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Yuka's First Trip to Hi-Tide Resort

By Wendy Thomas
Published: 01/25/24 Topics: Aberdeen Washington, Dog Friendly, Hi-Tide Resort, Interviews, Moclips Beach WA, Ocean Shores WA, Vacation Comments: 2

For 33 years, Michael Muller, from Edmonds, worked for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.  So naturally, when he wants to take a weekend away, he heads out to the coast.

Visiting Moclips for the first time, he came to Hi-Tide Resort in October 2023, hoping to avoid the crowds but still have the great weather the coast can provide.

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Hi-Tide: What brought you out to the coast?
 
Michael: I wanted to visit with friends in the area.  I saw Hi-Tide was there, and I could bring my Husky/Malamute mix, Yuka.  I was debating about going to Lake Cushman or the coast, and I decided I wanted to get Yuka out to the ocean.
 
Hi-Tide: What did you do while you stayed with us?
 
Michael: We did a lot of exploring of the area.  We also enjoyed the solitude and quiet of the beach.  Yuka was a busybody on the dunes.  At night, I loved looking up at the stars and I could see the crabbers with their lights on way out in the water.  The weather was perfect, since it was the tail end of summer and it was still warm.
 
Hi-Tide: Were you upset there was no razor clamming during your visit?
 
Michael: No.  It’s hard to keep track of Yuka and dig for clams at the same time.  I talked to other people at the resort about it and liked that there was a cleaning station right there for people to use.  Not many places have that.  
 
Razor clams are one of my favorites, though.  I stopped at Duffy’s in Aberdeen on my way out to the coast.  They were some of the best razor clams I’ve had.  
 
Hi-Tide: What was the best part about your stay?
 
Michael: On our first day there I discovered that Yuka would not go up the stairs.  I had to carry her the few tries we went up those stairs. I called the front desk and Jerry there was able to get us moved to a ground floor unit within an hour of my phone call.  
 
Hi-Tide: Would you come back to Hi-Tide?
 
Michael: Absolutely!  I’d like to come back at about the same time of year later this year.  I’d like to take my daughter and granddaughter, and Yuka’s littermate Kavic.   
 

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Author: Wendy Thomas – Hi-Tide Resort, Hi-Tide Resort
Blog #: 0973 – 01/25/24

Sponsor: Hi-Tide Resort – Hi-Tide Resort is a 32 unit condominium complex directly on Moclips Beach on the Coast of Washington State. For reservations Hi-Tide-Resort.com 360-276-0000. Open everyday of the year. – Hi-Tide-Resort.com

Hi Tide Resort Nearby But Far From Seabrook

By Wm. May
Published: 06/11/23 Topics: Hi-Tide Resort, Moclips Beach WA, Ocean Shores WA, Pacific Beach, Seabrook Resort, Wildlife Comments: 1

We love our neighbor to the south. Seabrook Resort has brought more visibility and new visitors to Washington State's North Beaches from Ocean Shores to Moclips.

Now with 500 new homes perched on a cliff to the south of the town of Pacific Beach, it boasts stores, restaurants, a town hall for weddings, and thousands of neighbors. Newspapers have extolled its virtues and praised the developers for this "New Urbanism"

We are not sure what that means, but praise of our beaches is nothing new. Over 118 years ago, Seattleites hopped trains to "Visit The Shore" at Moclips Beach. and to stave off the city's sweltering summer heat in our warm clime moderated by the refreshing Pacific Ocean.

Since the advent of the automobile, families have zipped to the North Beaches to jump the waves, dig razor clams, collect shells, make sand castles, and watch the sun sink slowly in the west. This is where folks come to getaway, to relax and to invigorate their souls.

At Seabrook, you can pay big money to rent a vacation home for a week or weekend. Or you can rent a moderately priced oceanfront condo at Hi-Tide Resort directly on Moclips' Moonstone beach. And there is a difference here...

From Seabrook town center you will get to trudge 2,000 steps and then descend 200 steep stair steps just to reach the sand, with the ocean another several hundred feet beyond that. While at Hi-Tide you only need to stroll a pleasant 99 steps directly through the level dunes to the ocean. (No steps.)

Of course, if you want to stretch your legs further, you can walk for miles down the coast. And never need go back up any stairs.

Most homes at Seabrook don't have a view, while every one of our condos looks directly out to the rolling surf. The few Seabrook homes that do have a peek-a-boo view may provide binoculars or telescopes, in hopes guests can catch a fleeting glance at seabirds and boats on the horizon.

But you won't need binoculars at Hi-Tide. You can sit on the deck, put your feet up, smell the salty air and marvel as thousands of seabirds swoop and soar directly overhead.

In some seasons there are actually millions of acrobatic Rock Sandpipers, Wandering tattlers, Surfbirds and Black Turnstones migrating from Arctic feedings grounds far to the south. They pass directly overhead and just off the shore.

We must admit Hi-Tide has no swanky restaurants and no tony stores. But if you just can't wait to spend lots of money, take the 8 minute drive to Seabrook. Then after blowing all your cash, zip right back to Hi-Tide to spend all day and all night listening to the ocean and the birds.

Maybe you'll even see that legendary green flash as the golden sun drops below the westerly horizon each evening.

So how about this for a plan - Make a short pit stop at Seabrook to jostle with all the tourists and spend all your money. But stay directly on Moclips Beach at Hi-Tide Resort to rest, relax and recreate.

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Author: Wm. May – Why Stay Anywhere Else, Hi-Tide Resort
Blog #: 0954 – 06/11/23

Sponsor: Hi-Tide Resort – You can't get any closer to the beach than this. comfy, cozy, modern condos at Hi-Tide-Resort on Moclips Beach WA State. – Hi-Tide-Resort.com

Moclips Beach 1912 Wooden Caboose

Published: 11/12/22 Topics: Comments: 0

Located in the coastal town of Moclips, Washington in a former frozen foods warehouse is the Museum of the North Beach at 4658 SR 109N. Every inch of the Museum is filled with artifacts and stories of the resplendent north beach history. And the curators are a wealth of knowledge, having dedicated many years procuring and displaying artifacts and gaining knowledge.

The crown jewel of the museum is the 1912 wooden caboose, the same caboose used on the final run of the Northern Pacific railroad into the area. The caboose was used locally for a nightly vacation rental and when the property was sold, the new owner contacted the Historical Society. Fundraising began immediately and land was donated to house the caboose in an exact replica of the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot in Moclips. How exciting is that!

The caboose was delicately loaded onto a trailer and slowly driven up to its current location, with locals and the curious gathering to watch the procession on the closed highway. The caboose was carefully placed on the cement slab poured to be its home.

So next time you are called to the ocean beaches, stop by and say "Hello" to Kelly, Lee and Kathy who have made it a labor of love to preserve the areas rich and splendid history for future generations to come. You may even meet a spirit who is thought to dwell in some of the local artifacts.

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Blog #: 0923 – 11/12/22

History Melds Coastline Into Military Resort

By Cindy Stearns
Published: 11/11/19 Topics: Comments: 0

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.

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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: 0

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.

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Author: Cindy Stearns
Blog #: 0707 – 11/04/19

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.

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Author: Seabrook Events
Blog #: 0680 – 08/15/19

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

Phone: 360-589-8101

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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/.

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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.

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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 erik.o.anderson@gmail.com

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Blog #: 0670 – 06/10/19

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.

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Author: Ernie Nelson
Blog #: 0668 – 06/06/19

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 shopsaltydog@gmail.com

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Author: Ann Kjelsberg
Blog #: 0669 – 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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wearable Art Show returns with 'Hidden Meaning'

Published: 05/14/19 Topics: Comments: 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

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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!

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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: chapelbytheseapresbyterian@gmail.com.

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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.

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

Alice in Wonderland takes to the stage

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

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

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