Friday Suppers at the Bigfoot Corner

Florance’s succulent smoked salmon is on the menu for the Art Gallery Dinner Friday.  Each week, quite a number of dishes, like vegetarian sushi, rolls with spring green and coconut soup, keep coming from the Klamath Siskiyou Art corner by Bigfoot in Happy Camp.

Dinner is only $5. For an additional $2 this week you get organic strawberries and whipped cream on lemon poppyseed shortcake by Joanne Rivera.

The purpose of the dinner is to raise funds of $15,000 this year ($12,320 in May) for the building of a unique and very special art gallery in Happy Camp.

While you are there enjoying visiting with community neighbors, you will enjoy another opportunity to see the monthly art exhibit if you missed it on opening night!

For further information, give Alan Crockett a call!

Ravioli Dinner with Jazz coming April 4th

You are in for an elegant and delicious Dining Experience at the Grange on April 4th at 6 Pm!  Remember last years chile relleno dinner at the Grange?

This Time we are offering Live Jazz music performed by Todd Gilbert,A scrumptious and romantic Ravioli Dinner with A crisp and freshly tossed Caesar Salad, Homemade Bread and a highly refined spread of Fine Wines and Beverages. All followed by a moist and mouth watering Chocolate Cake dessert.

And the Evening includes a silent auction of beautiful handmade one of a kind ceramic bowls,plates and cups.

All for the remarkably low price of $20.00 ($5.00 for children) with all profits going to the ART CENTER BUILDING PROJECT! But hurry… we can only seat 50 and reservations are going fast.

Order your Ticket soon by email us or Call us: Alan Crockett at the Klamath Siskiyou Art Center gang at (530)493-5668.

Woodcarving Artist Comes to Happy Camp

Barbara Hayes, woodcarver

By Judy Bushy

Barbara Yates is a very talented woodcarver and artist. We were pleased to meet Barbara and have an opportunity to look through her portfolio. Barbara does a lot of traveling, and she has been “Artist in residence” and designed woodcarved sculptures in parks.

My favorite woodsculptures by Barbara are her beautiful angels. I’ve been wondering since meeting her if she could turn a log into a child. Actually, I’m sure she could, since a piece of her work, a lady and child, is at present on display at the Health and Harmony at the intersection of Davis Road and Indian Creek Road, in Happy Camp. You’ll know the spot when you see the biggest dreamcatcher in the world!

Barbara plans to come back to Happy Camp and many admirers of her woodcarving wish for her to stay a long, long time!

Largest Dreamcatcher in the World

Artists working to erect the dreamcatcher
on October 31, 2007. From left: Cheryl
Wainwright, James Wainwright, Lou
Tiraterra Sr, and Dennis Day.

By Linda Martin

I met Dennis Day five years ago. He sat in River Park with Lou Tiraterra Sr. discussing the plans he had for building the largest dreamcatcher in the world. At the time he’d just finished weaving his first dreamcatcher and planned to erect it in what used to be the community garden across the street from Old Town Park. The rope used was dyed with blackberry juice.

After many trials, failures, and changes, the first dreamcatcher went up and survived for a few weeks until weather and fate destroyed it. Devastated by this loss, Day left town and traveled.

Happy Camp has a way of calling people back, and after many months, Day returned, enthusiastically planning to write a book on the subversion of education. He had no plans to put up another dreamcatcher until Cheryl and Jim Wainwright offered him an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. They wanted a large dreamcatcher on their property at the corner of Davis Street and Indian Creek Road across from Parry’s Market. They promised that for his effort Day could expect a better, more supportive frame to make the new dreamcatcher more likely to survive than the last one.

Day set to work in March 2006 with about $600 worth of materials. He started the project with 900 feet of rope, which he dyed with kelly green and turquoise linseed oil based paint. He and Cheryl Wainwright collected and prepared the wood used as a frame and border. Before long Day’s work produced a dreamcatcher with a circumference of 105 feet, and diameter of about 33 feet though it varies in spots because of the shape of the wood used in the border. According to Day the design he used for this dreamcatcher is typical of that used by the Ojibwa Tribe which is from the Great Lakes Region.

This frame for the Dreamcatcher
was designed and constructed by
James Wainwright.

A spider donated by Bonnie
Alvarez and colorful lights
bring the dreamcatcher to life.

Plans for the future include sales of engraved tiles, a decorating event in the springtime, a dream-theme park including construction of surrounding patios and pathways with a central gazebo, and addition of a sculpted eagle with a 7 foot wingspan to the top of the archway. Lou Tiraterra Sr. has already donated a soapstone eagle sculpture which will be placed on an eastern facing patio. All Happy Camp residents will be able to purchase engraved tiles at a discount.

The three feathers hanging from the dreamcatcher at this time were all created and donated by Yreka artist Ralph Starritt. The first dreamcatcher ornament to be hung on the large dreamcatcher was placed there in memory of Janeen Anderson, donated by JavaBob and Vicky Schmalzbach. Others who wish to donate small dreamcatchers to the project are welcome and encouraged to do so.

Library Street Fair Enjoyed Musicians

Musicians play at the Local Library Fair

by Judy Bushy

The Second annual Street Fair sponsored by the board of Happy Camp’s local library was held Saturday.

Musicians played music throughout the day while there were so many things to stroll about and enjoy! Knit afghans to keep you warm on cold winter days. A good book to curl up before the fireplace and read to your heart’s content. Jody and Charlie’s Pizza wagon surprised everyone with delicious sandwiches on fresh baked bread instead of the usual pizza (which is always delicious too.)

The Cub Scouts were selling their popcorn to keep the Cub Scout Pack in funds for the coming year of scouting fun! The fifth grade boys didn’t miss asking a single passerby whether they might like to support the Scout program and buy popcorn. They had carmel corn with peanuts or with almonds, chocolately carmel popcorn, cheesey popcorn and an assortment of microwave popcorn, “Kettle Style,” “Unbelievable Butter,” or even “Butter Light” for those with microwave appliances.

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