McCloud to celebrate the good 'Olde Tymes' this weekend

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The cast for McCloud's melodrama, “He is the Very Model of a Model Mill Town Manager!,” includes, left to right, Ida Claire (Kenna Edwards), Vera Sweets (Ginger White), Blanche Barbwire (Kimberly Paul), Betty Bluebell (Brittney Bringle), Tom Trueblue (Morgan Miller), Smokey Baird (Mike White), and Modern Mill Town Manager Bert Lakin (John Kessler).

Many are working hard in McCloud to create the Heritage Days weekend activities, McCloud Olde Tymes, scheduled for Aug. 14 to 16.

The melodrama, “He is the Very Model of a Modern Mill Town Manager,” is scheduled to be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Coming to Main Street in McCloud Saturday are the 2nd annual Motor the Mountain Custom Car and Bike Show, a Quilt Show, the Garden Club Pie Sale, and “Paint the Town,” an en plein air artist experience and reception.

Barbecue dinner

The weekend begins with the St. Joseph Church Tri Tip Barbecue Dinner Friday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Cost is $15 for adults; and $7 for children.

Saturday’s many Olde Tyme activities start at 9 a.m.

Car and bike show

Vintage cars and motorcycles will line McCloud’s Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Raffles are scheduled throughout the day, and awards will be presented at 2 p.m. The show is free of charge, presented by the McCloud High School Alumni Association.

For the registration form, go to the alumni website: For more information call 964-2215 or 964-2664.

Quilt show

Quilts will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McCloud River Inn and in shops around town. There will be quilt vendors and a quilt raffle at the end of the day for a quilt made by Angie Toreson. The event is presented by the Presbyterian Women of the McCloud Community Church.


“He is the Very Model of a Model Mill Town Manager!”

Everyone is invited to come and boo the villain and cheer the hero in the historically based melodrama, scheduled to be performed Friday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 15, at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Community Church on the corner of California and Colombero Streets.

It’s set in the scorchingly hot summer of 1936 when popular but strict Bert Lakin was the mill town manager. Then trouble develops, right in McCloud village.

McCloud’s melodrama was written and directed by Annette Spitsen. The cast and crew features:

Ginger White as Vera Sweets, Soda Shoppe waitress

Mike White as Smokey Baird, in disguise as forest ranger

John Kessler as Bert Lakin, beloved Modern Mill Town Manager

Morgan Miller as Tom Trueblue, manager in training and hero

Brittany Bringle as Mr. Lakin’s secretary and heroine

Kimberly Paul as a self-absorbed widow

Kenna Edwards as Ida Claire, spunky maid (also costumes and set)

Lindsay Edwards as Malcolm Mudd, Despicable Villain

Shareen Strauss as Sid Slugslime, Slimy Sidekick of Villain

Chance Clark as Griper Grouseman, grumpy mill worker

Christian Barry as Pinkerton Detective

Annette Spitsen as Pinkerton Detective

Mary Beth Schrader as musical accompanist

Milt Schrader as MC and prompter

This is an annual fundraiser for the Heritage Junction Museum and features all volunteer talent from the community. Suitable for audiences of all ages.

Tickets are $7, adults; $3, children under age 12. Family rates are available.

Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Junction Museum, the Heart of the Earth store, or at the door. For more information call 598-2555.

Garden Club pie sale

Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. until sold out, the McCloud Garden Club will be selling a variety of their famous homemade pies, by the slice, on the lawn south of Heart of the Earth on Main Street. Proceeds from the sale go to support community projects. For more information call 964- 2233 or 964-3183.

Artist experience and reception

Come paint or see artists in action at the “Paint the Town” en plein air artist experience on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic McCloud. View the wet paint art exhibit at the end of the day on the porch of the Mercantile Building.

A public reception for the art exhibit will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. with music by Allison Scull and Victor Martin performing acoustic, jazz and soul in a combination of vocals, guitar and saxophone.

For more information, see under McCloud Arts Society or McCloud-Local-First-Network or on the web page:

Worship service

The annual McCloud Community Worship Service is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Christian Church, 110 Colombero Avenue. It is sponsored by McCloud churches. All are welcome to attend.