Sunday, June 21, 2015

Trinidad Fish Festival 2.0 2015 Version

Today was the annual Fathers Day Trinidad Fish Festival. Traditionally celebrated on Trinity Sunday, it was originally booked as an all you can eat Crab Fest. I got dad a beer and we contemplated the different lines.

This year, due to larger and larger crowds and the inability to serve everyone that shows up, they have opted for some outside vendors. The La Barca taco truck was there with ceviche tostadas, fish tacos and super burritos. Larrupuin Cafe was bbq-ing those delicious little Kumamoto oysters. Sunset Restaurant grilled oysters on the half shell and the Sweet Treats ice cream truck was there. Also present with food treats were the folks at Lighthouse Grill with clam chowder and a salmon tostada.

 The Trinidad Chamber of Commerce still did bbq salmon dinners but instead of the white fish combo or fried fish plate options, they had two lines one for the salmon and the other for fish n chips. That line was pretty long and slow but the food looked great. I had the salmon so I wouldn't have to wait.

Live music at the Town Hall Stage included, Jim Lahman Band from 11 am to 1 pm. Blue Rhythm Revue from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and Trinidad Groove Collective closed out the afternoon from 3:30 to 5 pm.

I ran into an old facebook friend that I have known for years but just met today. Mary has a booth where she makes useful and beautiful things out of old, recycled sweaters. She calls her collection  "Merry-Go-Round Creations". It was great to finally meet her in person.

I got some local art greeting cards and a can of this local Albacore Tuna from Macley Family Fishing Co.

They also had packaged smoked fish on ice.
There were two shuttles from Cher-Ae-Heights Casino that moved people from the casino parking lot, to the downtown venue. That helped the flow of people and traffic so that it didn't appear to back up onto the freeway as in previous years. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Eureka Summer Concert Series Is Back This Thursday Night

Every Summer for well over a decade the City of Eureka and Bicoastal Media have hosted the Eureka Summer Concert Series in Old Town Eureka. The 10 concerts are on Thursday nights from June 18th to August 20th. Concerts start at 6 pm and go till about 8 pm and are free to the general public.

Location is the Eureka Water Front at the foot of C Street about 2 blocks west of US 101 in Old Town Eureka.

Bring folding chairs, blankets (it gets cold on the water front), jackets, snacks etc. Dancing in encouraged. Some enjoy the concert from the bay in canoes and kayaks. Either way, it's a summer tradition here in Eureka and it's all paid for by local advertisers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spirit of America Goodyear Blimp At What Ever They Call That Airport In McKinleyville California

According to Ryan Burns writing then for the North Coast Journal, the name of the airport was changed in 2013 by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to "The California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport". No one really calls it that though.

Evidently this Goodyear Blimp,  a GZ-20A Spirit of America, is making its final voyage which includes a stop here on the north coast for today and tomorrow before it heads up to Medford Oregon and other various stops, mostly along the west coast.

I was driving home and could see this thing parked in the fog from the freeway. The best viewing is the terminal or the Central Avenue on the back side of the airport.

The Lost Coast Outpost has some more on this visit. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dock Removal At Big Lagoon County Park

The boat dock at Big Lagoon County Park has been removed.
Below is a photo of the old dock from earlier in the year.

 Today the dock was gone. I was wondering if it had anything to do with the tragic drowning of little Fisher Midnight Richardson at the lagoon last December. I believe his body was found by the dock.

Today there were flowers next to a sign by the dock and a sign with a small fence that says road closed where the dock used to begin.

I did a little digging. Turns out the dock had been removed as part of a park enhancement project that was put into motion over 5 years ago. Along with the replacing of the old dock there will finally be a boat washing station (at least a hose and place to use it). That second item, the washing station is seriously needed since

Big Lagoon has been invaded by a foreign species that hitches rides on unwashed boats. The New Zealand Mud Snail can attach to your boat, canoe or kayak and without a good washing after pulling the boat out of the water, can live for a long time on your craft only to be introduced into other areas like Stone Lagoon to the north. Some believe though that Stone Lagoon also harbors the creatures.

It's a beautiful lagoon and there is a camp ground just a few hundred feet from the boat launch. Day fees are 2 dollars per carload or 1 dollar for veterans.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trinidad Art Nights This Friday

Tomorrow is Trinidad Art Nights! 

Here is the entire schedule

SCHEDULE for June 5th
There is now a Shuttle Service Provided by Cher-ae Heights Casino
Skate Artists: We know you had trouble finding the ramps last month, they are now at the original spot, Saunder’s Park Parking Lot! BYOB (bring your own board)
Upper Trinidad
SAUNDER'S PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive) 8:45. "A Fire Fusion Extravaganza!" Dance by Circus of the Elements & Tribal Oasis. Music by sambAmore. Skate Ramps provided by Trinidad Skatepark Alliance.

TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive. Current exhibits: “J.Goldsborough Bruff Sketches,” “Unsheltered, Commercial Fishing out of Trinidad.” Jazz music by Val Leone.
TRINIDAD TRADING COMPANY 460 Main St. "Revisited,"  Whende Be, upcycled/reclaimed mixed media.
WINDANSEA 410 Main St. "Sacred Garden," Allison Graham, acrylics on repurposed wood.
Trinidad East

SAUNDER'S PLAZA EAST. Lively DanceMusic by Blue Rhythm Revue.
Featuring multimedia art from the Trinidad Art Gallery. Original music by Michael Dayvid
SALTY’S 322 Main St. “Paintings of the North Coast,” Derek Bond, Egg Tempera Paint.

STRAWBERRY ROCK GALLERY 343 Main St. Featuring many fine local artists.

THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St."California Dreaming," Antoinette Magyar,Acrylic.
Trinidad West
BEACHCOMBER 363 Trinity St. “Heart on wall, and the downside of Love,” Rocky Whitlow, Mixed Media. Belly Dancing by Tribal Oasis. Dancing at 8:00 PM.
TRINIDAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 300 Trinity St. Boffer Ring and Face Painting. Samba Music by sambAmore. Music at 6:30
TRINIDAD TOWN HALL 409 Trinity St. After Party Music and Dance Jam! Local Jam Band ‘Sand Fleas’ will start us out. 9pm, $5 suggested donation.
TRINIDAD CIVIC ROOM 409 Trinity St. “Remembering Ned,” Ned Simmons, Oil on Canvas. Presented by the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.

TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St.Featured Artists: Arlene Broyles, Print Maker; Amy Taylor, Stained Glass. Harp Music by Howdy Emmerson.
TRINIDAD EATERY AND GALLERY 607 Parker Road. Gus Clark, Painting and Mixed Medium. Music by ‘For Folks Sake.
MOONSTONE CROSSING 529 Trinity St. “Graduation show,” Taylor Perris, acrylic paintings.
Jazz music from Tony Roach.

SEASCAPE RESTAURANT AND PIER 1 Bay St. Trinidad Union School Art Contest Winners, “Seabirds need Trinidad Rocks!”  Music from JD Jeffries and Friends.
Take the complementary Cher-ae Heights Casino shuttle to the pier.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pony Express Days Kicks Off With A Bang!

McKinleyville California has held the pony Express days since 1968. At the time is was a family friendly barbecue, parade and equestrian race.

   The event has grown to include a barn dance, parade Gymhhana, a horse shoe tournament, a festival with a saloon and more. The event this year runs May 30th to June 7th, 2015. There will be a chili cook-off on Wednesday evening, but the barn dance that used to kick off the last weekend of the event, was moved to last night, or the first weekend. Also added were the farm fest which took place Saturday from noon to 4 pm and included local members of Future Farmers of America, this kid friendly event had a bounce house, face painting and other kid activities. Later at the same location, A&L Feed Store held the barn dance starting at about 9 pm.

What was totally new this year was the Boots, Brews, Bites &  Bordeaux walk. There were 20 locations between A&L Feed and HealthSport (about a mile or so apart) along Central Avenue. From 5 to 8 pm each location had either a brewery or winery represented and they were paired with small food tidbits, everything from a desert or chocolate to a full on pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw at Nor Cal Pets.

 I had a place to stay in Macktown so I didn't have to drive at all. I would suggest finding a friend's place to crash at in McKinleyville if you want to attend this next year. And I would recommend this event for sure.

The event was walk friendly but there was a shuttle of sorts. Wes Green who owns a landscape and materials business in Arcata, brought out his fully restored ancient Ford tractor and a trailer for a fantastic open air hay ride along the route.

The barn dance used to be inside the barn portion of A&L Feed Store but they moved it outside on the dock so that more people could attend. It seemed to be a great time had by all in attendance.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I'm Doing A Classic Rock Show Now On Radio Vegas Dot Rocks!

For those that haven't heard, I am now doing a 2 hour Classic Rock show on! The station is run by a college friend of mine and there are several genres of rock and comedy. That's right, mixed in between the music are stand up comedy bits. This is internet radio so expect some four letter words from some of the comedians and other show hosts. I try to keep my 2 hours PG rated.

My time slot is 9 am to 11 am Friday mornings. Join me for a great mix of classic hits and great classic rock songs every Friday morning.

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