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Claim the Fjord as your own & "Choose your own adventure®." Rachel Hansen | Fjord editor
While watching Stranger Things with my daughter (I am a master of procrastination) – and being slightly obsessed with fonts – I was struck with the familiarity of the title text. The magic of Google led me to the realization they had in fact copied it from the title font of a children's book series, popular through the late 70s, 80s, and 90s. Brilliant! Choose Your Own Adventure is a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the hero and making choices that determine the protagonist's actions and the plot's outcome. The series was based on a concept created story written by Edward Packard and originally published by R. A. Montgomery as “The Adventures of You” series in 1976. It is currently published by Chooseco and available at cyoa.com Choose Your Own Adventure sold more than 265 million copies since 1979 and has been translated into 38 languages. So why do I think Stranger Things designers were brilliant? Because something so simple as a font choice evokes a flood of memories we didn't even know we had. Like hearing a tune that played on a particularily perfect summer day – that tune will always help to make us feel good.
Packed into the Benguiat Std font – and those four simple words – are generations of great days when summers were long and life had infinite possibilies. And shoes were optional. Funny thing is, I completely experienced that sensation as soon as I started poring over the tattered cover shots. I can clearly remember the anticipation of a new adventure as I snuck off to hide from chores, with the Bantam paperback stuffed in my jacket. So the message here – after a dozen issues of the Fjord – is that adventures on Hood Canal are limitless. When I put out the call for stories a few weeks ago, the variety that came in was overwhelming – edible plant tours, sky dive adventures, scuba classes, bluegrass festivals with kid's banjo workshops – even Bohemian dinners with Medieval music.
We encourage you run with total abandon on the beach in search of Easter eggs – to hike, climb, paddle, run, swim, dive, gravel grind, fish, taste, consume dozens of oysters – or simply find a quiet cabin with a killer view of the fjord and a copy of Journey Under The Sea – either way, choose your own adventure and always be the star of the story. Enjoy!
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Matlock Old Timer's
Each year the tiny, West Mason County town of Matlock welcomes the world to the Old Timer’s Historical Fair. Admission is free for this event; it is held the first weekend in May each year on the campus of Mary M. Knight School. The school is located at 2987 Matlock-Brady Rd., about five miles south of the Matlock store and 15 miles north of Highway 8. This year it will be held May 2-3rd with the doors open 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. The fair provides fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, delicious food (especially the homemade pies), historical displays, a variety of crafts and even an exhibit of an authentic Civil War era military camp. The fair celebrates Matlock’s heritage in the timber industry with draft horses, early day machines and motors, and blacksmithing. Additionally, there will be antique booths,
kids’ activities, hand-crafted items, historical events, agricultural events, food, a firewood raffle, prizes and live music. While most of the displays are inside and outside the school buildings, the adjacent museum is packed with historical displays. Including a room dedicated to John Tornow and the unsolved mystery of 107 years ago.
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The authors of two popular books on the Northwest legend– John Tornow: Villain or Victim? and Beast Man– will be selling and signing their books. Also, inside the museum are displays from early Matlock and the popular school yearbooks. Outside the museum will be an interactive display of memorabilia dedicated to the Tornow story.
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Other attractions include kids’ train rides, a tractor parade, plant and starter vegetable sales, classic cars, and tractors. The steam engines will be the star of the show with the Dolbeer steam donkey– used in the timber industry 100 years ago. New this year to the fair will be a cornhole tournament where contestant can test their aim. This will also be the inaugural year for the First Annual Test of Time: Rough and Ready Car Show. In this event –held May 2nd– contestants are encouraged to bring in their vehicle rough (unfinished, barn find, in progress or otherwise), or ready (in the condition you love it!). Awards will be granted in both categories. With a registration of fee $20 at the event (but if you pre-register it is only $15). There will be goodie bags for the first fifty cars, a 50/50 draw, door prizes, live music and hand-made awards. The school is located at 2987 MatlockBrady Rd., about five miles south of the Matlock store and 15 miles north on Highway 8. For additional details visit explorehoodcanal.com/events.
Worthington Park & the Quilcene GRAVEL UNRAVEL Brian Cullin
A remarkable experiment is unfolding along the north Hood Canal in the small coastal town of Quilcene. A volunteer effort to restore a Victorian mansion, begun in 2012 by the Quilcene Historical Museum, and the result of over 30,000 hours of volunteer effort, is nearing completion. When finished, Worthington Park will be a oneof-a-kind events center with an outdoor theatre, restored mansion, and ten acres of scenic grounds. On June 27, Worthington Park will join forces with another first-of-its-kind, the Quilcene Gravel Unravel, hosting an endurance bicycle race into the Olympic National Forest. Gravel races have soared in popularity largely because of both evolving bicycle technology and the changing landscape of the sport. There are far fewer cars on unpaved roads so you can ride for hours without seeing a car during many gravel events or off-road rides. The Gravel Unravel is a brand new endurance bicycle event for gravel, cross and mountain bikes on the gravel road system of Olympic National Forest. This event is designed for those who wish to challenge their physical abilities to
the maximum while enjoying the lushness of the Olympic National Forest. Participants can ride 32, 55, or 80 miles on a combination of paved and unpaved surfaces, while enjoying towering evergreens and vivid green moss and ferns and summiting the Bon Jon Pass. There are both competitive and non-competitive Gran Fondo style divisions. All are welcome to give the Gravel Unravel a try on their own terms. All participants will experience a professional, well-organized event, a great piece of custom race swag, timing services, a well-marked course, on-course snacks and medical support. Following this epic outdoor event will be a post-race party at Worthington Park, including food, beer garden, and live music.
Cullin photos A portion of proceeds from this race will support the Quilcene Historical Museum, Count Me In for Quilcene (local scholarships), and the North Olympic High School Mountain Bike Team (a youth 4-H club). Benâ€™s Bikes out of Sequim is the Title Sponsor. Race Directors Lorrie Mittmann and Tim Tucker put on five other races on the Olympic 6
Peninsula every year. They include The Big Hurt which is a multi-sport race: mountain bike, kayak, road bike, run; two running trail races (OAT Run and GOAT Run), an 80-mile relay called Frosty Moss Relay and a new one for this year, the Salt Creek 24 (24-hour race). There is a great deal of professional experience coming into the Unravel.
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Quilcene Munns Since 1888. Worthington Park (a property of the Quilcene Historical Museum, a 501(c)3 organization), is perfectly situated at the foot of the Olympic Mountains and along scenic Quilcene Bay to support such an event. The Park is no stranger to hosting competitive athletic events as it opens its doors for the eighth year on September 20 to the Oyster Races Half Marathon. That race, that includes a 10K, 5K and kids sprint, includes trails that offer striking views of the mountains and bay.
For four generations the Munn family has made their home along Hood Canal. Today, brothers, Bruce & Jim Munn, are happy to help you find your Canal home and share their experience & knowledge of the area with you. The Munn Brothers specialize in properties in the Lake Leland, Quilcene and Dabob Bay areas along the Hood Canal. Stop by their office for maps, tide tables and local insight. Visit munnbros.com to sign up for email notifications of available properties. Contact Jim or Bruce today to find your perfect place. Experience counts.
The Oyster Races raise money for local scholarships through Quilcene-Brinnon Dollars for Scholars. The inaugural launch of this extraordinary endurance race from the grounds of beautiful Worthington Park is only the opening salvo of many more exciting events coming to the north Hood Canal as Worthington Park completes this year. Information on Worthington Park: worthingtonparkquilcene.org Registration/information for the Gravel Unravel: GravelUnravel.com https://www. facebook.com/gravelunravel/ Registration/ information on the Oyster Races: Quilcenehalfmarathon.com
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Game Night at the Starlight Lounge Mondays, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W SR 108, Shelton
Live Music at the Starlight Lounge Fridays, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W SR 108, Shelton
Live Music at Alderbrook Resort Fridays, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union
Country Dance Night at the Casino Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W SR 108, Shelton
Karaoke at Little Creek Casino Wednesdays, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM 91 W State Route 108, Kamilche Bent Bine Brewery Kill The Keg Wednesday Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bent Bine Brewery Tap Room, 23297 SR 3, Belfair
Tribute Band Night at Little Creek Casino Thursdays, 8:00 PM, Starlight Lounge Live Music at the Union Square Deli Fridays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 310 E Dalby Rd, Ste 100, Union Join local singer/songwriters and poets every Thursday for open mic - all are welcome! Not a performer? That's ok! Come out and enjoy the talent & a pizza!
Trivia Night at Bent Bine Brewery Fridays, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Brewery Tap Room, 23297 SR 3, Belfair Test your trivia skills with friends and BEER at Bent Bine Brew Co.! Every Friday at 7PM Trivia Time Live plays Trivia with us. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome.
Live Music at Alderbrook Golf Fridays, 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM 330 E Country Club Lane, Union
Karaoke at the Cantina Saturdays, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM El Sarape Cantina, 324 W Railroad Ave, Shelton Live Music at the Starlight Lounge Saturdays, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W SR 108, Shelton Wine Tasting at Cameo Boutique Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 6871 WA-106, Union Join Cameo Boutique for a wine tasting, including the locally distributed wines as well as wines from around the world.
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Trivia Night at the Clubhouse February 22, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM Lake Cushman Golf Course 210 N Fairway Dr W, Hoodsport Triva and a $5 potato bar. Limited seating, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or (253)381-0422. Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party with the Olympia Jazz Senators February 25, 4 PM – 7PM Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club 330 E Country Club Dr, Union The bar will serve Mardi Gras drinks and The Hardware Distillery will concoct a special Fat Tuesday cocktail in honor of the occasion. The Olympia Jazz Senators will provide Dixieland sound for dancing. It's time to get out your dancing shoes, masquerade masks and costumes. The cover charge is $10 per person. 21+. The Lady Drinks Whiskey Live Music Feb 28, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Alderbrook Resort & Spa, 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union Enjoy classic rock and blues. Kalan Wolfe & The Shift Live Sat Feb 29, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Loggers Landing, 295023 US Highway 101, Quilcene Forest Festival Coronation 2020 Feb 29, 7 – 9 PM Performing Arts Center Shelton High School, Shelton, WA Support local young people as they take part in this traditional coronation competition for the Forest Festival court. The Queen of the Forest will be crowned along with the Princess of Hemlock, Princess of Cedar, and of course, Paul Bunyan and Timber the Axe Man! The Forest Festival commemorative button will be revealed as well at this event.
Pier Peer at Port of Allyn Waterfront Park Feb 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM Port of Allyn Waterfront Park 18560 WA-3, Allyn Discover the mysterious creatures that live below the pier in this family friendly event. Mason County Conservation District will be hosting this with underwater lights to attract creatures. Naturalists on site to share what is there. Free event.
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Empty Bowls 2019 Mar 4, 5:00 - 7:00 PM Shelton Civic Center, 525 W Cota St, Shelton There are "empty bowls" throughout the world and it is possible to do something positive about stopping hunger! Create, play, and eat with friends and support your neighbors in need. You will be able to unleash your creative side by building a ceramic bowl to keep. All supplies provided. Donate $10, and have a bowl to keep and be able to enjoy some delicious soup and bread from local restaurants. Empty Bowls has three dates to remember.: March 4, 5:00 PM: Form your bowl March 11, 5:00 PM: Glaze & decorate March 18, 5:00 PM: Soup & bread Can't make all 3 nights? Don't worry! There will be extra bowls at each night. All proceeds will be donated to The Saint's Pantry Food Bank. Rockaraoke at the Creek Mar 4, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Little Creek Casino Resort 91 W State Route 108, Shelton Rockaraoke offers a unique and memorable experience allowing you to front your own rock band and release your inner rockstar! Combining excellent musicianship with high energy performances, Rockaraoke delivers authenticity at every event. 21+ Spring Bulbs + Charcoal Drawing Gardening through Art Workshop Saturday, March 7, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Joyful Note Studio, Belfair A series of community arts workshops with the intent to build stewardship through art, food, and gardening. All ages welcome, limited to 15 participants; any level of experience. A positive, non-competitive attitude is essential. Elise Watness, JoyfulPlant.com, 360-525-3849, email@example.com to register. Birding Voyage Aboard the Lady Alderbrook March 7, 9:00 -11:00 AM Alderbrook Resort & Spa 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union, WA Board the Lady Alderbrook and seek birds upon and above the waters of Hood Canal. Bring food and water and binoculars. $30 per person, payable at the dock. Faye McAdams to register, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-275-0553. Event is a partnership of local Audubon groups. Space is limited (50 people).
ISSUE 12 | VOLUME 4 Traveler Beer Mile March 7, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club 330 E. Country Club Drive East, Union Grab your buds and drink some suds with Hood Canal Events. This is a 1.5 mile drinking race located along quiet residential streets with a fantastic view of Hood Canal. A treasure for beer lovers as well as race purists, this race will feature a local PNW brew and will be a timed event for our running/walking participants. Open to all fitness levels as you encounter 3 "beer stations" along the course for participants over 21 years of age - root beer for those under age. Be sure to join the tap take-over party at the Alderbrook Clubhouse afterwards and purchase your authentic PNW taco bar and beers as we continue to celebrate the top male and female event finishers, best team and craziest costume theme! hoodcanalevents.com Sund Rock Group Dives March 7, 2020 at 9 AM Sund Marine Preserve, N26476 US 101, Hoodsport Dive our “home away from home,” Sund Rock! The site opens at 9:00 AM and first splash for dive #1 will be at about 9:30 AM. Dive Officer Jim is available for up to four dives throughout the day, contact group to join to arrange dive buddy! $15 charge ($13 for Veterans and First Responders) for entry, and limited parking so carpool if you can. kelpkrawlers.webs.com Friends of the Library Book Sale! March 7, 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Hoodsport Timberland Library 40 North Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport Hardbacks $2.00 and Paperbacks, DVD's, CD's $1.00.
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HAMA HAMA ROCKS THE BEACH - 17 BLUEGRASS – 19 BIG CREEEK LOOP Hiking Adventure – 23 Dive Deep into the Fjord FEATURE story - 27 BUNYANS & BULLS OF THE WOODS Hood Canal's Timber Roots run deep - 31 HISTORIC BUILDINGS Hood Canal Road trip - 52
FJORDIN CROSSIN Save the date for the paddle -55
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Be prepared for fun - 59
Master Gardening Workshop: The Life of a Vegetable Garden March 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 100 W Public Works Dr, Shelton Pre-planting - soil, fertilizer, beds, what to plant and when, the best pest and weed control, and harvesting and putting the garden to bed. $5.00 at the door.
Live music of Mike Burdman! March 7, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Robin Hood Village Resort 6790 WA-106, Union, WA Head to Robin Hood for dinner and drinks and fun with local talent Mike Burdman. 9
Brinnon Knitting Circle March 8, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM Brinnon Community Center 306144 Highway 101 Yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks for all who want to learn to knit or crochet. Enjoy community, and share laughter and joy with fellow knitters, crocheters, sewers, stitchers, weavers, and spinners. This year, they will be knitting and crocheting octopus dolls for preemies.
Mr. Tambourine Man March 12, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM 23081 Northeast State Route 3, Belfair Paul "Buck" Stierle plays guitar and sings songs from Bob Dylan's early years, 1962-1974. Paul is a former member, manager and songwriter for the New Christy Minstrels. This presentation is part of the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the North Mason Library who will conduct a brief business meeting prior to the performance.
Shellfish Growers Conference Alderbrook Resort & Spa Mar 9, 8:00 AM – Tue, Mar 10, 5:00 PM 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union, WA. This event brings shellfish producers, researchers, students and managers from the Pacific NW together to discuss issues facing the industry.
Easter Brunch at Port Ludlow April 12 Details at portludlowresort.com
Teen Drama Workshop March 10, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shelton Timberland Library, 710 West Alder Street, Shelton Learn basic acting and improv techniques, while gaining essential public speaking and team-building skills. (Ages 12-18)
Macon Bacon Live Music March 14, 5:00 PM 24131 NE SR 3, Belfair 98528, Belfair, United States HD's Pub is celebrating the 7th Annual St Patty's Day pig roast! Dinner $10/ plate, live music starts at 7:00 PM. Classic Rock with Terry Ness Mar 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM 330 E Country Club Drive East, Union, Acoustic classic rock musician, Terry Ness, will be sharing guitar & vocals at the Alderbrook Golf Clubhouse. Enjoy great food and great music as the sun sets over a beautiful Hood Canal mountain view.
St. Paddle's Day March 14, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Alderbrook Resort & Spa 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union Alderbrook's annual St. Paddle Day non-sanctioned Hood Canal race, co-hosted with Salmon Bay Paddle. Enjoy aquatic races, vendor booths, demonstrations, and more! Reservations required; $15 entrance fee (except kid's course). alderbrookresort.com
Make It & Take It March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Shelton Timberland Library, 710 West Alder Street, Shelton Explore a new craft experience the third Wednesday of the month. Simple techniques and assorted supplies to make a different DIY item each month. The projects will be designed for success whether you're new to crafting or a pro, so come and join the fun! (Ages 18 and older)
Shelton Chamber Luncheon: Land, Sea, & Sky March 19, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 2621 E Johns Prairie Rd, Shelton The National Park Service, Salmon Center, and Skydive Kapowsin are guests at this discussion on the state of recreation in Mason County. RSVPs are required; reserve at (360) 426-2021. Canal Cookout —Woodland to Waterfront March 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5101 WA-106, Union Tickets $45/advance unioncitymarket.com Celtic Cruise on Twanoh March 19 -22 Cruise aboard the Twanoh Yacht and Celebrate the Luck of the Irish!. Enjoy a sparkling soda, a house-made snack, and a custom stainless straw to take home, in a Alderbrook carry pouch. $75/person alderbrookresort.com
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Knowledgeable 8TH Annual Kids Egg Hunt March 21, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM Southside School 161 SE Collier Rd, Shelton 20,000+ eggs filled with candy, toys, free stuff and discount cards from local businesses,Easter Bunny, balloon artist, games, and face painters will be joining us. Live music, hot dogs, pizza and hot drinks. 5 age groups. armstrongracing.foundation 8th Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt March 21, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Southside School District 161 SE Collier Rd, Shelton 20,000+ eggs filled with candy, free stuff and discounts from local businesses, door prizes, Raffles, Live music and Easter Bunny. Three age groups teens, adults, seniors, Bring flashlight for a fun filled night. armstrongracing. foundation Rolling Storytime with MTA March 26, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM 23081 Northeast State Route 3, Belfair Starting at the bus stop in front of the library building, children and their participating caregivers will get a short lesson on how to ride the bus, and then board a Mason Transit Authority bus for a story and song-filled ride to Twanoh State Park and back. Space on the bus is limited, so reserve your seat by registering online, or by calling (360) 275-3232 beginning March 3, 2020.
cocktail and paired wines, social time, dinner, and musical performance by the Great Bend Center for Music, showcasing Bohemian influences in classical music. All proceeds beyond expenses for this event go to retreat scholarships. $125 saintandrewshouse.org A Musical Evening with Kathy Jonas and Craig Gurney March 27, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Timberland Library, Shelton Kathy Jonas started out as a 60’s folk singer in the coffeehouses of Berkeley. These days she performs songs as old as the 12th century and as new as yesterday. Her style is calm and thought provoking; some songs, up-beat and some, gentle and hushed. Propolis Brewing Dinner Mar 27, 6:00 PM The Resort at Port Ludlow 1 Heron Road, Port Ludlow Special guests Piper Corbett and Robert Horner join you for a five-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Dan Ratigan and his team, paired with local organic produce and ales from Propolis Brewing. portludlowresort.com Alderbrook Golf Spring Fair March 28, 8:00 AM – 5 PM 330 E Country Club Drive East, Union Annual community event celebrating plants and spring items. Murder on Pine Street March 28, 6:00 – 9:00 PM 222 W Pine St, Shelton, WA Head over to the historic and iconic Colonial House for an entertaining and an intriguing evening. It's the biggest event of the year in Mason County’s underworld, the annual meeting of the notorious, Union-based, Nobles Gang.
Bohemian Spring Dinner March 26, 6:00 – 9:00 PM St Andrews House 7550 WA-106, Union First of four Dinner Series events, featuring locally-sourced Pacific NW cuisine, served family-style with group seating. Enjoy Bohemian signature
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The theme is jazz age glam! So put on your Great Gatsby best (prizes will be awarded for best dressed) and join us for an evening of live music, custom cocktails by the Hardware Distillery, light cuisine by Wild & Woodsy, and a featured performance by County Commissioner (and Nobles Gang boss) Kevin Shutty. We guarantee a KILLER time! $50 – includes light fare, first drink, dessert buffet and no-host bar. Proceeds support the Great Bend Center for Music. greatbendmusic.org Pier Peer at Oakland Bay Marina March 28, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Shelton Yacht Club 701 E Pine St, Shelton Discover the mysterious creatures that live below the pier. Mason County Conservation district will be hosting this popular event. Underwater lights attract spectacular estuary creatures 11
for you to safely scoop up and observe, while volunteer naturalists from Puget Sound Estuarium help identify what you’ve found. FREE Sons of Serendip Live March 31, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Shelton High School Auditorium 3737 Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton Sons of Serendip create beautiful music through the use of harp, piano, cello, and voice. This billboard charting quartet is gaining popularity since appearing on season 9 of America's Got Talent as finalists. Their program is a mix of emotionally expressive popular music, engaging stories, and audience participation. $30 at the door. masoncountyconcerts.org
Harstine Island Half Marathon Apr 4, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 3371 E Harstine Island Rd N, Shelton 13.1 mile loop of rolling rural roads in forest with occasional views to saltwater inlets. 2.2 mile option also available. Start and finish at the Harstine Community Hall. Chip timed. Awards. Post-race refreshment. Entry includes finisher medal. Tech shirt for additional fee. Benefits community youth athletics. runsignup.com Image: Photofest
The Spinners April 3, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Skookum Creek Events Center 91 WA-108, Shelton, WA An American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hits during the 1960s and 1970s. The group continues to tour, with Henry Fambrough as the only original member. The Spinners charted five Top 100 singles (and two Top Tens) from their first post-Motown album, Spinners (1973), and went on to become one of the biggest soul groups of the 1970s. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets $50, $45 & $35 for general admission. little-creek.com.
Hoodsport Library Book Sale April 4, 12:30pm - 4:00pm Hoodsport Timberland Library 40 North Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport Hardbacks $2.00 and Paperbacks, DVD's, CD's $1.00. Garden Swap April 4, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Shelton Timberland Library 710 West Alder Street, Shelton Spring has sprung and the gardening season is in full swing. Gardeners are invited to bring their inside and outside plants, seeds, tools, starts, and horticulture books and magazines to trade with other gardeners for new-to-you items. No money will be exchanged.
Concerts in the Woods – “Ranger & the ‘Re-Arrangers‘” April 4, 7:30PM Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle Seattle Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of Gypsy jazz. Teen Drama Workshop April 14, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shelton Timberland Library 710 West Alder Street, Shelton Take your performance skills to the next level! Learn basic acting and improv techniques, while gaining essential public speaking and team-building skills. We'll play improv games and rehearse short scenes and monologues. Join us for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and creativity! Ages 12-18. Canal Cookout —Mermaid's Platter April 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Union City Market ,5101 WA-106, Union Tickets $45/advance. unioncitymarket.com Friends of the Library Book Sale April 17, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 23081 Northeast State Route 3, Belfair A selection of used books, CDs and DVDs.
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Sails ‘n Tails 11th Annual Auction & Dinner April 18, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club 330 E Country Club Drive East, Union Concerts in the Woods – Buddy Mondlock April 19, 3:00PM 923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle Concerts are all ages and admission is by donation. Buddy will be accompanied by the imperturbable Mike Lindauer on bass and harmonies.
35846 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup Saturday, April 25, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM 35846 N US Hwy 101, Lilliwaup The Rama features tours with inter-tidal ecologists and oyster growers, u-pick oysters and clams, an oyster-sports competition we call the Shuckathalon, a beer and wine garden, kid's activities, live music, and various delicious food options. $30, sells out annually. hamahama.com Olympus Rally 2020 April 28 - 30, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Ridge Motorsports Park, 1060 W Eells Hill, Shelton Olympus Rally has been a Northwest Tradition for the last 40 years. Held outside of Shelton, WA it is a great family friendly event that has the top competitors from all over the world in attendance. Watch top international competitors race. olympusrally.com Make It & Take It: Rock Painting April 30, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 40 North Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport They provide the supplies and you get to take home your creation.
Stringfever May 1, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Shelton Performing Arts Center 3737 N Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton Hailing from London, UK, Stringfever is an electric string quartet touring the US and taking time out to share their entertaining show with Shelton. Formed of three brothers and a cousin, this talented quartet span the history of music with breathtaking musicality and a hefty dose of wit and humor that keeps audiences of all ages and music genres engaged and entertained. You do not want to miss this great concert. $30/door. masoncountyconcerts.org
Medicare 101 April 20, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Timberland Library Branch: Shelton Do you have questions about Medicare and how it works? Come in for an informational presentation from the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits. The Traveler 5.5K Run/Walk April 25, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 330 E Country Club Drive East, Union, This 3.5-mile route offers something to travelers from every walk of life.
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Twanoh Backpacking Adventure April 17, 4:00 PM - April 19, 1:00 PM Twanoh State Park 12190 WA State 106, Union Spend two nights in a beautiful WA State Park learning how to wilderness backpack. Learn about overnight trip planning, safety, gear, overnight packing, water filtration, backcountry meal preparation, wilderness travel ethics, and so much more. This is introduction to wilderness backpacking gives you hands-on preparation for multi-day backpacking adventures. Group Size: 4; cost: $359 cascademountainadventures.org
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Ross Robinson Trio Apr 17, 7:00 – 10:00 PM Alderbrook Resort & Spa 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union, WA Acoustic blues and more on beautiful Hood Canal, with William Frost on harmonica and Charles Valentine on acoustic & electric bass, Ross Robinson will bring great tunes to complement the great location and great food. alderbrookresort.com
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Matlock Old Timers Historical Fair May 2, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 2987 Matlock-Brady Rd, Elma Enjoy live music, delicious food, historical displays, and crafts as the fair celebrates Matlock's timber heritage. Draft horses, early machines and motors, blacksmithing, antiqus, kids activities, handcrafted items, agricultural events, raffles, prizes, and live music. Kids train rides, tractor pulls, plant sale, antique and classic cars, tractors and steam engines.
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Golf as Nature Intended PLAY AND STAY IN PORT LUDLOW
If you’re a golfer, you know the quiet thrill of standing at the tee box, driver in hand, on a sun-swept spring morning. A well-groomed fairway framed by evergreens stretches out in front of you, just waiting for that long, straight drive. This is Port Ludlow. Here you can play an 18-hole championship course ranked 11th in Washington while enjoying all the amenities the resort has to offer. Impeccably maintained and newly upgraded, this Robert Muir Graves course does not disappoint. Boasting lush greens and fairways that overlook several ponds and streams with spectacular views of Hood Canal, Ludlow Bay and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, you’ll be challenged by its design and rewarded by its serene natural beauty. This course is poised on meadows and along the sides of hills that slope up from the back of Port Ludlow Bay offering protection from prevailing winds and weather. It’s also a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,” so don’t be surprised if your round is accompanied by birdsong echoing through the forests surrounding the fairways.
And for your “19th hole,” grab a bite and a brew at Niblick’s Café, open daily from 7:45 am to 4 pm, where you can swap stories and relive that amazing putt. Take advantage of the resort’s Stay and Play Package. The waterfront inn offers beautifully appointed rooms with a cozy fireplace and jetted tub along with spectacular water and mountain views. Located inside the inn, the award-winning Fireside restaurant offers a daily menu featuring the bounty from local farms, showcasing farm-to-table authentic Northwest flavors. The package includes one night’s accommodation, 18 holes per person, GPS cart and unlimited range balls, for a rate of $229 through May 31, 2020, based on double occupancy.
If you’re traveling from Seattle, ditch the car at a parking lot in Edmonds, walk on the ferry and the resort will meet you with a free shuttle in Kingston. Reservations are required in advance and can be booked through the Pro Shop. This spring plan a golf getaway to the Resort at Port Ludlow, where you’ll have to keep telling yourself to keep your head down…over and over.
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Salzer Creek Band | Bluegrass from the Forest Hoodsport Library Book Sale May 2, 12:30pm - 4:00pm Hoodsport Timberland Library 40 North Schoolhouse Hill Road, Hoodsport Hardbacks $2.00 and Paperbacks, DVD's, CD's $1.00. Concerts in the Woods – Brittany Jean May 2, 7:30 PM Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle Concerts are all ages and admission is by donation. Brittany’s style is rooted in the folk and country music. PSSGA SLURP! May 3, 4:30 – 8:00 PM Olympia Country and Golf Club 3636 Country Club Rd NW, Olympia Tickets $65 and are on sale at slurp.brownpapertickets.com, (360) 943-6480, www.pcsga.org/slurp Concerts in the Woods – Eli Cook May 10, 3:00PM Laurel B. Johnson Community Center 923 Hazel Point Road, in Coyle Concerts are all ages and admission is by donation. Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia, following the tradition of the great blues men. Mother's Day Brunch at Port Ludlow May 10 Details at portludlowresort.com Teen Drama Workshop May 12, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Shelton Timberland Library, 710 West Alder Street, Shelton Learn basic acting and improv techniques, while gaining essential public speaking and team-building skills. We'll play improv games and rehearse short scenes and monologues. Join us for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and creativity! Ages 12-18. Bluegrass from the Forest May 15, 5:00 PM – Sun, May 17, 6:00 PM Shelton Performing Arts Center 3737 N Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton, WA Head to Shelton for an invigorating three day music festival featuring national Bluegrass artists and bands, jam sessions and workshops for kids and adults. bluegrassfromtheforest.com
Beat Frequency May 16, 9:00 PM Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 WA-108, Shelton, WA Turn up this beat with this fusion of pop, dance, funk, and R&B from Neuschwander and Lewis. 14th Annual Matt Ammon Memorial Driving School and Teen Clinic May 16 – 17 The Ridge Motorsports Park 1060 W Eells Hill Rd, Shelton Audi Club Northwest (ACNW) and Northwest Audi Dealers Group are proud to host both Driver Skills (DS) and High-Performance Driver Education (HPDE) instructed lapping for MAMDS. DS and a half-day autocross at Sanderson Field on Saturday. Teen Clinic open to new drivers. ridgemotorsportspark.com Backpacking Workshop at Jarrell Cove Park May 16, 2020 9:00 AM - May 17, 2020 1:00 PM 391 East Wingert Road, Shelton Are you ready to go backpacking but unsure about some of the finer details? Spend two days and one night in a Washington State Park learning how to wilderness backpack. You will learn about overnight trip planning, safety considerations, gear requirements, packing your overnight pack, water filtration, backcountry meal preparation, wilderness travel ethics, and so much more. Group Size: 4, $299. cascademountainadventures.org Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run XLII May 17, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Fort Worden, 200 Battery Street, Port Townsend The Jefferson Healthcare Rhody Run will be celebrating its 42nd as one of the NW’s best-loved races. Canal Cookout — Spot Prawn Jubilee May 21, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Union City Market, 5101 WA-106, Union Tickets $45/advance, unioncitymarket.com
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2nd Annual Union City Festival Sun, May 24, 1:00 PM - 5:00PM, , Harmony Hill & St 7362 E SR 106, Union (360) 898-2363 Join Harmony Hill and St. Andrew's House for a new community celebration featuring food vendors, local artists, Memorial Day events and live music! FREE
MAY EVENTS CONT. 26th Annual ShrimpFest Seafood Festival May 23 – 24, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Field between Cove RV and the Yelvik Store 303375 U.S. 101, Brinnon Live music, local vendors, arts/craft booths, kids’ activities, belt sander races, delicious food, great fun and shrimp! ; $5/day/ Active Military and Veterans FREE with ID; KIDS under 12 FREE with paying adult. email@example.com
"SHELLFISH LOVERS REJUVENATION PARTY" SLURP is a celebration of shellfish – celebrating the farmers, the chefs, the consumer, and a healthy marine ecosystem! SLURP is a shellfish, wine and beer tasting event benefiting clean water education and shellfish restoration efforts in the Pacific Northwest. A dozen restaurants will showcase their culinary talents by preparing dishes with fresh, off-the-beach local shellfish.100% of proceeds support shellfish habitat restoration and clean water education. May 3, 4:30 – 8:00 PM
Olympia Country and Golf Club. Tickets are $65 and are on sale at slurp.brownpapertickets.com, (360) 943-6480, www.pcsga.org/slurp
76th Annual Mason County Forest Festival May 28 -31 Locations in Shelton For 76 years, this festival has honored the traditions of an industry which is at its very core – forestry. At its very roots are the generations of families who have nurtured the forests and the business of managing those forests. Every year, those families and friends gather, along with visitors from near and far, to celebrate those rich historical traditions. From a parade to high climbing fun, there is something for every member of your family. masoncountyforestfestival.com
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Fjordin Crossin and Paddle the Canal Sat, Jun 27, 12 – 5 PM Hoodsport Marina, Hoodsport, WA Another reason to celebrate the fjord this Summer! Join the Hardware Distillery in Hoodsport to recreate a local version of a Scandinavian tradition —crossing the Canal with a barrel of aquavit!
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barrel of aged Dill Aquavit to cross the Hood Canal from Hoodsport to Tahuya and back. To celebrate the launch, Paddle the Canal will follow in unmotorized crafts. $29/ for paddle registration at hoodcanalevents.com
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Psst ... Hama Hama's Oyster
Rama's is just around the bend! When the creative gurus at Hama Hama started the Hama Hama Oyster Rama a decade ago they had no idea how big an idea it was – but organizers are determined to keep the event's intimate, fun, family, party feel – despite its global appeal to the masses. Hama Hama put out the call for the community – local artists, food vendors, biologists, oyster farmers, friends and neighbors – to participate in a low tide celebration. The formula was pretty simple. Great music. Fantastic location and views. Amazing food and drink. Awesome people. Oh, and the oysters, they were pretty important too. “We started the event to get people excited about oyster culture,” said Lissa James Monberg, 4th generation oyster farmer and in charge of Hama Hama’s retail and marketing, “we want people who live in this region to know how to harvest and prepare shellfish, know the history of the industry, and learn about the ecology of the inter-tidal area.”
“Plus,” continued Lissa, “we just wanted to have fun on the beach with all our favorite people, and raise money for the local school.” The 2019 Oyster Rama was the biggest and "boldest" yet, with over 2000 attendees and 320 volunteers. The event raised more than $14,000 for charity, bringing the lifetime Rama fundraising effort to nearly $100k. The biggest beneficiary is the Hood Canal Education Foundation, which supports arts & science education at the local elementary school. The Rama highlights include tours with inter-tidal ecologists and oyster growers; u-pick gathering; oyster trivia, and an engaging oyster sports
competition termed “Shuckathalon.” In 2019 they also included a load of classes and seminars for attendees to "dig deeper" into the shellfish underwater. The team organized a Natural Wine Fair featuring wine samples selected by Olympia Oyster Bar (PDX), Vinnie's Raw Bar (Seattle), Vif (Seattle), and Will Piper (NYC)... paired with bites from Seattle's Navy Strength. For the second year in a row, Tournant came up from Portland to teach a cookingwith-fire class they call "iron/fire/brine."
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It was truly a locally-sourced meal: Hama Hama's own milled cedar planks for the planked salmon, truffles hunted from the back forty, and local boughs for l'éclade de moules with Penn Cove Mussels. The gang at Hama Hama dug the savory clams from their beach, and harvested kelp from the new kelp farm that bobs gaily in view of the Oyster Saloon. Add all that to great local food and beverage; invite some chefs
who know how to showcase the harvest; toss in unique kids' activities like their own band and marine touch tanks – and don’t go light on the music – you’ve got an inter-tidal party to remember. This April the Hama Hama Oyster Rama will be on Saturday, April 25. Tickets go on sale in mid-March. Last year, tickets sold out in less than a week, and this year the
entrance fee will be $30 for anybody 16 and up. If you miss it – no fear, there are plenty of opportunities to visit year round for "mini-Ramas" featuring live music and restaurant pop-ups. This year the tides are cooperating to allow four Farm Days. Check out hamahama.com for details on this and all the other great things happening here in 2020.
from the Forest
Some of the earliest Bluegrass bands were formed in rural timber communities when musicians came together to entertain for local celebrations. One such group was the "Logger Orchestra" led by John Sells. Sells was an early forester as well as an accomplished musician. After serving in the Spanish American War, he traveled to Mason County
For a decade and a half Shelton has been striking a chord with nationally recognized bluegrass bands and players at the Annual Bluegrass from the Forest Festival. Music lovers of all ages converge on the little town for three days, immersing in great music and reveling in the natural beauty of the area. in 1901 to work for the Simpson Logging Company as a donkey (steam-powered winch) engineer. Sells and his fellow musicians, Joe Stertz and Ben Booth, often traveling by handcar or stage to neighboring communities. In camp the musicians jammed to while away the evening hours. Tradition has it that the Logger Orchestra is the "roots" of Bluegrass from the Forest Festival – planted over a hundred years ago in the backcountry of the Olympic National Forest. Each May the music takes on full foliage on the campus of Shelton High School where fellowship and really great entertainment are celebrated to the rhythm of the annual Bluegrass From the Forest.
Dust off the banjo and head to Shelton and Hood Canal for some fantastic scenery and a weekend of the best bluegrass music this side of the Appalachians. This year's event (May 15-17) supports an exceptional line-up of local and national bands: Volume Five, North Carolina; Kristen Grainger and True North, Oregon; Crying Uncle, California; Whiskey Deaf, Oregon; and Washington bands, Salzer Creek Band and Runaway Train. Friday night enjoy a squaree dance led by the Mountain Williams Band ; while The Bar K Buckaroos, Oregon, leads Saturday night's country dance.
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North Shelton Springs Rd, Shelton Reserve online: bluegrassfromtheforest.com
PASSES: ADULT Weekend Pass (includes all events – FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY) $45.00 FAMILY Weekend Pass (3 days; up to 4 children) – $90.00
FRI & SAT AFTERNOON or EVENING $15/person SAT All Day $25 | Sunday All Day $15 KIDS 12 – 17 half price, under 12 FREE
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SHELTON'S Bluegrass Roots
Musicians, Duane Wilson and Greg Linder oirginally founded the festival to fund improvements at the local playing fields. Since then the event has sponsored many more community projects. Today Bluegrass families annually plan their weekend in May to enjoy the workshops and nationally recognized bands
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Hosted and produced by Kristmas Town Kiwanis volunteers, Bluegrass from the Forest Festival is more than just great musicians coming together for a musical celebration. A long with raising funds for local projects, over the last fifteen years the festival also supported a vital children's music program for ages 8-18 and hosts daily music familiarity workshops and contasts for all ages. at this volunteer driven festival. “Though the bands are paid, and there are many expenses, it’s a labor of love for us who put it together - the payment is seeing the enjoyment on people’s faces,“ remarks Linder when asked what motivates the group. As if the music isn’t enough, the festival includes
camping for an experience you won’t soon forget. Pack up the whole family and make a weekend out of it. The kids will enjoy the Chick Rose School of Bluegrass designed just for them. Otherwise known as “Chick’s Kids,” this is a music education program dedicated to sharing the fun of bluegrass
with youth. Participants range in age from 8 to 18. This fun intensive workshop is hosted on Saturday, May 16. Kids are grouped by musical experience to receive coaching by advanced musicians culminating with a stage performance. There is no extra charge for this program – let’s fill the stage with kids!
DEAR FUTURE, We’re Ready The Chick Rose School of Bluegrass for Kids
The Chick Rose School of Bluegrass, otherwise known as “Chick’s Kids,” is a music education program dedicated to sharing the fun of bluegrass with youth. Participants generally range in age from 8 to 18. This fun intensive workshop, runs Saturday, May 16,10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Kids are grouped by musical experience to receive coaching by advanced musicians culminating with a stage performance.There is no extra charge for this program – let’s fill the stage with kids! Federally Insured by the NCUA.
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VOLUME FIVE was founded by leader Glen Harrell in early 2008 and has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. In 2017, Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. They received the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award and the prestigious the Song of the Year Award for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi. Volume Five is celebrating the release of their latest album For Those That Care To Listen on Mountain Fever Records.
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KRISTEN GRAINGER AND TRUE NORTH bring award winning original music to the stage. Truth North features the multi-instrumentalist and singer-song writer Dan Wetzel, Martin Stevens adds the mandolin, fiddle, and supporting vocals, and Josh Adkins mixes in the upright bass and vocals (Martin and Josh were both formerly with the acclaimed Bluegrass Regulators).Kristen Grainger’s unique vocal phrasing and song writing chops have garnered awards and praise at national song writing contests. She recently won the 2019 Local Roots Northwest song writing competition in Portland, OR. In March, Kristen Grainger and True North are touring in Ireland.
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CRYING UNCLE'S BLUEGRASS BAND was founded in 2016 by Miles and Teo, as a duo band with invited guest artists. They invited Andrew and John to join in 2017. The band has played at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival, CBA’s Father's Day Bluegrass Festival and Strawberry Music Festival. In 2018, the band was featured on a TEDxTalk with Phoebe Hunt. In 2019, the band traveled all over Finland on a 10-day tour. CUBG is based in Northern California.
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WHISKEY DEAF from Portland, OR, plays many regional festivals, small concerts, and occasional private shows. The band is made up of talented and experienced bluegrass musicians who share a passion for finding and playing lesser known bluegrass and related music from the repertoires of first generation bluegrass, early country and old-time sources, and then giving it the Whiskey Deaf stamp. Everyone in the band loves playing this music, and loves playing it with each other, and that comes through in every show.
SALZER CREEK covers the classics specializing in a bluegrass-gospel sound with a dash of old-timey fiddle. The talented home-schooled siblings all harmonize and play multiple instruments making up a real six-piece band. Eldest Kelvy plays the fiddle and mandolin; Sadie also fiddles and plays piano and the bass; Tannah is primarily fiddle; Elijah the guitar; Jedidiah plays both bass and banjo; and Merry strums the ukulele. The six siblings range in ages from 11 to 20 and are bluegrass’s best answer to the Von Trapp family since the Carter Sisters.
New this year there will also be a Friday night squaree dance led by the Mountain Williams Band. On Saturday evening The Bar K Buckaroos leads a country dance. 2020 Bluegrass from the Forest Festival will be held at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center May 15-17. Tickets and schedules are available online. For more information visit bluegrassfromthforest.com. To plan lodging and area activities, visit explorehoodcanal.com.
RUNAWAY TRAIN is made up of four musicians: Greg Linder leads with guitar, John White strums the mandolin, Kent Powell plucks the bass and Clayton Hess picks the banjo. Runaway Train furnishes the ear with tight harmonies and exciting performances. Formed in 2000, Runaway Train is a local bluegrass institution – co-hosting the last fifteen Bluegrass from the Forest Festivals in Shelton, WA. Photo: Shawna Whelan
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LOOP A hike for all seasons & abilities.
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CRAIG ROMANO is an author of more than twenty hiking guidebooks including the bestselling Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula 2nd Edition (Mountaineers Books), which includes detailed descriptions for 136 hikes throughout the Olympic Peninsula.
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falling water,â€? wrote Robert Frost. Indeed. Amble along this circuitous route within the shadows of Mount Ellinor and see the forces of water all around you. Be continuously captivated by cascading creeks. Churning Big Creek and its tributaries will charm you with their frothy displays and soothe you with their flowing melodies.
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The 4.2 mile Big Creek Loop doesn’t go to a lake, high point, significant landmark or through groves of primeval forest. It just goes around the Big Creek basin crossing that banally named waterway and a handful of its tributaries. This hike is all about the journey—not the destination. The trail winds along forested slopes above Lake Cushman crossing tumbling creeks on a series of beautifully-constructed bridges.
" This hike is all about the journey—not the destination." A couple of side trails branch off of the main loop to hidden cascades crashing among jumbled boulders. Hike this trail without an agenda—just set your mind free—and pause frequently to admire the show.
Generally snow-free in the winter and with easy accessibility, Big Creek can be hiked year round. While it makes for a nice walk on a hot summer day with its shaded glens offering respite from midday rays—autumn through spring are best. Forested all the way, and always within earshot of tumbling water, the Big Creek Trail makes an excellent rainy day hike. Try to plan it after a period of prolonged rainfall for intense water shows that roar through the forest.
"If you’ve got some energy head one mile up it to a good viewpoint overlooking Lake Cushman." FJORD
Utilizing old logging roads and newer tread, the all-volunteer Mount Rose Trail Crew built this delightful loop twenty year ago. “We have existed since 1985,” states Mount Rose Trail crewmember John Jurgens. The crew began as a group of Shelton area climbers who grew concerned over the increasing popularity of the old Mount Ellinor Trail. The old trail contained a section known as the “Chute” which was a hazardous rock and snow-filled gully. With the Forest Service’s blessing the crew constructed a new trail bypassing the chute allowing hikers a much safer passage on this popular trail. The crew took their name however from nearby Mount Rose. They worked on re-establishing the upper Mt Rose Trail when snow cover on Mount Ellinor didn’t permit them to work there.
bridges for many hikers are the highlights of this hike. And children will find them especially appealing."
From an original group of about 5, the crew now boast a half dozen members who hail from around the Hood Canal Region. They currently maintain 16 trails in the Olympic National Forest. The Big Creek Loop showcases their topnotch bridge building skills. Robust and built to last as Jurgens puts it, I find the bridges works of art that fit in well with their surrounding natural environment.
The trail starts from the recently rebuilt and expanded Big Creek Campground. Here follow what is officially called the Upper Big Creek Loop Trail. Most folks however just refer to it as the Big Creek Loop. The recommended direction is clockwise to take advantage of a gentler descent that will be easier on the knees. The trail immediately crosses Big Creek on a sturdy bridge—one of two provided by contractors and not the trail crew whom built bridges on site with area materials.
You’ll immediately recognize the craftsmanship upon reaching them. The trail briefly heads down stream along the creek before making a U-turn to begin ascending above it. Signed features and resting benches grace the way. After about a mile the grade gets steeper. Catch glimpses through gaps in the forest canopy of Mount Washington hovering above. At 1.8 miles you’ll come to a junction. You can take an interesting short side trip here on the Creek Confluence Trail which drops to the confluence of Big and Branch Creeks before looping back to the main trail. Here you’ll find good lunch rocks among the two tumbling waterways.
Big Creek Loop Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 850 feet High Point: 1850 feet Difficulty Loop: moderate Snow free: year round Trailhead Pass Needed: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass GPS waypoints: Trailhead: N47 29.599, W123 12.66 Features: cascading creeks, attractive bridges, rhododendrons, snow-free winter hike; kid and dog friendly,
The Big Creek Loop continues straight coming to a junction with the Mount Ellinor Connector Trail just before reaching Branch Creek. The Connector Trail leads left 1.4 miles to the Mount Ellinor Trail and allows for a long and challenging ascent of that popular peak. If you’ve got some energy head one mile up it to a good viewpoint overlooking Lake Cushman, The loop continues straight crossing Branch Creek on a good bridge. Just beyond it reaches Big Creek above a gorgeous cascade. Here a new well-constructed bridge spans the tumbling waterway. The loop now begins descending, skirting some big mossy boulders and passing good views of roaring Big Creek. A short side trail—once part of the Creek Confluence Trail drops back down to where Big and Branch Creeks meet. The main trail now follows an old road, coming to bridged crossings of scenic Skinwood and No Name Creeks. Continue descending passing a few giant firs that loggers forgot. Notice the forest change here. The west half of the loop was dominated by hemlocks—while the eastern half is made up more of Douglas-firs and lodgepole pines. The understory is different too—cloaked here in salal. Be sure to look up through the trees for a glimpse of Mount Ellinor rising above the watershed. At 4.0 miles come to a junction with the Campground Loop Trail which loops around the campground for 0.8 mile if you want to extend your hike. Otherwise continue right a short distance to return to the trailhead.
Land Agency Contact: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene, (360) 765-2200; http://www.fs.usda.gov/olympic Recommended Map: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East 168S Guidebooks: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula 2nd edition (Romano, Mountaineers Books) Trailhead directions: From Shelton, travel north on US 101 for 15 miles to Hoodsport. Turn left onto SR 119, and proceed 9.3 miles west to a T intersection with FR 24. Turn left and then immediately turn right into the Big Creek Campground continuing a short distance to the Day Use Area and trailhead. When campground is closed, park at gate, but do not block it. Trailhead facilities: privy, picnic area, campground, water. Dogs welcome but must be leashed.
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What Lies Below:
DESCEND BENEATH THE FJORD Darnell Foskett | Hoodsport ‘N Dive One of the most remarkable features of the area is Hood Canal. This body of water entices swimmers, crabbers, shrimpers, kayakers, and recreational boaters alike to carry out their activities from its surface. Have you ever gazed upon the Canal and wondered – What lies below? Many scuba divers as well as free divers and commercial harvesters can answer that question for you. We have a wide variety of life thriving in these waters; from seals to salmon, flatfish, to jellyfish, wolf eels to anemones, and more, you are sure to encounter amazing wildlife when scuba diving at The Cove. Dungeness and Red Rock crab are the best for eating, just ask our local octopuses! Clams, a favorite food of starfish, as well as oysters, are prolific in and on the rocky beaches. Both are available for harvesting in season with a license or for purchase at local eateries and stores. Periodically an orca will pass through and a six-gill shark will be sighted at deep levels. Rockfish, sea cucumbers, nudibranchs,
squid, and dogfish are just a few more creatures that live in these waters. Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but up close and personal viewing leaves one in awe. Come experience an awesome creature encounter, like this Giant Pacific Octopus, by scuba diving at The Cove. The Cove is an underwater wonderland accessible via a pass purchased at Hoodsport N’ Dive. This dive sight offers parking, outdoor shower, indoor gear up area, and restroom. For more information go to hoodsportndive.com. What lies below? Come and see…
Top Hood Canal Dive Sites
Following is a list of the top dive sites of the Hood Canal as rated by Betty Pratt-Johnson’s 141 Dives in the Protected Waters of Washington and British Columbia (1977); Stephen Fischnaller’s Northwest Shore Dives (2000); as well as diver’s blog reviews, including Scott Boyd's Emerald Sea Scuba and Nicolle Prat's Pacific Northwest Scuba.
1. EAST OF HOOD CANAL BRIDGE – This is a more intermediate shore dive requires
you time your swim out to the dive area right before the beginning of slack tide, so that the current pulls you out to the bridge, then you can save your energy for the swim back. On your swim out to the bridge you pass through eelgrass beds, which are teeming with perch, soles, shiners and other sea creatures. When you reach the concrete bridge supports you are greeted by a fantastic display of plumose anemones and many different types of nudibranchs. Be careful of boat traffic and pace yourself for the long swim to and from the bridge.
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2. FLAG POLE POINT – Outside of Lilliwaup, just to the South of Mike’s Beach Resort (360) 877-5324, is a dive site more comfortably accessed by boat (but you can free swim to it also). Called “the knuckle,” this dive site consists of a series of rock formations, rising like a mini range of mountains from the ocean floor. Since this formation is farther out and more exposed to currents, this site usually has excellent visibility and there are lots to see. Ling cod lay their eggs at this protected site, and there are resident wolf eel and octopus populations. Since the rise of “the knuckle” is so rapid, the site can be difficult to locate — visit Hood Sport ‘N Dive in Hoodsport, (360) 877-6818 for more information as well as air and lodging! 21
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3. POTLATCH PARK - While the diving at Potlatch is less dramatic than those sites already described, if you are just getting your flippers Amanda Park Quinault wet, this is a great place to start out. This shore Neilton diving spot is easy to get to, has showers to wash off gear, and it is a great place to get comfortable with equipment and techniques. Potlatch, this site is accessible from the beach and rewarding for all experience levels. ThereMatlock Humptulips is plenty of marine life to observe on this sandy-cobble beach, which shifts after 15 ft into a large eelgrass bed, likewise teaming with all the creatures that are heir to this environment.
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On Sunday, May 24, head over to Union for a new take on community celebrating â€“ St. Andrew's House and Harmony Hill are joining together to welcome neighbors to enjoy the best views of the Hood Canal.
A community arts celebration is not a new idea for Union, in fact since the early 1900s, Union has developed a reputation for artist retreats and colonies. Perhaps it's the spectacular views that lend themselves to attracting creative people who find their muse in the area! During this Festival food vendors, artist displays and craft tables for kids will be offered on the grounds of both centers. Live music is scheduled throughout the day, culminating in a special performance by the Great Bend Center for Music in the Great Hall.
The Festival begins at 1:00 PM with continuous shuttle service from the New Community Church of Union parking lot at 951 E. Dalby Rd. The event is free, and concludes at 5:00 PM. Participants and vendors are encouraged to donate to the Hood Canal School Orca Enrichment Fund at the event, helping to provide kids with nourishing snacks during regular Enrichment activities at the school. Details and updates available at explorehoodcanal.com/unioncityfestival.
LARGER THAN LIFE The Bunyans of Mason County
This tempera mural by Minneapolis artist Richard Haines depicts logging by skid road. Completed in 1940, the mural was a winner of the Treasury
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Paul Bunyan serves as the distillation of the legendary lumberjack – quick on his feet dancing on logs rafts, unyielding with his axe and monumentally strong with his ox, Babe, yoked to pull the mighty logs out of the forest. However, the realities of this early method of logging hardly needs a heroic characterization such as Paul Bunyan, since the individuals who made their living in this rough and ready work truly were remarkable.
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The Pacific Northwest “logger” (apparently lumberjack is more of an Eastern term) with their caulk boots and peaveys are also just as storied as their Eastern cousins. Out here the trees were bigger, the terrain muddier, and the weather wetter. The early economy of Shelton, and surrounding Mason County, was built by the forestry industry. The land for the first sawmill in the County was staked by Colonel Michael T. Simmons and his backers in 1853. Their interest attracted other settlers to the area, such as David Shelton and his family.
Competition part of President Franklin projects. It is located at the Post Office in Shelton, WA.
The operation was powered by the waters of Mill Creek (fed by Isabella Lake). It was conveniently located near the mouth of Hammersley Inlet to allow for easy access to shipping. Although, the mill was able to produce 12,000 board feet a day, the mill did not survive its first winter. The diked mill pond used to control the waterwheel was flooded by the heavy rains of the season and swept the mill off its pilings. Simmons in true pioneer spirit, rebuilt with new investors.
Logging of this time was conducted manually, there were no chainsaws or logging trucks. Fallers (logger responsible for felling the tree) used two-handled cross-cut saws and axes. From a lofty perch known as “springboards” fallers would begin their cut. Springboards were inserted to create a platform some six feet off the ground to avoid the lower part of the trunk that fans out and makes it difficult to drag the felled tree across the forest floor. A wedge-shaped cut was axed into the tree to encourage it to fall in a particular direction and the job was finished with the cross-cut saw. Very early hand logging tended to fall trees near rivers or shorelines for easy transport of the logs to the mill by water, but later they transported more distant felled timber with yoked oxen teams Teams of oxen dragged the logs over greased timbers laid into the earth which provided less surface area for dragging, known as a “corduroy” or “skid” road.
An early nearby mill was the North Bay Mill in Allyn. Built in 1854 by Vermont brothers, Joe and Warren Sherwood, for Silas Stiles. The brothers bought the mill in 1856 partly using credit they were still owed by Stiles for the construction. Cargo schooners from Puget Sound purchased their lumber, pilings and mining timbers. In 1859, they were commissioned by Balch & Webber of Steilacoom to produce 500,000 board feet and all the logs in their mill pond for $1000. Joe Sherwood was reputed to have been so strong he would pull his logs by hand to give his oxen teams a break. Sadly, Sherwood was also reported to be the first logging fatality in the county. He was impaled on October 16th 1873 by an iron rod he was trying to use to clear a logjam. His half-Skokomish nephews, Joe and Kimball Sherwood and great-nephew Peter Sherwood, carried on their uncle’s logging legacy and were remembered by Holbrook in his 1945 Green Commonwealth as being
some of the most capable loggers in Mason County: “These Skokomish men were wonderful with an ax, and quick, willing and tireless. They took obvious pride in their woods work.” Logging was in the blood on both sides, as their mother, Nancy George, was the niece of the famous Native American logger turned prophet– John Slocum of the Squaxin Band. John Slocum was an established logger, or “boss logger,” and ran his own logging camp on Hammersley Inlet that purportedly housed sixteen families. In 1882, he was seemingly fatally injured or taken ill (the accounts differ here as to whether his neck was broken by a logging accident or he was sickened by his gambling “bad” ways). He was declared dead, but while he was lying in state awaiting the delivery of his coffin, he amazed his mourners and awoke with visions of Heaven and a message of God. Thus was the beginning of the Indian Shaker Church, a religion that calls upon Christian gospel and Native American elements
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and is especially popular among Coast Salish peoples with some 3000 followers today in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Logging was tough and going broke was a constant occurrence – if not part of the adventure. One such hand logger who recouped his loses in an imaginative way, was Mark Durham. According to Holbrook in his 1945 Green Commonwealth, after Mark Durham had lost everything and owed everyone in Shelton, Durham saw an advertisement for a bullteam outfit for sale out of Skagit River – some 150 miles away. He wrote to the seller and said he would purchase the team if it was delivered by barge to Shelton. The bulls and seller arrived, but Durham had no money to pay. Instead, he took the man to the stand of trees he intended to log with the team he did not have, and pitched: “… when I get this cut… I’ll certainly pay you for the bulls and stuff.” The man apparently answered, “Mister, any son of a bitch with your nerve is bound to make good.” And Durham did repay him and settled his debts too.
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It was this sort of make or break attitude that characterized the logger spirit and perhaps it was a way to cope with the dangerous living they were making. Sol Simpson, although the builder of a masterful logging dynasty, also had this same risk-taking streak.
Simpson originally learned logging growing up on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. He went West at the age of 22 to strike it rich in the goldfields of Nevada. He is rumoured to have lost two fortunes in Nevada, but while there he gained an uncountable fortune when he met and married Mary James Marcon Garrard – who was lovingly known as Tollie. After Simpson went broke on another scheme, the young family continued West. They settled in Seattle in 1877 and Simpson ran a team of horses grading streets. In 1886, the blind Captain William Renton of the Port Blakely Mill Company hired Simpson to lay tracks for a rail line to Kamilche – known as the Blakely Railroad line. By 1890, Simpson took over these operations under S.G. Simpson & Company and began selling logs to Port Blakely Mill. Tollie Simpson and her daughters were in the logging camps with Sol – often serving as nurse to his workers when accidents occurred. His daughter Irene, married Simpson’s foreman, Mark Reed in 1901.
Sol Simpson, University of Washington Collection
Mark Reed went on to lead the company through its most lucrative years, moving the headquarters to Shelton and was influential in legislation. Transporting logs by steam locomotives and new technologies such as the Donkey Engine – a steam driven winch that could pull logs into position – greatly revolutionized the industry. Additionally, Simpson and his business partner A.H. Anderson –known as the Tall Fir of Mason County who was also an important figure in logging and legislature– changed the way logging companies looked at land and were early proponents to sustainable tree practices. Previously, once an area was logged, the land was abandoned, taxes were left in arrear, and the loggers moved on. Simpson and Anderson began buying up land–looking to forestry’s future. Today, Simpson’s descendants, the Reed Family own 1.37 million acres of land across California, Oregon, and Washington – making them the fifth-largest private landowners in the U.S.
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Although established as a logger baron by the late 1890s with the Simpson Logging Company as the largest logging employer of the time, the Alaska Klondike gold rush still beckoned Simpson’s entrepreneurial spirit. Partnering with his brother-inlaw C.D. Lane, Simpson purchased and operated three steamboats and a lightning service from his White Star dock as well as several mining claims. Rather than striking it rich, Simpson and Lane made most of their money in shipping. In 1900, they shipped $4,000,000 worth of gold from Nome to Seattle, while the Klondike moved $6,916,000. However, by 1902 the business started to slow and an unsuccessful trip on a Seattle- bound passenger ship compounded Simpson’s financial difficulties. The ship’s rudder failed– forcing passengers and crew to drift off the Southern Alaska coast. When the ship was finally towed to Seattle, it was greeted by a series of lawsuits. Thus, was another fortune lost in a risky gamble by Simpson.
He lost the ship, a section of the Seattle tidelands and many other assets in the settlement. Fortunately, his one-sixth share in Simpson Logging Company was spared. According to Fredson in Log Towns (1993: 112), Tollie Simpson had a curious memento of the Alaska affair: “Mrs. Simpson… kept a corkscrew she called the “$50,000 corkscrew” because it was all that remained from the Nome adventure.” Forestry is full of these larger than life heroes – be they pioneers like Simmons; stronger than an ox, like Sherwood; or transcendental prophets, like Joe Slocum. Great risk takers, smooth-talkers and epic-entrepreneurs are part of the landscape. Do these real people diminish the legends of Paul Bunyan and inspire their own folktale? Or do they lend credence to Paul Bunyan’s narrative and give strength to the possibility of a man who can drag his axe and create the Grand Canyon?
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Whatever it is, it is clear that people have the capacity to be heroes and great stories of adventure, triumph and loss exist outside of the written page.
Realtors Raise $1360 for students The Weekend Nutrition Program is the beneficiary of a $1,364 grant from the Windermere Foundation to fund nutritious and easy to prepare food for students from Brinnon and Quilcene. Realtors from Windermere offices pay an amount from each sale to the Windermere Foundation with funds coming then back from it to benefit their local area as they request. The Windermere Hood Canal office requested the funds for the Weekend Nutrition Program which has been providing help to area students since 2014. The Weekend Nutrition Program was started under the leadership of Bonnie Douglass in recognition that students may not have enough to eat on the weekends. One indication of this was the high number of students receiving free and reduced meals. The schools determine and communicate the number of meals needed each week and the program then delivers to the schools with no student names disclosed. In addition to addressing the risk of hunger, such weekend food â€œbackpackâ€? programs have been shown to increase school attendance, decrease behavioral problems, ease student and family anxiety, and improve concentration. The Weekend Nutrition Program is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with volunteers from Brinnon and Quilcene. For more information, contact Bob McDaniel at 360-765-0977.
Brinnon Windermere Brokers have donated $1,364 to the Weekend Nutrition Program. Left to right above are managing broker Andreas Andreadis and brokers Sarah Bacchus, Kim Talbot, and Bill Barnet.
SHRIMPFEST: Food, Fun & Live Entertainment Belinda Graham and Phil Thenstedt The 26th annual ShrimpFest will be held over Memorial Day weekend (May 23th and 24th from 10 AM to 6 PM). The fest offers a fun-filled weekend of food, games, and entertainment. Our celebrated Hood Canal Spotted Shrimp is sold ready to eat or packaged frozen. This year the wacky belt sander races will take place Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM and 3 PM. Arrive early to sign-up for the races. For the kids, Cap’n Arrr will perform two shows Saturday afternoon. Sunday afternoon will feature a magician and balloon twister. For those brave at heart, the Giant Slide will be onsite. Starting off the celebration on Saturday, Kalan Wolfe and The Shift bring their unique brand of folk rock (you don’t want to miss it!). Lowire closes the day with funky rock grooves. On Sunday, Me and Boy’s kick things off with mesmerizing bluegrass while THE TROPICS end the festival with toe tapping dance party tunes. Food vendors will be offering seafood paella, shrimp kabobs, clam strips, calamari, tempura shrimp, shrimp egg rolls, shrimp gyro, garlic shrimp, crab and shrimp
tugboats and other tasty treats. For the landlubber, burgers, hot dogs, salads, and the usual fair fare will be available. Have a sweet tooth? Try the famous Dosey Dux ice cream bars. Perhaps cotton candy, root beer floats, strawberry shortcake, and/or cupcakes will strike your fancy? The VFW hosts the adult beverage garden working with Port Townsend Vineyards and Port Townsend Brewing Co. Local and regional artists will be selling their crafts. Amongst the variety, you will find fudge, metal art, jewelry, leather, jerky, maps, oils, spices and photography. ShrimpFest offers something for everyone in the family. Mark your calendars to join the fun in Brinnon this Memorial Day weekend! Location: 251 Hjelvicks Road More information: www.brinnonshrimpfest.org
UK's Stringfever is visiting Shelton Stella Wenstob | contributor, MA Stringfever are making the debut of their Spring Tour of the USA at the Shelton Performing Arts Centre on May 1st. I first saw this London based string quartet play live in the Spring of 2015, now I may be biased (as they are family), but they are one of the most entertaining acts I have ever seen. It was the same Spring I was defending my Master’s degree at the University of Victoria in Canada. I said to my supervisory committee, when winnowing down dates for my defense, “I can do any day except February 28th – I have a family reunion of sorts.” But, of course, my defense was scheduled for the 28th at 10 AM and the concert was at 7 PM in Bellingham! No worries, just a ferry and border away! I passed my defense with only a few revisions and I had to forgo the victory luncheon as my parents and I rushed to catch the next sailing. We squeaked by at customs and sped down to Bellingham.
of brothers Giles on 5-string violin, Ralph on 6-string violin, and Neal on cello and vocal percussion (yes, beat-boxing), and cousin Graham on viola. Our grandfather used to play violin with their grandfather and when he emigrated he left the instrument with his brother who taught his sons to play on it (that is where the genetic modifying came in).
their love of good music in all genres. They also play with a healthy dose of humor. Their rendition of Ravel’s Bolero played in all four parts on one cello is unique. And the History of Music in Five Minutes pulls out all the stops. Prepare yourself to be hooked on their channel, where you can watch these captivating performances and others at stringfever.co.uk/video.
We weren't all excited. My brother-in-law had come to the concert under duress, claiming that he wasn't looking forward to two hours of elevator music. He needn't have worried!
After the show, we met with Stringfever, and lead-violinist, Giles, played our grandfather's violin, an instrument Mum had not seen or heard in over sixty-years.
Stringfever aren’t an ordinary quartet, they I was still in my professional academic garb are electric – literally, their instruments and my revision notes crammed behind the are electric. Neal’s beat-boxing percussion seat of our Ford Ranger. Already that world aided by a Sure SM58 with Drainpipe keep seemed a million miles away. We were the show popping and their musical style excited to see our English cousins. dynamic and engaging. Not only do they play Vivaldi and Mozart with finesse and Stringfever claim to be the first ever genetsoul, they also give dramatic performances ically modified quartet as they are made up scores– showing FJORD of modern rock and movie 38
Since then our UK cousins have visited several times, but this will be their first public show in Shelton. As for my sister’s husband, John – you know the one who hates elevator music – the only CDs in his truck are Stringfever (and for the past five years this has been true). So save the date and don’t miss out on this musical treat – the Brits are coming!
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Lake Limerick Golf Club to expand lessons in 2020
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After a successful season of youth and private lessons from golf Professional Joe Long last summer everything is expanding for 2020.
Beginning in the middle of June until the end of August weekly lessons are planned for women, men and youth. Two great sponsors stepped up to expand our lessons: Brenda Bakken & Leona Lytle with Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Eddie and Katie Haigh, Haigh Veterinary Clinic. With our sponsors we were able to triple the number of classes offered. Monday nights feature menâ€™s lessons with a complimentary beverage. Tuesday and Friday evenings women will have a glass of wine before they hit the links. The lessons will take place weekly during a ten-week period starting at 5:30 PM. Lake Limerick staff will be offering instruction, beverages and a lot of fun. $15 cost per lesson and you can sign up for one or as many as you would like. This is the year to take up golf in an informal fun environment. Must be 21 for adult lessons.
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Youth lessons will be offered three times a week for three weeks when school is out for the summer. Youth will learn the game, have fun during the lesson, and will be provided a snack daily. Only $5 per lesson. Youth that sign up for all nine lessons will be enrolled for Youth on Course program enabling them to play area courses for only $5 per round. Call or stop in the Pro Shop to sign up and for more details at (360) 426-6290.
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EDIBLE NATIVE PLANTS
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OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA
By Christina Maloney | Hood Canal Adventures Did you know that a large percentage of Washington's native plants are edible? They may not all taste good, but many are quite nutritious and delicious. Some can be eaten raw and others are best cooked or used in soups or tea. Native plants were critical to the survival of the first people of our area. They used them in all aspects of their daily lives – for food, medicine, construction, and even for ceremony. Early pioneers also used native plants to balance their diets and relied on them heavily in the spring to relieve the monotony of dried meat, fish and bread. Here are some highlighs of the more flavorful plants found here in the Spring: Western Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum) This inconspicuous plant is found low to middle elevations with substantial tree cover and rich soils. Look for moist Douglas tree forests with undergrowth plant colonies of ferns, trillium, and mosses. The leaves are dark green and waxy with an undeniable heart shaped. During the spring and summer they produce a small purple flower growing from underneath the leaves. The root of wild ginger is edible and has a spicy, even peppery, strong ginger flavor. Native Americans used this plant to treat headaches, intestinal pain, knee pain, arthritis, indigestion, tuberculosis, colic and as a general tonic. Licorice Fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) Often found growing on the trunks and branches of deciduous trees, the fronds do not stem from a central location like a
sword fern but are creeping, appearing to have a single root for each frond. The root and young stems of this fern tastes just like strong black licorice! It was chewed for flavor and was traditionally used medicinally as a treatment for the cold and sore throats. Fiddleheads The edible young unfurled fern fronds that rise in the Spring are called fiddleheads because they are usually tightly coiled and resemble the head of a fiddle. Here the bracken fern and lady fern are the two edible fiddlehead species. Fiddleheads taste like a cross between asparagus with almonds, or artichoke but can sometimes be bitter. Collect bracken fern before the fiddle is unfurled. Lady Fern grows in moist woods and along streams. You may recognize ornamental varieties used in landscaping. Fiddleheads should be cooked well before eating. Big Leaf Maple Flowers (Acer macrophyllum) To identify a Big Leaf Maple, look for large trees with 5 lobed-leaves sometimes growing over a foot in diameter. Trees can be as tall as 150 feet with a multi-branching trunk and hefty branches that are often covered in mosses and licorice ferns. Flowers bloom March through April before the leaves emerge, are greenish-yellow, and numerous, on short stalks that hang in
clusters. The sweet flower clusters may also be found on the ground after a windstorm. Try eating them straight, adding them to salads, or making maple blossom fritters.
RULES OF WILD FOOD COLLECTION • Know what you are picking • Collect only what you positively identify as edible • Harvest only plants that look healthy • Clean and prepare like you do cultivated crops • Eat small quantities when first trying a plant • Get property owners permission before gathering • Never over-harvest. • Take only what you need.
If you are foraging on U.S. Forest Service lands you do not need a permit for “incidental use”, meaning your use of plants while you are camping or hiking in the forest. If you are harvesting for at-home use you may need a “Free Use Permit.” Contact your Forest Service District Office for details. For a fun hands-on introduction to native edible plants, join Hood Canal Adventures on one of their Interpretive Native Edible Plant Hikes being offered this Spring and Summer. hoodcanaladventures.com Call 360-301-6310 for details.
THINGS TO DO
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46 MAP/LODGING Situated between the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains in Mason County is Hood Canal. A place filled with world-class activities, wild-caught fare, lively events, and plenty of places to hide away from it all when you just want the world to yourself.
HOOD CANAL AREA
HOOD CANAL IS WASHINGTON’S #WILD SIDE. Choose your next best adventure.
Whether you seek tide-ripped saltwater passages, challenging whitewater, or lakes big and small, Hood Canal is a kayaker, canoer, or paddleboarder’s ideal destination. A rich paddling community supports any adventurer’s vision; rental packages and lesson opportunities for the budding kayaker or paddleboarder are not in short supply. Get out on the water and enjoy a fresh perspective of the 41 canal with colossal peaks towering overhead.
WILD SIDE OF WASHINGTON Like a giant fish hook weaving beneath the Olympics with a web of inlets, Hood Canal is poised to catch your imagination and reel in memories for years to come.This majestic saltwater fjord hosts unparalleled shellfish, shrimp, crab, and salmon and is renown as a diving mecca with its glacial formation causing underwater biomes that appear nowhere else.Venture away from the canal to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest for hiking and thrilling vistas. Choose from hundreds of easy access freshwater lakes or revel in waterfall views including the iconic High Steel Bridge. Ablaze with wildflowers in the spring, hidden swimming holes in the summer, a chance to see spawning salmon in the fall, and snow-capped peaks in the winter, there is never an inopportune time to visit Hood Canal.
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FALL FOR WATERFALLS Hamma Hamma & Lake Kokanee are just two of the many falls waiting to be explored. The best time to view area waterfalls is in the spring while the weather is warmer but there is still plenty of run off from the mountains.
TRAILS & WALKS
World-class hiking trails lace the Olympic Mountain wilderness, leading from mountain stream beds through old growth forest to high-altitude ridge lines with breathtaking views of Hood Canal and beyond.
HIGH STEEL BRIDGE
Soaring 420' above the Skokomish River, the High Steel Bridge (1929), is the highest steel truss arch bridge in Washington. You wonâ€™t even need to leave the car for this breathtaking view. Follow Skokomish Valley Rd 11 miles from Hwy 101 to reach the bridge. FJORD
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From open water trolling on the sound to throwing dry flies on small lowland lakes, there are plenty of fishing opportunities in the area. Seek colossal coho in the fall and hungry trout in the spring to see why every season is fishing season in Hood Canal.
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SIX DESTINATION GOLF COURSES
Meticulously nestled in the forests and hillsides of Hood Canal, these highly rated courses will showcase the best of your golf game. Enjoy incredible views of the Olympic Mountains as you drive down lush fairways and putt on pristine greens. With a different course to play every day of the week and dining nearby to celebrate the 19th hole, Hood Canal is an ideal destination for the golfing enthusiast in all of us. ALDERBROOK
(360) 898-2560 | Union, WA alderbrookgolf.com Rated as one of the top 25 courses in the Northwest for spectacular scenery and playability, this par 72 course follows the natural contours of the land. Restaurant, lounge & pro shop.
(360) 877-5505 | Hoodsport, WA lakecushmangolfcourse.com Nestled in the forest of the Olympic Mountains above Hoodsport & Hood Canal is this 9-hole course with dual tees which plays an 18 holes. Open driving range, putting green, and practice bunker.
LAKE LIMERICK GOLF CLUB
(360) 426-6290 | Shelton, WA www.lakelimerickgolf.com A quiet and picturesque tree lined course. Gentle hills make this a challenging Par 72 and a fun round of golf. Facilities include Pro Shop, Cafe, and Cart Rentals. Social Memberships Available.
(360) 275-6100 | Allyn, WA lakelandliving.com Majestic views of the Olympics and Rainier, 27 holes with driving ranges, putting greens, practice chipping, and bunker areas. Dining clubhouse.
UNION AND THE WATERS OF SOUTH HOOD CANAL TAKE A DIP
Famous for its warm waters, Twanoh State Park is a 182 acre park with 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline. Campground is open yearround. parks.wa.gov
DEEP RUN THE WATERS
Hood Canal is the only saltwater fjord in the lower United States. Depths exceed 600â€™ in Dabob Bay, averaging 500â€™ in the channel. FJORD
SAIL ABOARD THE PLEIADES
Experience an authentic schooner as you sail around the Great Bend. Scheduled and private charters available.
HUNT FOR TREASURES
Pick through a treasure trove of antiques or a curated boutique of keepsakes when you shop on the wild side of Washington. 44 44
(360) 462-3673 | Kamilche, WA salish-cliffs.com Salmon-safe 18 hole par 72 championship golf course created by architect Gene Bates. Clubhouse serves lunch and dinner. Adjacent to the Little Creek Casino Resort, a full service luxury resort & casino.
SHELTON SPRINGS DISC
masoncountydiscgolf.com Looking for a different type of golf? This 18 hole disc golf course is located at the intersection of Wallace Kneeland Blvd & Shelton Springs Rd.
With a majestic and varied landscape as a background, Hood Canal is a gorgeous place to come search for the over 250 species that call the Olympic Peninsula home. Chock full of life-birds like bald eagles, rhinoceros aucklets and more on premiere birding trails with helpful self-guided trail maps, this is a birder's paradise!
MUSIC & FESTIVALS
Hood Canal is known among scuba divers worldwide for its gentle currents and curious rock formations. Lessons and equipment are available at various locations in Hood Canal.
There is endless entertainment to be enjoyed in Hood Canal. With a packed event calendar, there is never an inopportune time to come, stay, and play.
ON THE WATER Hood Canal occupies 150 square miles of the Olympic Peninsula and bellies up to the Olympic National Park. It's home to thousands of species of fish and marine mammals and invertebrates like orcas, oysters, and wild octopi while providing habitat to an array of seabirds.There's hardly a better way to take it all in than on the water.
Shelton is the westernmost city on Puget Sound, practically with one foot in Olympic National Park. Featuring a
ITINERARY 2: SHELTON AREA
CELEBRATING A RICH TIMBER HISTORY
The Captain's Retreat Vacation Rental | 111 E Shoreline Ln, Shelton | 206-817-8490
Harstine Island Beach Cabin | 21 E Dana Dr, Shelton | (253) 943-5264 | harstinerental.com
Little Creek Casino Resort | W 91 State Route 108, Shelton | (800) 667-7711 | little-creek.com
Pirates Cove Caboose | 202 E Pirates Creek Rd, Shelton | 569-2799 | greatgetaways.com
Shelton Inn | 628 W Railroad Ave, Shelton | 426-4468 | sheltoninn.com
Shelton Casita | Harstine Island | 360-927-6404 allynhouseinn.com
Shelton Loft | Harstine Island | 360-927-6404 allynhouseinn.com
Shelton Lodge | Harstine Island | 360-927-6404 allynhouseinn.com
Shore Lane Beach House | E Shoreline, Shelton | (206) 999-1720
Super 8 Motel | 2943 Northview Circle, Shelton | 426-1654 | super8.com
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SHELTON AREA LODGING*
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GET YOUR GAME ON Roll the dice for exciting nightlife at LITTLE CREEK CASINO RESORT & LUCKY DOG CASINO
Pool (P) Spa (S)
Take a Ride on the old timber trails on modified group rail bikes.
SHELTON Pets OK
RIDE THE RAILS
DO A DRIVE-IN Celebrate nostalgia at the SKYLINE DRIVE-IN theatre; open day 3/31/18.
GET YOUR RACE ON The RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK hosts events and karting, car, and motorcycle events.
FIRST SETTLERS SQUAXIN ISLAND TRIBE MUSEUM depicts the People of the Water’s relationship with Puget Sound.
A lively Saturday Market and boutique & antique shops add diversity.
bustling heritage core, Shelton’s landscape is dominated by colossal cedar, spruce, and fir trees which lend naturally to its self-proclaimed title of “Christmas Tree Capital.”
WINERY TOUR Visit the highly awarded WALTER DACON WINERY for tours and tastings
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FOREST ROOTS Explore SHELTON HISTORICAL MUSEUM, early life on Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and working in the woods.
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SCHAFER STATE PARK TRAIL THE KENNEDY CREEK SALMON TRAIL Trails, interpretive center, swimming, fishing. Chum salmon are on view as they make their way up river TO GO: 12 miles north of Elma on the East Fork TOPOGRAPHY: flat, viewing platforms, interpretive signs of the Satsop River. The park is also accessible TO GO: Hwy 101, Old Olympic Hwy; weekends, seasonally. via the Brady exit from Hwy 12. 47 NO FEE/ PASS DISCOVER PASS REQUIRED
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LOWER LENA LAKE TRAIL Well maintained popular trail leads to a small lake MODERATE TO DIFFICULT 3 mile climb,switchbacks TO GO: Hwy 101 at Hamma Hamma Recreation Area
STAIRCASE | OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Ranger Station is open in summer with information, exhibits, wilderness permits, map sales and wheelchair available. Road open year-round weather permitting. Call (360) 565-3131 NATIONAL PARK PASS TO GO: HWY 101 to SR#119, follow FS#24 to Staircase Entrance. RAPIDS LOOP: EASY family friendly 2 mile trail through old growth forest to a bridge over the North Fork Skokomish River; only 200-foot elevation gain. BIG CEDAR, a 0.6 mile spur trail, leads to a fallen cedar while a 0.5 mile section leads to a river viewpoint.
UPPER LENA LAKE TRAIL Steep with unstable bed; camping. MODERATE TO DIFFICULT 4.3 mile climb TOPOGRAPHY: 3,800 foot gain to sub-alpine lake TO GO: Same as Lower Lena Lake Trail above. WILDERNESS PERMIT FOR CAMPING NW FOREST PASS FOR PARKING
FOUR STREAM: EASY 1.2 mile to Beaver Flat, swampy section of alder/cedar forest. Elevation loss 100 ft.
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Clamber up the rugged trails, tiptoe through the quiet old growth forest, or careen through the pristine meadows of Olympic National Forest & National Park. Shoulder your pack and experience the sights and sounds of the vast wilderness home to some of the most beautiful flora & fauna in the world. Ablaze with wildflowers in the spring, cool hidden swimming holes in the summer, a chance to see spawning salmon in the fall, and snow capped peaks in the winter, there is never an inopportune time to hike Hood Canal.
ITINERARY 3: HOODSPORT & NORTH HOOD CANAL
Charnell House at Lake Cushman | Hoodsport | 360-893-6144
Creekside Inn | 27131 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-9686 | creeksideinn-wa.com
Kokanee Ridge Vacation Rental | 542 NE Kokanee Ridge, Hoodsport | 360-731-6378
Glen Ayr Waterfront Resort | 25381 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-9522 | glenayr.com
Lilliwaup Motel | 28621 N Hwy 101, Lilliwaup | 877-0002
Mike’s Beach Resort | 38470 N Hwy 101, Lilliwaup | 877-5324 | mikesbeachresort.com
The Moose House at Lake Cushman | Lake Cushman, Hoodsport | (503) 393-6397
Oliver's Waterfront Potlatch House | Lilliwaup | 360-796-3450
Pali-Kai Canal House | 327000 N Hwy 101, Lilliwaup | 426-2224
Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort | 24520 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-5301
Little Red Beach House | Hoodsport | 360-796-3450
The Waterfront Beach House | Hoodsport | 206-321-8700
The Waterfront at Potlatch | 21660 N Hwy 101 | 877-9422 | thewaterfrontatpotlatch.com
The Yellow House | 23891 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport | 877-6818 | hoodsportndive.com
Blue Ox Beachfront Home | Hoodsport | 253-279-0837
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Alice’s Little Beach House | Eldon | 877-9226
CUSHMAN, ELDON, HOODSPORT, POTLATCH & LILLIWAUP
WEST HOOD CANAL LODGING
Lake (L)Beach (B)
Giant octopi, wolf eels and swarms of ancient rock cod add to the wonder of this special place. SNORKEL GEAR & SCUBA LESSONS, RENTALS AND CHARTERS available.
HOODSPORT WINERY, STOTTLE WINERY, and HARDWARE DISTILLERY offer tours amongst shopping, dining and the famous Olympic Mountain Ice Cream.
Come prepared with buckets and boots. Check regs at wdfw.wa.gov before digging – or stop by HAMA HAMA STORE & OYSTER SALOON for freshly prepared seafood.
Dining: Onsite (O) Nearby (N)
HUG THE CURVES
As Hwy 101 navigates the bays of HOOD CANAL, imagine relaxing dockside of a beachside cabin, watching the seals roll off the rocks.
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Allyn House Inn | 18350 State Route 3, Allyn | 535-2198 | allynhouseinn.com
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BELFAIR Belfair Motel | 23322 NE State Route 3, Belfair | 275-4485 | belfairmotel.net
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Cabin on Hood Canal | 121 NE Wagon Wheel Road, Belfair | 277-0257 | cabinonhoodcanal.com
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Gladwin Beach House | 391 Gladwin Beach Rd, Belfair | 337-2960 | gladwinbeach.com
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Luxury Waterfront Rental | Belfair | 360-271-2186 explorehoodcanal.com
Oyster Beach House | 170 NE Dulalip Landing, Belfair | 205-341-2937
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Selah Inn Bed and Breakfast | 130 NE Dulalip Landing, Belfair | 360-275-0916
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Sisters Point Waterfront Cabin | 12121 NE North Shore Road | 360-275-6816
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Alderbrook Resort & Spa | 7101 E State Highway 106, Union | 898-2200 | alderbrookresort.com
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Anderson's Landing Waterfront Rental | Union | 360-271-2186
The Bend on Hood Canal | 253 E Great Bend Drive, Union | 490-5545 | thebend.us
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Cameo Boutique Cottage & Suite | 6871 E State Route 106, Union | 490-7006 | cameoboutique.com
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Harmony Hill Retreat Center | 7362 E State Route 106, Union | 898-2363 | harmonyhill.org
Michelle Circle Home | 200 E Michelle Drive, Union | explorehoodcanal.com
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Pebble Beach Place | 10230 WA 106, Union | 206-550-5962 | pebblebrachplace.com
Robin Hood Village Resort | 6780 E State Route 106, Union | 898-2163 | robinhoodvillageresort.com
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St Andrews Lodge | 7550 WA 106, Union | 360-898-2362 | standrewshouse.org
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South Shore Vacation Rental | Union | 360-271-2186
Union City Beach House | Union | 206-949-9090
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ITINERARY 4: ALLYN/GRAPEVIEW LOOP A CUT ABOVE
The largest chainsaw carving outlet, BEAR IN A is a great place to explore this unique art. They also teach chainsaw carving.
ALLYN & GRAPEVIEW enjoy gorgeous views of the protected harbor waters of Case Inlet. The area features quaint shops, waterfront lodging, restaurants, and beach parks. Annually, the Grapeview area hosts the Water and Art Festival, a day-long event featuring entertainment and juried artists.
Waterfront Grapeview is the location of first winery and vineyards of the Pacific Northwest.
GET YOUR ART ON
Annually, Fair Harbor Marina hosts the WATER AND ART FESTIVAL, a day-long The area features quaint shops, a variety of FJORD event featuring entertainment, food 50 restaurants, and beach parks. and working artists. grapeviewwa.com
ITINERARY 5: BELFAIR AREA TAKE A WALK ON BOARDWALK
Hood Canal’s wild 139 acre THELER WETLANDS hosts two miles of trails. 1,700+ feet of floating boardwalk, native plants, and interpretive kiosks to experience wetland wildlife. thelercenter.org
THE SALMON CENTER provides education and recreation opportunities through a series of collaborative activities at their certified organic farm. They also host seasonal events. pnwsalmoncenter.org
TAHUYA STATE FOREST hosts off road
vehicles, bike, and horseback riding, as well as fishing, hunting; RVs or tent camping. dnr.wa.gov
Situated on the southernmost point of the isthmus connecting the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, Belfair is the perfect place to begin an adventure. Whether you're headed north to explore Dewatto and Tahuya or plan to follow the Canal through Union, and Hoodsport, the journey begins here.
VISITOR INFORMATION & RESOURCES HOODSPORT VISITOR CENTER
SHELTON VISITOR CENTER
KAMILCHE VISITOR CENTER
NORTH MASON CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER
UNION VISITOR INFORMATION
RIDE FREE IN MASON COUNTY
150 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport, WA (360) 877-2021 | (800) 576-2021
30 NE Romance Hill Rd, Belfair, WA (360) 275-4267 | northmasonchamber.com
The Red Caboose at 230 Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA (360) 426-2021 Located at Hunter Farms, E 1921 SR 106, Union, WA
31 West State Route 108, Kamilche, WA (360) 432-0921
From ferries in Seattle to trailheads in Hood Canal, Mason Transit offers free rides – masontransit.org
Historical Buildings along the Fjord Stella Wenstob | contributor, MA
Road tripping along Highway 101 affords beautiful waterfront views. Quaint seaside towns are perched along the Hood Canal and Hammersley Inlet– plenty with names that reference the Native American Twana heritage of the Canal, such as Dosewallips and Quilcene; and the pioneering heritage of early settlers in the County such as Brinnon and Shelton. Historic buildings and houses document the changes of the last two centuries celebrating both pioneering and engineering feats. Here are a few of the top historically significant stops along the road.
Located on the corner of E. Columbia St. and Center Rd, Worthington Manor was built as the home of Millard Fillmore Hamilton (1892). Hamilton, along with his partner Squire McArdle, are noted in history for purchasing and proposing the town site of Quilcene in the 1880s. The Worthington Family, were a founding family of Quilcene who bought the property in 1907. The family were early storekeepers, entrepreneurs and foresters.
This land became Worthington Park the purpose of which is to preserve and restore a culturally and historically significant private residence and transform it into a community asset. The grounds have been carefully maintained and boast a beautiful pond, trails, rolling fields, old-growth orchards and access to the Little Quilcene River. Opened in 2014, the grounds now enjoy a fantastic, open air stage – called the Linger Longer Outdoor Theatre, which hosts open air concerts and events.
This farmhouse situated just off the highway, between Whitney Gardens and Nursery and the Community Centre is the Elwell P. Brinnon farmstead built in 1875. It is the oldest home in Brinnon (and possibly Hood Canal?). Elwell was married to Kate, or O'Wota, who was the sister of Chief Chetzamoka, and daughter to Lach-
ka-him and Qua-tum-a-low, leaders of the S'Klallam nation. Although their home has been greatly renovated with additional floors added, it still emits the character of the original farmhouse.
THE TWIN BRIDGES
The twin bridges span the North and South Hamma Hamma River respectively. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridges feature a beautifully engineered load bearing arch– the bridge carries the load of the road in both the lower ends of the arch beneath the level of the road and in the arch above the road. Completed in 1924 by convicts, they are examples of "rainbow arch bridges", which carries the concrete through the arch of the bridge. Swing in the Hama Hama Oyster Saloon and pick up a hat or sweatshirt emblazoned with the graceful twin bridges.
Built in 1930, the Cushman Powerhouse is an imposing structure along the shores of Potlatch. This Neoclassical inspired building with high arched windows and monumental concrete design houses the powerhouse which services the Cushman Hydroelectric Dam #2. The Cushman Dam #2 located on the North Fork of the
Skokomish River was instrumental to the growth of Tacoma’s industrial sector. 233 million kilowatt-hours are produced annually by its three 27,000 kilowatt generators and travel along 40 miles of transmission line crossing the Tacoma Narrows to reach Tacoma City. In 1988, Cushman No. 1 and No. 2 Hydroelectric Power Plants were listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Although, the Cushman dam was an engineering and electrical marvel, the environmental disturbance took its toll on the Skokomish salmon runs and the impact of the rising dam waters along Cushman and Kokanee Lake had a devastating effect on early archaeological sites In 2009 the Skohomish Tribe, and state and federal agencies came together to effect a solution.
Union Award Winning Craft Distillery on Hood Canal GIFT SHOP | TASTING ROOM | TOURS
Located at 10 East 2nd St. is the Victorian mansion of John McReavy. A lumberman, developer, and legislator, McReavy was a boom and bust figure who had dreams of creating the “Venice of the Pacific” in Union. His majestic mansion built in 1890 on the bluff overlooking Union is now the site of a loving restoration project. It is also purported to host a few ghosts and is on many local paranormal watch-lists.
D E I R S A T I W L LERY CO. D R A H EH
A Craft Distillery in Hoodsport, WA
The picturesque, refurbished Dalby Waterwheel located on East State Route 106 is a tourist staple of Union. Originally built in the 1920s, Edwin J. Dalby created the first source of hydroelectric power on the Hood Canal.
2 oz. Cardamom Aquavit
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(Recipe courtesy of the Distillery’s friend, Tom)
. Tasting Room . Tours 24210 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA Distillery openThursday, Friday & Sunday: 12 - 5 PM | Saturday: 10 - 6 PM WINTER HOURS
Thursday, Friday & Sunday Noon-5; Saturday 10 - 6
206-300-0877 • hardwaredistillery.com
24210 N Hwy 101, Hoodsport, WA
THE COLONIAL HOUSE
At 222 W Pine St. is an imposing 1920 house. Designed by architect Joseph Wohleb of Olympia, it was built as the home of the director of Simpson Timber Co., Mark E. Reed and his wife Irene Reed (née Simpson), in 1920. Ironically, the lumber used in the building was imported since Simpson did not yet have a mill in Shelton at the time of construction. When the Reed family moved to Olympia in 1930, the house was converted to guest rooms for both Simpson’s and Rayonier’s Shelton operations. Later it was altered to be additional office space. Now the space hosts many community events, under the direction of Green Diamond, a subsidiary of the Simpson Investment Company. The Colonial House will be partnering with Great Bend Music Center to host a Murder Mystery Night on March 28.
Fjordin Crossin & Paddle the Canal
SAVE THE DATE: Fjordin Crossin June 27 Hoodsport, WA
June 27| Hoodsport, WA
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Hood Canal Events and The Hardware Distillery are excited to announce the 4th Annual Fjordin Crossin. It will take place this year on Saturday, June 27 at the Port of Hoodsport dock located at the Hoodsport Marina. Fjordin Crossin is a fun family event that celebrates the old Linie Aquavit tradition of sending a barrel of Aquavit in a ship from Norway across the Equator and back to Norway. The rocking of the boat and the salt air is meant to improve the taste of the Aquavit spirit. The Hardware Distillery pays homage to that spirit by sending a barrel of its aquavit across the Hood Canal, (a Fjord), with a festive celebration. Fjordin Crossin has been growing each year. The event begins with a parade from the distillery to the dock with the barrel of Aquavit. For the first year, the parade had only the distiller, the port maintenance engineer, and the barrel of aquavit. By the third year, the parade was led by Scandinavian fiddle and accordion musicians, followed by many participants.
Meanwhile at the dock, there are children’s activities, which have grown from building Viking boats to include art activities and the chance to pet Norwegian elk hounds. The adult Aquavit Garden has moved to a new life under the dock, and re-named the Aquavit Grotto. Cocktails on the beach! It is sponsored by the Salmon Center, which also provides educational information about the health of our Canal, and a fund-raising oyster barbecue. The Procession arrives at the dock, and the Distillery launches a barrel of aged Dill Aquavit on Lee Geist’s boat, Twanoh. Traveling from Hoodsport's dock to Tahuya and back, when it returns, the Aquavit has been "Fjordin Crossin."
To celebrate the launch, Hood Canal Events sponsors a Paddle the Canal Challenge that follows the Twanoh in canoes, kayaks, SUPs and/or small sailboats. Registration fee is $19, and is family-friendly. The Lady Alderbrook offers a 2-hour cruise, which departs from the Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s dock at noon, and travels toward Hoodsport. On board, Aquavit cocktails are served, and participants take in the day’s festivities from the center of the action.
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continued from page 55 Spectators can purchase advance tickets from the Alderbrook Resort and Spa. The event is joined by the Hoodsport Kiwanis, which has supported Fjordin since its inception, and by nearby Sons of Norway lodges. Food vendors include local Hoodsport favorites and Scandinavian specialties. Volunteers from the Hoodsport Columbia Bank helped with parking. This year Mason County Transit will provide off-site transportation from the Hood Canal School at the junction of Hwy 101 and Hwy 106. The activities at the Port will end at 3 pm, and move to Hoodsport for visiting, shopping, and eating at the local establishments.
EXPLORE THE FJORD
Events & Camps at the Salmon Center Alexandra Ehrich | Communications Manager Summer is the season of outdoor education and adventure with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCESG). If your kiddo is age 6-18, we have a camp or club for them to join. HCSEG’s Explore the Fjord program is for grades 6-12 and gets together Fridays from 9 AM -3 PM, July through August. Each week participants head to a new location around the Hood Canal and have the opportunity to camp, kayak, explore the beaches, and learn about the ecosystems that make up this unique watershed from our partners in environmental and natural resource organizations. HCSEG’s Salmon Center Farm Stewards program is for the youngsters, ages 6-11, and convenes twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 AM -1PM. Farm Stewards starts in June and ends in August.
Each week kids learn about and interact with all aspects of maintaining a fully functioning, organic farm and garden that produces fresh fruits and vegetables, includes a flock of poultry, and is home to a mixed herd of llamas, alpacas, and goats. Farm Stewards will begin with an introduction to gardening and nutrition and then progress to learning about and experiencing pollinators, wild and domestic animals, mindfulness and creativity, water systems, environmental science and restoration, salmon, and the ways that these topics connect to sustainable agriculture and the environment. 56
You can register for Explore the Fjord and Salmon Center Farm Stewards at pnwsalmoncenter.org. The Salmon Center is also hosting annual Music on the Estuary (MOTE) concert Saturday, June 20, 3-7 PM. This year we are enlisting the help of our friends and partners of the Hoodstock music festival to make this year’s event a big success. You can expect amazing local food, artists and musical performances all at the Salmon Center by the beautiful Union River Estuary preserve. MOTE is a fundraiser to raise money to build the Fish Bowl amphitheater. The Fish Bowl will be located at the Salmon Center and will be a space used for education, music, speakers, and live performances. Stay tuned for concert updates and tickets at pnwsalmoncenter.org or follow the Salmon Center events on Facebook and Instagram @the.salmoncenter.
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Great adventures begin with the right gear & local knowledge Ron Adams | Pro Staff Verle’s llc Wow, what a wet winter. We here in Western Washington are accustom to rain but, man, did it rain! I am glad to see the days lengthen and catch a glimpse of that bright disc in the sky. Trees are budding, early spring flowers are blooming and the call of the wild is starting to surge in our hearts and with this, the anticipation of getting outdoors has now become a reality. Boating, fishing, clamming, and hiking await for us to participate and enjoy the freedom from the wet and dark Northwest winter. Where does one start? Everything in the outdoors requires preparation to make the most out of your experience and the better prepared the better your memories will be. Whether boating, hiking or harvesting – you will be better off talking to knowledgeable people who love to share and get you on your way to an epic spring and summer. Verle’s Sporting Goods in Shelton is a great place to find friendly and knowledgeable locals. The store has all the goods to prepare you and your family for a lifetime of fun and cherished memories. Verle’s has been in business for 72 wonderful years and has honed its knowledge and inventory to serve the needs of the Pacific Northwest outdoor adventurer. The sporting goods store carries everything you need for boating, fishing, shooting sports,
clamming, hiking and more. The boat selection is custom fit for the area and carries a complete line of boater safety gear such as life vests for infants up to the largest adults, flares, horns, fish-finders, GPS and VHF radios to name a few. Need repairs? They also have a full service and parts department servicing Yamaha, Suzuki, Mercury and more to keep your boat in tip top working order so you can get the most out of your spring and summer fun. They also carry a plethora of fishing gear that works very well in our local waters. We boast such brands as Okuma, Shimano, Lamiglas, Tica, Yakima Bait, Blue fox and the list goes on and on. Clammers will find rakes, shovels, clam bags and razor clam guns from Willapa Marine and the coveted Murffs Claminator clam guns that make clamming so much easier. Local crabbing is up in the air right now but Verle’s is fully prepared with a full line of crabbing gear as well.
Hikers can find wonderful Maps of the Olympics and surrounding area from Greentrail Maps to help them reach their destination safely and get additional ideas for trails suitable for multi-day backcountry adventures or a fun day exploring our amazing trail system.
Be sure to stop into Verle’s and let them help you with your preparation of what could be your best spring and summer outdoor adventure.
Shooters will find ammo, targets (both traditional and recreational), holsters and more. We have everything from rimfire, centerfire and muzzleloader to make your shooting sport the best and safest it can be.
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