Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Gathering of Friends

Every year my Book Club group does a beach retreat. This year, since I live near the beach, I got to host. Now we aren't the typical book club group. I don't know how much book talk we do. The history, if I'm not mistaken, is that the group used to be larger and everyone lived near each other. Then as it usually goes, everyone started moving. This group comprised of 2 from Beaverton, 2 from St.Helens, 1 from California, and me, Coos Bay.

We actually did talk about a book. Since I live in Coos Bay it was a goal of some to read "A Gathering of Finches", by Jane Kirkpatrick. This book tells the tale of Cassie Hendrick Stearns Simpson. You might recognize the name Simpson there. She is one of  "The Simpson's" That the Simpson's of Shore Acres is known for. The book has tons of details about the beginnings of North Bend, Empire, and surrounding areas. A great read for anyone, especially if you live in this area!
 Our Adventure Begins: Simpson Reef
  The group at Shore Acres Botanical Garden
 Oregon Roots: Candy, Merilee, Renee, Darilyn, Aundrea, Me!
Simpson Beach

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