‘Log Lady,’ David Lynch’s daughter to appear at annual Twin Peaks Fest
July 31, 2013
By Malcom Griffes
Fans of the 1990s cult favorite “Twin Peaks” television show will converge in North Bend for the 21st annual Twin Peaks Fest August 2-4. And you can bet cherry pies and “damn fine coffee” will be plentiful.
“Last year’s attendance was 220 and the same is expected this year,” festival organizer Rob Lindley of Puyallup wrote in an email. Fans come from all over; this year visitors from 10 countries are registered, according to the festival’s Facebook page.
“’Twin Peaks’ fans are a part of my business. And there are a lot of fans,” said Kyle Twede, owner of local café Twede’s.
Twede’s was a primary set for the show, and serves a cherry pie that the show made famous.
The festival offers tours of filming locations in and around North Bend. Festival goers can test their “Twin Peaks” knowledge at the Trivia Contest and dress as their favorite character for the Twin Peaks costume contest. Maps of the filming locations around North Bend are also available at Twede’s for $2.
To attend the event, fans must purchase a single ticket that includes entrance to all events, two meals and other refreshments, among other things. A bus tour is available for an additional fee.
And speaking of celebrities, this year’s fest will host a few including the mysterious Log Lady, played by Catherine E. Coulson. Jennifer Lynch, daughter of the show’s creator David Lynch, will be in attendance and showing her movie “Chained” on Friday night.
“David Lynch likes dark, campy places and this is one of those dark campy places,” said Twede about his local café.
As for where to stay, die-hard Twin Peaks fans can stay at the Salish Lodge, used as a set for the famed Great Northern Hotel in the show.
“Cherry pies, doughnuts and damn fine coffee are consumed in massive quantities during the Festival,” wrote Lindley. “Over 50 pies, several hundred doughnuts and untold cups of coffee.”
While “Twin Peaks” is known for its dark and ominous aesthetic, the fest appears to be more of a sunny summer weekend in North Bend eating pie with fellow fans.
Various people have organized the Festival since it began in 1993. Currently Lindley and his wife, Deanne, run the festival. Tickets are $225 ($245 with bus tour) and include entry to the festival’s listed events, a dinner and a lunch (cherry pie included), and two free celebrity autographs (festival goers supply items for autographs). For more information visit the festival’s website at www.twinpeaksfest.com.
Malcom Griffes is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.