Archive for the ‘Twilight’ Category

forever twilight in Forks – September 10-13th in Forks, Washington

November 24th, 2014 by Lissy Andros

Mayor Monohon reading Proclamation

“forever twilight in Forks”

celebrates

the 9th annual Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday Weekend celebration

September 10 – 13, 2015 in Forks, Washington

The Forks community is really excited to celebrate “forever twilight in Forks” the 9th Annual Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday Weekend in September 2015.  The festivities will begin on Thursday, September 10th with a kickoff at the Forks Visitor Information Center to welcome first-time and returning fans to Forks, and run through Bella’s birthday on September 13th.

The Forks Chamber of Commerce and local businesses look forward to offering a fun weekend with one schedule and minimally overlapping events.  The brand-new Rainforest Arts Center in downtown Forks, the former location of the Dazzled By Twilight stores, will house several of the weekend’s activities, along with local businesses and restaurants, including events hosted by the Quileute Tribe in LaPush!

The 2015 event’s focus will be the ten year anniversary of twilight being published.  With Forks being the setting for the book series, we can’t imagine a better place to be in September 2015.  So come celebrate with us!

Is Charlie Swan Moving?

February 20th, 2014 by Lissy Andros

Swan House

Is Charlie Swan Moving?

Well at first glance it looks like it could be true.  What we know as the “Home of the Swans” has a for sale sign in front of it.  The gracious homeowners that let us put their home on the Twilight tour are moving and now are hoping that somebody will buy the house and love it as much as them and the thousands of fans that have posed in front* of it.  Those fans imagine Bella upstairs, with Edward not too far away.  And possibly Jacob patrolling nearby, watching out for Bella too. 

Therefore maybe the new owners will let the “Home of the Swans” sign reside once again out front, for all to enjoy.  Or maybe someone will buy it and turn it into a Bed & Breakfast, similar to the Cullen House (Miller Tree Inn).  So while it might appear that the Swan family is moving, in our hearts they will always be the ones that reside on K Street.

*Fans have always been welcome to take pictures from the street and the homeowners and the Forks Chamber of Commerce appreciate their cooperation.

12th Annual Twinkle Light Parade

December 12th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Bella's Truck at the Twinkle Light Parade

We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to Anna Rose and Frank Geyer at Eagle Repair & Towing for towing Bella’s truck in the Twinkle Light Parade on Saturday. 

Considering this truck is only driven twice a year, we were thrilled when it actually started.  But we had no luck keeping the “senior citizen” started on Saturday and decorating it was going to be a challenge due to the cold.  And not only did they offer to tow it, they were nice enough to pull it into their shop beforehand so we could decorate it! 

Sadly, we had difficulties with our generator too (stupid string) so the lights didn’t technically “twinkle” but we still got to be in the parade.  It was a short-but-sweet experience and Eagle has offered to tow us again next year.  And considering their truck has a working heater, I think we’ll take them up on it!

The 12th Annual Twinkle Light Parade might be small compared to some other parades but it has a huge following of dedicated townspeople to cheer it on.  And like the inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City that reads:  “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” that too could be said of those that participate in the Twinkle Light Parade.

City of Forks float

Pictured: Councilwoman Juanita Weissenfels and Mayor Bryon Monohon, accompanied by local children.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

West End Business & Professional Association Train

Pictured: Train sponsored by West End Business & Professional Association.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

Santa's float

Pictured: “Santa” and float, sponsored by JT’s Sweet Stuffs.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

 

 

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.

Male fans love Twilight!

December 20th, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

More male fans are acknowledging their interest in the Twilight saga these days, and perhaps the most devoted is Rob Bair from Cleveland, Ohio who came to Forks a few weeks ago clad in classic Volturi attire and spent the better part of 2 weeks enjoying our overcast weather and vampire atmosphere.  If you missed seeing him on his first visit, he vowed he will be back, and he’s hard to miss in his red contacts and formal “morning coat.”  A true devotee, Rob is able to “talk Twilight” all day long!

“How do I get to Forks, Washington?”

December 12th, 2012 by Lissy Andros

Lake Crescent

 

“How do I get to Forks, Washington?” is one of the most common questions we get when people contact the Forks Visitor Information Center.

 

• From SeaTac International Airport going the northern route (through Port Angeles):

Forks is about 3.5 hours from Sea-Tac International Airport.  And there are many ways and routes to get from Sea-Tac to Forks.  With some planning, it is very easy to get here by rental car, bus shuttle and even charter flight!  

If you rent a car at SeaTac and drive to Forks:

I recommend taking the Tacoma Narrows route from Sea-Tac to Forks.  This takes you I5 South  to 16W to 3N, then turn left and go over the Hood Canal Bridge on 104W, then take 101N and stay on that until you get to Port Angeles, where you will turn left (follow sign to Forks), then you will stay on 101 until you reach Forks.

These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

For other routes, please see below.

Transportation Services Available:

Clallam Transit Strait Shot From Bainbridge Island Ferry

You can take the Clallam Transit Strait Shot from Bainbridge Island Fairy to downtown Port Angeles. More information can be found on this link.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, next to the Transit Center) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

Rite Bros. Aviation from Seatac or Boeing Field

You can charter a flight through Rite Bros. Aviation and fly to Port Angeles or Forks. Find more information here http://ritebros.com/

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, home of the Dungeness Line) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

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Clallam Transit – This is public transit and operates limited hours.  The Strait Shot runs daily, but there is no regular bus service on Sunday and some holidays.

Budget Car Rental – There is an office in Port Angeles that is locally owned by the Olympic Bus Lines so make sure that if you rent a car, you call them, and not the nationwide number.  They have rental offices in downtown Port Angeles and at the airport.  Their phone number is 360-417-0700 or 800-457-4492.

Clallam Transit and Rite Bros. Aviation are members of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Once you arrive in Port Angeles, there are a few “Twilight” spots to check out like Bella Italia (where Edward and Bella had their first date), the movie theater (currently in transition) and the book store – all featured in the books.  You will then travel the 56 miles to Forks where you will see the beauty of Lake Crescent while traveling through the Olympic National Park and Forest. Please see information below regarding road construction around Lake Crescent.

• From SeaTac International Airport going the southern route (this is a great way to avoid road construction projects (outlined below) slated to begin March 2017 around Lake Crescent):

This route takes you through Olympia and Aberdeen, then up along the coastline.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

• From Portland, Oregon:

Take I-5 north towards Seattle.  Exit Hwy 12, then Hwy 101.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact us at info@forkswa.com

Thanks and happy traveling!

 

PLEASE READ NOTICE BELOW:

 

Olympic National Park News Release   

March 7, 2018

For Immediate Release
Penny Wagner    360-565-3005

Lake Crescent Highway 101 Update: Traffic Impacts for Removal of Hazard Tree and Rehabilitation Project Resuming

PORT ANGELES, WA: On Wednesday, March 14 Olympic National Park and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are partnering to remove a hazard tree from the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 near Barnes Point.

Beginning at 9:00 am on March 14, WSDOT will close Highway 101 at milepost 225.5 just west of Barnes Point. Pacific Northwest Tree Service will then cut a Douglas fir snag over 150 feet tall. WSDOT crews will be onsite with their heavy equipment to clear the roadway. Once the road is clear for alternating single-lane traffic, WSDOT will allow alternating traffic through until the roadway is completely cleared. The duration of the closure could last an hour or longer and will depend on the amount of clearing needed.  To avoid the delay, drivers should plan to be through the area prior to 9:00 am. For information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.

Lake Crescent-Hwy 101 Rehab Project Resumes; 4-hour & 6-hour Delays Planned

Strider Construction will resume road work on the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 on Thursday, March 15.  The work for 2018 includes erosion control, subexcavation, milling, and paving beginning on the eastern end of Lake Crescent and working west.

When planning to drive around Lake Crescent, here are three important reminders:

  • Expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours and slower travel through the construction zone.
  • Work hours will vary according to season and daylength.  From April 2-September 21, road work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset.
  • Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled on holidays or weekends.

In order to complete necessary subexcavation and deep patching, the contractor is planning a series of four-hour daytime delays and six-hour overnight delays. These longer delays are not permitted during the busy summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The first planned six-hour overnight delays for this construction season are scheduled for March 19-21 and March 26-28 (Monday through Wednesday) from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. During these six-hour overnight periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge is located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road. Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112/113 as an alternate route during the delay.

The first planned four-hour delays for this construction season are scheduled to begin Monday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The contractor is planning to use the four-hour delays daily Monday through Thursday, weather permitting, until all 20 of the allotted four-hour delays are utilized. The location of the work for these four-hour periods will move as the deep patch work progresses with more information forthcoming. Outside of the scheduled 4-hour delays drivers should continue to expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours.

This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service. An updated outline of the yearly schedule for U.S. Highway 101, is provided below.

March 15-31, 2018 and March 15-31, 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

April 2018—Late May 2018 and April 2019—Late May 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays may be scheduled (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and will be announced in advance.

After Memorial Day 2018—Early September 2018 and After Memorial Day 2019—late September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.

Early September 2018—Mid November 2018 and September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

 

Drivers can find updates and maps of the project area with current project information on the park website at go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project. The Federal Highway Administration website for this project is available at https:/flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/wa/lake-crescent/.

www.nps.gov

 

 

 

Twication: The Twilight Saga Travel Experience

November 29th, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

Authors Christine Lundberg, Maria Lexhagen and Sigrid Mattsson of Sweden recently published Twication:  The Twilight Saga Travel Experience.  The trio contacted us from Sweden and came to Forks to complete their case study on the effect of the Twilight phenomenon.  (Copy of their book is on display at the Forks Visitor Center.)  We appreciate their fair and accurate depiction of life in Forks after Twilight and we are very grateful for the international fame we have acquired thanks to Stephenie Meyer and these researchers from Mid Sweden University.

Visitors from Great Britain

November 27th, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

Two happy visitors from Great Britain, great fans of Twilight, made their third trip to Forks and to the Visitor Information Center on Friday, November 23.  After touring with Randy Bennett once again, they came in to share their enthusiasm for Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 and they promise to return for a 4th time for Stephenie Meyer Day 2013.  We eagerly await them.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Released!

November 21st, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

“With the theater release of “Breaking Dawn Pt. 2,” enthusiasm for the Cullen/Black families’ saga has been rekindled and visitors are eager to discuss the last exciting movie.  Since there is a surprise for fans who have read the books, we are careful not to spill the beans and spoil it for them.  This action packed movie is probably the best one of the series and we encourage everyone to schedule a movie date and enjoy, and then come back and discuss it with us at the Visitor Information Center.”

Twilight Twoilet

August 1st, 2011 by contributor

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The members of West End Business & Professional Association and Forks Chamber of Commerce have gone in together on two Sanicans placed downtown for the summer tourists.  Merchants in the area of the stoplight had been complaining about Twilight visitors using their restrooms which are usually back in store rooms and not meant for public use.

So a regular sanican was delivered first and when the folks at West Waste and Recycling delivered the second one it had a custom paint job, I call it the “Twilight Twoilet.”
Now visitors can have their pick Regular or Twilight!

It’s The Mayor’s Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Contest!

July 27th, 2011 by contributor

How would you like to be Mayor of Forks for a day? Mayor Bryon Monohon has come up with a contest “The Mayor’s Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Contest”! In addition to being mayor for a day the winner will receive a gift basket valued at $100.00. Details about the contest can be found on the City of Forks website. I wonder what Part 2 is?

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Countdown

May 6th, 2011 by contributor

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The next chapter of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, is already the cause of many a heart rate rising. This latest movie in the ‘Twilight’ saga is expected to be in theaters in mid-November.

People’s Choice!

January 8th, 2011 by contributor

Lest anyone thinks the Twilight craze has run it’s course, the January 4th People’s Choice Awards named Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) as their favorite “on-screen team” which should dispel that rumor. Twilight Saga Eclipse was also voted by fans as their favorite overall movie and drama. Though the days in Forks are currently dark and wet, fans continue to come see the place that Stephenie Meyer named as their home. The visitor center in Forks continues to greet them (73,000 in 2010) and help perpetuate the fantasy.

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Forks Chamber now has two Bella Trucks!

September 16th, 2010 by contributor

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Bella’s Book truck on left and Movie truck on right

Up until last weekend the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center had on display the book version of the truck (ca. 1952) that Bella drives.

During the Stephenie Meyer weekend in Forks on September 12th, the Elwha River Casino held a drawing in Forks at Tillicum Park for a 1963 chevrolet truck. The name they drew (from 35,000 entries) decided to keep $2,000 rather than the truck. Therefore, the casino graciously donated the truck to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. This is the chevy truck that main Twilight character, Bella, drives in the the Twilight Saga movie series. So now the visitor center has both the book and movie versions of Bella’s truck. This should cause less confusion now about which truck is which, as the trucks look very different being eleven years apart.

Twilight Moth

June 30th, 2010 by contributor

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This moth/butterfly hung out by my office door a few days ago. After looking at hundreds of moth/butterfly photos on the internet and not being able to identify its true name, it was christened the Twilight Moth because of the striking red and black markings on its wings. It stayed a few hours and then was gone, perhaps flying over to the Cullen House or maybe it was in town to hitch a ride on Bella’s truck at the Visitor’s Center?

ESPN Interviews Forks’ Student Athletes

June 23rd, 2010 by contributor

espnWhat do Forks Spartans student athletes want rival players and Twilight fans to know? They are Spartans not vampires or werewolves. ESPN’s Jim Caple recently visited FHS and interviewed a handful of students and athletic director Kevin Rupprecht. While students are not so happy with their new nicknames, Twilight fans have had a positive effect on the amount of money in the athletic department’s budget, through their purchase of Spartan Gear. Thanks to the extra funds there have been no cut backs. Go Spartans!