Monday, September 30, 2019

The Flash Fiction Contest Returns

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Let’s cut to the chase: The annual North Coast Journal Flash Fiction Contest is on. Tell your tale in 99 words or fewer, not including the title, for a chance at a prize or to see your story in the Journal.
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Email up to three entries as attachments to fiction@northcoastjournal.com with your full name and contact information (the latter won’t be printed) by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Our esteemed judges will publish their favorites in November. Ninety-nine words is more than you might think — look at last year’s batch for a sample. Or, you know, look at this.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Photos from Sunday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 5:40 PM

Sunday at the 46th annual North Country Fair featured another splash of the popular rhythms and dances of Samba da Alegria's Samba Parade, along with the usual mix of live music on multiple stages, vendors of all types and — atypically for the season — occasional rain. See highlights of the parade in the slideshow below.
The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • The flower blossom-strewn east side of the Arcata Plaza made a good dance platform for the Samba da Alegria dancers.
Fortunately for the paint-daubed musicians and samba dancers in a mix of costumes symbolizing Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival, the weather cleared in time for their 1 p.m. performance in front of a packed house around the Arcata Plaza. After the Samba Parade left the plaza, fair attendees took shelter for a half hour or so of heavy rain and then returned once warm sunshine appeared for the rest of the afternoon's fair activities.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Photos from Saturday at the North Country Fair

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM

The 46th annual North Country Fair on Saturday lived up to its reputation on Saturday for lovely fall weather, lots of food, art, clothing and craft vendors, and — in memory of the Northcoast Environmental Center's Tim McKay — a fun, all-ages All Species Parade frolic around the Arcata Plaza. See highlights of the day in the slideshow below.

Live music spanning multiple genres played on multiple stages at the event, including the first performance of the year by the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir and its new director Valetta Molofsky.
An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • An owl sculpture/puppet flying above the All Species Parade.

And in keeping with the event's ethos, Zero Waste Humboldt volunteers were at all corners of the plaza helping educate attendees on how to keep the event environmentally friendly. Come back for more photos from Sunday's festivities, including the Samba Parade. 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Photos from the Lost Coast Tattoo Expo

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 5:18 PM

If you heard a buzzing around the Bear River Recreation Center this past weekend, it might have been the Lost Coast Tattoo Expo. More than 40 ink artists showed up to needle folks on site, while a cornhole tournament and a vintage car show went on next door. Photographer Mark McKenna was there to capture some of the body art and artists. Check out the slideshow below for highlights of the event.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Real Thing: Poets in Orleans (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 6:59 PM

As we listened to the three poets spin their webs last weekend in Orleans, it was easy to fall into a trance. I glanced around at the 50 people who filled the room at the Mid Klamath Watershed Council, arranged in its community events incarnation. The poets had all of us hypnotized.

The three of them — Jerry Martien from Lost River, Shaunna McCovey from downriver along the Klamath and Brian Tripp from Orleans — were all veterans at the craft of spellbind.
Poet Jerry Martien reads. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
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  • Poet Jerry Martien reads.
Some part of me strayed back to the teachers who tried to teach us poetry when I was in high school. This was a long time ago, before the invention of computers, even before the advent of ballpoint pens. Those classes made poetry, even the good stuff, hard to swallow.


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