Twilight sequel: Breaking Dawn release prompts midnight store openings

Peninsula Daily News

The newest book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga Breaking Dawn will be released Saturday and several stores are opening the first minute of the day.

Area stores are revving up with Friday midnight openings and parties.

Forks stores opening at midnight to sell the books include the Fern Gallery and Chinook Pharmacy.

  • Fern Gallery, 11 N, Forks Ave., will open at 12:01 a.m. with treats and books to release Breaking Dawn.

    Although fans can get the books at most bookstores across the nation, getting it in Forks is something special, said Jo Ann Allen, owner of Fern Gallery.

    "We'll also open up at dawn on Saturday to celebrate Breaking Dawn," Allen said.

    The sun is expected to rise at about 5:50 a.m. Saturday.

    The store is required to keep its stock of books sealed until the clock strikes 12:01 a.m., she said.

    For more information, phone 360-374-4300

  • Chinook Pharmacy, 11 S. Forks Ave., also will open at midnight for fans who want to get their copies as early as possible.

    "It will be a lot of fun," said Peggy King, pharmacy assistant.

    "We'll, of course, have all of our T-shirts and other merchandise available, too."

    For more information, or to pre-order a book, phone 360-374-5030.

  • Leppell's Flowers & Gifts, 130 S. Spartan Ave. Forks, will open with merchandise and treats for the midnight celebration, owner Charlene Cross said.

    "We don't have the book available here, but we wanted to be open in support of the other stores that will be open at midnight," she said.

    For more information, phone 360-374-6931.

  • Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave., also has the books on hand.

    The store carries Twilight-inspired memorabilia, such as T-shirts designed for the occasion.

    The store is a highlight on the Twilight Tours offered by the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

    Store employees have seen many people checking out where Bella regularly shopped in the book, said Marcia Bingham, Forks Chamber of Commerce executive director.

    The store will not have a midnight party but will have the book ready the next day.

    For more information, phone 360-374-6161.

    Port Angeles events
    Port Angeles which also plays a prominent role in the book as the site of weekend outings for the main characters is just as ready for the big release.

  • Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St., has been accepting pre-orders for several months and has a midnight party ready for Friday night.

    Doors will open at about 10:30 p.m. and games, celebration and the countdown will begin.

    Visitors can enter a drawing to win tickets to see Meyer at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle.

    Otherwise, the Aug. 12 event is sold out, Sean MacFalls, night manager, said.

    The shop also will offer gift certificates.

    For more information, phone 360-457-1045

  • Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., will offer a special Twilight touch catering from Bella Italia.

    Doors will open at 10:30 p.m., with food and games, said Alan Turner, owner.

    Mushroom ravioli the dish Bella ate at Bella Italia on her first date with Edward will be available, along with other prizes, such as themed book bags, Turner said.

    For more information, phone 360-452-6367.

  • No special events are taking place in Sequim or Port Townsend, but Pacfic Mist in Sequim, and Phoenix Rising and Imprint Books in Port Townsend will carry it.

    Borders, Barnes and Noble and many other bookstores nationwide also will throw open their doors for midnight parties to celebrate the release of Breaking Dawn.

    Costume and trivia contests will pass the time until a countdown to when the books can be passed out at some of the stores across the country.

    At the University Book Store in Seattle, a "Forks away from Forks" event will include a scavenger hunt and prizes such as a stay in Forks and one of the special Twilight Tours.

    Last modified: July 31. 2008 9:00PM
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