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Humboldt Made Holiday Guide

Wondering where to get your Humboldt Made holiday gifts this year? Worry no more! Here's a list of all the upcoming events where you can find your favorite products!

Friday, November 28 & Saturday, November 29

Briceland Vineyards Open House Wine Tasting

Forget Black Friday, make the day after Thanksgiving Wine Friday! Sample this vineyards' complete line of wines along with tasty treats such as Cypress Grove Chevre, Humboldt Bay Oysters, and other delicious bites. (Vegan and Gluten Free options available.) Briceland Vineyards is located at 5959 Briceland Rd (75 Yards Up Ferren Road) in Redway, California. Friday's tasting is from 1-6 p.m. Saturday's tasting begins at 5pm.

It's beginning to look a lot like ... theatre season!

Being British, Thanksgiving isn’t baked into my DNA as a holiday – after all, Americans are celebrating their escape from us! But what it does signal for me is that a busy theatre season is about to begin – for which I am exceptionally thankful. With a nod to the season, here’s what I’m looking forward to over the next few weeks.

Opening tomorrow (1)

A Christmas Carol at Ferndale Rep

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Rainy Day Remedy

Grey skies, rain, holiday stress? We have a solution... Check The Emerald Magazine's cocktail edition, coming out in December, for great belly-warming recipes. We have a special column with suggestions from some of our Humboldt Made beer & spirits makers. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak preview recipe courtesy of Courtney at Humboldt Distillery.

Indian Baskets Made With Love

I’ve never been much of a one for machines – in fact, most of the time they rather scare me. I like the predictability of my hands and the way they are directly engaged with what I’m doing – digging in the soil, mixing ingredients in a bowl, even washing dishes. Putting something mechanical between me and what I’m doing feels as if I am disconnecting myself from the task at hand.

Hailstone collection baskets

This need for a feeling of connection is what drew me to a reception at the wonderful Clarke Historical Museum in Old Town, Eureka to celebrate the opening of a wonderful new collection of handmade baskets donated to the museum by Albert Hailstone. Albert’s mother, Vivien Hailstone, was almost single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of weaving amongst the Karuk, Yurok, and Hupa people in the mid-twentieth century; her fascinating story is told in a short film that was presented by museum curator Ben Brown at the reception (and available on DVD in limited quantities at the museum gift shop).

Musings on Humboldt Cats

When I moved here 10 years ago, my life was quite simple. I had one cat and a couple of pieces of cat artwork. Now I have four cats and the cat art situation is in danger of getting out of control. And all of them - the cats and the art - were made in Humboldt.

The four cats came to live with me in April 2009. They're siblings - two solid grey boys and two grey tabby girls - and they'd spent the first year of their lives in the isolation suite at the Sequoia Humane Society because they had all tested positive for Feline Leukaemia (although they've not to date shown any symptoms). FeLV is spread through bodily fluids, so cats that test positive cannot share living quarters with other cats in case a fight breaks out. I had originally planned to get two cats, mostly because I couldn't bear the thought of losing an only animal again. So I thought four would be a doddle - they'll entertain each other and me. Rarely have I been so wrong!

The Four MouseketeersFrom left to right - Dizzy, Wallace, Dora, Gromit

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