Around Del Norte: The jokes were on the house

By Laura Wiens, The Triplicate March 20, 2013 05:44 pm

Tiffany Brown shows off the sign she painted for the Sunset Harbor RV Park.
Tiffany Brown shows off the sign she painted for the Sunset Harbor RV Park. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Hundreds enjoy Irish show; RV park’s big picture; and a new kitchen on wheels

Father Adam Kotas of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church clearly did not miss his calling in life. Still, he’s no slouch in the comedy department either.

During his introduction to the Irish Variety Show last Tuesday at the church, he did a bit of a stand-up routine.

Addressing the 300 or so people who packed the gym for a night of genuine Irish entertainment, he had the audience in stitches.

Noting that drinks were available in the back at the fundraising event, he told those who may have given up alcohol for Lent that he’d “secured a special dispensation from the pope.” When someone in the audience noted that at that moment, there was no pope, Kotas deadpanned that he was “waiting for a phone call.”

It was obvious the crowd was having a great time. People clapped and sang along with Michael Funge on guitar, marveled at the fancy footwork of Irish dancer Mychelle Carre, were enraptured by Rachel Hair’s harp playing and roiled with laughter at the hilarious Irish jokes told by Barry Collins.

A fifth troupe member, Bernard McHugh, considered to be one of the best harmonicists in the United Kingdom, according to the troupe’s website, unfortunately was wrestling with a bout of vertigo, but was able to lend a sweet refrain to Michael’s guitar music from the sidelines.

Before concluding their Golden State tour, they were planning a visit to Yosemite.

Maria Alvarenga, 13, dressed in Irish style for the show.
Maria Alvarenga, 13, dressed in Irish style for the show. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Wiens
Colorful sign’s parting shot

Anyone exiting the Sunset Harbor RV Park off Highway 101 south of town will receive a pleasant send-off, thanks to a mural-size sign installed recently.

  

Tiffany Brown, a local artist, painted the sign in her garage last winter. She said it took four or five months to complete, working on it during off-hours from her job at the Fisherman’s Restaurant. 

She and the park manager, Coleena Robicheaux, had become fast friends last year when discovering they had both lived in Havasu, Ariz. After learning that Tiffany was a painter, Coleena commissioned her to create a sign as a way to help spiff up the property.

The result: a bright, cheerful sign representing some of Crescent City’s iconic scenery.

Kitchen on wheels

Forget bringing home the bacon. Rural Human Services’ Ron Phillips brought home the whole kitchen.

He and wife Nita returned from Southern California last week towing a new mobile kitchen that will become a mainstay of the fairgrounds Farmers Market.

“Crescent City Kitchen 101, which is how the community will know it, will be prominently displayed at the Farmers Market,” said Ron in a press release. “It will feature demonstrations from local chefs on how to prepare healthy meals from produce purchased at the Farmers Market.”

Before having the kitchen custom-built by California Cart Builders of Elsinore, Ron said he researched for several months and wasn’t able to find another like it.

“The goal of this project is threefold,” he said. “One goal is to increase product sales for local farmers; two, to increase usage of EBT and WIC during the Crescent City Farmers Market; and three, to promote making healthier food choices more accessible to a county that is currently designated as a ‘food desert.’”

He said the project “has been a year and a half in the planning.”

According to Ron, Rural Human Services secured grants to construct the mobile kitchen from several sources, including USDA’s Farmers Market Promotional Program, FHL Bank, San Francisco’s AHEAD grant and the Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services. 

A dedication ceremony is planned for Friday at 10 a.m. at RHS, 286 M St. Call 464-7441 for more information.

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