Wahkiakum County 4-H appreciates the generosity of all those that attended the 10th annual Covered Bridge Dinner and Auction. A special thank you to the following for your support in making it a successful event: Amber Eaton, Amy, Lindsay and Grace Hunt, Bill Karwoski, Brian and Linda Elliott, Carrie and Mike Backman, Cathlamet and Naselle Bank of the Pacific, Coral Ruch, Dalton, Heidi and Wyatt Bruntmeyer, Donna Westlind, Earl, Dana, Issah and Micah Johnson, Eva Kuhns-Jennings, Francy Penttila, Gary and Susan Burkhalter, Gayle Gacke, Glory B Farms, Haley Depoe, J. W. Hope, Jim Moten, Joe, Damaris, Lydia and Ruth Blalock, Joni and Makayla Matthews, Joy Johnson, Justin, Anii & Cora Laine, Krist Novoselic, Linda Nelson, Lisa Frink, Lois Burkhalter, Lois Wakefield, Maggie Ware, Micah Cenci, Mickey Bates, Noreen Fitts, Patricia Calvert, Paul & Tammy Bates, Sheriff Howie, Sherry & Shelby McEneny, Steve Laine, Terry Tarabochia, Tim Reyome, Tristan Forcum, Tonya Simmones, Tori Beatty, Vince Fauver and Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce.

Wahkiakum County 4-H

The 33rd annual Water Music Festival is “in the record books”, and it was a dandy! It truly takes a village, and thanks are in order to so many people. First and foremost, thanks to every Water Music Society board member for stepping up to the plate and taking on the various elements of a successful festival. Our working board is outstanding: Rosemary Andrews, Darlene Houser, Sara Zaga, Sandy Clancy, Nancy Allen, Jim Sherman, Luey Anderson, Linda Stark and Suzy Ackerman — thanks one and all. To Phil Allen, non-board member super volunteer, endless gratitude for spearheading equipment moving and parking (a huge job perfectly handled).

For use of the two venues, a big thanks to Leanna and Kevin Moos for all their assistance at the Inn at Harbour Village. And words cannot adequately express our level of gratitude for the use of Leadbetter Farms for our Saturday and Sunday concerts. Owner Craig Tillotson is so very generous and supportive of our use of this magical venue, and we thank him, Trent Jarman, and on-site property manager Fernando and crew! Thanks to Jon Kukula and Lori Taylor for providing and driving a wonderful golf cart to shuttle our audience members to and from their cars. To Beach Barons (Jonathan Cox), and to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, our sincere thanks for use of your chairs and, to the museum, additional thanks for gifting the chairs. Our musicians were wonderfully housed at the Shelburne Inn (thanks also to Laurie Anderson for providing some fabulous cookies), The Breakers, Inn at Harbour Village, Heidi’s Inn, and the lovely home of Sandra Toomey. Our heartfelt appreciation to all of you!

We had terrific non-board-member bartenders at both venues. Thanks to Rainer Houser and Terry Stark for serving, along with board member Jim Sherman. And along with bartending, both Terry and Rainer were instrumental in hauling supplies and in placing our sandwich boards at various locations. To the Chinook Observer, our thanks for your coverage of the festival and, especially, a follow-up article after the weekend. Thanks to Marilyn Gilbaugh who always writes a terrific article for Coast Weekend. Thanks to Carol Newman, who hosts us on KMUN before each of our events. Thanks to Sandy Nielsen for turning pages at our Saturday and Sunday concerts! Rachel Lake, music director at the Ilwaco High School, was a great help in providing a drum set and music stands, not to forget the marvelous young artists she arranged to have perform — the Young Artists were wonderful! Thanks Tristan Trudell, Christopher Lake, and Elle Personius, as well as accompanist and master jazz pianist Tom Trudell. And Nansen Malin, your Facebook work was wonderful and much appreciated. Thanks to Susan Spence for ongoing beautiful work on publicity materials and programs. Yes, it takes a village, and we had what felt more like a big city helping – thanks to one and all!

Diane Marshall, Festival Chair

Water Music Festival

Peninsula nonprofit agencies DoGoodnics and Indivisible, along with other agencies and individuals, produced a Celebration of Hispanic Culture and fundraiser on October 21 at the Chautauqua Lodge. We express our appreciation to speakers Fernando Rodriguez, Erin Glenn and Scott Johnson. Kudos to the Adrift Hotel, Boreas Bed and Breakfast, Shelburne Inn, Sid’s Market, Don Nisbett, Karen Engstrom, Bank of the Pacific, Artistic Bouquets, the Salt, Skyler Walker, the Chinook Observer, KMUN-FM, and especially Dave Erickson and staff who provided the facility for our event. Thanks also to Mark and Martha, Karen and Cecelia, Gwen and Carol for adopting piñata tables. Special hugs to piñata sponsors Tiffany, Ken and Sue, Char Wolters, Sally and Karen, Joyce, Sigrine, Venessa, Leah, Monica, Sharon, Michaela, Diantha (who created and donated three gorgeous pinatas), Carol, Sandra, Meridee, Stephanie, Mary, Judy, and Robert. Thanks to DoGoodnics members Gwen Brake, Robert Brake, Karen Engstrom and Carol Ham. And a huge thank-you to the 55 Peninsula residents and visitors who attended and contributed substantial funds to assist peninsula Hispanic families in need. Anyone wishing to provide continued support for Hispanic families can submit a check to “DoGoodnics” and mailed to 1605 229th Place, Ocean Park, WA 98640. Es simplemente lo correcto. (It’s the right thing to do.) Contact DoGoodnics at 360-665-2784 or via oobear@centurytel.net


Ocean Park

The South Pacific Humane Society would like to thank the organizers, sponsors and volunteers responsible for Pours 4 Paws, the beverage tent at the Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival on Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. A big thank you to Clint Carter for bringing the inaugural Rhythm & Blues Festival event to the Peninsula and Bonnie McBride for organizing the event. Thank you to our sponsors: 42nd Street Café & Bistro, beachdog.com, Dennis Company, Fort George Brewery, Long Beach Coffee Roasters, North Jetty Brewing and Wiegardt Brothers/Jolly Roger. Thank you to all of our volunteers helping with organizing, set-up and take-down, working at the event and lugging ice and beverages: Marcus Baker, Linda Brown, Traci Brown, James Clancy, Ray Coulston, Chrystell Dean, Ann DeKoster, Makena Hoefer, Jane Holeman, Roger Holeman, Debra Iwanciow, Mike Iwanciow, Stacey Kehrein, Jim Kolp, Joyce Lang, Patti Lee, Paul Lee, Donna Lewis, Mike Litawa, Dick Marsland, Linda Marsland, Marie Maulden, Nancy McAllister, Jeniene Mercer, Rita Nicely, Eleanor Ramage, John Ramage, Merry Scharfe, Robert Scherrer, Keleigh Schwartz, Keith Schwartz and Jim Sherman. Thanks for helping us drink for the dogs and clink for the cats!

Sandy Clancy

South Pacific County Humane Society, Board President

With almost 900 people attending, the 2017 Cranberrian Festival was a great success. We want to thank the many volunteers who kept things running smoothly. The admissions desk was staffed by Linda LeClair, Cindy Rinker, Nancy Holmes, Joan Alkins, Debby Halliburton, Donella Lucero, Cherry Harding and Carol Bell. Cliff Hickman was our “Can-bassador” and did a great job of directing people to the events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the Cranberry Museum, and at the Port of Ilwaco. Our visitors appreciate the friendly people who greet them at the door!

This is one of two weekends when the passenger car NAHCOTTA is open for tours. We are fortunate to have the NAHCOTTA Preservation Committee. They are a dedicated group who care for this exceptional piece of our history and share their knowledge with great enthusiasm. Dan Rinker, Mark Clemmens, Harry Bell and Bill Garvin were joined by Janice Thompson at the railcar. Thank you for your tireless efforts.

This is a big event for a little museum and we appreciate everyone’s dedication to the success of the Cranberrian festival. We had talented and creative vendors and demonstrators all well organized by Rosemary Hickman. Stacey Pierro pulled together the volunteers, Ellen Wallace coordinated the business-end of the event, Amy Bozorth handled the PR, and Gary Bahrt did the set-up and tear down. There is a special place in all of our hearts for Cheryl Broom who staffs the Museum Shop for this event and on Friday and Saturday throughout the year.

This event takes place in several places. We want to thank the Cranberry Museum and the Cranberry Growers Association for their participation in the Cranberrian Festival and for their support of the Cranberry Trolley. We are looking forward to 2018 and more great cranberry events!

Betsy Millard, Executive Director

Bill Garvin, President, Board of Directors

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