Thursday, September 30, 2021

Photos: Migrations and Shoes

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 5:06 PM

Described by organizer Laura Muñoz of Playhouse Arts as an ensemble-created multi-disciplinary, multicultural performance event, Migrations: Walking Together proved a fun and fascinating walk in the parks and other locations of Arcata on Saturday. It began in the Creamery District with a lovely dance performance and shoes — lots of shoes — and ended with a parade entering Carlson Park from Giuntoli Lane. An unexpected change in route due to construction blocking the way added an authentic touch to the “migration” experience for participants. (See the slideshow below for highlights.)

Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Dancers from Centro del Pueblo carrying pineapples used in their performance awaited the start of their dance in the garden at the Jardin Santuario.

"The procession provided a way for all participants to walk together, sharing the experience of time, space and the different cultures that find themselves in Goudi’ni,” said Muñoz. “Walking together grows our solidarity. Walking is traveling in human time; it connects us to the ground and to those who came before us. As we walk, we create new paths into the future." (Goudi'ni is the Wiyot word for the region now known as Arcata, meaning "over in the woods.")

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Humboldt Quilters Dress Capitol Christmas Trees

Posted By on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 6:10 AM

It's not even officially fall and Humboldt quilters have already finished their holiday decorations. Well, for the nations's Capitol, anyway. Since the Capitol Christmas tree (named Sugar Bear, by the way) and dozens of other smaller trees for congressional offices were selected from the Six Rivers National Forest, the quilted tree skirts are coming from our neck of the literal and proverbial woods, too.

  • Photo by Yara Hailey, courtesy of Redwood Empire Quilters Guild
  • Jeanne O'Neale's panel "Pacific Dogwood."
In June, retired U.S. Forest Service worker Linda West reached out to Susie Freese of the Redwood Empire Quilters Guild and asked for a pair of tree skirts. Freese contacted fellow guild member Maggie Stimson and soon they were joining forces with the Moonstone Quilt Guild and Eel River Valley Quilt Guild. All together, some 30 women designed, sewed and assembled a pair of tree skirts — the 12-foot "Essence of Humboldt" and the 15-foot "Smokey, Woodsy and the Quilter's Trail" — that will adorn indoor Christmas trees at the entrances of the U.S. Forest Service office and the USDA office in Washington, D.C., respectively.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

2021 Apple Harvest Festival Canceled

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 1:45 PM

  • Photo by Mark McKenna
Sad to say, but it looks like the Friendly City's annual Apple Harvest Festival will be put on the shelf again this year. Organizers had hoped to offer a limited and safe event this year, but didn't feel that was possible.

The annual event that sees the whole town transformed into an autumn cornucopia with orchard hay rides, apple pie and cider sales, live music, a lively downtown street fair and bushels of family fun has been a staple of the community for almost 40 years.

Organizers want to remind people that while the festival is canceled, the town of Fortuna and Clendenen's Cider Works are open for business, and apples and other fresh fall produce are still available.

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