In this era of big box stores and assembly required furniture, it's sadly too easy to forget the importance of quality over quantity. Why make your own beeswax candles at home, when you can buy a gross of them at Costco? The folks at Eureka Main Street and Origin Design Lab want you to put down that 12-pack of machine-woven baskets and head on over to the Humboldt Makers Street Fair at Second Street in Old Town on Saturday, Aug. 2 from noon to 9 p.m. (free). As usual, the fair shares the evening with Eureka's Arts Alive, providing even more exposure to local talent and flair.
It's the fourth year of this craft-filled, artist-drenched street fair, and it's bigger than ever. Second Street will be flush with live music, dancers and performers. You'll see the artists and crafters make their wares, with live demonstrations and lessons from local artisans, educators, musicians, hobbyists, enthusiasts and dabblers. Your handmade purchases will help fund the Crafty Kids Enrichment program at Origin Design Labs, nurturing the crafters of the future. More of a consumer than a creator? You can always enter the Mac Daddy eating contest at Wolf Dawg at noon and stuff down as many mac-and-cheese and bacon dogs as you can in 10 minutes for prizes and glory. With any luck, someone will have artisanal antacid on hand.
If you listen closely, you can almost hear the drum circles forming down in Piercy. Southern Humboldt will soon be swarming with reggae fans from all over the country. Reggae on the River ($250, $190) has drawn thousands of people to French's Camp in Piercy for 30 years now (ignoring the years it moved around all willy-nilly). The three-day festival technically runs from Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 3, but if you have a special four-day ticket, then the show starts on Thursday, July 31.
The festival kicks off for regular ticket holders at noon on Friday, with the opening ceremony. The details on the ceremony are fittingly hazy, but it's safe to assume that it has something to do with reggae music or drums. At 12:30 p.m., Thicker Than Thieves takes the stage, followed by Fishbone, Sly & Robbie, The Taxi Gang and more. The live music keeps going until 1 a.m.
On Saturday the music starts early at 10:30 a.m. including John Trudell & Bad Dog, and Indubious. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff closes out the day with a performance at 11:30 p.m. On Sunday, performances run from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., with music from Ras Marcus Benjamin, Israel Vibration, Zili Misik and more.
The price of camping is included with the purchase of a festival ticket, but be sure to get there early for a good site. You can park onsite for the entire weekend for $40, or take one of the many shuttles from surrounding towns. In addition to the non-stop reggae beats, you can enjoy food from multiple vendors and shop for souvenirs at the craft booths. All in all, you're in for a Jah-dropping good time.
It's easy to forget just how far the county line extends. Once you make it out to the Mattole Valley, though, you're immediately happy to claim it as part of Humboldt's beautiful landscape. Protecting it, particularly during dry seasons like this one, requires a top-notch fire service. The 25th annual Roll on the Mattole is all about keeping the Honeydew Fire Company shipshape ($25, $20).
On Saturday, July 26, from noon until midnight, the Mattole Grange will be vibrating from the beats of a slew of eclectic bands, including the Absynth Quintet, MoonshineMountain Band, DJ Marjo Lak, the F-Holes on the Hill and others.
The musical showcase could stand alone, but it doesn't need to. The grange will be full of local vendor booths, food and drink, kids' games and more. The highlight of the day, though, is the Wildland Firefighters' Challenge. Watch as members of the Honeydew Fire Department compete to see who will reign supreme in games of physical strength, agility and good old fun.
Bring the whole family and make a day of it, but leave your dog at home. You can always bring Fido some barbecue.
You've likely noticed the influx of super shiny, classic cars on the highway lately. They just ooze nostalgia, and it's nearly impossible to take your eyes off of them. If you're driving, this can be a dangerous distraction. Luckily for you, most of these vintage American cars are headed to the same place: the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 25 to 27, Fortuna's Main Street and Rohner Park become a mecca for lovers of chrome, detail and the sound of revving engines.
It all starts with cruising on Friday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Think of it as a parade without horses. Find a seat somewhere along Main Street or Fortuna Boulevard and soak up the view of the classic cars. Keep the theme going at the Sock Hop at the River Lodge from 8 p.m. to midnight ($5).
There's more to the AutoXpo than the cars, though. Check out the Artisans Fair at Rohner Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you're looking for something more vintage, you'll enjoy the antique show at the Veteran's Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Need a new fender for that '57 Chevy? Haggle at the swap meet at Rohner Park on Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Judges score the cars on Main Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and announce the winners on Sunday at Fortuna High School at 10 a.m. Should be pretty classic.
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