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Working with wool and rainbows

Melanie Rutledge dips worsted wool into a vat of dye outside her Brookings home. The Pilot / Jane Stebbins

There's something about the smell of warm, wet wool that brings a smile to Melanie Rutledge's face. The Brookings woman spent a recent morning outside, dipping beige worsted wool into vats of dye, preparing skeins of yarn for the annual Brookings-Harbor Holiday Christmas Bazaar.

Rutledge will be there for the first time, with her bins of hand-dyed yarn in a palette of colors: honey mustard, pecan brown, cabernet, peacock blue and the brights of Easter egg dye among them.

“It’s all experimentation,” she said, stuffing a tress of twisted licorice yarn into a quart jar on her outdoor stove. “It’s all trying to get the right recipe down.”


Holiday craft fair coming to Langlois


Residents are invited to do their holiday shopping at the 16th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair at the Langlois Lions Hall on Floras Lake Loop Road just south of town.  

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17 and is sponsored by the Langlois Lions and the Friends of the Langlois Library.



Gypsy rave-up with Caravan of Thieves


The theatrical four-piece acoustic band Caravan of Thieves will bring its unique brand of gypsy jazz-flavored music and high intensity showmanship to the Brookings-Harbor Performing Arts Theater at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

The show is presented by Stagelights Musical Arts Community. The theater is located in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center in Harbor.



Food Fright

Ghostly cookies, lollipop spiders, a severed hand in the punch and other ideas can be made to create a chillingly grotesque Halloween party.WesCom News Service / Andy Tullis

For some reason, kids (and kids at heart) love foods with the “ick” factor – the grosser the better, it seems – and Halloween is a great time to take advantage of this perverse penchant for the yuckiest edibles around.

Whether having a Halloween bash for the masses or just trying to have fun with the family, there are some fun foods sure to challenge the senses. Those who can get past the thought of it, these terribly tantalizing treats are actually fine to eat.



Duncans gifts are for the dogs

Beverly and Forbes Duncan make gifts for dogs, with proceeds benefiting Curry County Animal Shelter. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins

Forbes and Beverly Duncan hope to bring a lot of holiday cheer to visitors at the Christmas Bazaar – and to the scores of dogs that Pennies for Pooches help at the Gold Beach Animal Shelter each year.

The Duncans serve as the fundraising arm of the nonprofit organization; this will be the group’s first time at the annual holiday bazaar in Brookings, which takes place Nov. 10 at Kalmiopsis Elementary and Azalea Middle schools.

“We love animals; we are animal fanatics,” Forbes said. “We knew (shelter supervisor) Catherine (Powers) needed help because they were going nonprofit, so we stepped forward to help.”



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