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2018 Visitors Guide

Events • Festivals • Beaches • Parks • Fishing Activities • Lodging • Dining • & More A supplement to The Daily World ∙ The Vidette ∙ The North Coast News ∙ South Beach Bulletin


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We think you’ll find lots of ways to enjoy your stay in Grays Harbor. Grays Harbor is a diverse place. In Grays Harbor, you can see some of the richest farmland in the state, historic timber towns that produced lumber for the country’s expansion of the West, Kurt Cobain’s roots, a world-class national wildlife refuge, the tallest lighthouse on the Washington coast, a rainforest with some of the biggest trees in the world, and a fairly expansive stretch of our little piece of the biggest ocean on the planet. We don't recommend it, but it can be done in the course of a day. You can shop for seafood off the floats at Westport and pumpkins off the vine, as well as ripe, plump cranberries right off the bogs. We’ve designated this guide with a color-coded system to help you navigate your stops in the area. Aberdeen, Hoquiam East County Ocean Shores Westport There's lots to see and do in Grays Harbor County. This guide has specific stories about some of the major aspects in each area and we’ve made suggestions for trails, camping spots, museums, events, festivals, parks, car shows, recreational activities and a whole lot more. When you visit us, check in with local Visitor Information Centers all around the county to line up your curiosity compass with more information and ideas on how to make your visit enjoyable and memorable. Visit soon and see why we enjoy living here year-round. The Team at the Grays Harbor Newspaper Group

Table of Contents South Beach ............................3 Johns River Cemetery Discover Bottle Beach ........21 Westport Maritime Museum .................................23 East County .........................26 East County Trails ..............31 Inner Harbor ........................34

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Stars Wars Shop ..................43 Polson Museum....................44 North Beach .........................47 Ocean Shores Boat House ..57 Voss Acres Farm ..................58 Ocean Shores Interpretive Center ....................................60 Photo by Kat Bryant

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he communities of Westport, Grayland, North Cove, Tokeland, Ocosta and Markham are collectively called the South Beach. Also known as the Cranberry Coast, the South Beach boasts more than 1,000 acres of cranberry bogs. Covering the area from the Grays Harbor Bar at the South Jetty all the way south to the marina in Tokeland on Willapa Bay, you’ll find friendly folks ready and willing to make your stay on the South Beach a memorable one. Lodging: The South Beach has accommodations for every style: Deluxe

suites with all the amenities imaginable, beach cabins on the water’s edge or in the pine woods, a historic hotel, modern motel units, bed and breakfasts, RV parks, private camping sites and two state parks. Shopping: The entire South Beach, from Westport to Tokeland, offers an abundance of gift shops. Fishing: Charter offices in Westport can book you on a boat for the fishing trip of a lifetime any day of the week. Or try your hand at fishing off the jetty and revetment rocks or crabbing. And don’t forget the crabbing off a float in

the Westport or Tokeland marinas. Seafood: There are eating establishments all along the coast that offer dining opportunities ranging from decadent to down-home, depending on your mood. Beaches: Tops on the list for entertainment has to be our 18 miles of pristine ocean beach. Entertainment: There’s a go-kart track to entertain the younger set while you wander among the many shops. The South Beach also boasts nearly three dozen annual festivals to entertain you.


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SOUTH BEACH — CALENDAR the Maritime Museum, 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Proceeds go to local lost fishermen’s fund. More info: 360-268-9422 May 27: Blessing of the Fleet — Traditionally held the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Join the South Beach Ministerial Association in a ceremony at the Fishermen’s Monument on Neddie Rose Drive in Westport for the Annual Blessing Of The Fleet. More info: 360-268-9422 May 28: VFW Memorial Day Service — Join local military organizations and military fraternities as they honor those lost in battle at a brief, but moving ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park at the Street of Flags - 1800 S. Montesano St., just south of the Westport City limits. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. More info: 360-268-9543 JUNE Through September: Charter Association Fishing Derby — Take a fishing

trip with a derby ticket and you could come home the big daily, weekly, or overall winner. Derbies are run for bottom, deep sea and salmon fishing. More info: 800-345-6223 or 360-268-9422 June 22-24: Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze — Come to Westport for the 16th Annual Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze! The event features pirate crews from all over the Pacific Northwest, live music, contests, special sales at local shops and restaurants, longboat races, Treasure Chest Raffles, and much more. More info: rustyscupperspiraedaze.com June 30: Tokeland Parade & Celebration — Traditionally held the Saturday before the 4th of July. This old-fashioned community parade has grown to more than 200 entrants. Real family fun. Starts at 11 a.m. at the Tokeland Marina. Picnic lunch follows at Tokeland Hotel (free for parade participants) and games for kids. More info: 360-267-7006

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MAY All month: Gray whale watching — Come see these gentle giants as they make their way north to their summer feeding grounds. Bring your binoculars, warm clothing and a friend. More info: 800-345-6223 or 360-268-9422. Early May: Annual Ocosta Rec. Oyster Feed — All-you-can-eat steamed, stewed and fried oysters, along with spaghetti, salads, rolls and juice. Beer and wine available. 3-7 p.m. at the Ocosta Recreation Hall. More info: 360-648-2190. May 26-27: Weekend with the Fleet — Saturday: Commercial Fishing Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Maritime Museum: arts & crafts for kids, informational displays, Sea Scout displays, vendors, beer garden, food and more. At 7 p.m., fisher poets’ readings and live music. At 8 p.m., Light up the Docks celebration along the Esplanade: Luminaries available to honor cancer victims and survivors. Sunday: WEfish Clam Chowder Feed at

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SOUTH BEACH — CALENDAR a cakewalk, and a silent auction. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info: 360-268-0078 July 4: Fireworks — Free fireworks shows start at dusk in Westport’s Marina District and in Tokeland near the Shoalwater Bay Casino. July 13-15: Windriders Kite Festival — Traditionally held the second weekend in July, this annual event has grown to participation of hundreds entertaining crowds of thousands. Competitions, demonstrations, games, auction and high-flying fun at the Grayland beach approach off SR 105. July 21: Eastside Street Rods Show ‘N Shine — Vintage vehicles are placed on display along Westport’s Westhaven Drive on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-22: Tokeland Wood & Arts Fest — The annual

Tokeland Wood & Art Fest offers original art from many disciplines. Handmade items displayed by artists, wood carvers and food on the grounds of the historic Tokeland Hotel. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. More info: 360-267-6304 July 28: Elk River Challenge — Bring your kayak, canoe, rowboat, or surf-

board with paddles or oars, and don’t forget your life vest and whistle! Contestants start their humanpowered race at Brady’s Oysters at the foot of the Elk River Bridge and race up into the Elk River estuary and back over a 7-mile or 3-mile round-trip course. Registration at 1 p.m., races start at 3 p.m. More info: 360-589-7000 (360) 268-9356 (844) 366-3050 www.holidaymotelwestport.com

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JULY July 1: Trek Across Tokeland — Register 8 a.m., trek starts 9 a.m. at the Tradewinds on the Bay Event Center. Family- and dog-friendly. More info: 360590-0222 July 1-Sept. 25: That Summer Gallery — Sponsored by the South Beach Arts Association. Over 50 amazingly talented local and regional artists exhibit and sell their art on Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the summer. July 4: Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration — Held on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum in the Marina District. This is an old-fashioned 4th of July family celebration, complete with children’s games for prizes, food, clowns, a plant and bake sale, face painting,


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SOUTH BEACH — CALENDAR AUGUST Aug. 10-12: Grayland Open Jet Ski Competition — Off the beach near Grayland Road Beach Approach. This free event for spectators will bring dozens of riders and hundreds of spectators from all over the U.S. Stunt competition, motosurf racing and a bigair competition. Vendors & music on the beach. More info: 360-593-0984 Aug. 18-19: Westport Art Festival — 21st annual event. This a juried show of fine art and crafts. At various locations in the Marina District including art shops, along the Westhaven Esplanade and at the Westport Maritime Museum grounds. More info: 360-591-2761 SEPTEMBER Sept. 1: 72nd Seafood Festival & Craft Show — Traditionally held on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This perennial favorite features heaping plates of great food, live music and local crafters. Food service from noon to 5 p.m.

on the Westport Maritime Museum Grounds. Beer and wine available. Info: 800-345-6223 or 360-268-9422 Sept. 1: Vettes at the Marina — Dozens of classic Corvettes will grace the parking spaces along the Westport Marina during the Seafood Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the Corvette Club of Grays Harbor’s 8th annual Show ‘N Shine. More info: 360-589-1716 Sept. 8: Brady’s Oyster Feed — Traditionally held the second Saturday in September. Oysters any way you like ‘em. Held at Brady’s Oysters just west of the Elk River Bridge on SR105 from noon to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit clean water and scholarships. More info: 360-268-0077 Sept. 14-16: Westport Maritime Music Festival — Third annual. Held on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum. Beer garden, fun, food and music, featuring several bands playing in a variety of styles. Info: 360-268-0078 Sept. 15 to Oct. 31: Westport Marina Salmon Derby — Come fish for salmon

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at the Westport Boat Basin from through Oct. 31. Fish right off the floats for salmon and vie for derby prizes. More info: 360-268-1234 Sept. 14-16: 30 Miles Of Junque — 21st annual beachwide garage sale from Markham, to Ocosta, to Westport, to Grayland, to North Cove and Tokeland. More info: downloadable map at westportgrayland-chamber.org Sept. 15: Operation Shore Patrol annual Beach Cleanup — Four-wheelers converge on our beaches to tidy up after the summer season. Grab a litterbag and beachcomb for Styrofoam! Sponsored by the State 4x4 Association. More info: 360- 268-9422 Sept. 21-23: Clean Water Classic Surfing Competition — Washington’s largest surf contest. It’s the 17th annual benefit for the Surfrider Foundation. All ages welcome. At the South Jetty & the Groins off Neddie Rose Drive. More info: www.cleanwaterclassic.com, 253-442-3743


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SOUTH BEACH — CALENDAR

DECEMBER Dec. 1: Santa by the Sea — Santa arrives at Float 6 at the Westport Marina at 11 a.m. and then holds court at the Maritime Museum. All area and visiting children are invited. Refreshments served, photos with Santa and a kids’ store available. Info: 253-381-5989 Please note: Dates, times and details for events are based on the best information available at press time. Be sure to contact the information numbers provided with each event listing to verify dates, times and to receive more detailed information.

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OCTOBER Oct. 13-14: Cranberry Harvest Festival — Traditionally held the second weekend in October at the historic Grayland Community Hall. It’s the 23rd annual this year. The cranberry harvest season is celebrated with crafts, food, drink and decorations. Bog tours, a cook-off contest, local cranberry products, music, and a Saturday nighttime Firefly Parade in Grayland. More info: 360-580-2281 Oct. 14: Jog the Bog and Beach — Held in conjunction with the Cranberry Harvest Festival, this is a 10K and 5K Run, along with a 3K walk through bog country. Register at the Grayland Community Hall at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. More info: 1-(800) 345-6223 or 360-268-9422

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SOUTH BEACH — RECREATION CLAMMING Locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate spring, fall and winter clam digging seasons. Drawing thousands to the South Beach, this recreational sport is among the state’s most popular. To determine specific opening dates, check with local media or Chambers of Commerce. The State Department of Fish & Wildlife determines clam digging seasons depending on the health and population of the resource. A license is needed to dig clams. Licenses are available locally at some businesses. Diggers are reminded that the limit per day is the first 15 clams dug, regardless of size or condition. There is one permanent State Razor Clam Preserve closure on the South Beach. The area is clearly marked with posts and no digging is allowed between the markers. On the Twin Harbors Beach, the closure area is from the middle of the County Line Road beach approach south for one-quarter mile. BEACH DRIVING While traveling along 18 miles of Pacific Ocean beach in motor vehicles is very popular, tourists and locals alike are reminded that they are a part of the State Highway system. That means the rules of the road apply on the beach as well as on the pavement. The speed limit on the beach is 25 miles per hour. Swerving, cutting “doughnuts” and other such activities are not allowed. Be sure to drive on the uppermost wet sand to avoid clam beds, not to mention getting stuck. Be particularly careful on the beach when major activities are taking place such as kite festivals and clam digging. Children and pets have been known to dart in front of vehicles on their way to or from the water’s edge, not realizing that traffic is in the area. You may not drive on all areas of the beach at all times, however. Some sections of beach are closed to vehicle traffic for either all or part of the year. No motor vehicles are allowed on the beach in front of Westhaven State Park near the South Jetty at any time. From April 15 to the day after Labor Day each year, you may not drive north from the Twin Harbors State Park Beach access road off SR105, and you may not drive south beyond the Warrenton Cannery Road beach access in North Cove.


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DEEP-SEA FISHING Deep-sea bottom fishing holds its own special rewards in the variety and quantity of fish caught.

Enormous schools of sea bass can be found in ample numbers in rock pinnacles along our coast and skippers

know where to find them all spring, summer and fall. Starting in June, anglers can take day trips for salmon fishing. Check with local Chambers of Commerce or charter offices for season information. In mid-August, Willapa Bay at the southern tip of the Cranberry Coast opens for recreational salmon anglers seven days a week. In the fall, salmon begin returning from the sea to our harbors, bays, and estuaries on their journey to the rivers from whence they came. Fishing on Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay this time of year can be rewarding experiences. There are excellent boat-launching facilities both in Westport and at Tokeland and charter trips are available. From mid-summer

through October, you can book a one-, two-or three-day trip to seek the thrills found only on an albacore tuna or halibut fishing expedition. The thrills are exceptional. LAND-BASED FISHING For those who don’t choose to go out to sea, the South Beach also offers some great land-based fishing opportunities. Drop your line in the water off any of the floats in the Westport or Tokeland marinas. Fish off the rocks along the Chehalis Point revetment or fish off the beach for surf perch. From mid-August through January, salmon reared in pens in the marina return looking for a place to spawn, making the Westport Marina a great location for salmon fishing for those who don’t choose to go out on boats.

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FISHING Whether from land or out at sea, fishing opportunities on the South Beach offer great catch variety from mid-March through the end of January. Board a charter boat, launch your own, fish off the rocks or in the surf. Charter offices have all the gear you need to go on your deep-sea fishing adventure. Boats leave the docks at Westport daily for bottom-fishing expeditions and, in season, for salmon, albacore and halibut. Many local outlets also carry all the gear you need to land salmon and sea perch from land or surf.

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The annual Grayland Open Jet Ski Competition is held off the beach near the Grayland Beach Approach. WATER SPORTS A trip to the South Beach offers visitors a wide variety of water sports any time of the year. You can catch Hobie Cats running a competition course on Half Moon Bay and, of course, see classic surfing and the newer sports of surf boarding and kite surfing at their best. The annual Grayland Open Jet Ski Competition will be held off the beach near the Grayland Beach Approach on Aug. 10-12. This free event for spectators will bring dozens of riders and hundreds of spectators from all over the U.S. It includes stunt competition, motosurf racing and a big air competition. In the winter, watch all-season surfers at Half Moon Bay and the groins. Summer days are great for swimming and sun bathing. Whatever the season, you’ll find folks getting wet and having fun. Come on in, the water’s fine!


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GRAYLAND STATE PARK 925 Cranberry Beach Road, Grayland Phone: 360-267-4301

Hours: Summer 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is open year-round for camping and day-use. Reservations are accepted year-round. And highly recommended even in the off-season due to events such as razor clam tides and holidays. Grayland Beach State Park is a 412-acre, year-round, marine camping park with 7,449-feet of spectacular ocean frontage, just south of the town of Grayland. The park offers 55 fullhookup campsites within easy walking distance of the ocean. There are five short, marked trails leading from the campground to the each. TWIN HARBOR STATE PARK 3120 Highway 105, Westport Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twin Harbors is a 172-acre camping park on the Pacific coast. Beach activities predominate, including kite flying,

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surf fishing and beach combing. WESTPORT LIGHT STATE PARK 1595 Ocean Ave., Westport Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is open year-round for day use only. Westport Light State Park is a 212acre park. The Westport Lighthouse stands on adjacent Coast Guard property. A boardwalk connects the park with Westhaven State Park, 1.3 miles away. WESTHAVEN STATE PARK 2700 Jetty Haul Road, Westport Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6: a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is open year-round for day use only. Westhaven is 79 acres with 1,215 feet of shoreline on the Pacific and Half Moon Bay, with beach access to both shores. The park is a popular destination for surfing and fishing.

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BOTTLE BEACH STATE PARK 33 Ocosta 3rd St. Between Aberdeen and Westport off State Route 105 Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: The park is open dawn to dusk year-round for day use. Bottle Beach State Park is a 75-acre, day-use park with 6,000 feet of shoreline on Grays Harbor. The open tide flats are the park’s most significant feature. Mud flats in the area support a rich supply of invertebrates that attract shorebirds as they migrate from Central and South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. Grays Harbor is considered the single most important shorebird feeding area on the Pacific Coast, attracting more than a million birds each spring.

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SEE AND DO There are dozens of free and easy things to see and do on the 18-mile length of the South Beach from Westport to Tokeland: • Visit the Westport Marina and the shops along the Westhaven esplanade. • Check out the plaques on the railing that depict historic vessels that plied the waters of Grays Harbor. • Crab fish off the floats. • Walk the Float 20 boardwalk for a different perspective on both the marina and Grays Harbor.

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TRAILS Westport Lighthouse Dune Trail — The 2.8-mile-long Westport Lighthouse Interpretive Dune Trail, actually an 8-foot-wide handicapped accessible concrete walkway, meanders along the ocean shoreline from near the Grays Harbor Lighthouse to the Port of Grays Harbor Observation Tower in Westport’s Marina District.

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SOUTH BEACH — RECREATION • Climb the observation tower. • Check out the historic murals on Dock Street. • Don’t miss the Westport Maritime Museum. • Take a stroll on Half Moon Bay, where you’ll find great shells. • Check out the South Jetty and watch surfers riding the waves. • Visit the Grays Harbor Lighthouse. • Visit Veterans Memorial Park as you leave Westport heading south. • Stop by the Visitor Info Center at the Westport ‘Y’ for info on local events and activities. • Cruise through the cranberry bogs in Grayland and North Cove. Keep your eyes open for Great Blue Herons and other wildlife. • Check out the Cranberry History Museum in South Grayland. • Visit Washaway Beach in North Cove to witness the greatest erosion in the U.S. that’s been occurring since the early 1900s.

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• Stop at Jacobson’s Jetty to beachcomb. • Visit the tiny North Cove Pioneer Cemetery across the highway from Jacobson’s Jetty. • Look for bald eagles on the bluff as you continue south into Tokeland. • Check out the Tokeland Casino. • Take Tokeland Road on down to the historic Tokeland Hotel. • Visit the Tokeland Marina. MORE EVENTS INFO: Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce 800-345-6223 or 360-268-9422 www.ExperienceWestport.com P.O. Box 306, Westport, WA 98595 Tokeland/North Cove Chamber of Commerce 360-267-0885 www.tokeland-northcovechambercommerce.org P.O. Box 132, Tokeland, WA 98590

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ible in the underbrush. Daryl Graham, who lives in the area and has taken an interest in its history, says there are probably 20 or fewer headstones, but probably 50 or more graves, many with wooden markers long since gone. Here are the directions someone has posted on the internet at findagrave.com: “The old logging road meanders through a beautiful stretch of land that takes you through bits of alder trees that filled in rather quickly once given the chance and on down next to wetlands. Often times you will see, or hear, a fair amount of wildlife in here … you move into an evergreen forest and visions of trees from many years past. Your path will take you up from the wetlands and you will walk along the plateau

where it’s shaded, cool and calm. It’s very serene and beautiful in here. The road dips back down to the water and goes up again. Somewhere after you’ve climbed up a bit, there will be a slight fork in the road, go to your right.”

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ers followed. Graham says the original town of Markham had a couple of cedar shingle mills in the early 1900s and there were thriving logging camps nearby. When the highway came through in 1912, it seemed to scatter the people who lived there, he said. The headstones suggest stories bearing witness to the severity of life in those days: a child who lived from July to November in 1904, a woman dead at the age of 43 in 1914, a boy of 7, a young woman of 26. But some, like Jacob Phillips, had long lives, born in 1819 when James Monroe was president and lived through 18 presidents before he died in 1900. If you’re in the neighborhood, we’re sure he wouldn’t object to a drop in.


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the shores of South Bay. Bottle Beach State Park has an access point and parking lot right off the north side of the highway a mere 15 miles west of Aberdeen and about 10 minutes from Westport. From the parking area of the 75-acre day-use park, visitors can take the Bottle Beach Interpretive Trail, which leads west to the beach where South Bay meets Grays Harbor. There’s access to 6,000 feet of shoreline and the mud and tidal flats that attract thousands of shorebirds a year as they migrate from Central and South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic every year. Spring is a great time to see them as they migrate north. According to Washington State Parks and Recreation, Grays Harbor is considered the single most important shorebird feeding area on the Pacific Coast, attracting more than a million birds each spring. Up to 20 percent of these migrating birds use the area just off Bottle Beach, which has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. Along with the shorebirds,

If you find a bottle on Bottle Beach, consider yourself lucky, but it’s worth the visit whether you do or don’t. many species of waterfowl live or pass through the park throughout the year, and birds of prey like peregrine falcons are attracted to the area by its abundant prey. In total, more than 130 species of birds have been observed at Bottle Beach. In the late 19th Century, around the time of statehood, there was a town

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diverse as railroad realignment and sediment buildup that made it difficult for large ships to navigate to the port. Traces of the town are still visible in some places today. Why is it called Bottle Beach? It could be because of the brewing company that existed there in the brief Ocosta by the Sea boom, although rumor has it the name has a more banal origin: Years ago somebody found an interesting looking bottle on the beach. From then on, when people went to that beach, they said they were going to Bottle Beach. The Bottle Beach Interpretive Trail is a little less than three-quarters of a mile long and is American Disability Act accessible. A boardwalk passes over wetland areas and along the way there are three wildlife viewing platforms or blinds, and ample access to the beach. Like all other state parks, a Discover Pass is required for vehicle entry into the park. Editor’s note: This article appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of Washington Coast Magazine. To subscribe to the magazine, call 360-532-4000.

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ake a lazy, 30-minute jaunt around the south side of Grays Harbor from Aberdeen to Westport and you might find yourself wandering along the water’s edge of the Westhaven Cove Marina. On the southwestern end of your walk, just past the quaint shops and diverse eateries along Westhaven Drive, you’ll find a white, New England-style, three-story structure peaked with a watchtower surrounded by a widow’s walk. That, CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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my sea-loving friends, is the charming Westport Maritime Museum. Housed in an authentic and historic Coast Guard station, the green-trimmed museum was designed to traditional Nantucket-Coast Guard Architecture Standards. The grand building shares a park-like setting with four other structures, some registered as historic buildings with the State of Washington. As much as it’s a gem to look at, it’s what’s inside that’s the greater treasure. Two full floors of exhibits showcase local maritime history, including the Grays Harbor Light Station, the Coast Guard, area shipwrecks, rescue operations, and the whaling and fishing industries, as well as cranberry harvesting and

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dedicated to Heroes of the Coast Guard opened Oct. 3, and is a work in progress, with new pieces added as they come in. “We’re getting new stuff in regularly,” said museum director John Shaw. “We started (the museum) with just a few items and we’re adding stories as we go along.” One room, particularly, is dedicated to revolving exhibits. Many, according to volunteer curator Jeff Pence, are cycled in from archived memorabilia and artifacts, some from private collections. This winter’s addition is a Duck Clubs of the South Beach display featuring collectible Pratch duck decoys. Pence said the Local Native American display CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

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1976 and, after restoration, was leased to the Westport South Beach Historical Society starting in 1985. for use as a museum. The society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the South Beach. The second of the original buildings, McCausland Hall (named for longtime Seattle Post-Intelligencer cartoonist Bob McCausland), which was used as an equipment and service building by the Coast Guard, has been converted into a lecture/events hall for museum programs. Additionally, two seethrough Whale House buildings were constructed to hold the marine mammal exhibit featuring the skeletons of sea mammals, including both a minke and

gray whale. Finally, there’s the Destruction Island Lens Exhibit Hall that was added in 1998 to house the stunning, notto-be-missed Destruction Island Lens. The Fresnelstyle lighthouse lens was built in France in 1888 by Henry Le Paute from a design by Augustin-Jean Fresnel and was shipped by boat to Destruction Island, north of Westport, on the Washington Coast. The glass was installed in the island’s lighthouse in 1891 and operated until 1995 when it was removed by the Coast Guard, going on display in its present, climate-controlled location. The lovely mural on the wall behind the lens was done by Bob McCausland. Though tours are generally self-guided, trained and

highly knowledgeable docent volunteers are frequently on hand to provide visitors with a wealth of information. You can secure a guide by reserving a discounted group tour. Call (360) 268-0078. Hours and Admission: The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday, April 1 through Sept. 30 and noon to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday, Oct. 1 through March 31. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday and for Christmas. For more information visit: www.westportmaritimemuseum.com/ Editor’s note: This article appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Washington Coast Magazine. To subscribe to themagazine, call 360-532-4000.

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will soon be expanded, with some of the new artifacts coming from his personal collection. “We got a pretty significant grant to do some significant upgrades,” said Pence, noting that the grant will help fund a new searchable photographic database and other multimedia installations. He reports that several new artifacts have been recently donated, including a newly found whale skull and a replica of an indigenous dugout canoe that, thanks to the funding, will be housed in an upcoming expansion. The main building, completed in 1940, once served as a U.S. Coast Guard station and was operated as Station Grays Harbor until 1972. The property was acquired by the City of Westport in

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hile making your way to the beach, don’t overlook the pastoral and scenic East County. The East County features state parks surrounded by forest land, meandering rivers, campgrounds and RV parks, festivals and history. East County is home to Montesano, the county seat. In Montesano, on June 12, 1941, the Weyerhaeuser Co. and various Washington state officials dedicated the nation’s first tree farm, honoring Charles H. Clemons, one of Montesano’s foremost pioneer loggers. Clemons’ forest practices soon became a national standard and, today, Montesano is considered the Birthplace of America’s Tree Farms. This year, America’s first tree farm is celebrating its 77th anniversary.

Lake Sylvia State Park is located at the north end of town featuring fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and picnicking. A 5,000-acre city forest surrounds the state park offering additional recreational opportunities and is accessible through the state park and via logging roads (maps are available at City Hall, 112 N. Main St.). If you’re looking for something to do, Elma is full of surprises. Nearby activities include farm tours, paintball, a major off-road vehicle park, hiking and equestrian trails, golf and disc golf and Elma is home to the Grays Harbor Raceway and county fairgrounds. The Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds — located just outside city limits — is host to year-round events like the county fair to dog shows, ro-

deos, youth fairs, outdoor recreational expos, the annual Easter egg hunt and more. A full schedule of events can be seen online Along the eastern edge of the county is the City of McCleary. McCleary began as a logging camp and grew into a company town named after timber baron Henry McCleary. Today, history comes alive at the McCleary Museum, on South Second Street (open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Each year McCleary celebrates its Bear Festival on a weekend in early July featuring traditional bear stew in Beerbower Park. East County invites you to slow down and stop in, and enjoy the combination of history, forests and recreational opportunities you’ll find only here.


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EAST COUNTY — CALENDAR was sweet and had a texture like a beef pot roast, mixed in with the soft potatoes, carrots and other ingredients that mixed for a delicious treat. A Bear Claw Derby (a soap box derby) also is traditionally held. McCleary has celebrated the festival for more than 50 years. In addition to all of that fare and fun, a car show fills the parking lots downtown. For more information, visit mcclearybearfestival. com. ELMA Aug. 8-12: Grays Harbor County Fair — At the fairgrounds in Elma. Five days of family fun begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and keeps daily shifts throughout the week. The raceway heats up for action with the Pepsi Fair Race on Saturday (free admission with a fair ticket). The fair will close out with with a final day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Sunday. Come for the fair and animals, stay for the music and food. Buy a year’s worth of meat

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at the 4-H auction, or just treat yourself to an elephant ear near the carnival rides. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will headline the entertainment with a performance at 8 p.m. on Aug. 8. Their hits include “Mr. Bojangles” and “Fishing in the Dark.” More information is available at www. ghcfairgrounds.com. Adult admission is $10, and senior, youth and military discounts are available. Mid-January: Elma Winter Wine Festival — At the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds. More than 20 wineries from all over Washington are expected to participate in the 13th annual event. While the wine is the star, a beer garden, food booths and merchandise booths as well as live music accent the festival. For consecutive years, Heart by Heart has headlined the entertainment. Pre-sale tickets will be available after Thanksgiving. Watch for more information on the Elma Chamber of Commerce website: elmachamber.org.

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MCCLEARY & OAKVILLE July 4: Independence Day Parade and Celebration — In Oakville. Fourth of July in Oakville features a parade, food, art, crafts and vendors on Independence Day weekend each year. In years past, a reenactment of the last horseback robbery in the state has taken place. July 6-8: McCleary Bear Festival — This year’s theme is “Par-tea in the park.” The festival features a car show, a parade, games, food and craft vendors, and, of course, the bear stew. The festival will feature a softball tournament throughout the weekend which traditionally includes a game between police officers and firefighters, known as “Guns and Hoses.” A coronation for Bear Festival royalty also is held at the park. Bear stew is served immediately following the parade. In some past years, the bear stew has also included beef, but for the past few years, the stew was made entirely with bear meat, according to organizers. The meat


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During Montesano’s annual lighted nighttime parade — a centerpiece of the Festival of Lights —local businesses go all out decoratiing their trucks and floats for the Saturday night spectacle. MONTESANO July 21: Historic Montesano Car Show and Kids Summer Fest — From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 15th annual Historical Montesano Car Show hits the streets again on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. The show typically draws more than 200 registered cars, featuring streets rods, classic cars, muscle cars, and special-interest vehicles of all kinds. While the cars get their rev on, get your groove on to live music. A swap meet also will be held. Kids’ games are held at Fleet Park on Fleet Street one block from downtown, sponsored by the Montesano Chamber of Commerce. Kids Fest begins at 10 a.m. For more information, contact (360) 580-7941 or email dpfoss@comcast.net. September 29: Salmon and Brew Fest — Held to coincide with the begin-

ning of the recreational salmon fishing season, the annual event is held at Fleet Park. Fans of good food and good brews will catch the fishing bug at the Salmon and Brew Festival. Family fun activities will be paired with a fishing swap meet, a cook off, food vendors, local art vendors, local bands and a beer garden. The festival also will collect canned food donations for the local food bank. Sept. 15: Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival — From 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Sylvia State Park. The Fall Festival offers fun for all ages as visitors enjoy the state park through mountain bike and off-road running races, live music and even shopping for art around the park. The day traditionally is kicked off with a pancake breakfast followed by the beginning of the races. Near

the stage along the lake shore, vendors and organizations have booths set up, inlcuding nature arts and crafts for children hosted by the Girl Scouts, and a cooking demonstration and tasting by the Boy Scouts. December: Festival of Lights — Montesano residents go all out with their holiday lights. The city takes it seriously: there’s a choir in the county courthouse, a yule log at Fleet Park downtown, and a lighted nighttime parade on Saturday that goes through downtown with each float elaborately decorated. Last year, the Seattle Seahawks Beast Bus was an award winner. After the parade, Grays Harbor Transit has typically provided buses to take patrons on a special route to showcase some of the best-decorated homes in Montesano.


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GRAYS HARBOR HOSTEL AND GUEST HOUSE, DISC GOLF 6 Ginny Lane in Elma. Safe, comfortable, clean and affordable accommodations are made available to travelers from spring through fall. The hostel also is open by reservation yearround. In addition to the relaxing environment of a guest house, and the friendly environment of a hostel, the Grays Harbor Hostel and Guest

House also sports and 18hole disc golf course. While the hostel is closed during the day, the disc golf course is open daily spring through fall. For more information call (360) 482-3119.

the end of August. Four-time supercross and three-time motocross champion Ryan Villopoto’s company recently was contracted to manage the park, and several changes are expected to arrive this summer.

GRAYS HARBOR ORV PARK 15015 State Route 8 in McCleary. Those wishing to try their own luck in the dirt should head just north of McCleary and take to the dirt tracks at Grays Harbor ORV Park. The park offers an action-packed season with 4x4 events, trail rides, enduros and Pacwest motor cross action. There are even some ways to get dirty at the ORV park without two or four wheels by participating in unique events such as the Dirty Dash or the extreme zombie run. The park operates through

ELMA PAINTBALL 20 S. Union Road in Elma. Charge the enemy line or cower behind a structure, but whatever you find yourself doing, the paint is flying at Elma Paintball. Rent the equipment or bring your own and get into battle. Group pricing is available and “Mom plays free� with any paid son or daughter. For more details, call toll free (866) 525-2877. LOCAL PARKS The City of Montesano

is host to eight city parks including, Fleet Park downtown, Crait, Nelson and Vessey Fields, a playground at Kelsey Park, a park at each entrance to town on Pioneer Ave., Bryan Park at the east entrance and Triangle Park at the west entrance. In addition to the parks, Montesano also has a 5,000acre city forest north of the city and within city limits. Chapin Collins Memorial Forest is used for city income, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. Just west of Montesano is Twin Bridges county park. The park last year was taken back under the purview of the county and is free for day use. The park has access to the Chehalis River, as

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The recently refurbished dock at Lake Sylvia was finished in December 2017 and made possible by a donation from Dr. Louise Baxter. County Playground provides a safe and fantastical recreational opportunity to children. Outside the Elma city limits is Vance Creek Park, featuring trails and fishing. The pond is stocked with

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up to 14-inch rainbow trout in April and May and is opening to licensed anglers. The pond also recently has become home to jet ski races during the summer (those races are specially approved events and motorized watercrafts are not generally allowed at the ponds). Vance Creek Park, like Twin Bridges Park, is owned and operated by Grays Harbor County. The City of McCleary is home to Beerbower Park. Beerbower Park features a park kitchen with covered eating area, Men and women restrooms, a playground, softball and baseball fields, a soccer field, and a basketball hoop, as well as a large grassy area for family activities. The Community Center Park features a fenced-in play area with a climb on toy for children. STATE PARKS Schafer State Park 1365 W. Schafer Park Road, Elma. Phone: 360-482-3852

Campgrounds closed Oct. 1 through April 27. The park is open year-round for day-use. Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk Schafer State Park is a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, midway between Olympia and Ocean Shores. A big attraction to park users is the abundant fishing for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and salmon on the Satsop River. Wading and swimming in the shallow water make it an equally attractive site for family gatherings. Rich in local history, the park is a state and national historic site as designated by the Washington Heritage Register and National Register of Historic Places. Traditionally, the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia hold a salmon bake on the 2nd Saturday in October. On the second Sunday in December, families are invited to the park for a Yule log hunt which was followed by smoked salmon chowder last year. Lake Sylvia State Park 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road Montesano Phone: 360-249-3621 Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk east Lake Sylvia State Park is a 233-acre camping park with 15,000-feet of freshwater shoreline. The park is an old logging camp in a wooded area. Aside from the interesting displays of old logging gear and curiosities, the lake is good for fishing, and the rustic charm of the park makes for excellent day outings and group camping trips.


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CAR SHOWS Heat on the Street: Friday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. Elma’s annual custom car and motorcycle show kicks off on Friday night with a free cruise-in party from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Cruise in and bring the family for a preview of the cars and a night of music. Where the cruise in ends, participants can register their cars. Registration costs $20 and the first 200 pre-registered vehicles will receive T-shirts, a goody bag, dash plaques and a raffle ticket. In the past, Grays Harbor

Raceway tickets have been included. A poker run also will be held on Friday. On Saturday a show and shine takes place at 9 a.m., with music, a raffle, vendor and food booths and beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles. Public admission is free. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. For more information visit www. elmachamber.org or call 360482-3055. Also, held in conjunction with the car show, on Saturday, area churches last year partnered together to host a children’s carnival, with several games set up to win tickets followed by a raffle for prizes. Historic Montesano Car Show: Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 15th annual Historical Montesano Car Show hits the streets again on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.

The show typically draws more than 200 registered cars, featuring streets rods, classic cars, muscles cars, and special-interest vehicles of all kinds. While the cars get their rev on, get your groove on to live music. A swap meet also will be held. Kids’ games are held at Fleet Park on Fleet Street one block from downtown, sponsored by the Montesano Chamber of Commerce. Kids Fest begins at 10 a.m. In addition, the day will have a poker walking tour of downtown Montesano for car show participants, tours of the historic County Courthouse, live music, awards and goody bags for participants and the whole event will culminate with a cruise through Montesano after the show. For more information, contact (360) 580-7941 or email dpfoss@comcast.net.

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Sylvia Creek Forestry Trail, a 2.25 mile interpretive loop meandering down the valley, crossing Sylvia Creek before climbing back to Lake Sylvia. The trail was constructed in 1991 and was reconstructed in 2012. Mountainbiking is picking up throughout the forest. Blue Slough, Blue Slough Road, Cosmopolis. The 3-mile Blue Slough interpretive trail wanders beside the Chehalis River. Along the way, the interpretive trails gives outdoor enthusiasts a free tutorial on the biology of the trail. Professional hiking gear or just tennis shoes would be equally appropriate on the groomed, well-marked trail (formerly rail tracks). The trail connects to Preacher’s Slough, which features an observation tower. Friends Landing, 300 Katon Road, Montesano. Friends Landing has earned national and state honors as an “obstacle-free” park. Now owned by the Port of Grays Harbor, the 152-acre site sports handicap accessible recreation opportunities including a 1.7 mile paved path to a 32-acre manmade lake.

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TRAILS Whereas nearly 90 percent of Grays Harbor County is forestland (88 percent), it only makes sense that the county would be full of trails for outdoor and forest recreation. Some trails allow pets, some don’t. Some trails are appropriate for mountain bike use, some are not. Whatever your personal situation might be, the trails throughout East County are bound to have one or more that match your needs. While we’ve included some of our favorite trails below, note that these are a small sample of the trails available. Addition permits, passes and licenses may be required. Lake Sylvia State Park (Discover Pass required) Lake Sylvia, outside Montesano’s city limits. Lake Sylvia allows for day use and has some 5 miles of hiking trails. In addition to the standard 5 miles of hiking trails, a trail about a half mile long has been constructed to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Bird watching, swimming, fishing — they’re all along the trails and waiting for your participation. Schafer State Park (Discover Pass required) north of Brady. Interpretive activities are available throughout the park, and 2 miles of hiking trails will get you around. The park is ideal for bird watching and wildlife viewing, and the best bet for either is away from parking lots along one of the hiking trails. The park trail connect with the City of Montesano’s trails. Montesano City Forest The City of Montesano has its own forest, and that forest is lined with trails for residents and visitors, including the

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Harbor will offer you suggestions for experiencing the towns of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. There’s a list of parks if you’re looking for a place to have a picnic. There’s a list of some of our favorite spots. And each community has a wide choice of restaurants and specialty shops. A pair of museums, the Polson Museum in Hoquiam and the Aberdeen Museum of History, do an excellent job of recounting life in the early days of

these old timber communities. Aberdeen is also homeport to a pair of tall ships, the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. The ships are often on a voyage to other ports, but if you’re lucky enough to be here when they are, don’t miss seeing them. There’s also a story in this section about some of the murals and public art around the area, including the newest installation – a mural that depicts Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Don’t miss it.

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INNER HARBOR — FESTIVALS ABERDEEN • Founders Day — A parade and music celebrate the founders of Aberdeen. July 7. • Splash Festival — Aberdeen’s annual day-long 4th of July celebration, featuring live music, food and plenty of fun for kids, capped off by a professional fireworks show. July 4. Aberdeen’s tall ships — the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain — make a two-week stop at home port for this festival. • Aberdeen Artwalk — Annual downtown summer artwalk event featuring lots of art, food and music. July 28. HOQUIAM • Grays Harbor Pride Festival — Festival to raise

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Gary Snodderly, left, and Derek Such race across the pond during the first heat in the choker setting competition at the 2017 Loggers Playday at Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam awareness for the LGBTQ community at Olympic Stadium. Aug. 4 • Loggers Playday — One the nation’s last surviving classic logging shows, where loggers share their skills and compete for the title of All-Around Logger. This year will be the 54th annual gathering. Daylong celebration includes a downtown

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INNER HARBOR — PARKS & RECREATION PARKS ABERDEEN • Lake Aberdeen Recreation Area — About 640 acres of timber with 5 acres of land developed for recreation, and 100 acres of water. Located on the eastern edge of the city just off Highway 12. Swimming, fishing, boating, restrooms. • Stewart Memorial Park — Located in the northeast outskirts of Aberdeen, this 74-acre park has been left in its natural setting. It boasts an elaborate trail system, a wandering creek and a rustic kitchen facility. • Bishop Athletic Complex — A 38-acre athletic complex just outside Aberdeen along the Westport Highway (State Route 105). Includes soccer, fast-pitch and baseball fields. • Pioneer Park Sports Complex — On the south side of Aberdeen, this 24-acre park is adjacent to Stevens Elementary School. It contains three softball fields, two minor league fields, a Little League field, a Babe Ruth field and a multipurpose area. It also offers tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a basketball court and

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Local families enjoy a snow day with a little sledding on the hills of Sam Benn Park in Aberdeen. a playground, as well as the city’s skate park. • Sam Benn Park — A rustic, tree-filled 14-acre park that overlooks the city’s core, just north of downtown near Aberdeen High School. It offers picnic areas, playground equipment, tennis

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courts and a disc golf course along its rolling, grassy hills. • Morrison Riverfront Park — An 11-acre complex along the shores of the Chehalis River on the east end of Aberdeen. A bronze logging sculpture marks its entrance, and it boasts the multi-use Rotary Log Pavilion, which can be rented for events through the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department. The complex includes picnic tables, a fishing and viewing dock, waterfront walking trail and modern playground equipment. • West End Playfield — A neighborhood 3.5-acre park that contains a playground, combination ball field, park-

ing area and a paved multiuse area. • Finch Playfield — A 2-acre park that offers a wide variety of activities, including playground equipment and a spray park. • Franklin Field — A 2-acre downtown community park boasting a large, multiuse field. • Garley Park — This 2-acre park in South Aberdeen has off-street parking, playground equipment and a grassy playfield with a backstop. • North Aberdeen Playfield — A 2-acre park on the north end of town that contains a paved basketball court, baseball diamond and playground equipment. • Zelasko Park — A half-acre park just inside the eastern entrance to the city, situated between the Wishkah and Heron Street bridges. It contains benches, carvings and historical monuments. SMALLER PARKS • Alder Creek Park — A quarter-acre park in the Alder Creek neighborhood in South Aberdeen. • Totem Pole Park — A 1-acre park on the south side of the Chehalis River Bridge. • Herbig Park — A halfacre park atop Bel Aire Avenue. • Hood Park — A residential 1-acre park with benches and trees. • McKinley Park — A half-acre park on a grassy corner lot. • Robert Gray Park — A quarter-acre park in downtown Aberdeen.


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HOQUIAM • John Gable Park — 23 acres directly adjacent to Hoquiam High School on the west side of town. Facilities include two softball fields, a basketball court, new playground equipment, restroom facilities and a new skate park. • Olympic Stadium — A 9-acre athletic complex located in the eastern portion of the city. Facilities include the stadium, which accommodates high school interscholastic athletics, baseball, youth sports organizations and is the home of the Loggers Playday show held annually in the city of Hoquiam. The stadium can seat upwards of 8,000 people and the athletic fields include picnic tables and support facilities. Recent improvements have made the stadium more ADA-accessible. • Elton Bennett Park — A 9-acre wooded site located in north central Hoquiam, providing a picturesque mile-plus hiking trail through the densely forested landscape. The trails have been graveled in areas and some steps have been installed in the steeper terrain. The trail is a challenging experience for the disabled user.

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MORE PARKS COSMOPOLIS • Makarenko Park — A 39-acre park with more than 2 miles of paved and gravel trails for walking, running and biking. The park, nestled in the hills in residential Cosmopolis, also includes two soccer fields. • Mill Creek Park • Cosi Lions Park

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INNER HARBOR — PARKS & RECREATION • Sunset Memorial Park/Cemetery — Located in north central Hoquiam, covering approximately 40 acres. It is well maintained with large trees and shrubs and paved walking areas, which has made it a popular destination for walkers. • Beacon Hill Park — A 2.5-acre park located in east-central Hoquiam. The park is situated on the permanent cover of the city’s reservoir and includes one basketball court, a playground area and two tennis courts. Landscaping and support facilities provide for enjoyment of the scenic view of the Hoquiam River and the harbor. No restroom facilities. • Johnny Green Dike — A landscaped dike located between the Hoquiam River and Riverside Avenue. The park consists of open green space, benches and a paved pedestrian walkway that provides access to the river loop and the Farmers Market. • Art Pocklington Central Play Park — Located in the central portion of the city, this 1-acre park provides an open play area, state-of-the-art playground equipment, and a spray park that opens in May and stays open through the summer as weather permits. It has a fenced basketball court and is ADA-accessible. It also includes several benches and picnic tables and a covered picnic shelter, as well as restroom facilities. • Last Spur Park — A small urban square that commemorates the community’s logging heritage. It is located in north-central Hoquiam and provides two picnic tables. There are no restrooms at this park. • Eighth Street Landing — Approximate-

ly 120 linear feet of public access to the Hoquiam River in the downtown waterfront area. There are picnic tables with shelters and a fishing and boat dock. SMALLER PARKS • Chevron Memorial Park — A 0.1-acre park in the business district of Hoquiam. • Viglasky Park — A 0.1-acre park with an open play area and playground. • Richie Park — A 0.1-acre park in Hoquiam’s north end, includes a play area and playground equipment. • Emerson Triangle Parks — Three landscaped urban squares that provide attractive open space adjacent to busy Emerson Avenue. The three sites total 0.12 acres. • Horne Park — A 0.1-acre park in Hoquiam’s north end, includes a play area and playground equipment. RECREATION YMCA of Grays Harbor — Offers a lap and recreation pool, gym, workout center, aerobics classes and more. Aberdeen Skate Park — Located at Aberdeen’s Pioneer Park. Hoquiam Skate Park — Located at Hoquiam’s Gable Park. 28th St. Landing — In Hoquiam along the Port Industrial Road, offers a viewing tower and boat launch for recreational watercraft. Bowerman Basin — Offering birdwatching, walking trails. and views of Grays Harbor and the Bowerman Field airport.

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TRAILS ABERDEEN • Johns River Wildlife Area — Off State Route 105, 12 miles west of Aberdeen, off Johns River Road. The approximately 1-mile trail is paved for about the first half. Single-track trails lead off into the woods. • Chehalis River Trailway — This 3-mile trail runs begins between the soccer fields at the Bishop Athletic Complex and runs along the shores of the Chehalis River to Mill Street. • Lake Swano Trails — A 2-mile trail through 20 acres of forest on the Grays Harbor College campus, including interpretive signs. • Basich Trailway — A 1.5-mile trail that meanders through Pioneer Park in South Aberdeen along Mill Creek, ending at the Cosi Lions Park in Cosmopolis. • Morrison Riverfront Walkway — A 1.8-mile paved walking path in East Aberdeen from the Best Werstern hotel along the northern bank of the Chehalis River, running to Lakeside Industries

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The Bob Basich Trailway runs from South Aberdeen to Cosmopolis. just outside Aberdeen. • Stewart Park Trail — Just short of a mile of rugged trail up and down hills and across bridges in east Aberdeen’s

Stewart Park. • Sherwood Forest Trail — A rugged trail located off Bel Aire Drive, featuring miles of forested trail to explore.

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INNER HARBOR — PARKS & RECREATION MORE TRAILS COSMOPOLIS • Makarenko Park Trail — Two miles of gravel trails in the woods between Bell Hill and Cemetery Hill in residential Cosmopolis, just south of Aberdeen. It is also the host to numerous high school cross country meets in the fall. • Mill Creek Park Trail — Cosmopolis’ most popular park on C Street past Cosmopolis School, it offers miles of gravel trails around Mill Creek and Mill Creek Pond. HOQUIAM • Sandpiper Trail — Located within the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

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on Bowerman Basin on the west end of Hoquiam near the airport, the trail offers great bird viewing along a wooden plank trail. The refuge is known as a prime spot in the spring to observe migratory shorebirds. It is one of the main stops during the Harbor’s annual Shorebird Festival each April. The walk from parking area to the tip of the Bowerman Peninsula covers approximately 2 miles. • Hoquiam River Loop — The loop begins in downtown Hoquiam at the corner of Eighth and L streets near Hoquiam City Hall, and takes walkers around a loop that crosses both the Simpson Avenue Bridge and Riverside Bridge, and along the north and south banks of the Hoquiam River.

• Elton Bennett Park — Rugged trails in a natural setting in residential northcentral Hoquiam, with trails that connect to offer a mileplus of forested hiking. • Sunset Memorial Park — A popular walking area off Grand Avenue just up the hill from Elton Bennett Park. Offers paved loop roads with gradual inclines and limited traffic. • Prospect to Endresen Walking Trail — The trailhead is located just off Prospect Street, and the trail meanders over a hill and ends on Endresen Street, across from a boat launch on the Little Hoquiam River. Trails information from the Guide to Walks and Trails of Grays Harbor County, published by Grays Harbor Tourism.


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items in the store. Most of the pieces come from collectors who come to the store to sell their old toys or memorabilia. Everywhere you look, you’ll find action figures big and small and Sucher thinks he has roughly 800 figurines that are still in their original packages. Cobain Corner: Sucher has one section of the store dedicated to Aberdeen’s most famous son, Kurt Cobain. He started handing out flyers that show areas in town with some connection to Cobain after patrons often came in wanting to know more about the late Nirvana frontman. On his homemade map, he includes Rosevear’s music store where Cobain bought his first guitar, the “Come as You Are” sign on Highway 12 and Cobain’s childhood home, to name a few. Sucher estimates he has around 150 items of Cobain memorabilia, including t-shirts, newspaper clippings, books and DVDs. Sucher has even put up for sale jars of dirt from under the Young Street Bridge, a regular hangout for the young Cobain.


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or decades, the 92-year-old, twostory mansion just east of Hoquiam’s Riverside Bridge was known as the “community’s attic.” The cedar shake-sided Colonial Revival-style house fell into city hands as a gift in 1976, ending a search for a building to house a museum. In November of that year, it became the designated organization for Grays Harbor County history. Now known as the Polson Museum — named after Arnold Polson, who commissioned the home’s construction in 1924 and lived there

The Polson Museum in Hoquiam. until the mid ’60s — the mansion with its towering white columns is a go-to assemblage of Grays Harbor artifacts. An artifact itself, the building houses an inventory spanning centuries of the area’s logging

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heritage and gives glimpses of everyday life from decades past. A century ago, the Polson name carried a lot of weight on Grays Harbor. Brothers Robert and Alex were among the Harbor’s first lumber barons, heading up the Polson Logging Company. Robert paid to have the house built for Arnold, his nephew and Alex’s son, who had just married. Arthur Loveless, a prominent midcentury Seattle architect, designed the house for Arnold and Priscilla Polson, giving it its iconic arches above the windows and columns that support the portico. Inside, the house boasts 2,500 square feet, and the Polsons cut no corners on its construction — the house was built to their specifications from top to bottom. Larson pointed to the 2 1/4-inch-wide floorboards in the 30-foot-long sitting room just left of the front door. The hemlock boards run the length of the building, front to back, single boards

measuring 40 feet long in some parts of the house. The single-length boards eliminate end-joints, Larson said, which make for little creaking. Such specifications required the boards be milled at the Eureka Lumber Company, a Polson-owned mill that once sat at the foot of Ontario Street in Hoquiam. “A lot of people come here also to see this old house,” Larson said, in addition to what’s inside. “They can walk through the entire house and kind of experience what life in a big mansion like this might have been like.” Arnold and Priscilla Polson left the house and put it up for sale in 1965. For years it sat empty, with prospective buyers arguing that it was too much work for the price, or too expensive altogether. By 1976, officials and citizens interested in bringing a museum to the area had identified the Polson property as an ideal site. Riverside Avenue, five years earlier, had been converted to its current one-way, westbound configuration. With the mansion unoccupied for the last decade, it had become a blight. Priscilla Polson eventually donated the house to the City of Hoquiam. The city owns the building to this day, but the Polson Museum, a registered non-profit organization, was founded to operate it in November 1976. Beyond the columns and the 10 steps leading up to the front door, the Polson’s firstCONTINUED ON PAGE 45


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floor entryway leaves the visitor with a few choices. A left turn into the 30-foot-long living room leads to an exhibit featuring local photography, which rotates with the seasons. Hang a right, and you’ll find yourself in a former dining room that showcases Native American basketry. “We expect our visitors to find what interests them and what captures their attention and love,” he said. “There’s certainly something for everybody here, from guys who are interested in heavy-duty industrial history to gals, or guys for that matter, who are interested in fine clothing of bygone years.” But the museum’s holy grail of logging artifacts isn’t anywhere inside the house — it wouldn’t fit. The wooden shed at the east end of the lot houses the No. 45 steam-powered locomotive that once carried logs for the Polson Logging Company in the early-to-mid 1900s — 78,000 pounds of logging history. The massive wooden shed was built relatively recently, but it might as well be straight from an early-1900s logging camp, complete with a short set of railroad tracks and all the classic machinery and tools one would find at such a site. The exhibit was built in 2009, Larson said, back when the museum had no locomotive, but hoped to get one. Six years later, with the help of Tim and Lisa Quigg, benefactors with local ties, the museum was able to buy the engine from a collector in Oregon. Getting the No. 45 back to the Harbor was a major development, Larson said, considering all logging

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From surfing to razor clam digging, kayaking, biking, hiking, kite flying, moped or horseback riding, surf fishing and the salty art of beachcombing, the North Beach thrives with year-round activity. In February 1960, the blade of the first bulldozer struck ground at what previously was known as Browns Point became the city of Ocean Shores, where the center of North Beach commerce and residential population has ebbed and flowed with the changing seasons. Music legend Pat Boone, a stockholder in Ocean Shores Estates Inc., be-

came a resident and leading promoter of the city in 1967 and hosted celebrity golf tournaments, bringing out stars such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Clint Eastwood. By 1969, Ocean Shores was declared the “Richest Little City” with an assessed value of $35 million. Today, the North Beach has something for everyone, with miles of open beaches, inland lakes and coastal rivers, about two dozen large hotels, motels, resorts, fine dining, pubs and nightlife, art galleries, the only movie theater on the north coast and much more.

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NORTH BEACH — CALENDAR MAY May 25-27: Expo at the Ocean Shores Convention Center — including trade show, ice sculpture, Memorial Day weekend ceremony with flag presentation from VFW Post 8956. JUNE June 1-2: Hood To Coast Washington is back for its second relay run covering 78 miles from Hood Canal and ending at the Pacific Ocean. Thousands of runners expected to partipate. June 2: Wearable Art Show at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, www.oswearableart.com. June 2-3: Grays Harbor Festival of Colors kite flying weekend on the beach north of the Damon Road beach

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information. June 9: Flag Day Parade, through downtown Ocean Shores, starting at the city gates and ending at the Convention Center. Biggest Flag Day parade in Western Washington, (360) 289-2314 to participate or for more information. June 22-24: Sand & Sawdust Festival, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and on the main Ocean Shores Beach south of Chance a la Mer beach approach. Sand sculpting competition and chainsaw artist auctions daily. JULY July 27-29: Bikers at the Beach motorcycle event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, with Hog Wild Weekend also ongoing simultaneously at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.

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event honoring our pets and raising funds and awareness for animal welfare. At North Beach High School, with dog walk on the track, games, sporting events and demonstrations and auction. Online at www.oceanshoreswoofathon.org. Aug. 11-12: Body and Soul Festival — Learn all about a natural and homeopathic way of life. At the Ocean Shores Lions Club on Ocean Shores Boulevard. Aug. 17-19: 12’s Fan Fest and Beach Party — In Ocean Shores, with events at the Convention Center, around town and at Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. Largest preseason gathering of Seahawks fans, www.12sfanfest.com. Aug. 18: Gnome & Fairy Festival at Seabrook — A day of enchantment and outdoor play for the whole family, face painting, games, crafts and live animal encounters. Starts at 11 a.m.


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NORTH BEACH — CALENDAR Festival — The West Coast’s largest Irish music festival: 6 stages, 3 venues, including Galway Bay and the Convention Center in Ocean Shores, and 30 great bands. Come tip a pint and kick up your heels. For more information and a schedule visit www. galwaybayirishpub.com FILE PHOTO

The annual Irish Music Festival hosted by Galway Bay Irish Pub in October. Canal. For kayak, canoe and rowing enthusiasts. All skill levels are welcome. Humanpowered boat activities on the lakes and canals of Ocean Shores. Race, Poker Paddle, picnic, seminars and the latest in paddling gear at end-of-season prices. Sept. 21-23: Whale of Quilt Show — At the Ocean Shores

Convention Center, (509) 7159082 for information. OCTOBER Oct. 6: Big Foot Brew Festival at Seabrook — For craft beer enthusiasts, with some of the regions’ best breweries featured from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-21: Irish Music

NOVEMBER Nov. 3-4: Run From the Rain Indoor Kite Fly — in Ocean Shores, sponsored by Ocean Shores Kites (oceanshoreskites.com). Call 360-289-4103 for more information. Nov. 23-25: Winter Fanta-Sea — Pre-Christmas festival of holiday gifts and vendors, Ocean Shores Convention Center, 360-2899586.

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SEPTEMBER Aug. 31-Sept. 2: AAOS Arts & Crafts Festival — At the Ocean Shores Convention Center, www.associatedarts. org. Visit one of Western Washington’s largest indoor and outdoor handmade arts and crafts fair. Thousand of unique items are showcased by gifted artists and talented craftspeople. Admission is free. Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Annual Kelpers Festival and Shake Rat Rendezvous — Featuring tug of war competition between Moclips and Pacific Beach, kid’s parade, full parade in Pacific Beach on Sunday, and various logging competitions. Sept. 1: Ocean Shores Paddleathon — Saturday, Sept. 1 at Oyhut Bay Seaside Village

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Razor clam diggers flock to Copalis Beach. Walking the beach, horseback riding, kite flying, surfing, surf fishing, kayaking, freshwater fishing, tennis, golf, bowling, pickle ball, romping with the dogs, a skateboard park, swimming in the Community Club pools, biking from Duck Lake to Damon Point in the summer — North Beach recreation has something for everyone and anyone. For hunters, there is bird hunting available in season at the state Wildlife Recreation Area accessible from the Ocean Shores airport or at the Oyhut Recreation Area off Marine View Drive (no deer hunting within city limits!). Of course, the most popular recreational activity

remains razor clam digging, which must be done in season on two designated North Beach areas, Mocrocks and Copalis. For information on season, dig dates, rules and regulations, visit online: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/ shellfish/razorclams/ Shores Bowl: Located at 125 W. Chance a la Mer St. in Ocean Shores. Nothing beats the winter blues better than blasting a few bowling pins at Ocean Shores’ all-season bowling alley. Also has pool, shuffleboard and darts. The Ocean Shores Boat House at 952 Point Brown Ave. SE offers boats, paddle and pedal-craft (hydrobikes) rentals to explore the miles of inland canals and lakes in Ocean Shores. Book a guided

tour or be your own captain 360-289-0487. The electric Duffy cruisers can hold up to 10 people each, making them ideal for family outings, small parties, special events, meetings, or even breakfast and/or dinner cruises. Also, rent kayaks and paddleboards and other equipment at Oyhut Bay. Ocean Shores offers plenty to explore, with 23 miles of interconnected fresh waterways. Horseback rentals: The city of Ocean Shores oversees horse rentals on the city-owned sites at the end of the Chance a la Mer beach approach. Also, horse rentals are available seasonally just outside of city limits off the Damon Road beach approach, from Chenois Creek

Horse Rentals, 491 Damon Rd. NW; and Nan-Sea Stables is an equestrian facility at 255 State Route 115. BIRDING Damon Point became a Mecca in 2012 for birders viewing the snowy owls that had migrated there during the winter, and it remains a rich bird-watching retreat. Ocean Shores and Point Grenville also are featured with field trips during the annual Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival in the spring (www.shorebirdfestival.com) to celebrate and observe the hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward.


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NORTH BEACH — PARKS

STATE PARKS • Ocean City State Park is a year-round, 170-acre camp-

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Pacific Beach State Park is a 10-acre camping park located in Pacific Beach ing park, featuring ocean beach, dunes, and dense thickets of shore pine. For picnics, the park provides four sheltered and 10 unsheltered picnic tables. The parking lot accommodates 100 vehicles. • In Copalis Beach, Griffiths-Priday State Park has a reservable picnic shelter for groups of up to 50 people. For reservations call the park at 360-289-3553. • Pacific Beach State Park is a 10-acre camping park located in Pacific Beach. The park’s sandy beach and breezy climate are perfect for kite flying and sand castle building. Visitors also enjoy beach exploring, bird watching, and storm watching. The facility also has several yurts that can be reserved.

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• Chinook Park is on Duck Lake off Duck Lake Drive and has a boat launch and fishing pier for freshwater fishing. Also, a soccer field, outdoor basketball court, picnic facilities and children’s play area. • North Bay Park is the largest of the parks and is also on Duck Lake at the intersection of Chance a la Mer and Albatross. It has a public boat launch and fishing pier, but there is also a tennis court, a baseball field and large playground for the kids. North Bay also has a picnic shelter and restrooms. • Emerson Park has a tennis court and play area, and is located off Bass Ave., and the skatepark is next to the city animal shelter behind Shores Bowl. • Milo Schneider (Lions) Park: Near hotels/motels at 832 Ocean Shores Blvd NW, this one-acre park provides playground equipment, picnic tables, portable restroom, and Lions Club meeting hall. Also, one of the most popular areas is Damon Point at the southern end of Ocean Shores, where you can explore a 2-mile long spit of beach that seems to stretch out into Grays Harbor almost all the way to Westport.

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NORTH BEACH — RECREATION TRAILS The Weatherwax Trail: The city purchased 121 acres of unplatted, undeveloped land in July 1999, preserved with a wonderful walking trail through the forest and along Duck Lake. The three parcels of property making up the Weatherwax lie east of Canal Drive SE, south of Ocean Lake Way and Overlake, and west of Duck Lake Drive NE. GOLF As the only 18-hole golf course on the entire outer coast of Washington, the Ocean Shores Golf Course has a storied history to go with its challenging layout, where each side offers distinctively different experiences. Ocean Shores Golf Course opened in 1961 as a 6-hole golf course. Two years later three more holes were added to complete a nine-hole track. Then in 1966, during a development boom at Ocean Shores, the current front nine was completed. Singer/ actor Pat Boone and nightclub singer Ginny Simms were involved in this phase of development.

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Ocean Shores Golf Course is a 6,252-yard, par-71 layout. In 1966 Pat Boone started hosting his Celebrity Golf Classic at Ocean Shores. Celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, Joe Namath and Fred MacMurray, came to play in the event. That format continued until 1970 when Ocean Shores became an L.P.G.A.

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Tour stop. Many women’s tour stars of that era, such as Kathy Whitworth, Althea Gibson, JoAnne Carner and Patty Berg, played the event. The course also has hosted such events as the 1971 Northwest Open, the 1990 Pacific Northwest Pro-Am, N.F.L. Celebrity Classics and, most recently, the 2007 PNGA Junior Girls’ Championship. The 6,252-yard, par71 course includes a covered driving range. Located at 500 Canal Dr. Contact: (360) 289-3357, www.oceanshoresgolf.com CAR SHOWS The top car show annually is the High Rollin’ Hot Rods at Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. In the fall,

there’s also the annual Show n’ Shine event. Guest host is Lance Lambert of the Vintage Vehicle Show, and rain or shine it’s one of the top car shows of the spring. Online schedule: http://www. quinaultbeachresort.com/ calendar Another showcase for local auto fans is the annual Clam Digger Rod Run in May at the Ocean Shores Elks Lodge. While it’s not officially a car show, the Bikers at the Beach and Hog Wild Weekend motorcycle events the last weekend of July bring in bikes and bikers of all styles, sizes, all ages and endeavours for one of the more entertaining and colorful festivals on the beach.


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NORTH BEACH — SEE & DO

ELECTRIC FAT TIRE BIKES For the beach or city cruisers for about town: Rent them at Electric Beack Bike Renals, 172 W. Chance a la Mer 360-593-7441; or hop on a moped at Affordable Mopeds, 896 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW 360-289-0919.

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The Quinault Beach Resort & Casino features one of the best ocean-view restaurants in the area and plenty of slot machines, card tables, craps and roulette, along with a daily tournament in the poker room tures one of the best oceanview restaurants in the area and plenty of slot machines, card tables, craps and roulette, along with a daily tournament in the poker room. There’s entertainment every night on the weekends and a decent sports bar to watch games, especially during the NFL season over the Sunday omelet bar. OCEAN SHORES CINEMAS Located at 631 Point Brown Ave. NW, the three movie screens all have digital projectors and show first-run movies with all the trimmings. Showings usually begin about 1 p.m., with three showings a day of most films. Call 360-2891234 for the current movie

listings and times. GARDEN BY THE SEA The community garden in Ocean Shores is located behind the Galilean Retreat Center, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW. Includes a children’s garden and garden to support the Ocean Shores Food Bank.

STAGE WEST COMMUNITY THEATRE Live community theater with several productions throughout the year on the Ocean Shores Lions Club Stage. For event times and information about joining: http://www.stagewestcommunitytheatre.org

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GALLERY HOPPING Ocean Shores has a half dozen vibrant art galleries, and each one offers something different and unique to the area. A good place to start is at 849 Point Brown, The Gallery of Ocean Shores, with artists in residence as part of the North Beach Artists Guild. Not only are there dozens of paintings, photos, craft works and prints for sale or for browsing, but there are art classes that you can drop in on and music or entertainment every third Saturday.

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AMUSEMENT FUN Ocean Shores has two family amusement centers, with a number of indoor activities, too, when the weather gets too wet or cold for go-karts or bumper boats and mini-golf. Playtime Family Fun Center (748 Point Brown Ave. NE) has bumper cars, an arcade and the Peppermint Parlor ice cream shop, while Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center (767 Minard Ave. NW) also has arcade games, bumper boats, as well as mini-golf.


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NORTH BEACH — SEE & DO PLACES ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW • 91.3 FM: It’s a place on your radio dial where you will find Ocean Shores’ own all-volunteer radio station, KOSW, bringing the many sounds of the shores and those who live and play here locally. Informative, talkative, and music of all styles and eras. • The Wacky Warehouse in Pacific Beach: Located at 45 Main Street. An eclectic second-hand store that also doubles as a radio station and occasionally a live music venue. The operator also buys non-ferrous scrap metal (aluminum cans, aluminum, copper, brass, etc.) out in the yard, and has as much hardware for sale as any store in the area. Also, a used book room, used and vintage clothing and cheap prices on everything for sale. • Duck Lake in Ocean Shores: It’s amazing how many visitors over the years never follow Chance a la Mer east from the IGA, past the Post Office to find North Bay Park and the miles of waterfront to explore along Duck Lake. Kids fishing derby on Mother’s Day weekend sponsored by the Ocean Shores Elks often sees 20-inch trout among the winners. • Taurus beach approach: In Ocean Shores to the south, it is the official off-leash area in the city where dogs may roam free.

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The various watercraft that are available at the Ocean Shores Boat House experience in the water. Hobie Mirage Eclipse 12.0 Pedalboards – they glide with ease through the water by pumping the elliptical-type pedals for a fluid and fun ride. Sea Eagle 385FT Kayaks – the state of the art NeedleKnife Keel gives a fast and smooth experience, while offering safety and stability. The Ocean Shores Boat House is located at 952 Point Brown Avenue SE. Info and reservations: 360-289-0487. The Ocean Shores Boat House is on Facebook or located at osboathouse.com on the Internet.

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One of the most unique ways to see and experince Ocean Shores is by boat — but not at sea. The new owners of the Ocean Shores Boat House, Steve and Maria Borba, have added to what former owners Tom and Nancy Kimzey provided at the previous Electric Boat Co. at the south end of Point Brown Avenue along the vast network of freshwater canals and into Duck Lake. Steve retired from a 30-year career with the U.S. Navy, and the couple started looking for a business they could operate in the Northwest. They learned that the Kimzeys were selling their business, coming to Ocean Shores site unseen. Steve was enthralled by the extensive inland waterways that were part of the Ocean Shores peninsula. The new name of Boat House evolved because the Borbas want to offer more than just the electric boats, and, to them, making available multiple types of watercraft equated to the need for a “boat house” in their minds. Steve points out that the 21’ Duffy electric boats will continue to be the center of attraction to renters. Joining the fleet will be the following additional watercraft. You can see photos of them on their Facebook page. Hydrobike Explorers – very stable and can handle headwinds of up to 30 mph. Like peddling a bike on a catamaran. Sea Eagle NeedleNose Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Boards – the bow design slices through the water and wind and provides superior tracking. A fast and sleek

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Local fresh produce, grocery business a growing success at Voss Acres STORY BY ANGELO BRUSCAS PHOTOS BY PATRICIA JOLLIMORE Sharon Voss has an enthusiastic way of making melons seem seductive or of extolling the exotic attributes of kale. “People need bananas, or potatoes … grapes … oranges,” Sharon says, emphasizing each word as if digesting its lingering taste and essential nutrients. “There is a big need for real basic food out here.” What started with an unabashed passion to feed people good food has led the proprietor of Voss Acres Produce Market to branch out and open Copalis Beach Grocery on Highway 109 about 10 CONTINUED ON PAGE 59

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“She told me she was living in the historic railroad house at Copalis Crossing. I was excited to share our photos and history of this iconic structure; one of the very few left standing from over 100 years ago,” Calhoun recalled. “He came out to visit with me, but I didn’t want to tell him that I was starting to stir this idea about the produce market being in the garage of the house,” Sharon said. “I thought if I could gather enough of the story, share enough of the garden, it would be a perfect setup.” In 2009, she even went so far as to acquire a business license for the produce market without even yet having a working space for what is now Voss Acres. “I pinned it on my bedroom wall because I wanted

to draft the name and daydream the idea together,” she said. Voss Acres proved to be perfectly located for a garden — outside of the coastal fog line with rich soil and plenty of summer sun. It also proved to be well suited for a roadside business. “I was watching the traffic come in on a Thursday, and then it would leave on a Sunday or Monday,” she said of the location along Ocean Beach Road, which became the well-traveled route for those heading to the bustling new beach community at Seabrook, or to Iron Springs, Moclips, Pacific Beach and Copalis Beach. Editor’s note: This article appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of Washington CoastMagazine. To subscribe tothemagazine, call 360-532-4000.

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She literally dropped in unannounced: “We hugged each other and it was everything I remember. We sort of just picked up where we left off.” They each had two children from their first marriages, and Steve was just then working on what Sharon calls the “black, tarpaper house.” There was a tree house that one could sleep in, a number of small farm buildings, such as a chicken coop and a little barn for a pig. There was a fenced garden and a feeling of growth and rebirth all around the property. Steve then was working for a construction company building custom homes. As a specialty contractor, he built the Emerald Surf condos in Ocean Shores in his 20s. “His favorite things are foundations, framing, siding, roofing, the exterior work,” Sharon said of her husband’s building skills. When they reunited in 2007-08, Sharon’s children had grown and Steve’s children both welcomed their soon-to-be stepmother. Sharon also brought with her a passion to feed not only her immediate family but the community at large. After working a while as a payroll supervisor at a local bank, Sharon began to think about doing something more with the bountiful organic garden. She also went to visit the Museum of the North Beach up the road in Moclips and met director Kelly Calhoun one afternoon to find out more about the history of the house that Steve and she now called home.

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miles north of Ocean Shores, bringing quality produce and products to a community that hasn’t had a grocery store in decades. It seems only fitting that Sharon and Steve Voss ended up married and rooted in Copalis Crossing from the moment they first met at what is now called the Grizzly Den — but in those days was the Five J’s — on the western edge of Highway 109 leaving Hoquiam. “We were meant to come here and do this,” Sharon said. He was “blackberry banana milkshake guy” with “sparkly eyes” and she was a Hoquiam High School senior who would show up at his soccer games. “We knew each other in our 20s, but we just didn’t take the relationship seriously,” Sharon recalls, telling the story of how Voss Acres came to be. Twenty-some years later, with each going through first marriages and divorces, the couple would reunite as Steve Voss was just beginning to restore one of the landmark homes in the area — the Burgher house, which once served as the railway depot for the train up to Moclips. Sharon was then living in Lake Stevens and working for the Lake Stevens School District when her father bumped into Steve at a community function. A letter led to a phone call and then another, and Sharon decided to take a drive out for the Fourth of July to visit Steve, her parents and the area where she grew up on Tulips Road.

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Understanding the coast STORYAND PHOTOS BYANGELO BRUSCAS Finding the Coastal Interpretive Center is like finding a beach visitor’s cornucopia of the treasures that inhabit the Central Washington Coast and wash up on its shores. Rain or shine, inside and out, the Interpretive Center at the very southern end of the Ocean Shores peninsula has become a destination that under one roof preserves the essence of life at the beach like no other destination in the area. For birders and wildlife enthusiasts, the Habitat Exhibit area features four main environments of Ocean Shores: the ocean, the near shore and dunes, marshes and waterways, and coastal forests. Exhibits include wildlife and bird displays featuring the species found in the coastal area. A display featuring bird flyway migration information has recently been moved into this area. For beachcombers, there are collections of glass fishing floats, Japanese tsunami debris, agates galore, along with shells, sand dollars, stones, minerals and numerous artifacts from a history of shipwrecks and settlers. For kids, there is a hands-on room. “You can open up the drawers there, there’s lots of stuff to look at,” advises Jim Nagan, president of the center board, as a family from Vancouver, B.C., stops by in early January. For local history buffs, there is a section on the early days of Ocean Shores with celebrities like Pat Boone and Ginny Sims leading development in the 1960s. There is an expanding display on the Quinault Indian Nation and also a garden that includes some of the plants native to the beach area. Newly renovated, with spectacular woodworking by local volunteer Dennis

The carved-wood sign that sits outside of the center details the story of Ocean Shores. Hogan, the center is preparing for the spring and summer seasons with an emphasis on becoming a destination that stands on its own merit and is not just an afterthought for visitors who happen to stumble upon it. The biggest hurdle the Interpretive Center might face is the difficulty some visitors have in finding it in the first place. Located by driving Point Brown Avenue to the southern end of Ocean Shores, the center is found by turning on Discovery Avenue at the intersection with Catala. You can’t miss the seahorse or the shipwreck artifacts in front, along with the newly painted whaling harpoon cannon and other displays neatly arranged around the building. Recently, the Center — a non-profit

organization that doesn’t charge an entry fee and relies on contributions and volunteers — was able to renovate its front entry and showcase some of its most valuable features, such as the bookstore, which has one of the best selection of books on coastal and Harbor wildlife, geology, lore and legend. You can even get a rock polisher and stock up on polishing supplies should you want to take beach collecting further. Grants have come from the Home Depot Community Foundation, the Quinault Indian Nation and the Seabrook Foundation most recently. A $5,000 grant from the Quinault Nation will next allow the Center to update all of its cultural exhibits, and the facility CONTINUED ON PAGE 61


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all helps us become part of the community network,” Nagan said of the center’s new push to market itself as a full destination facility. For the summer months and nicer days ahead, there are now picnic tables set out where families and groups can pack a lunch and enjoy the park-like atmosphere, then take a walk on the interpretive trial through the beach forest. The remodeled Damon’s Outpost Bookstore has books on birds, animals, sea and marine life, Native American culture, history, gardening and recipes. An extensive collection of children’s books fills the corner, dedicated to longtime volunteers Walter and Elone Weed. Gift items include postcards, handmade bookmarks, artwork from local artists, even some authenti-

cally collected glass floats. Long-term goals are to partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary, as well as other museums in the area such as the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips and the Polson Museum in Hoquiam. The Center currently has a seismic monitor that provides earthquake data to a center at Stanford/ U.C. Berkeley in California. It also has the most accurate rainfall totals on the North Beach. To Nagan and the staff, the mission of the center is as clear as a light shined through a pure agate: “The Coastal Interpretive Center is to educate the public concerning natural and manmade environments through presentation of the history

and ecology of Washington State’s coastal life.” That motto, Nagan says, tells the whole story of what the center strives to be. Coastal Interpretive Center Located: 1033 Catala Ave. SE in Ocean Shores, 360-2894617 Online: http://www.interpretivecenter.org/ Fall/Winter hours: The center is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring/Summer hours: In effect from April 1 through the week after Labor Day. The center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Editor’s note: This article appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of Washington Coast Magazine. To subscribe to the magazine, call 360-5324000.

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is looking for a curator as well. Funds from the city allow the center to now market itself outside of the area and hire a curator. Nagan notes the Center now is involved in much more than just displaying artifacts and treasures from the beach. Most recently, docents have helped identify rare species of sea turtles seen in local waters, and have collected evidence of the impacts of ocean warming or of tsunami debris. The center has sponsored a popular annual lecture series, “Glimpses,” which brings regional and local experts into a public forum through winter and early spring. “I think the additional programs we have started to offer, including the evening lecture series, trying to be more than just a place, that

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Advertisers Index ACCOMMODATIONS High Tide Resort ........................... 49 Holiday Motel .................................. 9 Islander........................................... 18 Lake Quinault Lodge ..................... 63 The Breakers Boutique Inn ............ 17 Vacations by the Sea ....................... 3 Walsh Beach Motel........................ 15 ART Todd Fischer Surf Art Gallery & Gift Shop ............................... 20 AUTO PARTS Cut Rate Auto Parts Store ............. 40 CANDY STORE Buddy & Howie’s Sweet Shoppe .. 61 CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Elma Chamber of Commerce ....... 27 Tokeland-North Cove Chamber of Commerce ............ 23 Ocean Shores-North Beach Chamber of Commerce ............. 50 CHARTER FISHING Deep Sea Charters ........................ 16 Ocean Sportfishing Charters......... 11

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CLOTHING Big Fish Custom Shirts .................. 11 Delores and Fays ........................... 54 EATERIES Aloha Alabama ..........................7, 14 Bennett’s Fish Shack ........................ 5 Billy’s Bar & Grill ............................. 39 Breakwater Seafood/ Chowder House....................... 39 Clark’s Restaurant........................... 40 Extreme Fun Center ............41,51,57 Islander........................................... 18 Hearty Galley Restaurant .............. 19 Knotty Pine Bar & Grill .................. 12 Mazatlán Restaurant ...................... 44

EATERIES (cont.) Mill 109 Restaurant & Pub............. 53 Playtime Family Fun ...................... 58 Silver Surfer Girl ............................. 13 Westside Pizza ............................... 30 Whale of a Cone ............................ 18 ENTERTAINMENT Extreme Fun Center ............41,51,57 Grays Harbor College Bishop Center ......................... 42 Playtime Family Fun ...................... 58 The Breakers Boutique Inn ............ 17 EQUIPMENT Grays Harbor Equipment .............. 38 FESTIVALS Razor Clam Festival ....................... 50 Sand & Sawdust Festival ............... 50 Toast the Harbor ............................ 36 FINANCE Our Community Credit Union ....... 31 FORGET YOUR WORRIES Hoquiam Brewing Company........... 2 Sweet Leaf Cannabis ..................... 34 Westport Liquor............................. 10 GIFT SHOP Basket House ................................. 20 Big Fish Shirts ................................ 11 Country Closet Décor & Gifts ...... 43 Grayland Beach Outfitters............. 24 Rose Cottage ................................. 22 Silver Surfer Girl ............................. 13 Todd Fischer Surf Art Gallery & Gift Shop ............................... 20 Twin Harbor Drug .......................... 10 Wacky Warehouse ......................... 55 Whale of a Cone ............................ 18 Groceries Grayland Beach Outfitters............. 24 Twin Harbor Drug .......................... 10

HARDWARE/LUMBER/FEED Grayland True Value Hardware .... 22 MAPS Map of Grays Harbor................32-33 Map of North Beach ...................... 48 Map of South Beach ........................ 8 MEDICAL Summit Pacific Medical Center .... 29 MUNICIPALITIES City of Aberdeen ........................... 36 City of Westport ............................ 64 MUSEUMS Northwest Carriage Museum ....... 25 PROPANE Propane Etc. .................................. 45 REAL ESTATE Windermere/Westport .................. 21 RVs & CAMPGROUNDS Bayshore Beach RV Park................ 10 Hoquiam River RV.......................... 37 Kenanna RV Park ........................... 24 Kila Hana Camperland .................. 16 North Beach RV Resort ................. 59 RV Repair North Beach RV Resort ................. 59 SEAFOOD - RETAIL Brady’s Oysters .............................. 11 Lytle Seafood ................................. 56 TOURISM BUREAU Grays Harbor Tourism.................... 46 TRANSPORTATION Grays Harbor Transit ...................... 27


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