Friday, 01 December 2023

Inaugural Rainbow Bridge Festival continues Sunday

Natural builder Massey Burke and a group of volunteers used soil, straw and bamboo to build a tea house during the Rainbow Bridge Festival on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.



BACHELOR VALLEY – This weekend, the first-ever Rainbow Bridge Festival is taking place on a hilltop overlooking nearby Bachelor Valley and Clear Lake.

The festival, which began Friday, continues through Sunday evening.

Offerings include music, vendors, yoga, meditation, drumming circles and a small electric car display.

Organizers also are honoring the late peace activist Marla Ruzicka, who was raised in Lake County and died in Iraq in 2005 as the result of a car bomb. Her mother, Nancy, and brother, Mark, spoke Friday at the dedication of the festival's peace garden.

On Saturday afternoon, as children played in an improvised swimming pool made from hay bales and a tarp, adults sat in the shade and listened to speakers including solar expert Harvey Wasserman.

Nearby, natural builder Massey Burke and a small group of volunteers toiled on a round “tea house” structure being built with earth, straw and bamboo.

Another full slate of events is planned for Sunday, including a talk by Kevin Danaher, a friend of Marla Ruzicka's, who will speak about her life at 10 a.m. on the festival's main stage. Wasserman also will will again on Sunday, discussing election protection and US history at 11 a.m.

Activities throughout the day will include yoga, nature hikes for children and plenty of music. A closing prayer and gratitude circle at the main stage will close the event at 10 p.m.

For a full schedule and driving directions, visit .

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A peace garden was dedicated to the memory of late peace activist and Lake County native Marla Ruzicka on Friday, June 26, 2009, during the Rainbow Bridge Festival. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.




An improvised swimming pool, made from hay bales and a tarp, helped children at the festival keep cool during the Rainbow Bridge Festival on Saturday, June 27, 2009. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.

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