PAPA (Peninsula Association of Performing Artists) would like to thank everyone who came out and attended our 3rd Annual Swing Dance, featuring the Dukes of Swing. This year our charity was the local American Legion chapter in Ilwaco. We were thrilled to be able to present them with a check for $853 to help them in their efforts to meet the needs of local veterans. We would also like to thank The Lightship Restaurant, The Lost Roo, Long Beach Dooger’s, Pickled Fish, Long Beach Subway, and Salt Pub & Grub for their fabulous hors d’oeuvres donations, which fed our hungry dancers and band through the night. Thank you all so much for your support and we look forward to next year! Gratefully,

The PAPA Board

WellSpring has arrived to its 10th year and celebrated on Oct 25 at the Cranberry Museum. We celebrate you, our partners and the wonderful services you provide to South Pacific County! Thanks for all you do or have done in the name of community wellness.

Thank you to everyone in Pacific County who has worked with us to assure our community is a positive place to live and thrive, where we celebrate our victories, learn from our mistakes and together, we continue to work for a better tomorrow with everyone’s needs in mind.

We are inspired daily by our caring community where there is always an opportunity to help or receive help. Thanks to those of you who are connectors, volunteers, policymakers and to those of you who have come to meetings to share services or discuss needs in our community. We are all important and every tiny thing you do will help us continue to provide local wellness opportunities.

We are all looking forward to the next decade of community wellness and working alongside you to achieve great things!

Jean Fisher

Chair, WellSpring Community Network

The Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association hosted and coordinated their 45th Annual Beach Cleanup, known as Operation Shore Patrol, on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. This is a volunteer effort that cleans more than 60 miles of the Washington Coastline, from Ocean Shores and Westport to the Long Beach Peninsula. The Beach Cleanup began in 1971 and has been club project that included a few 4-wheelers. It has expanded to include three regions of the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association. Joining the 4-wheelers are many organizations such as Good Sams, Telephone Pioneers, Tribal Nations, Scouts, youth groups and schools. Many interested individuals and businesses also join the effort. Participants come from St. Helens, Canby, Woodland, Vancouver, Gladstone, Longview, Portland, Tacoma and Yakima and Seattle.

The Trailbreakers, Inc., a Longview 4-Wheel Drive Club, collected door prizes in Chinook, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Seaview and llwaco. We wish to thank the following establishments for their generous contributions: Beach Batteries, Benson’s by the Beach, Chen’s, Chico’s Pizza, Cottage Bakery, Coastal Candies & Cafe, Doc’s Tavern, Driftwood RV Park, Full Circle Cafe, Funland, Jack’s Country Store, Long Beach Go Carts, Long Beach Tavern, Malai Thai, Marsh’s Museum, Olde Towne Trading Post, Sid’s Market, The Candy Man, Corral Drive In, Lost Roo and the World Wind of Kites. Without the generosity of these merchants the volunteers would receive a thank you for a job well done and that is all.

The Pacific Northwest will again host the next Beach Cleanup on Sept. 16 and 17, 2017.

The Trailbreakers, Inc.


The 32nd annual Water Music Festival, Oct. 14-16, is in the record books and what a superb weekend it was, thanks to the efforts of many dedicated people. With a major storm forecast to cut into the weekend’s activities, the WMS Board met and decided to postpone Saturday evening’s concert to Sunday afternoon – THAT WORKED! Major thanks to all Water Music Society Board members for having the vision to, first of all, consider the safety of our patrons and, second of all, come up with a plan that would allow the “show to go on”! Major thanks to Fernando and staff at Leadbetter Farms for working with us to reschedule the concert!

We are most grateful to Leadbetter Farms owner Craig Tillotson for his generosity in providing an AMAZING venue. We heartily thank the Inn at Harbour Village owners Kevin and LeAnna Moos for providing the Inn for our Friday night concert. Our Saturday afternoon concert was at the historic Oysterville Church and we thank Sydney and Nyel Stevens for preparing that venue. The artists were housed at the Shelburne Inn, The Adrift Hotel, Heidi’s Inn, and the Inn at Harbour Village. Your generosity and hospitality are much appreciated.

Assisting with serving food and tending our beverage bar were John Adams, Nanette LaBerge, Dan Findley, Diana Thompson, Robin Smith, Rainer Houser and Dan Geyer — thanks! We are most grateful to Jack’s, Full Circle Café, and Pink Poppy Bakery for tasty food donations.

Other vital tasks involved parking and entrance to venues, and moving equipment to Leadbetter Farms. MANY THANKS to Phil Allen for heading up these tasks and to his crew, Paul Niemi and Jim Sherman. And to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Beach Barons — our appreciation for loaning us folding chairs. Publicity efforts were much appreciated from the Chinook Observer, Coast Weekend and Marilyn Gilbaugh, Hipfish, and KMUN.

The Water Music Festival organization has a hard-working board, and it would have been impossible to chair this project without each member’s cheery and dedicated help which included publicity, tickets, grantwriting, beverage setup, graphics, finances, green rooms and membership information. Our organization brings the highest quality music to the Peninsula each year and we are proud to be able to provide, as part of our mission, annual support to the local school music programs. Thanks to Rachel Lake for hosting an exciting Educational Outreach program involving Classical Pianist Tien Hsieh. Thanks also to Lily Doupe, an incredible young artist from Ilwaco High School, for sharing her musical talents with our audience at the beginning of Sunday afternoon’s concert.

And finally, without the support of our granting organizations (the Wyss Foundation, WESTAF, WSAC, Pacific County Lodging Tax, City of Long Beach) and our most generous donors, members and sponsors, Water Music Festival would not be the success it has been for the last 32 years! Thanks donors! We look forward with enthusiasm to our 33rd season Oct. 13-15, 2017.

Diane Marshall

Festival Chair/Board Vice-President

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