http://funbeach.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Discovery Awaits on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula http://funbeach.com/discovery-awaits/ http://funbeach.com/discovery-awaits/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:00:47 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=5901 Discovery Awaits on the Long Beach Peninsula

Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau
Named one of ‘America’s Favorite Beach Towns’ by ForbesTraveler.com and voted ‘Best Beach’ by the viewers of Seattle’s KING-5 TV, the Long Beacg Peninsula offers visitors blocks of colorful shops, great seafood, comfortable lodging, small museums, horseback riding, and an expansive beach. Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula: home to a new national park, two historic lighthouses, renowned restaurants, cranberry bogs, and oyster farms.

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Sandsations is Set for 30th Anniversary! http://funbeach.com/sandsations-set-30th-anniversary/ http://funbeach.com/sandsations-set-30th-anniversary/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:12:51 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=18561 Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.37.21 PM Get ready for the 30th Anniversary of Sandsations! Festivities kick off on Wednesday, July 16 with Sand in the City in downtown Long Beach on 3rd Street. Come and see the truck loads of sand and watch the professionals pound up the sand to get it ready for sculpting on Thursday. Stop by 10AM-6PM Wednesday through Sunday for your chance to take photos, walk through the downtown sand sculpture display and talk with the sculptors! Be sure to stop by the event trailer to pick up your very own Sandsations shirt! Friday will boast FREE sand sculpting lessons on the Bolstad Beach Approach with a Master Sculptor at 5PM, Last minute registration will be open from 3-6PM, and later that evening a beach bonfire will feature FREE s’mores to the first 100 people at dusk, live music and the 30th Anniversary fireworks display. Saturday is the annual competition that will start at 10AM with the awards ceremony around 4:30. Stop by the Kiwanis tent for FREE hot dogs during the competition!

Wednesday, July 16

• Sand Sculpting Demos (Photos, Walk Throughs, Meet the Masters at 3rd St. SE!) 10-6PM
• “Pound Up Day” Come an watch the Master’s set up their sand forms and start filling!
• Free sand sculpting lessons with a Master Sculptor on the Bolstad Beach Approach! 5pm

Thursday, July 17

• Sand Sculpting Demos (Photos, Walk Throughs, Meet the Masters at 3rd St. SE!) 10-6PM
* The Master’s will pull their forms and start sculpting!
• Sculptors will be available for Q&A and will offer tips & tricks!
• Kids Area OPENS – children can learn the basics and register for the competition for just $1 or $15 for the whole family!

Friday, July 18

• Sand Sculpting Demos (Photos, Walk Throughs, Meet the Masters at 3rd St. SE!) 10-6PM
• Sculptures will come to life!  Come and take photos of the progress!
• Last minute registrations at the Sandsations Trailer (3rd St. SE) 3-6PM
• FREE sculpting lessons on Bolstad Beach Approach! 5PM
• Beach Bonfire with FREE s’mores to the first 100 people & live music! Dusk
• 30th Anniversary Fireworks! Dark

Saturday, July 19

• Sand Sculpting Demos (Photos, Walk Throughs, Meet the Masters at 3rd St. SE!) 10-6PM
• Sandsations Annual Sand Sculpting Competitions! All ages and abilities are welcome to participate! 10AM-4PM
• FREE Hot Dogs all day long at the Kiwanis tent! 10AM-4PM
• Awards Presentation on the beach! 4:30PM

Sunday, July 20

• Sand Sculpting Demos (Photos, Walk Throughs, Meet the Masters at 3rd St. SE!) 10-6PM

 

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Let the 4th of July Frenzy Begin! http://funbeach.com/let-4th-july-frenzy-begin/ http://funbeach.com/let-4th-july-frenzy-begin/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:43:17 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=18484 4th of July on the Long Beach Peninsula is full of excitement! Don’t miss out on any of the action! SummerFest continues throughout the weekend and you can expect to see some fresh and local products at the Columbia Pacific Farmers’ Market on Friday at Veterans Field in downtown Long Beach and at the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco!

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Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade

The annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in Ocean Park begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 4. Bring your kids and their bicycles to the Bank of Pacific parking lot in Ocean Park by noon. This is a wonderful parade enjoyable for all ages. Members of the Peninsula Arts Association will hand out sidewalk chalk so everyone can draw their own masterpiece.

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Art in the Park

Head to Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sheldon Park, located at 258th and Vernon Ave. in Ocean Park. Come taste some great food and see artwork from local artisans.

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Oysterville Artisan Fair

The fourth annual Artisan Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4 and July 5 at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. This event features a variety of artwork by local artists and includes an art raffle as well. Come join in all the fun!

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4th of July Fireworks

The City of Long Beach will host their annual fireworks display on July 4th, just after dark off of the Bolstad Beach Approach in Long Beach.

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Beach Clean Up

Saturday, July 5, is beach clean up day! More than 1,000 volunteers are needed to come out and join the organized one-day cleanup. Volunteers will be stationed at all the major beach approaches at 9:30 a.m. to hand out bags and help direct volunteers where their help is most needed.

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Firecracker 5k

Run or walk the third annual Firecracker 5K on Saturday, July 5. The race starts at the Port of Ilwaco and is notable for being extremely challenging and beautiful as it climbs up to the Cape Disappointment headlands on the south end of the Discovery Trail and back. Perfect for those who love to sprint up and fly down steep hills, the race starts at 9AM. You may register the morning of the race.

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Feel the Thunder!

The fireworks continue at the Port of Ilwaco as they host a more relaxed gathering, touted as “Feel the Thunder!” This all-ages show is Saturday, July 5th starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.. Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in for the beautiful display reflected over the harbor. There is plenty of free parking.

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Doggie Olympic Games, Fresh Markets, and LIVE Entertainment on the Long Beach Peninsula http://funbeach.com/doggie-olympic-games-fresh-markets-live-entertainment-long-beach-peninsula/ http://funbeach.com/doggie-olympic-games-fresh-markets-live-entertainment-long-beach-peninsula/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:41:27 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=18365  FMarket

Columbia Pacific Farmers’ Market

Be sure to stop by the Friday Farmers Market in downtown Long Beach as it continues throughout the summer season until October 10. Come see what’s fresh at the Market located at Veterans Field in downtown Long Beach from 3-7PM. June 27, 2014

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Open Mic Night

The Peninsula Arts Center presents FREE Open Mic Night! Come out and play, sing, or do a stand up routine! Come and share your talents and have a blast! Friday, June 27, 2014

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ALL ABOARD!

Come and see Rolling Stock of the Ilwaco Railway & Navigation Company, also dubbed as the Irregular, Ramblin’ and Never-get-there Railroad, presented by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. The exhibition will feature vintage photographs and artifacts of the I.R.&N. Ilwaco, Open through July 20, 2014

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Saturday Market at the Port

Head to the Port of Ilwaco for Saturday Market at the Port. From 10AM-4PM Stroll along the beautiful waterfront and shop ‘til you drop! Don’t forget to check out the local shops, art galleries, and delicious dining options at the Port of Ilwaco! June 28, 2014  doggieb

Doggie Olympic Games

Pack your pooch and head to the beach for the annual Doggie Olympic Games! This isn’t your ordinary Olympics, dogs of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part in this hilarious event! Show off your pup’s skills in Dunking for Dogs, Peanut Butter Lick, Shedding Contest and more! Sunday boasts the Sand Flea Pet Parade at noon, in addition to Saturday’s games. Long Beach, June 28-29, 2014

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SummerFest

This family fun event in beautiful downtown Long Beach runs weekends throughout the summer from Noon to 5pm. Free horse and wagon rides, entertainment on Veterans Stage, and plenty of live entertainment throughout downtown Long Beach. Weekends throughout September 1, 2014
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Waikiki Beach Concert Series

The Waikiki Beach Concert Series is back! Head to Cape Disappointment State Park for their FREE concert series at the Confluence Project amphitheater overlooking Waikiki Beach. The concerts feature many different artists from around the region. Expect to hear different styles ranging from folk to Americana. A Discover Pass is required for vehicles. Ilwaco, 2nd & 4th Saturdays, June – August, 2014

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Peninsula Arts Center

The Peninsula Arts Center presents Four Shillings Short, on Saturday, June 28. Doors open at 6:30 and music starts at 7PM. Tickets are $12 at the door. Long Beach, June 28, 2014

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Weekend Market on the Dock

Stop by the Weekend Market in beautiful South Bend! Check out this great farmers market that features arts and crafts, jewelry, great entertainment on Saturday & Sundays through Labor Day. South Bend, 2014

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Fresh Markets, Live Music, GARLIC, Salmon Fishing, and Beach to Chowder! Here is Your Peninsula Weekend Preview! http://funbeach.com/weekend-preview/ http://funbeach.com/weekend-preview/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:24:16 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=18275 FMarket Columbia Pacific Farmers’ MarketBe sure to stop by the Friday Farmers Market in downtown Long Beach as it returns Friday, June 13, and will continue throughout the summer season until October 10. Come see what’s fresh at the Market located at Veterans Field in downtown Long Beach. June 13, 2014

  Salmon Salmon SeasonRegular Salmon Season kicks off on Saturday, June 14! What better way to spend Father’s Day then out on the water, reeling in a big one! Book a Charter Fishing Trip TODAY! June 14 – September 30, 2014

  DiscoverPass FREE WA State Parks Day

In honor of National Get Outdoors Day, ALL Washington State Parks will have free admission! No Discover Pass required! Get out and behold the beauty of the Long Beach Peninsula. June 14, 2014

BTOC Beach to Chowder 5k/10k



Bring your pooch and walk or run along the beautiful white sand beaches with the ocean waves breaking just a few yards away. Work up an appetite and enjoy the delicious clam chowder that awaits you at the finish line. This is a chip-timed course. Register NOW! June 14, 2014 SatMKT Saturday Market at the PortHead to the Port of Ilwaco for Saturday Market at the Port. From 10AM-4PM Stroll along the beautiful waterfront and shop ‘til you drop! Don’t forget to check out the local shops, art galleries, and delicious dining options only available at the Port of Ilwaco! June 14, 2014

  Garlic NW Garlic FestivalFollow your nose to the Long Beach Peninsula this weekend for the 33rd Annual Northwest Garlic Festival in Ocean Park, WA. Admission is FREE, parking is FREE, and there will be live music, crafts, food vendors, and of course, plenty of garlic! The festival takes place at Wilson Field in Ocean Park. June 14 – 15, 2014

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  Waikiki Waikiki Beach Concert SeriesThe Waikiki Beach Concert Series kicks off this Saturday, June 14 and continues through the summer season at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco every 2nd and 4th Saturday through August. Performances start at 7PM. June 14, 2014

  PAC Peninsula Arts CenterThe Peninsula Arts Center presents The Half Hearted, on Saturday, June 14. Doors open at 6:30 and music starts at 7PM. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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My Garlic ‘Tis of Thee, Sweet Bulb of Infamy, To Thee We Sing

For the 33rd consecutive year, we celebrate Garlic! What pairs well with seafood? GARLIC, of course! In the land of clams, crab and oysters we take time out of our lives to celebrate the little things. Humans have consumed garlic for well over 7,000 years. It has many purposes medicinal and culinary. And is the perfect complement to many of our favorite foods and dishes.

The inaugural Northwest Garlic Festival was held June 25, 1982 near the Ark Restaurant, located in Nahcotta, WA. Nanci Main and Jimella Lucas, owner/chefs of the legendary Ark Restaurant for its 25 year lifespan, came up with the idea and initiated the festival, dubbing it as the 1st Annual Italian Independence Day & Garlic Festival. Their passion for culinary excellence and love of garlic was the driving force behind what we now know as the Northwest Garlic Festival. The success of the event forced it to move to a larger venue. Head to Jimella and Nanci’s Market Café, in Klipsan, where garlic aficionados will still have the opportunity to savor their delicious garlic ice cream.

Come out and celebrate the passion for this bountiful bulb with the masses at the 33rdAnnual Northwest Garlic Festival held in Ocean Park, WA located on the Long Beach Peninsula. Peninsulites hold garlic very dear to their hearts as the Long Beach Peninsula is a known foodie destination and garlic is the key ingredient in many of our favorite local recipes.

The festivities will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 10AM-5PM, and on Sunday, June 15, from 10AM-4PM. Admission is FREE, parking is FREE, and there will be live music, crafts, food vendors, and of course, plenty of garlic!  The festival takes place at Wilson Field, the home of the Beach Barons Rod Run to the End of the World, located at 25815 Sandridge Road, Ocean Park, WA. Check out this years’ commemorative  NW Garlic Festival poster!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Clove Brothers, they are the ambassadors of the Garlic Festival and a photograph with them is a must!

Fun Fact! At one of the Garlic Dinners hosted by the Nanci and Jimella, John D. Morse composed “Garlic Anthem” as part of a garlic poetry contest. It was such a hit that it was sung each year at the beginning of the garlic dinner. Everyone would stand, raise their glasses and sing:

My Garlic ‘tis of Thee
Sweet Bulb of Infamy
To thee we sing
You give our food such zest.
You garnish all our breath
We all love you the best.
Long may you reign

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Happy 116th Anniversary, North Head Lighthouse! http://funbeach.com/happy-birthday-north-head-lighthouse/ http://funbeach.com/happy-birthday-north-head-lighthouse/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:51:23 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=12192 Celebrating 116 Years of Standing Watch over the Confluence

The Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse and Washington State Parks invite the public to celebrate the 116th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park on Saturday, June 7, from 11AM to 3PM.

June 7-8 is a “Free Day” at all Washington State Parks – no Discover Pass required in honor of National Trails Day. Parking near the lighthouse is limited. Additional parking will be available at the parking lot adjacent to Cape Disappointment Campground Store, the home of Serious Pizza,  with a free shuttle service providing transportation to the lighthouse and back.

Come and enjoy refreshments, a self-guided tour of the Lighthouse Keepers home, live music from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, two bird sighting tours, museum exhibits, and even a gift shop. No Discovery Pass required!  Tours of the lighthouse are $2.50 for adults, with children ages 7-17 free. Children must be at least 7 years old to take the tour of the lighthouse. Flip flops are not permitted to be worn on tours of the Lighthouse.

In addition to the Washington State Parks Free Day, it is also a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Free Fishing Weekend! Head for your favorite angling spot, no license required!


Events on the horizon:

- Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco – Saturdays, through September 27
- Summer Fest – Long Beach, Weekends through September 1
- Free Admission to WA State Parks – Statewide, June 7-8
- Washington State Parks Fishing Free Day – June 7-8
- Waikiki Beach Concert Series – Ilwaco, June 14
- Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Long Beach, Fridays, June 14-October 11
- Garlic Festival – Ocean Park, June 15-16

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Head to the Long Beach Peninsula for the Final Razor Clam Dig of the Season! http://funbeach.com/razor-clam-dig-dates/ http://funbeach.com/razor-clam-dig-dates/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 16:00:55 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=10528 Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 12.28.06 PMThe 2014 Razor Clam Season is coming to a close and has been even better than last year’s banner season, with over 6 million razor clams harvested! The whole family can take part in this uniquely Pacific Northwest subsistence activity.

Read the latest WDFW press release on clam digs.

APPROVED DATES:  

•    May 27, Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., -1.0 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•    May 28, Wednesday, 7:06  a.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
•    May 29, Thursday, 7:45 a.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
•    May 30, Friday, 8:23 a.m., -1.2 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•    May 31, Saturday, 9:00 a.m., -1.0 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•    June 1, Sunday, 9:37 a.m., -0.7 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula

Harvest Rules:

        • By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
        • All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
        • The final word on beach openings is announced about a week before each dig is scheduled to start, provided marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
        • Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Here is a GREAT video, by David Campiche of the Shelburne Inn and Restaurant on how to clean your razor clams!

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Salmon Fishing Season Set for 2014 http://funbeach.com/salmon-fishing-seasons-set-for-2013/ http://funbeach.com/salmon-fishing-seasons-set-for-2013/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 16:00:28 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=12029 Get ready to cast a line! Washington’s salmon fishing season has been set for 2014.  May 31st – June 13th Chinook only, with two fish limit. The second opener, which kicks off the regular season, begins June 14th for both Chinook and Coho Salmon. Seven days a week, through September 30. This is predicted to be the largest Salmon run since 1938 at the mouth of the Columbia River.

The Long Beach Peninsula offers a plethora of great Charter Fishing companies to get you out on the water, having fun, and bringing home the big one! Click here for more information on local fishing and boating for the Long Beach Peninsula!

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Fishing Information & Licensing

 

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World’s Longest Garage Sale http://funbeach.com/worlds-longest-garage-sale/ http://funbeach.com/worlds-longest-garage-sale/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 16:41:34 +0000 http://funbeach.net/?p=16108 Pack your camera, sunglasses, a good pair of walking shoes, and plenty of cash for the “World’s Longest Beach Garage Sale”

garagesale2Get ready to shop until you drop! The World’s Longest Garage Sale will keep you busy all weekend. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Make your way through the hundreds of garage sales all along the Peninsula as this is a local tradition for our residents and many of our local non-profit organizations. This event gives a whole new meaning to the word Beachcombing. You never know what you might find. Keep an eye out for some unique trinkets and some awesome treasures!

For more than twenty years, thousands of visitors have flocked to the Peninsula over Memorial Day Weekend for its 28-Mile, fun-filled yard sale. It’s impossible to keep track of how many shoppers and vendors that participate, but it’s grown to be an outrageously fun event with steals and deals around every corner.

You’ll find locals and part-timers selling stuff they’ve accumulated throughout the years, non-profit organizations who have gathered from their flocks as well as a few professional dealers and vendors.garagesale1

Pick up the latest edition of the Chinook Observer for a listing of Memorial Day Weekend Garage Sales to get you started. The key is to be on the lookout for signs, balloons, and way-finders directing you to the next deal. There is no comprehensive list of all the sales.

Be prepared to discover some neat places, interesting people, and quaint stops. Have some fun and create your own scavenger hunt! Some attendees engage in listed treasure hunts, photo scavenger hunts, and other fun activities that have nothing to do with actually shopping. The possibilities and deals are nearly endless! Discovery awaits!

 

 


Events on the horizon:

Summerfest – Weekends, through September 1
Saturday Market at the Port - Saturdays, through September 27
Columbia Pacific Farmer’s MarketFridays, June 13 – October 10
Beach to Chowder 5k/10k Walk/RunJune 14
Waikiki Beach Concert Series - June 14
Garlic FestivalJune 14-15
Doggie Olympics – June 27-28

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