Mother Daughter Duo Gather Twilight Fans in Saint Helens, OR for New Movie

Travel Columbia County

October 27th, 2009


Katherine Kidd


Mother Daughter Duo Gather Twilight Fans in Saint Helens, OR for New Movie

Thursday November 19th Saint Helens, Oregon is home to the Twilight saga again.  A four-day movie release party, Experience New Moon kicks off with a VIP party at the Columbia Theater at 212 S 1st Street in St. Helens.

Fans can spend the weekend with other Twilight fans in the original movie locations. Some of the more notable scenes from the movie … the Swan house, Bella and Edward’s first date, the bookstore and dress shop in Port Angeles… were filmed in Saint Helens. A scene of Edward playing piano for Bella and a Forks High School office scene were also filmed in Saint Helens. The main street of Vernonia was downtown Forks, WA and also home to the Forks Police Station.

The four-day event benefits the Oregon Food Bank and includes screening parties, a walking tour of movie locations, a Volturi Ball, scavenger hunt, Twilight character look- a-like contest and more.

Nationally known Quileute storyteller, Anita Wheeler will share traditional Quileute stories during a special session at the VIP Party Thursday night.

Most activities are free and family oriented. For a full list of events and more information, visit

Twilight fans are thrilled about the event and are coming from as far away as Arizona and Texas. Reena Edame of Phoenix, Arizona says “I had planned to attend a big New Moon release event in another city but when I heard about the event in St. Helens, I couldn’t make plans fast enough! I’m so excited to have a chance to be in St. Helens for New Moon and also get to do some location sight seeing.”

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to help The Oregon Food Bank and The Columbia Pacific Food Bank. Food donations will also be collected. There are more than 22,000 homeless children in Oregon.1 in 26 children in Oregon do not know where they will get their next meal.Those most likely to need emergency food are children, working families, the elderly, retired or disabled. They are our neighbors, and they need our help. The Oregon Food Bank is the hub of 915 hunger-relief agencies. They serve all of Oregon and Clark County in Washington.


Experience Twilight is a family owned and operated business. Katherine and Steve Kidd and their daughter Jessica all play an active roll in operations.  They publish the Experience Twilight Tour Guide and Recently, they moved from Washington to Saint Helens, OR where they plan to open a Twilight merchandise store.

“Jessica and I are huge fans of Twilight. The movie made me fall in love with the Northwest all over again,” says Katherine.

“We planned a mother daughter trip for Jessica’s birthday and went to see all the sites where Twilight was filmed.”

When researching the trip became time consuming and information was scattered, mother and daughter started blogging to share what they had found.

Then the blog turned into a paper print booklet that people could take with them. Now they sell a printed and bound book on

This Twilight fan duo has taken nine trips to various Twilight movie and book locations in the past year.


Amber Dennis, Principal
Dandelion Communications


Serving as Public Relations Director for:
– City of St. Helens
– Columbia County Tourism



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