Letters of Thanks

This is a small portion of the crowd of nearly 800 who attended the Long Beach Elks Community Thanksgiving.

On behalf of the Holidays at the Beach Committee, the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Merchants association, we would like to sincerely thank all those who made our three-day holiday event a success! The Neptune Theater managers Katie and DJ allowed us to use the main theater room free of charge for our Polar Express Pajama Party. We had a very full theater, with every seat filled and lots of pajama contestants. Brandon Stowe donated his time to be the Conductor this year and we are happy to note he will be doing it again next year. Kathy Kyle, as Trouble the Elf, and Orchid Cavett, Snicklefritz the Elf, handed out treats and welcomed folks to the movie. Susan, the librarian from Timberland Library, was our guest judge. A big thank you to Kim and Amy from All Things Fun Sports for taking promotional pictures of our Friday event, The Polar Express.

On Saturday we welcomed Jason Ropp’s Dragon Puppet Theater who did two shows of the Snow Queen Magic Show. The Snow Queen and Princess Annabelle wowed the families with two wonderful magic shows and had photo ops afterward. Our craft tables were very busy and Trouble the Elf and SnickleFritz made sure the tables were supplied and monitored. Santa arrived by fire truck and was created by a big crowd waiting for him even though we had rain. Thank you to Carrie Ruben for being our Santa photographer and to Mallory Cox for their challenging work taking pictures and getting them printed out to our families. We had over 307 visitors during our Saturday event!

A big thank you to the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department members, Lieutenant John Philips and Isa Cline who helped make Santa’s fantastic arrival by fire truck happen. Santa himself, Rob Waltemate, wowed the families with his magic and holiday cheer both during the photos and the tree lighting. We had carols around the city holiday tree and Santa used his magic wand to light it in all it’s beautiful glory. I hear that Mrs. Clause will be coming next year with her Mr. Clause, (the Waltemates).

On Sunday, the Christmas Mermaid, Grandmer Orchid, had many visitors to her holiday cove. Our craft tables provided two ornaments to make and take home and each family took home a photo with the mermaid.

The committee would not have been able to pull this off without all the help from our pre-event decorating team: Orchid Cavett, Carrie Ruben, Bambi Ooley, Jeff Archer (and team) and other volunteers.

We hope you enjoyed this event and we look forward to Holidays at the Beach 2018! Save the date for the weekend after Thanksgiving in downtown Long Beach Washington.

Orchid Cavett and the Committee

Holidays at the Beach

City of Long Beach

Wow — 768! That’s the number of guests that attended the Long Beach Elks Community Thanksgiving!

Thank you to Casey, Georgia, Rebecca and Sue who helped cook all of the wonderful food. Richard played the piano ALL day to the delight of everyone there. Faith and Monica helped with poster “duty” to let people know about the event and Becky took pictures while Sandy greeted the guests.

There are too many to list but a heartfelt thank you to the 47 volunteers who served, decorated, did dishes and helped with the clean up after dinner. You were all appreciated more than you know.

Hope to see everyone at the Elks Community Christmas dinner on Christmas Day!

Natalie Hanson and Mardell Burris

Event Co-chairs

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