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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.

A Year in Review

December 31st, 2012 by Lissy Andros

This has been quite a year. We stayed busy here at the Chamber/VIC helping visitors find their way, businesses promote their wares, and the community promote their events. Some of the fun things the Chamber sponsored were the Customer Service Workshop, Coast Guard Appreciation Softball Game, Last Chance Salmon Derby (an event co-sponsored by the Quileute Tribe, City of Forks and the Chamber) and the 18th Annual Wine & Cheese “Hoh Down”. We had the honor of participating in a sunny Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July, the Stephenie Meyer Day celebration, the Fish n Brew and the Twinkle Lights Parade.

The Forks Logging & Mill Tour was very popular this summer and we welcomed back two “seasoned” log tour drivers, Jack Zaccardo and Randy Mesenbrink and two new ones aboard, Joe Seymour and Mike Wendell.

One of the challenges faced this year was the heavy snowfall we received in January. A tree fell on Marcia Bingham’s house and caused her and the Sol Duc River a huge headache. The river was actually closed when it was removed. That doesn’t happen every day!   Mike Gurling left the Chamber in September (as a paid employee anyway) to pursue dreams of traveling with his new lady, Claire. Rianilee Belles, our longtime Sunday employee, relocated to a new city. Merry Parker shortened her hours at the Chamber to take on management of the Teen Center at night. And we welcomed the always smiling Whitney Flagg to our staff. Our summer person, Beth Turner was a great help to us. Susie Michels, our webmaster, worked diligently on the Chamber’s new website. Very loyal volunteers, Willard Morgan and Marcia Yanish are now joined by our new volunteer, Tisha Sliwinski. I have taken on Mike’s administrative duties and love every minute!

The Chamber saw businesses open and close. We welcomed new residents to town, and said goodbye to others. The dry summer put everyone on high fire alert (although it was good for tourism.) And with the start of the rain again, we were heartbroken, along with the rest of the community, when the IOOF Hall that housed Rainforest Arts Center burned down. The empty, burning Dazzled By Twilight store was a sad sight to behold, splashed across websites and newspapers.

From the perspective of the Forks Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center, it was a very good year. Our visitor numbers continued to stay strong, according to the VIC guest register. We were prepared for a slow-down this summer and much to our surprise, we had throngs of first-timers, repeat visitors, and those wishing to live here some day! We are continuing to hear from writers – travel, blog, magazine, you name it. They want us to reveal the magic that is Forks. Maybe they will be lucky enough to come here some day to find out for themselves.

We look forward to a very promising, interesting and busy 2013 and hope you do too!

 

Forks 18th Annual Wine & Cheese Event

November 19th, 2012 by contributor

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The Forks Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Wine & Cheese “Hoh Down” was held at the 110 Business Park Roundhouse (formerly the Rosmond Mill and then Loth Lumber) on November 10th.  The evening was brisk but heaters and wine kept most happy.  Music by Loose Gravel, folks in western hats, boots and jeans, great auction items and yummy wine and snacks were a fun mix.  Historic pictures of Forks were a major topic of conversation, with a community coming together to reminisce about the past, share stories and memories.  Along with naming the 2013 Board of Directors and recognizing Chamber volunteers, the Clallam County Fire Districts #1 and #6 were honored for their bravery and dedication to keeping the Forks community safe.

Bryon Monohon, Marcia Bingham and Cindy Mesenbrink

JT’s Sweet Stuffs was named Business of the Year for their community-minded activities like the Twinkle Light Holiday Parade.  Cindy Mesenbrink was named Volunteer of the Year for her tireless commitment to Relay For Life, as Chairperson for 2012 and 2013.  She is also involved in the Soroptimist Club, quilt club, helping at school and church.  Cindy never refuses to help.  And finally, Citizen of the Year was given to Michael Gurling.  He wears many hats, including retired Park Ranger, former Forks Visitor Information Center Manager (and now Chamber volunteer), Rainforest Arts Center building manager (past and future) and Rainforest Player.  Mike’s love of Forks and the surrounding area has been evident with his career choices and hobbies.

Michael Gurling and Marcia Bingham

Forks Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have volunteers Marcia Yanish, Willard Morgan, Izaiah Calloway and Log Tour Drivers Jack Zaccardo, Randy Mesenbrink, Joe Seymour and Mike Wendell.    The 2013 Board of Directors are Bill Peach, President; Susan Brager, Vice-President; Pura Carlson, Treasurer; Pam Hunter, Secretary; Debbie Scannell, Past President and At-Large Members Don Grafstrom, Bruce Paul, Ellen Matheny and Walter Kochansky.  Representatives from the City and Quileute Tribe will be named at a later date.  We could not operate successfully if it weren’t for our volunteers.

Carrol Lunsford talks with Stephanie and Kevin Conway of Lake Quinault Resort.

The evening was a success, not only because of the great attendance or the silent auction (a huge thank you to all the businesses and people that donated goods and services) but because we came together as a community and showed appreciation for what makes this a great place – the people who live here.

Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July photos…

August 11th, 2012 by contributor

Check out our online photo albums to see new pictures of this year’s Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July parade.

Thank you to Mike Gurling, Visitor Center Manager, for sharing your pictures! Click on the picture to view the Local Events photo album.

 

Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July

 

Forks 4th of July, 2012 schedule is here!

June 7th, 2012 by contributor

Looking for a schedule of events for our 2012 Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration? Click the image below to download the schedule in PDF format.

Forks 4th of July Schedule

The Supper Quilt

March 7th, 2012 by contributor

THE SUPPER QUILT by Donald Locke DDS

The Supper Quilt. This monumental pieced quilt, composed of 51,816 half-inch squares, is modeled on Leonardo deVinci’s famous work, “The Last Supper” (Milan, Italy). Dr. Locke worked on it for two and a half years, first creating a computer generated image of the original, enlarged to show pixels. He then selected, cut and sorted by color the 350 different fabrics used, including some of his own hand-dyed fabric. Other hand-dyed fabrics are from Joy Press of Godley, TX. The pieces were arranged on a design wall and then sewed together in strips, using a Singer Featherweight sewing machine. It is 15.3 feet wide and 5.5 feet high.

After about 1200 hours of work, the emerging design became apparent. The top was then machine quilted by Linda Taylor of Melissa, TX. The machine quilting presented a new set of problems because the size of the piece, and because the image was not apparent to anyone working close to the fabric. Linda states that it was the most challenging quilting work she has ever done.

The Supper Quilt was finished in September of 1999.

For more information, please go to The Supper’s website www.thesupper.net

The Supper Quilt will be featured at The Fabric of the Forest Quilt Show April 20 – 22 in Forks.  For more information please click here.

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Remember the “Old Times”

October 4th, 2011 by contributor

A highlight of the annual West End Business and Professional Association Heritage Days celebration is the Fish and Brew.  Each year attendees are treated to various smoke fish recipes and local brew creations.  Judges award prizes and people’s choice awards are also bestowed on the best fish and the best brew.

Along with great Fish and brew musical entertainment will be provided by “Loose Gravel.”

Another regular feature of this event is a Jack Datisman faux beer label print, each year the print reflects the theme of that years Heritage Days.  The Heritage Day’s theme this year is “I Remember When…….”

In keeping with that premise Datisman’s label this year is for “Old Times” Premium Quality Beer.  Label prints will also be available for sale.

The Fish and Brew is Saturday October 8th from 1-4 at the Old Mill Roundhouse located just off Highway 101 at the LaPush Junction.   “When you are remembering when…don’t forget the Old Times.”

 

Vampires, Baseball and The Olympic Peninsula!

July 22nd, 2011 by contributor

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Baseball it’s just a game, right? Well, on Saturday August 27th the Seattle Mariner’s are celebrating Olympic Peninsula Appreciation Night! This is the 2nd annual Vampire Night at Safeco Field, the evening will also feature the Color Guard Presentation by Boy Scout Troop #1467 (Forks, WA). Vampires, Baseball and the Olympic Peninsula……hopefully, a winning combination? Go Mariner’s!

Forks 2011 4th of July Parade

July 7th, 2011 by contributor

Forks just had a phenomenal Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration. The weather was perfect…no rain and 80 degrees! It was a rare day due to the dry weather with record attendance at the parade. The parade was one that was full of color. Summer is here in Forks!

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Rainforest Run!!

May 23rd, 2011 by contributor

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Born to be Wild? Or just like to have a good time? It is not too early to get the Rainforest Run marked on your calendar. This 4th annual event will take place August 19th-21st.

Forks 2010 Highlights in photos – Happy New Year

December 28th, 2010 by contributor

Happy New Year! Here are few 2010 Forks area photos to highlight the year:

2010 forks highlights in pictures

It’s Christmas!

December 21st, 2010 by contributor

A reflection of Christmas is from the Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest annual Festival of trees in Forks. The tree on the left was named “All that Glitters is Gold” and was the Best of Show. It was sponsored by the Emblem Club and decorated by Joni Eades. The tree on the right named the “Princess Tree” was sponsored by Forks Outfitters and was a finalist in this festive show.

Merry Christmas to all!

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Old Timers Round Table

September 28th, 2010 by contributor

The Forks Timber Museum will host the annual Hickory Shirt/Heritage Days Old-Timers Round Table on Thursday evening September 30th. This years topic will cover the local Logging and Mill industries. So, if you have ever set a choker or laced up a pair of work boots you are welcome to come share your memories, heck, if you ever packed a loggers lunch or even ate a sandwich in the woods you are invited! Come mingle from 6:30pm-7 pm, the discussion starts at 7.

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Forkestra presents a Choker Setters Ball

September 28th, 2010 by contributor

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The Forks Community Orchestra “Forkestra” will present their Heritage Days Concert “Choker Setter’s Ball” on Friday October 1st at the Forks Congregational Church, 280 Spartan Avenue from 7pm-9pm. Admission is Free!!

AIDS Quilt Comes to Forks

February 27th, 2010 by contributor

aids memorial quilt in washington dcA large section (20 blocks) of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Forks from March 1-6, 2010. The display is located at the Forks High School Auxiliary Gym, 261 South Spartan Avenue. The goal of the AIDS Quilt project is to provide a creative means for remembrance and healing, to effectively illustrate the enormity of the AIDS pandemic, to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS throughout the general public, to assist others in providing education on the prevention of HIV infection, and to raise funds for community-based AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s). Volunteers are needed to help with the quilt display–please contact the Forks Chamber of Commerce today at 360-374-2531 (or toll-free at 1-800-443-6757) or by email to get further information about how you can participate.