Friday, September 30, 2016

Changes and Firsts at Harbor House

Harbor House programming and technique isn't set in stone. We're always open to change and ready to morph with the needs of our clients. 

Right now we're trying out different hours to see what people use. For the time being it has become apparent that the evening hours we first set are not required. So, we have decided to close in the evening and expand our morning offering.

Our hours were: 8 a.m. to noon and 6-10 p.m. Our NEW HOURS are: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will further adjust as we see needed. Please let us know what hours you would find accommodating.

In Other News:

Saturday's Salon Set-up

Saturday, October 1st we'll be offering our first quarterly Salon Reading. Local writers are joined by readers and those who love story.

Our featured reader is poet Dwight Johnson.

The event begins at 7 p.m., should last an hour to an hour and a half, is free and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Writers are welcome to come by and read from their work. While there is no need to sign up in advance it is recommended to assure a spot.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Harbor House Writing Center Offers First Public Reading Salon

Photographer Will Glessner's "Muted Colors" on exhibit.
Aberdeen, Wash.— Harbor House Center for Writing and the Arts will stage their first ever quarterly Reading Salon since opening Sept. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. on October, 1. The event, featuring local poet Dwight Johnson and other writers, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Two photographers, Ruth Zschomler and Will Glessner, have their work on exhibit in the center’s library gallery through October. Zschomler’s showing of three black and white prints is titles “Sea Scenes” and Glessner’s collection of seven prints is titled “Muted Colors.”

There is still room for other writers to join in the reading and Harbor House is always looking for local artists to display. Contact Greg Zschomler at 360.532.2676 or at to sign-up or get more information.

Monday, September 26, 2016

"We're Harboring Writers" Contest; Enter to Win

About to begin Day One. And we're going to be giving away lots of stuff. I will explain. No, there is too much. I sum up.

To win you must play and to play you must come by. Entry tickets are $5 and include a daily admission to the writing center. See, you've won already! Your ticket will be entered into the...

"We're Harboring Writers" Contest

And there are even more prizes! Each entry/admission gets you a ticket and every fifth ticket garners an extra sixth ticket (6 for 5). The contest is on now and continues through December 16, 2016. Winners will be drawn on December 17, 2016 and you do not need to be present to win.

Prizes Include:

  • Grand Prize: One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate good for any one Harbor House class, workshop or seminar this year plus the boxed, collectable, illustrated hardback folio trilogy of  Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" --which includes "The Golden Compass" (valued at $225+).
  • Two lucky winners will receive a 10X Punch Card (good for ten daily admissions; a $50 value) and a voucher good toward $10 off any one Harbor House class, workshop or seminar offered this year.
  • Three lucky winners will receive a folio collector's edition of a classic book [either:, "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe (value $41), "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain (value $54.), or "LIFE" by Richard Fortey (value $25).] Each comes in a slipcase and shrinkwrapped and would make an excellent Christmas gift.
  • Four lucky winners will receive Harbor House Mugs (a $12 value).

But wait! There's more!

Soft Open: Come on down during our Soft Opening (now through September 30) and get a FREE $10 Off Voucher good toward any one Harbor House class, workshop or seminar offered this year when you pay for two daily admissions.

Our Hard Opening is October 1, 2016 and features our FREE Salon Reading (see our calendar or previous post for more information).

Friday, September 23, 2016

Harbor House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We were blessed today by so many from the Aberdeen business community who came out to show their support. Angie and the Greater Grays Harbor Chamber along with the Ambassadors made us feel so warmly welcomed.

It was a pleasure to meet everyone and feel the encouragement. Thanks to all who were able to make it from a council member and college president to those representing the financial and insurance agencies and others.

We look forward to serving the community and being a part of making Grays Harbor not only a great place to live, but to visit as well. Together we can.

The short version video of the actual ceremony follows.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

So It Begins

Harbor House officially opens Monday for business and the Grand Opening festivities will ensue over the weekend. As in tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 23) through Saturday. 

Here's the breakdown on all the activities:

  • Greater Grays Harbor Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, noon, Friday.
  • Open House, 2-6 p.m., Saturday
  • Grand Opening Gala, 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday (by invitation only)

Monday, September 19, 2016

HARBOR HOUSE First Rate Update with New Photos!

The day draweth nigh. Less than one week away from the Grand Opening of Harbor House Center for Writing and the Arts!

An' here be yer sneak peek, matey. Sorry, eh hem, today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day (I just slipped into that).

Yes, here is your sneak peek of the salon (great room), but it's better in real life, so plan now to come on out and celebrate our Grand Opening with us.

Open House details can be found below at the end of this post.
Because I've included so many photographs, I've made them small, but you may click on one to go through a full size slide show of them all.

Be sure and check out previous posts to see the foyer and the library.

And be sure to tune into the Morning Show on KXRO Radio tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:40 a.m. to hear Ruth and I share with Kyle Pauley about Harbor House. You can listen live at the link above.

GRAND OPENING OPEN HOUSE: 2-6 p.m., Saturday, September 24. Tours and light refreshments will be offered. Informal.

I'll post photographs of friday's noon ribbon-cutting ceremony then and I'll also post Open House and Gala photos over the weekend.

And, finally, please note that our first quarterly Salon Reading, which is FREE, will be 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1. Local authors and poets will be reading from their work. All are welcome to attend, and we still have room for those who would like to read; just give us a call or drop and email (contact info at the bottom of this page).

Friday, September 16, 2016

Here's a Sweet Treat: A Sneak Peek at the Harbor House Snack and Beverage Bar!

Click on the pic for an up-close and personal look at the goodies.

We're soon to open our doors here at Harbor House and we're excited! 

Just one stinkin' week away (as of today) to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony (noon, Friday, Sept. 23).

Our OPEN HOUSE will be 2-6 p.m., Saturday, September 24, then we open for business on the 26th!

Of course, you're ALL invited to the Open House. We'll be giving tours and serving up light refreshments.

And what type of refreshments, you ask? 

Basically, any beverage from our beverage bar as well as selected cookies will be free. (Other items you can see will be for sale daily at the center.)

Beverages include a selection of ten teas (two are chai, some herbal), pumpkin spice apple cider, milk and dark hot chocolate, and, of course, coffee (both full tilt and pansy) with a variety of additives (flavored creamers, sweeteners). We'll even have water.

And that, my friends, is all you get for now. Stay on the lookout for information on our upcoming radio interview and for photos of the Salon (big room) early next week. And scroll down the blog if you missed the pics of the library.

Be sure to check out all we have to offer on the other tabs above--especially news about the upcoming salon and workshops.

Hope to see you soon.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Holy Smokes! Harbor House Foyer Finally Finished!

I just HAD to share these photographs with you. I took them because a local paper, wanting to do a story on our renovation, asked for them. Yes, today, we finally finished the foyer!

The library (two photos, left) is also done, decorated and dedicated (named for Brooks A. Jenkins, Ruth's passed father and former Clark College librarian).

Cozy, comfortable and colorful; you'll find it just the place to read, write and relax. But, to borrow a phrase from Reading Rainbow, "you don't have to take my word for it," come out and see for yourself. [You may enlarge the photos by clicking on them.]

Our Open House is 2-6 p.m., Saturday, September 24. We'd love to show you around!

The main room is very close to completion, as well. Only a few more details. (Its looking so cool! I'll have that photo early next week!)

Featured Library Gallery Art: Photography by Will Glessner.

READINGS: The Harbor House Fall Salon

Authors, Writers, Poets: Sign Up NOW to Read (and sell your books)!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

We're Too Legit to Quit Now

Wow! Are we blessed! Yesterday our incorporation papers came through (legally we are now Harbor House Writers, LLC) and today we got our city business licence. Yay, we're all legit! Then today...

Ours are blue and gray.
We went to a surplus sale at the college and picked up two dozen stacking chairs for twenty-four bucks! Great shape and they retail new for $25 each.

Considering we were set to buy the cheapest folding chairs on the market for $10 each, we got a steal of a deal (at a dollar apiece)!

We also picked up our podium for five bucks, a hurkin' whiteboard, a big bulletin board, another bookcase and several other smaller useful items (and all the chairs we needed) for $200 less than our original chair budget.

Thus, we were able to buy our printer (which we didn't think we would be able to do quite yet).

I'd say that things are coming together quite nicely and that the Lord is looking out for us. In closing, I say thank-you to the great friends who supported us with start-up funding. We've really been able to stretch your gifts while being frugal and good stewards.

We still need a computer to serve as a server, a smart TV and signage.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What is CoWork Space? How Does it Relate to Third Place?

One of the services we're trying to provide through Harbor House is a comfortable and productive "third place." 

The concept of the  third place is defined by Ray Oldenburg in his influential book The Great Good Place, (1989, 1991) as "the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home ('first place') and the workplace ('second place'). Examples of third places are environments such as cafes, clubs or parks. Source:

For the writer these are places of both work and social interaction with peers. Coffee shops are often the catch-all go-to for such a place and they can work for some, but we all realize they aren't ideal.

Author Andy R. Bunch, writing about Harbor House, put it this way:

"This is the great white whale folks. Spoken of in guarded whispers whenever writers gather in darkened coffee shops. Dreamed of by Indies around the globe, '...what if there was a place to write that actually catered to writers and artists...what if there was a place you could meet other writers and workshop ideas without a coffee shop employee checking their watch and giving you dirty looks...what if you could get feedback from a peer on something you're not sure about without paying for a full edit...what if writers and artists could meet new, like-minded peeps casually because they had a place to go...'"

What we're talking about is a place (a shared creative space) to carry on the entire business of writing within a framework or setting that encourages and facilitates productivity. It's a model that is working across the globe--especially here in the states.

In an article for Forbes Patrick Hull writes about shared work spaces. He's not the only one to have addressed this phenomenon, but his article is a good introduction. Here's another explanation:

The concept can be even better understood by looking at one or more of the firms that offer cowork space to business people in general, such as CoLab of Port Townsend, Wash. A quick peek at their website will have you in love with the idea (but maybe not with the price).

Harbor House will provide a very similar, but "homier," experience for writers, illustrators and other artists at a fraction of the cost. Our seminars, workshops and other gatherings will also be offered at much less than most other (what we feel are overpriced) writing centers.

So, this is great news! If you're near enough to Aberdeen, Wash. to take advantage of what we have to offer. We only wish we could be everywhere.

To find out more about what we have to offer browse this website.