Crescent City, this summer it’s time to strut your best stuff.
I am still basking in the afterglow of the July Fourth Independence Day parade. Though I have attended many parades over the years, this was my first as a resident of Crescent City. I want to say a big congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce and all the folks and parade participants who selflessly devoted time and labor to make this parade the best ever.
Mother Nature blessed us with great weather. The pyrotechnics were awesome.
The 4th of July unofficially kicks off the summer season in Del Norte County.
It is refreshing to see so many new faces in Del Norte County, people from every corner of the country and many from overseas who are enjoying the magnificent Redwood Coast.
I make a point of talking to as many people as I can, and I have come to learn so many of these visitors are very excited to be here. With just a little prompting — “So, where are you folks from?” — these visitors will ask endless questions about Crescent City and Del Norte County. Where’s the best place for breakfast (my choice remains the Hiouchi Café), pizza, clam chowder, Chinese food? What’s there to do in your town?
I met a great couple at the Veterans Hall breakfast July 4. They hailed from western Pennsylvania and had never visited the Redwood Coast. The folks from the Keystone State were as a curious about Crescent City as a cat with a ball of yarn. I’m no expert on Del Norte County, but I shared with them all the 411 about Battery Point and Point St. George Reef lighthouses; the latter really attracted the couple’s attention.
“How do we get to St. George Lighthouse?”
I chuckled when I said to them the famous wave-washed lighthouse was several miles offshore and was only accessible by helicopter. The husband retorted, “Great! How much are the tickets?" You have to love that enthusiasm.
Safeway and Ray’s aisles were jammed with tons of visitors. I made sure I extended myself to these folks by asking the ice-breaker, “So, where are you folks from?”
No. 1 response from people I spoke with: “Tell us about the tsunami.”
You are going to see a lot of new faces in our town this summer. Looks like the weather is going to be uncharacteristically wonderful.
Here are some of my suggestions to the organizers of the July 3 deck party.
There was plenty of grog, but no food (save those hot dogs where the vendors were situated). People are always hungry. Offer some good food selections at the Deck Party.
Again, the parade was fantastic. After the parade, thousands made their way to Beachfront Park. To do what? A good friend of mine suggested some of the service organizations in town sponsor activities to raise funds for next year’s fireworks show.
Maybe the Sunrise Rotary could sponsor a pitching contest where members of the City Council or Board of Supervisors sit on a stool and when the ball hits the target, the politicians hit the drink. How about three pitches for $5? I can think of a certain politician in town I would spend $100 for the opportunity to drop into the tank. All in good fun, of course.
The Elks could sponsor kayak races in the harbor.
Perhaps, the veterans could sponsor a horseshoe throwing contest.
The sponsorship opportunities are endless. One just has to think a little creatively.
So, Crescent City, show your best side to these visitors … and remember the ice breaker question, “So where are you folks from.”
Roger Gitlin is a retired teacher. He and his wife Angela moved to Crescent City last October.