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Monday, November 4, 2019

Trick or Treat: Photos from Arcata's Halloween

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Parking was a premium for Trick or Treat on the Plaza in Arcata in late afternoon as easily more than a thousand children and adults showed up for the Halloween fun. The event, sponsored by Arcata Main Street, started off with the HSU Marching Lumberjacks, giant puppets and a bubble machine circling the plaza, followed by attendees lining ulp at storefronts and businesses around the plaza to collect the goodies.
The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The Bella Vita Fire Dance Company burns it up on the Arcata Plaza.
Additional entertainment included a zombie flash mob performance of "Thriller," a flaming performance by the Bella Vita Fire Dance Company, hay bale rides around the plaza and photo ops with a Halloween Fairy. See the slideshow below for highlights of the costumed fun.


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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
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 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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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Photos of the Fairy Frolic

Posted By on Thu, Jul 4, 2019 at 3:15 PM

A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • A slow shutter speed allowed the colorful costumes of the belly dancing group Ya Habibi in front the Enchantment Stage to blur in the photo.

It was another "Frolick of Fairies" at the magical second annual Fairy Festival on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday. The large turnout of mystical fairies and other life forms for the costume contests, live music, belly dancing, a parade with a dragon, and other activities probably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations of everyone except Shoshanna Rose. She helped organize the fundraiser event, along with help from the Bureau of Fantastical Spectacles, the city of Arcata and Arcata Main Street, as a benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Attendees at the long afternoon and evening of entertainment had their choice of food and drink vendors, as well as face painting, airbrush or henna tattoos, book sellers and various clothing and jewelry vendor tables. See the slideshow below for fae highlights.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Zombies Shake/Drag a Leg

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25. - PHOTO BY MEGAN MARTIN
  • Photo by Megan Martin
  • Jared Robinson and Anthony Quinn pose after the zombie flash mob invaded the Arcata Plaza on Oct. 25.

A gray-faced, dead-eyed army of zombies from Sunny Brae Middle School sprang to after-life for some vintage choreography to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" on Friday, Oct. 26 at Murphy’s Market in Sunny Brae. Then, while Vincent Price's cackle still echoed in the aisles, the undead dancers made their groaning way to the Arcata Plaza for an encore before slinking back to the cursed ground from which they rose. Enjoy Megan Martin's slideshow of their creepy moves below. Happy Halloween, everybody.


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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Papaya Lounge is Ripe for Comedy

Posted By on Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Sarah McKinney as Velvet Q. Jones and Alyssa Hughlett as her dowdy, clumsy assistant Nancy. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Sarah McKinney as Velvet Q. Jones and Alyssa Hughlett as her dowdy, clumsy assistant Nancy.

The funny, bawdy and sometimes naughty comedy and music show The Papaya Lounge met its goal of turning the Arcata Playhouse into a seedy cabaret nightclub on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Velvet Q. Jones (Sarah McKinney) hosted the cabaret, billed as a music, comedy and variety show “with a fruity attitude.” The show was supported with excellent live music by the Fruit Flies (Tim Randles, Ken Lawrence, Mike LaBolle and Greg Moore). The very loose plot line involved the somewhat frantic Velvet Q. Jones’ efforts to fend off her creditors while being a catalyst in the transformation of her dowdy, clumsy assistant Nancy (Alyssa Hughlett).

The evening performance in front of a packed house was billed as a test run and afterward Playhouse promoter David Ferney said, “We are pleased with the reception of the show and plan to bring back The Papaya Lounge as a showcase of local talent on a regular basis.” See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Samba Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 3:11 PM

Samba da Alegria drew a crowd for the parade on the second day of the North Country Fair. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Samba da Alegria drew a crowd for the parade on the second day of the North Country Fair.

Sunny warm weather continued for another day for Sunday's 44th annual North Country Fair on the Arcata Plaza. A large crowd soaked up the sunshine and the high energy created by the Samba da Alegria dancers with their 31st annual Samba Parade.

Sunday's Fair featured another round of live music and dance performances. Attendees checked out the food, drink, clothing, arts and crafts, and tie-dyed clothing offered by over 200 vendors. See the slideshow below for highlights from the parade and more.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

All Species Saturday

Posted By on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Butterflies fluttered by in the parade courtesy of Trillium Dance Studio. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Butterflies fluttered by in the parade courtesy of Trillium Dance Studio.

Event organizers Same Old People were surrounded by a large crowd attending the first day of the 44th annual North Country Fair held on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday — with just one big change in tradition. The Northcoast Environmental Center's All Species Parade swapped days with the Samba Parade, surprising a lot of attendees who hadn't heard about the change. See the slideshow below for highlights of Saturday's festivities.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Century Celebration

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Shoshanna Rose (right), of Arcata, helped cut and serve the Creamery Building replica cake that building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, brought to share with Fervor Fest attendees. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Shoshanna Rose (right), of Arcata, helped cut and serve the Creamery Building replica cake that building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, brought to share with Fervor Fest attendees.

It took four days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Creamery Building in Arcata this past week. Building owners Lisa and Brian Finigan, of Arcata, have spent the last 40 years rejuvenating the building and hosting an eclectic mix of tenants in the center of the emerging Creamery District — so they and friends decided to throw a party.

Arcata artist Lush Newton introduced her outdoor art installation "Golden State Creamery: The Land of Milk and Honey" at Thursday's evening reception at the Creamery District. She said her work commemorates the history, people and culture surrounding the historic Creamery building on its 100th anniversary. The billboard was inspired by designs for the original tenant, California Creameries, and her portable hand-painted figures were based on historical photos (including one of her great aunt riding a cow).

Friday evening's highlights were the Arcata Playhouse's outdoor shadow-puppet show that followed the Elemental Spectacle procession that included dancers, stilt walkers, giant puppets and a large dragon marching around the Creamery Building to live music. The Ya Habibi dancers performed next at the entrance of the Creamery prior to the shadow-puppet show.

More than 20 vendors offered unlimited samples of beer, wine, kombucha, cider and distilled spirits at Fervor Fest on Saturday. A large crowd attended the family-friendly event that included live music, food vendors and a popular children's play area. In mid-afternoon, the Finigans brought out the 100th anniversary cake shaped liked the Creamery building to share with Fervor Fest attendees.

The Creamery Festival wrapped up on Sunday with the last of the Flynn Creek Circus shows.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Parade Fun in the Sun (With Costumed Goat!)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 9:07 AM

River Christie, of Blue Lake, and her costumed pet goat. - MARK LARSON
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  • River Christie, of Blue Lake, and her costumed pet goat.
In case you missed it, the 50th annual Annie and Mary Parade in Blue Lake on Sunday featured its usual eclectic mix of participants, ranging from giant puppets, costumed children and adults, horseback riders, honor guard, Samba na Chuva (a dance and drum ensemble) and other local civic groups.

The Blue Lake Chamber has sponsored Annie and Mary Day since 1967 to celebrate the historic Arcata Mad River Rail Line. It is named after Annie Carroll and Mary Buckley, two bookkeepers who were employed by the railroad around the year 1907.

In addition to the parade, the annual event featured the annual Bill Nessler Car Show, a craft vendor fair, distilled beverages and beer, barbeque and after the parade, dancing to the Humboldt Folklife Society's music line up of The Timber Ridge Boys, That Buckin' String Band, No Pardon, Gatehouse Well, and The Detours.

The Humboldt Folklife Society's music performances continue all week. Check out the full slideshow below.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rockabilly, Blues and Dancing Shoes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Line dancers filled the floor at the Grand Finale at the Muni on Sunday afternoon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Line dancers filled the floor at the Grand Finale at the Muni on Sunday afternoon.

The music and dancing started early and went late on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend at the Redwood Coast Music Festival. The musicians and audience members again circled Eureka venues throughout both days. (You can see photos of Thursday and Friday's festivities here.)

My Saturday goals were to watch the dance contests, catch Gino & the Lone Gunman for some rockabilly in a cramped Red Lion meeting room, eat an early dinner and stay out late with a big crowd at the Municipal Auditorium for the Blues Special.

The Blues Special did not disappoint. Prior to the show, organizers were stressed out because Michael Doucet's flight from SFO to ACV was cancelled — who would ever expect that? But the organizers announced he was driving up and he eventually arrived in time to make the show. Kenny Neal moved up to Doucet's 6 p.m. time slot and put on a fantastic show with his singing and guitar and harmonica playing.

The audience likely wouldn't have let Neal leave the stage if Doucet hadn't finally arrived and joined Tom Rigney & Flambeau in some virtuoso fiddle and violin playing in another great performance. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats closed out the show.

Sunday's Grand Finale at the Muni featured seven groups who demonstrated great musicianship, as well as the ability to make smooth transitions from group to group. The dance floor was packed for a two-hour display of amazing dance skills. Doucet and Rigney closed the festival with another round of fiddle and Cajun violin.

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