Twenty years ago Coos Bay residents Ken and Nancy Tedder brought their relatives Jane and Jerry Kirkpatrick to Shore Acres State Park. What followed was the acclaimed book A Gathering of Finches (1997) by author Jane Kirkpatrick. That visit to the park led to her journey to discover the story of Cassie Hendricks Stearns Simpson for whom Louis Simpson designed this now jewel of a state park. The author will sign her books at the park on June 26, from 1:00-3:00. She will make a presentation at 1:30 and remain to chat with visitors. Friends of Shore Acres will serve refreshments in the Garden House.