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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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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pretty in Pastels

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Lighthouse Grill's colorful square and artist.

Sidewalk art is necessarily fleeting and, like Tibetan sand mandalas and bright fall foliage, its ephemeral nature is part of its beauty. If you still find yourself clinging to the temporary pleasures of the world, as we do, you'll be glad Mark McKenna was out on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 7, photo-documenting the color-saturated beauties artists were laying down on the concrete squares. Enjoy this slideshow of the annual pastel pageantry benefitting North Coast Children's Services.

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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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Friday, September 1, 2017

Woodshock Sneak Peek

Posted By on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:51 AM

WOODSHOCK
  • Woodshock

You can finally stop wondering what the hell is going on in that trippy Woodshock movie Kirsten Dunst filmed here in Humboldt two summers ago. On Saturday, Sept. 9, you can see it at a pair of special screenings at the Minor Theater, well ahead of the Sept. 29 regular local release. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission, which hosts the showings with the theater, celebrates locals who worked on the movie at first showing at 6:30 p.m. with a catered, red carpet event for $30. Another screening (without all the frills) follows at 10 p.m. for $9.50. You can get tickets from the Minor and online here. Kirsten Dunst won't be there but there'll be plenty of popcorn and candy to feed your feelings.

The film commission's press release touts the production, which was filmed entirely in our county, bringing in "$800,000 in direct spending on equipment rentals, accommodations, catering and other production needs." Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine also provides crib notes for spotting familiar locales, noting that "locations included private homes in Bayside, the Arcata plaza, the Logger Bar in Blue Lake, a storefront in Old Town Eureka (now Sew & Vac Plus!), and multiple redwood groves along the Avenue of the Giants."


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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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