2005 Festival Review
The dust is settling quietly on the 2005 Twin Peaks Festival, and the weeks and months until the 2006 festival stretch out depressingly before us. To help the time pass more quickly and keep our fest spirits up, here's a look at this year's festival-in-review!
Although not an official part of the festival, fans gathered at the Moose Lodge in North Bend for a night of music, drinks and fun. Organized by Chris Mathews and Chris Gusta, the event gave fans a chance to meet and mingle prior to the festival. Between fantastic musical performances by both Chrises and a fully-loaded jukebox, the party was swinging right up until last call.
As people arrived for the sign-in at 11am, they enjoyed donuts, coffee, and juice, purchased souvenirs, connected with friends from past fests, as well as started on making new ones. The day kicked off with announcements and a brief overview of the weekend’s events, followed by the annual trivia contest. With over thirty-five people vying for a free ticket to the 2006 Festival and other great prizes, the competition was fierce. After multiple rounds of questioning, the group was whittled down to the last three contestants, with the winner being decided in the final lightning round. This year’s trivia contest winners were: 1st Place – Rob Lindley (Puyallup, WA), 2nd Place – Bryan Trayhan (Lake Charles, LA), 3rd Place – Tracy Williams (Pittsburgh, PA).
Fans dispersed at around 3pm to prepare for Film Night at the Seattle Art Museum featuring David Lynch’s Eraserhead. The evening began with only a few shorts this year before the film began. Short pieces shown before the film included:
- the Twin Peaks-themed Georgia Coffee commercials
- the trailer Beyond the Meanwhile, a work-in-progress film by Bryan Trayhan
- The Woodsman, an homage to David Lynch’s father Donald, with a live introduction by Jennifer Lynch
- an interview with David Lynch regarding Eraserhead
- short clips from an Eraserhead reunion with David Lynch, Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart and Catherine Coulson.
Charlotte Stewart and Catherine Coulson provided a brief introduction to Eraserhead. After the film and a short intermission, Charlotte and Catherine hosted a Q&A session with the audience. The evening was then capped-off by the short film Flappy, from Chris Mathews and Matt Levinthal.
The day began bright and early with a 9am bus tour of the filming sites. Starting and ending at the Twin Peaks Town Hall, the bus tour was once again led by the ever-popular Jared Lyon. At approximately three hours long, the bus tour covered many filming sites scattered throughout North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, and the outlying areas.
Back at the Twin Peaks Town Hall, fans submitted entries for the Create-a-Caption Contest, browsed many publications in the Twin Peaks Library, had an opportunity to play the Twin Peaks board game, and relaxed while enjoying a hot cuppa Joe. 12:30pm saw the curtains rise on this year’s production of Twin Peaks: Live III - NowBoBwoN, written and directed by Chris Mathews.
After the Town Hall closed for the day, a hike down to the falls was conducted by perennial fest favorites Robin Garrells and Dave Burnett. Quite a few fans joined them on the invigorating trek before sequestering themselves in their hotel rooms to prepare for the evening’s festivities.
The Celebrity Dinner was once again held in a rustic old barn. Dinner was served at around 6:30pm, with a menu that included chicken Parmesan with fettuccini, vegetarian lasagna, beef lasagna, creamed corn soufflé, garden salad, lemon blueberry bars, assorted cookies, and a selection of beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Celebrities mingled with fans and enjoyed their meal in a very relaxed atmosphere. In attendance were Sandy Kinder, Syd Klinge, Phoebe Augustine, Jennifer Lynch, Jan D’Arcy, Charlotte Stewart, and Catherine Coulson. Unfortunately, Andrea Hays was unable to make it due to an illness.
A Q&A session followed shortly thereafter, hosted by Jared Lyon. After a quick break, the costume contest commenced, with judging provided by the celebrities. This year fans showed off costumes that included everything from garmonbozia to Jerry Horne It was a tough decision all around, but in the end the celebrities were able to narrow it down to three winners: 1st Place – Chantene Zichterman (Chicago, IL) as garmonbozia, 2nd Place – Tracy Williams (Pittsburgh, PA) as Audrey from One Eyed Jack’s, 3rd Place – Kevin Cole (Ft. Pierce, FL) as the Jumping Man.
As the final treat of the night, Jennifer Lynch and Syd Klinge hosted their live taping of Oddio. The topic at hand? Things that just don’t make sense. The conversation ranged anywhere from car insurance to sex habits, with many wonderful tangents along the way. According to Jen and Syd, the broadcast will be released very soon on David Lynch.com.
The festival came to a close on Sunday with a picnic hosted at Olallie State Park. Fans had one last chance to talk with the celebrity guests while partaking of box lunches, cherry and apple pie.
After lunch, State Park Ranger Shana Stromer opened her home to fans wishing to see the interior of the now-infamous Deer Meadow Sheriff's station. In addition, tours of other locations in FWWM were given by Josh Eisenstadt and Jared Lyon throughout the day.
During the picnic, fans competed in the Cherry Stem Tying and Tibetan Rock Throw. The winners were Angela Roadarmel (Clackamas, OR) and Brandi Miller (Billings, MT) respectively. The Create-A-Caption winners were also announced, with David Brentlinger (Seattle, WA), Scott Govoni (Seattle, WA), and Larry Schorr (San Francisco, CA) taking top honors in each photo category.
Although the fest ended with the picnic, later that evening fans gathered one more time for a traveling post-fest party that began at the North Bend Bar & Grill and migrated to several other bars and locations before everyone turned in their party hats and succumbed to the reality that another festival year had come to a close.
Monday morning, the last 15 or so stragglers chatted over breakfast at Twede’s Café (the Double R Diner) one last time before heading back home.