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Redding Fire Festival

Redding Fire Festival
Redding Fire Festival

Something magical is happening in Redding on Saturday, May 23rd. Those who heed the siren’s song and make their way to the lawn at Caldwell Park’s Carter House Art Gallery between 12:30 pm-9:30 pm will find themselves whisked away on a high seas adventure full of myth and lore. Prepare to encounter majestic merfolk, pilfering pirates and victorious Vikings, but be warned, fair adventurer: Here be dragons! Sea dragons, that is.

This is the 5th Bi-Annual Redding Fire Festival, brought to you by Adrionah “Desert Flower” Hodges, Joshua “Jasmine Mullet” Hottel, and Vendors On the Go. This enchanting event is a local tradition that turns Caldwell Park into a mythic backdrop for a festival full of cirque performances, fire dancing, arts and crafts, food, workshops and more. Children’s activities are provided, and families are encouraged to come and join in on the fun.

Sea of Dragons

Each Redding Fire Festival has a unique theme, and the theme of their spring festival is “Sea of Dragons!” As the weather begins heating up in Redding, many of us are longing for ocean breezes. The festival is nautically-themed with sea dragons, mermaids, Vikings and pirates dominating the scene. Come aboard and refresh your senses!

During the daylight hours, the festival’s focus is centered around non-fire entertainment such as contortionists, musical acts, dancers, and a variety of vendor booths. There will be tasty eats provided by Subarama, Rico’s Tacos, Hawaiian Ice Cream Truck, Kahuna’s Mongolian BBQ and others. Grab a bite to eat and then stroll the open air market populated by unique and vibrant vendors. It’s a medieval bazaar with lots to see! Belly dance and fire dance workshops are also provided, each mythic and mysterious.

When darkness falls, fire reigns. The fire dancers light up the night with their flaming spins and swirls. These professionals use fire with skill and precision, wowing people of all ages with the dazzling display.

Why Fire Dancing?

There is something truly magical about watching a fire dancer at work, twirling and spinning flames in artful patterns and shapes. Fire dancing is a creative outlet for the brave. These artists are willing to get burned every once in a while in order to express what’s in their soul.

To be a fire dancer, one must demonstrate dedication and focus. If the mind drifts during the dance, the result is feeling the heat. In addition to laser focus, a fire dancer must practice long hours in order to build up the coordination and strength needed to go through an entire flow routine. Fire dancers exude a self-confident vibe and stay cool under pressure because they know what they’re capable of, and they’ve mastered the art of becoming one with the flow.

Everyone should have a creative outlet, and for some people, the adrenaline-pumping act of literally playing with fire is where it’s at. Mastering a primal element, dancing in flames and connecting with an audience are cornerstones of fire culture. Responsibility is also a recurring theme of a fire dancer’s life, with fire safety being a top priority in their day-to-day existence.

Fire Dancer Desert Flower

Adrionah Hodges, AKA Desert Flower, embodies the fire culture lifestyle. She travels extensively, bringing her special brand of fire dancing to venues all over the country. When she’s not performing, she calls Redding, California her home. After seeing the positive impact fire dancing can have on people, she decided to share some of the magic with her home community. Thus, the Redding Fire Festival was born.

The Redding Fire Festival has become a local tradition that showcases cirque and fire culture, giving the local community an opportunity to witness these amazing artforms firsthand. Some audience members go on to take up spinning themselves, having been bitten by the fire bug during the festival (although lessons and proper fire safety protocols are heavily encouraged). Adrionah and the various Redding Fire Festival instructors offer lessons to those who are interested, always with a strong focus on fire safety and artistry.

Adrionah is community-minded, with a strong desire to inspire her hometown with stunning displays of radical art. Her festival is a colorful, dazzling gift to our community, and an invite to play with fire every once in a while.

This is entertainment that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Spotlight “Tony Chang,MD MS”

Dr. Tony Chang
Board Certified, Family Medicine
Board Certified, Fellowship Trained, Sports Medicine, Spine and Therapeutic Injections
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, Davis

Joining Shasta Orthopaedics in September 2010, Dr. Chang adds an exciting skill set to our Sports Medicine Program.

As a primary care Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Chang looks at athletes from multiple perspectives, including nutrition and general health issues, that provide important insight to complement to the very focused expertise of our Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physicians, Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers.

Dr. Chang’s experience includes:

Team Physician, Shasta College athletic programs
Team Physician, Simpson University athletic programs
Team Physican, Justin Boots Sports Medicine Team for PRCA (the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association)
Team Physician, USA Boxing/MMA Association
Helping prepare the USA Olympic Ski Team and Jamaica Ski Teams for the Vancouver Olympics
Nevada Sports Medicine team physician for more than 400 Division I student athletes, both locally and as their traveling physician during competitions
Associate Medical Director to Tahoe Rim Trail Ultra Endurance Run and coordinated medical team
Extensive writing and publication on critical sports medicine topics
Dr. Chang’s impressive training and education includes:

Sports Medicine Fellowship from the University of Nevada, Reno
Board Certification in Family Medicine from the University of California, Davis, including a Family Medicine Residency at Mercy Medical Center, Redding
Surgery Internship at the University of Southern California
Clinical Research at the University of California Los Angeles Comprehensive Spine Center
Medical Doctorate from St. George’s University School of Medicine
Master of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Miami, Barrychang_main
Completion of the Health Careers Program at Harvard University
BA Human Biodynamics/Integrated Biology at the University of California, Berkeley
Joint and spine therapeutic injections
Sports nutrition, performance, and enhancement
Mixed martial arts/boxing, scuba diving
“Dr. Chang is fluent and literate in four languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, and English. In his spare time, he enjoys building golf clubs, tennis, surfing, snowboarding, playing guitar, and cooking.

A patient wrote this about Tony Chang:
I started seeing Dr. Tony Chang at Shasta orthopedic a year ago. Over the last year I have received amazing care. He is great with cortisone shots that are almost pain free. He is a wonderful hands on Orthopedic doctor who truly cares about his patients. He also has a chiropractor, podiatrist, x ray, MRI and a pharmacy on site.

Dr Tony Chang will be at the Redding Rodeo with full medical care. For those of you who are participating in the Redding Rodeo stop in and meet a great doctor in person. From somebody who is squeamish about needles and doctors Dr. Chang always makes me feel at ease. He is the best in Redding. He is near Shasta Regional Hospital on Liberty.”
1255 Liberty St. Redding CA. 96001 #(530)246-2467 https://www.facebook.com/Shasta.Orthopaedics

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