Dunsmuir’s Dogwood Daze are here again May 24

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
dogwood trees are blooming in the canyon as Dunsmuir prepares for Saturday’s 5th annual Dogwood Daze, which includes a soap box derby, homemade pie sale, growers market, flower show, home garden and botanical gardens tours, doggie parade, live music, city-wide yard sale and more.

Designed to be fun for the entire family, Dunsmuir’s 5th annual Dogwood Daze is scheduled for Saturday, May 24.

• Opening the day is the Soap Box Derby beginning at 9 a m. There are four categories: minis, ages 3-6; juniors, ages 7-9; teens, ages 10-15; and adults, ages 16 and over. All are free except for the adult division. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. For race information call Dave Keisler at 925-0365.

• Dozens of delicious homemade pies will be sold by the slice for $3 during the Pie Social in the Amtrak Depot, put on by the Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society. Pie slices will be sold a la mode for $4. Whole pies are $20 or $25 for the “build a pie.” The Pie Social runs from 10 a.m. until sold out. Proceeds go for the maintenance of the historic railroad depot and museum. Dogs are not allowed in food areas.

A Growers’ Market will be adjacent to the Pie Social. Produce, plant starts, crafts and handmade cards will be sold as well as books and photographs by local authors and artists. For market information call Wendy Crist at 235-4963.

• Dunsmuir Community Resource Center will have a table in this location with information and items for children. The Resource Center number is 235-4400.

• The Dunsmuir Library will host a gently used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5714 Dunsmuir Avenue.

• The Dunsmuir Garden Club Flower Show will be in the Siskiyou Arts Museum, 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue. There is no charge, doors open at 10 a.m. for flower viewing.

• Tickets will be available for the Garden Club Home Garden Tour for $10. Several local gardens will be shown. Proceeds go to a Dunsmuir High School student scholarship. To enter your flowers in the judging, call 235-4025.

• Botanical Gardens tours will be given at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. led by Candace Miller. Native dogwood trees will be highlighted. Meet at Dunsmuir City Park near the picnic tables.

• The Doggie Parade will follow the Soap Box Derby at 12:15 p.m. on Dunsmuir Avenue. Participants will gather at the upper Pine Street park next to Cornerstone Cafe. There is no fee and pre-registration is not required. Prizes will be given for Best Hair, Most Colorful, Most Creative, Adorable Dog Costume, and Best Person and Dog Costume. There is a prize for each entrant 12 years or younger. Costumes are not required and adults and children are welcome. All dogs must be on leash. No aggressive dogs or dogs in season allowed.

The street will be closed for the Derby and Doggie Parade.

• The art studio of ceramic fish artist Fred Gordon will be open to the public; and local musician Gerry Smida will return as a strolling minstrel all day in the historic district. Smida will lead the Doggie Parade down Dunsmuir Avenue to the city parking lot where the dogs and handlers will be judged; and then back to Pine Street Park where prizes will be given.

• Music lovers can enjoy evening entertainment including blues and rock music by Ryan Marchand and the band Doublechief at Dunsmuir Brewery Works, with patio dining available.

• Village Harpist Patty Hill will play Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Blue Relish will play from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the patio at Pop’s Performing Arts and Cultural Center. Smida will continue his role as Strolling Minstrel of Dunsmuir.

• The annual city-wide Memorial weekend yard sale will be in full swing all weekend and residents may list their sale for free with the Dunsmuir Chamber at 235-2177. Various merchant specials will be offered by downtown businesses. Dozens of local homes will participate.

• Maps listing all events, dogwood trees, yard sales, art and studio locations, music and yard sales will be available at the Dunsmuir Chamber office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and at major event locations.

For information and to list yard sales call the Chamber Office at 235-2177.

The event is put on by the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce Dogwood Daze Committee and is sponsored by the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dunsmuir, Pacific Power, and Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers.