Hoquiam Farmers Market News

My favorite Christmas Carol of all time is ‘The Friendly Beasts’, a French carol which tells the story of the ancient belief that animals can speak on Christmas Eve.  My second most favorite is ‘I Saw Three Ships’.  Living in Grays Harbor, these are both images that I could relate to as a little girl, and they remain the most meaningful.  This morning we have 5 deer in our yard, and recent events tell me that Bubba the Bear may come calling for the holidays too.  But the most precious animal of all is this; the Mountain Beaver family.  Now, normally I grumble about our resident Mountain Beavers, but at this time of year I call a truce.   Right on schedule, the Mountain Beavers have done their annual gathering of the ferns, and my heart melts, my affection for these huge rodents blossoms, and we live in perfect harmony.  It’s the cutest darned thing you ever saw.  In preparation for all their family coming for Christmas dinner, the Mountain Beavers ( who normally only venture a foot or so outside of their burrows) go out and clip huge bunches of Sword ferns, They fan the bunch out at the opening of their burrow and Voila! Dinner is ready for the entire clan.  

State liquor stores closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25; Most open on New Year’s Day

OLYMPIA – All state-run liquor stores will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25, in observation of Christmas. Most state stores will be open on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

For a list of state liquor stores open on New Year’s Day, click here.
Contract liquor stores may be open on both holidays. Please contact contract stores directly for their holiday operating schedules.
Christmas holiday hours at state stores
  • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: State stores close at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day, Dec. 25: Closed
  • Saturday, Dec. 26: Open regular hours
New Year holiday hours at state stores
  • New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31: State stores close at 8 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day, Jan. 1: Most state stores open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Click here for the list of open state stores.
  • Saturday, Jan. 2: Open regular hours
Store schedules and phone numbers are available on the Washington State Liquor Control Board Web site at www.liq.wa.gov.