Misty Mountain Brewing and Tap Haus was overflowing Wednesday night with people looking to connect with their fellow Brookings newbies.
The meet and greet on Jan. 22 was organized by Michele Bubert, who wanted to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to her family.
The goal was simple, “to see all of these new people that have moved here, come together, make some friendships and then come meet again,” Bubert said. “We are all Brookings.”
People mingled, swapped stories of how they came to Brookings and gained insight into what Brookings has to offer.
“I would say we had about 80 people show up,” Bubert said. “Oh my gosh, it exceeded my expectations!”
Overflowing goodie bags, stuffed with information from local businesses and community organizations, were handed out as well.
“The businesses have put their hearts and souls into this,” Bubert said. “It’s nice to see the community coming together.”
Bubert said she may do more of these events, but did not have a date picked out for the next one.
She and her husband, Mark, moved here from Mountain View. Two years ago, they began looking for a retirement home, first starting in Mendocino before heading up the coast.
“I was researching up the coast, up the coast and I saw Brookings is right across the border,” Bubert said. “We came up here and fell in love with it.”
They hopped in their VW bus and drove to Brookings in January of 2018. Being winter, the couple was met with a storm.
“It was this huge storm and we stayed at Harris Beach,” Bubert said. “It was rocking and rolling and the thunder and lightning and the waves. Oh my gosh, it was so wonderful! We just looked at each other and said we have got to move there!”
They came back in mid-2019 and started looking at houses. They spent the first couple of months camping in their VW bus until they settled into a home in August.
“We put everything in storage, got in the bus, brought the dog, came up here and camped for two and a half months,” Bubert said. “It was an adventure. It was so much fun. We met so many people and we made really good friendships. It is so fun to go back and remember.”
RE/MAX Coast and Country owner Bret Curtis was one of those early connections as were the owners of Misty Mountain Brewing.
“He showed us around and he was our tour guide. He drove us all over,” Bubert said.
Brookings is known for its beautiful coast and moderate climate, but its friendly people are what hooked the Buberts.
“Brooking is really nice, wonderful people are here,” Bubert said. “A lot of people will talk with you and ask ‘How are you doing?’ And they actually mean how are you doing. It’s nice. It’s refreshing.”