Trinidad Tidings: Blackberry Festival is July 29

The Annual Westhaven Blackberry Festival will take place on Sunday, July 29 starting at 11 a.m. at the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department grounds, 446 Sixth Ave. The Westhaven Ladies Club has made over 1,000 pies this year to purchase by the slice or whole.

A full day of music featuring The Sand Fleas, That Buckin String Band, The Bret Harte Breakers, Moonstone Heights and The Rinky Dink String Band is planned. Other attractions are an appearance by Smokey the Bear and fire engine tours and demonstrations.

Greta Daniels and her strawberry-rhubarb pie. Janine Volkmar | Union

WVFD supporter T-shirts will be on offer along with Humboldt Grassfed Beef brisket sandwiches, beer from Mad River Brewery, wine from Moonstone Crossing, specialty blackberry wine from a local wine maker and mimosas. Artisan vendors will be on hand as well.

Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department benefits from the festival. Proceeds help with EMT training, equipment maintenance, and grounds improvements. The WVFD needs a bigger building for its fire engine too. Extra building fund donations welcome.

Support the local fire and emergency response team by attending the festival. Leave pets at home, please. If you cannot attend, donations can be sent to Stacie Marshall, Treasurer, Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 2143, Trinidad, CA 95570. For information, email Stacie at [email protected].

Artisans Market & breakfast

Before the Blackberry Festival, join the Lions Club for breakfast at Trinidad School between 8 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 29 and browse at Trinidad Artisans Market next to Murphy's Market between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Full week at WCA

Third Friday Jazz on July 20 at 7 p.m. features Acid-Bop & Beyond with RLA Trio: Tim Randles on piano, Mike LaBolle on drums and Kenneth Lawrence on bass with guest Rob Diggins on his homemade electric five-string violin.

The tunes of Clifford "Brownie" Brown, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and other "hard boppers" are on the program. Admission is $5 to $20 on a sliding scale .

Gaia's Love, a nature-based spirituality group exploring the healing virtues of nature will be led by Dr. Roy King on Sunday, July 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call (707) 834-3008 for information.

Fourth Friday Flicks on July 27 has Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 British comedy-drama classic The 39 Steps as its selection. Robert Donant and Madeline Carroll star in the timeless story set in Scotland. Admission is on a$5 to $10 sliding scale. Refreshments available.

Coinciding with the Westhaven Blackberry Festival, WCA's annual Treasures and Trinkets Flea Market will take place on Sunday, July 29 from 9:30 to 4 p.m. Plants, gardening items, tools, jewelry, clothing, household items and furniture will be on offer. Spaces and tables are available for sellers. Call (707) 834-2479 for more information or to make a donation of gently used goods.

"Hargers 3: A Family Affair" featuring the quilts of Diane Goldsmith Harger, the metal sculpture by Patrick Harger and the poetry of William Harger is on exhibit at WCA, 501 South Westhaven Dr.

Dave Fleschner plays blues & jazz

Portland's blues and jazz pianist Dave Fleschner is coming to town on Friday, July 27, for a 4 to 6 p.m. concert at Moonstone Crossing Winery, 529-B Trinity St. He'll play blues and jazz classics and original tunes.

Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival

Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival is coming to Trinidad on Aug. 10, 11, 12 and Aug. 17, 18 and 19. Friction Quartet, Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, Peter Kibbe, Daniela Mineva, Temporary Resonance Trio, Festival Strings with Anna Morris and Christina Cheon are some of the first class artists performing. Go to TBAMFEST.COM to purchase individual or full series tickets.

Email Patti at [email protected].


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