The April 11th memorial and guided walk in honor of John Comstock announced below have been postponed until further notice in view of the coronavirus.
result of the spread of the coronavirus and following
Public Health Department guidelines against holding large
gatherings, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel
Please join with the Friends of
Fort Flagler for a little shin-dig with The Alternators!
Peter Evasick on the fiddle and George Radebaugh on the
accordion have been playing together for 30 years and have
developed quite a repertoire; ranging from Cajun/Zydeco to Duke
Ellington ballads with a healthy dose of Gypsy Swing and Celtic
This event is held Saturday March 14, 2019 from 3-6 pm at Fort Flagler State Park in the Theater Building. A Discover Pass is required for access to the park, but NO cover charge is taken at the door! We’ll have delicious ethnic food for $12.00. Choose from Veggie Irish stew in a Bread Bowl, or Cajun Shrimp Gumbo with Sausage & Rice! Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks are also available for purchase.
John Comstock, who passed away in October of last
year, was a passionate supporter of Fort Flagler State Park and
dedicated Board member of the Friends of Fort Flagler. His monthly
bird walks in the Park were a joyful gift to all who joined him on
the first Saturday of every month.
memorial will be held for John on April 11th from 3 to 5 PM at the
Fort Flagler hospital building. Bring appetizers and drinks
of your choice and join with us in remembering this remarkable
Prior to the event at the hospital, Lisa Van Horn and Kurt Steinbach will be leading a guided walk of the newly updated interpretive trail. Meet at the trail head (near the group camp site ) at 1:30 PM. It was John’s vision to install new trail markers with information about the natural sights and to improve the trail with several bridges over wet spots. What a fitting thing to do in John’s honor!
Four of us from FoFF made a recent trip to Olympia to meet with key elected officials. We had productive meetings with Representatives Steve Tharinger (see photo below) and Mike Chapman, and Senator Van De Wege, from the 24th Legislative District, as well as Senator David Frockt, Chair of the Senate Capital Budget Sub-Committee. Our purpose was to help establish a relationship with key legislators. Our key messages were:
the supplemental budget request from State Parks for
additional funding for building maintenance staff and money
for the “No Child Left Inside” program, which facilitates
youth presence and education in parks.
ways to increase support for State Parks from general fund
dollars (currently only 20% of WSP revenue).
Give us advice for the best way to get the Fort Flagler Theater Renovation project included in next year's State capital budget.
FoFF Board believes that having a strong connection with
legislators will be vital in the coming months and years,
particularly as financial pressure continues
for Parks to be self-supporting (read:
privatize park resources, increase Discover pass rates,
and camping fees).
For many years the Friends of Fort Flagler have supported the park at the opening of camping season by cleaning up the camp sites in the upper camp ground from winter blow down of branches and debris. Once again the Friends group is gathering with rakes, gloves, smiles and energy for this event. We'll be meeting on Saturday March 28th at 9 AM. The park provides larger items like chain saws and a truck to haul away items. There are 45 sites to clean. Many hands make this work light and very enjoyable. This area of the park is protected from the wind and is snuggled in large trees providing the smells and scene of the lovely forest in which these sites are nestled. We invite and request your assistance in this undertaking. If we get enough volunteers, the job goes quickly.
We are looking for a big boost in membership of Friends of Fort Flagler in 2020! Why?
The FoFF Board has approved 3 categories of FoFF membership:
We want to keep basic membership affordable to all, so are keeping it at the $15 level. That said, we greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contribution at the Supporting Member or Lifetime Member level—and you’ll receive a fitting surprise gift.
It’s easy to become a new member or renew your existing membership! Visit our website, https://friendsoffortflagler.org, and click on the “Donate” button at the bottom of the page.