Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Evermore sets opening event Fri.

What goes around comes around, at least when it comes to jewelry-maker Eileen Evermore, who has moved Evermore Jewelry and Art Gallery from H Street back to her location on Highway 101 South and Second Street.

Eileen is settling back into her old digs that she occupied during most of the 1990s. Back then it was called Eileen Peterson Jewelers.

Her customers will feel right at home because "things will look pretty much the same" as at the H street location, she says. With more street frontage, she was drawn by the "better location and exposure" back to the highway spot she occupied for most of the 1990s until a telephone pole fell on the building during a storm, causing a leaky roof.

Her big German shepherd, Timber, will still be there to greet customers. She calls him a "Crescent City born and raised purebred."

Some of the artists she's continuing to show include photographers Gale Steelman, Bryant Anderson, Rick Hiser and Aimee Bolender, painters Lynne Parker and Susan McKay, pen and ink artist Wendy Malone, woodworker Monte Satern, metal sculptor Aaron Havens and beaded jewelry-maker Bonnie Alander.

And she's willing to consider adding other artists as well.

Eileen, who was once an English teacher ("long ago and far away") has been designing, making and repairing gold jewelry since 1972. She also does I Ching readings at the gallery.

She'll continue to work with Rick Hiser to coordinate the quarterly Crescent City Art Walk, and is also president of the Board of Directors for the Redwood Mural Society.

"I believe in giving back to the community and cultivating art in the community," she says.

She's throwing a grand opening celebration at the new gallery Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Her regular hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Deck Party, county fair

Help is needed for a couple of Del Norte's biggest annual events.

If you've never been to the Deck Party, held each year on July 3 as part of Crescent City's Fourth of July festivities, you should check it out. Hundreds of locals and visitors stroll the lawn outside the Cultural Center, enjoying live music in a setting that's much like a community reunion.

Proceeds from the party pay for the following year's fireworks show, an attraction that is crucial to attracting thousands of visitors and giving the community an economic shot in the arm.

At this late juncture, organizers still need raffle prizes, items worth $10 or more (new, not used) that you're willing to donate to the cause. Some of the big-ticket items collected so far include a big-screen TV and a set of golf clubs.

If you can help, contact Lisa McKeown, 465-1799.

Meanwhile, Del Norte County Fair organizers are still trying to collect memorabilia from the county's fairs of yesteryear for a special display planned for this year's fair Aug. 1-4.

"What we would like is for people to bring in the oldest fair photo or memory that they have or one that has been passed down in their family," said fairgrounds worker Kim Floyd. "Any type of memorabilia - awards, stories, photos - even from (fairs held at) our current location; we're just trying to find really old stuff."

According to Kim, the first fair in 1893 was held at Reservation Ranch in Smith River, owned by the Westbrook family. It was staged in a pasture area off Sarina Road. In 1901 the fair was relocated to the Wakefield Ranch on Old Mill Road. Twenty years later, it was moved to its current location.

She says she'd love to find someone with one of the old carts used for the horse and buggy racing events. "Haul it on in, we'll find a place for it," she said.

Anyone with items to share can call the fairgrounds at 464-9556.