Archive for the ‘Arts and Entertainment’ Category

Stephenie Meyer visits Forks!

September 18th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Stephenie Meyer Day

Pictured L-R Lissy Andros, Stephenie Meyer, Marcia Bingham – Photo Credit Lonnie Archibald

So, many of you know that we had a very special guest at the Chamber of Commerce/VIC on Friday.  Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, chose to spend Bella’s birthday (and her ten year anniversary of the famous dream that was the start of this phenomenon) here in Forks and LaPush with fans of her saga.  She contacted us Thursday (it was very hush-hush) and let Marcia know that she would be coming around 10am the next day.

We made sure that we had all hands on deck for this monumental occasion.  So with a full staff (less Merry, who had other obligations) we were ready for anything.  She showed up as planned, not with a publicist, agent or handler, but with her three friends.  She and her friends could have been mistaken for any visitors that stop by, they were so unassuming.  While it was a “secret” that she was coming, there was a pretty large crowd of people by the time she got here Friday morning.  They knew something was going on because there was a lot of excitement in the air.  We had Forks’ finest awaiting her arrival, along with a tour bus, and visitors here for Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday weekend.

She graciously signed books and posters, taking the time to personalize them, along with posing for numerous photographs with fans.  She chatted with each person coming through the line and even took a moment to put a pin in the map, showing that she traveled here from Phoenix.  Her friends, Jen, Nicole and Shelly were all smiles as they watched Stephenie interact with everybody.  They learned more about how Twilight has influenced fans and impacted Forks.

Stephenie never rushed anyone and was very accommodating.  She could have been here all day signing, so we reversed the process and she went down the line and met the fans, making sure that all were satisfied before she left and headed to Sully’s (for a Chalet burger and a caramel shake).

We will always remember this special day for many reasons.  For me personally, as a fan, it was a very surreal experience.  To know that the day (December 25th, 2008) when I reluctantly (that’s a whole other story) started reading Twilight would lead me to this moment, five years later, living and working in Forks, Washington and meeting the author of the book that changed my life.

Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction

March 12th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Salmon In Water

 

The Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction is this weekend, March 16 – 17, and the FHS Seniors are gearing up for a fun weekend of live auction items, food and fundraising.  The Scholarship Auction is an annual event that the whole town looks forward to and is open to the public.  The seniors organize this event, collect the donations and run the auction.  All money raised goes towards scholarships, trade school funding or work-related items (like tools or boots) for FHS grads.  This event has been going for over 40 years and has raised over a million dollars.

Auction items can be viewed on the web www.searchforks.com/qvsa and can be bid on by calling the phone number provided on the website.  Donations are accepted throughout the auction.  Monetary donations can be mailed to QVSA, PO Box 976, Forks, WA 98331.

The “Salmon In Water” pictured is handmade by OCC inmates and their contribution of handcrafted toys and decorative items are important to the auction every year.  This year, in addition to the toys they have donated, they are offering to personalize them with a logo or name after the auction.

There is a wide variety of auction items like baked goods, smoked salmon, handmade toys and decorative items, firewood, fishing trips, hunting trips, services and more.

Humble Boy – Live theatrical Performance in Forks!

May 12th, 2011 by contributor

If you are in Forks this Friday & Saturday, May 13th & 14th be sure to see the award winning live performance of Humble Boy that received rave reviews from it’s first weekend of performances. This adult performance by the Rainforest Players is at 7:30 pm both evenings at the Rainforest Art Center, 35 North Forks Ave. (next to the traffic light intersection). It is a lively performance that reflects life in both a serious and humorous fashion. DON’T MISS IT!

humble boy poster 7 web

There is an Elk at the Visitor Center!

November 11th, 2010 by contributor

clint_beyer_elk_nikki_11-5-10The metal sculpted elk at the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center was mounted last week by metal sculptor/metal artist Clint Beyer with help from his dog Nikki. Clint, who settled in Forks after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, began his business: CK Custom Design. If you travel to the Quileute Oceanside Resort in La Push you will also see Clint’s work at the two motel units: Whale and Thunderbird, which are represented by beautiful sculptures of these two creatures. Clint is also a specialist in producing high quality rifle barrels.