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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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Pictures of Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 on Sunday October 8 was wonderful. The weather was beautiful. Great music! Cider and dutch oven goodies! Wagon rides! Folks dressed up in period costumes. Lots of fun activities from the 1800’s. I’ll let some pictures speak for themselves.

Nicki Carlisle, the Zuilleger family and the Shooting Stars

 

The Shooting Stars – Natalie, Katie, Tahlia, and Helaina

Here’s a link to music by the Shooting Stars at Heritage Day 2017.

North State Fiddlers

 

Meg with Jack and Jill

 

Nina Kammener, Diana Sophia Green, and Kayla Oilar

 

Beading

 

Candle making

 

Candle making

Making a pine doll

 

These girls made some fine pine dolls

 

Craig Harrington at Heritage Days

 

Manning the cider press

 

Veronica Sloan and Dutch Oven Cooking

 

Pit River Pioneer Thom Sloger with Linda Colvin at an 1840’s tent site

 

Pit River Pioneers

 

Walt Libal displaying old guns

 

Sawbucking

 

Tug O War

 

Cub Scouts from Pack 38

 

Leos at Heritage Day

For more on Heritage Days see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Heritage Day shares the past

 

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Heritage Day coming October 8

The 28th Annual Heritage Day will be Sunday October 8 from noon until 4 p.m. at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. The event, which offers a personal journey into frontier life in the 1800’s, is one of the premiere events of the year for the Intermountain area. Entrance to the park and parking are free for this event.

There will be fifteen different hands-on stations with activities such as  pine bough doll-making, candle-making, bread-working, rope-making, blacksmithing, bead-working, ax-throwing, tug-of war. There will also historical displays of vintage guns and tools and other aspects of pioneer life. This year will also feature wagon rides pulled by draft horses.

Sawbucking

Photo of sawbucking from Heritage Day 2016

Local bluegrass and country musicians will provide old-time music throughout the afternoon.

Shingletown Bound performing in 2016

In addition to cider, fresh-pressed on site, and goodies from a Dutch oven, the Lions Club will be serving food.

And of course, it is also a chance to spend a beautiful afternoon outdoors in the woods and enjoy the beauty of Burney Falls.

Burney Falls

Burney Falls

Heritage Day is sponsored by The event is sponsored by the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association in Partnership with CAL PARKS. Lots of local volunteers pitch in each year to make it a success. Some of the organizations that assist are the Burney Lions Club, Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Boy Scouts, Leos, and Pit River Pioneers.

For more see:

Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016
Four Local Volunteers Honored at Heritage Day
Heritage Day shares the past

 

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PCT Season Coming

In late May, a trickle of trekkers begins to flow through the Intermountain area. This is the beginning of a stream of hikers making their way on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

PCT sign in Burney Falls Park

The PCT is a 2,659 mile long trail from the U.S. border with Mexico just south of Campo, California to the Canada–US border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia. It passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.

The PCT was conceived by Clinton Churchill Clarke in 1932 and received official status as a National Scenic Trail in 1968 under the National Trails System Act of 1968. The trail was officially completed in 1993.

Thru hikers are those who make the journey all the way from Campo to the Canadian border. One of the first things that they do as they join the PCT community is choose colorful trail names by which they will be known throughout their journey.

Tapafla, 1 Gear, 6 Tacos, and Lo Flo at Burney Falls Park

The journey takes about five months. Hikers generally begin the first part of their journey through the desert of Southern California in April. In order to make it to Canada by late September, they need to establish a steady pace. The pace varies with each hiker but generally averages between 20 and 25 miles a day. A few energetic hikers hike up to 30 miles a day. Sometimes the hikers take a “zero” day to rest. On “nero” days, the hikers take it easy and don’t hike the full pace that they have set.

One of the sayings of the trail is “It’s not the miles, but the smiles.”

But it’s not all smiles. Even in the spring, the first part of the journey through the desert is hot. Many suffer from blisters. People develop strategies to beat the heat, often resting during the hottest part of the day and hiking at night.

The next leg of the trek is through the Sierras. Depending on the snow pack, each year is different. During the drought, the trail was passable early. Last year, there was more snow, which caused a log jam in the southern Sierras as people waited for the snow to melt. Streams were high and perilous to cross. The early hikers had to cross miles of snow and camp in the cold.

Some hikers, like the Brit Family Robinson, decided to “skip hike,” renting a car to drive north.

Brit Family Robinson at 299 crossing

The Brit Family Robinson had two of the youngest hikers on the trail last year, Pippy Longstocking, age 12 and Captain Obvious, age 10. Their father Christopher is an international trail guide who has hiked in the Himalayas, Mongolia, Alaska, and the Andes.

Other hikers, waiting for the snow to melt, congregated in towns and camps to rest and socialize. One 63 year-0ld hiker, Desert Steve from Henderson, Nevada, took the opportunity to go home and rest for two weeks before continuing on.

Desert Steve from Henderson, NV

Once the trail becomes passable, the backlogged flow of hikers streams through the Sierras. The highest altitude on the trail is 13,153 feet as it passes though Forester Pass.

After passing over the Sierras, the trail meets the Cascade Mountain range near Chester, California. This is the midpoint of the journey. Crossing over Mt. Lassen the hikers enter the Pit River Watershed area as they descend to Hat Creek at Old Station. Old Station Post Office is one of the places that hikers can pick up resupply packages sent to them from friends and family.

The Family – Farwalker, Thunderfoot, Widowmaker, and Spinner

The flow of hikers through the Intermountain area reaches its crest in July and early August. By that time the summer heat has hit our area. From Old Station, hikers transverse a thirty mile waterless stretch across Hat Creek Ridge to Cassel lake. This is one of the hottest driest stretches of the PCT.

Last year during the hot spell, a trail angel, Coppertone, set up his trailer on top of the ridge, where the trail crosses Bidwell Road to supply the hikers with water, fresh fruit, and ice cream floats. Coppertone is well known for his “trail magic.” He takes his trailer and sets up at locations all the way to Canada to minister to the hikers.

Dilly Dally and Coppertone on Hat Creek Ridge

Trail angels are important benefactors of the PCT. Angels provide food and water stashes, camping sites and lodging, rides to and from the trail and other help.  Another saying is “The trail provides.”

After crossing Hat Creek Ridge, the hikers come to Baum Lake. They can rest and get water at the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery across the road.

Hikers rehydrating at Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery

Then the trail goes on to cross Hwy 299 where many hikers catch rides into Burney. Burney is a convenient place for hikers to rest, resupply, pick up packages, or even meet friends and relatives mid trail. Safeway, Dollar General, MacDonald’s, and Gepetto’s are some of the most popular stops. Some hikers like to take a day off to refresh and stay at local motels such as Burney Lodging.

Nancy Bobo with Sky Eyes at Burney Lodging

Burney has a lot of trail angels. People have learned to recognize the large packs that PCT hikers carry to differentiate them from other hitchhikers. From late July into early August not a day goes by that one doesn’t see hikers walking along the highway, frequenting the restaurants and stores, or sitting outside Burney lodging.

Many locals enjoy meeting the hikers and giving them rides. PCT season provides an opportunity to meet and talk with people from across the country and all around the world.

Jet Pack and Animal Style at the Alpine

One hiker from Israel named Animal Style left his Brooks Cascadia 11 Trail-Running shoes in a man named Bob’s truck when he got a ride into Burney. Animal Style was desperate. Good shoes are a necessity on a 2500 mile hike through rough terrain. After hours of searching, he was able to locate Bob and call him on the phone. Bob had returned home to Bieber but he drove all the way back to Burney to make sure that Animal Style had his shoes.

Ages of the hikers last year ranged from 9 years old to senior citizens. Most of the hikers are young college educated adventurers. Many have just finished school and are taking the opportunity to take the hike before beginning their careers or going on to graduate school.

One older hiker who came through last year was Donaju from Holywood, Northern Ireland. Donaju said he was a Royal Irish Ranger who had done eleven tours in Afghanistan. He had also served in a number of other hot spots. He was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail for the Wounded Warriors.

Irish Ranger Donaju

Several families hiked the trail together last year. Some seniors are taking a break to reflect on their life. Some hike for the challenge. Some hike to experience the diverse natural beauty and wildlife. In addition to thru hikers there are also local hikers and section hikers.

Section hikers hike only one section of the hike in a year. Then another year they may hike another section until they have hiked the entire trail.

One hiker named Sky Eyes said, ““When you hike the trail, you become a part of the Pacific Crest Trail family,” he said. “You meet different people from all over the world. You hike together with some of them. You camp together. You share food. Relationships are deeper than in normal life because you’re free from all of the business of the world. Everybody has the same needs.”

Some couples have met on the trail and later gotten married.

Since 2014 traffic on the trail has grown tremendously. Sky Eyes said that over 14,000 people hiked the trail last year.  One of the reasons more people are hiking is the release of the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon in December 2014. The movie is based on the 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed that reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

We are fortunate to have the world pass through Pit River country on the PCT. After crossing Hwy 299, the trail progresses though the woods to Lake Britton and Burney Falls Park. The park has a campground frequented by many hikers.

Leaving the Park, the trail goes for a ways down Pit River Canyon and up to Rock Creek Falls. Then the trail heads northwest to Dunsmuir and then north for many more adventures in the Oregon and Washington Cascades.

Get ready, PCT season is coming.

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16th Annual Ham Run May 6th

The 16th Annual Ham Run will be held May 6th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. It will be an all ages event. At 8 a.m. there will be a 4 mile run, and at 9 a.m. there will be a 2 mile “Ham Run.”

Registration forms are available at the Burney Chamber or online at http://www.burneychamber.com/event/16th-annual-ham-run/.

Advance entry is $25 for a single race or $30 for both races. The entry fee includes park entrance and a T-shirt. Day of event entry is $30 for a single race or $35 for both races. If you dress like a pig, you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for the Alpine Drive Inn.

This year’s sponsor’s for the event include Burney Motel, Burney Disposal, Burney Falls Lodging, Hatchet Ridge Wind LLC, Les Schwab Tire Center, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Mountain Cruisers, Mountain Valley Health Centers, Novel T’s, Patterson Optometric Eyecare, Pit River Casino, Pit River Mini Mart, Safeway, and US Bank.

For more information call Jen Luck at 335-2111.

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Four Local Volunteers Honored at Heritage Day

Saturday October 9 was the 27th annual celebration of Heritage Day at McArthur-Burney Falls Park. As part of the celebration, Catherine Campbell, Chairperson of the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Society, and Brett Mizeur, Supervising Ranger, honored four local volunteers for their valuable assistance to the park and the event.

Catherine Camp and Ranger Mizeur recognize awardees

Catherine Camp and Ranger Mizeur recognize awardees

Melissa Madden teaches English and leadership and serves as the youth activities director for Burney High School. She helps to organize and co-ordinate student service organizations, such as the Leos, to assist at Heritage Day and other local events. The teaching and assistance by Leos and Scouts under the supervision of Ms. Madden and the Scout leaders at the activity and craft stations has been essential to the success of these events. Because Melissa Madden is a good leader, she can help her students to become good leaders.

Supervising Ranger Brett Mizeur presents Melissa Madden with a certificate of appreciaton

Supervising Ranger Brett Mizeur presents Melissa Madden with a certificate of appreciation

The second awardee Stan Vigolo is a member of the Pit River Pioneers. He came to the first Heritage Day 27 years ago and has come every year since helping to set up a display showing how the pioneers to this area lived, hunted, camped, fished, etc. A picture of him at the first Heritage Day in full Buckskins appeared on a flier for the Park for several years.

Stan Vigolo receiving his award

Stan Vigolo receiving his award

At 6′ 5″ Stan is a mountain of a mountain man. He is an avid enthusiast of pioneer sports and has participated in many competitions such as tomahawk throwing and sawbucking. Here’s a tip from past champion Stan on sawbucking. If you want to get a good, clean, quick cut, have a left-hand and a right hand man as a team. That will equalize the pressure on the saw to keep it from bowing.

The third recipient was Chuck Evans. 89 year-old Chuck has also participated in every Heritage Day. One of the things he has done is to help organize and direct the parking. Lion Chuck was in the hamburger line when his name was called but Ranger Brett caught up with him afterwards to present his certificate.

Chuck Evans receiving and award from Rangers Brett Miseur and Dan Toth

Chuck Evans receiving and award from Rangers Brett Mizeur and Dan Toth

The final awardee was Craig Harrington, publisher of the Intermountain News. Every year Craig donates his time and labor for the layout and graphic design for the Burney Falls Park publication that is given to thousands of visitors. This provides a lot of interesting information and a great souvenir. He also assists the park and the interpretive association with other work on publications and publicity.

As Catherine Camp said, Heritage Day would not be a success each year without the help of scores of volunteers. Thanks to these four noble souls and to all the others who have donated their time, talents, and resources.

 

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Heritage Day At Burney Falls Park 2016

Teen in buckskins and a raccoon hat with three tails

Teen in buckskins and a raccoon hat with three tails

More than 1000 people came to Burney Falls McArthur Park on October 9 for it’s 27th Annual Heritage Day. From noon to 4 p.m. men, women, and children enjoyed listening to old-time music and participating and observing in a variety of pioneer crafts and activities.

Many of the folks were dressed in authentic 19th century attire.

The Burney Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River shared the responsibility of directing traffic and making sure that everyone found a parking space. Parking for the day was free.

The Lions also barbecued lots of tasty burgers. Rotary helped to man the apple press which provided lots of delicious apple cider for everyone who attended.

Folks made lots of delicious cider at the apple press

Folks made lots of delicious cider at the apple press

Many volunteers from the Boy Scouts and the Leos Club were teaching and assisting at the various craft and activity stations.

The local boy scout and cub scout scouts camped the night before in the park.

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coordinate the Leos.

Lots of Leos helped with the activitites

Lots of Leos helped with the activities

Each station gave people an opportunity to learn how our forebears lived.

Children had a great time making candles,

Kids making candles

Kids making candles

sawbucking,

Sawbucking

Sawbucking

and learning how to make rope from twine,

Rope-making

Rope-making

One young lady learned how to give mom a shave with a straight-razor

Giving mom a shave

Giving mom a shave

Learning to throw a tomahawk and a knife was a fun challenge.

Throwing the tomahawk

Throwing the tomahawk

Competing in a tug-o-war  on a box was a thrill.

tug-o-war on a box

Tug-o-war on a box

Ron Shannon was busy teaching people the art of blacksmithing.

Blacksmithing

Spinning wheel

Spinning wheel

Other activities included making pine-needle dolls, spinning, designing brands and branding, quill pen writing, cooking with a Dutch oven, and apple coring,

The main culinary delight of the festival was delicious apple crisp baked in a Dutch oven by  Veronica Skoan. Yummy yummy apples sliced by the kids, together with oats, brown sugar, and other seasonings cooked to blue-ribbon perfection.

Veronica Skoan baked up some delicious apple crisp in her Dutch oven

Veronica Skoan bakeInd up some delicious apple crisp in her Dutch oven

The Pit River Pioneers had a display featuring historical implements and weapons and an old pioneer tent site.

Old time pioneer campsite

Old time pioneer campsite

The tent site was erected by Stan Vigolo. Stan has been helping with Heritage Day since it began. At the first Heritage Day 27 years ago, Stan had his picture taken standing in buckskins by a large conifer. Subsequently, that photo was used by the park on a pamphlet to advertise the event. Here he is standing by the same tree at this year’s event.

Stan Vigolo by the tree he was photographed at 27 years ago

Stan Vigolo by the tree he was photographed at 27 years ago

The entire occasion was enhanced by delightful old-time music. Fiddlers, guitar pickers, bass and mandolin players, banjoists, and singers from the Intermountain area and beyond treated their audience to a broad range of classic and original bluegrass, country, and traditional folk tunes. Amongst the groups performing were the Old Time Fiddlers, Shingletown Bound, and Loosely Strung from Red Bluff.

Shingletown Bound

Shingletown Bound

A highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to four local volunteers who have been long-time supporters of Heritage Day.

Catherine Camp and Ranger Mizeur recognize awardees

Catherine Camp and Ranger Mizeur recognize awardees

Supervising Ranger Brett Mizeur presents Melissa Madden with a certificate of appreciaton

Supervising Ranger Brett Mizeur presents Melissa Madden with a certificate of appreciaton

At 2 p.m. Catherine Camp, chairwoman of the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association and Brett Mizeur,  Supervising Ranger for the park, presented awards to Melissa Madden, Stan Vigolo, and Chuck Evans, and Craig Harrington.

(For more on awards see Four Local Volunteers Honored at Heritage Day.)

Ms Camp said, “We are proud to have such a wonderful community event that includes free admission, We could not do it without the help of dozens of local volunteers.”

 

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