On November 28, 2023, the City of Blue Lake passed a resolution honoring Joan Schirle as the Leading Lady of Blue Lake and naming February 4 as Joan Schirle Day.
Joan Schirle Day Proclamation
Whereas Joan Schirle was a gifted actor whose performances delighted audiences in Blue Lake and around the world, and
Whereas Joan Schirle was a talented playwright who, among other characters, created and performed as the iconic private eye, Scar Tissue, and
Whereas Joan Schirle was instrumental in developing Dell’Arte’s Theater of Place tradition which has preserved and enriched Blue Lake and Humboldt County history, and
Whereas Joan Schirle was a gifted teacher, director, and life coach to the many students who attended Dell’Arte or workshops she conducted elsewhere in the world, and
Whereas Joan Schirle was a warm, wise and thoughtful friend who enriched the lives of many people within the broader Humboldt community,
Whereas Joan Schirle boldly and courageously stood up to the evils that degrade the heart by specifically making work about her own community and its local issues with pride and ferociousness,
Whereas Joan Schirle made it her life’s work to share her incredible talents with the people of Blue Lake,
Whereas Joan Schirle was deeply committed to the preservation and protection of our natural environment in Blue Lake and Humboldt County,
Whereas Joan Schirle, the Queen of Blue Lake, served her community in so many ways, from the renovation of the Logger Bar to the pancake breakfasts at the Grange,
Whereas Joan Schirle was the living embodiment of a citizen and an artist,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the City of Blue Lake award Joan Schirle the honorary title of Leading Lady of Blue Lake, and hence forth officially celebrate February 4 as Joan Schirle Day.