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Burney Junior-Senior High Students Light up the Stage with “Princess Whatsername”

“The 2018 Spring musical was a smash hit! Burney Junior and Senior High School Students presented three marvelous performances of “Princess Whatsername” written by Brian B. Taylor with music by Bill Francoeur and lyrics by Scott de Turk at the Liz Polley Center for the Arts.

Opening number

The production was directed by Jill Reed Lights and Sound by Larry Goza and Alissa Tereba and Stage Direction by Carolyn Garrigua and her crew. About 400 people came to see the performances that took place on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.

Princess Whatsername

A talented cast of dozens  of students took the audience through a cleverly constructed fairy tale peopled with characters from a range of Grimm’s folk tales including Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother, Rapunzel, Hercules, princesses and princes, and good and bad fairies.

Hansel and Gretel find Princess Whatsername in the woods

The lead character, Princess Whatsername (played by Bailey Turner) turned out to be Princess Aurora, who had been pricked by a spinning wheel and lost her memory. In her quest to regain her true identity, she wandered through an enchanted forest as the characters enacted comic scenes and delightful musical numbers.

Hansel after eating a candy house

All the students performed excellently. The Seven Dwarves number was classic. Elie Urlie dazzled the audience with his performance as an intriguing hip-hop style Rumpelstiltskin. Paris Deaton-Geisler shone as a country-western style Snow White.

Princess Whatsername and Rumplestiltskin

After the performance a special plaque was presented from the Mountain Echo newspaper with a photo and news article of the first chorale performance at Liz Polley Center.

Jill Reed displays a special historical plaque

Ms. Reed then presented the students actors with gifts of appreciation for their hard work and excellent performance, and the students in turn presented gifts to Director Reed and Carolyn Garrigua expressing their love and gratitude.

Here are more pictures of the performance:

Prince Reveille and Rumplestiltskin

Snow White and Goldilocks in the house of the Three Bears

The Seven Dwarves

The Three Bears chase Princesses

The Queen of the West and Snow White

Goldilocks, Princess Whatsername and Rapunzel

Singing Princesses

Three Bears, Snow White, and Prince Reveille

Prince Hercules challenges Prince Reveille

Queen of the North

Three Bears, Snow White, and Prince Reveille

Princess Aurora reunited with her parents and her true love

Rumpleskiltskin performs the wedding

The final number


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“The Basket of Flowers” shares a story of faith, love, and forgiveness

Grace Community Bible Church presented performances of “The Basket of Flowers” at the Liz Polley Center for the Performing Arts in Burney on February 9 and 10.

The play is a Lamplighter Theatre adaptation of a children’s story written by the 19th Century Bavarian cleric, teacher, and author,  Christoph Von Schmid. The Burney production was performed by a full cast of sixteen actors under the direction of Deborah Hathaway.

Director Deborah Hathaway presented with a bouquet of flowers

The tale tells the story of a fifteen year old girl named Mary, the daughter of the castle gardener. Her father is a humble pious man who uses the flowers to teach lessons of faith to his daughter. She is befriended by the daughter of the countess. After a visit to the castle, a diamond ring disappears and Mary is accused of stealing it and thrown into prison awaiting trial.

Mary learns she has been accused of stealing the queens ring

When Mary refuses to confess, her father is also arrested. A jealous maid testifies that she saw Mary leaving the castle with the ring and the judge finds her guilty. The penalty for stealing from royalty is death.

Mary’s trial

Thanks to the intercession of the Countess and her daughter, the lives of Mary and her father are spared. However, they are banished for life from the land. For over two years they wander homeless through the woods. When her father takes ill during a storm and lies unconscious under a bridge during a torrential storm, Mary finds a kind couple who takes them in and nurses her father to recovery.

Mary and her father taken in by a kind couple

Eventually, Mary’s aging father dies as Mary reads him verses from the Bible. The couple with whom they stay are no longer able to maintain their farm and turn it over to their son and his wife. The daughter-in-law is a selfish domineering woman who puts Mary out on a cold dark night.

Pastor Winkelman give a short invitation to recevie God’s grace and forgiveness

In the meantime, however, the countess and her daughter have discovered the true cause of the disappearance of the ring. They set off to find Mary and in the end justice and mercy prevail. The faith of Mary’s father is vindicated.

Before the final scene, Pastor Henry Winkelman, who played the judge, gave a short talk about forgiveness with an invitation to receive God’s love and mercy through faith in Jesus.

The tale is told in beautiful language. Through the subplots, human nature, both good and bad is explored. The character development portrayed by the actors was marvelous causing the audience to break into applause after numerous scenes.

The lead character Mary was played by two actors. Young Mary was played by Savannah Niemeir. Older Mary was played by Trisha Niemeir. Her father James was played by Seth Landers. Other cast member were Brian Winkelman, Arden Hathaway, Millie Hathaway, Cierra Niemeir, Breanna Landers, Timothy Landers, Henry Winkelman, Stephen McDermeit, Kendra Hathaway, Zachary Paramo, Luke Niemeir, Brenda Hathaway, and Lydia Winkelman.

The cast

The entire drama was accompanied by a lovely musical score.  Hillary Fahey provided free access to the wardrobe closet at Shasta Community College to provide the actors with their marvelous costumes. More than three dozen people contributed their time and talent working in various production teams to make the performance possible.


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Hope is Alive! 12 coming to Montgomery Creek October 6

The 12th Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Night will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at Billy’s Roadside Café, 30356 State Highway, 299 East, Montgomery Creek. Songwriters, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, and dancers are welcome to come share their talent. Performers are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance by contacting Carrie Jo Diamond at 229-8484 or cdiamond@co.shasta.ca.us.

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith

Stu Stoore, Ginny Dye, and Don Smith at Hope is Alive! 9 in McArthur

This is the fourth Hope Is Alive! to be held in the Intermountain area of the county.

Hope Is Alive! was founded in September 2014. The purpose has been to celebrate the healing power of art, music, and poetry and to raise awareness about mental health struggles, substance use disorders, and suicide loss.

Burney International Folk Dancers

Burney International Folk Dancers at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

Hope Is Alive! open mic nights have been held at locations throughout Shasta County. Nearly 130 performers, including dancers, spoken word artists, rappers and musicians have participated.

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson

Billy Riggins and Lewis Gustafson at Hope is Alive! 4 in Burney

For more information about Stand Against Stigma and Hope Is Alive! Open Mic Nights, visit www. Standagainststigma.com or Hope is Alive! 12 on Facebook.

Articles on past Hope is Alive! open mics in the Burney, Montgomery Creek, and McArthur:

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza
Hope is Alive! 6 showcases incredible talent
Open mic brings hope alive in Burney!

Hope is Alive 9! at Old Merc Pizza: A selection of videos

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Community Foundation Grant Opportunity Deadline is June 7th

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation is a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $18,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.

Artist Kim Solga received a grant to paint a prominent public mural in Dunsmuir celebrating the town’s heritage.

The deadline of June 7th is fast approaching for grant applications for funding from two field of interest funds managed by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. These opportunities are provided thanks to the efforts and investments made by many generous donors in our region. The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to benefit projects that will provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties; the Community Arts Endowment Fund was established to support grants to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media in the region. Grant review committee members from the areas served evaluate the proposals and make recommendations for funding.

More details about making donations to or requesting funding from these and other funds are available on the Community Foundation’s website at www.shastarcf.org.

For further information, contact Program Officer, Amanda Hutchings at amanda@shastarcf.org or call 530.244.1219.

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“100 Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre

The Fall River Valley Community Choir performed “One Hundred Years of Broadway” at the Mt Burney Theatre on Saturday May 6. Eighteen choir members performed a medley of 50 Broadway hits ranging from the early days of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway.

Rev. Bill Myers soloing “If Ever I Would Leave You”

Don Smith directed the choir for the 45 minute review arranged by Mac Huff.

Don Smith directing the choir

Narrator Michael Kerns guided the audience through the history as he introduced each of the six sections of the review.

The performance began with an Opening featuring songs such as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Beautiful voices

The Early Years featured music from Tin Pan Alley greats such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Setting the Standards included some of the all time great hits by Rogers and Hammerstein. The Golden Years featured classics such as “Hello Dolly,” Try to Remember,” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

Breaking New Ground rocked the hall with Stu Stoore’s soulful interpretation of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Melanie Kerns moved the audience to tears as she sang Memory written for the 1981 musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn.

Stu Stoore doing a solo

The historical journey concluded with State of the Art leading us into the new millennium with rousing songs such as “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” and “Broadway Baby.”

Then the choir concluded with a finale of more classic show tunes.

The Finale

Under the direction of Director Smith, the choir did a masterful mix of choral blending and individual performance. Laura Beyer, Melanie Kerns, Alison Maki, Candee Parker, Michael Martin, Penny Rogers, Lynn Stoore, Maggie Torres, Bill Myers, Stu Stoore, Brian Baddeley, Jean Rogers, and Tom Jones all sang solos.

What a treat! The spirit of Broadway definitely descended. Special thanks to Donna Sylvester, owner of Mt Burney Theatre, for hosting the event.

The Spirit of Broadway descends

The Fall River Valley Community Choir will give another performance of the review on May 7 at Ingram Hall in McArthur at 4 p.m. and a shortened version at the Fall River Library on May 20.

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Cindy Dodds gives the Rotary Club an update on Bailey Park

Cindy Dodds, Executive Director of the Tri County Community Network (TCCN), gave a fascinating talk on the history and current status of Bailey Park at the May 12 meeting of the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River at Gepetto’s Pizza.

Cindy Dodds explaining the history of Bailey Park

Cindy Dodds explaining the history of Bailey Park

Bailey Park is a true community park. The idea for its creation was initiated by parents and children in the Burney community. Organization began in 2002. The park was designed by community members, supported by volunteer labor, and funded by $300,000 in community grants and contributions.

Ms. Dobbs told interesting stories of the planning and development of the park. She brought a PowerPoint presentation with slides which she showed on her laptop. The following contains pictures of some of the slides in the presentation.

The park opened to the public in 2003. One of its features is a  5000 sq. foot slab of concrete with a fun box for skateboarders.

Ramp for skateboarding

Ramp for skateboarding

There is a grassy area of the park used for a variety of family activities in nice weather.

Lots of fun

Lots of fun

One of the past activities has been music and movement in the park.

Music in the park

Music in the park

There has also been opportunity for parents and children to experience Art in the Park.

Music in the park

Art in the park

The park also contains a school-age fitness program with 9 stations designed by parents. The stations are all connected by trails.  Because it is conveniently located near Burney Elementary School, the program is regularly used by BES teachers and students.

9 stage fitness course designed by parents

9 stage fitness course designed by parents

One of the most popular features of Bailey Park is the Toddler Park that was designed by parents of young children. Many families hold birthday parties for their kids at the park.

Toddler Park

Toddler Park

Also, lots of dads have enjoyed playing with their kids at the park.

Lots of dads playing with their kids

Lots of dads playing with their kids

Annual maintenance for the park costs just under $3000. Each year TCCN has conducted a drive to raise the necessary money.

During discussion following the presentation, questions were raised concerning the future sustainability of the park. One idea mentioned was the creation of a Parks and Recreation District that would oversee all of the parks in Burney including Bailey, Washburn, and Lions Park. The Burney Water District actually has the authority to activate such a district.

Another idea was the creation of a combined Community Services District to coordinate the activities of the various district service boards. This could possibly result in increased funding and more efficient use of equipment and other resources.

We will see what the future holds.

In the meantime, thanks to all of the volunteers who have helped to create and maintain a safe, secure, and inviting park for Burney families.



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Intermountain Alchemy Arts Opening in Burney

A new business is opening in Burney!  It is called Inter-Mountain Alchemy Arts. It is located at 37499 Main Street between Superior Avenue Steel Supply and Burney Disposal.  The business is a collaborative venture by Christina Farber, Jeff McNeil and Shawn Lemmon to provide a variety of healing arts. metal arts, and electronic arts in the Intermountain area.

Christina Farber, Jeff McNeil, and Shawn Lemmon

Christina Farber, Jeff McNeil, and Shawn Lemmon

The front part of the building has already opened to the public. Christina Farber is providing hair-cuts and massage therapy. Men’s hair cuts and short-hair women’s cuts are $10. Kids’ cuts are also $10. If children are are 3-foot tall they can get their haircut on a small tractor.

Christine Farber in the barber shop

Christine Farber in the barber shop

One-hour massage therapy is $39.99.

Healing massage center

Healing massage center

In the back part of the building, Jeff McNeil is creating a sheet metal, welding, and blacksmith shop. Many people in the local area have met Jeff through his folksy western music. Jeff performed last year at the pre-fireworks program for Burney Basin Days. He has also played at the Rex Club and the Fall River Hotel. Most recently he entertained fishermen at the Fisherman’s breakfast in Old Station.

Jeff has been a blacksmith for 30 years and a horseshoer for 25 years. He loves riding horses and was a trail and pack guide in the Sierras above Yosemite for many years. Jeff has a clever eye for metal sculpture and whimsy and likes to make art out of scrap metal.

Jeff with a crab made from scrap metal

Jeff with a crab made from scrap metal

Jeff’s metal working shop and gallery is expected to be open by July, but in the meantime, you can visit and see some of Jeff’s work the front part of the building.

Jeff and Christina in front of some of Jeff's metalwork

Jeff and Christina in front of some of Jeff’s metalwork

The third component of Inter-Mountain Alchemy Arts will be located in the upstairs portion of the building. Shawn Lemmon has an electrical engineering degree from MIT. Shawn feels passionately about alternative energy and fixing computers is fun for him.

Shawn is currently overseeing all of the clean-up and design of the building. He has also been tending a garden in front of the building that was planted to provide fresh vegetables and herbs for Pacific Crest Trail hikers and the community.

Shawn’s office for electronic arts is expected to be open later this year.

The theme of the business is “Transformational Energy and Beauty.” If you want to learn more, stop by or call Christina Farber at 650-283-4322. Business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

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Art paint-out on Hat Creek

Thirteen artists from the Intermountain area gathered at Hat Creek on Saturday, July 25 for an en plein air painting session at Hat Creek Park just off Hwy 299.

Art paint-out at Hat Creek Park photo by Pat Carlson

Art paint-out at Hat Creek Park photo by Pat Carlson

Five friends and family also came making the total party 18. The artists painted for almost six hours  from 8:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon. During the day, numerous tourists and visitors to the park came by to watch the painting in progress.

Patricia Carlson from Burney, a well-known professional artist, said, “Almost everyone finished at least one painting. I would have finished two, except the ‘wildlife’ kept getting in the way and asking questions.”

The group is planning two more outings, one at Baum Lake and one in Mount Shasta Park.

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2015 Burney Basin Days Art Show displays work by Intermountain Artists

Article and photos by Alex Colvin

Royalty at the art show with Nancy Bobo

Royalty at the art show with Nancy Bobo

From July 3nd  to July 5th, Intermountain Artists, Inc (IAI) hosted the 2015 Burney Basin Days Art Show at the Burney Reunites Welcome Center. The show was organized by Nancy Bobo, head of the art show committee, assisted by Pat Carlson and Rose Peer.

The show included artwork from 125 Northern California artists. Most were from the Intermountain area, but others came from the Redding area, and some came from as far away as the San Francisco Bay area. An estimated 600 to 800 people came to attend the show.

Patricia Carlson won Best of Show. She also tied for the People’s Choice Award with Belinda Strickland.

Best of show

Best of show

The work was judged by Craig Harrington, Jill Binger, and Stan Soars. Categories were: Oil (including opaque acrylic); Watercolor; Drawing (including pastel; Digital Art (including photography); Mixed Media (including collage); and Sculpture (including textiles and jewelry). Award winners were Linda Isbell, Susan Hanson, Fred Jones, Phyllis Arno, John Thompson, Rena Hawkins, Mary Atchison, Celeste White, Cris Taylor, Thad McKetchnie and Jim Reams.

Oil and opaque acrylic

Oil and opaque acrylic

There was also a junior division that was won by Diana Sophia Green.

Burney Reunites and the Intermountain Art Show shared the use of the old Lyons Pharmacy Building, now owned by the Shasta Community College Foundation. The foundation generously permitted the use of the building for Burney Basin Days.

Oil and opaque acrylic 1

More Oil and opaque acrylic

Pit River Casino, High Country Real Estate, the Burney Chamber of Commerce, Big Pines Real Estate, Burney Falls Lodging, and Dave Winningham Insurance all contributed as sponsors for the event. Rose Peer donated the ribbons and Annie’s Place provided chairs.




More Watercolor

After the event, Bobo said, “It was so rewarding to see so many people enjoying themselves reminiscing through memorabilia and the old Lyons Pharmacy Building. It was also a pleasure to be able to share so much local talent with everyone.”



Digital art and photography

Digital art and photography

Alex Colvin is co-owner of The Lace Gallery in Burney, California. He previously wrote for non-profit corporations in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Since returning to Burney, where he has deep family roots, Alex and his wife Linda have dedicated themselves to exploring and photographing the natural beauty of Northern California.


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Fine Art and Craft Fair held in Burney

Article and photo by Alex Colvin 5/25/15 — Saturday, May 23rd, on a grassy knoll surrounded by towering ponderosa pines behind the U.S. Bank on Main Street in downtown Burney, the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River Mills hosted its 3rd annual Memorial Day Weekend Fine Arts and Crafts Show.

A shopper examines pens made from natural products.A shopper examines pens made from natural products at the show in Burney

The show was organized by Andrew Urlie, a fine art potter. The show featured art pottery, photography, painting and hand-crafted items.

Two artisan brothers, Keith and Kevin McKay from Cassel, displayed a fascinating array of items fashioned from natural sources such as oak and manzanita bowls; a hand-wrought fly fishing coat rack; pine cone ornaments and fan-pulls; and ink pens made from ten varieties of wood, rope, pinecones, and even horse manure!

The event was well attended and vendors reported satisfying sales.

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