Friends of Chinook School

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810 Highway 101. The school is 4 miles going west from the Astoria-Megler Bridge, and 6 miles going south from Ilwaco. Turn onto Evelyn Road for more parking.
Chinook School Event Center

A Little About Us:

The Friends of Chinook School was founded in 2002 by local residents with a guiding vision ot save and restore the historic 1921 gymnasium, the 1924 Chinook grade school and playing fields. Friends of Chinook School is a non-profit 501(c)(3).

The mission of the Friends of the Chinook School:
“To refurbish and utilize the historic Chinook School for the cultural, educational, social, economic and recreational benefit of the community.”
2014 Calendars Still Available
There are plenty of FOCS 2014 calendars available for your enjoyment. This year’s calendar features working boats, past and present, and wonderful color images of our port, river and bay superimposed on the local nautical chart.
A tribute to our special fishing community, this calendar begs to be shared among and beyond our local citizens. The beautiful photos accompany well-designed calendar pages to record your special days and dates alongside printed high-days and holidays of 2014. The calendars are sale priced at $10.00 each or three for $25.00 available at Chinook Country Store and the Chinook Inn Restaurant. When you get your copy, be sure to notice and patronize the local businesses who sponsored the production of our calendar. If you would like to have calendars mailed, please feel free to call or email Connie at 360-777-8859 or Profits from sale of the calendar will go to the general fund of The Friends of Chinook School. We thank you for your support!

Thanks For Supporting Oktoberfest!

Thanks for supporting Oktoberfest 2013!  The weather was gorgeous, Lost Roo Ale was pouring in the Beer Garden, and music was everywhere!  This year the fiddling group, "Double J and the Boys" performed throughout the evening in the beer garden and the always fun "Beach Buddies" entertained on gym main stage . 

Though the clam tide and great weather kept our attendance a little low, the enthusiasm was high and everyone had a great time.  Thanks to the generosity of our membership and area businesses the donations in the auctions were fantastic.  Joanne served up another great dinner and the young volunteer servers coordinated by Denise Heckes professionally served over 250 dinners. 

The Board greatly appreciates and thanks the many volunteers who make this event possible.  A special thanks to Layne and Karin Prest for helping cleanup on Sunday.  Kim Smith, Jim Engel, Kathy Hughes, and many others who helped in the kitchen, and Ron Saalborn for mowing the lawn and managing event parking.  Hope to see you next year!



Oregon Shakespeare Festival
At Chinook School Event Center Special Mission Well Met
Friends of Chinook School held the first annual Shakespeare Event on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15 of 2013. We thoroughly enjoyed Christiana Clark and Jeremy Johnson, two remarkable Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors who delighted and surprised the community. Jeremy and Christiana performed vignettes from a number of plays, including “The Tempest,” “Romeo and Juliet” and ”On Golden Pond”. These professionals were superb in portraying several parts in each scene and delighted the audience with their skills.

The evening program started with the festive atmosphere of medieval food and drink being sold by The Depot Restaurant and The Shelburne Inn and with musical entertainment.

The crowd enjoyed numbers by The Ilwaco High School Jazz Band, The Bayside Singers, and The Naselle Drama Club playing marimbas. A brief intermission offered medieval sweets and drinks and the performance ended with plans for a workshop for Ilwaco and Naselle English and drama students the next morning.

On Friday, November 15, the OSF actors performed again for the students and then conducted two sessions of active and interactive workshops for enthusiastic participants. Our local Chinook Inn provided lunch for the students and chaperones. Everyone had positive comments and all are looking forward to next year. FOCS is pleased by the response and feel it was a good start to our mission of providing educational and cultural benefits to our community.

Upcoming in 2014:
Interior Construction

Friends of Chinook School and the Port of Chinook are moving forward with construction. The project team made up of FOCS members, representatives of the POC, advisors and consultants, is finalizing plans for interior structural improvements and window/door installation in the school building. Plans also include rewiring the building. Project Manager Corky Wilson anticipates work to begin in February. “Construction needs to follow historic rehabilitation guidelines so we have to pay close attention to what we do and that requires a lot of planning…but we’re getting the job done!”

Project steps to follow include heating system, plumbing and fixtures, wall and ceiling repair, painting /refinishing and floor refurbishing. If you can help with any of the next projects, please contact us through our Website or by calling Eileen Wirkkala 360-777-8211.