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Come celebrate craftsmanship and ancient arts and in the process have a really good time listening to local bands and eating hotdogs and chili! There will also be activities for children including puppet shows and face painting! Hope to see you there! Craftsman’s Days! The two days after Thanksgiving! It’s a great time to get Holiday gifts ~ and it supports Blue Ox Radio!
We did it ~ we are back up and running! It was a daunting task to move the Blue Ox Radio studio. Thanks to the efforts and dedication of a lot of loyal Blue Ox Radio fans ~ we did it!
BIG THANK YOU to:
The “Make Room” crew: Brianna, Blue Ox secretary, Eric Hollenbeck, Blue Ox student Josiah, and Blue Ox School graduate Robert that cleared shelves and moved boxes out of the office that has now become the new studio.
The Paint Crew: Brianna, Larry and Eric ~ we now have fresh creamy white paint on the walls!
The Packing Crew: Larry, Shelley Mitchell and Viviana
The Antenna Crew: Eric, Rob Walkenhauer, Blue Ox’s night watchman John Chillinsky, Josiah, and Robert. They did it all in one afternoon! Great job guys!
Eric, who created a space in the Post Office next to the offices for the transmitter and also ran all the cables and wires over to the new studio.
Paul Litza, Mirth First tenor, and former “lineman for the county”, who ran the phone lines over to the new studio.
Blue Ox Radio’s own “Technical Guru”: Cai Maver who hooked up all the broadcast equipment to get us back broadcasting ~ we were only down for one day!
Ray Hamill and Judd Starks who loaded up and moved the many boxes of CDs and equipment from the old station.
JM Wilkerson that helped get the final equipment from the recording studio sorted out and loaded up.
We will miss our old home at the Blue Ox Community School that served us well for five years, but we are excited about our new larger studio!
The Blue Ox Community School Site that has housed the studio will be closing down at the end of this month. The Humboldt county Office of Education that was renting the site has been forced to close down the site due to budget issues. The Community School program will continue to operate with the students being transferred over from the main school campus at Myrtle and 6th Street.
The studio will be moved to the offices at Blue Ox Historic Park. Larry Rochester, Program Director for the station, is looking forward to the larger space and the windows looking over the main woodworking building. It will be a new thing having the studio be “in the middle of things” and more accessible.
The station will be going off air temporarily for a short time. We anticipate having the move completed by the first week in July. Please do feel free to stop by and check out our new “digs”!
We here at Blue Ox Radio are sad to report that Elbert Two Ponies, one of our key volunteers, passed away on Saturday June 2nd of a sudden and massive heart attack. At the station, Elbert was the expert on Sam 4, the computer program that runs our station. In the Native American community, he was a respected spiritual leader and healer. He was known as the Storyteller, for he collected and told stories from the Native American traditions. His show, Legends airs nationally, and there were several prayer circles held for him in various parts of the country.
Elbert was a wise and gentle soul, passionate about the importance of sharing stories, and sharing his extensive technical knowledge! He will be missed. We send his wife Teresa Whitefeather and their family our prayers.
Blue Ox’s 11th Annual May Day Living History and Artisan Faire will be held on Saturday May 5th at Blue Ox Historic Park. The event is one of Blue Ox Radio’s main fundraisers ~ so come out to enjoy the day and support our station. We will have music, craft demonstrations and great food, a fun time for the whole family!
Due to some persistent “gremlins”, Blue Ox Radio has been having difficulties staying on the air. Thanks to the committed efforts of our dedicated volunteers, we are back! Our music library is only partially available at present, so please bear with us, we are working on it.
We will also be introducing some new programming so stay tuned!
FREE 20th Anniversary Open House Celebration at Blue Ox Historic Park: Free tours, music, demonstrations, and more!Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
It has been 20 years since Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park first opened their doors to tourists. To celebrate this special occasion and to thank the community for their support, Blue Ox will host a FREE Open House on Saturday July 9, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be Live Music, Food, Refreshments, and demonstrations by students from the Blue Ox Community School in Blacksmithing, Woodworking, Print Making and Pottery.
Blue Ox Youth and Community Radio 97.7 FM, a non-profit program of the Ink People Center for the Arts, will be raising funds for the station by selling: Beer donated by Lost Coast Brewery, Soda donated by Coca Cola Bottling Company, Bottled Water, Hot Dogs, Popcorn and Cookies. Special Musical Guests include Joe Garceau at 10 a.m., Julian Lang at 11:30 a.m., The John David Young Trio at 1 p.m. and Bud Rogers at 2:30 p.m.
Blue Ox Millworks and the Historic Park have been recognized over the years in at least thirty national and international magazines as well as on many national television programs. They receive thousands of visitors every year from all over the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica. Visitors will get the chance to see the nation’s largest collection of Barnes Equipment Company Human Powered tools, a complete operating 1800s letterpress print shop, an apothecary, lapidary, blacksmith shop, ceramics studio, a re-created skid camp, a rose garden with over 100 roses, and the animal residents of Blue Ox, including Jackson the donkey, Principe the horse and of course, Babe and Blue their Belgian Blue Ox who each weigh in at 2,800 lbs.
The student store is filled with hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts created by the students of the Blue Ox Community School. Items include ceramic bowls and cups, beautifully carved wood bowls and decorations, fire pokers and steak turners created in the blacksmith shop, jewelry, t-shirts, and more. All purchases made at the gift store are split between the student that made the item and the school field trip fund.
Blue Ox Millworks is one of the last true custom millwork shops in the United States. Their full mill and collection of antique woodworking tools gives them the flexibility to tackle most any woodworking challenge, whether restoration or new construction. Clients from all over the country include historic governor’s mansions, cathedrals, saloons, and libraries, well as private homeowners. From custom doors and windows to Gingerbread details and redwood gutters, Blue Ox Millworks can do it all.
Come spend the day, take a free tour, and help celebrate Humboldt’s History with Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park, located at the corner of 1 street and X Street in Eureka near the Bay. For More information visit them on the web at www.blueoxmill.com or call 444-3437. Blue Ox can also be found on the web on Facebook (Blue Ox) and Youtube (Blueoxvillage).
Blue Ox Youth and Community Radio 97.7 FM is dedicated to serving our local community with quality radio and community outreach. As much of the community already is aware, we are planning on expanding our services by streaming on the web. In the past few months, we have done several fundraisers and thanks to our generous community we have raised enough money to start the streaming process. We are in the process of dealing with all of the technological questions and answers… then we will need to retrain all of the DJ’s on the new procedures and rules.
We hope to be streaming within the next few months. We look forward to being able to reach a broader audience by streaming and being able to share Humboldt County with the world beyond our boundaries.
Blue Ox Radio has many talented DJ’s and we are always looking to train more!!! If you or someone you know is interested in being involved in radio, come on down! We welcome new comers and will train them in all aspects of broadcasting, conducting interviews, etc.
For more information about Blue Ox Youth and Community Radio 97.7 FM, you can visit us on the web at www.blueoxradio.org or “like” us on facebook at Blue Ox Youth & Community Radio.
KKDS Blue Ox Youth & Community Radio, Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park, and Blue Ox Community School would like to extend a giant thank you to the community for coming out to The 10th Annual May Day Living History and Artisan Faire this last Saturday. We raised a good amount of money for Blue Ox Radio and a significant amount of food was donated to food for people. As well, The Blue Ox Community School was able to raise some money through the gift shop toward their graduation ceremonies and celebration! The photographs that we are receiving are priceless! Thank you for capturing the moment and sharing it with us!
We wish to extend our gratitude toward all of the talented musicians kept our toes tapping and put a happy smile on our faces; The Tumbleweeds, Compost Mountain Boys, Pilot Rock Ramblers, Striped Pig Stringband, Jan Bramlett and friends, Lyndsay Battle and crew, Roddy Ross, Joe Garceau, Calleaghn Kinnamon, & The Trickle Downs.
We sincerely appreciate the talents and time given by our collaborators and presenters; The Raven Project, Clarke Historical Museum, The Ink People Center for the Arts, MARZ Project, HSU Agricultural Department CCAT, Humboldt County Wool Growers Association, Eileen Smithers & The Boat Crew , George Stevens, Teresa Whitehawk & Elbert Walston, Chance, Matthew Scott, Cathy LeCroix, Mark Dupree, Paula Flannery, Jeni Hood, Jamie & Ben Cohoon, Bernice Huston, Chaz, Shannon Sandlin, Morrye Scandlon, Tifanie McLaren, Carrie Maschmire, Roland & Jennifer, Bill Kohse, Bud Rogers, Kathy Wolf, Mark Dupre and Sean Powers.
We would also like to thank North Coast Mercantile and Muddy Waters Coffee Company for their generous contributions to the May Day Festivities! Thanks also go out to our other supporters; Humboldt County Office of Education, KISS FM, KXGO, ESPN Radio, KFMI, KMUD, Cool 105.5, KHUM, KWPT, KSLG, MIX 95.1, KGOE, KRED, The Arcata Eye, Eureka Times Standard, The Tri City Weekly, and Times Printing.
Lastly, we want to let our volunteers know how much we appreciated their time and energy that helped to make the event a success! We had a great time and hope that you all did too! We hope to see you all again in the future!
Keep your eyes open for upcoming dates at Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park, Including;
· The Brush Ape Play presented by Sanctuary Stage Productions on the weekend of June 3, 4, & 5, 2011,
· Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park Tour 20th Anniversary Open House Celebration Saturday, July 9, 2011,
· Blue Ox Community School will host a Student Reunion Saturday August 13, 2011,
· Blue Ox Steampunk Festival and Ball Saturday September 17, 2011, &
· Craftsman Days Saturday & Sunday November 26& 27 2011.
Blue Ox is busy busy busy! Please join us for these festivities and more. For more information about Blue Ox visit us on the web at www.blueoxmill.com, www.blueoxradio.org, facebook (Blue Ox) and Youtube (Blueoxvillage) or call (707) 444-3437. Blue Ox Millworks and Historic Park is open Daily Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours, located just off the Bay on the corner of 1st Street and X Street.