On Wednesday, January 13, we had an open house at the Miller Tree Inn to celebrate the building's 100th birthday. Friends, neighbors and members of the Forks business community came to tour the house, socialize and have a variety of food. It was a great night, and the rain even held off, so that people were not getting wet, coming and going from the Inn.
We had a drawing for prizes for those in attendance and we were honored by the presence of Oscar and Wilma Peterson. Oscar is the grandson of the original homesteaders and builders of the house. Oscar and Wilma are our wonderful neighbors and were able to share stories of the house and the family with our guests.
In addition to the food and fellowship, we were able to raise funds for our local Food Bank. We know that the holidays can stress the resources of food banks, so we collected food and cash during our open house. We are happy to say that a box of food and more than $200 was donated on Wednesday night. We are always humbled by the generosity of our small community. We will continue to collect cash/checks for the food bank until the end of the month. Since we have decided to match the money raised up to $100, we will be able to give Forks Food Bank more than $300 at the end of January! That should help fill up those shelves a little bit.
We plan on continuing the 100th celebration all the way through 2016. Our charity for the month of February will be the Caring Place. Stay tuned for what we have in mind for that!