OCEAN PARK - At 10 a.m. the very air in Ocean Park echoes with the boom of the black powder rifles as the Black Dog Clan welcomes Labor Day and the Ocean Park Heritage Festival. It's here again, our party, for all of the Peninsula, all of the region as we don our best old duds and go out to celebrate ... us!

This year we plan on something for everyone. There will be vendors of all kinds showing off their best wares for us to see and buy. Much of it is handcrafted and all for you. There will be all of our favorite foods to tempt the palate. The Chamber/Heritage Tent will house displays from many of our regional museums. There will be plenty of photos to reminisce over. There will be the Geneological Society as well as the DAR, SAR, and the Friends of Lewis and Clark and much more.

"Children will enjoy playing all kinds of games," says Sandra Brown, and she assures me there are plenty of prizes. Many of you last year told us how much you enjoyed the Black Dog Clan, well they are back, serving us up a rugged chapter of history at their encampment across the street.

At the Storytellers Tent one can sit and listen to stories of olden days or childhood tales. Marty Cole gives us the sermons of 1840. Penny Treat and her sidekick Magie Magee thrill us with another exciting new adventure.

Teresa Greer spins us yarns of yesterday, and there is more as Mrs. Fisher, Shirley Dickerson and Aunt Annie all have a tale to tell. Here also will be our demonstrators showing us how they do woodcarving, hardanger, rughooking, and spinning. For this tent there will be a roster giving the names of each participant. This will also be announced from the bandstand.

This brings us to the Entertainment Tent as there is music for everyone - all of it different, all from the region and all fun. Whether you like the energetic sounds of the Brownsmead Flats, or the Germanic melodies of Andrea Patton and the Mack Sisters, home-town lyrics of Dan Driscoll, thrilling sounds of yesterday from the Black Dog Drummers, or the gentle tones of the kantila played by Wilho Saari, the raucous rhythms of the Tres Bon Du Temps Jazz Band, or lively polkas with the Noisy Neighbors, and you can't forget the Undecided Tappers, we have something for you!

This year we also have a raffle of some of the best offered by the Peninsula. A dollar buys a chance to win, a beautiful brass hurricane lamp from Jack's Country Store, or a rich selection of garlic posters courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. There is a large basket full of the bounties of the region from Ocean Park Crab and Seafood, the Crabpot, and the Oysterville Seafarms, and also a fine regional photo collage by Larry Kellis. The raffle winners are announced at 3 p.m. as the festival ends on Sept. 2.

So mark your calendar and begin counting down the days, Labor Day is coming and the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce is putting on a party.

Bring your history and come celebrate another time with us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Heritage festival performers

OCEAN PARK - Performers scheduled for the 2nd Annual Heritage Festival in the park at Ocean Park include:

On Saturday, Aug. 31: 10 a.m. Mountain Man Black Powder Salute; 10 a.m. to 12 noon Andrea Patton and the Mack Sisters; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Brownsmead Flats; and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wilho Saari on the Kantila

On Sunday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m. Mountain Man Black Powder Salute; 10 a.m. to 12 noon Dan Driscoll & His Surprize Guest; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Brownsmead Flats; and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Black Dog Drummers

On Monday, Sept. 2: 10 a.m. Mountain Man Black Powder Salute; 10 a.m. to 12 noon The Tres Bon Du Temps Jazz Band; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Noisy Neighbors; and 3 p.m. Announcement of Raffle winners.

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