Football, Art and Dear Mad’m for Wonderful October Weekend!

by Judy Bushy
Alan Crockett announced a delicious dinner and new Art Show coming up this Friday, October 12th at 6 pm. Both the Fabulous Friday Supper and the Art show will take place at the Klamath-Siskiyou Art Center on Davis Road and Hwy 96 in Happy Camp! The My-ena-ca show is a bombastic combination of Artwork from 3 of our favorite artists from the river communities: Myanna, Nena Creasy and Veronica Rasmussen–Boasting a wide range of eclectic materials, styles and approaches from painting to sculpture.Plus – there’ll be an exceptional Enchilada Dinner with slow cooked beans, Spanish rice and a sensational salad for only$ 7.00. And of course a thirst quenching soul satisfying blend of beverage options and a music mix guaranteed to get your toes tapping and arms swaying.

Later Friday evening there will be the Reception for the authors of the new book, Dear Mad’m Who Was She? by Peter and Elizabeth Lismer who were relatives of Stella W. Patterson. Stella wrote the book, Dear Mad’m about moving to a remote mining cabin on the Klamath River when she was 80 years old. It was published in 1956.

Saturday, the Dear Mad’m Symposium will be at the Karuk Building (Headway) on 2nd Avenue and Highway 96 across from The Frontier Cafe. The coffee will be on at 10 ‘o’clock and the program includes lunch and learning from Peter and Elizabeth Lismer about research and writing the biography of Stella.
Later that evening there will also be a Camp fire down on the as we did last year. This will be held at the Klamath River Resort Inn 2 miles upriver from Happy Camp.

Sunday morning the Happy Camp High School Seniors will have a Pancake Breakfast. It will be at the high school on Indian Creek from 8 to 11 am.

At 11 we will all meet to drive to the site of the Dear Mad’m story and Rod Diridon will tell us his memories of visiting his grandparents there when he was a youngster. There will also be birthday cake since Stella W. Patterson was born October 12, 1866.
All in all we are looking forward to seeing you there this weekend.

NATIVE AM DAY & Open House Saturday & Register for Dear Mad’m now!

happy Native American Day Friday, Sept 28th! There will be a program at the Happy Camp Elementary School at 12:45! David Arwood and students will present a Brush Dance. Jennifer Goodwin and students will do a flower dance. There will be stories, language, basket making and many other topics of interest to all.

Besides, some local offices will be closed, such as the Computer Center, for Native American Day!

Just two weeks until Dear Mad’m Symposium. If you haven’t gotten your registration in yet, be sure to do it. Space is limited since it isn’t the outdoors picnic that we had last year. The cooks need to know how many will be coming for lunch so be sure to get your registration in right aay…we want to see you there!
Peter and Elizabeth Lismer who have written the new book, Dear Mad’m Who Was She will be there to autograph your book and you won’t want to miss their presentation on the life of Stella Walthall Patterson and the writing of the book about her.


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What great fun at Bigfoot Jamboree 2012!!

Parry’s 1st place Commercial or Business float.

Tapasarara float of karuk Tribe dancers won for Organizations.

by Judy Bushy
The Happy Camp Coordinating Council is to be commended for all the hard work and planning that goes into the Bigfoot Jamboree before it seems to always “just happen” on Labor Day weekend! Thank you to Linda Zink, Sammi Offield, Leonie Jacobson, Donna McCulley, Montine Blevins, and Savannah from the bank and to all the others who worked on various aspects of our Hometown Festival every Labor Day: Bigfoot jamboree!!!

The parade was wonderful. Bob Goodwin was the MC and then announced the awards down at the River Park. The judges were Bob Hokanson, Cheryl Scruggs and Gary Burnett’s sister, Terry.

In the Business or Commercial float category, third place was the Bigfoot Towing and Lawn Mower Races. You really have to see these Lawn Mower Races put on by the Outdoor Club! I heard that Aaron Martin won the race Saturday evening but, didn’t hear the outcome of the Sunday evening races. Bob threw in that he had taken his lawnmower to be repaired at Bigfoot Towing, but they didn’t get it going 70 mph mowing his lawn.

The second place Commercial float was a red truck driven by Bonnie Alvarez with red spots all over. It was the Ladybug Shuttle from Forest Lodge. They had antennae and red shirts with the black dots decorating! They had a great deal of fun too!!

First place in the Commercial floats was Parry’s Market and they stuck to the the theme, Generations. Their float showed the generation of the Roaring 20s! the newlyweds, Mary and Erik were on the float with my neighbor, Carol Day..

Third place for Organizations was the Old Volks & Folks from Grants Pass. They had half a dozen old Volkswagens that were in different shapes, one had a cute trailer, and one looked like a mini-“hummer”. So glad that they came over the mountain to help make our Bigfoot Jamboree so much fun!

Second place in Organization floats was the River Valley 4H clubs horsemanship project. They had beautiful horses to drive, ride or walk and the miniatures. There were even a few on the end with “ stick” horses.

First place for Organizations was the Karuk dancers, They had the word Pasarara on their float which I’ll have to look up in the Karuk Dictionary to see the meaning.

The Individual category trophy went to Kayla Whitehouse. She does a marvelous job with her baton twirling.

The grand prize for all of the floats and parade entries was Marbke Mountain Gift Company! there was a red head from I love Lucy!! There were characters from “Grease” also….(remember when Mr. Saler put on a production of Grease years ago in the late 80s)

Parry’s Market float. It was great with the newlyweds, Mary and Eric, and our neighbor Carol Day on the Roaring 20s float!

The singer, Lenny Green sang at the park after the awards were given. He sang such fun Bigfoot songs. His song about the Bigfoot Byway has become a well loved favorite! You can hear him sing this song at

2nd ‘Rockin the Klamath’ fun at the RiverPark

Key of Three was the headliner band for 3rd annual Rockin’ the Klamath

Saturday was a beautiful day in the park for Rockin’ the Klamath, but the weather was warm. That is probably why there were so many wishing to win the Raffle for the Inflatable Kayak with pump, paddle and lifevest! Just the thought of a cool ride down Indian Creek in that Kayak sounded mighty refreshing!The Kayak was donated by James Buchner of Klamath River Resort Inn who was at the park bright and early Saturday setting up a screen tent. Shane Gottleib and his family who have Affordable Memories and More were also busy setting up the sound system as well as their booth.

The Seniors had a pull tab booth. Rich Kelly had his beautiful jewelry. much of it made of Happy Camp Jade. River Connection booth had both jewelry they had created and even a shirt of mail. Linda Martin was selling and signing her newly published, River Girl. Affordable Kemories & More had a booth of absolutely beautiful photographs!! They also made a DVD which will be available in the Chamber office in coming days.

Cheyenne Moore favored us by singing the National Anthem to begin the program. Happy Camp Has Talent master of ceremonies was Ray (the roofer) Masters. He introduced the talented Happy Campers who sang and did great performances. Ballots were given when the tickets were collected at the gate so that the audience could vote on the contestants. Paul and Colleen Lefleur and Todd Gilbert tied for first place winners. The two other performances that won were Dinah’s dancing ladies and Cheyenne Moore. It was very difficult to choose between the performances because we enjoyed them all and they were each so unique. The performances left some time to spare, although many had already voted so others were cajoled to overcome stage fright and show us their talent. I never knew Judy Hahn wrote and recited epic poetry. Loved hearing her recite “I’m a cowboy.” Jeanne Burrer sang the Patsy Cline song, “Crazy” very well. We also enjoyed Tera Haute singing “Blue Bayou”. Lisa sang “The Tree Song ==Starlight”. It never fails to surprise me how talented so many Klamath Neighbors are in so many ways!!All in all, it was difficult to decide upon a winner, as shown by the number of ties and all were greatly appreciated. Hopefully they will be prepared to share their talents again the next time when we have Happy Camp Has Talent and not be shy.

An Oregon band, Ponderosa Breeze, played next as people enjoyed Polish Dogs, sodas and smoothies. Rosemary Boren kept food service going and the smoothies were so refreshing. She was assisted by many volunteers, especially Yukon, Charlotte, and Cliff who slaved over the hot grill through the hot hours of the day. Some enterprising young ladies picked blackberries along the River Park pond and enjoyed FRESH blackberry smoothies! Thank you for all the help Angelina!!

The Happy Camp Coordinating Council which are the folks that will be putting on the Bigfoot Jamboree August 31 through September 1 & 2 ran the beer booth at Rockin the Klamath. They will be looking forward to seeing you again at the River Park August 31-September 2nd for Bigfoot Jamboree!!

State of Jefferson Brotherhood Motorcycle friends helped out at the park also. It was good to have them there. Half of those who had planned to help out in that capacity had been called out due to the Dillon Fire southwest of Happy Camp near Dillon Creek. One can never plan when a wildfire will occur and sometimes it happens when you have other plans. However, you just drop everything and go. We appreciate the firefighters and all their support workers who were fighting the fire.

Next year will be the 3rd annual Rockin the Klamath tentatively scheduled for end of June. Plan now to update your Talent and put on your dancing shoes and plan to come then.

Klamath-Siskiyou Art Center News

Alan sent this note to all you art fans. patrons of the arts and artists,

Hey Everyone,

Looks like we are heading into an Jam Packed and Incredible string of weekly Friday dinners and Events,

Starting this Friday, July 20th at 6 pm, Jessica Lattanzio is cooking a Luscious Lasagna Dinner with Tasty Homemade Garlic Bread and a Utterly Glorious Garden Salad freshly picked for you by Florance Condos and a hearty round of refreshing cold drinks to relax into.

Then, the next week on July 27th at 6 pm, Florance and I will be serving up everyone’s favorite- Freshly Grilled Humboldt Grass Fed Burgers or Veggie Burgers with Fire Roasted Chilies, Grilled Onions and Homemade Spicy Red Chili Sauce. And of course the Art Center’s World Famous Garden Salad.

And when you thought we could do no more… A Wood Chip Clay and Roundwood Pole Building Workshop is Planned for sunday July 29th with more details to come so stay tuned and look for the flyers around town!

But wait there’s even more-

Friday, August 3rd the Art Center is proud to announce a breath taking Sweet and Savory Breakfast For Dinner put together by Nora Hannapel with Pancakes topped in blackberries and delicious toppings, Bacon and sausage fruit salad and fresh Orange juice and other fun Beverages.

Hope you all can make it to some or all , it’s a glorious cause for the creative future of the Klamath River Communities and perhaps even the world,

See ya,

Alan Crockett

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