This not about Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. We are in Forks, Washington, and they are having the "best summer tourist season ever" according to a Chamber Board Member. With the publication of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series and the release of the movie Twilight, Forks has become Twilight Central.
Forks is now an economic magnet for car loads of middle age women from LA, and major cities across the west, all converging on Forks. These matrons are soon elbowing teen age girls clutching Twilight books to their chests out of the way at the Chamber of Commerce's Information Center, while the teen's Dads are cools their heels in the Timber Museum next door to Twilight Information Central. About 600 "Twilighters" a day was the Chamber estimate.
Forks was just a sleepy little logging town on the edge of Olympic National Park in the upper left hand corner of Washington. That is until it became the setting for a love story about a teen age girl named Bella and a vampire named Edward. Now Forks motels have No Vacancy signs, restaurant parking lots are full, and the stores are bulging with Twilight Gear, including the ACE Hardware store. To meet the national demand the Forks Chamber has an online Twilight gear store. Bella's pick up is parked outside the Chamber office. "The most photographed vehicle in America," according to the volunteer docent at the Timber Museum next door.Maybe the Nevada City Chambers can commission a local author to write a series for teen age girls, set in Nevada City, that speaks to the hidden fourteen old in every middle aged woman in America. Let's give the Forks a little competition!