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Songs were center stage with Ginny Simms
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/09/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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: 0
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: 0
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: 0
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: 0
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.
Author: Jenifer Antonelli
Blog #: 0678 – 08/02/19
Hog Wild roars into Ocean Shores
By Diane Solem
Published: 07/23/19 Topics: Comments: 0
Motorcycles 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: 0
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: 0
For the first time, Super Heroes 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: 0
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: 0
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 at www.sbaracing.com because 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog #: 0670 – 06/10/19
It's all about the dogs for Doggie Days
By Ann Kjelsberg
Published: 06/06/19 Topics: Events Comments: 0
Seabrook is home to the 11th annual Doggie Days at Horseshoe 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 email@example.com
Author: Ann Kjelsberg
Blog #: 0669 – 06/06/19
Old fashioned fun surrounds the Flag Day Parade
By Ernie Nelson
Published: 06/06/19 Topics: Comments: 0
Saturday June 8 at 11 am, downtown Ocean Shores will fill the streets with the annual Flag Day Parade. This year features two Miss Washington and Miss Washington U.S.A. as the grand marshals.
With over 70 entries include floats, marching bands, drill teams, local businesses and more. VFW Post #8956 has secured a U.S. Marine Corps color guard.
Emcees Ernie Nelson and Johnny Manson will once again be on hand at the viewing stands in front of the Convention Center on Chance a la Mer Blvd.
Ernie Nelson has directed the parade for years and indicates this is been in action for 20 year. This is the second year the Ocean Shores Elks Lodge is producing the event. There will also be a flag retirement ceremony at the lodge after the parade.
For more information, please call the Lodge at 360-289-2581 or Parade Chairperson Marsh Sharp at 503-807-1243.
Author: Ernie Nelson
Blog #: 0668 – 06/06/19
Grays Harbor Festival of Colors fills the skies
By Rich Beverage
Published: 06/05/19 Topics: Comments: 0
Looks to the skies during the Grays Harbor Festival of Colors. Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 the skies over Ocean Shores will be graced by the color of kites of all shapes and sizes.
As the premier, family-friendly kite festival on the west coast, this event is made for kite fliers of all skill levels, plus special events for kids.
Rich Beverage, event organizer notes the Ocean Shores' beach is known for the consistency of the winds and mild temperatures. Temperatures generally range from low to mid sixties at the time of the festival.
Just off the Damon Road beach approach, north of the horse rental area and the Ocean Shores city limits, you'll find free family fun all weekend. The event kicks off with a lighted kite night fly at dusk on Friday on the beach in front of the Best Western Lighthouse Hotel.
All day Saturday and Sunday two-line and quad-line fliers will be performing in demonstrations and competing in an American Kitefliers Association sanctioned event, administered by the Northwest Sport Kite League. At 11 am and 1 pm Saturday there are “Mass Ascension” events where all participants fly the same style of kites at the same time.
Two free kids events are also set for Saturday. At noon is the “Running of the Bols,” a fun foot race where the kids are dragging a parachute style kite behind them. From 12:30-3 pm, the first 200 kids make and keep a sled style kite for free.
A Festival Event Tent will be set up in front of North Beach High School Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 7 am-3 pm and Sunday 8 am-4 pm. You'll find information, schedules, festival T-shirts and collectible enamel pins at this tent.
All weekend long there will be an array of display kites flying up and down the beach for miles! Open to fliers of all skill levels and all who simply want to watch in wonder.
For more details, please check the Grays Harbor Festival of Colors Facebook page.
Author: Rich Beverage
Blog #: 0666 – 06/05/19
Memorial Day Weekend Sales
Published: 05/29/19 Topics: Comments: 0
Memorial Day Weekend is full of sales to benefit various non-profits in the North Beach. From north to south, get ready to find those special treasures.
Moclips is your first stop. Museum of the North Beach??, 4658 SR 109. This popular event offers tables out front under the awning and more for you to peruse. Kelly Calhoun, museum director indicates there are enough books for sale, they could start a library.
At the other end of the North Beach, Coastal Interpretive/VFW Yard Sale is one of the larger among dozens of yard sales throughout the area this holiday weekend. North Beach VFW Post #8956 hosts 8 am-5 pm, Friday-Sunday, to 5 p.m., May 24-26. The hall is at 953 Trent Court SE in Ocean Shores.
The Ocean Shores Elks Lodge hosts one-day-only yard sale from 8 am-3 pm, Saturday, May 25. The lodge is at 199 Ocean Lake Way. Members and non-members will have tables with lots to sell.
Ocean Shores Woof-a-Thon has a yard sale 9 am-3 pm, Saturday-Monday, May 24-26. Venue for this sale is at the Dreamscape Condos, 401 Westport View Court, at the southeastern end of the Ocean Shores peninsula.
Make your way through the North Beach for this annual sale weekend.
Blog #: 0665 – 05/29/19
Five Star Dealerships Sand & Sawdust Festival An Ocean Shores/North Beach Chamber of Commerce Event
By Scott Nagel
Published: 05/22/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (360) 289-2451.
Author: Scott Nagel
Blog #: 0663 – 05/22/19
Wearable Art Show returns with 'Hidden Meaning'
Published: 05/14/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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
Blog #: 0662 – 05/14/19
Urban Unglued Dark Markets returns to Ocean Shores
Published: 05/08/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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!
Blog #: 0661 – 05/08/19
Spring Fair springs into the North Beach
Published: 04/30/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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: email@example.com.
Blog #: 0660 – 04/30/19
Hot rods roll into the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino
By Tony Halekakis
Published: 04/18/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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.
Author: Tony Halekakis
Blog #: 0657 – 04/18/19
Alice in Wonderland takes to the stage
By Pamela Nygaard
Published: 04/16/19 Topics: Comments: 0
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.
Author: Pamela Nygaard
Blog #: 0656 – 04/16/19
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