Cliff Berkowitz / Monday, June 20 @ 7:43 a.m. / Sports
On Sunday (Father's Day), I got to throw out the first pitch at the 2pm game at the Arcata Ballpark. It's the first time I have ever done anything like that so I was really honored. It was a blast! I think the radar gun clocked my pitch at 98 mph. Of course that all could have been in my mind, but that is how I will remember it! Photos courtesy of Matt Filar.
Bayley Brown / Thursday, June 16 @ 3:14 p.m. / Theater
This is the final weekend of Reefer Madness: The Musical at North Coast Repertory Theatre. The play is Daniel Kennedy's debut as director and he took a moment along side of Warren Hardison, who portrays the lecturer, to speak with me about this over the top production.
Reefer Madness runs tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. at NCRT, located at the corners of fifth and D streets in Eureka. For more information and advance tickets head here
Bayley Brown / Thursday, June 16 @ 2:56 p.m. / Theater
Playwright and Dell'Arte's founding artistic director Joan Schirle took a moment to speak with me about the new play The Big Thirst making it's debut at the 2016 Mad River Festival. The play is centered around Dell'Arte's current initiative "The River, Our Home". The audience will find themselves following Detective Dolly Madison while she is searching for the missing river. Schirle elaborated that this comedy is actually about the world's water issue:
"When I started researching this play, there was so much. I mean it's everything from those poor women in Sub-Saharan countries who have to walk four miles twice a day to get water. Usually they're young women and then they don't get to go school, so they don't get an education. And then there's the facts that the global aquifer if at it's lowest ever. There's the dams on the river, what they're doing to the fish. The loss of habitat... So trying to write a play that dealt with that is what I tried to do... What Michael [Fields, Director] has done with my script is do create this sort of physical business and of course we have this great band who are underscoring it. So it has the feeling of a little bit of cartoon. Sort of a Roger Rabbit type of detective cartoon... I keep telling people water can be funny."
The Big Thirst runs Thursdays through Sunday from June 16 through July 3 at 8 p.m. at the Rooney Amphitheater in Blue Lake.
Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, June 14 @ 9:04 a.m. / Trails
This morning I spoke with new Happy Trails Co-Host Jessica Hall along with former KHUM DJ Mike Dronkers, both members of Friends of the Dunes. This morning we talked about the extensive trail system throughout the dunes. This is a treasure that is right in our own backyard that you may have overlooked. Pictured here 900 Humboldt County students who participated in the 12th annual Kids Ocean Day event at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area.
Bayley Brown / Monday, June 13 @ 6:07 p.m. / Nature
Redwood Parks Conservancy's Development Director Joanna Di Tommaso was in to talk about what they do! The Conservancy pairs with Redwood National and State Park, as well as several others including Patrick's Point. They run many visitors centers, help coordinate events, and write grant proposals.
Di Tommaso also spoke about a recent break in at Patrick's Point Visitor's Center. The thieves broke a door and walked away with the safe containing $1,152.75. They now need to replace the safe, fix their security system, and replace the glass in the door. To donate please head to their go fund me page found here
Joanna Di Tommaso
Bayley Brown / Thursday, June 9 @ 5:14 p.m. / Education
"Nature" Joe Duckett is a cool fella who is looking to start a nature school in our community. He already runs the community garden and farm at Redwood Acres. The next step is to remodel a building (they have to completely redo the electrical and more) so they can have classrooms.
Below you'll find the video they made for the kickstarter below. Donate to the cause here
Bayley Brown / Thursday, June 9 @ 3:17 p.m. / Music
From left to right: Tim Wilson, banjo; Rich Kearns, mandolin; Marty Dodd, guitar; and Bruce Johnson, bass
Did you hear all the dirt the Compost Mountain Boys were spreading? That was a horrible try at a joke.
Tim, Rich, Marty, and Bruce all came in to do some pickin' and grinnin'. They spoke about playing at all the feed stores in town, other unusual gigs, being around for 25 years, their new CD, and much more.
Don't forget to check them out tomorrow in Fortuna at Rohner Park from 7 till 10 p.m. and Saturday at the Arcata Farmer's Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more listings of their upcoming gigs check out their website here and you can like their Facebook page here.
They're definitely a cool band live! #checkitout