Oh my gosh, I do love the train whistle as it rumbles up the tracks. It is reminiscent of days gone by, with the trains bringing the wives and children to enjoy the coastal air for a lengthy ‘time out’ at the little cabins at the beach. The daddy’s would come by to join their families on their days off and weekends, (Ergo, the nickname, Daddy Trains,) then reluctantly go back to their jobs on their workdays. This tradition of our train began in 1912, and continues, even in 2019. Embrace the historical significance of this tradition. I hope this tradition continues forever.
When Dale and I were building a cabin in Bay City, around 41 years ago, we used to occasionally enjoy eating out at a little café in the center of town. We were never disappointed. Well, last week, we were looking around to find a new perfect breakfast spot, since our favorite ‘Cowbelle Cafe’ isn’t open yet. Dale and I thought of Downies in Bay City and boy, we had an amazing breakfast there. It was so yummy, we went back the next day to enjoy it once again. It too was amazing. Dale had biscuits & gravy with eggs over easy and I had the shrimp omelet with hash browns and rye toast on our second visit. We give this restaurant five stars. Prices are good and the food is awesome!
Prom night, with Wally Nelson’s Ballroom dance through the Tillamook Community College was well attended and fun! There are future plans for the students including wedding, cruises or simply dancing in the moonlight. Wally and his wife Diane make learning not only easy, but enjoyable and I really recommend his class. I will remind you when he starts up next spring. We have made lifelong friends attending this class. You really need to join us.
The ‘grand open’ date for the Nature Preserve is coming right up! Yippee! It is this Saturday, June 15th at 10am. Have you walked it yet? It is so cool, and still has a little more to go, but it is a great stroll right now. Join all the folks as they celebrate, you never know who will be there…. Wink, wink. The new URL is https://youtu./U181xW2xHHw. You really need to check this out too.
Rockaway’s own, Bob Didier’s latest CD, Black Top Cowboy, has had phenomenal success. He writes his songs and music, and they are so good, Dale & I keep one in our car for our road trips. You can find his CD in stores throughout the county. He is busy working on his next disc. It will be a great honky-tonk listen. I can’t wait!
My good friend and fellow ukulele enthusiast, is going to be performing in the Riverbend Players, War of Worlds stage play at the NCRD STAGE in Nehalem on Saturday, July 6th. He is playing Professor Pierson. Be sure to add this to your list of things to do on the Fourth of July week. Tickets are available at the door, or wwww.tickettomato.com. The play is based on the 1938 Radio Scrip based on the novel H. G. WELLS. (By Howard E. Koch.)
The Rockaway Beach Parks and Recreation program rocks! And guess what? Their summer program will soon be available for kids of all ages! If your children have ever been involved, they know this means daily meetups at our city park, field trips to new and exciting places, bonfires on the beach every Friday night, and best of all, the Carnival in the Park on Labor Day Weekend. Stop by our city hall for registrations. Very fond memories will be made for your child. This program is near and dear to my heart. Amber, our daughter, worked for them in high school through college. More details soon!
Don’t forget Bingo is every Friday and Saturday night through November. Stroll on over to the Lions Club with family and friends for fun, fun, fun! And you could win! The doors open at 6pm but the games begin at 6:30. They are located at 286 South Anchor. It is easy to find, and is right behind our city hall.
A musical reminder for all that love to sing, play an instrument, or just listen to good music. Head on over to the City Hall each Wednesday evening from 6-7:30pm. All instruments are welcome, but you will enjoy the Salty Strings Ukulele Group on this evening. They have ukuleles to lend out too. Join us!
“The way I see it, if you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” That’s Rockaway Beach, “Sugar Coated!”