Memorial for ‘Garlic’ planned for Nevada City art walk |

Memorial for ‘Garlic’ planned for Nevada City art walk

A memorial in honor of Ryan Ehrlich, known to many who frequent downtown Nevada City as “Garlic” with his ever-present bunny ears and boom box, has been planned for today’s First Friday Artwalk.

According to former Nevada City mayor Reinette Senum, the memorial will take place on Commercial Street for those who want to remember Ehrlich, who died July 9 after reportedly falling out of a tree.

A woman who had driven out to the area of Champion Road and Old Downieville Highway that night reportedly found Ehrlich lying in a fetal position on the ground. He reportedly told her he had been sleeping in the tree and fell.

Ehrlich reportedly fell on the hood of her vehicle, then got into the vehicle and sat on the woman’s lap, asking her for a hug and asking for help.

The woman said Ehrlich put his arms around her and bit her on the arm before going limp. She reportedly drove back to town to call for help; deputies responded to the scene, but Ehrlich, 37, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The First Friday Artwalk was spawned by Cynthia Levesque of Neva Co. Boutique as a way to bring fresh energy and awareness to supporting local businesses. Participating downtown businesses will stay open until 9 p.m. Friday and feature local artists and/or musicians. Many are hosting receptions, demonstrations and special sales.

There is a Youth Arts Showcase on York Street, featuring art and music by local youth.

The Boardwalk on Lower Commercial Street will feature local musical acts Halfpence and Haypenny at 6 p.m., Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin at 7 p.m. and Grease, Grit and Grime at 8 p.m.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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