The 35th WMF is in the record books and it was a dandy, thanks to a host of wonderfully helpful and generous people in the community.
First and foremost, thanks to our entire Board of Directors who each took a piece of the project and handled it superbly: Nancy Allen, Diane Andrews, Rosemary Andrews, Darlene Houser, Connie Kobes, Jim Sherman, Susan Spence, Linda Stark, Diana Thompson and Sara Zaga. Board spouses assisted with food, bartending, hauling supplies, parking and photography.
Additional thanks to Beacock Music Company in Portland who discounted our lanyards. Food and décor helpers were Rita Nicely, Jeannine Grey, Gayle Peters, Korma Ottersen, Karen Easterday and Mark Peterson. And a big thanks to Cranguyma Farms for donating cranberries! Thanks to our incredibly generous artist housing hosts — Adrift Hotel, Shelburne Hotel, Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort and Danah Vervalin. And we greatly appreciate that Beach Barons loaned us chairs for the Festival. Sydney and Nyel Stevens provided a green room for our Oysterville artist and made sure the Oysterville Church was ready to go. The staff at Eagles Nest went above and beyond to welcome us and make our experience there unbelievably satisfying! If it weren’t for the generous support of our granting organizations, we would not be able to do what we do — grants from the WYSS Foundation, WESTAF and WSAC, the City of Long Beach, and the Pacific County Lodging Tax Fund. Our members and donors are much appreciated as are our Sponsors and Banner Sponsors — heartfelt thanks to all of you! The Friday night concert refreshments were generously donated by Sid’s Market and Okie’s Thriftway, and Abbracci’s delicious coffee was donated for Friday and Sunday. We had very professional and helpful high school students at our Friday and Sunday concerts, passing appetizers and helping to clean up after the concerts —thanks to Rachel Lake, Amy Chadwick and the Naselle staff for arranging to have these incredible young people participate. Thanks to Clint Carter for providing “sound” assistance, and to Jeff Early for working hard to get our stage and chairs delivered and placed. A huge thank you to Noel Thomas for donating a print of his famous “Harpsichord in the Ocean” painting for which we had a drawing at the Sunday concert. It was beautifully framed by Randy and Marie Powell of the Marie Powell Gallery.
Finally, it is because of the original WMF Board back in 1985 that we even exist — thank you for your vision! And thanks to each and every board member since 1985 that has contributed time and talents to our wonderful organization! Now it is on to 2020 and another stellar series of concerts for the benefit of our community and visitors. Gratefully,