Lift Up Sequim! Help small businesses recover from the snow storms over the last couple of weeks. Spend $10 at a participating businesses and take your receipt to the next business for 10% off.
Participating businesses include Alder Wood Bistro, Cedarbrook Lavender Farm, Decorate with Panache, Dungeness Kids Co., Full Moon Candle Co, Habitat Sequim Boutique Store, Heather Creek Sequim, Hurricane Coffee Company, Jardin du Soleil Lavender, Over the Fence, Rainshadow Cafe, Sequim Spice & Tea, Skin Envy Day Spa LLC, That Takes The Cake
Bring in the New Year with a feel-good contribution to our community. Through the month of January, Over the Fence is collecting New & Gently Used Socks - to be distributed by Serenity House of Clallam County.
Have a look through your sock drawer or take advantage of those after-Christmas sales. Heck, last time we did a sock drive we even had some awesome folks buy our Solmate socks to go directly in the basket!!
See you soon and thanks for helping us make our beautiful community a little cozier.
Join us as we welcome in the upcoming season with this delightful event - our Annual Christmas Open House.
The store will undergo a miraculous makeover to reveal a winter wonderland of seasonal decor. Get into the spirit with hot cider and cookies, Christmas carols and gifts. The first 100 sales will get a gift with purchase!
At 12 pm and 3 pm we will have a fun tabletop decor demonstration, showing how you can easily transform your table with a few favorite Over the Fence finds, along with some things you already have.
Like we did last year, we will kick off our community raffle at this event. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each for a chance to win one of TWO $100 Over the Fence gift certificates. Tickets will be sold until we draw the first winner just before Thanksgiving (November 21). All proceeds of the first drawing will benefit the Sequim Food Bank. Tickets for the second drawing will go until just before Christmas (December 23) with all proceeds benefiting our local Women's Shelter. Come on down and help us support our amazing community.
We hope to see you there!
Just around the corner is our first ever Veterans Weekend event at Over the Fence. It's going to be a really special time focused on honoring our local veterans.
All weekend we will be offering 10% off storewide for all active and retired veterans.
This event will also kick-off our New and Gently Used Coat Drive, going on through the end of the year. Coat donations will benefit the local organization, Voices for Veterans.
We are super excited to be hosting a book signing meet-and-greet during this event with Jacqueline Carmichael, author of Tweets from the Trenches. Jacqueline will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
ABOUT TWEETS FROM THE TRENCHES
Published in the centenary of the Pursuit to Mons and the critical last 100 days of the “Great War,” her creative non-fiction collection Tweets from the Trenches: Little True Stories of Life & Death on the Western Front is an odyssey into the dugouts of WWI history. It encompasses excerpts of journals, letters and memoirs of Allied participants from Prince Edward Island to Yorkshire to South Carolina. With a picture on almost every page, the war unfolds chronologically in tiny stories of valour and heartbreak, on everything from rationed rum and brave homing pigeons to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Carmichael is the sister of Over the Fence owner Jeri Sanford, and their maternal grandfather Charles Chapman is among the hundreds of thousands of Doughboys who went to the front. Her curiosity about their experience led to walking on the Western Front herself as part of a research project.
In her research, she noticed striking similarities between the young men and women caught up in World War I and their great-grandchildren’s generation, particularly the use of social media – the postcards, journals and letters sent between 1914-1919 were the Tweets and texts and Facebook posts of their day, she realized. As a social media experiment, the seasoned journalist gave her paternal grandfather a Twitter account of his own, posting as if he were posting from the trenches of Flanders, Belgium and France.
“I envisioned my grandfather, @BlackJackVowel or #AlbertaWorldWarISoldier, ‘hunkered down under a hunk of tin’ amidst pouring rain and artillery fire, desperately trying to be safe, while using a smartphone to communicate with loved ones a world away,” Carmichael said.
In 2016, on a travel writing research trip, Carmichael traveled to Belgium, France and Germany, and walked portions of the Western Front where both her grandfathers were soldiers for the duration of World War I.
The long-time journalist, whose work has been seen in publications like The Dallas Morning News, the Toronto Sun, and Entrepreneur Magazine, found a fast-paced scrapbook presentation style an ideal way to tell war stories, enlisting everything from haiku to memoir excerpt to ornamental concrete poems, gathering momentum in chronological order of the war. Chapter headings timeline the war to help orient the stories year by year in the bigger picture, punctuated with images of WWI-era photos, postcards, and documents, and modern-era photos from the Western Front.
The dual American-Canadian citizen ventures out past accounts of soldiers and battles to include a nurse executed in German-occupied Belgium for rescuing British soldiers, men “Shot At Dawn” under charges of desertion or cowardice, women cross-dressing to get into battle, terse memoir excerpts of an escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp, and the last letter home from an Olympian, as well as a series on life after battle – including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – is addressed in a series of pieces.
“I sometimes found myself in tears over these stories,” Carmichael recalled. “I was struck by their vitality and their youth. Reading these century-old accounts made me realize how much like us they were, a generation wrapped up in world events.”
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