Mount Shasta 4th of July Feature Many Local Artists!

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Downtown Mount Shasta has turned into a fine arts and crafts Street Fair that features local venders, thanks to the hard work of the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce staff and vision of their Board of Directors. There are many venders from outside the area selling crafts and food, but in the past few years the Chamber has made a special effort to invite the local talents and not for profit organizations.

Local artists doing demonstrations A Melo Place and  Noam  Zimin  with a solar powered potter’s wheel. Mt Shasta Martial Arts  Program  seem to have someone flipping around every time I walked by. Not for profits booths are offering information about chem trails, the Mt Shasta Ski Team and Siskiyou Land Trust  the Mt Shasta Nordic Center  and Meals on Wheels are selling handmade items to raise funds for their cause. The Friends of the Siskiyou Ice Rink are asking folks to fill out an on-line survey, the Mount Shasta Beautification Committee is selling raffle tickets and plants to raise money for new banners for the light posts throughout town. Shasta Taiko  has a booth where you can learn more about the upcoming Shasta Yama, world renown Taiko festival or sign up for lessons.

Artistic creations vary from Maura Blackburn’s  and Maggie Shepard’s handmade pottery to Living Shasta Photography . Fine artists include David Gochenour and Sharon LaMonaco from the River Run Gallery  in Weed. Mei Drucker is showing her colorful paintings or you can purchase Rainbow Products local honey and gift baskets from Black Butte Baskets. There are many different jewelers selling fine crafts, including Lynda Hardy and Danielle Signor. The music line up began at noon with Tom Scott and Leslie Tiff.  The center stage will feature continuous music of local bands interspersed with some circus acts.

And if that’s not enough to entertain you and your family  you can register for the Mountain Runners Foot Race at their booth at the  Lake  Street entrance. The two mile course is full if entertainment including Siskiyou’s “First Lady of the Fiddle.” Evelyn Horner.  and check out the southwest corner of Alma and Mt Shasta Blvd. where Larry Tadina has set-up a display of his wood sculpture. I like to buy at least one burger and a beer from the Elks, because this is a big fund raiser for them to support the good works they do for our community.

There many more venders ready to answer your questions, ask you to get involved and sell you their wares. Big fun in downtown Mount Shasta! For hours and more information link to the Chamber’s PDF of the full schedule.

Enjoy the 4th of July celebrations, stay safe and don’t drink and drive!

See you at the Pancake Breakfast!