Monday, August 19, 2019

Photos from the 57th Klamath Salmon Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Given the last few years of wildfire smoke-filled skies, it was a relief for a large crowd of attendees to only smell smoke from the traditional salmon fire pit at the 57th annual Klamath Salmon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. This year's theme was "Skue’n ‘Owook, Can’t Wait for Tomorrow," which linked Yurok Tribe plans for the removal of the Klamath River dams and the reintroduction of the California condor in Northwestern California. (See the slideshow below for highlights of the event.)
The traditional fire pit featured salmon steaks skewered on redwood sticks for the festival lunch menu. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • The traditional fire pit featured salmon steaks skewered on redwood sticks for the festival lunch menu.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Piping Up: Photos from the Highland Games

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 11:33 AM

Blue Lake's Perigot Park was awash in tartan and the music of bagpipes on Sunday during the Highland Games. Competitors brought the hammer down — or rather up — throwing 12-pound hammers and cabers (basically logs, folks) for distance. Attendees got down to Celtic rock from Tempest and got sentimental to pipes and drums from the Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band and the Jefferson Pipe Band.

Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Andrew Endsley enjoys some haggis at the Highland Games on Sunday.
A good time was had by all at the annual celebration of Scottish culture, as evident in the slideshow below by photographer Mark McKenna. And no surprise, the haggis sold out.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Photos from the Lantern Floating Ceremony

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 6:24 PM

A large crowd attended the 37th annual Lantern Floating Ceremony at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday evening under clear skies. A gentle breeze helped push a few hundred lanterns that had been created earlier that morning on the Arcata Plaza out across Klopp Lake.
Messages of no-nukes, personal remembrances of loved ones, song lyrics, poetry and art work adorned the floating lanterns. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Messages of no-nukes, personal remembrances of loved ones, song lyrics, poetry and art work adorned the floating lanterns.

The original Japanese ceremony uses floating lanterns to honor the memory of departed loved ones and it has been adopted by present-day advocates to commemorate the World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as to advocate for peace, nuclear disarmament and environmental sustainability. The local event was started 37 years ago by the City of Arcata's Nuclear Free Zone Committee. Arcata Mayor Brett Watson introduced the program and acknowledged local businesses who contributed supplies and time to help the Floating Lantern Ceremony Committee put on the event.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Big Pictures: Photos from the Eureka Street Art Festival

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 5:48 PM

Don't forget to look up while you're roaming the streets of Old Town this week. The Eureka Street Art Festival is in full swing, with artists working at lofty heights on their large-to-massive outdoor images. Some 20 artists, 11 of them county locals and another 9 from around the world, are working on some 19 murals around town, as well as the installation of six sculptures.
 
Artist Nick Sweetman makes the climb up his scaffold. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • Artist Nick Sweetman makes the climb up his scaffold.

There are tours and events throughout the week, and a cityscape that's gradually getting more colorful every day. Take a tour, take a stroll and take in some art. As a preview, enjoy Zach Lathouris' shots of some of the works in progress below.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hot Wheels: Photos from Fortuna's AutoXpo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 6:58 PM

A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS
  • Photo by Zach Lathouris
  • A sweet classic ride rolls down Fortuna's Main Street on Saturday, July 27.
Vintage gear heads descended once again on the Friendly City this past weekend for the annual AutoXpo. The chrome gleamed, the engines roared and a parade of classic beauties cruised down the main drag to give everyone lined up on the sidewalks an eyeful. The Journal's Zach Lathouris was there shooting the highlights as the fishtails and muscle cars rolled past. See the slideshow below for highlights.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Wookiee Here

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 4:33 PM

STAR WARS
  • Star Wars

Magic Mirror, on the wall, what’s the best Star Wars of all? Answer: Episode IV or V. (That’s Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back to us first-run ticket holders) That’s it. The only two contenders in this debate. Sabers down. Discuss amongst yourselves. And if you need a refresher, both sequel-spawning space fantasies are playing this weekend at the Eureka Theater. So, slip into your hooded Jedi-robe, clear your throat (or don’t) for your best Wookiee howl and get ready to mouth trumpet John Williams’ iconic score along with the rest of the crowd during the opening crawl.

“The film that started it all in a galaxy far, far away.” Follow the Force to Fourth Friday Flix: Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope screening Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Eureka Theater ($8). The good folks at the theater tell us the Cantina will be open at 6:30 p.m. for galactic cocktails. And, I wasn’t kidding about that Jedi-robe, cosplayers and costumes welcome.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mandibles and Mosquito Catchers

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Like any collector, I have my unicorns. Near the top of my list was Holorusia haspera, the western giant crane fly. Looking like the biggest mosquito you ever saw, this is an impressive critter. I grew up calling them “mosquito catchers.” As a larva, they live near water, feeding on decaying vegetation in the moist soil. As adults, they are not known to feed at all. These fragile creatures resemblance to the pesky little vampires often gets them killed. I hadn't seen one in years.

The day after I received my newest camera, ordered for its impressive focus stacking capability, I noticed one with a nearly 5-inch leg span on my wall. It was very cooperative so I took dozens of shots using every technique I know for the little camera. Yay, for coincidence.

A giant crane fly with its wings spread to show its abdomen. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A giant crane fly with its wings spread to show its abdomen.
A giant crane fly up close. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A giant crane fly up close.
A giant crane fly measures up. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
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  • A giant crane fly measures up.


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Spur of the Moment

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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The month of July, the heartiest part of the summer sandwich, belongs to Fortuna. The Friendly City just celebrated a spectacular Fourth of July (on the third) and now heads into its biggest annual event, a week-long convergence of cowboy culture and competition, the Fortuna Rodeo, which gets bucking July 14-21. Rolling in right on the kicked-up heels of the rodeo is the Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo. But, for this week, all eyes are on the buckle. Saddle up, it's rodeo time.

It's not Fortuna's first rodeo, either. It's the town's 98th. Boy howdy. The fun kicks off with the Fortuna Rodeo Run/Walk, Sunday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at Redwood Café parking lot and heats up Monday, July 15 at the Chili Cook-off at 5 p.m. on Main Street (free admission) with tastings and live music. Tuesday, July 16 is all about the youngsters with Children's Games at Redwood Village Shopping Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (free) and the carnival opening in Rohner Park at 5 p.m. — and staying open from noon to 11 p.m./midnight through Sunday, July 21 ($35 all-day wristband).

The next go round of fun includes the Junior Rodeo on Wednesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at the Rodeo Grounds (free) and Street Games on Main Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (free). Junior Rodeo action continues on Thursday, July 18 at 9 a.m. (free), with Barrel Racing after the rodeo and Fireman's Games at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Friday, July 19 is Bullfighters Only Night at 5 p.m. with bands, Quadiators and the Bullfighters Only Show at the Rodeo Grounds ($35-$10).

Carb up for the parade and more rodeo action at the Fortuna Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 20 at 7 a.m. at Rohner Park Cook Shack. The parade on Main Street starts at noon followed by rodeo at 2 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds, and Bull, Broncs, Bands & Brews with music at 7 p.m. and bull and bronc riding at 8 p.m.

Don't miss the famous deep-pit Barbecue on Sunday, July 21 at 11 a.m. (sharp) at Rohner Park. Followed by more rodeo at 1:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds. Tickets for most events are available at www.fortunarodeo.com. Cash only at the gates. Fortuna Rodeo is a pet-free event.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Banjo Unchained: The Humboldt Folklife Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 1:00 AM

The Detours. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • The Detours.

Humboldt is home to an enormous pool of talented and active musicians with a large portion of that demographic expressing its passion with pluck. Imagine the look arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and I exchanged after one reader complained there wasn't enough bluegrass in our paper. You can't throw a fundraiser without hitting at least one bluegrass, folk, Americana or roots band around these parts. There's an abundance and for good reason. Folk and its subgenres are the music of the people and the land, and if Humboldt is anything it is "of the people and the land." The Humboldt Folklife Festival, happening July 13-20 in beautiful Blue Lake, gives us eight days of the good stuff, celebrating the harmonies and high-lonesome sounds of all things Appalchia, folk, bluegrass, newgrass, indiegrass, Gypsygrass and genres of grass I've not heard of yet. Here's the festival hoe-down:

The fun starts Saturday, July 13 at Mad River Brewing Co. with the Festival Kick-off party featuring live music by The Vanishing Pints, The March & Months and The Detours starting at 2 p.m. (free, donations appreciated). On Sunday, July 14, gather the family for all-day fun during Annie & Mary Day at Perigot Park from noon to 5 p.m. The annual celebration begins with a breakfast at the Mad River Grange at 8 a.m. and parade in town at 11 a.m. At noon, find a full day of music at Perigot Park with music from The Tidepool High Divers, Tyger Byle, That Buckin' String Band, Bayou Swamis and Dead On!, plus barbecue and kids' activities (free).

Monday, July 15 is Movie Night in the Dell'Arte Carlo Theater with an advanced screening of Country Music a film by Ken Burns at 7:30 pm. (free).

Evening musical performances hosted by Dell'Arte fill out the week starting with Songwriter Night on Tuesday, July 16 at the Carlo Theatre at 7:30 p.m. hosted by Patrick Cleary with songwriters Tracy Symons Smith, Michael Dayvid, Georgia Ruth and Andrew Wakefield ($10 non-members, $8 members, $5 kids), Under the Stars Night on Wednesday, July 17 in the Rooney Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. with The Handshakers, Cadillac Ranch and Huckleberry Flint (this popular event is sold out - but it happens every year, so get your tickets early for 2020) and Bluegrass and Beyond on Thursday, July 14 at the Rooney Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. with The Kentucky Warblers, Old Dog and Compost Mountain Boys ($12 non-members, $10 members, $5 kids).

On Friday, July 19, head to Prash Hall in Blue Lake at 7 p.m. for the Barn Dance with Striped Pig Stringband and Lyndsey Battle calling ($10, $5 members, free for children under 12) and wind up with the All Day Free Festival on Saturday, July 20 at Dell'Arte with two stages of music, food trucks, children's crafts and workshops and more (free, donations encouraged).

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Bubbling Over: Photos from the Fourth in Arcata

Posted By on Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Violet Ray-Kaneko, supported by Brian Kaneko (left) carrying the supply bucket, became the Pied Piper of huge bubbles in the Bubble Promenade around the plaza.

The only things exploding on the Arcata plaza for the 4th of July Jubilee were thousands of soap bubbles, as the Bubbles Promenade kicked off the event with a crowd of children and adults blowing bubbles. The soapy parade that also included a few rhutabaga Queens for Life and a mix of Kinetic Race vehicles, looped around the plaza a couple of times,followed a pause for the national anthem.

The family-friendly event then offered a long afternoon of live music, fun activities for the children, lunch options from food and drink vendors and an autograph session with Humboldt Crabs players. See the slideshow below for highlights of the bubbly festivities.

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