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Winterfest West 2019

Several members of the Radio Club of Tacoma also participate in the NW 3870 AM Group.  The following is from Rick, KB7RIK:

The W7JHS inspired Northwest 3870 AM Group's Winterfest West 2019 will be held in Mineral, Washington, at the Mineral Neighborhood Christian Center located at 127 Mineral Road North, across the street from Dick and Leslee's house (same as in past years). Doors will open Friday morning January 25, 2019 at 9 AM. We can have the facility until mid-afternoon on Saturday at which point tables must be broken down and chairs rearranged for Sunday morning church services.  Help with this is always appreciated!

Thursday night remains pizza-night-at-the-Headquarters Tavern in Mineral--we will begin gathering there around 5:30 pm.

FRIDAY is the BIG day for our event with swapping and chatting in the morning. AND, like last year, because many attendees can't stay late enough for dinner at dinner time, we will be serving an early pot luck meal beginning at 3 PM.  Anyone with questions concerning what pot luck dishes to bring should contact Joy and/or Leslee (A good rule of thumb is to bring something you like, then you won't be disappointed ).  Food will continue to be available on into the evening in case we get hungry after gorging ourselves at 3 pm.  As always, there will be a morning meal on Saturday.

Some thoughts and answers to anticipated questions:

Same as last year, no cussin', drinkin' (alcohol), or smokin' (smokin's ok outside in the parking lot).

We will have access to the facility Thursday afternoon for the purpose of loading up the tables but, as in the past, there can't be any sleeping over inside the facility.  RV's will be OK overnight Thursday and Friday in the church parking lot--sorry, no hookups.

Coffee will be ready when the doors open Friday morning.

Admission and tables are free, BUT a donation to pay for facility rent continues to be NEEDED and appreciated. ALL MONEY COLLECTED IS GIVEN OVER TO THE CHURCH TO DEFRAY THEIR COSTS TO HOST THIS EVENT AND FOR THEM TO USE IN THE COMMUNITY WORK THEY DO. 

Regarding local lodging, those of you who have been staying at the Mineral Lake Lodge in the past and have made tentative reservations for 2019 should probably confirm those reservations with Carolyn at (360) 492-LAKE or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you can't reach her at her email address or phone, try Facebook--she hangs out there quite a lot.

And, while we are on the subject of local lodging, here are some more possible options: 

Deep Forest Cabins, Ashford (360) 569-2355

Hobo Inn, Elbe  (360) 569-2500

Gateway Inn (360) 569-2506

Alexander's Country Inn, Ashford (360) 569-2300

Stiltner's Motel, Morton (360) 496-5103

Whittaker's Bunkhouse, Ashford  (360) 569-2439


Seasons Motel, Morton (877) 496-6835

Nisqually Lodge, Ashford (360) 569-8804

We have an idea that table space will be at a premium again this year.  We think a lot of "stuff" is going to show up so we encourage everyone to share tables with a friend--LOAD EM UP!

A last thought about the tables we will be using--they remain basically new and unmarred (everyone has done a good job in past years). If you think your equipment might scratch them, bring something to put between your gear and the table tops.

Questions and comments can be directed to:

Roy & Joy's phone (360) 492-3280 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dick & Leslee's e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.