Monthly Archives: June 2012

Needed: Young Adult Book Donations

by Joy Smith

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The Kachemak Voyager’s Special 4th of July Schedule

by SVT

4th of July Parade Information – Join us!

by Joy Smith

Chainsaw Magic

by Jenny Chissus

Sorry for the super delayed photo story about the fabulous Chainsaw Exhibition 2012!

Here is a great combination of photos – from beginning to end – almost like you were there!  You can click here or on the image to the left to open the link for the large photo story!  Another great feature of this format is that once you click on the image – you can click on any photo in the layout and it will open a slide show format, and you can view all the photos at your own pace in full size! (Depending on the size of your screen, some of the text on the left side may not be visible – but the “whole” story and more is below!  Also, please note that there are a lot of photos and may take a few minutes to load, depending on your Internet speed.)

This Memorial Day chainsaw competition was a little different from the previous years.  Due to a myriad of scheduling conflicts (a move out-of-state, opening a new gallery, moving a shop/workshop across town, building a home, etc.) many carvers weren’t able to make it to our event this year.

We were thankful that three great carvers joined us this summer, Ben & Silas Firth (2nd year), Jimmy Kitchens & Carisa Curtis (5th year) and Rob Younkins & Deveyn LaCroix (3rd year)!

Due to the small participant size, we modified the event to be an exhibition, Continue reading

Just a Few Notes, Kudos and Thank Yous!

by Susan Mumma, photos taken by Darlene Crawford

I would like to personally thank all those who did such a great job on the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival.  It was a great success, well attended and beautiful to listen to.

I think the spirit of the festival was best seen at the beginning and the end of the festival.  Each night the music was ushered in by Aliah Wheeler and Brian Slover on their Native American Flutes. The notes, so artfully made, soared around the room transforming it.  The evening performances were equally special. Our local group Billy Goat rounded out the Friday night performance with great harmonies.  Saturday night a rousing all-performer ending chorus of “Summertime” was returned by an equally enthusiastic return chorus by the audience, which many of the performers said, sent chills up their spines.

Highlights of the festival for me included the sunny days making outdoor jamming fun,  the high quality workshops that were so well attended this year, and  the shows themselves. Funny, dramatic, beautiful, each of the acts were a special treat.  The headliners, Dan Crary and Thunderation and James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt were icing on the cake!

Many thanks to all of the performers, volunteers, sponsors and the Seldovia and Homer businesses and private families that came to aide, providing housing, transportation, food and more for this event.   Each of your efforts is greatly appreciated and needed.

Here are some thank yous that we at the Seldovia Arts Council received and appreciated.

Thank You Susan Mumma and The Seldovia Arts Council, and thank you to all the wonderful musicians and friends who came. Your music is a gift for us. We watched your fingers fly across the strings, we listened to your cotton candy voices, we danced to your souls, and we were happy. Thanks for an experience of immeasurable value. We love you all. Rose, Sam, Zack.

Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival is a class act! Great musicians. Warm Seldovia hospitality. The snowy mountains, the clean fresh breeze. A spiritual presence. Meticulous sound crew. The last moment of music when the audience roared out Summertime gave us musicians on the stage a rare thrill. Love hugs and gratitude to all who made this magic event happen. Lindianne Sarno

 Such a grand time was had by all.

In The News…

by Jenny Chissus
Our local Police Chief, Shad Haller arrested a man who has been on the lam for over 31 years!  I saw Shad as he escorted Joseph Welch to Homer with Smokey Bay Air on Wednesday.  As this article in the Anchorage Daily News states, it sounds like this was a real shock to Mr. Welch, who accepted his arrest without incident.  The article got it wrong on one point, Chief Haller waited for him finish his dinner at the Tidepool Cafe before making the arrest!  A considerate Police Chief for sure!  Moral of the story:  You can’t hide in Seldovia!

Honoring Our Veterans

by Ian McGaughey