Open art studios of local Dunsmuir artists, food, music, and the ever popular Pie Social will headline this year’s Dunsmuir Dogwood Daze. The Doggie Parade at noon will feature many prizes for different categories, such as Best Hair and Best Combination of Dog and Handler. A prize will also be given to Best Handler Under Fourteen. No pre-registration is required. Meet at the Children’s Park at 11:45. This year’s premier new event, the Soapbox Derby, will kick off at noon, with adult and child categories. It is sponsored by the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce.
The day begins at 10am with the Pie Social down at the Depot, going until “all sold out” which has been the case every year. “The first year I waited until the afternoon, and boy, was I sorry!” said event committee member Barbara Cross. Funds from the pie sale go for the maintenance and improvement of the AmTrak depot station.
Other activities include the Growers’ Market and plant sale from 10-2pm, an outdoor tri-tip luncheon from 11-3 pm at the Resource Center on Dunsmuir Avenue, tours in the Botanical Gardens at 1 and 2pm, and Story Time and kids’ activities at the Dunsmuir Library from 10-1pm. New bookstore Avenue Books will feature sales and a raffle next door from 11-3.
Music will include Gerry Smida as a strolling minstrel, Jimmy Limo in Pine Street Park from 1-3pm, and the band Rival from 3:30-5:30.
The Brewery will have music on the patio Friday through Sunday with no cover charge, as well as Village Harpist Patty Hill Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm. Victor and Allison will play at 7:30 Saturday night at newly opened Dogwood Diner in the historic Brown Trout building.
Another long term popular event this week-end is the City Wide Yard Sale. A map will be available at the Chamber and people may list their location for $10.
Local restaurants will be offering specials, including the Dogwood Diner, Manfredi’s Food and Gas, Micki’s Better Burgers, and The Burger Barn. The Boxcar Gallery will host a reception of local Dunsmuir artists and offer a 20 per cent discount on red tagged items.
The city features many dogwood trees in various colors of white, pink, salmon, and rose. Many are planted on Sacrament Avenue, the Children’s Park, and Hedge Creek Park. Maps showing event and tree locations will be available at the Chamber office as well as yard sale maps. “This is a fun family event with something for everyone. Take a beautiful drive to historic Dunsmuir, see the beautiful trees, and enjoy the food and music on a beautiful spring day,” added Cross. For more information and to enter the soapbox derby call the Chamber at 235-2177 or go to www.dunsmuir.com
This event is sponsored by Pacific Power, the City of Dunsmuir, and the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce.
-from press release