Friday, November 30, 2018

Main Street Merriment

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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Fa-la-la-la-la-low your heart to Ferndale this weekend. The quaint Victorian Village dresses up in its holiday best and turns up the small-town charm during Ferndale Hospitality Night, Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. Stroll the streets, making your way in and out of the shops as merchants serve up free hot cocoa, cookies and cheer.

Santa Claus arrives in the Victorian Village, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Main Street (free). A big red truck drops off the big red guy when Jolly St. Nick arrives by fire truck with bags of goodies for youngsters. Later, the Ferndale Community Choir performs an eclectic selection of sacred and inspiring music from across the centuries and around the world in a Christmas Celebration in Song on Saturday, Dec 1 at 8 p.m. at Ferndale Community Church and Sunday, Dec 2 at 3 p.m. at Church of the Assumption (both free).

One of the area's most beloved holiday traditions (since 1934) is Ferndale's Christmas Tree Lighting taking place this year Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. (free). Ferndale's volunteer firefighters deck the "tallest living lighted Christmas tree" located at the end of Main Street. Enjoy free hot cocoa and homemade cookies. Before (or after) the lighting, swing by Ferndale's Portuguese Hall for the annual Portuguese Linguica & Beans Dinner happening from 4 to 7 p.m. (price TBA).

Bonus! Humboldt Ice Rink is now located in Ferndale at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds and is open Nov. 30 through Jan. 6. Check www.humboldticerink.com for times.

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The Pipes are Blowing

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM

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Tubas and bodhrans, Tchaikovsky and strings — these are a few of our favorite things. North Coasters, we're in for a treat with several seasonal serenades to get us in the spirit.

Do you hear what I hear? Eureka Symphony's holiday concert heralds the yuletide offerings with The Trumpet Shall Sound Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($19-$49). On the program this year is Handel's Messiah featuring the Eureka Symphony Chorus with special soloists. Hallelujah. Arrive early for the free "Musical Notes" lecture at 7 p.m.

Swirling flourishes abound in Nutcracker Arabian Nights on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. at Redwood Raks World Dance Studio ($12, $10 students/seniors, $6 children under 12). The performance celebrates the classic Nutcracker but with a belly dance twist, shimmy and circle. Fun for adults and kids alike. The Saturday afternoon performance is a fundraiser for those affected by the Camp Fire.

Tuba Christmas gets brassy Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at Old Town Gazebo and later in the day at McKinleyville Shopping Center at 3 p.m. (free). Enjoy the holiday sounds of a tuba and euphonium chorus performed by students, teachers, amateur and professional musicians.

And finally, spend an evening in the setting of a remote Irish farmhouse, gathering 'round the fire for traditional Irish Christmas carols, dancing and stories with master storyteller Tomáseen Foley and his band of merrymakers in A Celtic Christmas Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($29-$49). Trad and true. The way we like it.

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Humboldt Artisans Craft and Music Festival

Posted on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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No holiday season is complete without a trip to the Humboldt Artisans Craft and Music Festival Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds ($3 all weekend, free w/a toy donation). Browse more than 100 booths of handmade gifts by North Coast artisans and craftspeople. Enjoy live music and entertainment each day, all day, hot and delicious food and drinks available.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Victorian Christmas at the Blue Ox

Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM

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Share in the fun and activities at the Blue Ox Historic Village during A Victorian Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-9 p.m. (price TBA). See craftsman demos, enjoy tasty food and drinks, and discover just the perfect gift among quality, handcrafted wares. Bring the little ones to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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Candlelight Walk in the Redwoods

Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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Embark on a magical ranger-guided walk through towering ancient redwoods lit by 400 luminaries at the Candlelight Walk in the Redwoods, Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitors Center ($10, children under 12 free). The Saturday walk is sold out but, as of press time, tickets are still available for Friday's event. Call ahead for tickets and to reserve spots for the kids.

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Music Tonight: Thursday, Nov. 29

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 1:36 AM

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War Möth, Lord Ellis, and Blackplate open up a night of pure homegrown rock and roll tonight at The Jam at 9 p.m. ($5). Join in the heavy thumping fun, enjoy the $3 pint night, and revel in pre-record release glory of Blackplate's finery.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Music Tonight: Wednesday, Nov. 28

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Humbrews hosts the return of The Travelin McCourys tonight at 9 p.m. ($30/$25 advance). These bluegrass masters are offshoots of the bluegrass master himself — Del McCoury. When not functioning as crack backing players for the Del McCoury band itself, these next-gen pickers hit the streets to play the music they love for the world at large. If you like bluegrass played with an ethereal tightness only rote memory and musical DNA can provide, then come check this one out.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Music Tonight: Tuesday, Nov. 27

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Ghost Ring is a Portland trio fronted by Kay Morrisette that plays a warm and sad kind of regret crystalized into beautiful folk songs like frozen waves on a dead shore. Blood Hunny is their long lost local twin. Together the groups unite for an evening of reverb bliss at the Siren's Song at 8 p.m. tonight ($5 suggested donation). Come hear the edges sanded away by weary reflection while the bedroom burns downs the mansion. Portland's Sean Farrell opens.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Snow Balling: Photos from the Snowball Drop with Santa

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:31 PM

The crowd gets ready to catch prize ping-pong balls shot into the air over the gazebo in Old Town. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The crowd gets ready to catch prize ping-pong balls shot into the air over the gazebo in Old Town.

Santa Claus showed up, along with a large crowd, to enjoy the warm sunshine during the sixth annual Snowball Drop late Saturday morning at the Old Town gazebo. Eureka Main Street organizes the Small Business Saturday event, shooting some 500 "snowballs" (ping-pong balls) into the air above the attendees with an air cannon. This year, each snowball had the name of a local business and could be redeemed that day for a prize or discount.

In a new addition to the event — to increase the odds of attending children catching a "snowball" with an age-appropriate prize, the air cannon first fired off rounds of colored ping-pong balls in a Gumball Drop only for kids. See the slideshow below for photos of the fun.

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Music Tonight: Monday, Nov. 26

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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The Redwood Curtain Brewery hosts a free Bluegrass Open tonight at 7 p.m. While I have never been a huge fan of bluegrass music, I do love the synergy of people coming together to play and share in a common love, so I can't do anything but endorse this egalitarian jam. Plus, it's a Monday night in late November, it's lonely out there in the foggy frozen streets and we could all use some communal jocundery. Have at it!

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