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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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Thursday, September 14, 2017

No Spoilers: Woodshock's Red Carpet Evening

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 1:39 PM

The crowd bellies up to the bar before the special screening of Woodshock. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • The crowd bellies up to the bar before the special screening of Woodshock.

On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 9, the line for the red-carpet special screening of Woodshock at the Minor Theatre wrapped around the block. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and Minor Theatre co-hosted the catered event for the locals — scouts, transportation crew, extras and more — who participated in the film's five weeks of shooting around Humboldt County. The trippy film, starring Kirsten Dunst as a grieving woman having drug-induced hallucinations against our strange and beautiful landscape, was produced by A24 and directed by Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The unsurprisingly strange, stylish result had the crowd joyfully spotting familiar locations, but you'll have to wait for the official release on Sept. 22 for a formal review.

Mark McKenna was there to photograph the crowd in its finery. See the slideshow below for highlights of the evening.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top That

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Heather Bellinger and Paulette Hanson looking blooming lovely on Ladies Hat Day. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Heather Bellinger and Paulette Hanson looking blooming lovely on Ladies Hat Day.


Wearing formal hat wear on the sixth annual Ladies Hat Day at the Humboldt County Fair on a hot, smokey Saturday got you free admission into the horse races and a chance to compete for some big prizes. See some of the feats of fashion in the slideshow below.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Humboldt Style: Opera Alley Block Party Edition

Posted By on Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Kids of all ages lent color to the Opera Alley Block Party on Saturday during Arts Alive. - JENNIFER FUMIKO CAHILL
  • Jennifer Fumiko Cahill
  • Kids of all ages lent color to the Opera Alley Block Party on Saturday during Arts Alive.

Smoke from wildfires settled like a hot fog on Saturday evening, after a day of record-breaking temperatures. Undeterred, the crowds showed up in style for the first ever Opera Alley Block Party, which closed off the street in front of the Clarke Museum to make way for vendors selling beer, rum punch and barbecue, while The Latin Peppers got a few couples dancing. With a pair of sticks, some rope and a bucket of suds, Courtney Karnes conjured opalescent bubbles that wafted overhead to be popped with a splash by a circle of gleeful children.

And heat or no, folks were out there serving looks. The last weekend of summer brought out downright tropical color, bold patterns and, damn, even a dedicated furry who we hope stayed hydrated in that suit. We couldn't resist snapping shots of a few inspiring ensembles that make basic black look, well, basic. 
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fair Champs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:36 PM

Rylan Lommori, of the Hydesville 4-H club, with his Grand Champion turkey. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Rylan Lommori, of the Hydesville 4-H club, with his Grand Champion turkey.

On an unusually hot, sunny day on Sunday in Ferndale at the Humboldt County Fair, the Junior Livestock Auction attracted a large crowd of willing and generous bidders on the well-fed and well-cared-for animals and birds offered for sale by 250 local young 4-H and Future Farmers of America exhibitors. Many individuals and businesses responded eagerly to the auctioneer, and the bids for the "champion" level animals and birds often far exceeded the current market price.


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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
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • 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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