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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.

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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.

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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 Perrysburg, 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.

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Author: Jenifer Antonelli
Blog #: 0678 – 08/02/19

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