at Palette by the Sea Saturday, August 31, to chat about her work and more. During her visit, Paula will create an original piece and the public is invited to watch the process.
Christen is well-known for her use of watercolors and landscape paintings. She says she is drawn to landscapes because nature provides her with an incredible amount of joy.
As the Washington Coast’s largest farmers market, Seabrook’s Saturday Market is 11 am-4 pm August 31. Stroll through the market to browse and shop for fresh produce, local artisan food, unique craft and goods, fresh flowers and much more. This is the final market for the season and an opportunity to catch all the season-ending deals.
Sky Island Farm, a Grays Harbor CSA brings organic produce. Find them at this Saturday market. You may also join the "Oasis" produce group at Chapel by the Sea who is receiving weekly Friday deliveries.
Seabrook's Summer Concert Series has two performances over the holiday weekend. At 7 pm, Friday "Hit Machine" hits the stage. And 5 pm, Saturday, the group will bring an encore performance in the outdoor venue.
Kelpers Parade and Shake Rat Rendezvous is brought to you by a plethora of people, volunteers and businesses. This North Beach tradition is an eclectic mix and fun for everyone.
Flip over to the Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall in Pacific Beach. Grays Harbor Fire District #8 flips flapjacks, scrambles eggs and more for your donation, accepted by the District #8 firefighters' association. Doors are open 8-11 am.
Vendors span Main Street all day Saturday and Sunday on Main Street in Pacific Beach.
And there are two, yes TWO parades.Kiddie Parade will head down Main Street noon Saturday. Following at 1 pm, it's the annual Pacific Beach vs. Moclips tug-of-war. Look for it at the Second Street beach approach in Moclips.
Live entertainment begins Saturday night on Main Street Stage next to Wacky Warehouse. Saturday performances include Dean Weaver at 4 pm, Piranha Joe at 5 pm, Rebel Skum at 6 pm and Jay Jaye at 7 pm.
On Sunday, it's parade number two. The Kelpers Parade starts “around noonish” traveling south on SR 109 from Moclips onto Pacific Beach Main Street. Open to all, people are invited to “decorate your vehicles, bikes, horses or even yourself” in accordance with this year's theme "Under the Sea."
Contests and prizes follow the parade Sunday during the Shake Rat Rendezvous, next to the Wacky Warehouse in Pacific Beach.
Chapel by the Sea (PCUSA) celebrates Sunday, September 1. It's the first anniversary of welcoming the Rev. Dr. Linda Flatley to the chapel. Pastor Linda commented how she enjoyed having a front-row seat for the Kelpers Parade as a welcome to the community. After 10:30 am worship, enjoy lunch provided by the chapel. September birthdays and anniversaries will also be celebrated.
Enjoy your drive along State Route 109. Lots to enjoy the Labor Day weekend on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway.
Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0683 – 08/29/19
Gnomes and fairies surround you in Seabrook
By Seabrook Events
Published: 08/15/19 Topics: Comments: -
Put on your pointed hats and fairy wings and head out to the coast for a day of enchantment with the Seabrook Gnome & Fairy Festival Saturday, August 17.
This magical day is all about the “wee folk” and getting up close with the natural world and encouraging active, outdoor play.
Children can forage in our enchanted forest for fairies, help build a fairy village using all natural materials, show off costumes in our gnome & fairy parade and have fun dancing to live music with the Not-Its.
Be sure to bring the whole family to stroll Gnome Trial and catch a glimpse of the fairies and gnomes wandering Seabrook’s enchanted forest.
Dress in costume and flaunt your wings in our parade; frolic in the enchanted forest for a fairy surprise; build a gnome village; enjoy games and crafts inspired by the natural world.
There’s a fairy good chance kids will love the festive activities set for Seabrook’s Gnome & Fairy Festival.
Author: Seabrook Events
Blog #: 0680 – 08/15/19
4K for Cancer Team Seattle bicycles into Moclips
By Jenifer Antonelli
Published: 08/02/19 Topics: Comments: -
Ulman Foundation’s cross-country charity bike ride, the 4K for Cancer, has sent two teams of young adults on a 70-day journey cycling across the continental United States. These bicyclists raise money and awareness for young adults impact by cancer.
For the fifth consecutive year, Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) will host the 28 bicyclists of Team Seattle."We look forward to welcoming this year's group to the North Beach and Chapel by the Sea," Lee Marriott, church elder said.
Team Seattle began their trip Sunday, June 2, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. As they make their way across the country, the Seattle team will each cycle over 4,000+ miles to finish their journey in Seattle, WA Saturday, August 10, 2019.
They experience the diverse landscape as they cross from Maryland to Washington. Team and individual blogs have brought us a rider's view of the journey. According to Jacob King of Team Seattle "North Dakota is a monotonous beauty, punctuated by rolling hills and royal blue lakes, sights not to be missed despite being off the beaten path."
The bicyclists reach Grays Harbor and the North Beach Wednesday, August 7, departing Forks in the morning. Each year, more individuals and businesses have grown in support. "We're reaching out to other Presbyterian (PCUSA) and other churches, area businesses, media and people to host, support and do what we may to keep the group safe as they travel through our area," Cynthia Stearns, church elder said.
Along the way, the riders stay with host communities that provide a floor to sleep on and, on many days, a warm dinner. Hosts are often churches, firehouses, schools or recreation centers. On running days, participants bike between 50 and 120 miles each. On rest days they volunteer in local hospitals, hospitality houses, and other local non-profits. Each team will also give two scholarships to young adults affected by cancer. Team Seattle awarded one in Spokane, WA.
Departing from Maryland, Team Seattle bicycled into Pennsylvania. Second Presbyterian Church in Perrysburgh, OH made an impact on one of the riders.
"Pastor Margret from the Presbyterian church was super nice (as all of the hosts have been). Learned that she did a cross country bike trip herself for Habitat for Humanity which is part of the reason she loves to host us each year. However, the most memorable person that I met was Bob. He is a member of the congregation but also an avid cyclist with his wife as well. He told me stories of his cross country bike trips as well as his bike trips in Europe (added something to my bucket list there). It was nice hearing about people’s generosity though his experiences and I can say the same through my experience so far," Brandon Hayes of Team Seattle said.
Ulman Foundation enables these groups of college students to undertake cross-country cycling and running journeys through the United States with the goal of offering hope, inspiration and support to more than 200 communities along the way. There are two cycling teams and two running teams. In 2018, the 4K teams raised over $900,000 In 2019, Team Seattle has a team goal of $160,000.
Since its inception in 1997, Ulman has worked tirelessly at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of the young adult cancer issue and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.
"We headed to our service event at the Gilda’s Club in downtown Chicago. They are a national organization that creates a community of free emotional support, cancer education, and hope for children and adults with any cancer diagnosis and those who care for them. We toured their 4-story location that was sold/donated to them for just $1 back in 1999, help hand out promotional flyers, and ate lunch with them and some of their community members," Team Seattle 2019 member Caroline Jaeger said.
Ulman is able to provide multiple support services and resources for the young adult cancer community, including:
Cancer to 5K - a free, progressive, 12-week run/walk program designed to reintroduce cancer survivors to physical activity.
Patient Navigation - a free program (onsite at hospitals and remote) that ensures no young adult ever faces cancer alone. We provide one-on-one personal support and resources to young adult cancer patients and their families.
Scholarships - a financial assistance program to help young adults continues their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
Ulman House - a “home away from home” to provide free housing for young adult cancer patients, and their caregivers, in East Baltimore.
Chapel by the Sea looks forward to welcoming Team Seattle Wednesday, August 7. This #tinybutmighty church and the North Beach has become a stop Team Seattle looks forward to as they end their journey.
"The team absolutely loves staying with your community, and we very much appreciate your generosity. I was on Team Seattle in 2017 and I remember staying at your church and the delicious pizza truck! It was surely a highlight of the trip," Parker Gray 4K for Cancer Program coordinator said.
Everyone is welcome to join Team Seattle for dinner and conversation at a Meet & Greet 5-9 pm, Wednesday, August 7 at Chapel by the Sea. Thursday, August 8, the team forms a dedication circle before heading out to the next part of the journey and overnight in Shelton.
The final night is on Bainbridge Island and Team Seattle 2019 is scheduled to arrive via ferry into Seattle Saturday, August 10 to complete this year's 4,000+ mile odyssey.
Chapel by the Sea is at 4612 SR 109, border of Moclips and Pacific Beach. For more information, please call 360.276.8143 and the church's pastor-in-residence, the Reverend Dr. Linda Flatley.
Please visit https://ulmanfoundation.org/ and www.4kforcancer.org to learn more about the 4K For Cancer and other programs offered by Ulman Foundation.
Author: Jenifer Antonelli
Blog #: 0678 – 08/02/19
Hog Wild roars into Ocean Shores
By Diane Solem
Published: 07/23/19 Topics: Comments: -
Motorcyles are set to return to Ocean Shores Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. Hog Wild has become a city-wide event, transforming and uniting with the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino annual cycle event.
After the event producer who had handled this annual event for the past few years announced there would be no event, the city of Ocean Shores and area businesses stepped up to be the host.
The Tenino Drill Team will be one of this year's highlights.In 1984, Chad Bowman began the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team with six friends who wanted to do something special for the community parade in Tenino.
They decided they would try replicating maneuvers they saw from horse drill teams on their motorcycles and see how it went.
“We had no idea what we were doing,” Bowman said. “We just started out and it just got bigger and bigger.”
Now, more than 30 years later, the team performs at 20-25 events each year with its 10-12 member team. More than 50 riders have joined them over the years with Bowman, the captain, being the only original
The all-volunteer group starts rehearsing twice weekly in April for their 20-25 performances each year that begin in May
and go through the Christmas season. According to the non-profit’s bylaws, all riders must ride a 1200 cc or larger Harley-Davidson
or American-made motorcycle. While each find their own motivation for riding, most say it is giving back to the community that they really enjoy about being part of the team. Riders must spend at least a year practicing with the team before they earn their “patch”
that entitles them to perform with the group in a parade or at an event. Learning all of the different moves is the hardest part for new
Wherever the Seattle Cossacks ride, people watch and wonder in fascination, waiting for the next man to climb higher. No ropes, no
props, no skyhooks, no gimmicks-they just climb. How can they do that on motorcycles?
It began in the 30’s with a group of racers and hill climbers who developed stunts to entertain themselves between events; entertaining fans came later. The first organizational meeting took place in January 1938 with a group of Seattle racers, riders,
delivery personnel, business men, and other interested folks. By April they had a formal organization and a set of by-laws that included “to entertain and promote the positive image of motorcycling” (the emphasis on promoting rider safety came later) but what to call themselves? Russia’s cavalry members, the Cossacks, were known the
world over for their masterful horsemanship, and bikes were often called “Iron Horses” in those days. Thus, the name “Seattle Cossacks” was coined.
They still ride vintage Harleys of the 30’s and 40’s. The oldest is a 1930 VL and the newest a 1949 45 CI. There are 74” and
80” VL’s, UL’s, and 45’s, and 61” and 74” Knuckleheads. All bikes are stock except for the handlebars, which are late-50’s Flanders,
these great old bikes are sturdy and stable enough to bear the weight of multiple riders.
For more information regarding this year’s event, visit the Hog Wild Coastal Rally Facebook page.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 am - 4 pm MC Johnny Manson
11 am - 1 pm DJ Abel
1 pm - 4 pm Stefan Roland & Working Class Heroes - Free to Public
4 pm Blessing of the Event
4 pm - 8 pm Land & Sea Buffet - $29.95
11 am - 6 pm Drive Through Bike Blessings All Day Everyday
4 pm - 7 pm The Road to Hog Wild Last Stretch Hot Seat Drawings - 21+
8 pm The Lalas Burlesque - $25 - 21+
9 pm Motown Cowboys - Free to Public - 21+
10 am - 6 pm Vendor Village
10 am - 6 pm Drive Through Bike Blessings All Day Everyday
9 am - 4pm MC Johnny Manson
9 am Bikers Parade starts in Hoquiam
10:30 am Parade arrives in Ocean Shores
10:45 am Parade arrives at Convention Center
11 am Cossacks - Motorcycle Stunt Team
11 am - 1 pm DJ Abel – free to the public
12 pm 1 Wheel Revolution - Motorcycle Stunt Team
12 pm - 3 pm Bike Show – Registration at info booth at Convention Center
1 pm Cossacks - Motorcycle Stunt Team
1 pm - 3 pm Bikini Bike Wash Charity Fund Raiser
1 pm - 4 pm Dusty Mojo – free to the public
2 pm Tattoo Contests
3 pm Biker Games
3 pm Tenino Drill Team - Motorcycle Stunt Team
4 pm Award Ceremony
4 pm 1 Wheel Revolution - Motorcycle Stunt Team
9 am - 1 pm Breakfast buffet - $12.95
12 pm - 6 pm Poker Run
(Awards Sunday or Monday depending on participation.
Winners do not have to be present to win.)
4 pm - 7 pm The Road to Hog Wild Last Stretch Hot Seat Drawings - 21+
4 pm - 8 pm Hog Wild Buffet - $29.95
7 pm Petty Fever (Tom Petty Tribute) - free to public - 21+
9 pm Zepparella (Led Zeppelin Tribute) - free to public - 21+
9 pm Motown Cowboys - free to public - 21+
9 am - 2pm Vendor Village
10 am Church Service
9 am - 2pm Drive Through Bike Blessings All Day Everyday
9 am - 1 pm Breakfast buffet - $12.95
11 am - 3 pm The Road to Hog Wild Last Stretch Hot Seat Drawings - 21+
3 pm Indian Charity Bike Raffle Giveaway. No need to be present to win.
4 pm The Road to Hog Wild Grand Finale Drawing of the 2019 Harley
Davidson - MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
12 PM TO 6 PM
SATURDAY JULY 27TH
PICK UP YOUR CARD AT ANY LOCATION AND VISIT THEM
IN ANY ORDER
Turn in your completed card at the Registration Booth at either
Quinault Beach Resort or Ocean Shores Convention Center by
6 pm Saturday. You do not need to be present to win.
1. Bennett’s Fish Shack Ocean Shores 105 W Chance a La Mer NW,
Ocean Shores 98569
2. Bennett’s Fish Shack Westport 2581 Westhaven Dr., Westport 98595
3. Pine Tree Tavern 101 West Ocean Ave, Westport 98595
4. Mill 109 Restaurant & Pub 5 W Myrtle St. Pacific Beach 98571
5. Copalis Beach Grocery 3090 WA-109, Copalis Beach
6. Elk Head Tap Room 739 point brown ave NW Ocean Shores WA 98569
WILD CARD – buy a beverage get a different card and better your hand . . .
POKER RUN IS FREE TO ENTER!
Ask about special offers to “Poker Runners” at each stop.
Author: Diane Solem
Blog #: 0675 – 07/23/19
Lavender in bloom for this Grays Harbor Lavender Festival
By Dale Dineen
Published: 07/18/19 Topics: Comments: -
Dale's Lavender Farm hosts the fourth annual Lavender Festival. This two-day festival is Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, 2019 on Ocean Beach Road. This is the creation of Tom and Dale Dineen, the owners of the property and home, on-site for this annual event.
Vendors will dot the farm, with a view of the lavender fields. Both days bring locals and visitors to this rural Hoquiam location on the way to the North Beach (Mile Post 8 on Ocean Beach Road.
Music and food, along with the vendors, green pasture, and Lots of lavender will greet. "We have hay bales to sit on or bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the day along side the Lavender Field," Dale said.
People are able to visit vendors with lavender products and more. Gnomes, plants, teas and a variety of items are available for your shopping pleasure. Many were local vendors and new businesses to Grays Harbor.
Dale's Lavender Farm is located at:
48 Robertson school Road
HOQUIAM, WA 98550
Mile Post 8 on Ocean Beach Rd
On way to Seabrook
Author: Dale Dineen
Blog #: 0673 – 07/18/19
Super Hero surround the Shores
By June Bongirno
Published: 07/17/19 Topics: Comments: -
For the first time, Super Heros will be surrounding and abounding in Ocean Shores. And there's music, vendors, food trucks and more for you Friday-Sunday, July 19-21.
Created by June Bongirno, owner of Double Barrel BBQ, she looked for a way to bring something new to Ocean Shores. "This is a way for non-profits to benefit through an event," she said.
As tickets are purchased, non-profits will benefit from the proceeds. Outdoors stage is free. OUtdoor music includes Bill Seaman and Eddie Valentine. The indoors stage which is the ticketed side, you'll find "Humptulips" and "Blues Remedy" which are two Grays Harbor favorites.
"Heart by Heart" is the featured band. Featuring original members of "Heart" you'll hear favorites from the group. They take the stage at 8 pm, Saturday.
Outdoors you'll experience dozens of vendors and food truck options. Wind your way through all the goodies.
And just announced! It's a beyond anything Grays Harbor has seen. A bouncy obstacle course. For $5, you'll get your fill of bouncing and bounding through this outdoor fun. This will be Saturday only.
For tickets, check at Double Barrel BBQ or go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuperheroMusicFest/.
Author: June Bongirno
Blog #: 0674 – 07/17/19
Associated Arts juried show unites with Sand and Sawdust
By Jacqueline Horton
Published: 06/26/19 Topics: Comments: -
This year marks a union between two major events into one during a special weekend. The 2019 AAOS Juried Fine Arts, 3D & Photography Show shares the venue with Five Stars Dealership Sand and Sawdust Festival.
Inside the Ocean Shores Convention Center, find a juried art show. This is the first time, according to Ed Schroll, former president of the Associated Arts of Ocean Shores Fine Arts, the show is hanging totally juried art.
Thursday, June 27 will bring Marissa Laubscher, Project Manager
ArtsWA | Art in Public Places Program Washington State Arts Commission, to Ocean Shores. She will be judging the art entered in this 2019 version of a long-time favorite event.
"Photography was added to the fine arts show and in the most recent addition is 3D art," Schroll said. "This is the first time all the art shown is juried."
While chainsaw artists are designing outside, find this fine art, 3D and photography inside the convention center Friday-Sunday, June 28-30. Doors are open 11 am-6 pm, Friday and 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Associated Arts of Ocean Shores has been a strong influence in Ocean Shores since 1974. The goal has always been to promote the arts and support the association's artists. In addition to the various sponsored annual events, AAOS supports local schools with yearly grants for art supplies and art scholarships for their students. Whether you are an artist, photographer, writer, musician, crafter, or an appreciator of the arts, you are invited to join AAOS. See the website for more information: www.associatedarts.org.
Artists from all around the United States have been entered up to five pieces of original work. They compete for cash awards totaling more than $6,000 including a $750 Best of Show award. Artists may compete in any of three divisions, Fine Art which includes Oils, Acrylics, Pen, Pencil Watercolor, Pastel, and 2 Dimensional Mixed Media; Photography includes film, digital and electronic media; & 3 Dimensional which includes fiber art, wood carvings, leather work, metal, stained glass & sculptures.
Author: Jacqueline Horton – President, AAOS
Blog #: 0672 – 06/26/19
This is the third stop in the Cascade Criterium Series.
Published: 06/10/19 Topics: Comments: -
The Race: Seabrook is one of Washington state’s best keep secret. This charming beach town is just 2.5 hours away from Seattle on the Washington Coast and nestled into the high bank bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Seabrook is excited to host the 3rd stop of the 2019 Cascade Criterium Series.
Course Description: The course is a 7 tenths of a mile loop in the city of Seabrook.
Cost:Online Registration is $40. $50 day of registration USA Cycling license required to race. One day license for category 5 men and 5 women is $10 and available at the race. All other categories must have an USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased atwww.usacycling.org (not for sale at the race).
Day of Registration: Day of registration opens at 7:30am and closes 20 minutes prior to your respective start time.
Race Numbers: WSBA numbers will be used and can be purchased atww.wsbaracing.combecause number won’t be for sale at the race. Rental numbers will be available at the race for a $10 rental fee (of which $5 is refundable). For out-of-state riders there is no fee to rent a number just a $5 deposit.
Contact: Erik Anderson for more information at email@example.com
Blog #: 0670 – 06/10/19
It's all about the dogs for Doggie Days
By Ann Kjelsberg
Published: 06/06/19 Topics: Events Comments: -
Seabrook is home to the 11th annual Doggie Days at Horshshoe Park in Seabrook's Farm District.It's an all-day event, Saturday, June 8. Registration begins at 10 am.
This yearly celebration sponsored by the Salty Dog, features fun games and contests for dogs of all sizes, including musical chairs, a relay race, and everyone's favorite--the peanut butter lick.
Our judges will be awarding the Best Barker, Best Kisser, and dogs with other unique talents. Registration is $15 per dog and the proceeds benefit Chase Away K9 Cancer. Meet representatives of Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, the region's premier surgical specialty clinic.
Even if you don't have a dog, we encourage you to come and join in the festivities. Registration starts at 10 am. The event kicks off at 10:30. Bring your own lawn chair so you can spectate in comfort.
For more information, contact Ann Kjelsberg at 360-581-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Ann Kjelsberg
Blog #: 0669 – 06/06/19
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