OysterFest 2015 will have everything – seriously, everything

A HOWLING SUCCESS OysterFest Director Nancy Stephenson, right, exults at the positive reaction to her initiative to place Arcata Fire’s noon siren atop the Plaza’s beloved statue of genocidal maniac William McKinley. “With so many expressing their fondness for the rusty air-raid horn, Arcata Main Street brought it home to the Plaza for good,” Stephenson announced. “Beginning on Saturday, June 20 at OysterFest 2015, the siren will sound continuously from 7 a.m. to midnight every day, stopping only briefly at noon.” To Stephenson’s delight, the focus group above immediately began gyrating in a peculiar yet aerobic, writhing-based improvisational dance, accompanied by enthusiastic caterwauling of an indistinct but impassioned nature. “McKinley’s got his horn on,” Stephenson said. “But Arcata Main Street’s got the moves.” Photo courtesy Alvin Theodore Simon

A HOWLING SUCCESS OysterFest Director Nancy Stephenson, right, exults at the positive reaction to her initiative
to place Arcata Fire’s noon siren atop the Plaza’s beloved statue of genocidal maniac William McKinley.
“With so many expressing their fondness for the rusty air-raid horn, Arcata Main Street brought it home to the
Plaza for good,” Stephenson announced. “Beginning on Saturday, June 20 at OysterFest 2015, the siren will
sound continuously from 7 a.m. to midnight every day, stopping only briefly at noon.” To Stephenson’s delight, the focus group above immediately began gyrating in a peculiar yet aerobic, writhing-based improvisational
dance, accompanied by enthusiastic caterwauling of an indistinct but impassioned nature. “McKinley’s got
his horn on,” Stephenson said. “But Arcata Main Street’s got the moves.” Photo courtesy Alvin Theodore Simon


Garamond Minion
Mad River Union

ARCATA, APRIL 1 – Seeking to reinvent the 2015 Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, director Nancy Stephenson decided to include the most successful features from previous Plaza events.

All of them.

In addition to the usual oyster-themed activities like the Oyster Calling Contest, food booths and music, 2015 OysterFest will include the Farmers' Market, an Easter Egg Roll, an anti-war protest, Kids’ Bike Rodeo, All Species Parade, Food Not Bombs, a Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Humboldt Crabs and Crab Grass Band, a salsa-tasting competition, drum circle, Queen Doubles cart, fist fights, a solemn candlelight vigil, trick-or-treating and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

“Seems doable,” Stephenson said.facebook-like-button

As a finishing touch, Occupy Arcata will recreate its iconic encampment with a mini-tent city at the Plaza’s center. There, the Arcata Fire siren newly installed on McKinley’s head will blare continuously, halting only momentarily at noon.

In a nostalgic homage to 2013, a multi-layered maze of razor-wire fences will encircle the Plaza, winnowing attendees to those “most determined to celebrate our beautiful bay bivalves,” Stephenson added.

“You won’t be bored,” she promised.

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