Each of the participating merchants displayed a square, green, “Dunsmuir Second Saturday” banner in their storefronts to indicate that they were offering a special activity, promotion, or pop-up vendor for the event.

Dunsmuir’s Second Saturday event spanned the length of the historic district and lasted most of the day, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Each of the participating merchants displayed a square, green, “Dunsmuir Second Saturday” banner in their storefronts to indicate that they were offering a special activity, promotion, or pop-up vendor for the event.

Pop-up vendors offering unique, high quality wares –such as “amberized” wood pendants, artistic wire-wrapped stone jewelry, handcrafted soaps, and artisan chocolates –sprang up around town throughout the day. POPs hosted jewelery artisan pop-up vendors; The Sacred Well hosted a pop-up shop featuring Beloved Soaps, handcrafted by Corinna Chandler of Dunsmuir; and Moonrise Canyon hosted a Pyroclastic Chocolate pop-up shop.

West African Kwe (Pierre) Tchetgen, who is currently living in Mount Shasta, facilitated a family drum workshop and “Music Is Healing” Instrument Petting Zoo at POPs. Kwe (pronounced “kway”) said Saturday’s workshop was actually the first in a music and literacy workshop series for children ages 3 to 6 years old. This is the second month Kwe facilitated the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Immediately following the music workshop, guest dance instructor Julie Bata led an African Dance workshop. Workshop participants learned a well-known African dance, called “Cuckoo,” from the Africa’s Côte d’Ivoire. Bata said she currently teaches African dance at Houston Community College in Texas. Her husband, Gabriel Bata – who is from Cameroon, Africa and now lives in Berkeley – as well as Kwe accompanied the dance workshop with percussion rhythms on the djembe.

Julie explained to the women who participated in the African Dance workshop that while African drumming is “polyrhythmic,” African Dance is “polycentric.”

“There’s a lot going on at the same time,” she explained – which also perfectly describes Dunsmuir Second Saturday – an event with multiple centers –with a lot going on at the same time.

Also on Saturday, Zany Buffoon Troupe led by Marc Rowley, owner of the Mossbrae Hotel, teamed up with his brothers, “Max Goof and Max Goof,” (aka Ross and Blair). The Brothers Rowley entertained passersby with musical, comedic bumbling acts of buffoonery up and down Dunsmuir Avenue.

Clownishly costumed and brandishing outlandishly wacky props, the Zany Buffoon Troupe provided impromptu “traffic control,” “assisted” people in and out of their vehicles, awarded random prizes to bemused pedestrians and created a boisterous, lively ruckus with their tuba and kazoos wherever they went.

With their unpredictable, all-over-the-place clownish antics, the Zany Buffoon Troupe, was both eccentric and polycentric –with a lot going on at the same time.

As its contribution to the Dunsmuir Second Saturday festivities, the Mossbrae Hotel held an open house, providing light refreshments and hotel tours throughout the day. The hotel was also the starting point for a Second Saturday Scavenger Hunt. Participants picked up clue sheets at the front desk in the lobby, then proceeded to gather clues about Dunsmuir to complete their clue sheets and turn them in to be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Scavenger Hunt participants could be seen walking around the historic district, collaborating, asking questions, making phone calls, and exchanging notes as they tried to figure out the clues.

The various Second Saturday events were scheduled to dovetail together so attendees could easily participate in multiple activities at multiple venues throughout the course of the day. The art opening at SAM is the centerpiece of each month’s Second Saturday and were the inspiration for the larger event.

Ebb & Flow

This month’s opening, Ebb & Flow, is an exhibit which features many local artists working in all kinds of mediums, from acrylics to fiber arts to photography and more. The variety of artists represented and the wide range of artistic mediums was also polycentric in nature.

Although water was the theme, the diversity of expression was both broad and deep. Some of the works were created by well-known artists with established reputations as professional artists, such as Shery Larson and Marlis Jermutis. And some of the pieces are a first showing.

For example, Michelle Mattea, of Concord is traditionally a photographer. The Ebb & Flow show is the first time she has exhibited an abstract art piece created with paint. About her newfound favorite art form, Mattea said, “It’s freedom. It’s out of my comfort zone, and it’s freedom. And I love it!”

The Finley Fryer Retrospective was also still on display, and was very much appreciated by all the artists and art lovers in attendance.

Following the art reception at SAM, The Wheelhouse hosted a Community Game Night. Participants played a game called Code Names.

While this was happening, Tyrus, owner of Moonrise Canyon, hosted a funk and soul dance party with tunes supplied by professional DJ, MixMastaShasta. Another polycentric event, customers visited, danced and shopped, all at the same time. They listened to music, tried on funky, one-of-kind garments, and busted a move.

Meanwhile on Sacramento Avenue, POPs continued its all day music program, culminating with an open-air patio concert featuring Allison & Victor and 2/5LIVE! with Nathan Sivananda on bass, Stefan Schittko on keys, Victor Martin on saxophone and Ray on drums.

This month’s Second Saturday event appeared to be successful with much foot traffic, retail activity and participation. With its multiple centers of activity and so much going on at the same time, it was a truly “polycentic” event.