Trinidad Tidings: Art, nature, music, history and a cautionary note

Join a Trinidad Coastal Land Trust naturalist for a walk along the Parker Creek Trail to Old Home Beach during a low tide Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn more about the natural and cultural resources of the area during the walk, focused on people and place. Special guests Allie Lindgren – a fifth lineal descendant from the Tsurai Village – and Zack Brow –vice chair of the Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria – will join the walk and share stories and their perspectives on the significance of the area to Yurok people, both past and present.

The trail to the beach is moderate with approximately 70 stairs. Meet at the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Simmons Gallery, 380 Janis Ct., behind the library.  Space is limited for the tour, so  reservations must be made; call (707) 677-2501.

Paul Rickard watercolors

Paul Rickard’s watercolor paintings are on view at the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Simmons Gallery through October. In August, the Gallery features works from Little River Trail south of Trinidad to Secret Beach along Martin Creek to the north.  In September, paintings showing the town, harbor and community life will be on view. And in October, there will be small works of the “mundane and magnificent” on the North Coast. The opening of each of these three shows coincides with first Friday Trinidad Art Night events from 6 to 9 p.m.

“It has been one of the challenges and honors of my life to interpret through watercolors the dramatic vistas of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust,” wrote Rickard. “These holdings, now preserved for posterity for generations, are the focus of my work.  I did my best to interpret the beauty and mystery of these sites while on the precipice, deep in the forest, and along the windswept beaches.”

The land trust’s 20 coastal properties are managed by volunteers for public access, recreation and open space protection and they rely on donations and memberships to endure.  The Simmons Gallery is next to the Trinidad Library and Trinidad Museum at Saunders Park.  Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information about the exhibit, or Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, contact Ben Morehead (707) 677-2501 or Tami Trump at (401) 741-4334.

An afternoon with Kiara Windrider

Kiara Windrider, MA is a psychotherapist and author whose work has been to investigate the journey of human evolution in context of long-range cycles of time. He has approached this study through the eyes of shamans, geologists, historians, physicists, prophets and mystics. He will share his findings Saturday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr.  Three films (about 50 minutes in all), 5 Truths About Earth’s Magnetic Reversal, What a Magnetic Reversal Means for Earth and The #1 Risk to Earth will precede the presentation, which will close with Inka meditation. Admission is $10 to $15 sliding scale.

The Parkers of Trinidad

Jay Parker will present a talk on “The Parkers of Trinidad 1850-1867” Friday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Trinidad Museum.

Parker has researched the life of his ancestor, Robert A. Parker, his wife, Helen, and their children. The Parkers played an important role in Trinidad during the Gold Rush and beyond, being among the first arrivals in Trinidad on the schooner J.R. Whiting, which set sail from San Francisco March 30, 1850 with 40 passengers on board. Parker has been researching his family history for many years and has written for the San Francisco Historical Society publication The Argonaut.

The event is free of charge, but space is limited to about 30 to 35 guests, so reserving a place is important; call (707) 677-3816.

Trinidad Bay Art & Music Festival

The Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival, an ambitious gathering of “regional talent with international connections” organized by Julie Fulkerson and Vanessa Kibbe, will be presented at Trinidad Town Hall Aug. 25, 26 and 27. Among the musicians performing are Clara Lisle, Peter Kibbe, Daniela Mineva, Temporary Resonance Trio, Nonoka Mizukami, Seraphin Trio and The Festival Strings, all with local roots but who have performed world wide.

“Smaller music festivals are catching on throughout the world as people become more and more enthralled with close-up live performances.” wrote Julie. “This will be a first established between Mendocino and Southern Oregon. Because of their renown and quality performances, we anticipate a memorable regional festival.”  Julie and Vanessa expect every seat to be filled so go to and reserve your place. You can also call (707) 845-1125 or email [email protected] for information.

Email Patti at [email protected].


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