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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spammed: Photos from the Spamley Cup Cook-off

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Team Dick Spam Dyke holds the majestic trophy aloft. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Team Dick Spam Dyke holds the majestic trophy aloft.
On Sunday, April 29, some 15 chefs and amateurs battled for the Spamley Cup at Redwood Fields in Cutten, whipping up schmancy SPAM dishes for some 750 attendees. The event also raised $9,000 for Humboldt CASA.

Over the phone, organizer Mike Vitiello retells the salty competition's origin story:
Nine years ago, a handful of chefs hanging out at the Shanty after work trash talked each other into a backyard challenge to see who could make the best meal out of the oft derided canned meat. After a few years, they decided to open it up to the public as a fundraiser and now it's an annual tradition. See Mark McKenna's photos of the nitrate-heavy action below.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Oscar-worthy

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 7:41 PM

Danielle Tellez and her father Tom Tellez, president of the Eureka Theater board went full Hollywood glamour. - PHOTO BY SAM ARMANINO
  • Photo by Sam Armanino
  • Danielle Tellez and her father Tom Tellez, president of the Eureka Theater board went full Hollywood glamour.

Way north of the Academy Awards ceremonies in Hollywood, Humboldt hosted its own glittery evening as the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and the Eureka Theater rolled out the red carpet for an Oscar viewing party and celebration of local filming.

The swells showed up in tuxes and tulle, furs and fedoras, to sip cocktails in the lobby, serenaded by musician Michael Dayvid. Then everyone filed inside to watch the awards on the big screen, applauding, commenting and cringing together in the darkened 1939 theater. Pour yourself a little bubbly and bask in the the glamour of the slideshow below.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Early Oyster Fest Lineup

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 3:44 PM

Competitive shucking on the Arcata Plaza during last year's Oyster Fest. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Competitive shucking on the Arcata Plaza during last year's Oyster Fest.
Maybe you can still revel in the moment when it's this chilly and rainy out, but we're dreaming of sunshine and looking at the early lineup for the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on June 16, when we'll be ambling around in the sunshine with stainless steel beer cups and slurping the fruits of Humboldt's waters from their shells. Organizers at Arcata Main Street are taking vendor applications and planning the kid-friendly Flupsy Stage, street performers and the newly added Mermaid Lounge Stage. Take a gander below at the acts booked for the other three stages so far.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cool Ink, Hot Wings and Hot Dogs

Posted By on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel this past weekend. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at Blue Lake Casino and Hotel this past weekend.

The ninth annual Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel in Blue Lake last weekend wrapped the usual work of more than 30 talented tattoo artists around a few new features. Event organizers Ted and Amy Marks added the Hot Wings of Death Challenge and the all-bulldog Super Bully Bowl Pageant to the usual line up of the Hot Guy/Hot Girl Contests, daily tattoo contests and live music.

The bulldogs were not judged on their tattoos. See a slideshow of the contests and some prize-worthy body art below.


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Gifts for the Nice and Naughty Part 1: Native Dolls

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:32 PM

The sale of these Flower Dance girl dolls benefits Native Women's Collective. - PHOTO BY CUTCHA RISLING BALDY
  • Photo by Cutcha Risling Baldy
  • The sale of these Flower Dance girl dolls benefits Native Women's Collective.

Let’s remember in this season of giving, gifts are a way of showing people we love and appreciate them. Of course, presents can also be passive-aggressive weapons, tools of shade that help us work through/embrace our petty grudges and judgments. Both kinds of giving are even better when you’re helping a good cause.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll showcase some great gift ideas for the nice and naughty on your list. First up …

Gift: Native Flower Dance girl dolls
Humboldt State University professor Cutcha Risling Baldy (a contributor to this paper) handmade the dolls' maple bark skirts, pine nut necklaces and dentalium halos. Each doll holds hazel sticks and is dressed for a Flower Dance, the women's coming of age ceremony. "Maple bark skirts were the 'everyday' wear of Native women in Northwest California," Risling Baldy says. "Now, young women wear them during the Flower Dance." She made the dolls to sell at a fundraiser but also because she knows how much they could mean to a child. "I was gifted a doll like this after I was part of a Flower Dance. I've also seen other community members who will take dolls and make traditional regalia pieces for the dolls. It's been an important way of providing a doll to our young people that represents their culture. When I was growing up, I had my own doll which had a traditional buckskin dress and I carried it in a doll-size baby basket. It was really meaningful to me that I had a doll like this because it represented a part of me that I didn't really see in stores."


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

All Aboard: Vintage Train Video

Posted By on Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 2:48 PM

A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse. - TIMBER HERITAGE ASSOCIATION VIDEO
  • Timber Heritage Association video
  • A speeder car on the tracks by the Samoa roundhouse.

Everybody loves trains. OK, maybe not packed commuter trains. But if you aren't charmed by the cow catchers on black locomotives or Orient Express-style dining cars from the turn of the century, we can't hang out. The volunteers of the Timber Heritage Association are out at the Roundhouse in Samoa most weekends restoring regal and rusty beauties for posterity. And occasionally, like this weekend, the overalled rail enthusiasts offer rides on the bright orange and yellow speeder cars that once moved loggers in and out of the woods.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Arts Undead!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Eat your hearts out, Shining twins. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Eat your hearts out, Shining twins.

Once again, on Saturday evening during the October edition of Arts Alive! Eureka was overrun with gory zombies in search of human flesh and/or brains. Thankfully, they were classic slow zombies and photographer Mark McKenna was able to document their groaning progress through Old Town, where they gnashed their teeth at diners and took selfies with the living. See the slideshow below. It's full of inspiration for those of you who haven't gotten your Halloween costumes together yet.


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Got Any Ghost Stories?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 2:39 PM

PHOTO BY ERIC MUELLER
  • Photo by Eric Mueller
It's October and we just saw a leaf blow across the street, so we are officially ready to scare the pumpkin spice out of ourselves with some spooky stories. If you've got a chilling local anecdote to share — like that time your uncle saw a ghost at Jacoby's Storehouse or when your selfie at the Morris Graves Museum was photobombed by a blurry spectral presence — we'd love to hear it. Write it up in a 300-word email with your name and phone number, and send it to jennifer@northcoastjournal.com by 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. If the spirit moves us, we'll share it on Halloween. Come on, Humboldt, give us some goosebumps.
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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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