Blue Lake Notes: the peaceable hamlet seethes with jolly activities

Another sunny day in Blue Lake is another opportunity to come out and experience all we have to offer.

Summer is the best time for Blue Lake, and we have had our share of amazing opportunities with Annie and Mary Day and Humboldt Folklife Festival just a few short weeks ago, and Blue Lake Paint Night at Jewell Distillery and the first Pastel’s in the Park just last week!

So, what’s coming up this week? I’m so glad you asked!

As we wind down the summer, we have the opportunity to look forward to Lawnstock at Perigot Park. This is the 2nd year that Lawnstock has been held at Perigot Park. Lawnstock is a special benefit for a person or family in need of some assistance.

This year’s beneficiary is a 6-year old child named Marcelo Baker who was severely injured in a motor vehicle collision in 2014. Admission is only $15 (children under 12 are free!) and this gets you in for live music and vendors! Plus, there will be raffles, silent auction, and a possible visit from the Cal-Ore Helicopter!

And just around the corner is the annual Buddy Brown Blues Festival at Perigot Park. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on that, but mark those calendars for Saturday, Aug. 4 to enjoy some homegrown acoustic and electric blues. .

For all the locals, don’t forget some of our special and favorite weekly and monthly happenings, like Coffee Club every week on Fridays from 7 to 10 a.m. and the monthly free produce give away offered in the City Hall parking lot thanks to Food for People and the Blue Lake Community Resource Center on every fourth Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – that means it’s coming up this Thursday, July 26.

There is also the Logger Bar, open daily from noon to 2 a.m. (and sometimes there is a farmers’ market during happy hour on Fridays) as well as Jewell Distillery, home of award winning gin.

Jewell Distillery is open every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and they are located off Monda Way, which is off of Taylor Way, just a block or so down from the Mad River Brewery. Michael and Barbara are some of my favorite people, and you will definitely have a good time and taste some amazing distilled spirits.

Lastly, I feel the need to put out a little plug for your local elected government. Nominations period is here, and for all local governments who are conducting an election on Nov. 6, the nominations period will run until Aug. 10. The City of Blue Lake has two open seats on the Blue Lake City Council, and already, I’ve passed out nomination papers to a couple of people who are interested. I hope I get to announce some candidates soon. But if you are not in the city limits of Blue Lake, but are within the nearby sphere of influence, there are a couple other opportunities you may be interested in. Those who are a part of the Blue Lake Fire Protection District are encouraged to be a part of the Board Citizen Advisory Committee, an Ad Hoc committee who’s main goal is to look for alternative funding for the district.

If you are interested in this committee, applications are available at City Hall or by contacting Fire Chief Stonebarger at the Blue Lake Fire Department.

Or, you may live within the Blue Lake Union Elementary School District, there are three seats on the board up for re-election there. Just remember that the best way to change the world is right in your back yard... Think Globally, Act Locally.



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