Although it’s on off-season hours of operations, the Coastal Interpretive Center is bustling with activity going into the end of the year.
Last Saturday, the Center held a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner put on by Coastal Interpretive Center’s (CIC) staff and board of directors. To thank the more than 50 volunteers who donate their time and energy to the Center’s mission, the Center’s new director, Darlene Roselle, planned and executed a buffet dinner. VFW Post 8956 was decked out with festive place settings, centerpieces and a Christmas tree. The dinner featured ribs (chef Jim Nagan) and chicken-spinach rolls in mushroom sauce (chef Darlene Roselle), baked potatoes with all the trimmings, dinner rolls and salads by Nancy Eldridge, Ellen Bagley, Carla Salter and Anna Koetitz. Elone and Walter Weed brought decorated cupcakes and Darlene provided a chocolate lovers’ cake with raspberries and whipped cream.
Door prizes were drawn for— Judith Ross won a book titled “Weird Washington” (and the honor of being first in line for the buffet!); Richard Wills won breakfast for two at the Home Port Restaurant; Frank Harris snagged a lovely Christmas centerpiece and Della Smith won the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to the Ocean Shores IGA.
Jim Nagan (CIC Board Immediate Past President), Nancy Eldridge (CIC Board President), and Darlene Roselle (CIC Director) each spoke about appreciation of volunteers at the CIC and at VFW, goals for the new year, and gratitude for veterans, community, friends and family. Commander John Link thanked Jim Docherty, Dennis Hogan and Steve Green for their work over the past year in completing the hall at Post 8956, where the Center event was hosted. The Coastal Interpretive Center is at 1033 Catala Ave. SE. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays. Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.