By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
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Rain is the natural companion of the Umbrella Parade, in which children and adults march with decorated umbrellas, galoshes and raincoats even when it's bright and sunny.
“Traditionally, it has not rained on RainFest,” said Lissy Andros, executive director of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.
The early organizers of the Umbrella Parade chose a weekend when it hardly ever rains, Andros said.
With an average annual rainfall measured in feet — somewhere between 10 and 12 — rain “is something we have plenty of, so we want to celebrate it,” Andros said.
The annual parade will begin at noon Saturday, rain or shine, at the Peninsula College Forks Extension site, 71 S. Forks Ave.
It will move up and down Forks Avenue, ending where it began.
Preparation for the parade will begin at 10 a.m. with an umbrella-decorating workshop at the Peninsula College site.
The workshop will provide both decorations and umbrellas, unless children want to provide their own umbrellas, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children also are invited to take part in a book give-away and crafts activities.
Saturday only events
In addition to the parade, several other events are Saturday only.
A pie social benefit is planned for Sarge's Place Shelter for Veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college extension site. No prices were available Wednesday.
Also beginning at 10 a.m. will be the West End Sportsmen Club's Rimfire Shoot at the end of Sportsmen Club Road.
Participants should bring a .22-caliber long rifle or pistol for shooting silhouettes and for the “steel challenge” speed shooting competition. No prices were available Wednesday.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. will be the free “Trail of Senses” interpretive hike at the Elk Creek Conservation Area on Calawah Way, 1.9 miles from downtown.
The North Olympic Land Trust will sponsor the hike.
From 5:30 to 8:30 that night, the Emblem Club will present a prime rib dinner for $17 at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchants Road.
Three-day quilt show
The Piecemakers Quilt Club “Fabrics of the Forest,” quilt show, which is free, will include vendors and as many as 150 quilts from noon to 6 p.m. today, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Forks High School's auxiliary gym at 261 S. Spartan Ave.
“Garden Bouquet,” a queen-size quilt by Roxanne Carter of Quilting with Roxanne, will be raffled Sunday, with raffle tickets available at the show.
The guest of honor for the 2013 show will be Marti Michell of Atlanta, whom show organizer Marcia Yanish described as one of the top designers of the quilting world.
Michell was one of the first to bring rotary cutters from Japan to the U.S., introduced the first quilt kits and was a leader in bringing quilting back as a common craft in the years just before the U.S. bicentennial celebrations, Yanish said.
“She is the most prestigious guest we've ever had,” she said.
In 2004, Michell was awarded the Silver Star at the Houston International Quilt Festival, a lifetime achievement award for quilting.
In 1991, she received the first Michael Kile award given for commitment to creativity and excellence in the quilting industry.
Michell will offer lectures and demonstrations today and Saturday at the Department of Natural Resources Conference Center, 411 Tillicum Lane.
Classes are limited to 25 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants for the classes had to register in advance and must bring the required supplies to class. A supply list was provided with confirmation of registration.
The lecture/demos have no class limit and may be paid for at the door.
For information, visit www.piecemakersquiltclub.org or contact Karla Lewis at 360-374-9201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented today will be :
■ Sedona Star technique class — 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is $45.
■ Dresden Dreaming technique class — 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $45.
■ “Short Cuts, Top Tips and Secrets” lecture and demonstration — 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is $20.
Presented Saturday will be:
■ “Log Cabin Fat Quarters,” a log cabin blocks techniques class — 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is $45.
■ “Exploring Log Cabin” lecture and demonstration — 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $40.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at email@example.com.