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Heritage Day 2018

Once again it was wonderful to attend the annual Hertage Day at McArthur-Burney Falls Park to get a taste of life in the 1870’s. The event took place on Sunday October 7 from 12-4 p.m.

There were lots of hands on events like black-smithing, hatchet throwing, candle-making, pine-doll crafting, branding, tug-0-war, two-man sawing, and weaving.

Branding

Candle-making

Hit the target

Proud of my pine doll

Tug O War

Two- man saw girl

Fine music was played by various North-State groups from the Old Time Fiddlers Association. Once again I got to listen to one of my favorite groups of performers, The Shooting Stars and friends.

Shooting Stars and Friends

Sons of the Pioneers were there showing guns and implements from the old days and explaining about life on the frontier.

Sons of Pioneers

There was delicious apple crisp prepared fresh in the Dutch Oven and fresh pressed cider from Rotary. The Lions and Lions Auxiliary were there with hamburgers, hot dogs, and other treats.

Apple Crisp for the Dutch Oven

Rotary Cider Press

The Burney Lions Club came early to help direct parking. Leos and Scouts helped to man the events and displays. Lots of volunteers lent a hand to bring the past to life. Parking on Heritage Day was free. The weather was beautiful. In addition to enjoying the fun, the food and the music, many took time to hike the trail and observe the falls. It was awesome!

Heritage Day is sponsored each year by the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association in partnership with CAL PARKS.

See also:
Heritage Day shares the past|
Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Pictures of Heritage Day 2017
Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017

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Friends of Burney Falls September 2018 (including notice of Heritage Day)

From Catherine Camp

September 2018

FRIENDS OF BURNEY FALLS

Welcome to Fall

 

The Park’s summer season is ended, and the less busy fall season is upon us.  The Interpretive Association celebrated 2018 with a thank-you barbecue for Park staff and camp hosts on September 17.  Park staff has put in extra effort this year, as many have been called on to deal with fire in the immediate area and near our sister parks, Shasta State Historic Park.  In addition, the Park would not serve visitors as well without the volunteer efforts of our skilled and cheerful camp hosts.  They extend the reach of paid staff, and bring a diverse set of histories and talents.  We couldn’t do it without them!

Heritage Day Plans

Have you made plans to attend Heritage Day this year?  Sunday, October 7, Noon to 4 p.m.  Entrance to the Park is free.

 Join us for activities reminiscent of the 1870s in this area: Old Time Fiddle music, spinning and weaving, pine bough doll making, calligraphy, candle making, rope making, blacksmithing, branding and practicing with a cross-cut saw.  Make some apple cider and taste Dutch oven apple crisp.  Food is available for purchase from the Burney Lions Club.  Meet community volunteers who lead each of the activities, and their young supporters from the Leos and the Boy Scouts.  Plan to camp or to spend the afternoon, but come join us for some Heritage Day fun!

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FRIENDS OF BURNEY FALLS Volume 5

From Catherine Camp, August 18

Summer Woes

This has been a challenging summer in this part of the world.  The Park has not been directly affected by the fires, but they continue to burn all round us.

The most damaging has been the Carr fire, burning near Redding.  It has killed seven people, consumed more than 200,000 acres, destroyed 1600 buildings and has created an ecological wasteland that will have a catastrophic impact on the wildlife in the area for years to come.  All of us connected to the Park know someone, or several someones, who have lost everything.  The biggest impact to most Burney Falls visitors is, of course, the smoke.  There is another fire, the Hat fire, which burned to the east of the park near Fall River Mills.  It  burned nearly 2,000 acres. Its main impact was closure of Highway 299, which is now open, and yet more smoke.  The Hirz fire on the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake continues to grow.  Finally, a major piece of road work between Burney and the Highway 299/Highway 89 corner has caused significant traffic delays, but is finally finished!

Many of the Park staff were also called into duty when Shasta State Historic Park was caught in the center of the Carr fire.  That Park lost a 1920s schoolhouse, and damage to the brewery and cemetery.  Thanks to rapid work by staff from surrounding areas, including our own, the important museum collections were secured and removed to safety.

Astronomy Program

We are pleased to announce that thanks to a volunteer camp host, Ed Adams, the “Night Sky” presentation, with large telescopes for viewing the stars has been renewed and brought up to speed.  At a test run in early August, Ed’s passion for the subject was palpable and infectious.  We stayed for two hours, learning many things about the planets, stars, constellations, moon, history, and meteor showers.  Unfortunately, the smoke has limited the program this summer.  Ed is currently planning to return next year, so we are hopeful that with the return of clear skies we can look at those galaxies far, far away soon.

Heritage Day

We are beginning to gear up for Heritage Day, Sunday, October 7.  Make your plans to join us, including camping and cabin reservations, for good music and good fun.

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Weaver and Avocado on the PCT

When my daughter Hana Lyn, who is visiting from Maryland, found out that there is a lady in Burney who sells Mary Kay, she was so happy. She had run out of foundation. So Linda messaged Bobbi Frazier and we arranged to meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Word of Live Assembly of God (WOLA) for resupply.

When we arrived, the WOLA coffee shop and lobby were buzzing with activity. Bobbi was there and so also were two members of a 4K for Cancer Team running from San Francisco to New York. So while Hana Lyn transacted with Bobbik and got a latte, I spoke briefly with one of the team leaders for the 4K Run, Cheyenne Greenside. Kathy Newton who was organizing hospitality for the runners during their rest stop in Burney, told me that they would be having a barbecue at WOLA that evening and invited me to come take pictures for an article. (See 4K Runners Grateful for Burney Hospitality).

Bon preparing a drink for Weaver at the coffee shop

In the meantime, I noticed several PCT hikers in the coffee shop. Five more hikers were enjoying the hospitality of WOLA. Two of them were heading back to the trail that day and three of them were planning to rest, resupply, and stay for the night.

I managed to chat with the two who were planning to trek on that day.

Rebekah Archer is a charming, thoughtful young lady from Melbourne Australia who is flip-flopping (skip-hiking) the trail. Her trail name is Weaver. She began solo hiking in Campo on April 9. As she hiked through the Southern California desert she made several friends with whom she hiked. Rebekah said she saw a lot of rattlesnakes in the south.

When they reached Lone Pine (Mile 788.8), she chose to skip the Sierras and hike north from Chester. Hiking from Chester to Burney she has seen a lot of deer but no bear yet. I told her she may well see one in this area.

After she passes through the Northern Cascades to Canada she plans to return and hike south through the high Sierras after the snow has melted.

In the midst of her journey north, Rebekah will take two weeks off from the trail to spend time with friends from Australia who are coming for a two week visit in San Francisco. Then she will rejoin the hikers she met earlier in the desert and hike to Canada with them. Rebekah has planned her hike so she can enjoy, the “best of all worlds.”

Avocado from Frankfurt Germany

The second PCT hiker I talked with in the coffee shop was a young thru-hiker from Frankfurt Germany. His trail name is Avocado. He started from Campo on March 28. This is the first time that he has done such a long hike. He has hiked the mountains of Europe but never longer than two weeks.

Avocado said that what impresses him about the PCT is the “diversity of beauty full of extreme contrast” that he has experienced on his journey through the desert, the High Sierras, the Southern Cascades, Hat Creek Ridge, and then descending into the forests of Burney Basin. He is looking forward to seeing Burney Falls, and then passing through Mt. Shasta, into the forests of Oregon and the Northern Cascades in Washington.

Just before leaving Germany for his adventure, Avocado completed his undergraduate degree in sociology from Frankfurt University. As he is walking north through the wilderness, he is pondering whether he should continue his studies or begin his career.

From the point of view of a sociologist, Avocado said that the PCT culture is a “tiny special society.” It is international. There are people of all ages and backgrounds making the journey for varied reasons. There are day hikers, section hikers, through hikers, and hip hoppers. Trail angels support and encourage the hikers and businesses in small rural towns cater to their needs. Rugged outdoor adventure interfaces with hi-tech social media and special PCT apps to facilitate the journey. There is a fluid blending of individualism and group formation that enriches the PCT family. Avacado said that he may write a short paper on it in the future.

He said that he met only one person hiking through the snow in the Sierras without a cell phone. Avocado considers his phone to be not just a means of communication but a safety device insuring location and rescue in case of mishap in a treacherous area.

Weaver relaxes at Burney Falls Park

After talking with Avocado, Hana Lyn, my wife Linda, and I headed to Burney Falls to hike the Loop. While there, we ran into Weaver again, sitting at a picnic table writing in her journal. She was planning to have an ice cream before visiting the falls and heading north.

Hana Lyn, with her new Mary Kay foundation, had several opportunities to snap selfies by the falls and on the bridge over Burney Creek.

 

Hana Lyn by the lynn at Burney Falls

Selfie on the bridge over Burney Creek

Ah! The best of all worlds!

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Kid Fit Inaugural at Washburn-Bue Park

It was a beautiful day at Washburn Bue Park as scores of children, parents, and volunteers turned out for the inaugural event of KID FIT Summer 2018 on Tuesday evening June 12.

Kid Fit is a program that began in 2006 to address the obesity epidemic that was threatening the health of children in our country. The purpose of the program is to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and families in the Intermountain area.

Kid Fit is organized locally by Shaylene Herndon from Bright Futures, Dana Haugue from Full Fitness Spectrum, and Tri Counties Community Network. Burney High School Senior Hailey Shaver is assisting Shaylene Herndon in the program for her Senior Project.

Organizers prep the kids

Pit River Casino donated $5000 to fund this years Kid Fit events. Additional funds were also provided by Mountain Cruisers and PG&E Employees Funds.

Tough Competition

Activities for the kids included Hula Hoop, tug-a-war, soccer, whiffle ball, jump rope, and lacrosse. Children from toddlers to teens participated.

Having a ball

This little tiger is running a race all his own

Tuesday evening’s kick-off festival at the park was the first of a series of\ events that will take place each week until July 12.

Upcoming events will be:

Tuesday June 19: Burney Falls night hike with free admission to the park.

Tuesday June 26: Family sports night at Bailey Park

Thursday July 5: Family track and field night at Burney High School Football field as one of the opening events for Burney Basin Days

Thursday July 12: Mud race and obstacle source on Bailey Avenue and family swim night at the Raymond Berry Community Pool.

All events begin at 6 p.m. For more information call Shaylene Herndon at 530-335-4600.

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McArthur-Burney Falls State Park 2018 season opens May 11

From Catherine Camp:

FRIENDS OF BURNEY FALLS
Volume 4

McArthur Burney Falls State Park opens the 2018 season  on May 11!  Of course, the Park is open year round, and welcomes visitors at any time.  But the full staffing, including Visitor Center and the Store open typically this time of year.

We hope your plans include a visit this year!

The remarkably wet spring we have had ensures that the falls are roaring and beautiful.  The spring flowers are blooming and the birds are beginning to be heard.  The black swifts haven’t yet returned, but they will be flitting in and around the falls soon.  This pre-Memorial Day period is an especially lovely time to come, as the crowds are less!

All the trails are open, except for the Lake Trail and the PSEA Trail. Both closures begin at the Rainbow Footbridge and continue north to Lake Britton.  The very wet 2016-17 winter destabilized the land supporting the trail, and extensive rerouting is planned but not yet completed.  The Falls Loop Trail, the Headwaters Trail and the Cemetery Trail are all open and inviting.

The Friends of Burney Falls and Castle Crags State Parks has completed our 2017 Annual Report.  We include specifics about  interpretative activities in both parks.  We also report on how we spent the revenue we receive from recycling, the sale of firewood and from sales in the Visitor Center, as well as donations.  If you would like a copy, reply to this e-mail and we’ll send it to you by mail or on line.

The California State Park system is transitioning to a new reservation system for camp sites.  It is now ReserveCalifornia, and the transition has been a little bumpy for some.  If you have difficulty making a reservation, call their number at 1-800-444-7275.  The on site camp staff do not make reservations after the start of the season.

Friends of Burney Falls is not a political organization.  However, we have endorsed Proposition 68 on the June ballot in California.  Proposition 68 would authorize $4.1 billion in bonds for park and water projects.  Notably for us, it would provide desperately needed funds for deferred maintenance in parks like ours.  We encourage those of you in California to look carefully at this proposition.

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Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017

Many talented groups played at Heritage Day throughout the afternoon of October 8 at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. One group that delighted listeners was a talented quartet of young ladies from Shingletown named Shooting Stars.

The following is a playlist of seven of the songs performed by Shooting Stars. The first song was recorded at a picnic table before they went on stage.

The next six, performed on stage, are accompanied by Nicki Carlisle and backed up by members of the North State Fiddlers (California Old Time Fiddler’s Association District 6) who organized the music for the afternoon.

The four Shooting Stars are named Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina. They have been playing together for one year. The two fiddlers are 12 years old and the guitarists are 10 years old. They all have beautiful voices.

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