Magazine: July 2009 Issue
From dawns early light until the twilights last gleaming, these long summer days brim with opportunities to experience the North States wonders.
The William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park in Red Bluff is a delightful spot to learn about the early Gold Rush days, or to sit under a colossal oak by the river and enjoy a quiet picnic. Or take some binoculars to Anderson River Park an assortment of species is attracted to this area’s diverse habitat. Then, venture up to Mount Shasta for a charming, old fashioned Independence Day celebration. This three day festival is a flashback to the small town celebrations of yesteryear.
“We're proud Americans who are proud of our Italian heritage,” says Sons of Italy President Jim Nobili, and he invites us all to join the fun during Paesano Days on July 31 and August 1. Authentic Italian food, bocce ball, crafts, music, dancing benvenuto!
Then take a behind-the-scenes peek at Majical, a Latin band that has spiced up the local music scene for 13 years. Bandleader Jorge Arguello has given the group a musical makeover and shares that revitalization with us.
Many of our neighbors are making fireworks, including Ricky Ray, the Shasta High graduate who has exploded onto the Canadian Football League scene, leading the Edmonton Eskimos to three Grey Cups. “You go through a lot of ups and downs, and just react to opportunities that come your way,” Ray says. “I have always tried to work hard and be prepared for any situation that comes my way. None of it was planned; it was just hard work and a little bit of luck.” Also creating sparks is Redding Masters Softball, a slowpitch league for people age 50 and older. Learn how they keep themselves young through passion, play and perspective. And if you’re after some inspiration, read how George Webb took a piece of lava-strewn land near Big Springs and built a one-of-a-kind home – the American dream at its finest.
Show your colors and revel in the delights that make up the land of the free and the home of the brave. Enjoy!
Featured Articles in This Issue
Published in July 2009 - story: Gary VanDeWalker Mt Shasta Celebrates The 4th Of July Over a four-hour span, more than 5,000 people will walk amid an array of people on stilts, rock bands, opera singers and food vendors under the shadow of sun-drenched Mt. Shasta. This two-mile stretch of road, in the town named after the looming mountain, has hosted this event every Fourth of July for the past 30 years. John Thelander and hi..
Published in July 2009 - story: Todd McBain Ricky Ray Starts His 7th Season With The CFL's Edmonton Eskimos Ricky Ray has been a Wolf and a Hornet, a 49er and a Jet, a Knight and an Eskimo. He spent time on a roster in the NFL and is a champion in the CFL. Born in Happy Camp and raised in Redding, the 29-year-old has traveled a whirlwind journey in football that has led him to Canada, where he is a star. Now in his seventh se..
Published in July 2009 - 1. Anderson Explodes Shasta District Fairgrounds (July 3) The gates will open at 4 pm (free admission) and activities will include face painting, games, food and refreshments. There will be a community barbecue put on by the 4H and FFA for $10 and a 50/50 raffle. Mosquito Serenade will feature the Christian band “WeR1” (usually Mosquito Serenade is on Wednesdays and at the Anderson River Park). Th..
Published in July 2009 - story: Jon Lewis photo: DevenCarter.com Majical Gives Redding Some Latin Spice Jorge Arguello is adding a dash of magic to Majical, his venerable Latin band that has been spicing up the local music scene for the past 13 years. Arguello figures his fans have heard enough Santana and Jimmy Buffett covers, so gone is his electric guitar and in its place is a bass. To complete the musical makeover, Argu..
Published in July 2009 - story: Gary VandeWalker photos: photographybytaryn.com The Webbs' Siskiyou County Home For some, looking across a field of brush and lava rock is an obstacle. For men like George Webb, it is an opportunity. As a young surveyor out of Redding, Webb was assisting with timber sales when he became familiar with the rugged landscapes of Siskyou County, and he fell in love with a piece of lava-strewn land. ..
Published in July 2009 - story: Michael O'Brien Birding At Anderson River Park Birding At Anderson River ParkLooking for a quality place to watch birds? Look no further than Anderson River Park. Its wide variety of bird species are attracted to this area’s diverse range of habitat. Freshwater marsh and ponds, a major river, open fields, streams, an oak and mixed deciduous forest, and the birds that thrive in such areas can ..