Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Humboldt Geographic Facebook Group Offers Risk-Free Adventures, Beauty

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Aspiring photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and science nerds: Please allow us to introduce Humboldt Geographic. No, not the new HSU geography department magazine. This Humboldt Geographic is a new-ish Facebook group where you can post your jaw-dropping photos and videos, learn interesting things about the county’s geography, connect with people who have similar interests and get ideas for outdoor adventures that are unlikely to result in a COVID-19 infection.

Steelhead fry in the Eel River. - ROWDY KELLEY/HUMBOLDT GEOGRAPHIC
  • Rowdy Kelley/Humboldt Geographic
  • Steelhead fry in the Eel River.

Group founder Rowdy Kelley is based in Fortuna but frequently ventures out and about, scouting locations for Humboldt-based feature films, IMAX movies, music videos, promo videos and commercials. He’s worked on the sets of more than a dozen films, including Woodshock, The Majestic and A Wrinkle in Time, along with six TV and movie projects involving Bigfoot. He mostly serves as a location manager but occasionally he’s taken on roles as an actor and even a stuntman.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dell’Arte to Operate at Reduced Capacity Over the Summer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 4:04 PM

Dell’Arte International announced Wednesday that due to the impact of COVID-19 and the cancelations of the school's Mad River Festival, Summer Intensive and other events, it will be operating at a reduced capacity over the summer in an effort to remain financially viable.

In a press release from the school, Managing Director Alyssa Hughlett says, “We hope that by dimming our lights these next few months we’ll be in a stronger position to welcome our students and community back to our studios, stages and all the spaces that have come to signify Dell’Arte.” The release states the school is not ceasing operations entirely and will be offering summer workshops over digital platforms.
Performers at the Turning Gray Skies Blue show last June. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Performers at the Turning Gray Skies Blue show last June.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Mateel Presents Summer Arts Video Tribute on YouTube

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Missing the Summer Arts and Music Festival this year? You're not alone. The beloved two-day event, typically presented the first weekend in June for the last 44 years, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020, the event sees the Benbow State Recreation Area moving and grooving with throngs of art and music lovers and ushers in summer in the redwoods. It is a Southern Humboldt institution and one of the largest fundraisers for the Mateel Community Center with big musical acts, dozens of food, art and craft vendors, dance performances, health and wellness areas, kids' activities and more. Its cancellation is a big loss for the center and the community.

Even though this year's event has been cancelled, the Mateel Community Center has made it so SAMF revelers can reminisce about the good times and hopefully still get their fix. The Mateel is presenting a video tribute of Summer Arts and Music Festivals from years past on its YouTube channel: or at  The tribute includes over two dozen artists including The Real Sarahs, Durand Jones & the Indications, Garbervillle Town Band, Jah9, Delhi 2 Dublin, Lost Coast Marimbas, Afrolicious, Candelaria, John Popper & Object Heavy, Carolyn Wonderland, Brothers Comatose, Motherlode featuring Fred Wesley and Nakho & Medicine for the People.

In a press release about the tribute, Mateel Community Center Board of Directors and staff had this message: "We look forward to the time when we can celebrate together again and hug and love one another. If you’re not already a member please support us and become one, or if you would like to give a donation, we would be very honored to receive it, please visit our website at ... The Mateel will be open as soon as we can. Enjoy, be happy, be well, be love
and be the change we wish to see in the world."
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Friday, June 5, 2020

The Logger Bar is Up for Sale

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 11:53 AM

More bad news, folks: Blue Lake’s Logger Bar is up for sale.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Pacific Partners owner/broker Scott Pesch confirmed that the bar’s owner Kate Martin is selling the 1899 historic watering hole at 510 Railroad Ave., though he wasn’t happy to deliver the news.

“When I was putting the signs up, I just felt, I dunno,” Pesch trailed off. “I went to Logger Bar a couple times, it’s just a great old place. A lot of history.” 

The historic Logger Bar with "for sale" signs. - ASHLEY HARRELL
  • Ashley Harrell
  • The historic Logger Bar with "for sale" signs.

In its earliest incarnation, the Logger was a smoky haunt for locals working in the timber industry and it accumulated an impressive collection of logging memorabilia, including old photographs, saws, hardhats and other gear donated by patrons over the decades.

When Martin purchased the bar in 2012, she kept all that. And with the help of some 100 volunteers, Martin fixed up just about everything else, cleaning, painting, refurbishing and utterly transforming the former dive into a bright, welcoming community tavern.

“It was the kind of place where you always felt comfortable and ran into a friend,” said local farmer Dave Feral, who liked to stop by and check out the live music or play pool. “My fingers are crossed the next owner puts as much heart and soul into it as she did.”

Though the bar is now shuttered due to the pandemic, Martin plans to file an application with the county to reopen when that becomes possible, according to Pesch (the broker).

In the meantime, if anybody has $250,000 handy, that’ll buy you the Logger’s name, liquor license, fixtures, equipment and goodwill.

Martin declined to comment for this story, but Pesch did offer these words about the decision to sell: "Kate's wanting to sell it and kind of move on with herself, her next chapter in her life."

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