Diasporas Festival, Berkeley
May 9, 2014

The Dell'Arte Company brings an excerpt of its newest work, "Elisabeth's Book" to the Diasporas Festival of Contemporary Performance in Berkeley, California, on May 9 & 10. Inferno Theatre

THREE TREES to Western Washington
April 18, 2014

The Dell'Arte Company in "Three Trees" heads to Western Washington University for two shows, April 18 & 19th at 7:30 PM
A mixture of rollicking clown routines and poetic, theatrical

Humboldt Sponsors support
April 6, 2014

THANKS to Humboldt Sponsors for a $500 award to the 8th Grade Show for " costumes, props, and technical production." Congratulations to director Lydia Foreman and her cast from Blue Lake

World Commedia Day Feb. 25
February 21, 2014

World Commedia dell'Arte Day is celebrated every year on February 25, and is proclaimed by the Italian cultural association SAT as an action of the incommedia.it project in support of SAT's

TCG grant awarded to DAI
February 1, 2014

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced recipients for the third round of its Global Connections program. Dell’Arte was awarded one of three


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Founded by French pioneer, Clement Chartin, Blue Lake was incorporated as a city in 1910. Blue Lake was originally a resort community with people visiting from Arcata and Eureka on the foggy coast for a day of sun and boating on the lake. The Chartin Hotel was located on the shores of the lake.


The lake was short-lived and never more than a large pond, created by a record flood in the early 1800s. Construction of the Mad River levee in the mid 1900s doomed the lake to its current low profile, hidden by willows and rushes, as it is now fed only by two small streams, one of which runs behind Dell’Arte. The lake is located behind and slightly south of The Logger Bar and the Mad River Grange just down the street from Dell’Arte.

The town of Blue Lake was a staging area for pack trains into the Trinity Alps during the gold rush. Later it burgeoned into a mill town, then withered when local timber was used up, and the 13 mills in the valley closed down in the 1950s and 60s. Blue Lake remains a tight-knit community with multi-generational families and pride in civic engagement. All three of the civic buildings — City Hall, the Fire Station and the recreation hall — were built by community volunteers.
Dell’Arte came to town in 1974, attracted by the vacant Odd Fellows Hall, which we purchased and renovated.


Blue Lake is a very safe community. Many residents feel comfortable leaving homes and cars unlocked. There are historic homes and beautiful gardens throughout town. Enjoy exploring.


Some of Blue Lake’s oldest houses can be found on I Street. Walk one block uphill from Dell’Arte on First Avenue and turn left on I.
The river is a three-block walk to the southwest of Dell’Arte on Hatchery Road, which merges with H Street just beyond the Mad River Grange. Walkers, joggers, bird watchers and other recreational users favor the riverside levee. The Mad River’s name comes, not from raging waters, but from an argument that occurred on its banks between members of the Gregg/Wood exploring party (the first whites to “discover” Humboldt Bay) in the early 1800s.
The Blue Lake Museum is housed in the former Arcata and Mad River Railroad depot at Railroad and G Streets. It has Blue Lake pioneer, local Native American, logging and railroad photos and artifacts. (The Logger Bar has a collection of logging photos and equipment that is also well worth seeing).
Hatchery Road leads to the Fish Hatchery, about a mile up river. Visitors are welcome.


Stardough's Cafe at H and Railroad has espresso drinks, sandwiches, burgers, tri-tip, pastries and more for breakfast, lunch, early dinners and many community offerings like open-mike nights.

The Chumayo Spa at the corner of H and Railroad has mud baths and massage.
The Logger Bar— more than 100 years old and Dell’Arte’s watering hole for 30 years — is also on H and Railroad. 
Blue Chair Press, an art studio, is at Railroad and F. 
The Mad River Brewing Company, our local micro-brewery, whose fine libations are served at Dell’Arte, is located halfway to the river, just off Hatchery Road on Taylor Way. They offer tours and and their taproom offers all their brews on tap.
Fish Brothers, also on Taylor Way, sells excellent local smoked fish.
The Blue Lake Casino, offering food and gambling 24 hours a day, can be reached by walking west on South Railroad (one block south of Railroad) to Chartin and turning left (southwest). 

The glass-blowing studio at Railroad and G is open for tours and sales of hand-blown glassware.
There is a 76 station on Blue Lake Blvd. reached by turning northeast on G Street (which becomes Hartman Street), then left at Blue Lake Blvd.



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