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Saturday 19 April 2014

After the beach clean up and a drive to Long Beach in the pouring rain, we parked in the east parking lots and as we got out of our vehicle, the rain stopped.  A half a block walk took us to the Fifth Street Park frying pan and clam sculpture and there we found the Cosmic Bombshells posing bravely in the chilly air.

Cosmic Bombshells

Cosmic Bombshells

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The streets were crowded with tourists and locals, many looking damp from the downpour that had just ended.  Most were converging upon the park for the dedication of the World’s Largest Spitting Clam sculpture, now working again after years of not spitting.  For probably the last time, I have to post the poignant letter that my dear friend Montana Mary wrote after a visit to Long Beach in 1997.

Mary's letter in the Chinook Observer

Mary’s letter in the Chinook Observer

and today...the clam will squirt again.

and today…the clam will squirt again.

Our flower bed closest to the clam had retained some bright colours through the storm.

Our flower bed closest to the clam had retained some bright colours through the storm.

windblown tulips

windblown tulips

Cosmic Bombshells warming up.

Cosmic Bombshells warming up.

little dogs in the audience

little dogs in the audience

the crowd awaits

the crowd awaits

The Bombshells hold the ribbon.

The Bombshells hold the ribbon, and crew member Rick Fitzgerald waits to activate the clam.

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The Mayor made a speech and then asked young Avery to help cut the ribbon.

Avery about to cut the ribbon

Avery about to cut the ribbon

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And it is done.

And it is done.

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Some folks had a jolly time putting quarters in the brand new machine and making the clam squirt for photo opportunities.

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Across the street, people enjoyed the northwest quadrant of the park.

After a little while, we walked a block north toward Veterans Field to see a clam fritter fry-up in one of the town’s giant frying pans.

I found some dead narcissi flowers despite all our efforts to achieve perfection yesterday.  Fortunately, I had clippers in my pocket (which I had already used to deadhead some wind-shattered tulips in Fifth Street Park). Many, but not all, flowers had held up well.

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Tulips Princess Irene and China Town

Tulip viridiflora 'China Town' in front of the carousel

Tulip viridiflora ‘China Town’

From Van Engelen’s catalog:  “Highly awarded, China Town opens pale pinkish-white with bold green feathering and striking white-edged, blue-green foliage. As its long-lasting flowers mature, they deepen in color to rich phlox-pink with carmine-rose edges and somewhat less prominent green feathering. It is a bit short for a late blooming Tulip, growing to just 12″ tall, so it is perfect for border clusters where you can take advantage of its amazing flower and foliage show.

In our eyes, China Town has the best marginated foliage of all Tulips with the thickest, most highly contrasted edging. (Did you know that the phenomena of marginated foliage occurs due to a lack of or insufficient pigmentation and chlorophyll in the plant cells on the outer petal edges?)”

the very sturdy and long blooming Princess Irene

the very sturdy and long blooming Princess Irene

From Van Engelen catalog:  “Princess Irene:  An exotic blend of soft orange, flushed warm purple, this 1949 award-winner is absolutely breathtaking and quite fragrant.”

The Long Beach carousel

The Long Beach carousel

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a lily flowering tulip in a street planter

a lily flowering tulip in a street planter

At Veterans Field, the same tireless city crew member worked on getting the propane flames going on the giant frying pan.  The wind made the task difficult.

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It was not an easy task.

It was not an easy task.

The Cosmic Bombshells posed with more attendees.

The Cosmic Bombshells posed with more attendees.

This beautiful dog had just returned from being a therapy dog for people in the Oso landslide.

This beautiful dog had just returned from being a therapy dog for people in the Oso landslide.

stage and food tent

stage and food tent

On the stage, the new North Jetty Brewing Company's beer concession.

On the stage, the new North Jetty Brewing Company’s beer concession.

The tulips by the stage showed the effects of the weather.

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I found our friend Bill of The Boreas Inn at the Lost Roo Restaurant food booth.

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Allan bought us some tasty pulled pork sandwiches and the beer was very tasty as well.  I ordered a “half”, which seemed to mystify the vendor, although it would be common in the UK.  More than half a glass and I would have run out of energy to take photos.

yummy with coleslaw

yummy with coleslaw

From the stage, you can see how very small our Veterans Field garden actually is.

From the stage, you can see how very small our Veterans Field garden actually is, around the flag pole area.

The crowd grew thicker around the frying pan tent.  Of course, the garden is very significant to us.

flowers

'Flaming Parrot tulip'

‘Flaming Parrot tulip’

The Resolectrics took to the stage next to the beer concession.

The Resolectrics took to the stage next to the beer concession.

Resolectrics

Resolectrics, Allan’s photo

The crowds closed in thickly around the frying pan tent where culinary students from Ilwaco High School competed in a clam fritter contest.

dogs

 

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I'd wait till someone moved, then weasel in to get a photo.

I’d wait till someone moved, then weasel in to get a photo.

audience members

audience members

Del (Delvis) Murry, city councilman, interviews one of the students.

Del (Delvis) Murry, city councilman, interviews one of the students.

culinary students

culinary students

City crewman poised to deal with any propane problems.

City crewman Rick Fitzgerald poised to deal with any propane problems.

And the adjusting of the flame continued because of the gusty wind.

And the adjusting of the flame continued because of the gusty wind.

Three celebrity chefs from Tom Douglas restaurants came from Seattle to judge the clam fritter competition:  Brock Johnson of The Dahlia Lounge, Liam Spence from Lola, and Desi Bonow of the Palace Kitchen.

 

judges

judges

At last the pan was hot enough.

At last the pan was hot enough.

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students

 

watching

 

 

preparing a plate

preparing a plate of samples for the audience

tasty little bites

tasty little bites

clambites

fritter bits

Sadly, I was preoccupied taking photos and forget to taste a sample.  They were well received.

a rave review

a rave review (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

One of the judges observes closely.

One of the judges observes closely (Allan’s photo)

 

From outside the ropes, I couldn't get a photo of the clams cooking like this fellow could...

From outside the ropes, I couldn’t get a photo of the clams cooking like this fellow could…

So I handed my camera to city councilman Delvis who got me this photo.

So I handed my camera to city councilman Delvis who got me this photo.

The fritters look small in the big pan.  I’m wondering if there will ever be a fry-up of the world’s LARGEST clam fritter.

It was done in 1940!

It was done in 1940!

A member of the city crew had constructed the world’s smallest clam gun.

clamgun

The judges considering the entries...

The celebrity chef judges considering the entries…

very seriously

very seriously

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

We did not stay to the end of the fritter competition; by leaving at 3:30 we were able to get to Ilwaco’s Olde Towne Café for dessert before they closed at 4:00.

A cream cheese cappucino bar is exactly what I had.

A cream cheese cappucino bar is exactly what I had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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