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Thankful for … Everything Humboldt

This is my 11th Thanksgiving in Humboldt – making this the place I’ve lived the longest. And I’m not going anywhere else – there’s too much going on here to ever leave! The holidays are a good time to be reminded of this, so here’s a quick countdown of what’s going on here just over this four-day weekend …


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Veterans and Vegetables - Celebrating Humboldt Heroes

There’s always soooo much going on in Humboldt in October as everyone scrambles to pack everything in before the rains start (at least we hope they will). As we approach the end of the month, things seem to be getting busier than ever, so I’m glad I was able to spend much of last weekend in the garden, harvesting the last of the corn (recipe next week!), and preparing vegetable beds for the winter.

Remembering Past Heroes

Jim Sloan

Jim Sloan, who served on the aircraft carrier Coral Sea in the early 1960s. Photo by Tammy Rae Scott

Tonight sees the opening of Echoes of War, which runs at the Arcata Playhouse through Sunday. I’ll be going, because I always find myself drawn to other people’s stories, and this one will be pretty special.

Veterans, their families and survivors of war will present their experiences of coming home. Through a series of workshops over a six-week period, co-producer and local storyteller Ali Freedlund has guided participants as they crafted their experiences into pieces to present at the playhouse. At the same time, co-producer and audio engineer Tammy Rae Scott was collecting audio interviews and images from the wider community. Directors Zuzka Sabata and Jackie Dandeneau have brought these elements together, weaving in visual images and live music to create the final production. I'm really looking forward to the experience.

Participants include Vietnam veterans, a National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan, a Bosnian Muslim who fled her home in Sarajevo, a Jewish woman who escaped from Nazi Germany at the expense of a long absence from her family, a veteran of Iraq, and Jim Sloan, the Navy veteran in the photo above, who tells the story of the Vietnam vets who ride motorcycles cross-country every year to visit the Vietnam Memorial.

If you miss the stage production, it is being recorded for broadcast with the audio interviews on KHSU at 7pm on Veteran's Day.

Celebrating Today’s Heroes


The Playhouse hosts a celebration of a different set of heroes next week – our local farmers and other food producers – at the annual A Night Out with Humboldt Made dinner on October 29. The event starts at 5:30 with cocktails (always a good place to start!), followed by a buffet dinner and short presentations from some of Humboldt’s finest producers. Tickets start at a very reasonable $20, so why not join me in saying a big and delicious thank you to the people who play a huge role in keeping us happy and healthy?

After all, in amongst all the other things going on, this Saturday is National Food Day!

Not to be Missed

Except by me, unfortunately, as volunteer and other commitments prevent me from participating in two more events this weekend that are very tempting – and very Humboldt:

Ferndale Rep’s Closet–Purging Sale - Ferndale Repertory Theatre will haul three truckloads of costumes to the Arcata Playhouse for a sale from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday October 24. Just in time for Halloween, there’ll be costumes of all types and sizes – and most of them will be $5 or less. How can you beat that? And you’ll know you have a totally unique costume.

Leira and the costumesPhoto: Jan Alcock. Overstocked costume rack, Leira V. Satlof, FRT Artistic Producing Director

The Sustainable Living Expo and the North Coast Cultural Skills Share Gathering at Redwood Acres on October 24 and 25 – everything you’ve ever wanted to know about sustainable living practices and indigenous crafts in one place.

Who are these people who say there’s nothing to do in Humboldt???

Marimba One presents international marimba soloist to perform Bizet, Bach, and more on the marimba.

International marimba soloist performs Bizet, Bach, and more on the marimba.


International soloist Matthew Coley will display his lauded virtuosity during a concert in Arcata at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 26th, at the Arcata Playhouse. Doors open at 7:30.

Matthew has captivated audiences around the world with his unique repertoire and impressive command of the instruments voice, making it sound like an exquisitely balanced quartet with four mallets.

Coley will perform contemporary pieces, his own compositions, and transcriptions of Carmenby Georges Bizet and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach.

He is playing an instrument crafted by Marimba One, based in Arcata and considered makers of the world’s finest marimbas. It has been the choice for years of Coley, who says “I feel the Marimba One instruments respond to the performer’s every need and desire. Their instrument fills the room, turns heads, commands one to listen, and makes you fall in love over and over again to the marimba!”

Tickets are $15/$13, available at Wildberries Market or at the door.



A Night Out with Humboldt Made

When Humboldt Made gets together and throws a potluck, it's legendary.  Our members bring a dish that highlights their own products and the results are magic.  Those of us in this organization are spolled every few months when we get to attend one of these dinners where the guest list is limited to those invited.  But not anymore!  Now the public is going to get to experience the culinary delight while enjoying the ambience of support, love and community.

We welcome you to join us, October 29th at the Arcata Playhouse.  Cocktails starting at 5:30

Ticket prices

$30 - table seating

$50- couple table (includes two tickets)

$20 - riser seat

Tickets will be avalible at the door or you can order them now here


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