Eureka Sistory Tales from your Abbey of the BIG Red Wood
In the beginning the local queer townsfolk were hidden in the great green mist that hung over Humboldt County. Then as tradition each year on the great day of “Pride”, the Great Spirit cleared the skies. Out of the mist appeared the great messengers of joy, the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. These nuns from afar came forth to bless the 2003 festival of Pride.
And the townsfolk were touched by the “calling” as well as the Sisters. They beseeched the Russian River Order to take them under their veils and to teach the ways of community outreach and activism without shame.
So it was, that Sister Nova Nilla became their mother and gave birth in the city of Eureka to the 11 founding members who came to be known as the Eureka Sisters, Inc. Abbey of the Big Red Wood.
Since then, the Eureka Sisters have gone forth to spread joy to those who have none and expiate stigmatic guilt of all through community outreach, education, and a little naughtyness.
2006 - Founding
The Abbey made their first appearance at the Humboldt State University’s “Qross Qultural Queer Film Festival” on March 21.
In September, the Sisters joined forces with Queer Humboldt for “Bingo With A Twist” an annual comedy bingo that has raised over $28,000.
our toddler stage
Oh what a year
Many things happened that we can't remember....
2010 - Bat 'n Rouge Begins!
Bondage bash, Our first bat 'n rouge is a huge success! Humboldt Pride w/ RR Sisters,
2011 - Non-Judgment Day
Arcata Eye Ball, Perihelion, Sister Amanda with Tim'm T. West Front Porch Session of Don't Stop the Music, 2 Dollar Drag Show, Arcata Eye April Fools Edition, Oh Mary's Plant sale, Doin' it for ourselves bingo, Sexland, Queer Prom, Harvey Milk Day, Rebel with a Cause Bingo, Non-Judgment Day, Sisters Open the Crabs Game, Sister Picnic, Eureka goes to Conclave, Oh Sister! Article in the Journal, Bat 'N Rouge #2, Humboldt Pride, the Furball, HSU RHA Bingo, Hosts for KEET Auction, WAD & Prayer Candles from Talisman
2012 - The Twins take the Stage
Faun did AIDS Lifecycle, Supported Queer Youth Empowerment Summit, Sister Spit, Sisters & Sirens, Sister Picnic, Sisters on the Radio, Started to meet at the Jefferson, Garden of Readin' Bingo, Bat 'N Rouge 2012, JustUs League Bingo, What a Witch! Ball Youth Dance, Stop the Violence Start the Healing Breakfast, St. Jude's Kid Walk, TDOR, WAD, Anarchist Bookfair
2013 - BINGO BONGO!
House Nuncheon, Glistening Afterglow Bingo, Red White & BINGO, Redwoodstock Sister Picnic, Oh Mary! on the Radion, Got Conflict? Werq it Out Bingo, Humboldt Pride, FriGAY the 13th Bingo, Sisters on Rollerskates at Redding Pride, Things that go THWACK in the Night, Give PEAS a Chance Bingo, Trans WEEK of Remembrance, WAD
2014 - A Year of Grief
House Building Activities, Father Oh Mary! transcends host large memorial, Relay for Life, YES Fest, Humboldt Pride Embers of Revolution Ritual, Facebook Sister Purge, Sisters in the News NCAMPH & QWIRE, Cocktoberfest, Sisters host memorial for Dylan Ruiz, Trans WEEK of Remembrance, WAD
Shot to the Heart Bingo, Queer Prom MasQUEERade, Q-Grad, Sisters MC club triangle Heroes and Villains, Humboldt Pride, Bake Sale Ministry, Thrills are Alive with the Joy of Sisters Picnic, Lake County Fire Fundraising, WAD
2016 - End of an Era
Year kicked off with Club Triangle Prevention Fund, Easter Ministry, Bake Sale Ministry, 10th Anniversary D&D Bingo, MCing Directing Change Film Screening, The Last Humboldt Pride, Sister After Party, Glitter Critter Bingo, Ink People Holiday Gala, TDOR, WAD
2017 - Red Dress
American Association of University Women, Library Story Time, Sisters targeted online, Arts Alive Bake Sale, Red Dress Ball,
2018 - Saturnalia Transcends
Queer Prom, Sr. Saturnalia becomes a nun of the above and we host a huge memorial with help from SF and RR, KEET PBS Auction, Reading books to kids, Sisters host animal adoption live stream, Sr. Saturnalia becomes a nun of the above and we host a huge memorial with help from SF and RR, Novice Quadruplets, Spare Change Show, Queer Coffee House, Eureka High Winter Show
2019 - Women's Club We Love
Queer Prom, Sip 'n Spell for Women's Club, 40th Anniversary Conclave in SF, Bingo for the women's club bathroom, Faun in Indiana,
2020 - The Plague Years Begin
Heart Break & Hope post VD bingo, Gaia T out of retirement, supporting mutual aid work in community, Joy in Action Ritual, Solstice Sip 'n Bitch,
2021 - Queering the Crossquarters
Year of park takeovers, effigy of COVID, Beltaine, Daddyfest, Drama Llama, Humboldt Pride Ride, Stage Kittens, First Annual HoliGayz,
2022 - Joy Amidst a Rising Tide of Queerphobia
Started off with Sisters talking to queer kids in the community, largest queer prom we've ever chaperoned, sponsored HCTAYC Wellness Series, 2nd annual beltaine celebration, our first new member in years
National trend of queerphobia, local right wing reactionaries, Sisters engaging in guardian ministry, Club Q massacre, largest TDOR ever in Humboldt, WAD in the rain