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Souvenir Edition 2011-12

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Three stubs of woodstick out of the waterwhere the Eel branches tothe south at the mouth;worn smooth by the cur-rent and covered with bar-nacles, chunks of concretehuddling around theirbases, they can only beseen at low tide.“What you’re lookingat,” says the naturalistBruce Slocum to his gueston a tour of the river, “isthe northwest corner of the seawall that was on themain peninsula of CampWeeott.”That’s the spelling: twoe’s and two t’s, an anom-aly among the varieties of ways to phonetically reproduce the name of theIndian settlements aroundthe Eel River Valley. Thetribe spells it Wiyot. Thesmall town in SouthernHumboldt is Weott. Only the lost fishing village thatflourished for threedecades between SaltRiver and Cheney Sloughsplurged on the vowels.Elmo Reidy, a formerrestaurant owner andmayor of Ferndale, wrotethe history of CampWeeott in
The Ferndale Enterprise 
, issue of March23, 1956, recalling, “Acrossthe Cheney slough from
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To arrive in Ferndale, visitors cross the historic Fernbridge, which turns 100 this August. The “Queen of Bridges” was built in 1911 at a cost of $245,967. At the time, it was heralded as the first of the great rein-forced concrete spans in the state. She consists of seven spans, each 180 feet long, plus 1,050 feet of approaches. She has withstood disastrous floods and earthquakes and an attempt by CalTrans to replace her in 1987 with a safer span. It remains the longest closed spandrel, earth-filled arch bridge in Califor-nia and was dedicated as a California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1976. Locals, including the three lovely Ferndalers above (from left, sisters Ellie Green, Loretta Huntress and Carolyn Meade) will gather August 7 at noon for a Centennial Ceremony to mark the anniversary.
Serving the Eel, Bear and Mattole River Valleys Since 1878 May 30, 2011
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deDo you ever wonderwhat met the gaze of themen who climbed TableBluff in 1852 and lookedsouthward over the EelRiver Valley to what wouldlater become Ferndale?According to variousOLD old-timers, most of the valley was covered witha dense thicket of willows,punctuated here and thereby conifers, primarily spruce and redwood. I canremember as a child, early in the 20th century, hugesingle trees with night-marish twisted limbsthroughout the valley.Seth Shaw and hisbrother, Stephen, did morethan gaze across the tan-gled willows of the valley.Early in that summer of 1852, they went exploring.In August, with a friend,Willard Allen, they pad-dled an Indian dugoutcanoe from Eel River’sNorth Bay south across themouth of the Eel River andup the Salt River branch tothe south of Francis Creek.Here, they beachedtheir canoe and followedan elk trail up the creek until they came to an open-ing close to the base of thehills where there were nowillows.Ferns grew over theopening. Some say they were so tall they wouldcover a man on horseback.Tall enough that the party decided to call the place“Ferndale.”The rainy season wasclose at hand, so the threehurried to build shelter.Before long, they had builtthemselves a cabin with anearthen fireplace forwarmth and cooking.
Head tothefriendlyFerndaleMuseumfor historylesson
The FerndaleMuseum serves as a liv-ing history classroom.Visitors are invited tosit on period furniturein our Victorian parlorand listen to a tune onour player piano.When you have restedyou may stroll downthe “lane” and peek into the windows of ourVictorian rooms. Sev-eral rooms, including adining room, formalparlor, bathroom,kitchen and bedroomare set up as they wouldhave been in the late1800s.Visitors will alsofind Ferndale’s last bar-bershop in its entirety,a circa 1900 Bosch-Omori seismographstill in operation, a vari-ety of local NativeAmerican baskets andartifacts as well as many other items from Fern-
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It was on May 11, 1878that the Jones boys —William Gaston, Jamesand Archibald, sons of thetown's Methodist minis-ter — launched theirweekly newspaper. It has-n't missed an issue since.The Joneses had takenspace on Brown Street tohouse their offices andprinting press. WilliamGaston Jones was the edi-tor. He and his brothershad launched
TheEnter- prise 
as an answer to oft-expressed dreams of Ferndale citizens to havetheir own newspaper, andalso in the face of skepti-cism that the venture
Enterprise staff photo 
The tradition of The Enterprise began with the Jones boys, sons of the town’s Methodist minister, back in 1878.
Ferndale Enterprise 
keeps thepresses rolling for 133 years
Courtesy Thomas Stewart, Sky Blue Photography 
The Humboldt County Fair offers an eight-day racing meet in August when racing enthusiasts can watch Thoroughbreds, Arabians and mules race around a half-mile track.
Fair legend continues in 2011
Since 1896, theHumboldt County Fairhas been a vital and inte-gral part of Ferndale.Located on the northernend of town, the 65-acrefairgrounds representsabout one-fourth of thecity's geographic compo-sition and contributessubstantial economic andsocial benefits to the"Cream City" and its sur-rounding communities.The HumboldtCounty Fair Association,a non-profit organiza-tion, assumes the oper-ational andadministrative responsi-bilities for running thefairgrounds, which
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600 Main Street (P. O. Box 1066), Ferndale, California 95536Telephone 707/786-4611 • Fax 707/786-4311E-mail: editor@ferndaleenterprise.uswww.ferndaleenterprise.usFounded 1878.Caroline Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Publisher, EditorPublished by Cages Publishing, Inc.Caroline Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PresidentStuart Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice-PresidentMember, California Newspaper PublishersAssociation,National NewspaperAssociation
The annual Souvenir Edition is published every summer and isavailable free of charge from participating sponsors.Copies by mail: $5 each.
appointedroomsallhaveprivatebaths,somewithold-fashionedclaw-foottubsandaccessories.Sev-eralroomshavewindoalcovesoverlookingFern-dale'shistoricMainStreet.Theroomshavebeenlavishlyappointedwithexquisitelinens,antiquearmoiresandfur-niture.Therearetele-phonesineveryroom,cabletelevisionisavail-ableuponrequestandcableorwirelessInternetaccessisavailableatnocharge.Theambianceisturn-of-the-centurysplendor,andthesky-lit,fern-filledhallwaysmakeastrollseemlikeatripbackintime.GuestsmaychoosefromthemasculineappointmentsoftheIraRussSuite,namedfortheInn'sbuilder,oritssister-suite,theMaggieC.RussRoom,featuringaking-sizebed,awindowalcoveandanadjoiningsingleguestorchild'sroom.TheEnosRoomisnamedforabelovedlocalpio-neerclanandfeaturesfamilyphotosandtreas-uredVictoriana.Itsadjoiningsuite,theBarn-abyRoom,hasbeennamedforFerndale'sfamouscarriagehorse.Thereareseveralotherroomsdecoratedincrisp,brightlaceandsummercolors,includingJessica’sHaven,namedforJenny’sdaughter,andHanasHideaway,theEmilyRoseRoom,Maren’sSuiteandSylvia’sRoom,namedforthecouple’sbelovedgrand-daughters.Aconferenceroomisavailableformeetingsandretreatsforlargergroups.Andguestsareservedafullbreakfasteachmorning,choosingfromthemenuofourfull-servicerestaurantdownstairs,TheVI.Guestswillenjoylux-uryaccommodations,exceptionalservice,greatfoodandallthewarmthandcomfortofasmall villageinninthiswell-knownhistoriclandmark.
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The Victorian Inn offers accommodations, a fine restaurant and conference/meet-ing facilities.
Victorian Inn offers turn-of-the-century splendor
For over a century,the building housing theVictorian Inn of Ferndalehas been a keystone inthe life of this famous vil-lage. It has been restoredwith loving detail andattention, and is ownedand operated by Jenny Oaks and Lowell Daniels.The first-class accom-modations can fill 21st-century needs whilesurrounding its guestswith the ambiance of theleisurely, luxurious past.The newest additionto the Inn is Anna’s Suiteon the ground floor, fea-turing a king-size bed-room, a living room, acomputer work station & printer, a full kitchen, alarge screen TV, and ahuge bathroom with ashower and a separateclaw foot tub. It wasnamed after a dear friendwho, although she lovedit here, could never stay because she was in awheel chair and couldn’tnegotiate the stairs. Shehas since passed away,but if she were still withus we could enjoy hercompany as a guest, andothers who might havedifficulty managing thestaircase to the upperrooms can now relax andenjoy Ferndale in luxury and comfort.The Victorian-
Need a chocolate fix? Head to Sweetness & Light
Enterprise staff photo 
Sweetness and Light offers not only the finest choco-lates, it also has a take-out window for those quick fixes of coffee and chocolate! 
Enterprise staff photo 
Looking for a fun way to explore Ferndale? Rent a pedaled surrey in front of the Ferndale Art & Cultural Center on Main Street.
The sight, fragranceand taste of handmade,traditional chocolates areat Sweetness & Light.Located next to thepost office, the candy kitchen and store carry ona tradition that goes back to the turn of the 20thcentury. Candies are stillcooked the old-fashionedway: in small batches, withonly the best quality ingre-dients and no preserva-tives added.Many days you canobserve through thekitchen window the cook-ing and dipping of tradi-tional opera creams,fudges, brittles andcaramels. But time hasnot stood still in thekitchen, and you can alsoobserve the cooking anddipping of truffles, giantall-nut patties, a variety of candy bars (gooey andoutrageously rich or nutty crunchy), and chocolatenovelties including choco-late lollies, cows, basketsand boxes.If you're looking for aquick and delicious coffeefix, the Sweetness & LightEspresso Take-Out Win-dow will certainly please.Select a traditionalespresso coffee or any number of specialty cof-fee drinks served from6:30 am - 5 pm daily. Thecandy store is open from10 am - 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 11am - 4 pm Sunday.If you have a favoritecandy that you can't livewithout, be sure to callahead so we can have itwaiting for you. And,don’t forget, we ship! Orderon our website and look for special promo codes fordiscounts.Sweetness & Light: Cel-ebrating more than 30years of delicious confec-tions.
SS & LIGHT 554 Main St 
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and the Hart installed theequipment to cater to anaudience hungry for thisnew form of entertain-ment. Twenty-eight yearslater, in 1956, on a typi-cal gray, rainy Saturday afternoon, the Hart The-atre was to present its lastpicture show. Bogart andBacall, Hepburn andTracy, Laurel and Hardy became names from aglorious but fading past,and the Hart Theatremourned their passing.The building wouldremain empty until 1972,when Ferndale busi-nesspersons, dairy farm-ers, local residents andartists who envisioned aperforming arts center intheir town rehabilitatedthe Hart and their visionbecame reality: The Fer-ndale Repertory Theatrewas born.Our building has hadits share of shakes duringthe frequent earthquakesour area experiences, butit still stands strong. Ourmarquee, originally updated during theshooting of the movie“Outbreak” andrevamped during thefilming of “The Majestic,”has seen better days, sowe are in the process of The Ferndale Reper-tory Theatre will open its2011-2012 season inOctober, with what hasmade the “rep” a populardestination for nearly four decades: quality liveperformances that appealto a broad audience.The rep’s line-up of plays, showcases, andspecial events has some-thing for everyone—fam-ilies enjoy affordableentertainment, childrenand young adults partic-ipate in the creativeprocess onstage andbehind-the-scenes, adultactors, designers, andtechnicians hone theirskills, and audiences mar- vel at the superb quality of productions availablein a charming Victoriansetting.In 1920, the P.F. Hartfamily built a theatre inFerndale. Familiesflocked to the Hart tomarvel at the “movies”and swoon over RudolphValentino, idolize the “It”Girl, and chortle withChaplin. Burlesque wasbig and road shows madeFerndale a regular stopon their tour.By 1928, ThomasEdison’s “talking pic-tures” were all the rage
 The Ferndale Repertory Theatre
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Celebrating 40 years of entertainment worth experiencing!
“Your room is ready”
Ring’s Pharmacy: Oldestdrug store in CaliforniaBest way to tour VictorianFerndale? How ‘bout ahuman-pedaled surrey?
It’s as if there has beena Ring’s Pharmacy in Fer-ndale for as long as therehas been a Main Street.J.H. Ring originally dispensed his pills andelixirs across the streetfrom the present location,in a towering structurebuilt in 1894-95. The 362Main Street store is com-mercial Eastlake Stick.(The J.H. Ring family lived above the store andenjoyed a balcony, sinceremoved.)When J.H. Ringretired, he passed thebusiness to his son,Meredith.The building was rein-forced with steel rods andtimber braces followingthe 1906 earthquake. Infact, these braces are to becredited for holding thebuilding during the AprilWhat is a surrey?Surreys were populararound the turn of thecentury, first in a horse-drawn version (rememberSurrey with the Fringe onTop?), then later in apedal-powered form.There were surrey races and events duringthis era that were enor-mously popular. You canride one of these delight-ful vehicles through Vic-torian Ferndale. Couldthere be a better way toexperience this beautifuland historic spot, and geta little exercise, too? Oursurreys come in two-and four-rider configura-tions, though the vehiclesthemselves can carry morenon-riders in the middleand on the front.To rent one of these vehicles, simply come tothe Ferndale Art & Cul-tural Center, home of theKinetic SculptureMuseum, and follow thesigns to Surrey on theFringe. The whole fam-ily is in for quite a treat!Shop, picnic, gaze at thebeautiful Victorians. Sur-reys are available six daysa week from May throughOctober, as well as specialevents through the rest of the year, weather permit-ting.
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1992 earthquakes.Owner Tom Renneroperates the pharmacy behind the ornately-carved redwood fixture inthe back. You can’t alwayssee him, but he’s alwayshappy to greet customersand answer questions.Walk in, and you willnotice that Ring’s is morethan a drug store. Thefront end is stocked witha little bit of most things,including cosmetics, film,postcards, sunglasses andfirst-aid supplies. You alsocan find character cookie jars, novelty salt and pep-per shakers, NapoleonPorcelain flowers, mini-hinged boxes and old-fashioned Raggedy Anns.Ring’s also stocks heliumballoons for all occasions.Make prints from yourdigital camera or a print-to-print while youwait at the Kodak Kiosk.“In Ferndale,there isn’t a one-stoptype of super store, sowe try to carry a vari-ety of items,” saysTom. “The ‘regulars’know where the‘tricky items’ are - butmost customers, res-idents and visitorsalike, end up askingfor what they arelooking for.
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Ring’s Pharmacy at 362 Main St.
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The Hart Theatre was built in 1920 and has been an integral part of the town since its days as a movie theatre and now as a home for high- quality live performances as The Ferndale Repertory Theatre.
 JennyOaksandLowellDanielsmovedtheirhighly successfulfinejewelrybusiness,Silva’sFineJewelry,fromSutterCreektoFerndale.
TheformerfrontparlorsofthehistoricVictorianInnnowhouseoneofthelargestandmostluxuriouscollec-tionsofraregemsandfinejewelryinNorthernCalifornia.Theuniquecollectionofspecialldesignedpiecesfromaroundtheworlddis-playedintherichcom-fortofthislandmark buildingmakeshoppingforfinejewelryanexpe-riencetoberemem-bered.OwnersLowellDanielsandJennyOaksrelocatedtheirhighly successfulfinejewelry businessfromthegoldcountryofSutterCreek,whereitflourishedfor18years.OnatriptoHumboldtCounty,they encounteredtheenchantingvillageof FerndaleandthehistoricVictorianInn.They immediatelyfellinlovewiththeareaandpur-chasedthebuildinginJanuary1999.ThestoreisnamedafterLowell'sgrandfa-ther,JosephRoseSilva,borninthePortugueseAzoreIslands.Lowell'sgrandfatherimmigratedtoCaliforniaand,althoughbornhere,LowelltreasureshisPor-tugueseheritage.Anoriginalportraitofhisgrandfatheroverlooksthebeautifulsettingof thestore.Lowellisagraduategemologistandacerti-fiedgemologistappraiser.Hespentsev-eralyearsobtaininghisformaleducationfromtheGemologicalInsti-tuteofAmerica.Hehasalargefollowingofreg-ularclientsfromacrosstheU.S.andEurope.Low-ell'sbuyingtripsthrough-outtheworldhaveallowedhimtocollectaselectionofraregemstones,uniqueoriginaldesignsandmany,manyfriendsandfansovertheyears.Becausethecouplerarelybuysfromfactoriesorsalesrep-resentatives,theircostsarefarbelowmarketaverage,hencetheirlargeclientfol-lowing.Jennyhasalsostudiedgemologyandherstyle,insightandgracemakeselectingaspecialpieceof  jewelryamemorableexpe-rience.Thestorespecial-izesincustomdesignsandrepairsandfeaturesoneof thefewComputer-AidedJewelryDesignsystemsinNorthernCalifornia.IttakesonlymomentswithLowelltodesign,graphi-callyvisualize,thenprintaphotographofaspe-ciallycreatedpiece.Alongwithdia-monds,rubies,sapphires,emeraldsandotherpre-ciousgems,thelargevar-iedinventoryincludescameos,jade,pearls,tourmaline,tanzaniteandmanyotherrareandlovelygemstonesfromaroundtheworld,alongwithmanyotherworksofartandtreasures.Thebeautifullyappointed,speciallylitsurroundingsmakeselectingaspecialpieceoffinejewelryanexperiencetorememberatSilva's.
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Passion Flowers offers customarrangements and unique gifts
When Ferndale floristJamie Hindley was a smallgirl, she use to hop a fencein her neighborhood topick ferns and wild irises.She would assemble herfinds in a bouquet andbring them home to mom.In third grade as a mem-ber of the Elk River 4-HClub she would sort driedflowers into swags.Needless to say Hind-ley has had a love affairwith flowers for most of her life. As an adult gar-dener she self-taught her-self to assemble brilliantarrangements and bou-quets, which earlier thisyear led her to opening upPassion Flowers — pick-ing up a void left in Fern-dale when a Main Streetflorist shop closed its doorsseveral years ago.Jamie can be found inher shop, located just off Main near the Shaw Avenue intersection, cre-ating wedding, funeral and
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Find Passion Flowers on Shaw Avenue, near Main St.
general public to an artform that many peoplethink has died out or asso-ciate solely with horse-shoeing.In the BlacksmithShop’s collection of hand-forged pieces, it is clearthat blacksmithing is aliveand well. The productsoffered for sale cover awide range from func-tional art such as cutlery,bottle openers, clocks, mir-rors, lamps, tables, beds,fireplace tools, wine racks,pot racks, and candle-holders to decorative itemssuch as wall art and sculp-tures.In 2003, they opened agallery two buildings downfrom the main shop at 491Main Street to increasetheir display area for largerfurniture and sculpturalpieces. Most of the prod-ucts for sale are hand-forged iron, but there arealso pieces made usingbrass, copper and bronze.Many of the sculpturalpieces for sale are castbronze, like Mark Hop-kins’ fishing sculptures andTim Cotterill’s (aka TheFrogman) frogs.While the majority of the Blacksmith Shop’sinventory is made frommetal, they also sell finehand-made products inother media, some of which is made locally likeHolly Yashi jewelry, Fireand Light recycled glassdishware, glass paper-weights by Jesse Taj, andwire sculptures by Eliza-beth Berrien. Otherunique offerings includeOrient & Flume glass andBovano enameled copperwall hangings, both forwhich the BlacksmithShop is the exclusiveretailer in HumboldtCounty.The Blacksmith Shop’sThe Blacksmith Shopat 455 Main Street wasestablished in 1979 withone objective: to create anextensive collection of contemporary black-smithing. Thirty-twoyears later, this objectivehas been achieved, as theshop buys from over 125blacksmiths, mostly fromwithin the U.S. The shophas two reasons for main-taining this size of collec-tion – one is to supportblacksmiths by purchas-ing their work, and theother is to introduce the
Wide variety of handmadeart at The Blacksmith Shop
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The Blacksmith Shop at 455 Main Street houses an extensive collection of contemporary blacksmithing items.
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The Blacksmith Shop Gallery can be found just down the street from the main store, at 491 Main Street.
special occasion arrange-ments. One, however, willnot find a lot of ribbon inher arrangements, in factprobably none.“It’s not my style,”explained Hindley. “Infact, you probably won’t seeany baby’s breath in my arrangements either. Iwant the focus of thearrangement to be theflowers.”Jamie prefers to usenatural additions to herarrangements, includingtwigs and branches.Jamie views her cor-sages and boutonnieres forprom season as “littleworks of art,” and enjoysworking with area highschool students in design-ing the “just-right” piece.Her store also offersMoonshadow jewelry madeby Ferndale teacher DianeCook Samuelson and selectpieces from Ashley MenzaJewelry, also another localdesigner. Alphabet SoupPhotography wall-art madeby Ferndale’s Gina Mobley can be found donning thewalls at Passion Flowers aswell as unique recycledwood “angels” created by Eureka’s Nancy Ayers.Passion Flowers isopen Wednesday throughSaturday from 11 am to 3pm. Jamie is also availableby appointment to discussan upcoming wedding orspecial event. Ready bou-quets are on hand, avail-able when that spur of themoment thought to givethe gift of flowers occurs.Passion Flowers is alsoa Teleflora location andlocal delivery is offered.
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extensive inventory has putthem on the map amongretailers of hand-made art.For five years the shophas been honored by NICHE magazine as one of the Top Retailers of Amer-ican Craft. The criteria forreceiving these awards,which are determined by polling over 26,000 profes-sional craft artists, includetreating artists with respect,giving back to the craftcommunity and mentoringemerging artists.According to Black-smith Shop owner, andblacksmith himself, JosephKoches, these ideals havealways been central to hisbusiness practices.“I think of it as invest-ing in an artist,” Kochessaid. “If there is a youngblacksmith who showspotential, I like to helpthem out by buying theirpieces, so they can buy new tools or whatever they needto keep on going. Mer-chandise is purchased fromartists who love what they are doing. They put theirlove into their work andone can see the difference.”Indeed the difference is visible to the numerouscustomers impressed withthe unique, quality prod-ucts. As the popularity of the store continues toexpand, the shop hasgrown by launching a web-site (www.ferndaleblack-smith.com) that allows visual communication withthe merchandise.Amidst updating thebusiness and planning forthe future, the BlacksmithShop will always stay trueto its beginnings – sellingan extensive selection of beautiful hand-made prod-ucts by talented artists.The histories of thebuildings that currently contain the BlacksmithShop add to the atmos-phere of craftsmanship.The 455 Main Streetshop in Ferndale was orig-inally the G.W. Williamsbuilding and housed ahardware store upon itscompletion in 1888.The same people beganbuilding the 491 MainStreet gallery in 1895 whentheir hardware storeneeded a larger space. Thestore at 455 has seen somechanges, as it was damagedin the 1902 earthquake, wasmodified in 1954, and wasdamaged again in the 1992earthquake, at which pointJoseph Koches remodeledthe building to look like theoriginal storefront.Through all these changes,the store at 455 Main stillhas its original wood floors,giving an old-time flavorthat is heightened by the1914 cash register made by the National Cash RegisterCompany in Dayton, Ohio,some antique display cases,and a “whiz” machine forhand-written receipts.Visiting the BlacksmithShop will not only exposeyou to beautiful hand-made artwork by Americanartists, but also you are sureto see something made inmetal that you have neverseen before. The Black-smith Shop is open sevendays a week. The staff hasgift certificates availableand can ship all over theU.S. Make the BlacksmithShop a definite stop onyour way down MainStreet.
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“Your table is waiting” at the VI
Lowell Daniels andJenny Oaks, 13-year own-ers of Ferndale’s great Vic-torian Inn, are proud tohave launched theirnewest enterprise thisyear, The VI Restaurant & Tavern.This is truly a labor of love, not only for Jenny and Lowell, but also fortheir staff. The entire staff is a charming bunch of people whose greatest joy is seeing their guestshappy and enjoying theircreations.The VI is a delight forthe senses. It brings itsguests a fine dining expe-rience that is unparalleledin Humboldt County.Conveniently locatedin the Victorian Inn in thecenter of Ferndale, the VIis an invitation to explorenew standards of culinary creativity while providinga variety of the traditionalclassics.The VI’s menu fusesthe innovation of Califor-nia culinary cuisine withthe classic staples of thePacific Northwest. Fromthe popular Iron SkilletSteak to the mouthwater-ing Paella Portuguese,there is something forevery culinary palette toenjoy at the VI Restaurant.For lunch, enjoy a tradi-
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The VI Restaurant & Tavern’s dining room.
tional tavern sandwich,our “getting famous” VIBurger, a comforting arti-san mac and cheese crock or one of many other deli-cious choices. At dinner,choose from an inspiredpresentation of unusualdishes including a coldwater Lobster Tail, BrokenArrow Ranch AntelopeShort Ribs served OssoBucco style, and guestavorite Lemon HerbRoasted Half Chicken.Always at the top of the“favorites” list are ourmouth-watering steaksand filets.The Victorian Inn andVI Restaurant also housesfacilities for larger func-tions. The ConferenceRoom will seat up toapproximately 30 guestsfor a very private meetingor group dinner. The Ban-quet Room, while still very private, will accommodatea great many more.Whether you chooseThe VI for lunch, dinneror cocktails – your mealwill be accompanied by exquisite presentation,choices from an awardwinning wine list, an ele-gant yet relaxed atmos-phere and graciousprofessional service.
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