That’s the case for Chance McFarland, a South Fork High School sophomore who’s playing the lead character — Inspector Ruffing — in “Widdershins,” this year’s version of the annual spring play put on by the school’s Performing Arts Department. The play, an atmospheric murder mystery set in 1902 Great Britain, opens Thursday, May 19 at the Mateel Community Center.
Activist Dennis Peron (front, center) is surrounded by filmmakers, film buffs, and cannabis enthusiasts from all over California and beyond at the second annual Cannabis Film Festival in Garberville on April 23-24. The films were shown at the Redwood Playhouse and the festival included various related activities around town. (Photo by Sandy Feretto)
Park your vehicle at a locked gate behind the Benbow Inn, stroll down a paved walkway for about a quarter-mile, and you’ll come to a hidden gem: a Tudor-style house perched on a wooded bluff above the South Fork of the Eel River.
Designed by renowned California architect Julia Morgan, the two-story, three-bedroom residence was built in the 1920s for San Francisco hotel owner Margaret Stewart — for whom the home was her “dream of a Scottish manor,” as the coffee-table book “Julia Morgan, Architect,” put it.
The second annual Cannabis Film Festival takes place April 23-24, with films screened at the Redwood Playhouse on Sproul Creek Road. The festival’s mission, according to its website, is “awareness-raising through film.”
For Kellie B. Dodds, the festival’s founder and CEO, the festival is an extension of her work with the 707 Cannabis College in Garberville, which she co-founded. “This is exactly the path I’m on,” she said. “I care about correct information and offering a different view of cannabis, where it can be taken seriously and be a part of reality.”
Issues related to placement of garbage and recycling bins, a temporary bridge over the South Fork Eel River and building permits led to new conditions for the three-day event, which takes place the first weekend in August at French’s Camp.
The event’s operations plan reflects a “status quo” approach due to “lack of issues” with last year’s event, said County Planner Michael Richardson. Attendance levels are the same as last year’s — 6,500 ticket holders plus 2,500 staffers, volunteers and performers.
A celebrity seeking privacy checks into a hotel under an assumed name but is soon recognized by a young woman, who is immediately awestruck. After a funny incident involving the hotel’s desk clerks, the celebrity makes a proposal.
Twenty-six students were busy at the Mateel Community Center creating music and collage last Tuesday. They are learning art through the SPARC (Spring Arts Collective) program that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school throughout March and April.