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Saturday, 6 December 2014

This Saturday was the biggest winter holiday event in Ilwaco, surpassed in attendance only by the July fireworks and the Slow Drag.

We began the day with a visit to the Saturday market, with a little trash picking along the way.

pouring rain while trash picking in the boatyard garden (Allan's photo)

pouring rain while trash picking in the boatyard garden (Allan’s photo)

a sudden break between squalls

a sudden break between squalls

boatyard garden...Some weeds are creeping in but...NO, it is staycation, not going to weed!

boatyard garden…Some weeds are creeping in but…NO, it is staycation, not going to weed!

The trash picking felt necessary as I knew that just before dusk, folks would be walking along this garden to get to the tree lighting.

stormy light and a rainbow, Howerton Way at the Port

stormy light and a rainbow, Howerton Way at the Port

Allan's photo, looking north

Allan’s photo, looking north

Allan's photo, looking north over Myrtle Avenue and the old Kola boathouses

Allan’s photo, looking north over Myrtle Avenue and the old Kola boathouses (left)

Market, Howerton Way entrance

Market, Howerton Way entrance

Saturday Christmas Market Waterfront Way entrance

Saturday Christmas Market, Waterfront Way entrance

We were pleased that the market had many more vendors than last Saturday and had many delightful offerings.

wooden word flowers

wooden word flowers

blank books

blank books

beachy decorations

beachy decorations

hats

enhanced hats

It occurs to me I should buy one of these; hope the vendor is there next week.

It occurs to me I should buy one of these; hope the vendor is there next week.

seashore wreath

seashore wreath

Best of all, Pink Poppy Bakery was there!

pink

Pink Poppy Bakery gingerbread house

Pink Poppy Bakery gingerbread house kits

and my favourite iced sugar cookies

and my favourite iced sugar cookies

At 4:30, we walked back down to the port to be there for the crab pot tree lighting that happens on the dot of 5 o clock, always the first Saturday of December.

outside Don Nisbett Art Gallery

outside Don Nisbett Art Gallery on Waterfront Way

I popped in to compliment Jenna (Queen La De Da) on her decorating skills.

I popped in to compliment Jenna (Queen La De Da) on her decorating skills.

failed to get a good pic of the lions in front of Time Enough Books...

I failed to get a good pic of the lions in front of Time Enough Books…

Peeked into Purly Shell Fiber Arts, where the scene of children making knitted ornaments reminded me of the Seaside Knitters mystery series.

Peeked into Purly Shell Fiber Arts, where the scene of children making knitted ornaments reminded me of the Seaside Knitters mystery series.

Looked in on Time Enough Books.

Looked in on Time Enough Books.

At the west end of Waterfront Way, the star shone over Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Company.

At the west end of Waterfront Way, the star shone over Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company.

wreaths outside the Saturday market, which was still in session

wreaths outside the Saturday market, which was still in session

Holiday lights on Englund Marine

Holiday lights on Englund Marine

In the dusk, failed to get a good telephoto of these active St Bernards.

In the dusk, I failed to get a good telephoto of these active St Bernards heading for the crab pot tree.

4:50 PM as the crowd gathers...

4:50 PM as the crowd gathers…

waiting...

waiting…

view from the crab pot tree to the southwest and Ilwaco Landing

view from the crab pot tree to the southwest and Ilwaco Landing

5 PM sharp" The crowd cheers!

5 PM sharp:  The crowd cheers!

The suspenseful moment:  Would I get a photo with a tree AND the fireworks, working with the time delay click of a little pocket cam?  Success!

After a slight delay, we were treated to "the world's shortest fireworks display"...

After a slight and inintended delay, we were treated to “the world’s shortest fireworks display”…

firework

Our friend Marla had sped down from Seattle and arrived JUST in time for the tree lighting.  She had driven by while I took my first (unlit) tree photos and called out a greeting; I had hoped she would find parking in time, and she did.

Photo by Marla Blazer

Photo by Marla Blazer

Marla's photos

Marla’s photos

Bruce Peterson leads some crabby Christmas carols.

Bruce Peterson leads some crabby Christmas carols.

Our friend Lisa Smith wrote some excellent crabby carol lyrics:

lyrics

 

a joyous gathering

a joyous gathering

tree

Allan’s newish Canon camera had been very uncooperative and he was most disgusted with a $300 camera behaving so badly.  He got many photos that turned out like this:

bad

…and he sorely wished that he had brought his $80 Olympus camera as a back up.

We found Marla in the crowd and walked down along Waterfront Way.  Marla (whom I knew as the glamourous young LaBlaze in my early 30s) and I had recently reunited via Facebook and I found that she has been a frequent visitor to the Long Beach Peninsula and a fan of the Adrift Hotel and the [pickled fish] restaurant.  Before we walked, I helped her fetch her two schnauzers, Weezer and Herkie, from her car.  In the thrill of having a couple of dogs to dote on (especially when I carried the puppy, Herkie!), I sort of forgot to take photos of Santa in Time Enough Books and of diners at OleBob’s Café.  Sometimes life intervenes.  I do wish more volunteers provided photos for Discover Ilwaco.  Allan forgot, too, because he went down on the docks with Marla and the dogs (all four of them braver and more agile than me).

Speaking of brave and agile:

Allan's photo of Marla taking a photo....

Allan’s photo of Marla taking a photo….

and the photo Marla took.

and the photo Marla took.

on the docks (Allan's photo)

on the docks (Allan’s photo)

Weezer makes a friend (Allan's photo)

Weezer makes a friend (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lighted boats

lighted boats and Jessie’s star

The very low tide did not make for good reflections.

The very low tide did not make for good reflections.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On shore, the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band regaled passersby in the foyer of Purly Shell.

holiday jazz

holiday jazz

Allan did go into Time Enough books and found the bookstore so crowded that he did not make it far enough back to see Santa.

inside Time Enough Books

inside Time Enough Books

Meanwhile, I was wandering and gabbing with Marla and the dogs and still forgetting to take photos…

me, Marla, and the dogs, Allan's photo

me, Marla, and the dogs, Allan’s photo

…until Allan took Weezer’s leash and I guided Marla into Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery so she could meet Cosmic Blondie, one of the Cosmic Bombshell duo that livens up local events.  Marla herself was a Las Vegas showgirl so I knew that the two would like to meet.

Cosmic Blondie

Cosmic Blondie

Blondie fell hard for little Herkie.

Blondie and Herkie fell in love.

blondies

Don himself was making customers happy, as always.

Don himself was making customers happy, as always.

So, completely forgetting to take more photos, I suggested to Marla that we all go to the Depot Restaurant for dinner.  (On crab pot night, we certainly missed the late lamented Pelicano Restaurant and its view of the port, but then, it would have been full of dinners with no room for spontaneous arrivals).  We were fortunate to get a table at the bustling Depot.

At the Depot, to the right, you can see the window box annuals that still refuse to die, and inside, the lights of the Christmas tree.

At the Depot, to the right, you can see the window box annuals that still refuse to die, and inside, the lights of the Christmas tree.  That’s the historic Clamshell Railroad sign in the middle.

Oysters 'Scargo for Allan and Marla

Oysters ‘Scargo for Allan and Marla

I have figured out why the famous Depot oyster dish is called Oysters ‘Scargo.    The dish in which it is served must be especially made for escargot (which I could never, ever eat!):

a special dish

a special dish: “Six fresh wild local Willapa Petite Oysters broiled in Garlic Lime Butter Served with a Fresh Baguette. “

Marla's photo

Marla’s photo

Peruvian mango sea scallops: "Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions "

Peruvian mango sea scallops: “Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions “

Marla had Udon Prawns:  "Udon Prawns: Peanut, Coconut, Tomato and Yam Spicy Broth with Prawns and Udon Noodles Topped with Chopped Green Beans and Cilantro"

Marla had Udon Prawns: “Udon Prawns: Peanut, Coconut, Tomato and Yam Spicy Broth with Prawns and Udon Noodles Topped with Chopped Green Beans and Cilantro”

Marla donned the proffered bib for her prawn dish but turned out to not need it.

Marla donned the proffered bib for her prawn dish but turned out to not need it. (Allan’s photo)

I had the delicious Cinghiale Brasato: “House made Potato Gnocchi sautéed in a Ragout of Braised Wild Boar, Tomatoes, Red Wine and Seasonings topped with shaved Parmesan Cheese” and Allan had the Parmesan Chicken: “Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce”.

Allan took a photo of two friends reunited after 20 years.

two

It’s pleasant to find a friend from the past who has turned out to be politically sympatico, and an environmentalist,  with lots of shared memories to amuse ourselves with, and she likes to garden.

Now back to quiet staycation for a few days until the next round of holiday social events.

 

 

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