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, 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.
Photo: 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???