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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.”
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!
Get your Friends of Chinook School
Help us continue to raise funds and to own and gift our new 2014 Calendar. The calendars are $13 each or $10 each for three or more. They can be found at the Chinook Country Store, the Chinook Family Dining Restaurant, or by contacting Connie at 360-777-8859 or Email
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
At Chinook School Event Center November 14-15
Thursday, November 14
The festival starts at 6:30 pm on Thursday. Guests are invited to come enjoy the festivities. You will have the opportunity to purchase medieval foods and beverages from local vendors while listening to entertainment provided by the Ilwaco High School Jazz Band, the Bayside Singers Madrigal Group and the Naselle High School Marimba Band.
At 8 o’clock our Master of Ceremonies, Jon Krager, will introduce OSF Director Emeritus, Paul Nicholson, who will help dedicate the new stage and kick off the Oregon Shakespear Festival performance, which we hope will become an annual event.
During intermission Joanne Leech will serve medieval sweets and the vendors will continue to sell wine and beverages.
Admission is by a $10.00 donation for those who wish to have a good seat for viewing the stage. 200 advance-sale tickets are offered for purchase at Bank of the Pacific in Ocean Park and Long Beach, at Swanson’s Realty in Naselle or by calling Connie in Chinook at
777-8859. The tickets will be available at these locations until Friday, November 8, and any remaining will be available at the door on Thursday evening. All donations will go towards next year’s performance and workshop.
There is no charge for the young people who will be attending the workshop and no charge if you wish to come enjoy the food and music and then stand or find a seat along the walls during the OSF performance.
Friday, November 15
From 10:00 until 2:00 Friends of Chinook School has sponsored the OSF performers to give a workshop for IHS and NHS drama and English Literature students at no cost to the students. Youth involved with PAPA or Peninsula Players have also been invited to participate. Lunch will be provided mid-day.
New Roof, Windows & Paint!
Our excitement and pride are enormous! Friends of Chinook School and the Port of Chinook have shown such patience waiting and working toward giving the existing Chinook School a fabulous facelift. Finally we begin. The new roof and foundation were in place early (see the From the Board article in the Fall Newsletter) and now we witness the fabulous new dressing obvious to all passersby. We also recognize that the local community has stood by us as we move into the final phase of renovation. For that we thank you all! Again, please refer to the “From the Board” article for details of our forward progress and know how much we appreciate you!