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Lowdown: A Sunday in Blue Lake

"It's always 10 degrees warmer in Blue Lake."

Have any of you other coastees ever had some smug Blue Lake resident drop that line on you? I have. The part that sucks about it is that the sentiment tends to be true. Sigh.

Luckily, Sunday Blue Lake is opening it's whole damn town up to fog dwellers and/or anyone else that needs some good ol' small town Americana for their soul with the return of the annual Annie and Mary Day. Since 1967, the Blue Lake Chamber o' Commerce has held the event to celebrate the historic Arcata Mad River Rail Line. The "Annie" and "Mary" in question were Annie Carroll and Mary Buckley, railroad company-employed bookkeepers from the turn of last century. Apparently, they made an impression.

How does Blue Lake celebrate? Well, there's a breakfast at the grange at 8 a.m., a parade at 11 a.m., a bocce ball tournament, barbecue, vendors. All that stuff.

The day also intersects with the continuing Humboldt Folklife Festival which means there will be great music in Perigot Park -- specifically, The Trouble, Guilty Apple, Patronus, The Bret Harte Breakers and the Timber Ridge Boys. Sound!

So head out to Blue Lake on Sunday (you won't need a jacket) or peruse your Lowdown below for other options.

-Andrew Goff


Annie and Mary Day Celebration

Blue Lake / 8 a.m.-8 p.m. / Free

Grange breakfast at 8 a.m. Parade at 11 a.m. featuring samba dancers, quirky floats and music. Music by The Timber Ridge Boys, Bret Harte Breakers, Patronus, Guilty Apple and The Trouble. Bocce ball tournament, pony rides, petting zoo, Willy Wonka screening.

668-5450 / Web site

Loleta Swauger Station Day

Loleta Fireman's Pavilion / 11 a.m. / $12 / $6 children under 10

Loleta's annual deep pit barbecue tradition hosted by the Loleta Community Chamber. Music, vendors, dutch auction, and activities for children. Timber Heritage will be offering speeder car rides for a fee.

498-0450 /

Humboldt Crabs vs. Walnut Creek Crawdads

Arcata Ball Park / 12:30 p.m. / $8

Hometown baseball, baby.

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The Submarine Show

Dell'Arte / 4 p.m. / $12 / $7 kids under 12

Two men crash their submarine on bottom of the sea.


Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m. / $15 / 21+

Los Angeles funk/soul/Afro-beat.

826-2739 / Web site

Tour of Loleta Bicycle Event

Loleta Fireman's Pavilion / 7 a.m.

A variety of rides, races, and routes to choose from.

498-6348 / Web site

Happy Growler Day

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company / noon-11 p.m. / Free

826-7222 / Web site

Lizzy and The Moonbeams

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 5 p.m. / Free

668-4151 / Web site

Open Mic

Mosgo's / 7-9 p.m.

All original/public domain songs.

826-1195 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 8 p.m.

Your Lowdown will go on the record as saying that Chris Clay is Humboldt's most pro karaoke jockey. We know this stuff.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Karaoke w/ KJ Leonard

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.

When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.

668-9770 / Web site

Sundaze with Deep Groove Society

The Jam / 10 p.m.

822-4766 / Web site


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