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Friday, August 16, 2019

Piping Up: Photos from the Highland Games

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 11:33 AM

Blue Lake's Perigot Park was awash in tartan and the music of bagpipes on Sunday during the Highland Games. Competitors brought the hammer down — or rather up — throwing 12-pound hammers and cabers (basically logs, folks) for distance. Attendees got down to Celtic rock from Tempest and got sentimental to pipes and drums from the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band and the Jefferson Pipe Band.

Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday.
A good time was had by all at the annual celebration of Scottish culture, as evident in the slideshow below by photographer Mark McKenna. And no surprise, the haggis sold out.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hot Wheels: Photos from Fortuna's AutoXpo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 6:58 PM

A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27.
Vintage gear heads descended once again on the Friendly City this past weekend for the annual AutoXpo. The chrome gleamed, the engines roared and a parade of classic beauties cruised down the main drag to give everyone lined up on the sidewalks an eyeful. The Journal's Zach Lathouris was there shooting the highlights as the fishtails and muscle cars rolled past. See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Bubbling Over: Photos from the Fourth in Arcata

Posted By on Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza.

The only things exploding on the Arcata plaza for the 4th of July Jubilee were thousands of soap bubbles, as the Bubbles Promenade kicked off the event with a crowd of children and adults blowing bubbles. The soapy parade that also included a few rhutabaga Queens for Life and a mix of Kinetic Race vehicles, looped around the plaza a couple of times,followed a pause for the national anthem.

The family-friendly event then offered a long afternoon of live music, fun activities for the children, lunch options from food and drink vendors and an autograph session with Humboldt Crabs players. See the slideshow below for highlights of the bubbly festivities.

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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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Monday, June 17, 2019

Photos from Oyster Fest 2019

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:23 PM

Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Thousands gathered on the Arcata Plaza to stand in line to buy oysters, listen to music or have a picnic on the grass.

The 29th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival managed to pack the Arcata Plaza with thousands of attendees on Saturday, despite some unusual drama in the days before the event. First there was the local beer controversy and then the last-minute health crisis — oops, a math error, no crisis — regarding the safety of the 130,000+plus local oysters from Humboldt Bay to be eaten at the event, which is organized by Arcata Main Street as its primary fundraiser.

The early morning foggy overcast burned off in early afternoon for the usual event line up of live music, an oyster-calling contest for children and adults, and the Shuck & Swallow oyster-eating contest, as well as the food and beer venues. See more about winners of the Best Oyster contest here, and a slideshow of the day's highlights below.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Photos from the Rhody Parade and Salt & Fog Fish Fest

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 10:22 AM

A flying saucer festooned with rhododendrons for the parade. - PHOTO BY SAM LEISHMAN
  • Photo by Sam Leishman
  • A flying saucer festooned with rhododendrons for the parade.

It was a busy weekend in Eureka. Folks were out early Saturday, staking out curbside seating to watch as the annual Rhododendron Parade wound its way through town. Once the bands, VW bugs and flower-powered kinetic sculptures finished the route, it was time to hustle down to Old Town for the inaugural Salt & Fog Fish Fest. The tall ships were docked in the bay, speeder cars zipped up and down the street and Madaket Plaza was packed with food stalls, vendors and bands. Photographers Sam Leishman and Zach Lathouris were on hand snapping shots of the festivities. See the slideshow below for highlights of the day.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

This Crab is Metal

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Dan McCauley’s shining metal crab awakens from its post-Burning Man slumber and raises its pincers in the lot of Spaulding Construction off U.S. Highway 101 in Eureka. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Photo by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Dan McCauley’s shining metal crab awakens from its post-Burning Man slumber and raises its pincers in the lot of Spaulding Construction off U.S. Highway 101 in Eureka.

In case the giant silver crab raising its pincers above the chain link fence around Spaulding Construction’s parking lot off U.S. Highway 101 by Kristina’s in Eureka has you wondering, you aren’t hallucinating and you didn’t miss the Kinetic Grand Championship. The shining crustacean on wheels is the work of metal artist Dan McCauley of Dan’s Custom Metals — you may have glimpsed his scrap metal sentinel standing in the same lot or the massive, rusty T-rex gnashing its metal teeth outside his Eureka business on Redmond Road, which is soon to become an outdoor sculpture garden and gallery. For that matter, you may have seen the crab at a 4/20 celebration at Forever Found — yeah, that wasn't the edibles.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

This is Going to Hurt a Little: Photos from the Inked Hearts Expo

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:31 PM

Tattoo artist David Chavera, of Local Boy Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas, preps a "Much Love" design in Spanish on the neck of Roxanne Reche, of Willow Creek. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Tattoo artist David Chavera, of Local Boy Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas, preps a "Much Love" design in Spanish on the neck of Roxanne Reche, of Willow Creek.

The 10th annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino hosted 35 tattoo artists and other vendors last Thursday through Sunday. Organizers Ted and Amy Marks brought in a familiar line up of tattoo artists, including Liz Cook, Lisa Hower, Tye Harris and Liz Venom, among others, as well as a good mix of new faces. See the slideshow below for highlights of the festivities.)

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

American Pickers Wants to See Your Junk

Posted By on Sun, Jan 13, 2019 at 3:41 PM

The cast of American Pickers coming to a garage near you. Maybe. - SUBMITTED
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  • The cast of American Pickers coming to a garage near you. Maybe.
How's that KonMari purge going? While you're folding your clothes into little squares, you may be wondering what to do with the road signs, vintage car parts and random advertising ephemera you've got stacked to the rafters in your garage.

If you've got the right kind of stash, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from the History Channel show American Pickers might swing by for a look and a haggle in March. The show came to Blue Lake in 2016 but surely Humboldt has a few more collectors/aficionados/straight-up hoarders worth checking out?


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Photos from the Beaver Sisters

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 6:26 PM

The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The hard-drinking, fun-loving Beaver Sisters host their hot mess of a telethon.

The Beaver sisters (played by local artists Sarah McKinney, Maggie Lally and Janessa Johnsrude) transformed Eureka’s Synapsis Nova on Friday into a setting for an angst-ridden fundraiser telethon with a major problem: No one calls in to donate money. The plot’s backstory for The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes is that the toxin-laden river is threatening to destroy their lodge unless they raise enough money to prevent it. See the slideshow below for the boozy highlights.

Due to the lack of callers throughout the telethon, Marge, Musty and Betty Beaver are frantic and at interpersonal odds with each other at times in coming up with individual fundraising ideas (allowing each of these talented performers a full range of funny moments). And a bonus throughout the comedy show: It turns out the Beaver sisters have fantastic singing voices.

The Beaver Sisters Present: The Beaverettes was created in residence at Dell'Arte International, where the artists are graduates in physical theater. The show next heads out a December tour to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Do not miss the next chance to catch them locally.

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