Bat N’ Rouge 2011 – More Eco-Outrageouser Than Ever This Friday, Sept. 9

Saturday, September 3, 2011

ARCATA – Last year the Bat N’ Rouge event raised more than $20,000 and helped purchase the Stromberg property for the Arcata Ridge Trail. This trail will eventually run from Sunny Brae to West End Road.

This year, it will be bigger and better and organizers hope to fill the Arcata Ball Park with even more than the 1,200 people who attended last year.

Bat N’ Rouge, softball with a twist, will take place at the Arcata Ball Park on Friday, Sept. 9 beginning at 6:45 p.m.

This charity softball game will benefit the Arcata Ridge Trail Project and is a collaborative effort between the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Queer Humboldt, the Humboldt Trails Council and many community members and is the kick off event for Humboldt County Pride weekend.

The Arcata Ridge Trail Committee has been working on raising funds for the purchase of parcels between Arcata Community Forest and Sunny Brae Community Forest. The acquisition of the parcels will provide permanent protection of open space, timber resources and watershed  values, wildlife habitat and corridors and access for recreation.

Bat N’ Rouge is a wacky softball game with all the bells and whistles of a convential softball game including our fabulous PPQs (Pom Pom Queens). The rules have been waived, cheating is a great thing, and homeruns can be purchased.

The entire game is choreographed by the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with live music and traditional game sound effects. Community members are excited to change from their traditional clothing into “drag garb” and batter-up, all while raising money for a great cause.

Opening the event is action-rock band Best Kept Secret, remembered for its rooftop performance of Beatles tunes atop Open Door Clinic in Arcata last January.

Food and beer from Plaza Catering, Big Pete’s and Lost Coast Brewery will be available for purchase and a special All-Star VIP section will be offered in the picnic area where attendees will be wined and dined in a more exclusive manner.

“The City of Arcata is so happy to join forces with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Bat N’ Rouge to raise funds for the Arcata Ridge Trail,” said Mayor Susan Ornelas.

Bat N’ Rouge is a wonderful example of people coming together in a creative way to support a community goal.

Everyone is invited to come and watch the game while at the same time support the Ridge Trail Project in Arcata!

For more information call (707) 845-3873 or visit eurekasisters.org or humtrails.org. Tickets are available online at eurekasisters.org or at any HealthSPORT location, Lost Coast Brewery, Good Relations, Arcata Exchange and People’s Records.

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