Our Legendary Local
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Last Saturday, when I was done mowing my Ilwaco lawn and had showered, my houseguests and I drove to Ocean Park, at the other end of the Long Beach Peninsula, to attend a book signing at Adelaide’s Book Store. My friend Sydney Steven’s was signing her latest Long Beach Peninsula book, Legendary Locals book there. We missed her book talk, but still got to chat with her. My friends purchased two of Sydney’s books and I even picked up O is for Oysterville for my youngest granddaughter, Lydia, who had been quite jealous of my purchase of LegendaryLocals for her older sister Linda the weekend before. My friend Jo bought Dear Medora, one of my favorites, but then I love everything Sydney writes. She may be a retired teacher, but she still has much to teach the rest of us about the history of Southwest Washington and does so in a very entertaining way with her pen, her blog, and around the dining table.
After Adelaide’s we went across the main intersection in Ocean Park to Jack’s CountryStore. Jack’s is amazing. It has been serving the Long Beach Peninsula since 1885 and if you can’t find it at Jack’s, you probably don’t need it. Actually, when you shop at Jack’s you will probably find things you didn’t know you needed! I knew what I was after. Jack’s sells a wide assortment of patterned oil cloth by the yard. Vinyl is all well and good I suppose, but for a table cloth that lasts and wipes down easily you can’t beat oil cloth. I grew up with oil cloth on my grandmother’s kitchen table and besides being practical, it is homey to me. I was happy to purchase three yards of lavender gingham, pick up a gallon of bleach and a half gallon of milk.
There isn’t room to list all of wares of this large rambling store, but some of the things we enjoy are their wide assortment of candy from our childhood and old fashioned toys. This Spring Dave and I made a special trip just to get balsawood airplanes for our grandson Gabriel. It used to be that you could pick them up at any store. Now you find Styrofoam things that just don’t fly the same. Last weekend I couldn’t resist purchasing two cloth bags to use as gift bags for my granddaughters. They were just too charming and will hold some cupcake flavored chapstick I also couldn’t resist along with some books. Ah, the life of a grammy.
Next weekend we have a trip to the Oysterville Store where Sydney will be doing another book signing. The store has recently changed hands and renovated. I am anxious to see it!