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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!

 

Twilight books bring 2 libraries together

November 21st, 2012 by contributor

 

Hickory Daily Record Article

Forks January Winter Snow Storm

January 19th, 2012 by contributor

Forks has received 12-14 inches of snow causing school closures all week and getting around has been difficult.

Here are a few images of Forks showing this Winter Wonderland.

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Spartan Spirit

October 6th, 2010 by contributor

bannersSpartan Spirit is alive and well on the streets of downtown Forks, just in time for Homecoming! New Spartan Banners decorate the light poles thanks to Bruce Guckenberg of Sully’s Drive-in fame and created by locally owned This End Up@Laundry 101. Stop by and give Bruce a big cheer or order a burger and say, Thanks!!

Olympic Theater Burned!

September 22nd, 2010 by contributor

The Olympic Theater in Forks burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. This landmark building was once used to show movies, but has been shuttered and inactive for the past twenty years. Fortunately, buildings on both sides of the structure were spared in thanks to the fire department keeping water sprayed on them.

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They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

July 22nd, 2010 by contributor

parkingJust like the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” a vacant lot on Main Street in Forks was recently paved, striped and turned in to a parking lot. Forks has never had a surplus of parking spots and with all the Twilight fans in town it has become impossible to find a parking spot. This much needed addition will hopefully make it easier for fans and residents of Forks to take care of business! The new parking lot has a self pay station and uses the honor system.

Blue Tarp Camping

May 29th, 2010 by contributor

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Blue tarp camping is well known to those who camp on the coast Memorial Day Weekend. Rain or shine camping is a great family experience and everyone should camp in the rain at least once.

Good Tines in Forks

December 6th, 2009 by contributor

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Guess who’s featured in the December Costco Connection magazine? Yup. It’s Forks! The article, written by Stephanie E. Ponder, is actually very nicely done–thanks! Among other things, we like how they say whether the people they interview are Costco members. Maybe we should mention that Costco is a Forks Chamber of Commerce member. And it looks like someone at Costco enjoys puns. Good tines indeed! We appreciate the effort!

Fans Flood Forks

November 21st, 2009 by contributor

with-love-fnlOur high winds, drenching rains and seasonal darkness only appear to encourage the hardcore fans that continue to flock to Forks, LaPush and the West End. They’re not called Twihards for nothing! This article, written by Tom Callis, from today’s Peninsula Daily News, does a fine job of hitting the local highlights from the weekend. It even quotes Mike Gurling, our Visitor Center Manager, who shares, among other things, the fact that our website, forkswa.com, received 54,841 “hits” on Friday alone. Wow! All in all, it sounds like there was quite an array of activities to keep people interested over the weekend. Okay, we’ve got to admit we’re a little unclear on the relationship between belly dancing and Twilight, but, in any case, it sounds like everyone had a blast on this blustery New Moon movie release weekend!

1000% Increase in Tourism!

November 17th, 2009 by contributor

the-twilight-saga-new-moo-002This article from the UK Mail attributes a 1000% increase in tourism here in Forks to Robert Pattinson. Thanks Rob!! We hadn’t really thought of it that way before. . . . The article does a nice job of covering some of the local attractions, mentioning Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rainforest. Cheers to the Mail for the great article and for helping us spread the word about Forks. If you really want to see the dark, rainy, authentic Forks, now is the perfect time to visit!

The Globe and Mail Features Forks

November 1st, 2009 by contributor

t-twilight31tr88.jpgThanks to writer Candice Vallantin and the Toronto-based Globe and Mail for this special Halloween feature about Forks. We’re well-aware that Canada is home to hordes of Twilight fans–many of whom have already made the trek to Forks, WA. And no wonder, since we’re only a 56 mi/90 km drive from Victoria, BC (via ferry). We enjoyed the article and appreciate the attention we’re getting in Canada!

Forks Featured in Seattle Times

October 25th, 2009 by contributor

Hey, there’s another feature on Forks and the Twilight phenomena in today’s Seattle Times. The article attempts to weigh the pros and cons when a major pop phenomena involving vampires and werewolves happens in a small logging town–and it includes this fun video. We’re not exactly sure what the down-side of having lots of fun-loving, happy visitors to our community might be. Anyway, we’re loving it!

Forks Featured in NY Times Travel

September 24th, 2009 by contributor

nice-fangs-2We got a kick out of this article about Forks in New York Times Travel. While the first impression of the article from everyone in town is likely to be “hey, it’s really not a two-stoplight town–it’s a one-stoplight town,” lol overall, Jane Margolies does a fine job of capturing the fun of Stephenie Meyer Day and the story of the Twilight frenzy here in Forks. We also enjoyed the slide show of nicely done local photos by Stuart Isett. Articles like this tend to make obvious the fact that Forks isn’t a secret any longer–but fall is a perfect time to visit without a lot of hoopla and Forks, LaPush and the West End continue to welcome all visitors. C’mon up and check us out!

Is it Safe to Go Camping?

August 7th, 2009 by contributor

forks-chamber-visitor-center-300x194Forks continues to be “front and center” in the area of Twilight tourism! Thanks to Paige Dickerson and the Peninsula Daily News for another great article describing this incredible phenomena and its impact on Forks, LaPush and the West End. Despite our popularity, our community continues to wholeheartedly welcome Twilighters, along with all visitors. Come check out what everyone is talking about about! [We're still wondering what the answer is to the question about whether it's safe to camp with the "vampire problem" we have out here . . .confused]