December 18, 2018
The holidays come at the same time every year, yet they always manage to sneak up on you simultaneously. And now your tendency to procrastinate minute by minute has left you scrambling for a bunch of last-minute gifts.Though the countdown to Christmas has really ramped up, there are plenty of fantastic Christmas gifts readily available in Mason County. You can find gifts, experiences, services, and even things for someone who already has everything right here in your own backyard!
From us here at the Chamber of Commerce to you at home, may the holidays fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
NOTE: The Chamber office will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
December 11, 2018
As the Chamber's Awards Gala approaches, ballots for 2018's Best of Mason County and the Chamber Board of Trustees are being mailed. These ballots are due next Friday, December 21 by 5:00 PM. Chamber members in good standing get one vote per ballot. Here are this year's nominees:
Business of the Year - Brady Trucking & Landscape Supply, Cali Cutz, Sierra Pacific Industries, and Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Citizen of the Year - Tom Beben of Smoking Mo's, Jim Morrell of Peninsula Credit Union, and Julie Rowan of Belco Forest Products and Kristmas Town Kiwanis.
Boss of the Year - Holly Cahoon of 2nd Street Design Studio, Kevin & Kathy Dorcy of Urracco Coffee, Mike Oblizalo of Hood Canal Communications, and Jeff Slakey of iFiber One News Radio.
Rookie of the Year - Craft Pie & Art Bar and Northwest Clothing Co.
Volunteer of the Year - Stephanie Boysen of Bella Acres, Jennifer Owens of Peninsula Credit Union, and Teresa Gilman formerly of Maple Glen Senior Living.
In addition to the annual awards, you will be asked to vote for the Chamber Board of Trustees. As required by the Chamber Bylaws, a Nominating Committee was appointed to present a slate of Board of Trustee candidates to stand for election for two-year terms beginning January 1, 2019.
Following the election, the Board of Trustees will be formally installed during the Annual Awards Gala on Friday, January 18 at Little Creek Casino Resort's Skookum Creek Event Center. Board ballots must be returned by mail, by fax at (360) 426-8678, or in person at the Chamber office. Award ballots may be completed online.
December 4, 2018
With Christmas peaking around the corner, the holiday street decorations are being hung this morning by Hood Canal Communications and City of Shelton. Just in time for this weekend's events that are packed full of tinsel, lights, and holiday happenings.
After years of two days of joy and family activities kicking off the Christmas spirit, this year is no exception! From Friday night's marshmallow roasting hosted by Kristmas Town Kiwanis and Shelton Kiwanis along Railroad Avenue to the Christmas Tree Lighting at Post Office Park, it will be a night to remember. When you add that to the Christmas Parade on Saturday at 5:00 PM, the streets will packed for a weekend of festive fun!
Did you know? Santa Claus has returned to Shelton to help ring in the holiday season, so stopby Tozier Brothers Ace Hardware on Saturday from 12:00 - 4:00 PM to Celebrate Christmastown, USA. There will be free activities and music, and Mason County chef Xinh Dwelley's "clams roasting on an open fire" will be available for additional donations.
And what would Holiday Magic be without the widespread support of our city's local businesses? The annual tradition of visiting downtown shops and marking off stops on your Game Card continues this year as well. See a list of participating businesses and all the events for this year's Holiday Magic online.
For all the festive fun and activities the city brings, make sure to celebrate the true centerpiece of the holiday season's aura of togetherness, giving: you. You and the Shelton-Mason County community create that unique spark that can only be felt this time of year.
November 27, 2018
Holiday Lights Up Next Week!
With the passing of each day, you can't help but notice the wave of holiday decorations making its way throughout Shelton and Mason County. Buildings, homes, businesses and Tollie, of course, are gradually signaling the commencement of the holiday season by donning their festive and merry decor!
As the residents and business owners finish putting up lights and decorations of their own, the city receives its own annual, jolly decorations, including Santa and his reindeer flying over Railroad Avenue. Much to the generous support of Hood Canal Communications, these decorations will go up next week, just in time for the weekend's Holiday Magic events and the Christmas Parade.
The Chamber also couldn't do it without the City of Shelton's Public Works crew, as well as businesses and individuals like yourself who give donations throughout the year to the Chamber's beautification project.
November 20, 2018
Business With A Heart
For some people, the holiday season seems to bring with it a pushy and overbearing cloud of commercialism and consumerism, deflecting what should be a merry and warm-hearted season of generosity and community.
Thankfully, the occasional negative connotations around the holiday season are overpowered by the many selfless acts of kindness the numerous small businesses and organizations in our area commit to each and every year.
For this, we'd like to thank those participants we dub Business with a Heart, and urge your own business or organization to join in. Whether it be a toy drive, acting as a donation site for various non-profits, or your own unique charitable act, join Shelton and Mason County in creating an atmosphere of what the holidays are truly about!
See the good works already underway at sheltonchamber.org/holidays. If your business is already participating in or planning a charitable drive or act, let the Chamber know so we can spread the word.
If you aren't interested in doing something, you can still give something.
November 13, 2018
Small Business Saturday is Around the Corner
Small businesses are the heartbeat of our community. They're the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy. And the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood your neighborhood.
Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the #ShopSmall movement and drive shoppers to local merchants across the US. Join us next week on Saturday, November 24, and help fuel the local economy by shopping local. When we all shop small, it will be huge.
More than 30 local businesses have signed up to participate across Mason County. View a list of participating retailers and remember that when you Shop Small® on Small Business Saturday® the money you spend stays in our community!
Businesses, learn how to participate and receive free access to customizable marketing materials for your business. Shoppers, learn how to support Small Business Saturday and pledge to shop small.
November 6, 2018
Cast Your Ballot!
Today, November 6, marks the deadline for the General Election. In addition to state advisory votes, this ballot holds several contested races and local ballot measures.
The Drop Boxes are locked promptly at 8:00 PM Election Day and sealed to prevent additional ballots from being deposited. Drop off your ballot at any of the convenient drop box locations before 8:00 PM today (2:00 PM at US Post Office locations):
24-Hour Outdoor Boxes
Mason County Offices, Building 1, 411 N Fifth St, Shelton WA 98584
John L. Scott Building, 23910 NE State Route 3, Belfair WA 98528
Port of Allyn, 18560 E State Route 3, Allyn WA 98524
Hood Canal Visitor Information Center, 150 N Lake Cushman Rd, Hoodsport WA 98548
Horton Community Center, 4350 Grapeview Loop Rd, Grapeview WA 98546
Texaco Station, 1031 E McReavy Rd, Union WA 98592
Shelton Timberland Regional Library, 710 W Alder St, Shelton
Fire District No. 4 Station, 3660 SE Old Olympic Hwy, Shelton
During Business Hours and on Election Day 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Mason County Auditor's Office, 411 N Fifth St, Shelton
For more information on the General Election, please visit the Mason County Auditor's website. For information on the candidates, consult the Online Voter's Guide.
October 30, 2018
When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake, spooks come out for a singing wake. Happy haunts materialize and the grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize!
Don your costumes, break out the jack-o-lanterns, and get ready for tomorrow's Halloween Spooktacular co-hosted by the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce! As you stroll through downtown Shelton stop and visit with the many businesses participating in this year's Spooktacular.
Here are a few of the businesses participating and some of the fun activities: Stop by Cooper Studios' photo booth and make a haunted memory, proceeds go to Graduation Matters Shelton. Shelton Cinemas is offering a free showing of Casper at 4:00 PM (free admission with donation of non-perishable food items), Shelton Farmer's Market will host a pumpkin decorating contest where you can carve, paint, or decorate a pumpkin any way you like. John L. Scott Real Estate will play home to a costume contest with prizes for five different categories so bring your A-game, and a number of different businesses and organizations will host the annual Trunk-or-Treat in Evergreen Square.
Be on the look out for signs welcoming trick-or-treaters in the windows of businesses downtown and stop in for candy.
October 23, 2018
Celebrate National Forest Products Week!
Each day, Americans use and benefit from high-quality products generated from our nation's bountiful forests, including the locally harvested forests in Mason County. It is no secret that our city and surrounding areas possess a rich history of a lush, dense forests and prosperous timber, lumber, and forestry product companies and businesses. With this we celebrate this year's National Forest Products Week!
And with this National Forest Products Week, we want to celebrate and thank our local forest, timber, and lumber-based businesses that continue to contribute their time, effort, and talents to making the Shelton-Mason County area a great place to live, work, and play: Alta Forest Products, Beko's Trees, LLC, Belco Forest Products, Green Diamond Resource Company, The Hiawatha Corporation, Matthaeis Camco Inc., and Sierra Pacific Industries.
We'd also like to give a nod to the Mason County Forest Festival Association, the non-profit coming up on 75 years of celebrating our timber heritage!
While you're at it, brush up on your forestry knowledge with Forest Facts provided by Green Diamond Resource Company.
October 16, 2018
The wind is frigid and brisk, the moon perched high in the sky illuminating the nights leading up to All Hallows Eve and all the tricks and treats it brings with it, including the Halloween Spooktacular! The annual event, presented by Shelton Downtown Merchants, is one of the most anticipated community gatherings of the year and brings together numerous downtown businesses together in celebration of Halloween.
While we all look forward to the Halloween Spooktacular, perhaps your business or organization are putting on your own event and you'd like to get it out in the open for all the ghouls and goblins to see. Submit your upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org, or log in to your Chamber Directory page by going to www.sheltonchamber.org/login1, from there you can access your personal page and submit your own event! If you need any assistance with your login call the Chamber at (360) 426-2021.
October 9, 2018
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 AM on Thursday, October 18 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!
Washingtonians can pledge to join in by registering for the 2018 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes- wherever you live, work, or travel. Learn tips on how to get 2 Weeks Ready and craft your own emergency kits.
If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on October 18, you can select another day to participate.
September 25, 2018
By Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator
Published: September 10, 2018
The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to ensuring America’s 30 million small businesses have the resources they need to address any challenge they face – and no challenge is more daunting than a disaster like a hurricane, wildfire, flood, tornado or earthquake.
SBA is on the ground immediately after a disaster strikes, helping individuals rebuild their homes and replace personal property, while partnering with non-profits and businesses of all sizes so they can get back on their feet with the help of low-interest disaster loans.
Instead of relying on your insurance or a loan to rebuild after a disaster, why not have a plan in place that will make your organization resilient in the face of any crisis? Preparation will ensure you are better able to rebound quickly if you’re forced to halt operations when an emergency happens.
September is National Preparedness Month. SBA has partnered with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to help businesses become more aware of their risks while also helping them develop a continuity plan. Advance preparation is key to protecting your assets and reopening your business as quickly as possible. Here are two upcoming online events to help you learn more about how to prepare for a disaster:
On Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, SBA, IBHS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will co-host a twitter chat on disaster preparedness tips for businesses. Follow along with hashtag #SBAchat. On Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, SBA, IBHS and FEMA will co-host a webinar focusing on effective business continuity planning.
This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” This effort, led by FEMA and sponsored by the Ready Campaign, is aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of disaster preparedness. It’s never too early to think about contingency plans. Here are three steps you can take now to make your potential recovery a lot less time consuming and costly:
1, Plan to Stay in Business For small businesses, time is money. In order to reopen faster and get back to business after a workplace disruption, create a business continuity plan using IBHS’s Open for Business-EZtool. This guide is comprehensive and easy to use.
2. Talk to Your Staff Employees are a company’s most valuable asset. Sharing your plan with your staff will help them return to work faster and will allow your business to get back to normal more quickly and efficiently. Continually reviewing and practicing your plan with your staff will help them understand their role in disaster planning and recovery.
3. Protect Your Investment It’s important to know which natural disasters and severe weather events pose a risk to your business. Protect your business by considering the following:
These steps can also help your company mitigate the damages experienced in an isolated incident—such as a flood caused by the malfunctioning sprinkler system—that won’t be covered by a federal disaster declaration.
The entrepreneur with a solid disaster preparedness plan for how they will quickly renew their revenue flows and get their employees back on the job is more likely to stay in business and reopen sooner after any interruption. Planning your next move ahead of time, including incorporating the disaster assistance resources SBA provides, is an important action you can take now to protect your business and your community.
About the Author: Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator
Linda McMahon serves as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As a member of President Trump’s cabinet, she advocates on behalf of the 30 million small businesses in America, which employ nearly half of all American workers and account for 56.8 million jobs.
A week long celebration kicked off Sunday, September 9, and Maple Glen Senior Living Community, Alpine Way Continuing Care Community and Shelton Health & Rehabilitation Center are joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the country for the festivities. National Assisted Living Week continues through Saturday, September 15, and Mason County is honoring this year's theme, "Capture the Moment."
"Capture the Moment" hopes to inspire residents to realize their dreams, seize the day, and enjoy the present while celebrating the past. Simultaneously, the theme also supports reflection, as residents may look back on the pivotal moments in their lives.
Many adults 65 years of age and older battle isolation and loneliness as they age, which can impact mental, emotional, and physical health. Community engagement may be the key to combating this issue, and Mason County offers life-enriching social activities to help residents continue to lead fulfilling lives.
Such activities will be offered this week at Maple Glen and include:
Alpine Way Continuing Care Community will also be joining the festivities by hosting a BBQ with the Yesteryear Car Club on Saturday, September 15. Residents and family members are welcome to attend this trip down motorhead memory lane! There will also be a Family Game Night that same day starting at 2:00 PM.
Adapted from MasonWebTv (masonwebtv.com/archives/31905) and the National Center for Assisted Living (www.ahcancal.org/ncal/events/nalw/Pages/default.aspx)
Feature Story August 28
Holidays are tricky for small businesses. As the clock never stops for commerce many business owners don't get anything resembling a "day off." Their phones never stop ringing, the laptop never shuts off, and the business never sleeps.
Labor Day is especially tricky. Some may see the holiday as honoring the worker over the employer; however, it may be more relevant to look at Labor Day's roots before making such a judgment. As small businesses represent over 99% of the country's employing firms and nearly 50% of all private-sector jobs, Labor Day goes hand in hand with the mission of America's small businesses.
That is, to get the country and our community working and moving toward economic prosperity, and what better way to help achieve that goal than by supporting and celebrating local businesses, workers, and community events during this Labor Day Weekend?
Central Mason Fire & EMS is holding its Annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday, September 1 at Station 57 at Pickering. The firefighters will be serving up flapjacks and other delicious grub from 7:00 - 11:00 AM. Admission is by donation, so bring the kids for breakfast!
Celebrate Celtic culture and history with the Hood Canal Scots this Saturday and Sunday at the Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival at Belfair State Park. Entertainment includes pipe bands and dancers, vendors, herding dog demonstrations, a beer garden, and traditional Celtic stone tossing, and hammer and caber tosses. The festival will be open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Send summer off in style at Smoking Mo's Brew & Que Summer Block Party and amateur BBQ cook off on Saturday, September 1. All event proceeds will benefit the HOST (Housing Opetions for Students in Transition) Program of Mason County. The beer garden will open at 12:00 PM, followed by live music at 1:00 PM by The Lady Drinks Whiskey and The Pine Hearts. Judging will begin at 5:00 PM and winners will be announced at 5:30 PM.
Sip some wines with Walter Dacon Wines on September 1 - 2 from 12:00 - 6:00 PM for their annual Labor Day weekend celebration. Sample fresh steamer clams from Taylor Shellfish, rustic French bread, and their new-release wines!
Finish off this Labor Day Weekend with the final three performances of Hama Hama Oyster's Live from the Shellpile music series. See Vic Ruggiero from The Slackers perform on Saturday, September 1, bluegrass and blues band Bread & Gravy on Sunday, September 2, and close out the weekend with Americana band Joy in Mudville on Monday, September 3.
Labor Day weekend is often the last big weekend of summer travel, so planning ahead and being prepared for occasional congestion is crucial to a successful end-of-summer excursion.
Travel safe and enjoy your lengthy weekend!
NOTE: THE CHAMBER OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY.
Feature Story August 21
For the fourth year running, the Chamber joins Chalk the Walks, a project of The Joy Team, to host a community-wide sidewalk chalking event. The Chamber is even offering several boxes of free chalk at our office, 215 W Railroad Ave, Shelton to get the fun started!
To respectfully share your message of optimism and care, be sure to follow some basic rules of etiquette:
* Be respectful - consider your neighbors and others who will see your chalked walks.
* Remember the mission - the goal here is to spread joy, optimism and inspiration; if what you're writing doesn't accomplish that in a pure and simple way, please reconsider.
* Keep it clean - it's very difficult to spread joy if your content is offensive; if an 8-year-old shouldn't read it, don't write it.
* Have fun - play is important to our mental and emotional health; connect with your inner child, be playful, have fun!
Post your photos using #ChalktheWalksMasonCounty and share the joy on social media.
This Friday, August 24, the Chamber hosts its Annual Golf Tournament held again at the beautiful Alderbrook Golf Club. Mason County residents and business people alike are invited to participate in this casual scramble tournament.
"For community members, this is a great way to support the Chamber and its continued mission to maintain a vibrant business community, promote tourism, and economic development." shared Chamber executive director Heidi McCutcheon. "It is great to see this event continue to grow year after year."
For those businesses looking to get in front of a full field, sponsorship opportunities are stillavailable for as little as $150. Being on the course maximizes the exposure for sponsors, with previous sponsors offering giveaways, drawings, and quick, interactive games at each hole!
In addition to offering Mason County residents and businesses the lively experience of playing at Alderbrook's luxurious course, this tourney raises thousands of dollars to support Chamber events and programs, in turn bolstering professional connections in our community. The tournament will undoubtedly be another successful day of networking, fundraising for Chamber events and programs, and good ol' fashioned golf!
For more information about Friday's tournament, including remaining sponsorship opportunities, call the Chamber office at (360) 426-2021 or email email@example.com. You can also check out event details at sheltonchamber.org/golf.
Feature Story August 14
Cancel whatever plans you made for this weekend because the first annual Hood Stock, presented by FacePlant Events, is here to cement its legacy on the Mason County music scene!
Grab a lawn chair, a blanket, good friends, and your best dancing shoes to catch some amazing live music from bands and local artists such as The Lady Drinks Whiskey, High Ceiling, Anna Robinson, Lutman Posse, Hurts Like Hell, and more. Enjoy local beer, wine, food and retailers as you soak up the sun and bask in the waves of great music.
Bent Bine Brew Co., Mosquito Fleet Winery, Union Country Store, and Garage Vape & Espresso are just a few of the vendors that will help kick off the first of many Hoodstocks! Tickets for the event are $20 per day. Camping is also available on a first come first serve basis, and opens at 11:00 AM Friday. Click here for more camping information and rules.
Hoodstock is a 21+ only community festival and begins this Friday, August 17 at 5:00 PM lasting until Sunday at 6:00 PM. Experience this one-of-a-kind festival where music, art, and nature connect. The event will be located in the Skokomish Valley Grange, 2320 W Skokomish Valley Rd, Shelton. Click here for driving directions.
Click here for the full lineup.
Check out a taste of what musician Skyla Kate will bring to the festival in this interview with iFiber One News Radio.
Need a ride to the venue? Mason Transit Authority is offering transportation to and from the event. Check out the bus schedule here.
For more information and to purchase some Hoodstock swag, visit the their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase your tickets here.
Feature Story August 7
For decades, the Chamber has recognized the most deserving businesses, individuals, and organizations through annual awards: Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. This year we are thrilled to announce an additional three new award categories!
Rookie of the Year: This award recognizes the company that has opened a storefront or began its operation in the award year and has fulfilled a gap in services, retail, or operations in the Mason County community. Any size business is eligible.
Community Supporter of the Year: This award recognizes an individual or organization who greatly impacts Mason County through service, volunteerism, donations (monetarily and/or in-kind), and activism.
Employer of the Year: This award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond in employee management, relations, and overall work environment.
The above three awards are new additions to our long standing awards. Business of the Year was most recently awarded to The Shopper for their outstanding products, services, and contributions in support of a multitude of local organizations, charities, schools, and foundations.
The Citizen of the Year award went to Robert D. Wilson-Hoss for his tireless and passionate efforts of 25 years in advocating for the YMCA and successfully leading the project to become a reality.
Darren Eisele of Hood Canal Communications won the2017 Volunteer of the Year award for his endless activity and participation on numerous local community organizations and boards, including the Business Expo and Ambassadors committees, United Way of Mason County, and the Mason County Forest Festival Association.
The President's Choice award went to the late Ron Pannell for his instrumental efforts in maintaining and coordinating Shelton's city-wide beautification efforts, and for his service as an invaluable part of many projects with Shelton Kiwanis Club.
Who do you believe are most deserving of the 2018 Awards? Nominations are now open to the entire community and may be submitted to the Chamber office via email or through the website at sheltonchamber.org/awards until Friday, September 17.
All nominations will be reviewed by the Member Services Committee and a slate of three to five nominees per category will be forward to the Chamber Board of Trustees for consideration to be placed on the ballot. As always, ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing - each Chamber member receives one vote per category. The majority vote by the membership determines the award winners.
For full nomination guidelines and to nominate a deserving individual or business, visit the Chamber website or call the Chamber office at (360) 426-2021.
Save the date for the night of the Gala itself where the winners of each category will be announced; Friday, January 18!
Feature Story, July 31
There are a million and a half ways to serve and eat oysters. Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed or broiled and, according to some oyster aficionados, there is no right or wrong way to eat them.
We encourage everyone to partake in their favorite method of preparing one of Mason County's iconic creatures this Sunday, August 5 for National Oyster Day! Find the best oysters and other shellfish around at some of these local businesses and restaurants.
Pick up delicious oysters, geoduck, clams, and mussels from Hama Hama Oysters, Salish Seafoods, Seattle Shellfish, LLC, and Taylor Shellfish Farms for some home cooking to prepare them just the way you like it.
First time cooking with shellfish? Follow some easy recipes like bacon blues BBQ Pacific oysters, grilled oysters with red pepper butter, and oyster rolls to really make Sunday true National Oyster Day!
Go and visit some local seafood specialty restaurants such as The Tides Family Restaurant, Squaxin Island Seafood Bar at Little Creek Casino Resort, the Oyster Bar at Hama Hama Oyster Company, and Waterfront Restaurant at Alderbrook Resort & Spa.
We might only be cresting the hill into the second half of summer, but that doesn't mean we can't start preparing for October 6 and 7 at the official Washington State Seafood Festival of OysterFest! With fantastic food and entertainment, OysterFest has become the anchor for annual reunions of family and friends from across the region.
Admission tickets are just $5 so order yours today online or at the event and get ready for a seafood adventure. RV camping and reservation information can also be found on the OysterFest website.
Feature story July 17, 2018
Put a big ol' X on those calendars for this Friday, July 20! It's time again for the Business and Community Expo & Street Dance!
Head down to Railroad Avenue for a grand showcase of the fantastic local businesses of Mason County, including retailers, professional services, restaurants, and more! Come out and learn what is offered locally, sample food from different restaurants, and make some new friends and professional connections.
Thousands of community members attend this business bonanza each year as it offers an extensive range of interactive activities, food samplings spotlighting local restaurants and food trucks, as well as a beer and wine garden to taste locally crafted adult beverages.
This year's Expo is also bringing back the ever popular street dance, so you can boogie into the late evening with your friends and family!
As you peruse through downtown Shelton and meander from stand to stand, make sure to vote for your favorite booths and vendors! Last year's big winners were Wild & Woodsy Catering, winning the Golden Fork, and Maple Glen Senior Living winning Best Booth.
The Business and Community Expo & Bite of Mason County will run from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM on Railroad Avenue.
Admission and parking are free to the public. For more information visit sheltonchamber.org/expo or call (360) 426-2021.
We want to thank this year's Premier sponsors Hood Canal Communications, Maple Glen Senior Living, Our Community Credit Union, and Port of Shelton for their generous support!
Feature story July 10, 2018
Little Creek Casino Resort's Wine & Jazz Festival returns to the South Puget Sound Saturday, July 14 at 6:00 PM with an exquisite array of jazz music, food, beer and (most importantly) wines from around the world.
Thoughtfully designed by the resort's acclaimed Food and Beverage Director, Victor Mortazavi, an inspired menu of gourmet food and wine selections will delight the evening's attendees. They'll be serving up seafood grille specialties, oyster bar, steak, burgers, and much more.
The festival will be held outdoors on the driving range of the resort's award-winning Salish Cliffs Golf Club. While the range will close for the day at 12:00 PM, the course will be open for play all day, so feel free to schedule a tee time before heading to the festival!
No RSVP is required for this event. Admission is free to the public for guests age 21 and up. Attendees will receive a complimentary wine glass upon entry while supplies last.
Looking for additional fun while in the area? Little Creek's luxurious Seven Inlets Spa now features Eminence skin care products and summer-inspired specials in a peaceful setting to relax and recharge.
Guests can also take advantage of Little Creek's resort packages to capitalize on the great value of their golf, spa and overnight accommodations.
If you're looking for even more great live music this weekend, be sure to head up to Hama Hama Oyster Co. from 1:00 - 4:00 PM before the Wine and Jazz Festival and experience Live the Shellpile featuring FarmStrong and some of the world's best oysters! FarmStrong's music draws inspiration from the last century of country, blues, and bluegrass music from the 1920's through the 50's.
You can join The Salmon Center at their Music on the Estuary concert series this Friday, July 13 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. This weekend's live performance features Baltimore rock & roll band The Community Center, whose live performances are renowned for using a large number of different instruments and crowd participation!
Dance the Night Away!
It is peak summer time, people, and though there have already been some outstanding events to ring in these good time vibes everyone has been enjoying , don't stop the music now!
Take a look at a few of these upcoming events to kick your summer into high gear.
Today, take a drive up to Alderbrook Resort & Spa for Thunder on the Canal! General admission opens at 1:00 PM, followed by food outlets opening for service and live music from Big Blue Van. See who is crowned this year's shellfish psycho at 7:00 PM at the oyster eating contest, more live music from Oncore at 7:15 PM, and finish off the night with the fireworks show at 10:20 PM.
On Friday, head to Second Street in downtown Shelton for Summer Funk 2018 at Smoking Mo's, featuring live music from Seattle-based soul band Down North, and local musical favorite The Lady Drinks Whiskey. There will be an expanded beer garden on Second Street, and the fenced area will be reserved for guests 21+. The patio seating will be open to guests of all ages. Cold beer from Silver City Brewery, 4th of July weekend sunshine, and live music right here in the heart of downtown Shelton.
What more could you ask for? Even MORE live music is what! Skookum Rotary's Music in the Park series starts Thursday, July 12 and runs every Thursday through August 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Join everyone at Kneeland Park for a summer chock full of great live bands, including Hilary Scott, Hurts Like Hell, Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, The Lady Drinks Whiskey, Runaway Train, and High Ceiling.
Have a wonderful and responsible Independence Day!
Let Freedom Ring!
There's a boom, a shower of sparkling golden flares fill the dark sky overhead. Then another boom, only this time followed a crowd of oohs, ahhs, and the blissful laughter of children chasing after each other, sparklers in hand. Our country's unique celebration of Independence Day brings out of people the essence of joy, community, and national pride.
To some the Fourth of July is a simple holiday where you don't have to go to work, the banks are closed, and getting from one place to another might be a bit more troublesome with holiday traffic. To others, it's one of the most anticipated events of the year and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the many events put on by community members!
Join Central Mason Fire & EMS for their Fourth of July weekend Pancake Breakfast at Lake Limerick Fire Station for delicious servings of pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and coffee. New Community Church of Union will also be holding its own Fourth of July Weekend Pancake and Waffle Breakfast.
It's the perfect weekend for relaxing outside and listening to live music, so don't miss out on Hama Hama Oyster Co.'s Live from the Shellpile Summer Music Series Saturday, June 30, featuring music by Ryan Doty. This series runs weekly through September 3.
Have a hankering for local oysters? Put your appetite to the test at Thunder on the Canal at Alderbrook Resort & Spa and see how many oysters you can eat in an oyster eating contest. Last year's winner ate 11 dozen oysters! Don't forget to stick around for the fireworks show at 10:20 PM.
While the celebration of Independence Day is a much anticipated event, it also brings with it the risk of injury from fireworks and irresponsible behavior. Please have a safe and, most importantly, jubilant Fourth of July holiday and weekend!
Blues and Brews Festival a Huge Hit!
What. A. Weekend.
We had high hopes that our inaugural Blues and Brews Festival was going to be a hit, but we could not have expected the absolutely huge turnout once the clock struck twelve on Saturday. The Mason County community came together once again and made this past weekend in Evergreen Square one for the books!
As the community started rolling in, Evergreen Square was immediately hopping with good vibes, amazing weather, and, most importantly, great beer and food!
The party was cranked up as headliner The CD Woodbury Band took center stage at 1:30 PM. The band rocked the square and set the relaxed, good time vibes that carried on through the rest of the day. Closing out the day on center stage, The Pleasure Hounds ended the evening perfectly with two encores and even had the crowd out of their seats and dancing!
We'd like to give a huuuuuge thank you and shout out to all of our brew vendors for making Blues and Brews the next staple summer event in Shelton! Thank you to Backwoods Brewing Company - the event's Beer Garden Sponsor, Keyhole Valley Brewing of Shelton, WA, Bent Bine Brew Co. of Belfair, WA, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Bainbridge Brewing, Belching Beaver Brewery, Cascade Brewing, E2W Brewing, Georgetown Brewing,
This event would not have been possible without the generous support from our Blue Ribbon sponsor Columbia Bank, souvenir glass Peninsula Credit Union, beer garden sponsor Backwoods Brewing Company, media sponsor The Shopper, water sponsor Bavarian Window Cleaning as well as AAA Septic, Tractor Supply Company and Taylor Shellfish who provided day-of services. Thank you all so much for your help!
Keep your calendars open for next summer because this annual event is not going anywhere any time soon, and we'll see you next year for another day of Blues and Brews!
Blues and Brews Festival this Weekend!
It's summer, the weather is spectacular, you've probably planned something thoughtful and fun for hanging with dad on Father's Day this Sunday. There's not much else that could make this beautiful time of year even more perfect... or is there?
The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! It's time to celebrate live music, cold beer, and a great community this Saturday, June 16 at the Chamber's inaugural Blues & Brews Festival in Evergreen Square, downtown Shelton! The fun begins at noon and lasts until 5:00 PM.
Almost six months in the making, the Blues & Brews festival will feature 13 breweries and cideries including Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Backwoods Brewing Company, Bainbridge Brewing, Bent Bine Brew Co., Cascade Brewing, E2W Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Keyhole Valley Brewing, Lost Coast Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, Rainy Daze Brewing Co., and Rogue Ales & Spirits, and Schilling Cider House.
You're going to want some nosh to balance out those thirst-quenching beers and cider, so we've invited some of the best local food trucks to the party. Offering up their delicious grub will be Tempting Eats & Treats, Kern's Kitchen, and Radio Fryer Foods, among others.
What's a blues festival without the blues, though? Headlining the event will be "the best kept secret" in the Pacific NW blues scene and chart-topping CD Woodbury Band.
The CD Woodbury Band album "Monday Night!" charted internationally in its genre, including 30 weeks at #1 for the Roots Radio Report's Washington State independent radio chart and peaking at #8 on the international independent blues radio charts.
To close out the festival, The Pleasure Hounds will take the stage. These four "rode-hard" rock and rollers playing enough classic rock, and blues to turn out any house! The Pleasure Hounds are Brian "Bowzer" Jenné on guitar and vocals, Craig "Fado" Gammon on keyboards and vocals, Bill "Mr. Marvelous" Field on bass and vocals, and "Smoke" on drums.
It is Father's Day weekend so be sure to treat dad, and yourself, by joining the party and soaking up the summer sun while listening to great blues music.
Get your tickets now at www.sheltonchamber.org/blues-and-brews/tickets, calling (360) 426-2021, or stopping in at the Chamber office. Entry is $5 per person, and food and drink scripts will be available for purchase on site. The Blues & Brews Festival is a 21+ only event so call a sitter for the young ones and join us at Evergreen Square this Saturday! Check out the Facebook event page for updates.
Have Some "Fun in the Forest!"
This week we honor our forestry heritage with the 74th Mason County Forest Festival with the theme "Fun in the Forest." The festivities begin on Thursday afternoon at the Forest Festival Carnival. The fun is open Thursday & Friday from 4:00 - 11:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 - 11:00 PM, and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 PM. Pre-sale tickets are available at ProBuild and The Shopper to the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30.
On Saturday, begin your day with the Goldsborough Creek Run/Walk (2 or 7 miles - your choice!) and 1/4 mile Junior Jog. Pre-registration closes tonight at midnight, although Day of Race registration will be available for an additional fee. Check-in and registration will take place at Post Office Park at 6:00 AM.
For a slightly later and delicious beginning to the weekend, stop in for the Firefighter's Pancake Breakfast. They'll be flipping flapjacks from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Central Mason Fire & EMS' downtown station.
After filling up on delicious pancakes, head to the Family & Pet Parade at 10:30 AM and sign up to join in the fun! The parade will conclude just before the 11:00 AM Paul Bunyan Grand Parade on Railroad Ave, a colorful display of floats, classic cars, and community showcases. This year's parade will be grand marshalled by Annette McGee and hosted by Forest Festival royalty Queen of the Forest Jessica Schreiber, "Paul Bunyan" Spencer Burris, Timber the Axe Man Greg Jenney, Princess of Cedar Julia Castro, and Princess of Hemlock Trinity Fewell.
Then, make your way down to Loop Field for the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Western Regional Qualifier Logging Show and check-out the vendors' array of food and wares. Wind down the evening at the Manke Lumber Fireworks Display at 10:00 PM at Oakland Bay Junior High (visible from Wallace-Kneeland Blvd).
Join The Ridge Motorsports Park for Battle of the Bands Benefit for Crossroads Housing and the Martha Reed Foundation in the time between the logging show and the fireworks show.
The weekend closes out with Sunday's Shelton Car Show-Off on Olympic Hwy N from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM and Kristmas Town Kiwanis Wooden Duck Race at 2:00 PM on Goldsborough Creek; ducks can be purchased from a Kristmas Town Kiwanis member at Saturday's parade for a "buck a duck."
As always, this year's Forest Festival is free and open to the public. You can find more details in the full-color online program, including history of the royal court and biographies of this year's students, sponsoring businesses, and event details.
This weekend's festival is organized by a volunteer association. We extend our thanks to Forest Festival President Mick Sprouffske, VP Amy Cooper, Secretary Judy Bidwell, Treasurer Cheryl Earsley, Paul Bunyan Parade Chair Janis Carter, and Car Show Chair Helen Thompson who have worked so hard, together with all of the volunteers to make this year's events a success.
Memorial Day Around Mason County
The clouds have parted, the sun is out, and the intoxicating aroma of charcoal grills signal Memorial Day weekend fast approaching and, with it, the unofficial beginning of summer. As one of the busiest times of the year, Memorial Day provides a great opportunity for local businesses to thrive as people load up on food, beverages, equipment, and supplies.
Most importantly though, we must remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. It is a commemoration of the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 PM. Read more about the history of Memorial Day.
Shelton Memorial Park will play host to a Mason County tribute on Monday, May 28. VFW Post 1694 is organizing this year's event which will feature an honor detail by local NJROTC students. The program will kick-off at 11:00 AM.
If you're planning on throwing a party or the get together of the year, spruce up your place beforehand with help from our roster of housekeeping services, carpet & floor cleaners, landscaping & gardening supplies and more. Visit the online directory to browse by category or search by keyword.
What's a BBQ or outdoor get together without great food? Stock up on groceries at Fred Meyer and Walmart, enjoy specialty items from Jalisco Tortillas, Shelton Farmers' Market, and Union City Market; or indulge in seafood from Taylor Shellfish Farms, Hama Hama Oysters, Salish Seafoods and Seattle Shellfish LLC. To toast the occasion, enjoy a selection from Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop, The Hardware Distillery Co., Stottle Winery and Walter Dacon Wines.
Plus, the long weekend offers a perfect chance to get outside and enjoy an excursion! Visit the drop zone and go tandem with Skydive Kapowsin. Make a reservation with Vance Creek Railriders for a unique experience along the old Simpson Railway (check out the story below). The Ridge Motorsports Park has Grand Prix Go Karting on the calendar, boasting tons of fun on its 1/5 scale track. And, if you're looking for water fun, Blue Horizons Paddlesports has activities available along beautiful Hood Canal!
Headed out for the weekend? Stop by Verle's LLC to grab all your marine, camping and sporting goods. Their helpful, friendly staff has the inside scoop on all things recreation. Whether you're looking to buy a boat, fishing tackle, or pick-up a licenses for shellfish, this store offers a one-stop-shop.
The calendar of events below includes details for a number of local events happening over the holiday weekend. NOTE: The Chamber of Commerce, along with federal offices and many businesses, will be closed on Monday in honor of Memorial Day.
Bluegrass Brings Big Talent, Business Boom to Shelton
This weekend Kristmas Town Kiwanis will once again produce Bluegrass from the Forest. What began as a small town event has grown into a must-see weekend festival, drawing nationally renowned talent!
New this year, enjoy a country dance after the Saturday evening show with Caleb, Reeb, and friends (members of Kalleck and Mile 12) followed by "midnight hotdogs."
Get the inside scoop on this weekend's events with the commemorative program, available now! Pick-up a copy to leaf through or peruse the digital version.
Whether you participate in the workshops or just watch the show, this weekend promises good music, great people and an experience you won't soon forget. So grab your friends and family and head up to the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center over the weekend for long lasting memories and a toe-tapping good time. Plus you can feel great knowing that event proceeds go back into the local community, thanks to Kristmas Town Kiwanis!
City Celebrates Project, New Leadership
City of Shelton is celebrating two milestones this week: the beginning of construction on the Downtown Connector Project and seating the new City Council.
The Downtown Connector Project includes the complete revitalization of the West Alder Street/Olympic Highway North corridor from North First Street to West C Street. The estimated $4.4 million dollar project will feature new asphalt streets, sidewalks, streetscapes, street and pedestrian lighting, ADA ramps, stormwater upgrades, and intersection improvements, including the first roundabout in Shelton. The West Alder Street/Olympic Highway North corridor is a principal arterial and National Highway System Route connecting downtown Shelton to the city's northern commercial and residential districts.
Yesterday, the City celebrated the start of construction for this project. Following a few remarks from Public Works Director Craig Gregory, local elected officials ceremonially turned over the first shovels full of dirt. Pictured below are Rep. Dan Griffey, Rep. Drew MacEwen, City Council Member Kathy McDowell, Mayor Gary Cronce, Sen. Tim Sheldon, City Council Member Joe Schmit, City Council Member Bob Rogers, City Council Member Eric Onisko, City Council Member Kevin Dorcy, and City Council Member Deidre Peterson.
Tonight, the City Council will be sworn in prior to the business meeting. The public is invited to attend a swearing in ceremony at 7:00 PM at the Civic Center.
Right after Mother's Day the annual beautification of Shelton will commence as the streets are adorned with beautiful and blossoming flower baskets!
The baskets that grace our streets for the spring and summer months would not be possible without our community's support. The business community and individual sponsors have taken responsibility for the majority of the costs associated with the installation and upkeep of the flower baskets, streetlight banners, and Christmas decorations during the winter months.
The beautification committee's fundraising efforts for 2018 are now underway! Members of the committee will begin contacting businesses, service organizations, employee associations and reaching out to the greater community to assist with financial support to install and maintain the flower baskets and street banners. There is a tremendous cost associated with beautifying our community and because this is such a large and important community-wide project, the Chamber is asking for everyone's involvement. There's no way we could do this without your help or the help of our partners, Hood Canal Communications, City of Shelton, and Shelton Kiwanis Club for the manpower and volunteer hours they dedicate to the program.
We accept donations towards the collective project or you can sponsor a flower basket for $250. The $250 offsets the cost of materials and maintenance for the season. Businesses and citizens alike may choose to sponsor a basket in memoriam or in honor of a loved one.
If you would like more information on this effort or would like to donate your time or money to these valuable community projects, you can contact the Chamber at (360) 426-2021 or at email@example.com, download a beautification donation form, or donate via PayPal. For more information or for a list of donors, go to sheltonchamber.org/beautification.
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