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Letters to the editor Jan. 29, 2014

Crimps in Crabfest

Brookings Crab Festival The crab festival in Brookings appeared to be a success. A sellout of 250 dinners and great weather. 

The problem was in the planning of the festival. There should have been a booth or vendor selling drinking water at the venue. Kathy’s Corner Market sold a lot of bottled water as that was one of the few places to get drinking water. 

Also most of the vendors and booths selling goods did not accept credit cards. This was a problem as most people use credit instead of cash, especially at this type of venue. The only teller machine is at the welcome center and it was not in service. This should have been in working order. A lot of people did not spend as much because they did not have cash. 

Also, was there a reason there were only 250 dinner tickets sold? 

Along those lines, is there any thought of having this festival as a weekend one, covering Saturday and Sunday? I was under the impression the crab festival was for fun and to make money. It seems a weekend would better serve the community and tourists to bring in revenue for Brookings. Just my thoughts. Thank you.

Tony Long 

Brookings

Thanks, caring folks 

I would like to thank all the people who helped get my little buddy home. 

She got out of a yard at Tuttle and 101 and headed for town, according to reports. Many people tried to catch her and get her out of the highway near Appel’s furniture. I was told a man in a truck came up and opened his door and she jumped right in. This person took her to South Coast Humane Society and they contacted the chip network and about two hours after this started she was home. 

We are lucky to live in such a caring, sharing place. Again, thank you.

Ray Heald

Harbor

Hiccups happen

Dear patrons of the first annual Crabfest dinner — I volunteered to help at this event, thinking that it would be a fun, energetic, social night of merriment. 

It was all smiles, for about 10 minutes. Until it became clear that the bread was missing at a couple of tables. Until the salad was brought out at different times. Until the pasta was distributed “inappropriately,” starting at the wrong end of the table. Until the butter wasn’t completely liquefied.  

This was a FIRST ANNUAL event. A trial run. Yes, of course there were hiccups. 

The handful of volunteers preparing the food for 250 people did the best they could, with limited resources, to get things out efficiently and with visual appeal. The volunteer servers tried diligently to deliver the courses quickly, in a fair manner. There was chaos. There were power outages. Bread was miscounted. Crabs were dug out, one-by-one, from the ice chest. There was frustration on the part of the diners … and unfortunately that frustration was channeled at the most visible targets. 

The people working at this event were volunteers, not paid employees, and did their best to create an enjoyable evening. 

The goal of the festival was to embrace and support our community, not to satisfy a need for fine dining. Let’s keep this in mind as we adjust our expectations for the second annual Crabfest. 

Thank you to those who took in the experience with grace, humor, and kindness. It certainly didn’t go unnoticed.

Julia Franz 

Brookings

Dog is safe, sound

I would like to thank all the people who helped get my little buddy home. She got out of a yard at Tuttle and Highway 101 and headed for town according to reports. Many people tried to catch her and get her out of the highway near Appels furniture. 

I was told a man in a truck came up and opened his door and she jumped right in. This person took her to South Coast Humane Society and they contacted the Chip network and, about two hours after this started, she was home. 

We are lucky to live in such a caring, sharing place. 

Again, Thank you

Ray Heald 

Harbor

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