NEIGHBORHOOD CREAMERY ARTS FESTIVAL celebrates Creamery Building centennial!
The 2017 Creamery Arts Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of Arcata’s historic Creamery Building in style with four days of fun. Highlights include the Flynn Creek Circus, fermented food and drink at Fervor Fest, the giant puppets and lanterns of the ever-popular Elemental people-powered performance spectacle, and a whimsical exhibit of unique historical recreations by local artist Lush Newton.
Presented by the Arcata Playhouse the festival commences on Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. with the first of six performances over the festival weekend from Mendocino County’s own Flynn Creek Circus. This charmingly nostalgic and surprisingly fresh all human circus will perform in their vintage big top tent with top quality acts featuring tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and comedians in an all new show. www.flynncreekcircus.com
Continuing on Friday, August 18 at 8:30 p.m. with the Playhouse’s signature outdoor performance spectacle Elemental which features giant puppets, dancers, stilt walkers, live music and beautiful paper lanterns all happening around the Creamery building. The evening finishes with a special adult performance from Flynn Creek Circus in their tent.
Humboldt Fervor Festival is back as part of the festivities from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. This second annual event is co-hosted by Humboldt Made, Wildberries Marketplace and the Arcata Playhouse and is a celebration of all things fermented including hard cider, distilled spirits, beer and wine tastings as well as fermented non-alcoholic drinks & fermented food tastings such as sourkrout, kimchi, kvass, cheese, pickles, and more. Info and tickets at: www.humboldtfervorfest.org
In addition to the Creamery Building being open for tours and hosting various special activities, the festival has commissioned local artist Lush Newton to create a special outdoor art exhibit that will be inspired by the 100th year anniversary. The exhibit titled “Golden State Creamery; The Land of Milk and Honey” will feature Newton’s unique whimsical style in several oversized art pieces placed around the building including representations of a historical train station and train engine, a family of Portuguese farmers and a special ode to Creamery Building architect Franklin Georgeson.
The Creamery Building is home to the Arcata Playhouse, Redwood Raks Dance Studios, Tosha Yoga, Bang! Bang! Vintage Clothing Store, Phoenix Ceramics, visual artists and musicians.
Support for the Creamery Festival comes from the The California Arts Council, Footprint Foundation, and local business sponsors Wildberries Marketplace, Greenway Partners and Holly Yashi Jewelry.