Saturday, April 10, 2021

Muddy and Metal Mashup

Posted By on Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Local coffee purveyor Muddy Waters Coffee Co. has a fan. Last year Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's people reached out to say he's been ordering the coffee online and wanted to collaborate. Muddy Waters owner Chris Nicholas, who's been running the business on his own since the pandemic started, was up for it. Enter brand-man.
  • From Muddy Waters Coffee Co. website
  • Kirk Hammett

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

UPDATE: Siren's Song Tavern Will Sing Again

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 2:21 PM


 The Siren’s Song Tavern will sing again. The announcement that Old Town bar and music venue has officially changed hands to new owners was made July 21 on its Facebook page.

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The Siren's Song Tavenr - FILE
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  • The Siren's Song Tavenr
In a Facebook post, the business, housed in the ground floor of the historic Healy Bros. Building, announced, "Everything needs to be cleared out, we are selling EVERYTHING that we can. If you are interested in equipment, lights, sound equipment please message us and set up a time." 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Online Oyster Fest's Menu

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Like the mollusk itself, much of the information about this weekend's Arcata Bay Oyster Festival developed in secret. But now, on the cusp of its opening, the slow rollout of details is complete and all is revealed, including the players and schedule for this first virtual iteration of the annual food festival.

A press release from Arcata Main Street includes the itinerary in the form of a plaza map. Once participants have picked up their optional DIY kits filled with local oysters, beverages and swag ($140-$160), they can start live streaming the event at or its Facebook page.

  • Arcata Main Street
It kicks off at 10 a.m. with a welcome and an intro to some local oyster producers and live music. From there, it's the annual Best Oyster competition (this year including chef demos) and Oyster Calling Contest, with more live music, kids' entertainment and a "History of the Arcata Bay" segment in between. The whole thing winds up with celebrating graduating seniors and a message from the Arcata Police Department's Chief Brian Ahearn at 4:30 p.m. (See the full schedule and press release below.)

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Oyster Fest Shucks Crowds for Virtual Event

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 4:42 PM

As the days grow warmer and COVID-19 lingers, bivalve enthusiasts have wondered what's to become of the 30th annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, née Oyster Fest. Today the answer came, at least partially, from Arcata Main Street's Facebook page and website. The all-day seafood, beer and music binge is going virtual on June 20. "We plan to show a different, more informational side of our oysters, the Arcata Bay, our local breweries and restaurants by creating an interactive virtual experience," the post announces.
  • From the Arcata Main Street website
Arcata Main Street, for which the festival is the single largest source of revenue, also teases available DIY food and drink kits to enjoy while streaming the event. The artwork on the organization's website still includes oyster farmers, chefs, the annual Best Oyster competition, live music and DJs, as well as history and an "HSU House Party." That last one might be literal.

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