For most folks around North Bend and Snoqualmie who were seduced by fictional depictions of life in their towns in the television and movie productions of "Twin Peaks," the allure has worn off.
Laura Palmer, the log lady, agent Cooper and the rest of the cast of David Lynch's quirky productions are memories.
But the show's spark apparently still lives in the hearts of others around the nation who won't set aside the mythical town and all its shenanigans. The faithful still drop by to view first-hand the setting and sites in the Snoqualmie Valley and Western Washington where the TV series and the movie were filmed.
Enter Pat Shook, who from her home in Romeo, Mich., has made "Twin Peaks" a second profession. Author of a book, "The Twin Peaks Interpretation," she is organizing a Twin Peaks Fan Festival this summer in North Bend and Snoqualmie.
Shook and her husband, Don, think there are enough Twin Peaks zealots to make the Aug. 13-15 event a success.
Two other fans are Craig Miller and John Thorne of Arlington, Tex., who have been publishing a bimonthly magazine, "Wrapped in Plastic," since last October. The title refers to the death of Laura Palmer, whose body was thusly packaged in the first episode.
The magazine, which has several hundred subscribers and is sold in comic-book stores, is being tested in bookstores and newsstands, he said. Letters to the editor have come from as far away as France and Australia.
Pat Cokewell, whose cherry pie and coffee at the Mar T Restaurant in North Bend were made famous by the TV series, has been advising and helping the Shooks.
And Shook has been collaborating with Bravo, a national cable-television company based in Woodbury, N.Y., which tomorrow starts rebroadcasting all 32 hours of the "Twin Peaks" series. A postcard Bravo distributed, advertising its broadcast, carries an announcement of the festival, listing Shook's company for information - Peaks of Romeo, 8900 Dutchess, Romeo, MI. 48065.
(In a twist suitable for the show itself, home-town Peaks fans won't be able to watch the rebroadcast. The Bravo network is carried by Summit Communications, which serves customers in Seattle's Central Area, Beacon Hill and Denny Regrade. There is no service on the Eastside.)
More than 500 inquiries have poured in since early last month, Shook said.