Oysterville Today and Tomorrow. Literally.

Jul 4, 2013 | 1 comment

Independence Day (1)

Bradley’s House, July 4, 2013

Almost ‘Everyone’s In Town’ and the flags are flying here in Oysterville!  People are talking about going into Ocean Park for ‘The Parade’ and there are several picnics planned for the afternoon.  Maybe even fireworks, but in deference to our four-legged residents the flashy, noisy kind will probably take place over at the ocean beach a safe-and-soundproof (fairly) mile away.  Hooray for Independence Day!

I was trying to remember how many Fourth of Julys I’ve spent here in town.  Probably fifty or more going back to the 1940s and ‘50s.  Most involved lots of food – fried chicken and potato salad and, sometimes, homemade ice cream.  Usually, in the evening, there was a bonfire down at the bay.

We waited and waited for it to get dark enough to light our sparklers.  Dads and bigger kids (mostly boys) would gather in the street where they lit strings of lady fingers and put cherry bombs under tin cans.  The bravest of us held Roman candles while they burst forth in all their glory.  The smell of burning punks filled the air.  It was a little bit scary and I can’t say I really liked the fireworks part, but still… it was part of the holiday.

Oysterville Store Signs

Oysterville Store, July 3, 2013

This year, July 5th promises to be a Big Day in Oysterville, too.  It is the official opening date of the Oysterville Store under the new ownership of Greg Rogers.  His goal is to return the store, at least in feeling, to the days when Minnie and Bert Andrews opened it as a general mercantile establishment.

That was back in 1918, long before Oysterville had become a tourist destination and the focus of the store had segued into souvenirs.  Not that there won’t be treasures for visitors to buy.  But, the plan is that the store will also focus on some of the day-to-day needs of the locals.  And, once again, we’ll be able to pick up our mail, sit cozy in the store, and settle the problems of the day with the neighbors.  I can hardly wait!

1 Comment

  1. Jean stamper

    It seems really strange to be somewhere else than Oysterville for the 4th of July but here we are in Portland. Thanks for giving us a little glimpse of what’s going on up there. It looks like Bradley painted his house for the occasion. Trust him to find flags to fit exactly. Have a great 4th.


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