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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Meow, Baby

Posted By and on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Sugar Cane Jane cats around the Arcata Theatre Lounge. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Sugar Cane Jane cats around the Arcata Theatre Lounge.
Rowr. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Arcata Theatre Lounge turned into a bit of a cat house as the Alley Cat Cabaret & Purrlesque slinked onstage to raise money for the Companion Animal Foundation. Photographer Alexander Woodard was on hand (paw?) to capture the feline frivolity. The evening featured more kittenish kitsch from locals Blue Angel Burlesque, Beat Vixens Burlesque, Bada Bling! Burlesque and Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens, and Bay Area headliners Sugar Cane Jane, Ophelia Coeur de Noir and Laika Fox. Sassafrass and Laura Lopez-Ayllon brought the hip-shaking belly dance, while Lizzy Moonbeam, Luna Eclipse and Mr. Humboldt himself provided a little mood music. Take a peek at all the pussyfooting around in the slideshow below. And remember: Spay and neuter your pets.
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Alley Cat Cabaret & Purrlesque 2015
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Alley Cat Cabaret & Purrlesque 2015


By Alexander Woodard

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mark Larson's Medieval Slideshow of Courage

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Julie Vinum, of Blue Lake, waited with her "unicorn," Gracie, to begin the Blue Lake Saddle Club's rides for children. It was the first year for the club's petting zoo and horseback ride fundraiser at the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake on Saturday, Oct. 3. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Julie Vinum, of Blue Lake, waited with her "unicorn," Gracie, to begin the Blue Lake Saddle Club's rides for children. It was the first year for the club's petting zoo and horseback ride fundraiser at the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake on Saturday, Oct. 3.

It took courage to hang out at the Medieval Festival of Courage in Blue Lake — at least until the water truck showed up to settle the dust — on a windy Saturday, Oct. 3. The fundraiser for the Coastal Grove Charter School Parent Organization Foundation attracted a large crowd to Christie’s Pumpkin Patch farm, only to find the horses of the Rogue Mounted Archers stirring up heavy dust in the arena, due to the drought.

Thankfully, a large water truck arrived to spray down the arena and a large crowd gathered in comfort to watch the Knights of Mayhem perform their full-contact jousting.

Gusty winds rattled some of the vendor booths and appeared to challenge the Humboldt Aerial Collective aerial silk performers, but they went on with their show despite the wind. Other shows were provided throughout the day and vendors provided shopping opportunities for food, drink and clothing.

The temporary living-history village was populated by large numbers of performers and attendees of all ages dressed in period costumes. A children’s medieval costume contest was scheduled for Sunday.

It was a fun time-travel experience to join the crowds wandering through the medieval village — but everyone appreciated the water truck’s arrival to end the dust bowl.

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Medieval Festival of Courage 2015
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Medieval Festival of Courage 2015

By Thadeus Greenson

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dancing around the Plaza

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 20, 2015 at 11:11 AM


Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Drums and dancers beat a rhythm and a path around the Arcata Plaza on the first day of the festival.

The first day of the North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 19 with more drums, dancers, jugglers and giant puppets than you could shake a belly dancer's jangling belt at. It was all blue skies and bright costumes, as you'll see in Alexander Woodard's photographs here in the slideshow. Like many of the revelers and performers, he's going back for the All Species Parade today — so wave and smile while you're there or check back with us tomorrow for photos of what you missed.
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North Country Fair 2015 part 1
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North Country Fair 2015 part 1

By Alexander Woodard

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Feeling the Rainbow

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Humboldt Pride Grand Marshal Sister Juana Little worked it from the convertible. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Humboldt Pride Grand Marshal Sister Juana Little worked it from the convertible.
Colors of the rainbow adorned hundreds of people watching or marching in a spirit of joy and fellowship Saturday, Sept. 12 at the 23rd annual Humboldt Pride Parade and Festival in Eureka. "We Are Queer History" was the theme as the crowd celebrated this year's historic wins for the LGBTQ movement, according to organizers. The parade began in Old Town and ended in Halvorsen Park with a festival of food, live music, vendors and informational booths.
 
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Pride 2015
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Pride 2015


By Mark Larson

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Up River, Down River

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dakotarose Scott, 5, of Klamath, adjusts her crown.
As the morning fog burned off, revealing light smoke drifting overhead from inland fires, a diverse crowd gathered at the Yurok Tribe’s 53rd annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22. The morning started with a veterans' breakfast and parade, followed by the announcement of the winners of the Noo-rey-o-won-ee (beautiful girl inside and out) and Keet-ko (strong/able boy) contests, who were honored for their contributions to the community.

Around noon, the smoke and smell of barbecued salmon over cooking fires created a long line for the traditional feast. The stick game tournament started with the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old bracket, with players attempting to throw the “tossel” toward their “up river” or “down river” end line on the field. Live music, food and vendor booths, and a car show kept the attendees busy throughout the afternoon.
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Salmon Festival 2015
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Salmon Festival 2015


By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and Mark Larson

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Creamery Rises to the Big Top

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Circus of the Elements performers Loreta Flemingaite (left), of McKinleyville, and Chakeeta Marie Garabedian, of Trinidad, fire-dancing at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle.
A sold-out crowd headed for a big-top circus tent that sprouted on an open lot on the south edge of the Arcata Creamery district on the evening of Friday, Aug. 21. The "human only" Flynn Creek Circus from Mendocino led off the evening’s Creamery Festival lineup with a strong mix of entertaining, original and skilled athletic performances ranging from juggling to tight wire dancing to a heart-stopping double trapeze act. 

After the circus, the crowd followed enormous dragon and octopus puppets, stilt walkers and a band to a free evening performance at Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle in front of the Creamery Building. Belly dancing and fire-twirling commenced, followed by an avalanche of large inflated balloons from the roof top into the excited crowd. Then the live music drew the crowd into the recycled old Arcata recycling center for the Holly Yashi dance party with the Latin Peppers. It felt a little odd — but nice — to be in the transformed Creamery district and the old Arcata recycling center on a Friday night, but it may have been the best dance floor in town.
 
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Creamery Festival 2015
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Creamery Festival 2015

By Mark Larson

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reggae on the River 2015

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM

UPDATE: Well, apparently this staycation thing is a bit more difficult than we anticipated. Ordinary wifi signals are apparently no match for Reggae's irie vibes, leaving our poor freelancer Alexander Woodard frustrated with no way of uploading his photos. We'll keep trying but, in the meantime, at least there are the live audio and video streams...

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Will you be sitting at home this weekend while your friends head to Reggae on the River? Maybe you couldn't afford a ticket? Or, maybe you're looking for all the Reggae vibes without all the sweat, crowds and hassle? Fear not, we've got you covered.

Local photographer Alexander Woodard is on scene, snapping away and posting to Instagram. We'll be curating his photos here, so you can enjoy the sights of the festival in near-real time. And kmud.org will be carrying live audio of the three-day festival. We've also embedded the live stream feed from the concert bowl below. So, fill up the kiddie pool, crank up the audio and use your mobile device to absorb all the sites via Woodard's lens. There you go: Reggae, staycation style.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Rolled, Rocked and Raised

Posted By and on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Volunteers set up for the Roll. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Volunteers set up for the Roll.
Journal contributor Jennifer Savage emceed this year's Roll on the Mattole, the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company's annual fundraiser. Also in attendance was Journal staff writer — and Honeydew native — Linda Stansberry. Here's their report from the day:

LS: Honeydew is the BEST! Reporting done. Everyone go home and donate some money to the HVFC!

JS: This year's Roll on the Mattole delivered an exceptionally fine combination of music, sun and fun, all to raise money for the Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company, whose crew is responsible for covering about 75 square miles of rural Humboldt. Last year's Roll, combined with community donations, brought in enough funds for a much-needed new fire truck. This year's fundraising surpassed even that. 

UPDATE: Claire Trower emailed to clarify that the Roll's goal is to fund operating expenses for the year – which total about $20,000 for workers' comp insurance, liability/truck insurance, supplies, fuel, radio replacement, etc. – and while last year's Roll brought in enough to top off the new truck fund, a significant portion was raised through other events. 

In addition to the logistics of getting to and from fires in this remote part of the county, firefighters face halting flames under daunting physical conditions. That makes training an exceptionally serious matter — but at the Roll, that seriousness is offset by an infusion of fun (at least for the spectators) when the top firefighters from the HVFC compete with those from the Petrolia, Whale Gulch and Telegraph Ridge fire departments in the Firefighters' Challenge. The challenge consists of multiple exercises involving equipment and simulated fires, worth varying points and scored by the pros from CalFire. 

Volunteer firefighters in the first relay of the day. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Volunteer firefighters in the first relay of the day.
LS: Um, yeah. I decided to do my part by engaging in a little pre-competition smack talk, per tradition. Petrolia and Whale Gulch were suitably intimidated by my verbal prowess, but I'd completely forgotten that the CalFire guys were judging, not competing. It wasn't until after the trials started that I understood their blank looks. I asked them not to hold it against us, which they gallantly said they wouldn't. Not that they had a single opportunity to criticize, because HONEYDEW IS AMAZING!

Digging a fireline is hard enough in the sunshine. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Digging a fireline is hard enough in the sunshine.
The race is on! - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • The race is on!
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  • Jennifer Savage
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  • Jennifer Savage
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  • Jennifer Savage
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  • Jennifer Savage
Success! - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Success!
Exhaustion sets in, albeit temporarily. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Exhaustion sets in, albeit temporarily.
"We did it." - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • "We did it."
Post-challenge breather - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Post-challenge breather

JS
: A family atmosphere prevails at the Roll — face-painted, music-loving kids abound.

LS: We love our little future firefighters! Honeydew!

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  • Jennifer Savage
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Ray Lingel and granddaughter. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Ray Lingel and granddaughter.
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  • Jennifer Savage
JS: First District Supervisor Rex Bohn was on hand, grilling oysters through the day and bringing his mad live auction skillz — raising $3,600 in under three minutes — to the dance floor in the evening. 

LS: The music and food were awesome, but when are we going to get to the story of Honeydew's inevitable triumph? Honeydew!


On the block. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • On the block.
JS: Throughout the day, music, food, dance and good vibes emanated through the Roll.


JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
Shaman Nature - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Shaman Nature
Event organizers Linda Yonts and Kara. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Event organizers Linda Yonts and Kara.
Black Star Safari - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Black Star Safari
Fire Chief Marcus Dube - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Fire Chief Marcus Dube
Lost Coast Marimbas - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Lost Coast Marimbas
Gail Samuels. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Gail Samuels.
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
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  • Jennifer Savage
JS: After the judges tallied the firefighters' teams scores, everyone gathered for the presentation of the trophy. 

LS: Honeydew? Honeydew!

The judges announce the division winners. - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • The judges announce the division winners.
And the winner is... - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • And the winner is...
Honeydew! - JENNIFER SAVAGE
  • Jennifer Savage
  • Honeydew!
LS: Honeydew!

JS: Honeydew!
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Shell of a Good Time

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM

Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Adam Dietrich takes down an Oyster from the Humboldt Made booth at the 25th Annual Oyster Festival.
The 25th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival filled the plaza and plenty of bellies this past Saturday. The sun was out, the bands were swinging and the lines at the more than 50 booths snaked in all directions. When the judging was through, Sushi Spot took home Best Raw Oyster again, Folie Douce won Best Cooked Oyster and a tiny key lime pie from Emerald and Sage Catering snagged Best Non-oyster. By now we hope that, like us, you're finally able to look at a bivalve again because photographer Mark McKenna was there, darting between the grills, tents and revelers to capture the goings on.  


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, Bigfoot Hunter

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 5:31 PM

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“It’s hard to imagine corner of our crowded world where a giant man-like creature could roam free, yet there’s persuasive evidence that Bigfoot is real.”

If you’re feeling nostalgic about Leonard Nimoy, take a look back at his In Search of… episode featuring local legend Bigfoot. Most of it centers on Sasquatch investigators and sightings in Oregon and Washington, but Nimoy also features footage from the Patterson-Gimlin film which was (arguably) filmed in Humboldt County.


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