Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts
● By Emily Miranda
By Emily Miranda
IN 2004, a talented Polish pianist-student from New York’s famous Juilliard School was invited to Yreka to perform the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts’ first concert. This group of performing art advocates derived its name from the experience of the member who went to New York to book the group’s first performer. During her visit to the Big Apple, she wore a red, handmade scarf gifted to her for the purpose of the trip (New York being rather cold that time of year). To her delight, the red scarf was a hit in the big city. On her return, she and the group decided to honor the red scarf by giving their organization a fun, attractive name that would pique public curiosity.
In attempts to raise community interest in the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts, more than 160 hand-knitted scarves have been given out to active members of the association and several sold to interested supporters. The society may have been named after a hand-knit fashion accessory, but the organization isn’t centered on knitting scarves. Its primary goal is to enhance the cultural life and promote the arts in Siskiyou County.
The Yreka Community Theater plays an essential role in the Red Scarf Society, being the main venue for many of the association’s concerts, having established its own Yreka Community Theatre Guild back in 1976. For more than a decade, the guild presented concerts to the community until its disbandment in 1990. In 2004, the Red Scarf Society took up and expanded the cause of the defunct theater guild. Its first concert was a success and the proceeds went directly into the restoration of the Yreka Community Theater’s Baldwin grand piano.
In partnership with the Yreka Historic Preservation Society, the Red Scarf Society has also held concerts at St. Mark’s Preservation Square. It holds fundraisers to support projects and performances as well as outreach programs for the students in Siskiyou County.
For more information on the Red Scarf Society of Performing Arts, visit redscarfsociety.net. •