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Summer art camp draws on the imagination


A student creates fine details on her watercolor creation at Manley Kids Art Camp. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

Brightly colored paintings,  paint brushes, watercolor paint and a room filled with imagination were all part of the atmosphere at Wednesday’s Manley Kids Art Camp at Wrights Custom Framing and Art Supplies. The summer classes  are taught by Janeen Vick. 

“I’m 6.5 and I’ve been dying and dying to do it,” Elise Morrell said of attending the art camp.

Morrell’s been eager to attend because  “my sister is doing it and she’s been coming home with really cool pictures.”



Golden Bough bring celtic sounds to Azalea Park Sunday


Golden Bough will continue the celebration of its 30th anniversary with a concert at the Azalea Park band shell at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

This family-friendly concert is sponsored by The American Music Festival.

Golden Bough has performed worldwide with their renditions of Celtic music. In its program “America Bound,” which will be presented at the concert, this trio of modern day minstrels will take the audience on a musical journey from the old world to the new.



Pirate Festival exceeds expectations


Bruce Ellis, Kat Benjamin and Mike Moran organized the first Pirates of the Pacific Festival at the Port of Brookings Harbor. Pilot photo/Bill Schlichting

Masses of people dressed in pirate costumes, piles of pirate grub, festive entertainment and lines of vendors filled the port this weekend for Brookings’ first pirate festival.

“It met all my expectations plus. I didn’t expect that many people. That blew my mind,” festival director of operations Bruce Ellis said of the Pirates of the Pacific Festival. 

The festival, which took place July 22-24, was a huge success. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended the  three-day festival, according to Mike Moran, festival crew director.



Four shows remain for pirate musical


The action-packed Brookings-Harbor Community Theater presentation of “Lady Pirates of the Caribbean” continues with four shows remaining. 

Final shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 28, 29 and 30, and 2 p.m.Sunday, July 31, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center. 

As the story unfolds, a chest of doubloons sent by the queen to care for orphaned children has been stolen. To save the orphans from starvation, Sister Benedict seeks the help of Esmeralda, the captain of the pirates known as the Lawless Ladies. 



Beneath the Surface: Diver shares peek of ocean off Harris Beach


Brookings resident Russell Ralls is often seen donning diving gear at Harris Beach to explore the underwater world.

Ralls said he walks out from the beach and swims past the surf before diving underwater. He brings along his compact underwater camera to take pictures.

During the dive he photographs schools of fish (above), a white-line dirona, a type of nudibranch (left), white-plumed anemone (below right) and an assortment of colorful plant life (below left).



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