Saturday, September 18, 2021

Humboldt Quilters Dress Capitol Christmas Trees

Posted By on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 at 6:10 AM

It's not even officially fall and Humboldt quilters have already finished their holiday decorations. Well, for the nations's Capitol, anyway. Since the Capitol Christmas tree (named Sugar Bear, by the way) and dozens of other smaller trees for congressional offices were selected from the Six Rivers National Forest, the quilted tree skirts are coming from our neck of the literal and proverbial woods, too.

Jeanne O'Neale's panel "Pacific Dogwood." - PHOTO BY YARA HAILEY, COURTESY OF REDWOOD EMPIRE QUILTERS GUILD
  • Photo by Yara Hailey, courtesy of Redwood Empire Quilters Guild
  • Jeanne O'Neale's panel "Pacific Dogwood."
In June, retired U.S. Forest Service worker Linda West reached out to Susie Freese of the Redwood Empire Quilters Guild and asked for a pair of tree skirts. Freese contacted fellow guild member Maggie Stimson and soon they were joining forces with the Moonstone Quilt Guild and Eel River Valley Quilt Guild. All together, some 30 women designed, sewed and assembled a pair of tree skirts — the 12-foot "Essence of Humboldt" and the 15-foot "Smokey, Woodsy and the Quilter's Trail" — that will adorn indoor Christmas trees at the entrances of the U.S. Forest Service office and the USDA office in Washington, D.C., respectively.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

2021 Apple Harvest Festival Canceled

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 1:45 PM

PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
Sad to say, but it looks like the Friendly City's annual Apple Harvest Festival will be put on the shelf again this year. Organizers had hoped to offer a limited and safe event this year, but didn't feel that was possible.

The annual event that sees the whole town transformed into an autumn cornucopia with orchard hay rides, apple pie and cider sales, live music, a lively downtown street fair and bushels of family fun has been a staple of the community for almost 40 years.

Organizers want to remind people that while the festival is canceled, the town of Fortuna and Clendenen's Cider Works are open for business, and apples and other fresh fall produce are still available.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Craftsman Series to Star Blue Ox's Eric Hollenbeck

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 2:27 PM

It appears the restoration will be televised. Magnolia Network, a media venture by Discovery and celebrity house rehabbers Chip and Joanna Gaines, has announced it will air nine half-hour episodes of The Craftsman, starring Eric Hollenbeck of Eureka's Blue Ox Millworks. 
A shot of Eric Hollenbeck in The Craftsman. - COURTESY OF MAGNOLIA NETWORK
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  • A shot of Eric Hollenbeck in The Craftsman.

A press release from the network describes the series: "Master craftsman and woodworker Eric Hollenbeck is in the restoration business, taking historic homes and forgotten treasures around his hometown of Eureka, California, and giving them new life." The episodes are slated to launch in early 2022 on the Magnolia Network app and via the Discovery+ streaming platform.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Launches Movie App

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 2:06 PM

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Here’s something you can do while everything’s canceled, postponed or shut down due to the rise in COVID cases in the area: The Humboldt-DelNorte Film Commission just announced the launch of its Map of the Movies mobile app. The app is based on a printed map brochure of filming locations from the past century in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. And you can enjoy it in a socially distant, outdoorsy way.

Our area has played host to a number of well-known and not so well known films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, After Earth, A Wrinkle in Time, Lost World: Jurassic Park and others. Armed with the Map of the Movies app, film lovers can venture out to discover local spots where movie magic was made.


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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Artists Hit the Streets in Eureka (Slideshow)

Posted By on Sun, Aug 15, 2021 at 11:55 AM

Artist Tony Diaz, right, continues work on “Tortured Beauty” with assistance from Danielle Nutt, left. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
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  • Artist Tony Diaz, right, continues work on “Tortured Beauty” with assistance from Danielle Nutt, left.

Arts Alive may have been canceled due to COVID-19 but artists have been hitting the streets in droves as a part of the Eureka Street Art Festival. If you haven't had a chance to take a stroll and check on their progress — or just aren't heading out much right now — fret not, local photographer Alexander Woodard has you covered. Take a moment and enjoy.

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Friday, August 6, 2021

Arts Alive Canceled Due to COVID

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 12:14 PM

You might as well keep your PJs on Saturday because Arts Alive is now among the growing number of events and gatherings canceled due to the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Eureka Main Street notes in its announcement, artwork is still up around town and you can see it in the shops and galleries throughout the month — just not drifting through crowds on Saturday evening. Read the full press release from Eureka Main Street below.
Jesse Wiedel's "I am the Wheel" at Studio 424. - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • Jesse Wiedel's "I am the Wheel" at Studio 424.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Local Events Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID Safety Concerns

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 3:38 PM

Due to the sharp rise in local cases and hospitalizations associated with the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, a number of organizations are announcing the cancelation or postponement of their events in the interest of public safety. Eureka's Friday Night Market on Aug. 6 is postponed until further notice (see press release below), as is the Buddy Brown Music Festival on Aug. 7 (see press release below). The Morris Graves Museum of Art is canceling its participation in Arts Alive this Saturday, Aug. 7, as well as its Wine & Jazz program for this month (see statement below).
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The Journal's own Best of Humboldt party, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6, is also postponed. We will do our very best to keep you informed of further cancelations. Check the online calendar for event changes and contact information.

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Best of Humboldt Party Postponed

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 1:49 PM

Tough break, kids. In light of spiking local COVID-19 case numbers, the unprecedented spread of disease Humboldt County is currently seeing and Public Health's recent recommendation against large gatherings, the North Coast Journal has decided to postpone its Best of Humboldt party scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6. We will not risk hosting an event that could compromise the health of the community we love and the wellbeing of the healthcare workers we all depend on. We look forward to rescheduling the event in the future, as soon as it is safe for us all to gather and celebrate the Best Of Humboldt.
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Friday, July 30, 2021

Hamlet Back on at NCRT

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM

HAMLET PHOTO BY DAVID HAMILTON
  • Hamlet Photo by David Hamilton
Live theater ... to see, or not to see? If you choose the former, get thee to the North Coast Repertory Theatre for its production of Hamlet, opening Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m. and playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 22 ($18, $16). In tragic Shakespearean fashion, the play was shut down due to the pandemic just as it was about to open in 2020. The cast and crew persevered and are back with flourish! Get tickets online in advance at www.ncrt.net or by calling 442-6278, as none will be sold at the theater. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test is required at the door. 
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Live Classical Music with Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 1:00 AM

TRINITY ALPS IAN SCARFE PHOTO BY PETR MASEK
  • Trinity Alps Ian Scarfe photo by Petr Masek
Now that you’re vaccinated, is taking in a live classical concert at the top of your Liszt? You’re in luck! Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival returns to the Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville on Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. (donation) for an evening of musical delights from festival director Ian Scarfe, who will perform a concert of classical, romantic and modern works for piano, showcasing the 1925 9-foot Chickering Concert Grand piano. The concert will feature music by Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Schumann, Barber and other composers, accompanied by Scarfe's stories about the composers and their music.

Scarfe will also be in Eureka on Sunday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at Morris Graves Museum of Art performing Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin and Barber ($20 suggested donation).
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