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Thrifty Thurston Gets Scared at Local Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes

  By Alyssa Ramsfield Nothing puts me in a better state of mind for Halloween than an old fashioned fright. Whether it’s a vampire awakening from his tomb or a scarecrow come to life, Thurston County is full of haunted houses and corn mazes to satisfy the need for a good scare. There is one [...]

Shellfish Growers Set to Rid Beaches of Tons of Trash on Thursday

  Submitted by Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) will hold their 17th biannual beach clean-up on Thursday, October 16. For the past nine years the PCSGA has conducted spring and fall beach clean-ups.  During this time over 850 cubic yards of debris have been collected.  This amounts to 85 dump trucks of trash removed from South Puget Sound.  [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Picks a Pumpkin Patch

  By Megan Conklin It’s pumpkin time. We know this because, in addition to the newly falling leaves, glowing harvest moon, and crisp, cool morning air, flashes of orange are appearing on neighborhood porches. Pumpkins are fundamental to fall, and a trip to the pumpkin patch makes for lasting family memories. In Thurston County, we [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Celebrates Cider Sunday at Tumwater Falls Park

  By Katie Doolittle I am a self-proclaimed history nerd and have been since childhood. I crossed the Oregon Trail (otherwise known as my parents’ backyard) many times, trailing a Red Flyer wagon full of Cabbage Patch Kids behind me. It’s therefore no surprise that I’m counting down the days to Cider Sunday, an annual [...]

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Fall Arts Walk: Planning a Day of Art and Adventure in Olympia

  By Gale Hemmann Fall Arts Walk is an ideal time to visit Olympia. This free arts event, held throughout downtown Olympia, showcases the city at its best. The streets are alive with music, dance, and art of every kind. Nearly one hundred local businesses participate, turning the downtown area into a giant “art gallery.” [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Welcomes Fall at Lattin’s Cider Mill

  By Megan Conklin Nothing epitomizes fall in Thurston County like a trip to Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm. Without a doubt, the best time to visit Lattin’s, a family owned and operated farm that has been churning out both award winning cider and tons of fun since January of 1956, is during their [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Eats Out (On the Cheap) with Kids

  By Megan Conklin As the parents of four small, but decidedly hungry children, my husband and I make the decision to take the family out to dinner very rarely. In addition to the incendiary chaos my brood tends to bring to any dining establishment, it is usually too expensive. But there are those nights. [...]

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Fall at Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm

  An autumn isn’t complete without a trip to the Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm.  Walk the paths.  Pet the animals.  Taste the apple fritters.  Enjoy an autumn day outside.  Lattin’s is ranked on our list of 60 “Don’t Miss” Activities.  But, if you can’t get out to the popular destination, pick up their [...]

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Thrifty Thurston Rides Bikes With Kids

  By Sara Johnson It took only a handful of minutes for each of our two daughters to learn how to ride the bikes we recently picked up via Craigslist and the Goodwill. But since we live just out of town down a gravelly dirt road, they have quickly gotten bored riding around in circles [...]

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National Park Service Moves the Treasured Enchanted Valley Chalet 17 Inches at a Time

  By Douglas Scott The Enchanted Valley sits in Olympic National Park, another jewel in a region incredible rich with beauty. Located above one of the most impressive rain forests in America, Enchanted Valley is a sought after destination for hikers and backpackers from all over the world. With bears, mountains, glaciers and great trails [...]

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