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Serving the Eel, Bear and Mattole River Valleys Since 1878 • May 30, 2011
Souvenir Souvenir Edition Edition
Ferndale’s history began in wilds and willows
By Viola Russ McBride Do you ever wonder what met the gaze of the men who climbed Table Bluff in 1852 and looked southward over the Eel River Valley to what would later become Ferndale? According to various OLD old-timers, most of the valley was covered with a dense thicket of willows, punctuated here and there by conifers, primarily spruce and redwood. I can remember as a child, early in the 20th century, huge single trees with nightmarish twisted limbs throughout the valley. Seth Shaw and his brother, Stephen, did more than gaze across the tangled willows of the valley. Early in that summer of 1852, they went exploring. In August, with a friend, Willard Allen, they paddled an Indian dugout canoe from Eel River’s North Bay south across the mouth of the Eel River and up the Salt River branch to the south of Francis Creek. Here, they beached their canoe and followed an elk trail up the creek until they came to an opening close to the base of the hills where there were no willows. Ferns grew over the opening. Some say they were so tall they would cover a man on horseback. Tall enough that the party decided to call the place “Ferndale.” The rainy season was close at hand, so the three hurried to build shelter. Before long, they had built themselves a cabin with an earthen fireplace for warmth and cooking.
(See HISTORY/page 15)
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Head to the friendly Ferndale Museum for history lesson
The Ferndale Museum serves as a living history classroom. Visitors are invited to sit on period furniture in our Victorian parlor and listen to a tune on our player piano. When you have rested you may stroll down the “lane” and peek into the windows of our Victorian rooms. Several rooms, including a dining room, formal parlor, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom are set up as they would have been in the late 1800s. Visitors will also find Ferndale’s last barbershop in its entirety, a circa 1900 BoschOmori seismograph still in operation, a variety of local Native American baskets and artifacts as well as many other items from Fern(see MUSEUM/page 13)
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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 reinforced 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 California 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.
Camp Weeott: Lost village still a magic memory
By Wendy Lestina Enterprise columnist
Three stubs of wood stick out of the water where the Eel branches to the south at the mouth; worn smooth by the current and covered with barnacles, chunks of concrete huddling around their bases, they can only be
seen at low tide. “What you’re looking at,” says the naturalist Bruce Slocum to his guest on a tour of the river, “is the northwest corner of the seawall that was on the main peninsula of Camp Weeott.” That’s the spelling: two
e’s and two t’s, an anomaly among the varieties of ways to phonetically reproduce the name of the Indian settlements around the Eel River Valley. The tribe spells it Wiyot. The small town in Southern
Humboldt is Weott. Only the lost fishing village that flourished for three decades between Salt River and Cheney Slough splurged on the vowels. Elmo Reidy, a former restaurant owner and
mayor of Ferndale, wrote the history of Camp Weeott in The Ferndale Enterprise, issue of March 23, 1956, recalling, “Across the Cheney slough from
(see RIVER/page 9)
Ferndale Enterprise keeps the presses rolling for 133 years
It was on May 11, 1878 that the Jones boys — William Gaston, James and Archibald, sons of the town's Methodist minister — launched their weekly newspaper. It hasn't missed an issue since. The Joneses had taken space on Brown Street to house their offices and printing press. William Gaston Jones was the editor. He and his brothers had launched The Enterprise as an answer to oftexpressed dreams of Ferndale citizens to have their own newspaper, and also in the face of skepticism that the venture
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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
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The tradition of The Enterprise began with the Jones boys, sons of the town’s Methodist minister, back in (see ENTERPRISE/page 14) 1878.
Since 1896, the Humboldt County Fair has been a vital and integral part of Ferndale. Located on the northern end of town, the 65-acre fairgrounds represents about one-fourth of the
city's geographic composition and contributes substantial economic and social benefits to the "Cream City" and its surrounding communities. The Humboldt County Fair Association,
a non-profit organization, assumes the operational and administrative responsibilities for running the fairgrounds, which
(see FAIR/page 15)
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Victorian Inn offers turn-of-the-century splendor
“Your room is ready”
600 Main Street (P. O. Box 1066), Ferndale, California 95536 Telephone 707/786-4611 • Fax 707/786-4311 E-mail: email@example.com www.ferndaleenterprise.us Founded 1878. Published by Cages Publishing, Inc.
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The annual Souvenir Edition is published every summer and is available free of charge from participating sponsors. Copies by mail: $5 each.
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Looking for a fun way to explore Ferndale? Rent a pedaled surrey in front of the Ferndale Art & Cultural Center on Main Street.
Best way to tour Victorian Ferndale? How ‘bout a human-pedaled surrey?
What is a surrey? Surreys were popular around the turn of the century, first in a horsedrawn version (remember Surrey with the Fringe on Top?), then later in a pedal-powered form. There were surrey races and events during this era that were enormously popular. You can ride one of these delightful vehicles through Victorian Ferndale. Could there be a better way to experience this beautiful and historic spot, and get a little exercise, too? Our surreys come in twoand four-rider configurations, though the vehicles themselves can carry more non-riders in the middle and on the front. To rent one of these vehicles, simply come to the Ferndale Art & Cultural Center, home of the Kinetic Sculpture Museum, and follow the signs to Surrey on the Fringe. The whole family is in for quite a treat! Shop, picnic, gaze at the beautiful Victorians. Surreys are available six days a week from May through October, as well as special events through the rest of the year, weather permitting.
For over a century, the building housing the Victorian Inn of Ferndale has been a keystone in the life of this famous village. It has been restored with loving detail and attention, and is owned and operated by Jenny Oaks and Lowell Daniels. The first-class accommodations can fill 21stcentury needs while surrounding its guests with the ambiance of the leisurely, luxurious past. The newest addition to the Inn is Anna’s Suite on the ground floor, featuring a king-size bedroom, a living room, a computer work station & printer, a full kitchen, a large screen TV, and a huge bathroom with a shower and a separate claw foot tub. It was named after a dear friend who, although she loved it here, could never stay because she was in a wheel chair and couldn’t negotiate the stairs. She has since passed away, but if she were still with us we could enjoy her company as a guest, and others who might have difficulty managing the staircase to the upper rooms can now relax and enjoy Ferndale in luxury and comfort. The Victorian-
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The Victorian Inn offers accommodations, a fine restaurant and conference/meeting facilities.
appointed rooms all have private baths, some with old-fashioned claw-foot tubs and accessories. Several rooms have window alcoves overlooking Ferndale's historic Main Street. The rooms have been lavishly appointed with exquisite linens, antique armoires and furniture. There are telephones in every room, cable television is available upon request and cable or wireless Internet access is available at no charge. The ambiance is turnof-the-century splendor, and the sky-lit, fern-filled hallways make a stroll seem like a trip back in time. Guests may choose from the masculine appointments of the Ira Russ Suite, named for the Inn's builder, or its sistersuite, the Maggie C. Russ Room, featuring a kingsize bed, a window alcove and an adjoining single guest or child's room. The Enos Room is named for a beloved local pioneer clan and features family photos and treasured Victoriana. Its adjoining suite, the Barnaby Room, has been named for Ferndale's famous carriage horse. There are several other rooms decorated in crisp, bright lace and summer colors, including Jessica’s Haven, named for Jenny’s daughter, and Hana’s Hideaway, the Emily Rose Room, Maren’s Suite and Sylvia’s Room, named for the couple’s beloved granddaughters. A conference room is available for meetings and retreats for larger groups. And guests are served a full breakfast each morning, choosing from the menu of our full-service restaurant downstairs, The VI. Guests will enjoy luxury accommodations, exceptional service, great food and all the warmth and comfort of a small village inn in this wellknown historic landmark.
THE VICTORIAN INN 400 Ocean Avenue Tel. 707/786-4949 www. A-Victorian-Inn.com
Need a chocolate fix? Head to Sweetness & Light
The sight, fragrance and taste of handmade, traditional chocolates are at Sweetness & Light. Located next to the post office, the candy kitchen and store carry on a tradition that goes back to the turn of the 20th century. Candies are still cooked the old-fashioned way: in small batches, with only the best quality ingredients and no preservatives added. Many days you can observe through the kitchen window the cooking and dipping of traditional opera creams, fudges, brittles and caramels. But time has not stood still in the kitchen, and you can also observe the cooking and dipping of truffles, giant all-nut patties, a variety of candy bars (gooey and outrageously rich or nutty crunchy), and chocolate novelties including chocolate lollies, cows, baskets and boxes. If you're looking for a quick and delicious coffee fix, the Sweetness & Light Espresso Take-Out Window will certainly please. Select a traditional espresso coffee or any number of specialty coffee drinks served from 6:30 am - 5 pm daily. The candy store is open from 10 am - 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 11 am - 4 pm Sunday. If you have a favorite candy that you can't live without, be sure to call ahead so we can have it waiting for you. And,
S UR R E Y O N T H E FRINGE The Art & Cultural Center, Main and Shaw Tel. 707/672-5564
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Ring’s Pharmacy: Oldest drug store in California
It’s as if there has been a Ring’s Pharmacy in Ferndale for as long as there has been a Main Street. J.H. Ring originally dispensed his pills and elixirs across the street from the present location, in a towering structure built in 1894-95. The 362 Main Street store is commercial Eastlake Stick. (The J.H. Ring family lived above the store and enjoyed a balcony, since removed.) When J.H. Ring retired, he passed the business to his son, Meredith. The building was reinforced with steel rods and timber braces following the 1906 earthquake. In fact, these braces are to be credited for holding the building during the April
Sweetness and Light offers not only the finest chocolates, it also has a take-out window for those quick fixes of coffee and chocolate! don’t forget, we ship! Order on our website and look SWEETNESS & LIGHT for special promo codes for 554 Main Street Tel. 707/786-4403 or discounts. Sweetness & Light: Cel- FAX 707/786-4413 ebrating more than 30 www.sweetnessandlight.com years of delicious confections.
1992 earthquakes. Owner Tom Renner operates the pharmacy behind the ornatelycarved redwood fixture in the back. You can’t always see him, but he’s always happy to greet customers and answer questions. Walk in, and you will notice that Ring’s is more than a drug store. The front end is stocked with a little bit of most things, including cosmetics, film, postcards, sunglasses and first-aid supplies. You also can find character cookie jars, novelty salt and pepper shakers, Napoleon Porcelain flowers, minihinged boxes and oldfashioned Raggedy Anns. Ring’s also stocks helium balloons for all occasions. Make prints from your digital camera or a printto-print while you wait at the Kodak Kiosk. “In Ferndale, there isn’t a one-stop type of super store, so we try to carry a variety of items,” says Tom. “The ‘regulars’ know where the ‘tricky items’ are - but most customers, residents and visitors alike, end up asking for what they are looking for.”
The Ferndale Repertory Theatre
Celebrating 40 years of entertainment worth experiencing!
The Ferndale Repertory Theatre will open its 2011-2012 season in October, with what has made the “rep” a popular destination for nearly four decades: quality live performances that appeal to a broad audience. The rep’s line-up of plays, showcases, and special events has something for everyone—families enjoy affordable entertainment, children and young adults participate in the creative process onstage and behind-the-scenes, adult actors, designers, and technicians hone their skills, and audiences marvel at the superb quality of productions available in a charming Victorian setting. In 1920, the P.F. Hart family built a theatre in Ferndale. Families flocked to the Hart to marvel at the “movies” and swoon over Rudolph Valentino, idolize the “It” Girl, and chortle with Chaplin. Burlesque was big and road shows made Ferndale a regular stop on their tour. By 1928, Thomas Edison’s “talking pictures” were all the rage
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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.
RING’S PHARMACY 362 Main Street Enterprise staff photo Tel. 707/786-4511 Ring’s Pharmacy at 362 Main St.
and the Hart installed the equipment to cater to an audience hungry for this new form of entertainment. Twenty-eight years later, in 1956, on a typical gray, rainy Saturday afternoon, the Hart Theatre was to present its last picture show. Bogart and Bacall, Hepburn and Tracy, Laurel and Hardy became names from a glorious but fading past,
and the Hart Theatre mourned their passing. The building would remain empty until 1972, when Ferndale businesspersons, dairy farmers, local residents and artists who envisioned a performing arts center in their town rehabilitated the Hart and their vision became reality: The Ferndale Repertory Theatre was born.
Our building has had its share of shakes during the frequent earthquakes our area experiences, but it still stands strong. Our marquee, originally updated during the shooting of the movie “Outbreak” and revamped during the filming of “The Majestic,” has seen better days, so we are in the process of
(see REP/page 15)
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Lowell Daniels and Jenny Oaks, 13-year owners of Ferndale’s great Victorian Inn, are proud to have launched their newest enterprise this year, The VI Restaurant & Tavern. This is truly a labor of love, not only for Jenny and Lowell, but also for their staff. The entire staff is a charming bunch of people whose greatest joy is seeing their guests happy and enjoying their creations. The VI is a delight for the senses. It brings its guests a fine dining experience that is unparalleled in Humboldt County. Conveniently located in the Victorian Inn in the center of Ferndale, the VI is an invitation to explore new standards of culinary creativity while providing a variety of the traditional classics. The VI’s menu fuses the innovation of California culinary cuisine with the classic staples of the Pacific Northwest. From the popular Iron Skillet Steak to the mouthwatering Paella Portuguese, there is something for every culinary palette to enjoy at the VI Restaurant. For lunch, enjoy a tradi-
“Your table is waiting” at the VI Silva’s Fine Jewelry is home to unique collection of rare gems
The former front parlors of the historic Victorian Inn now house one of the largest and most luxurious collections of rare gems and fine jewelry in Northern California. The unique collection of specially designed pieces from around the world displayed in the rich comfort of this landmark building make shopping for fine jewelry an experience to be remembered. Lowell Owners Daniels and Jenny Oaks relocated their highly successful fine jewelry business from the gold country of Sutter Creek, where it flourished for 18 years. On a trip to Humboldt County, they the encountered enchanting village of Ferndale and the historic Victorian Inn. They immediately fell in love with the area and purchased the building in January 1999. The store is named after Lowell's grandfather, Joseph Rose Silva, born in the Portuguese Azore Islands. Lowell's grandfather immigrated to California and, although born here, Lowell treasures his Portuguese heritage. An original portrait of his grandfather overlooks the beautiful setting of the store. Lowell is a graduate gemologist and a certified gemologist appraiser. He spent several years obtaining his formal education from the Gemological Institute of America. He has a large following of regular clients from across
works of art,” and enjoys working with area high school students in designing the “just-right” piece. Her store also offers Moonshadow jewelry made by Ferndale teacher Diane Cook Samuelson and select pieces from Ashley Menza Jewelry, also another local designer. Alphabet Soup Photography wall-art made by Ferndale’s Gina Mobley can be found donning the walls at Passion Flowers as well as unique recycled wood “angels” created by extensive inventory has put them on the map among retailers of hand-made art. For five years the shop has been honored by NICHE magazine as one of the Top Retailers of American Craft. The criteria for receiving these awards, which are determined by polling over 26,000 professional craft artists, include treating artists with respect, giving back to the craft community and mentoring emerging artists. According to Blacksmith Shop owner, and blacksmith himself, Joseph Koches, these ideals have always been central to his business practices. “I think of it as investing in an artist,” Koches said. “If there is a young blacksmith who shows potential, I like to help them out by buying their pieces, so they can buy new tools or whatever they need to keep on going. Merchandise is purchased from artists who love what they are doing. They put their love into their work and one can see the difference.” Indeed the difference is visible to the numerous customers impressed with the unique, quality products. As the popularity of the store continues to expand, the shop has grown by launching a website (www.ferndaleblacksmith.com) that allows visual communication with
The VI Restaurant & Tavern’s dining room.
tional tavern sandwich, our “getting famous” VI Burger, a comforting artisan mac and cheese crock or one of many other delicious choices. At dinner, choose from an inspired presentation of unusual dishes including a cold water Lobster Tail, Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope Short Ribs served Osso Bucco style, and guest favorite Lemon Herb Roasted Half Chicken. Always at the top of the “favorites” list are our mouth-watering steaks and filets. The Victorian Inn and VI Restaurant also houses facilities for larger functions. The Conference Room will seat up to approximately 30 guests for a very private meeting or group dinner. The Banquet Room, while still very private, will accommodate a great many more. Whether you choose The VI for lunch, dinner or cocktails – your meal will be accompanied by exquisite presentation, choices from an award winning wine list, an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere and gracious professional service.
Photos courtesy of Silva’s Fine Jewelry
Jenny Oaks and Lowell Daniels moved their highly successful fine jewelry business, Silva’s Fine Jewelry, from Sutter Creek to Ferndale.
the U.S. and Europe. Lowell's buying trips throughout the world have allowed him to collect a selection of rare gemstones, unique original designs and many, many friends and fans over the years. Because the couple rarely buys from factories or sales representatives, their costs are far below market average, hence their large client following. Jenny has also studied gemology and her style, insight and grace make selecting a special piece of jewelry a memorable experience. The store specializes in custom designs and repairs and features one of the few Computer-Aided Jewelry Design systems in Northern California. It takes only moments with Lowell to design, graphically visualize, then print
Eureka’s Nancy Ayers. Passion Flowers is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Jamie is also available by appointment to discuss an upcoming wedding or special event. Ready bouquets are on hand, available when that spur of the
VI Restaurant & Tavern 400 Ocean Avenue “Your table is waiting” www.virestaurant.com Tel. 707/786-4950
Passion Flowers offers custom arrangements and unique gifts
When Ferndale florist Jamie Hindley was a small girl, she use to hop a fence in her neighborhood to pick ferns and wild irises. She would assemble her finds in a bouquet and bring them home to mom. In third grade as a member of the Elk River 4-H Club she would sort dried flowers into swags. Needless to say Hindley has had a love affair with flowers for most of her life. As an adult gardener she self-taught herself to assemble brilliant arrangements and bouEnterprise staff photo quets, which earlier this Find Passion Flowers on Shaw Avenue, near Main St. year led her to opening up Passion Flowers — pick- special occasion arrange- want the focus of the ing up a void left in Fern- ments. One, however, will arrangement to be the dale when a Main Street not find a lot of ribbon in flowers.” Jamie prefers to use florist shop closed its doors her arrangements, in fact probably none. natural additions to her several years ago. “It’s not my style,” arrangements, including Jamie can be found in explained Hindley. “In twigs and branches. her shop, located just off Jamie views her corMain near the Shaw fact, you probably won’t see any baby’s breath in my sages and boutonnieres for Avenue intersection, creating wedding, funeral and arrangements either. I prom season as “little
a photograph of a specially created piece. Along with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other precious gems, the large varied inventory includes cameos, jade, pearls, tourmaline, tanzanite and many other rare and lovely gemstones from around the world, along with many other works of art and treasures. The beautifully appointed, specially lit surroundings make selecting a special piece of fine jewelry an experience to remember at Silva's.
SILVA’S FINE JEWELRY 400 Ocean Avenue www.silvasjewelry.com Tel. 707/786-4425 Gems@silvasjewelry.com
moment thought to give the gift of flowers occurs. Passion Flowers is also a Teleflora location and local delivery is offered.
PASSION FLOWERS 627 Shaw Ave #2 Tel. 707/496-5189 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wide variety of handmade art at The Blacksmith Shop
such as wall art and sculptures. In 2003, they opened a gallery two buildings down from the main shop at 491 Main Street to increase their display area for larger furniture and sculptural pieces. Most of the products for sale are handforged iron, but there are also pieces made using brass, copper and bronze. Many of the sculptural pieces for sale are cast bronze, like Mark Hopkins’ fishing sculptures and Tim Cotterill’s (aka The Frogman) frogs. Courtesy photo While the majority of The Blacksmith Shop at 455 Main Street houses an the Blacksmith Shop’s extensive collection of contemporary blacksmithing inventory is made from items. metal, they also sell fine The Blacksmith Shop general public to an art hand-made products in at 455 Main Street was form that many people other media, some of established in 1979 with think has died out or asso- which is made locally like one objective: to create an ciate solely with horse- Holly Yashi jewelry, Fire and Light recycled glass extensive collection of shoeing. In the Blacksmith dishware, glass papercontemporary blacksmithing. Thirty-two Shop’s collection of hand- weights by Jesse Taj, and years later, this objective forged pieces, it is clear wire sculptures by ElizaOther has been achieved, as the that blacksmithing is alive beth Berrien. shop buys from over 125 and well. The products unique offerings include blacksmiths, mostly from offered for sale cover a Orient & Flume glass and within the U.S. The shop wide range from func- Bovano enameled copper has two reasons for main- tional art such as cutlery, wall hangings, both for taining this size of collec- bottle openers, clocks, mir- which the Blacksmith tion – one is to support rors, lamps, tables, beds, Shop is the exclusive blacksmiths by purchas- fireplace tools, wine racks, retailer in Humboldt ing their work, and the pot racks, and candle- County. The Blacksmith Shop’s other is to introduce the holders to decorative items
The Blacksmith Shop Gallery can be found just down the street from the main store, at 491 Main Street. the merchandise. has its original wood floors, Amidst updating the giving an old-time flavor business and planning for that is heightened by the the future, the Blacksmith 1914 cash register made by Shop will always stay true the National Cash Register to its beginnings – selling Company in Dayton, Ohio, an extensive selection of some antique display cases, beautiful hand-made prod- and a “whiz” machine for ucts by talented artists. hand-written receipts. The histories of the Visiting the Blacksmith buildings that currently Shop will not only expose contain the Blacksmith you to beautiful handShop add to the atmos- made artwork by American phere of craftsmanship. artists, but also you are sure The 455 Main Street to see something made in shop in Ferndale was orig- metal that you have never inally the G.W. Williams seen before. The Blackbuilding and housed a smith Shop is open seven hardware store upon its days a week. The staff has completion in 1888. gift certificates available The same people began and can ship all over the building the 491 Main U.S. Make the Blacksmith Street gallery in 1895 when Shop a definite stop on their hardware store your way down Main needed a larger space. The Street. store at 455 has seen some B L A C KS M I T H changes, as it was damaged TH E in the 1902 earthquake, was SHOP B L A C KS M I T H modified in 1954, and was TH E damaged again in the 1992 SHOP GALLERY earthquake, at which point 455 Main Street, Ferndale Joseph Koches remodeled 491 Main Street, Ferndale the building to look like the Tel. 707/786-4216 original storefront. Fax: 707/786-4516 Through all these changes, ferndaleblacksmith.com the store at 455 Main still
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Fine dining and fun atmosphere at Curley’s Grill; now located just “across the bridge”
Wondering what happened to your favorite Ferndale restaurant, Curley’s Grill? No worries. Just head “over the bridge,” as locals say, and check out Curley’s new Fortuna location — just a quick 10-minute drive from Ferndale and easily found off the first Fortuna Main Street exit as you head south on Hwy 101. Long-time restaurateur Curley Tait opened Curley’s Grill in the Victorian Village of Ferndale in April 1995. Sixteen years later, Curley’s Grill is celebrating its new central location at the former Parlato’s site in Fortuna and remains an ever-popular hit with locals and visitors alike. Curley’s fair prices, generous portions and consistently good food contribute to its success, as does its bright and cheerful atmosphere. A sure bet (as well as a real taste treat) is the grilled polenta with Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms and sage-heavy
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Fran Teall, proprietor of Centerville Farms.
Uniquely and lightly sweetened organic spreadable fruits - available locally at our farm stand and Golden Gait Mercantile
Remember the juicy sweet, vibrantly flavored fruit we used to eat when we were young? “The combination of Centerville Farms lightly sweetened organic fruits comes so close to tasting like those older varieties of fresh tree and vineripened fruit, you can eat Centerville Farms Spreadables by the spoonful,” says Fran Teall, proprietor, a degreed chef from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, and whose experience covers 30 years as a chef and restaurant owner. A delicate blend of Humboldt honey and organic agave nectar lightly sweetens the organic pears, raspberries, apricots, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and oranges in Centerville Farms Spreadable Fruits. All of the recipes for Centerville Farms have been developed in the kitchen of Teall’s centuryold farmhouse. Don’t leave Ferndale without tasting these exquisite treats. Look for the beautiful jars of fruit with their yellow gingham label at the Golden Gait Mercantile. Centerville Farm products are also available at Arcata and Eureka Co-ops, Eureka Natural Foods, Wildberries in Arcata, Clendenen’s, Humboldt Healthy Foods and Green Living Center — all in Fortuna, and Chataugua in Garberville. They are also served at the Lost Coast Bakery and Cafe in Ferndale. For delicious recipes and serving suggestions for Centerville Farms Spreadable Fruits, to make purchases, and to learn more about agave nectar, visit CentervilleFarms.com or visit at its produce stand (re-opening in June 2011), one mile west on Centerville Road in Ferndale. Open daily throughout the summer and fall, Centerville Farms feature heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers grown without sprays. They have healthy, local snacks — and preserves, natural syrup blends, and coming soon, salad dressings, all offered separately or in gift boxes.
Find Curley’s Grill just a short drive from Ferndale in the town of Fortuna. tomato sauce. Or the event is too big or small for days a week for lunch and moist tortilla and onion Curley’s Catering Service. dinner and offers a Happy During the 2001 film- Hour from 4-6 pm. cake served with a tangy ing of “The Majestic” in onion salsa. And don’t miss a chance to try Cur- Ferndale, many of the CURLEY’S GRILL ley’s Caesar salad. It’s the movie’s stars could be 320 MAIN STREET best between the Eel River found dining at Curley’s. FORTUNA Valley and the Bay Area. Curley himself was an Tel. 707/725-1595 Curley’s also serves great extra in the film and steaks and grilled fish appears in the “diner” scene with Jim Carrey. entrees. Curley’s Grill has been Come in and see Curley’s written up in a number of “Wall of Fame,” complete publications, including with autographed pictures California from many of the stars of “Northern Coast Best Places, 1996.” “The Majestic.” Curley’s is open seven Now offering catering, no
CPAs Aycock & Edgmon at your service
Certified Public Accounts Phil Aycock and Stacey Edgmon have been managing people’s personal and business tax and financial issues from their 523 Main Street office for more than a decade. Together with their long-time staff assistant Jessica Ackroyd, they say they’ve handled just about every imaginable kind of tax-related issue, dispensing practical advice for important questions like “Should I sell stock?” “Can I retire?” or “Should I receive Social Security now or later?” “These are all questions that have tax impliexplained cations,” Edgmon. “And it’s far better to explore the tax consequences of major financial moves before you make them.” Aycock added that keeping good records is a critical step that many of us don’t pay enough attention to. “A lot of times people pay more tax than they need to because they don’t keep track of their expenses,” he said. And then, of course, there’s tax season. “It’s crazy and hard to schedule anything, then,” said Edgmon, adding that when people owe taxes they tend to file right before the deadline. She said that their clients’ biggest problems at tax time frequently center around the tax consequences of selling stock, especially when it was purchased long ago and records are either incomplete or not current. Aycock says that today’s electronics allow them to handle clients all over the country, and that, outside of tax season, they devote most of their time to payroll services, consulting, and audits for private, nonprofit, and governmental businesses of all kinds. Aycock and Edgmon are open 8 to 5 during the week except during tax season. “Then we’re just open,” laughed Edgmon.
A Y C O C K & E DG MO N CPAs 523 Main Street Tel. 707/786-9798
CENTERVILLE FARMS 766 Centerville Road CentervilleFarms.com 707/498-3505
Nothing but smiles at the Ferndale Children’s Center
The Ferndale Children’s Center opened its door in 1989. Its first home was located at the Ferndale Fairgrounds. It moved to the Firemen’s Pavilion in 1991. The center is licensed through the Department of Social Services for 39 children ages two through 12. The center is open MondayFriday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Ferndale Children’s Center offers three morning programs: a two-yearold program, three-yearold program and a prekindergarten program. These programs offer hands-on learning experiences where children learn through play. Many opportunities are offered to the children to explore diversity. The pre-K class makes multiple visits to the Ferndale Elementary kindergarten to ensure a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten. The center is very involved in the community and participates in many local events. Ferndale Children’s Center is very fortunate to have a qualified and dedicated staff that enjoys working in the wonderful ting problems," noted Jacque. Visitors to Ferndale are often surprised and happy to find such a quality yarn shop in a small town. "When I offer to order yarn and mail it to them,
Foggy Bottoms Yarns has new items in store!
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You’ll find lots of smiles at the Ferndale Children’s Center, located adjacent to Firemen’s Park.
morning programs, the center offers afternoon childcare. Kindergarten children to 12-yearolds attend the center before school, afterschool, holiday vacations and summer. The center offers school-age children the opportunity to explore different arts and crafts, games, music and time to learn social skills. "I can't wait for you to come and visit!" said Jacque. "I have new yarns coming in each week and I love to see what new projects my customers are working on, so stop in soon!" The staff and community of Ferndale are proud of the Ferndale Children’s Center. If you find yourself in need of preschool or childcare, please call or stop by.
Foggy Bottoms is located at 350 Main Street. "My beautiful new motif from Ireland, and store is bright and airy fun socks for crafters. with a cozy, well lighted "I also have needlesitting area by the pellet point kits and books, as stove, as well as a place for well as embroidery and small groups to work on tatting supplies," added projects together," said Jacque. "And of course, I owner Jacque Ramirez. "I maintain a good selection carry a wide variety of of knitting needles and yarns, including bamboo, crochet hooks, and a varicorn, soy, silk blends, ety of other quality alpaca, llama, angora, notions such as handmohair, novelty yarns, as made glass buttons by well as quality acrylic and local artist Georgia Jessen, wools." and beautiful wooden Foggy Bottoms Yarns shawl pins from Maine." latest additions are yarn For those who don't holders in a variety of knit or crochet, Foggy beautiful woods crafted by Bottoms Yarns carries a Randy Frost. The yarn is selection of hats, scarves, released as you knit or cro- and felted slippers and chet, keeping it off the purses by local artisans. floor and in control. Other "I also offer knitting new items that make won- lessons and am always derful gifts are umbrellas happy to solve your knitand mugs with a sheep
town of Ferndale. The staff are all CPR and firstaid certified. They continue their education each year by attending workshops and conferences. In addition to the people are really pleased," said Jacque. "They enjoy the old-fashioned personal service that Ferndale shop-keepers offer." Foggy Bottoms Yarns is open every day from noon to 5, except Tuesday. Sundays it closes at 4.
FERNDALE CHILDREN’S CENTER 100 Berding Tel. 707/786 4-FUN email@example.com
F OG G Y B OT T OM S YARNS 350 Main Street Tel. 707/786-9188
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Francis Creek Inn and Red Front Store both friendly stops for visitors
The Red Front Store and Francis Creek Inn are located on the corner of Shaw and Main. The inn features spacious non-smoking, Victorian-style rooms, color cable TV, DVD players and phones — all at the lowest rate in town. The Red Front Store, a family business since 1976, is best described as
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a convenience store and comes fully stocked, open early and late to provide for your needs. The store is famous in town for its hot dogs. The dogs’ buns are made especially for The Red Front from an old Danish recipe. They also have DVD rentals, beer, wine, soda, ice and a great variety of grocery items.
Stop in at the Red Front Store and the Francis Creek Inn and say hello to the friendly folks, while picking up a few Ferndale postcards to send home.
T H E F RA N C I S C RE E K INN AND RED FRONT STORE 577 Main Street Tel. 707/786-9611 www.franciscreekinn.com
The Francis Creek Inn is right around the corner from The Red Front Store — Ferndale’s version of a convenience store.
The Ferndale Arts Gallery
The Ferndale Emporium celebrates 13 years
Cross over that historic bridge and take one of the most beautiful five mile pastoral drives and you will find yourself in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. According to Forbes Magazine, Ferndale is one of the prettiest towns in the United States. The Ferndale Emporium can be found at the head of Main Street in the historic 1899 Eastlake Victorian that was originally built for the Lowenthal’s Ferndale Reliable Store. Since that time the building has housed many things including a Buick dealership, theater, skating rink, mortuary, church, and art gallery, among others. The Ferndale Emporium continues the legacy of a quality store in this location. Over the past 13 years we have made friends and customers that we ship to all over the world. We invite you to visit our store in person or via the internet at (www.ferndale-emporium.com). The store has always been known for their nature items, such as Larry Eifert pen and ink drawings depicting the area’s natural beauty and the birds that frequent the north coastal region. In the garden section you will find things to adorn your garden such as spirit balls, wind chimes, birdfeeders, hanging votives, ornamental birds, and books. Our unique and affordable boutique specializes in items for that special friend, girlfriend,
Courtesy Ferndale Arts Gallery
The Ferndale Arts Gallery can be found in the Ferndale Art & Cultural Center at the corner of Main and Shaw.
The arts are an important piece of the Ferndale community. Galleries come and go on Main Street, but one venue has remained steady. No place to view and purchase art has been around longer than the Ferndale Arts Gallery. Celebrating its 21st year in 2011, the gallery is a cooperative of local artists that has survived floods, earthquakes, movie-making, and economic boom and bust. Located in what is now known as the Ferndale Art and Cultural Center at the corner of Main Street and Shaw Avenue, the gallery was first opened in April of 1990 by 21 local artists in the converted auto sales showroom of the Peers Building. The has membership changed over the years, but the gallery’s goal remains the same: to encourage and support the growth of member artists through the display and sale of their work. The gallery is unique not only for its longevity, but also for the variety and quality of the work on display. Visitors to the gallery will find not only the usual in fine art offerings: paintings, photographs, pottery and jewelry, but more unusual offerings, as well: woodwork, fabric art, stained glass, origami, and poetry. Many of the artworks are simply objects of beauty, but many of the pieces are utilitarian, as well: scarves, cutting boards, coffee mugs and vests. And, because the gallery is a cooperative, prices are reasonable and affordable. The gallery remains a steady and strong part of the Ferndale business community. The gallery earns its way solely through the sale of its members’ works and accepts no grants or donations,. Through rental payments, supply purchases, tax collection, charitable donations, and other business expenses, the gallery remains a vital contributor to the local economy. Stroll down Main Street and celebrate 21 years of art in Ferndale at the Ferndale Arts Gallery. Located at 580 Main Street, the gallery is open daily from 10 to 5.
Home of The Ferndale Emporium.
sister, or mom. Make her day special with one-of-akind jewelry, purses, scarves, or travel accessories, including a full assortment of Baggillini bags and purses. The Ferndale Emporium is honored to have been chosen by Vera Bradley to be the exclusive source for their products on the North Coast. We are the only source for your fine Vera Bradley purses, bags and accessories north of Santa Rosa and south of Ashland. To enhance your bath and spa area, mirrors, towel racks and accessories are matched together with our broad range of bath products and candles, including candles from Wood Wick and Archipelago. The Thymes Company provides body lotions, hand therapy, foot care, fancy soaps, bath salts, and bath and shower gels in several fragrances. For that elegant gift, of course, there are Crabtree and Evelyn specialty gift packets. Our European Soaps still remain a favorite of locals. For that cozy gift our plush robes, bed socks, slippers and jackets are a treat for all. Please plan your visit and shopping experience soon. We will be glad to greet you and make new friends. Be sure to give us your email address so that you can be made aware of special events, sales, and coupons. The Ferndale Emporium is open Monday-Saturday, 10 to 5 and Sunday, 11 to 4, with after hour and internet shopping. Gift certificates, personal shopping service, gift registry and complimentary gift-wrapping are part of our services.
THE FERNDALE ARTS GALLERY C o r n e r o f M a i n S t re e t and Shaw Avenue Tel. 707/786-9634 ferndaleartgallery.com
The Francis Creek Inn is right around the convenience store.
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The Gazebo wants patrons to “look good, smell good and feel good”
November 2008 marked the first anniversary of the new Gazebo. At first the new owners just weren’t sure which direction they were going to take this new shop, in a wonderfully old, handcrafted Eastlake Stick building, circa 1898, originally used as The New York Cash Store. “The building itself ultimately gave us the inspiration,” says owner Tami Robinson, formerly of Hawi, Hawaii, on the big island, where she had a custom jewelry and bead shop. Robinson leased the incredible building and then looked to acquire inventory. “Initially, we tried a bit of this and that; like the proverbial pasta thrown at the wall to see what sticks,” she said. “One day while I was rearranging, I noticed the fine handcrafted details of the interior moldings.” In that moment, Robinson said she began to see how the Gazebo could evolve — bring the best and highest quality, useful products to the locals and travelers of Humboldt County. The more locally hand-crafted, kind to the patronage and planet, the better, and Robinson also wanted to make available the coolest and most useful products from around the globe. The Gazebo carries items from perfectly hand-hewn round wooden bowls created by Ferndale retired math teacher, Tom Weber, to Kakadu Oil Cloth slickers and hats from Australia (for men and women) to shed some of that rain into our water system! “We have unique Venetian glass wine goblets and natural essence soy-based candles to cozy up the chilly nights,” said Robinson. “There are cool, classy tops guaranteed wrinkle-free for traveling and our latest discovery that we’re sharing is 100 percent bamboo fiber towels that are soft as cashmere, have natural antibacterial properties, are more absorbent than cotton, dry quickly and not to mention, are mildew resistant, which is a huge bonus in humid climates.” soaps, Delicious lotions and spa baskets put the finishing touches on your fluffing and buff-
The Gazebo is housed in a Eastlake Stick victorian, circa 1898. ing. pendant or pair of earrings “We want you to look The warm and friendly for her loyal customers. good, smell good and feel atmosphere of the Gazebo Mr. Ashlee McFall- good.” invites browsing and dis- moore can share some covery and caters to the local lore, answer ques- THE GAZEBO curious at heart. On any tions, and is happy to carry 475 Main Street Ferndale given afternoon one can your parcels to the car. witness Robinson working The Gazebo is open Tel. 707/786-9099 her magic creating a cus- seven days a week and firstname.lastname@example.org tom designed necklace, offers shipping worldwide.
Take Ferndale home with you
A Jack Mays limited-edition signed print of Main Street is a great keepsake of the Victorian Village
To Ferndalers, Jack Mays is an institution. For more than 30 years he has sat in his white plastic chair, his drawing board propped on his lap and his box of colored pencils nearby. Now, Mays’ popular drawing of Main Street, which in its first printing sold out, is available once again. Signed prints from a limited edition second printing are available at The Enterprise office (600 Main Street) by mail, or online at ferndaleenterprise.us. The print, which can be seen in large form on Hwy 101 as it passes the town of Fortuna, has been described as “beyond photo realism.” “The drawing is my vision of what I consider utopia,” said Mays. “I’ve lived here almost all my life and I can’t imagine being creative anywhere else. Ferndale visually has everything I need and more.” Also available, at various locations around town, including Ring’s Pharmacy, the Ferndale Repertory Theatre, the Ferndale Clothing Company and The Enterprise office, are note cards featuring the Main Street drawing and 12 other Ferndale scenes. The notecards are of the Catholic Assumption Church, the Ferndale Community Church, the old Methodist Church, a Berding Street Victorian, the Red Front Store, Ferndale’s historic fire engine No. 1, tractors at the Humboldt County Fire, the fair’s racetrack viewed from the grandstands, the Main Street lemonade stand and Ferndale’s horse and carriage. Along with being recognized as Ferndale’s “resident artist,” Mays is known for his recent
(See MAYS/page 15)
Looking for something to remember Ferndale by? How about a signed print of Jack Mays’ vision of Main Street, pictured above. Mays also has available a series of notecards featuring 12 other Ferndale landmarks, including some of the town’s churches and Victorians. The cards are available at Ring’s Pharmacy and at The Enterprise office, as well as other locations.
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For a relaxing stay and a restful Great food at Ferndale Pizza Co. the FerYou will Company at night, stay at Redwood Suites ndale Pizza findwas once the site of what
Redwood Suites, a sister property to Lowell Daniels and Jenny Oaks’ Victorian Inn, is the answer for those travelers and visitors who wish space and comfort while enjoying their time here. The suites all feature a full kitchen, a combination room/dining living room, a separate bedroom and a private bath. There are also two single rooms which don’t have kitchens, but are just as beautifully appointed. Because of the ability to prepare some or all of their meals in the full kitchens, many guests stay in Redwood Suites when they are here for longer periods than is usual when “just traveling through.” Our convenient location, just a half block from Historical Downtown Ferndale and its unique Main Street establishments (332 Ocean Avenue), makes it the perfect home base from which to visit any time of year. Local festivals, live theatre, flea markets and farmers markets, film festivals and parades are just a sampling of the many events that highlight the year in our
vibrant community. The kitchens come complete with dishes and cookware. The Select Suites feature one queen bed. One of the Family Suites features a king bed with twin trundle beds, while the other two features queen beds. All the suites have dining tables and chairs in the dining area and couches in the sitting area. The two single rooms, featuring one queen Courtesy photo bed, also have Redwood Suites offers clean and small refrigerators and comfortable accommodations. microwaves. and turn right for half a They also have a small block. We will be on your table and chairs for a left just past US Bank. pleasant time in the Registration is in the morning while enjoying lobby of the Victorian your coffee, which is proInn, at the corner of vided in all our rooms, as Ocean and Main. well as cable TV and free Wireless Internet. REDWOOD SUITES We invite you to come 332 Ocean Avenue stay and relax with us at Tel. 707/786-5000 Redwood Suites…today or 888-589-1808 or on your next visit to www.redwoodsuites.com the Victorian Village of innkeeper@ Ferndale. We’re easy to redwoodsuites.com find. Just go down Main Street to Ocean Avenue the Pythian Castle. From 1896 to 1930, the Castle was one of the town’s largest and most imposing buildings — and the center of the Victorian Village social life. Dances and banquets were frequently held here. But in 1906, the building sustained considerable damage. Following an earthquake in 1930, it was condemned and subsequently demolished. (Any number of old photos and information about the Pythian Castle can be found at the Ferndale Museum.) From 1972 to 1990, today’s Pizza Company site was a service station and body shop. In 1991, it became “Me and Dino’s Pizzaria” — until Skip and Laurie Wortman arrived from San Diego. They discovered “Me and Dino’s” was for sale on one of their many visits here, and decided that owning it would be a
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Whether it’s pizza or other great Italian dishes, you’ll find them at the FPC! dream come true. In a dough and the meat matter of months, they sauce. He grinds his own were on their way to Fern- pork and rolls his own dale to rename their meatballs. restaurant “Ferndale Pizza Skip and Laurie and Company.” That was in their very friendly staff June 1994. look forward to serving In addition to their you. They hope you will pizzas, stop in for some great Italever-popular which are hand-tossed ian food served in their and baked in a brick oven, cozy and casual restautheir menu includes a rant. variety of Italian dinners. Sandwiches are served on THE PIZZA COMPANY delicious homemade rolls. 607 Main Street Each day, Skip bakes Tel. 707/786-4345 the bread, makes his pizza
The Becker Insurance Agency
The Becker Insurance Agency began in 1950 in the office section of the Ferndale Meat Market. Before it became a fulltime operation, it ran for seven years in conjunction with other occupations. Around 1960, the business moved to its current location at 521 Main Street. From here, Becker’s offers a full range of insurance. (A real estate office was part of the business until 1982.) Most of the insurance business is on a personal line basis, and includes autos and homes. Small commercial accounts and farm accounts are also an important segment of the agency. The business has stayed in the family and this summer will celebrate its 61st anniversary. Jerry Becker sold the business to his two sons, Bill and Don Becker, upon his retirement in 1987. The entire Becker family has enjoyed doing business in Ferndale. Kelli Boots ( formerly Kelli Townsend) joined the staff in May 2007. She was born and raised in Ferndale and graduated from Humboldt State University in 2006. Kelli obtained her agent's license in March 2008 and now offers notary service as a certified notary. Their agents continue to be most supportive of local functions, particularly those for young people. The entire agency also is involved in community activities and remains a strong backer of the Victorian Village.
Ferndale Festivities, 2011-2012
Ferndale Farmers’ Market. Certified market, Saturdays through Oct., Main & Shaw Sts., 10:30 am-2 pm May 30: Memorial Day Parade. 10 am parade followed by a solemn remembrance of the day. May 28-30: 43rd Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. Wild & crazy people-powered sculptures leave the Arcata Plaza Saturday to reach the Victorian Village on the afternoon of Memorial Day, all for the glory! 845-1717 June 4: Pet Parade. Young children parade costumed pets, Main Street to Firemen's Park at 10:30 am June 4: Ferndale Kiwanis Cow Pie Bingo & Barbecue Lunch. Main & Francis Sts. June 4-5: Dairy Goat Show. 8 am Saturday to 11 pm Sunday, Humboldt County Fairgrounds 707-786-9511 June 10-26: Theatre, "The Sugar Bean Sisters. " Ferndale Repertory Theatre, 707-786-5483. June 11-12: 87th Annual Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa. 6:30 pm Sat. rosary, bean & linguica dinner. Sun., line up (9:30 am) for parade to 10:30 am mass; noon dinner, Portuguese Hall; 2 pm auction, fairgrounds, followed by dancing; evening meal at Portuguese Hall, 7 pm. 786-4346. June 15 & 16: Fern Cottage. Tour historic home at 2121 Centerville Rd. Open 11 to 4. 707-786-4835 June 17: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. July 2-3: The Lost Coast Kennel Club Show. Fairgrounds, 8 to 4. Free admission; parking, $3 July 3: Star Spangled Third, patriotic brass band concert fundraiser presented by Eureka Symphony and Fern Cottage, with grounds open 2 to 4 p.m. for ice cream social, historic home tours. $25. 707-786-4835 4th of July Celebration: Fire Engine Rides with Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters, free, 10 am to noon. 7869515. Parade—Ferndale Chamber of Commerce organizes noon parade. 786-4477. Picnic—Ferndale Rotary Club cooks at 1 pm on Village Green. Patriotic Musical Revue, "Celebrate America"—Ferndale Rep Theatre, 3 pm. Fireworks—fairgrounds, after dark. Parking $5 (receive $5 chip to Bear River Casino). July 15: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. July 20 & 21: Fern Cottage. Tour historic home at 2121 Centerville Rd. Open 11 to 4. 707-786-4835 July 23-25: The Lost Coast Kennel Club AKC Dog Agility Trial. Fairgrounds, 8 am to 4 pm. Free. Aug. 5-28: Musical Theatre, “Sweeney Todd.” Ferndale Rep Theatre, 707-786-5483 August 6 & 7: Civil War Living History at Fern Cottage. 2121 Centerville Road. 707-786-4835 August 7: Centennial Re-dedication of Fernbridge, The Queen of Bridges. 11 a.m. on the bridge, followed by activities in Ferndale beginning at noon. 707-786-4477 Aug. 11-21: 115th Annual Humboldt County Fair, “Biggest Little Fair in the West!” Horse races, carnival, animals, etc. Oldest uninterrupted county fair in California is fun for everyone! 707-786-9511 Aug. 19: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. Aug. 31 & Sept. 1: Fern Cottage. Tour historic home at 2121 Centerville Rd. Open 11 to 4. 707-786-4835 Sept. 9-11: Wildcat Gem Fest. Belotti Hall, fairgrounds. Sat. 10 am-6 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm 943-1575 Sept. 10-11: Bargain Lovers' Weekend. Shop 'til you drop at more than 100 locations. 9 am to 6 pm Sept.10: Ice Cream Social. Fundraiser for Ferndale Tennis Assn. Village Green, noon to 4 pm Sept. 16: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. Sept. 30-Oct. 2: North Coast Stand Down Veterans outreach. Fairgrounds. Fri. 8 am-Sun. noon. 826-6191 Oct. 21: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. Oct. 28: Halloween Carnival & Spaghetti Feed. Ferndale Elementary fundraiser. Fairgrounds. 786-5300 Oct. 31: St. Mark’s Fall Harvest Festival. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fern & Berding Sts. 5-8 pm Nov. 18: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. Nov. 19: Victorian Holidays. Shopkeepers, town folk and visitors in Victorian garb. 707-786-9500 Nov. 24: Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service. Assumption Church, 10 am Nov. 25-26: The Folks Christmas Crafts Fair. Veterans Memorial Building. 707-786-9995 Dec. 2: Hospitality Night Open House. Lively block party evening on Main Street. 7-9 pm Dec. 3: Santa Claus in Ferndale. St. Nick and his elf bring goodies for kids to Main Street, 10:30 am Dec. 3, 10, 17: Holiday Entertainment Christmas Brass Band strolls Main Street from 2-4 pm Dec. 3-4: 41st Annual Christmas Celebration in Song. Ferndale Community Choir sings inspiring music at Ferndale Community Church, 8 pm Saturday; Assumption Church, 3 pm Sunday. Dec. 4: Lighting of America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree. A Ferndale tradition since 1934. The huge, radiant Spruce at the end of Main Street is visible for miles, a beacon to herald the Christmas season. The whole town turns out for the ceremony, then gathers over free cookies and cocoa. 5:30 pm Dec. 4: Portuguese Linguica and Beans Dinner. Portuguese Hall, 5-8 pm 707-786-4222 Dec. 16: Ferndale After Five. Music, art, dine, shop, and stroll until 9 pm the third Friday of every month. Dec. 18: Assumption Church Dinner at Ferndale Community Center or take-out. 4-7 pm 707-786-9717 Dec. 18: 19th Annual Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade. Local farmers and ranchers parade decorated tractors and tractor-drawn wagons for a sparkling country Christmas celebration. 7 pm 707-786-4299 Dec. 31-Jan. 1: New Year's Barrel Bash. Covered Arena, Fairgrounds. 707-845-0291 Feb. 9-12: Horsemanship Skills 4-Day Clinic with Jerry Tindell, Fairgrounds. 707-786-9637 Feb. 19: Firemen's Games. Local firefighters vie using old-fashioned firefighting techniques. Noon. March 2-3: Fray of Ferndale. Slot car racing teams’ two-day marathon at the fairgrounds. March 11: 35th Annual Foggy Bottoms Milk Run. A family run conducted by the Six Rivers Running Club Sun. with 3 different courses through farmlands to the Main Street finish, starting at noon. 707-845-0001 March 31: Portuguese Pre-Easter Dance with queens chosen at Portuguese Hall, 7:30 p.m. 707-786-4346 April 7: Easter Egg Hunt. Prizes in 4 categories for 10-year-olds and younger. 10:30 am Firemen’s Park. April 8: Sunrise Easter Service. Ferndale Cemetery, 6:30 a.m. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 786-9353 April 8 & 15: 42nd Annual Easter Concert. Ferndale Community Choir performs sacred songs of the season. April 8: Ferndale Assumption Church, 8 pm; April 15: Ferndale Community Church, 3 pm May 5: Ride for Life. Equestrian teams ride for American Cancer Society, 9-5, Fairgrounds. 476-1632 May 12: 34th Annual Bicycle Tour of the Unknown Coast. 10-, 20-, and 50-mile cycling courses plus CA's toughest "century," 100-mile loop through the redwoods, tracing the Lost Coast to Ferndale. 707-845-6117 May 26-27: 88th Annual Portuguese Holy Ghost Festa. 6:30 pm Sat. rosary, bean & linguica dinner. Sun., line up (9:30 am) for parade to 10:30 am mass; noon dinner, Portuguese Hall; 2 pm auction, fairgrounds, followed by dancing; evening meal at Portuguese Hall, 7 pm. 786-4346.
THE BECKER INSURANCE AGENCY 521 Main Street Tel. 707/786-9721
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“The Gallery” is located in the middle of Ferndale’s Main Street at the intersection of Brown Street.
The Gallery is home to Redeye Laboratories and much more
The Gallery, found at 399 and 405 Main Street is home to not only unique art but also much more. In the main gallery, visitors will find Shawn Griggs’ oils hung on the gallery’s whitewashed walls. The unique pieces reflect inside on canvas the outside beauty of the North Coast. Along with Griggs’ art studio — Redeye Laboratories — one can find guest artists’ work and, in the future, art classes. In the smaller space adjacent to the art gallery, GG’s Frozen Yogurt offers delicious frozen yogurt and an array of toppings to choose from. Also located in the building is Griggs’ wife’s business — Hidden Beauty skincare. Maggie Griggs offers facials, waxing, make-up and skincare products. Meanwhile, Griggs says his landscapes show his love of the ocean in all of its moods and majesty. “The ocean and surfing have been my passions for nearly 20 years, and weather is a huge part of that,” he explains, standing in front of a dramatic seascape of Humboldt Bay’s North Jetty, which boils with dark thunderheads. Griggs grew up in Ferndale, where he lives today with his wife Maggie, daughter Gracey, and son Griffin. He and Maggie, an artist in her own right who will also display her work at the gallery, have successfully owned and operated a restaurant in Eureka for more than 10 years, on a schedule which Griggs says allowed him to paint only in the wee hours of the morning while the rest of the world slept. He says that having a gallery in Ferndale is a dream come true. “I love every part of this area and this town. I can’t imagine being anywhere else,” he said. Griggs says each of his paintings tells a story. One shows a lone surfer hiking down a trail to an isolated stretch of the Lost Coast, his surfboard strapped to his back. That’s a hike he’s taken himself many times. Other paintings include scenes from Centerville Beach, Camel Rock, and other coastal areas which he says have moved him with their beauty. Also on display are Latin landscapes and dark, dreamy night scenes, some inspired by time spent in Mexico. The Gallery is located at 399 and 405 Main Street and is open most days from around 11 to 5, though Griggs says he’ll probably be open more than that. “If my door is open, come on in.”
Griffin, Maggie, Gracey and Shawn Griggs North Jetty.
Events subject to change without notice. Confirm dates & times at www.VictorianFerndale.com or call 707-786-4477
THE GALLERY 399 & 405 MAIN ST. Tel. 707/616-5783 redeyelaboratories.com
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Buttonwillow Studio & Shoppe home to four distinct artists
Buttonwillow Studio & Shoppe can be found on Lincoln Street, just around the corner from Main Street’s No Brand Burger Stand.
Northern California’s redwood forests provide serenity and inspiration for the artists of Buttonwillow Studio. Carolyn Together Jones, Dorothy Swendeman, Terri Tinkham and Vikki Young have created one-of-a-kind, handbound, signed limitedcalendars. edition Separately, their art is as varied as their personalities. In December 2010, Vikki opened her Buttonwillow Studio and Shoppe to the public to showcase the works of the four artists. Vikki's studio reflects her interest in miniatures, and all things Victorian. She is a graphic artist, author, playwright, and for the theatre, she is a director, and a scenic
and costume designer. At any given moment, one or more of her six cats may be found lounging in the center of her current project-in-progress. Dorothy Swendeman is a book artist and calligrapher, specializing in the restoration of antique volumes. She is a professional bookbinder and her studio Books-A-Bound is a storehouse of the tools of the trade: hand-made and unusual commercial papers, presses, cutters, archival supplies and glue. Originally a weaver, Dorothy has replaced her loom with a love of books and an appreciation of their value. Her unusual book art creations are available at Buttonwillow. Carolyn Jones creates in her two-story Studio Ix
Chel, the home of her looms, award-winning hand-spun yarns, artist's supplies, textiles and artifacts gathered from her world travels. Her vast collection of the works of diverse local and regional artists adorns her studio walls and is truly an inspiration. Carolyn is a Mayan epigrapher, a writer, birdwatcher, and journaler, and is a consultant for health care facilities. Her exquisite handwovens are on sale at Buttonwillow. Terri Tinkham's studio is a weaver's paradise, with bins of handspun and hand-dyed yarns, silk templates awaiting the dye bath, books of exquisite weave patterns. She is a member of Arcata Artisans and her fabulous scarves and woven pieces
can be found in the gallery. Terri owns four horses and is a dedicated (and award-winning!) endurance rider. Buttonwillow Studio is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-5 pm and is located at 1337 Lincoln Street in Ferndale (between Milton and Tennyson, around the corner from No Brand Burger Stand).
BUTTONWILLOW STUDIO 1337 Lincoln Street Tel. 707/786-4285 www.buttonwillowstudio.net
From breakfast (served all day) to local wines and beers, Café Main Street offers up a delicious menu plus a relaxed setting
Locally roasted coffee and espresso, fresh baked scones and muffins, breakfast served all day, daily lunch specials, old-fashioned desserts and to-go orders are just some aspects of Café Main Street. Along with a delicious menu selection, visitors will find a relaxing atmosphere, where guests are urged to browse the café’s boutique book selection featuring local authors and books specializing in Northern California, Humboldt County, Ferndale, local history, recreation, wildlife, cooking, garden, children’s books and more. There is even a fireplace to pull up a cozy armchair and enjoy the café’s complimentary Wi-Fi. A selection of seasonal home accessories is also on display to enjoy and purchase, if customers so desire. Adorning the walls are works by local artists. Each month Café Main Street features a different photographer, quilter or painter. Decorative pottery by local artists is also on display and available to those interested in bringing a piece of local art home with them. Owner RKM Builders, Inc., (owned by Ryan and Michelle Miller and Kalib Manzi) opened the doors to Michelle’s dream café in the spring of 2010. Previously Michelle had operated “Michelle Miller Fine Catering” and was well known for her culinary expertise, all the while spending more than dozen years at her “day job” in the corporate world. With notice of a layoff, Michelle knew it was time to pursue her real passion — cooking, reading, fine art and gardening. “I’ve left corporate America and I now work ‘uptown’ where I can have my son walk here after school,” noted Michelle. Logan, eight, might enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, on freshly-baked bread with an assortment of fresh fruit — a favorite of the younger crowed. Or, how about an after-school snack of a waffle — a favorite of the Sunday morning crowd! (Remember, breakfast is served all day!) Combining all her loves into one location has allowed Michelle to offer visitors and locals alike a welcoming environment where guests can linger for a quiet lunch, gather with friends or just pop in in the morning and sit at the counter and enjoy a freshbaked scone with an espresso while catching up on local news with an assortment of newspapers. Michelle is quick to note that she wouldn’t have been able to make the cafe “a go” without the help of her wait staff — Linda Ohmit; cook, Hillary Porter; wait staff and baker, Leslie Ohmit; kitchen manager and chef Christiann Tyler. For those wishing to enjoy a libation with their lunch, Café Main Street is proud to offer a variety of local beer and fine wines from such local vintners as
Frog Alley and Riverbend Cellars. Café Main Street is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 7 am to 4 pm and has longer hours in the summer with the added addition of summer dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. And don’t miss the live music on Friday nights with an array of local musicians and performers. Reservations are suggested for parties over six.
CAFÉ MAIN STREET Tel. 707/786-4740 553 Main Street w w w . c a f e m ai n s t r e e t f e r n dale.com
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Find a relaxed and cozy setting at Café Main Street.
Laura East’s Ferndale Dance Academy offers students a variety of classes
“Every student counts” at eight-year-old academy
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The cast of Ferndale Dance Academy’s 2010 production, “La Espada del Corazon.”
“When we moved to Ferndale,” says Laura East, the director of Laura East’s Ferndale Dance Academy, “people told me that a dance studio in this area would never make it because the kids were only interested in sports. However, having a dance studio has been a dream of mine for years so I thought it was at least worth a try.” The first FDA classes were held in 2003 at the local gym in a space “about as big as a matchbox,” says East. “The floor shook like crazy whenever we jumped. One leap and you were across. Two leaps and you’d run into a wall.” That was eight-and-ahalf years ago. Since that time, FDA has moved to a large studio space on the second floor of the Danish Hall. Enrollment has tripled, and the studio has recently added tap to its roster of classes. “We have students from all over Humboldt County,” said East. “The really amazing thing to me has been all of the support we have received from the community. The people in the Eel River Valley have really embraced the dance program and have helped to make its success possible.” FDA offers Creative Movement, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz/Hip Hop, and Tap. The studio features an annual field trip to a dance convention and performance, a scholarship program, and an assistant instructor apprenticeship program. FDA students have auditioned and been accepted to summer programs including Anaheim Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and California Theatre Arts in Walnut Creek. The first graduate from FDA will be receiving her bachelor of fine arts in dance from Brigham Young University this year, and FDA’s most recent graduating seniors have been accepted to universities including University of California, Irvine and Oregon State. The highlight of the year is FDA’s full-scale production performed at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka. This year’s production, “Pure Imagination,” enters the whimsical world of a child’s imagination. “It really is true that at the Dance Academy every student counts,” says East. “Our shows are very theatrical, and I incorporate the unique personalities of my students into our shows and create roles that highlight their individual talents.” “Pure Imagination” performances are June 24 and 25, 2011 at 7 pm at the Arkley Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Arkley box office in person, over the phone (4421956), or online.
LAURA EAST’S FERNDALE DANCE ACADEMY Danish Hall, Ocean Avenue Tel. 707/496-0805 www.ferndaledance.com
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Swett’s camps were located quite a number of shacks in which fishermen lived in the fall and winter during the commercial fishing season.” After the Eel was closed to commercial fishing, in the early years of the 20th century, “several old-time fishermen continued to live” in the cabins (including Harold Drinkwater, who had been a pitcher in baseball’s professional Southern Leagues for Abner Powell’s New Orleans Pelicans). Eventually, fishing aficionados from town purchased a few of the other cabins, and a campsite was established on the peninsula between Cheney Slough and the Salt River. The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, recognizing the need for a fishing campsite, leased the land from N. Pedrazzini. In April 1925, the Ferndale Chamber proposed – successfully – to the board of supervisors that the county purchase five acres of land from Joseph Walker on the west side of the Slough and three acres from N. Pedrazzini on the peninsula, on the east side of the Slough. Walker, who by then had 14 cabins on his land, agreed to “throw open a road through his ranch to connect with the campsite,” and a wooden footbridge was built between the two tracts. The Ferndale Chamber bore the expense of piping water to the campsite, and convinced the county that the purchase of the land to form Camp Weeott – at a rental of $10 a year – was a real potential money maker. A suspended wooden footbridge was built and was destroyed in a freshet …. A cable suspension bridge was then built in the early 1930s… The cabins had catchment barrels to catch rain water. The water the Chamber provided was piped from Reas Creek, with its origins in the Wildcat Mountains, into a faucet located at one end of the road, into a springloaded faucet at one end of the footbridge. Rich Losa, whose family dairy was on a farm not far from Camp Weeott, recalled that the water from the well at his family home was “…terrible. So, my mother always took a milk can down on Fridays when she went with the rest of the Catholic women to fish for Friday night dinners. My job was to fill that milk can with fresh water from those springs. I hated it! I had to hold that stupid, spring-loaded faucet while she fished!”) The cabins, having no inside plumbing, had sanitation
in the form of outhouses, many of which were located on the docks, and flushed into the slough on one side and Salt River on the other. Fishing and crabbing was the recreation; crabs were caught and cooked, within minutes, in huge pots over open fires. The best time to crab was during salmon trolling season, as described in The Enterprise, in the article by Elmo Reidy: “In those days of heavy rainfall, the only time crabs could be caught was in closed season, due to too much fresh water in the river, and the wardens were most understanding. On one day, when the crab season was closed, there were at least a dozen parties along the banks of the river from the mouth of Salt River to the mouth of the Eel, all catching and cooking crabs, while at the same time our two game wardens, both then living in Fortuna, were passing up and down trolling for salmon…” On July 24, 1932, a “beautiful, beautiful Sunday,” as Ron Smith (who was five at the time) recalls, Camp Weeott’s greatest human tragedy occurred. A launch that had been brought to the area by a local resident, Henry Calanchini (whose brother was the head of the local Bank of America for many years) capsized, resulting in the drowning death of nine of the 18
Photo courtesy of Jerry Bruga
The boat of Harold Farley, "the man who knew the river," a one-armed fishing guide who lived at Camp Weeott, early 1940s.
people who were on board, including three children. An American Legion picnic had drawn an unusually festive crowd, and Calanchini took a full load in the launch back and forth across the bar all day. Ron Smith remembers meeting each disembarking group at the dock and begging his mother (to no avail) to be allowed to go “next time.” At an inquest held in Ferndale in August, Capt. Garner Churchill of the Coast Guard, who had arrived at Camp Weeott a couple hours after the accident, said that there had been a moderate sea running off the bar, but that he would not have gone out to sea in a 28-foot power boat with 18 people aboard. (Calanchini survived; he was to drown 40 years later, when he was 77, in a boating accident at Fields Landing.) The nature of the fishing camp – modest cabins, simple boats, no inside plumbing – and the abundance of fish and crabs, as well as the general freedom to enjoy the region without oversight or regulation, created a recreation site for 30 years. A vacation spot four miles from town, it was beloved by the townspeople and the ranchers and farmers alike, and was unique in its casual social integration of the families of the original settlers with the later Swiss and Danish immigrants as well as the most recent immigrants to its post-World War I founding, the Portuguese. Until its devastation in the floods of ’55-’56, after what cabins which remained were abandoned and the peninsula was cut off from all access to the mainland. Located just four miles from town, the approximate site of Camp Weeott can be reached by taking the Valley Flower Bridge across the old Salt River at the junction of Dillon and Port Kenyon Roads. Dillon Road dead-ends at Camp Weott (sic) Road, where a Quonset hut on the left is what remains of the former rural school, the Island School. A left turn on Camp Weott Road eventually leads to another crossing at Morgan Slough; here, one takes a right turn and drives a brief distance to the Eel River. There is the dock where Slocum, a member of the Humboldt County Sheriff Department’s Search & Rescue team, and the operator of Camp Weott Guides, keeps his tour boat. A formal, guided tour is recommended; Slocum has been living on the river for 50 years, and he has studied, both in college and in life, the geography, geology, marine life, and history of the river and its environs. (Further information is available at City Hall, where his wife, Nancy Kaytis-Slocum, works as the City Clerk.) The fishing friendships that flourished until the village’s devastation in the floods of ’55-’56, after which the peninsula was cut off from the mainland and what few cabins remained (the remaining structures and the land were completely washed from sight by the flood of ’64), became the bedrock of the contemporary community of Ferndale. The memories of Camp Weeott are infused with romantic nostalgia, but the gift of its democratization still wields its powerful influence.
Photo courtesy of Ferndale Museum
Camp Weeott was divided between the mainland to the East (purchased from the Walker ranch) and the peninsula on the west (purchased from the Pedrazzinis). Cheney Slough is shown here; the Salt River ran on the west side. Photo, early 1920s, looking south.
Photo courtesy of Ferndale Museum
The first footbridge across Cheney Slough was built when the land was purchased by the county for development in 1925. Here, the correct spelling of Camp Weeott — two e's and two t's. The two story house on the east end was built by Ron Smith's grandfather, Frank Rasmussen. This wooden footbridge went out in a "freshet" and a steel-cable suspension footbridge replaced it.
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At low tide, pilings that supported the sea wall along the west side of Camp Weeott on the banks of the Salt River are all that remains of the fishing camp that once attracted throngs of fisherman, crabbers, and picnickers from around the valley.
George Waldner photo for The Ferndale Enterprise
Among the debris of the 1955 flood, a cabin and the remains of the cable suspension footbridge that connected the east and west sides of Camp Weeott. The site was abandoned after the disaster, and was completely washed to sea in the flood of 1964.
Wendy Lestina, who writes a weekly column, “From the Back Pew,” for The Enterprise, is also the director of “The Lost Village of Camp Weeott,” a documentary film produced for the Ferndale Museum. For more information about, or to subscribe to The Enterprise, go to www.ferndaleenterprise.us. For more information about the Ferndale Museum, go to www.ferndalemuseum.org
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Times Remembered: a step back in time
Step back in time to the classic elegance of a Victorian-era gift shop at 431 Main Street in a building that has been a meeting hall, variety store, grocery, bowling alley and shopping arcade. Today you will find Times Remembered, a delightful gift shop and toy store in a richly-appointed setting filled with items to delight every family member, regardless of age. The Times Remembered building was constructed in 1875 for $3,800 as the first Masonic Hall. It was purchased by the Odd Fellows in 1890 and received the "I.O.O.F" letters on the facade that it bears to this day. Inside, shop owner Nancy Zimmerman adds olde-time flair with a treasure trove of gifts, including a wide assortment of teapots, tea-forones, vases, colorful umbrellas, decorative gifts, ornaments and collectibles. Nancy also showcases creations by local artisans such as Victorian home cross-stitch patterns (Nancy Spruance), jewelry (Araxa), sawblade art (Roger Bradley), local photography (Dan Tubbs, Jr.), and much, much more! Times Remembered carries a variety of specialty cards and board games, jigsaw puzzles for all ages, old-time toys, and an expanded selection of children’s books. Stop in and check out their selection of fun and educational items. Remember the toys you played with as a toddler or young child? You’ll find them at Times Remembered. Visit Times Remembered in the I.O.O.F. building to bring back happy memories and to make some new ones!
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Times Remembered can be found in the I.O.O.F. building.
TIMES REMEMBERED Tel. 707/786-9500 email@example.com 431 Main Street (next to the theatre)
Ferndale home to new Asian Bistro and Tea Room
“We don’t always see eye to eye, but come and share a pot of tea with me.” That haiku is not only at the bottom of Ferndale’s newest restaurant’s menu, but it’s also a philosophy embraced by its owners. “It’s kind of what Ferndale is all about,” said chef Jeff Sesar, formerly of the Ferndale’s VI Restaurant and Trinidad’s Moonstone Grill, as he took a break from preparing fresh ingredients for the night’s meal offerings. Sesar, who has called Ferndale home for two years and hopes to “retire and die here,” loves the vibrancy of the community and the diverse points of view. That diversity is reflected in the menu of Sesar’s new endeavor, the Lotus Asian Bistro and Tea Room. Along with partners Mike and Amber Meltzer (Mike also of the VI and Fortuna’s Parlato’s), the trio opened the doors to the new eatery, located at 619 Main Street in the former Perfect Palate location, in April, 2011. “Young and old, all classes, all budgets,” said Sesar, noting that everything on the menu is under $15. “Asian food allows that but at the same time I can offer fresh high-end ingredients such as duck and ahi tuna.” Meltzer and Sesar say that the plates offered are encouraged to be enjoyed family-style with patrons sharing items and getting a taste of “a lot of things. “We want people to have fun with it,” he said. “It’s casual upscale with a lot of flavors, but, frankly, you’re not going to go broke in the process.” From hoisin and plumbraised pork belly ($13) and cherry-glazed boneless beef short ribs ($14) to green scallion pancake with pulled-roasted duck and Asian slaw ($14), the menu is diverse. The ten specialty plates, including those listed above, feature shrimp, salmon, tempura and chicken dishes. The five noodle bowl offerings range from thai marinated sliced steak lo mein ($13) to garden vegetable and tofu pad thai ($10). (You can substitute pork, chicken, steak or shrimp in place of the tofu for $13.) For a lighter fare, salads and soups are available. Choose from selections such as baby bok choy and spinach with green papaya, dried apple, water chestnuts and toasted almond salad, all tossed with a raspberry mango dressing ($7). Desserts include green tea and pistachio ice cream ($6) as well as coconut sweet rice and mango spring rolls with raspberry and vanilla sauce ($7). As for libations, beer and wine are available. Local breweries such as Lost Coast and Eel River are featured as is Ferndale’s own Frog Alley winery. Keeping with the Asian theme, the range of sake and sake infusion drinks is tempting. For those not wishing to indulge, freshbrewed loose teas are available in a 16-ounce single pot. Chef Sesar described his menu as “very approachable, very Ferndale. “The cashew chicken, for instance — I took the traditional recipe and lightened it up,” he said, adding that he does not use MSG. “It’s not the heavy dish you would find at a Chinese restaurant.” As for local meat lovers, Meltzer noted the braised pork belly and short ribs. “I can already see some guys smackin’ that down,” he said. “We didn’t want to leave out any part of the eating public,” added Sesar. As for the interior of the restaurant, its soft green walls, black woodwork and black furniture with chairs for 42 seem to naturally lend themselves to an Asian setting. Art by Ferndale’s Willa Briggs adorns the wall and soft pale curtains soften the edges of the intimate setting. Lotus Asian Bistro is open for dinner Fridays through Tuesdays from 4 to 9 pm. It is available for private parties. Take-out orders are accepted and the trio promise that phone orders will be available in about 20 minutes. The Lotus Asian Bistro is located adjacent to the Ferndale Pizza Company on Main Street.
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LOTUS ASIAN BISTRO & TEA ROOM
Tel. 707/786-4900. 619 Main Street
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Lotus Asian Bistro and Tea Room owners, from the left, Jeff Sesar, Mike and Amber Meltzer.
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All aglow at Golden Bee Candleworks, where you’ll find handcrafted candles and honeybee skin care products
Step into the Golden Bee Candleworks for a natural treat for the senses. All our candles are hand-crafted here in the Ferndale valley using only the finest pure beeswax and non-toxic cotton wicking. The honey aroma from our candles elicits very appreciative comments from our customers. With well over 100 unique candle varieties there is sure to be a candle to suit just about everyone. We also offer many styles of candleholders, accessories and a full line of honeybee skin care products. Golden Bee is truly a local family-run business, and Ann and Brian Barbata would like to thank our customers for making our business such a success. Pure beeswax candles have been highly regarded for their purity and unusually long-burning time, for centuries. Burning with a bright yellow soot-free flame, there is no wax that burns cleaner. An added bonus is that pure beeswax candles burn much longer than other candles. We are proud to offer these fine handcrafted candles at a reasonable price. We are located on Main Street in the heart of Ferndale next to the Ferndale Repertory Theatre. Our new expanded summer hours are 10-5 seven days a week. So, please feel free to come in and say hello and take a look around.
GOLDEN BEE CANDLEWORKS 451 Main Street Tel. 707/786-4508
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The aroma of honey is wonderful when one enters Golden Bee Candleworks.
Ferndale’s Rose Cottage Studios is new again!
Built in 1894, the Dan A. Branstetter Building began as a barbershop, a business that persisted under five different owners. Over the years it has undergone many changes. During the Roaring Twenties, a variety store occupied the upstairs. In 1947 the façade was significantly altered. The building has been a beauty salon, dress shop, television /appliance repair, and, more recently, an artist’s shop and classroom, Valley Arts. Rose Cottage Studios was already on Main Street when 385 became available. The building offered Rose Cottage proprietor Marilyn Cowan room to display Courtesy photo more antiques and Find a comfortable setting at Rose Cottage Studios, as well add a café area in the as an array of classes in the art of fine crafts. back. She remodeled the interior extensively, reopening her shop in 2006. There she developed a loyal following for her French-pressed coffee and fresh baked goods. This was perhaps the first time the Branstetter had housed an eatery. In January of 2011 Cowan decided to reinvent Rose Cottage Studios once more. She moved the eating area to the front of the shop, where guests will find it warm and cozy. A comfy sofa and chair invite visitors to stop for a relaxing cup of tea or to read a good book. Although the daily menu is limited, anything you eat at the Rose Café will be fresh and memorable. According to Cowan, "Many long time customers call ahead to see if I will make their favorite on the day they plan to be here." She is famous for her chicken salad, turkey burgers and all manner of homemade desserts, especially bread pudding with bourbon sauce. Drink selections include Frenchpressed coffee, hot and iced tea, lemonade and delectable hot chocolate. Humboldt’s natural wonders can be far from eateries; Rose Café picnic lunches may be ordered ahead for country jaunts. Also a popular place for group get-togethers, the café often hosts birthday parties, baby showers or gatherings of ladies in Red Hats. By eliminating large antique pieces Cowan was able to establish the studio behind the café. There she hosts an array of classes in the art of fine crafts, evenings and Saturday afternoons. Cowan specializes in repurposing vintage lace, linen, ribbon and millinery flowers as well as custom lampshade making. Other talented instructors teach stitchery, crocheting, sewing, needle felting and more. Says Cowan, “I'm always on the lookout for people who can offer topnotch instruction. So many disciplines are being lost today; I hope my little corner of the world can help preserve some fine crafting techniques so that they can continue into the next generation.” Rose Cottage Studios classes are offered by advance registration. Rose Café is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 1:30 pm, with brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment or reservation. Menus and class listings are updated frequently online at RoseCottageStudios.com.
ROSE COTTAGE STUDIOS 385 Main Street Tel. 707/786-4880 RoseCottageStudios.com
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There’s more to explore ...
For an exciting ride try “The Wildcat”
Thirty miles of twists, turns and dips
One long block west of the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Avenue stands an iron sign on two tall wooden posts, proclaiming "Cape Town — Petrolia." The sign stands next to what looks like a country lane meandering in from the left. But this is no country lane; it's the beginning of "The Wildcat" — 30 miles of twists, turns, dips and rises and some of the most spectacular ocean scenery in America. The Wildcat had its beginning well over a century ago as a trail across the big cattle and sheep ranches that cover the coastal hills, peaks and valleys between Ferndale and the Bear and Mattole Valleys. Then, in the 1880s, Chinese workers — originally brought to this country to build railroads throughout the West — carved a narrow track out of the sand hills above Ferndale to make a road for stagecoaches and wagons. The country lane aspect of The Wildcat evaporates soon after you have turned onto it. You climb quickly around numerous curves under the sandstone cliffs that were once the bed of the ocean. From there you continue to climb for five miles through dense Douglas fir forests (but with occasional views of the highest Coast Range peaks some 50 miles to the east). You reach a crest of sorts where Bunker Hill Road comes in from the left, then you wind your way downward toward Bear River and Capetown. If you've been in the fog coming up, you'll be looking down on white billows of clouds at this point. Or, if it's a clear day, you'll see the Pacific Ocean in the distance. You pass ranch after ranch on windswept ridge tops and moors; they have such names as Spicy Breezes, Mazeppa, Cape Ranch, Dublin Heights and Ocean House. At Capetown, whose oneroom school house (now in disrepair) was the last one to close in Humboldt County (about 40 years ago), you cross the Bear River and begin climbing again. On top of the next cluster of mountain tops you suddenly look out — and down — at the vastding gowns, leather goods, books, an extensive photograph collection, dolls, china and crystal. Newspapers dating back to 1874 are kept on microfilm for public research. Boasting a volunteer crew of over 75 people, the museum is supported by the generosity of volunteer, community and visitor donations. The museum is located one block off Main Street at the corner of Shaw Avenue and Third Street. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm. We are closed on Tuesday from October through May. We are also ness of the Pacific, its rows of breakers methodically rolling in toward shore as far south as you can see. As you descend toward sea level, off to the right is a Gibraltar-size rock just offshore from Cape Mendocino — the farthest western point in the contiguous 48 states. It looks just as it must have when the Spanish explorer Vizcaino and his crew spotted it nearly 400 years ago. Crossing a small creek, you pass Ocean House, the only residence you will see along this 10-mile stretch of coast. Offshore, on a bright day, chances are you'll spot several windsurfers maneuvering their boards not far from a large rock that, in silhouette, looks as if it must be the ghost of Admiral Dewey's flagship. A few miles farther south, the road winds up McNutt Gulch to gentle farmland, ending at Petrolia, near the site of California's first drilled oil wells (1864). Just beyond the village is the wild, undammed Mattole River, now undergoing watershed restoration to rebuild stocks of trout, steelhead and salmon. Just across the river, turn right on Lighthouse Road and follow it five miles to its terminus behind the dunes of Mattole Beach. The Bureau of Land Management maintains the beach and the vast King Range Conservation Area that covers 66,000 acres of the Coast Range from this point south for 30 miles. Stop for lunch in Petrolia or buy supplies for a picnic at the beach. If you stay overnight, consider a hike the next day to the decommissioned lighthouse at Punta Gorda, three miles down the beach from the Mattole Beach parking lot. Caution: even on warm days, the wind blows briskly, so dress accordingly. And, the ocean, while beautiful to see, is too cold and the riptides too strong for bathing. Beach strolling is another matter. The mouth of the Mattole — a trickle over the sand dunes in summer — is about halfa-mile north of the parking lot. The summer dunes hold a large lagoon with many shore birds. Or, if tea beckons back in Ferndale, you can let The Wildcat take your breath away twice in one day by returning after your sojourn in Petrolia and the Mattole Valley.
Photo courtesy of the Hannafords
Fern Cottage is located just outside of Ferndale, toward the beach on Centerville Road.
Fern Cottage showcases early Victorian life; historic home just a few minutes from town
From its facade, Fern Cottage looks like a cozy Victorian English house. Walk around it, however, and you will see a rambling 31-room home built in three phases by Humboldt County pioneers Joseph and Zipporah Russ for their large family. One of the few homes in California owned and occupied by the same family for over a century, Fern Cottage is on the National Register of Historic Places. Please call 707/786-4835 for tour and event information. Inside, Fern Cottage today looks much as it did after the original section was built in 1866. The second section was added in 1878; the third in 1897. Originally, Fern Cottage had eight rooms, but as the family grew, more and more were needed (the Russes had 13 children in all). well Though appointed, Fern Cottage was not a mansion but a working farmhouse for this large family, and it was the nerve center of the extensive Russ enterprises: 50,000 acres of ranches (26 in all) for dairy and beef cattle and sheep; timber, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, a chain of meat markets, a general store in Ferndale, and a bank. Located on green dairy pastures that line the banks of the Eel River, Fern Cottage sits on a site selected by Zipporah Russ. One day, riding across this rise, she said to her husband, "This is where I would like to have our house." Joseph Russ had sailed around the Horn from Maine, arriving in San Francisco in March 1850. Zipporah Patrick, at age 14, accompanied her family from Pennsylvania in a covered wagon in 1852. They were married in December 1854. For years Fern Cottage resounded with the laughter of children. The youngest to live to adulthood, Bertha Russ Lytel, was born in the house and was the last to live there. She died in 1972 at age 98. Fern Cottage today is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Fern Cottage Foundation. Joseph Russ became active in public affairs and was elected to the California State Assembly three times. He was in the midst of his third term in 1886 when he died. At that time he was under consideration to become the Republican Party’s nominee for governor. A visit to Fern Cottage and its two-and-a-half acres of gardens will give you a taste of life in the latter half of the 19th century. The furniture and furnishings include those that Zipporah and Joseph Russ themselves chose for their home. Others were added over time, including some choice “Craftsman” pieces from the workshops of Gustav Stickley. Beautifully-preserved period gowns of Mrs. Russ and her daughters are displayed in several rooms of the house. There are two newlyrestored rooms this year. The Toy Room, with an array of toys from the 1870s through the 1940s is now on display on the second floor. Farther along on that floor is Mrs. Russ’s Companion’s Room. During her final years, in the 1920s, Mrs. Russ had a livein companion. That lady's room was just off Mrs. Russ’s dressing room and has now been fully restored. Fern Cottage has many surprises for the modern visitor and tells a vivid story of American enterprise and the building of the young state of California.
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Redwood Memorial Hospital has been serving the health care needs of the Eel River Valley for over 50 years. Our holistic, patientcentered care philosophy--the Journey--reﬂects our belief that treating the patient’s mind, body, and spirit (holism) and keeping the patient’s needs at the forefront of all decisions (patient-centered) results in more rapid healing and a more positive experience for the patient.
Our hospital features: • State-of-the-art surgery wing • Radiology Department that offers a 32-Slice CT scanner as well as radiology, ultrasound, digital mammography and bone density services • 24/7 Emergency Services • Critical Care Unit • Telemedicine Robot • Outpatient Rehabilitation services Comprehensive services include: • Inpatient and outpatient laboratory • Surgery services with endoscopy • Pain treatment • Intensive care • Medical/Surgical • Women’s and Children’s services in the New Beginnings Maternity Center • Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy • Cardiopulmonary services • Pharmacy
FERN COTTAGE 2 1 2 1 Ce n t e r v i l l e R o a d , three miles west of Ferndale. 707/786-4835 www.ferncottage.org
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dale and the lower Eel River Valley’s past. The Joe McIntosh annex houses a complete working blacksmith shop, fishing, logging, farm and dairy equipment (powdered milk was invented in Ferndale), a cross-section of a 1,237-year-old redwood tree, a huge solid 6’ x 12’ x 3” redwood board, and other vintage tools and equipment. Artifacts are stored in a humidity-controlled storage room, where the temperature is maintained between 68 and 70 degrees. Approved museum methods are used to preserve old clothes, including wed-
closed the month of January to change exhibits. If you like Ferndale, you’ll love the museum.
THE FERNDALE MUSEUM 515 Shaw Ave. P.O. Box 431 Tel. 707/786-4466 museum@ ferndale-museum.org
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Planning a wedding or special event? Ferndale’s Terry’s Garden offers more than just a spectacular location
Just minutes from downtown Ferndale is one of the Eel River Valley’s most beautiful and premier venues for every occasion. Terry’s Garden is a private estate located in the historical Ferndale valley, offering a bountiful and lush garden setting within the countryside. One can view wildlife and local cattle grazing from every view. Flora and fauna grace the grounds with vintage stone pathways leading to gardens and terraces. Ranch, Barber named after the pioneer Barber family, as it was originally known, was established in the 1880s in the Grizzly Bluff area of Ferndale. Prior to purchase by Herbert and Terry Russ in 1946, it was a working dairy farm. The ranch was then used for sheep pasture and a small dairy was operated by the present lease holder at time of purchase. Eventually the ranch began to be used for a beef cow and calf operation. After Terry's passing in June 2002, a few weddings were held on the grounds and it became an established wedding and reception venue in the summer of 2009. Ferndale’s Cafe Main Street (see page eight) and Michelle Miller Fine Catering are proud to provide exclusive catering options for private functions. Terry’s Garden is the perfect venue for your next wedding, corporate event, private party, fundraiser or photo/media event. Free parking, suites for the bridal party to get ready, restrooms and event planning are also offered. Contact Terry’s Garden and they’ll be happy to discuss your event needs and handle everything from your initial consultation all the way through to event clean-up! What could be easier?
70 0 P r i c e C r e e k Sc h o o l Road Tel. 707/267-5646
Terry’s Garden is located just minutes from downtown Ferndale and offers a bountiful and lush garden setting within the countryside.
Over the years, The Enterprise has changed owners 14 times. The longest-running ownerships were those of Herbert N. Briggs (1901-10, in partnership with William E. Butler and 1910-32 as sole owner); and George and Hazel Waldner (193980). Elizabeth Poston McHarry, owner/publisher from 1982, sold The Enterprise to TSM Publishing, Inc. in October 1995. In October 1998, the paper was sold to Editor Caroline Titus, who had edited and contributed to the paper for seven years prior. Titus has been an award-winning television, radio and newspaper journalist for more than 28 years and, for the past three years, has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, inspiring future journalists to consider community journalism as a career choice. The Enterprise is also a participant in the Stanford Rebele Internship program, hiring Stanford students to work for the paper over their summer breaks. Now, as it celebrates its birthday, Ferndale's hometown newspaper has more than 1,400 subscribers, an average of 3,500 to 4,000 readers each week, and subscribers in 28 states besides California. In 1997, for the first time since Hazel Waldner announced the end of World War II with a handprinted red banner headline, The Enterprise won a statewide newspaper competition. Since then its winning streak continues, with a total of 30 state and national awards gracing the office wall. Last year, The Enterprise brought home four National Newspaper Association awards, including three first places for its reporting and a first place for an editorial cartoon, penned by staff editorial cartoonist Jack Mays. Drop by and see us while you are in Ferndale. You won't find a green eyeshade or any printer's ink anywhere, but you will find a friendly staff and maybe a fresh cup of coffee. We hope you enjoy our Souvenir Edition and take it home to remind you of your visit to the Ferndale area. Better yet, bring Ferndale to your home every week of the year with a subscription. (Fifty-two issues for $50.) Order your subscription at our office or send a check to P.O. Box 1066, Ferndale, California 95536. You can also subscribe online at ferndaleenterprise.us.
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could succeed financially. Within a few months, the brothers had Jones removed any lingering doubts by engaging sales agents in Eureka, Rohnerville, Petrolia — even Sacramento and San Francisco. In 1880, the Reverend Jones left the Methodist Church, and his sons moved with the family. This caused them to sell the newspaper to F.A. Alford, a physician.
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Planning a picnic? Stop by the Loleta Cheese Factory for all the fixin’s
It’s the cheese that counts at Loleta Cheese Factory in Loleta, just across the Eel River from Ferndale. Bob and Carol Laffranchi founded Loleta Cheese Factory in 1982 in the small town of Loleta. The idea started with Bob when he was teaching agriculture education at Eureka High School. He began to lead his dairy class students through the maze of cheesemaking, and the rest, as they say, is history. Bob and Carol decided cheesemaking was what they wanted to do with their lives, that is, manufacturing superior quality cheese, and in the process, contribute to the economy of Humboldt County. They are located in the 1919 Bertsch building, which they bought and remodeled as a factory. As a family-run business, Loleta Cheese is dedicated to the production of great-tasting cheese. Loleta Cheese is made in small batches using traditional recipes to ensure old-fashioned flavor, making over 2.6 million pounds of cheese a year. Their medal-winning cheeses, 38 varieties, are noted for having a rich creamy taste and a smooth natural texture. In 1995, Loleta Cheese became the first cheese factory in California to make organic cheese. Today they produce a variety of four different organic cheeses. The cheese factory has developed a following for its varieties of flavored cheddar and jack cheeses. A few favorites include smoked salmon cheddar, jalapeno cheddar, garlic jalapeno jack, havarti with herbs and spice, garden jack, and hickory-smoked jack. A fun part of a visit to Loleta Cheese Factory is the treat of watching cheese being made and tasting all the varieties. As an additional attraction, Loleta Cheese has created a beautiful garden for visitors to enjoy all year round. To get to the Loleta Cheese Factory, take the Loleta Drive off-ramp
Fill your picnic basket with local cheese and other delicious local food items at the Loleta Cheese Factory — just a short drive from Ferndale. from 101 and follow the THE LOLETA CHEESE right on Loleta Drive.) Tel. 707/733-5470 curves. The factory is FACTORY open daily from 9 am to 5 252 Loleta Drive, Loleta Toll-free: 1-800-995-0453 pm. Visit us online for (Head back out of Fern- Fax: 707/733-1872 dale, left over the bridge, email@example.com more information. l eft on E el Ri ve r Drive, www.loletacheese.com
allowed 13 of his drawings to be made into prints, with all the proceeds from the limited-edition signed prints to go to a new foundation Mays and his friends organized. The “Amaysing Grace” Foundation, to date, has raised more than $40,000, and its sole purpose is to help Ferndale families who must travel outside of Humboldt County for needed medical care for their children. An assortment of the benefit prints is still available and can be viewed at The Ferndale Enterprise office or by logging into the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce website: victorianferndale.com.
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benevolence. In early 2007, the result of Mays’ two decades worth of drawing for the first time was shown to the public. Mays, now 72, decided to hold “a one
and only” art show of more than 200 unique drawings of Ferndale after he was diagnosed in 2004 with terminal kidney cancer. Shortly after his diagnosis, the community of Ferndale held a benefit dinner for Mays, and organizers auctioned off more than 100 of his “Jack’s Corner” cartoons
— a feature he draws weekly for the town’s newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise. More than two years later, and still feeling healthy, Mays decided to give back to the community that he credits for “nursing” him back to health. Along with his first-time show, Mays
JACK MAYS PRINTS av a i l a b le a t 6 0 0 M a i n S t r e et ( T h e F e r n d a l e Enterprise) Tel. 707/786-4611 ferndaleenterprise.us
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visualizing what is next for our historic theatre. You are invited to donate to our “Marquee Fund” located in the ticket booth outside the theatre. Theatres traditionally boast of their resident ghosts—the shades of actors who were simply unable to leave behind the magic that is theatre. The rep is no different. Affectionately known as Bertha, this guardian angel trods the boards after the final curtain, when the lights have gone to black, the applause has
faded and the patrons and cast returned home to their other lives. Rumors abound of misplaced props, out-of-place set pieces and unexplained shadows in dusty corners. Whether Bertha exists only in creative imaginations or whether she is truly a presence from the past is yet to be determined, but one thing is certain: the rep has its share of guardian angels. Hundreds of Humboldt County merchants and thousands of individuals have donated to the rep over the years to help ensure that the magic will continue. Making magic is not
livestock facilities include 200 horse stalls, as well as the largest covered arena north of Santa Rosa. The arena hosts everything from pleasure riding, horse shows and packing clinics, to high school rodeos and team roping competitions. And for guests traveling to Ferndale for a day or two of rest and relaxation, the fair's R.V. facilities include 90 hook-ups that provide water, electricity and access to a lift station, all within hearing distance of the Pacific Ocean to the west, walking distance from downtown Ferndale and with a view of the Wildcat Mountains to the south. The annual Humboldt County Fair in August is the largest public event in the area. The 11-day event is a classic representation of what a county fair is all about, including carnival rides and games, fairtime food, commercial and competitive exhibits, livestock shows and auctions and featured entertainment. The highlight of the fair, however, is the eight day live horse racing program, which draws people from
easy. The illusion does not come without its stresses and disappointments, but the successes so far outweigh the failures, that this thing we call “theatre” is eternal. It began 4,000 years ago and will be a part of our cultural heritage as long as we call ourselves “civilized.” The Rep will be eternal as long as there are dreams to be dreamt, tears to be cried, and laughter to resound from the aging rafters. So, how is it that the rep has succeeded to survive the vagaries of economy and changes in taste when others have failed to do the same? In the 39 years that
throughout Humboldt County and northern California. Racing is conducted on California's only half-mile track and features Thoroughbred, Arabian, quarter horses and even mules. In addition to the live races, the Association also utilizes satellite technology to "import" races from Saratoga, Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields and Santa Rosa, providing fair patrons the opportunity to wager on over 50 races a day. Ferndale's racing program is provided similar access to the satellite network, with local races being broadcast to 30 offtrack wagering facilities throughout California and to dozens of other facilities across the United States. The 2011 Humboldt County Fair is scheduled for August 11-21. Join us as we experience the “Biggest Little Fair in the West.”
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the rep has been a mainstay on Main Street in Ferndale, more than 25,000 dedicated directors, actors, designers, technicians, builders, stage crew, ushers, box office personnel, and volunteers from every walk of life have called The Rep home. Most have returned again and again to share their talent, their passion and, most importantly, their time, in the creation of works of art that endure only in the memories of those who have participated and created it. Unlike a painting or sculpture, theatre is transitory. When the curtain falls on the final performance and the applause has faded, what
is left is simply the knowledge that hundreds of our neighbors and visitors have been touched in some way by what we have done. And so, we move on and the process begins again. The stage is the artist’s canvas and the company creates its magic again and again, year after year. Those who are truly passionate about their participation in the performing arts often find it difficult to articulate why they will so readily devote hundreds—thousands!— of hours to the process— but on behalf of artists and patrons the world over, we thank them for their passion. It enriches our lives beyond measure. The soul of a coma need for a route that was more dependable than the tidal beach near Centerville. In July 1879, a trail was blazed over these steep and rugged hills, which later became a wagon road with the appropriate name, the “Wildcat.” It is still the principal route to the Bear River and Mattole areas. In May 1878, Ferndale had a newspaper. The next year, Roberts Hall, complete with a rostrum, was finished. A census, which presumably included Centerville and Port Kenyon together with Ferndale, reported: 1,050 native born; 90 from Denmark; 111 from Switzerland; 72 from Germany; 34 from Nova Scotia (Blue Noses) and 34 from Canada (not Nova Scotia). Probably the first to come in any number were the Swiss. The Italians were among the later arrivals — at the turn of the century. The Portuguese began arriving after 1900, mostly from the Azores and a few from the mainland. Like the Italians, the Portuguese brought their culture with them. By 1884, Ferndale was organizing a fire department. By 1893, it was voting (89 to 47) to incorporate. Jumping ahead to the winter of 1955, disastrous floods shook the area. Before World War II, only redwood and tanbark had been harvested. But after 1945, Douglas fir and other conifers were ruthlessly harvested.
munity is measured by its interest in and support of the arts. Ferndale has a lot of soul. Give the theatre a call, or stop by and say “hello”—the rep staff will be pleased to show you around the old girl or make reservations for one of our many productions.
THE FERNDALE REPERTORY THEATRE 447 Main Street, Ferndale Tel. 707/786-5483 Production office 707/786-5484 ferndale-rep.org
includes year-round rental of buildings and facilities and the production of the annual 11day county fair. In maintaining its status as a “good old fashioned” county fair, the Association derives nearly 60% of its operating revenues from its horse racing program. Assets managed by the Association include an array of features, all of which add handsomely to Ferndale's unique characteristics. The 15,000 square foot Belotti Hall, which includes a newly renovated commercial kitchen, serves as the primary event center in town, hosting weddings, receptions, graduations, shows, exhibits, entertainment events, banquets and more. C.J.'s Turf Club is a banquet facility with kitchen, perfect for events of smaller proportions, such as family reunions, birthday parties, pancake breakfasts and service club meetings. The Association's
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T HE H U M B O L DT COUNTY FAIR 1250 Fifth Street, Ferndale Tel. 707/786-9511 oFax 707/786-9450 humboldtcountyfair.org
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As time went on, one of their visitors was Seth Kinman, later a famous hunter, trapper and acquaintance of two U. S. presidents, as well as barkeep at Table Bluff. In 1853, Ferndale held its first election, where else but in the Shaw cabin, and 21 voters cast ballots. Obviously, the community had grown. In 1854, Shaw had underway a larger house which, in 1859, became Ferndale’s first post office and in 1863, a stopping place for travelers. Shaw was made Ferndale’s first justice of the peace. On July 12, 1862, a weekly mail service was established. Charles Bryant undertook to carry the mail between Ferndale and Eureka each Saturday. Centerville, just five miles west of Ferndale, had been a center of activity for the southwest part of the Eel River Valley. It could be reached by a long slough navigable by small or flat-bottomed boats from the Eel River. Between 1852 and around 1870, the Eel River Valley was such a mass of trees and willow brush, the only practical route south was in this direction, all of which made Centerville a vital center. At first, a good part of Ferndale’s acitvity was from the ranches and dairies in the coastal hills to the south. That created
In the absence of an adequate forest management plan, there were clogged streams, unprotected drainage slopes, and in the winter of 1955, the worst flood in Humboldt’s history. The ranchers in the valley had only partly recovered in 1964 when an even worse flood hit. I remember that along Van Ness Avenue in Ferndale, there was flood water next to the higher pavement of the road on the north side, but no water had yet gotten into the fairgrounds. Although Ferndale had been spared, it had become a ghost town. The dairy ranchers who supported the town had been all but ruined. Store after store was empty. Buildings were for sale for almost nothing. The old Red Front Store, now Abraxas, sold for less than $1,000! But Ferndale recovered. Within a few years, buildings went for $10,000 to $12,000. Artists discovered the town and the available space. (Ed.’s note: Viola Russ McBride (1906-96) was a writer and artist who lived in Ferndale virtually all her life. She was also a well-known rancher, logger, mother of three and all-out supporter of Main Street and the artists in our community. A plaque, next to the city parking lot on Main Street, commemorates her contributions to Ferndale.)
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FOGGY BOTTOMS YARNS FARMER’S DAUGHTER FERNDALE CLOTHING COMPANY
ENVY HAIR SALON
G&G YOGURT THE GALLERY
Ferndale offers many sights to visitors up and down Main Street. Not only are there interesting shops, restaurants and bed and breakfasts, visitors also can see stately Victorians, exemplary of an important architectural period in American history. The sights extend beyond Ferndale, too. And as you can see from our “Excursions” page, there’s the Pacific Ocean along Centerville Beach and the hamlets of Fernbridge, Loleta, Eureka and Fortuna across the Fernbridge. We hope you enjoy our city and its environs as much as we enjoy having you visit.
LITTLE SHOP IN THE MIDDLE
GAZEBO ANNEX GAZEBO OF FERNDALE
INLIGHT FITNESS LOST COAST BAKERY & CAFE
Arts & Antiques on display or for sale at many Ferndale venues and specialty shops. Day Spa: Stylists at several Ferndale venues, plus facials, pedicures, etc. at Like Nobody Else, aestheticians at Victorian Bath & Body, massage therapist at Heart & Soul. Farmers’ Market (certified) 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. thru October. Main & Shaw Sts. Fern Cottage (historic home) Four-person group tours by appointment. 707-786-4835 Ferndale Cemetery (pioneer cemetery) Historic markers dating back to the 1800s. Eel River Valley and ocean views. A surprisingly popular attraction! Ferndale Library (a Carnegie library built on Main Street in 1910) Open Tues./Wed./Thurs./ Sat. 12-5; Fri. 12-4; Tues./Thurs. 7-9 p.m. 807 Main St. 707-786-9559 Ferndale Museum (historical settings & equipment) Open Wed.-Sat. 11-4, Sun. 1-4. June-Sept. also open Tues., 11-4. Shaw & Third Sts. 707-786-4466 Ferndale Repertory Theatre (community theatre) 447 Main St. 707-786-5483 Fitness: InLight Fitness on Main, 707-786-7027; Ferndale’s Exercise Place on Milton. Historical Vignette Photo Portraiture - Aesthetic Design & Photo. 707-786-4643 Kinetic Sculpture Museum (people-powered structures from races past) Open 10-5. Loleta Cheese Company - View the cheese-making process and sample award-winning cheeses daily, 9-5. Located at 252 Loleta Dr., just north on Highway 101. Surrey on the Fringe: Two- or four-person pedaled surreys for hire, Wed.-Mon., noon-6, May to October, plus festivals, events, or by appointment. 580 Main St. 707-672-5564 Victorian Village Self-Guided Walking & Driving Tours (heritage) See tour maps on this page. (Call 707-786-4466 well in advance for group tours with a local volunteer.) Audubon Bird News Hotline (recorded message) 707-826-7031 Avenue of the Giants (Bicycle, drive, walk, camp) 33-mile scenic route running parallel to Highway 101 through Humboldt Redwoods State Park (52,000 acres, including more than 17,000 acres of ancient, old-growth, coast redwood forest) from just south of Scotia to just north of Garberville. 707-946-2409, ext. 4 Centerville Beach (unsupervised, no facilities) Right from Main onto Ocean. 5 mi. west. Eel River Delta (boat tours by appointment) Call 707-786-4187 or 786-4904 Up to 2-hour fauna/flora tour begins one hour before high tide. Firemen’s Park (Bocce courts, picnic area, playground, ball fields) Main & Berding Sts. Fishing (Fish Phone recorded message) Details on where they’re biting. 707-444-8041 Headwaters Forest Reserve - Hike ancient, old-growth, redwood forest. Elk River Rd. exit off Highway 101N, right onto Elk River Rd. six miles to the Reserve parking area. Humboldt Bay (Eel River) Wildlife Refuge (unsupervised) Take the Hookton Road exit from Highway 101 north and follow it 5 miles west. Humboldt County Fairgrounds & Cape Mendocino Lighthouse - (Don’t miss the cow graves at the Red Barn) Fifth St. between Van Ness and Arlington. 707-786-9511 Lost Coast (not for RVs) Take the Wildcat from Ocean Ave. to Petrolia, Capetown, Honeydew to loop through the redwoods to Hwy 101, or continue to Shelter Cove! Pheasant Hunts & Guided Photo Hikes (hikes, photo shoots & hunts on some of the best nature trails in the county) Northcoast Outfitters 707-733-5613 Russ Park (wilderness trails, bird sanctuary) Volunteers maintain 3+ miles of hiking trails in 110 acres of closed-canopy forest. Dawn to dusk. Left from Main onto Ocean past cemetery to gravel parking lot.
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VICTORIAN BATH & BODY
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P arks, N atu re, O u tdoors
FERNDALE ART GALLERY ITSY BITSY QUILT SHOP
SURREY ON THE FRINGE
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See “Ferndale Festivities” inside for a listing of our special events.
“California’s best-preserved s V icto ria n V illa g e”
(Jerry Hulse, L.A. Times Travel Editor)
Ferndale, CA 95536 Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
FERNDALE EXERCISE PLACE
Visit the Victorian Village on-line at VictorianFerndale.com
PO Box 325
Phone/FAX (707) 786-4477
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