web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Petersburg's Little Norway Festival celebrates Syttende Mai (May 17), the anniversary of the signing of Norway's Constitution in 1814. Now sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, it was first organized by two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen, on May 17, 1958, and has taken place every year since. As those who have attended this festival know, this is a major event for Petersburg, and includes a lively parade, a pageant of traditional Norwegian clothing, dancing and live music in the streets, artist booths, activities including a herring toss, and a community fish bake at Sandy Beach. This year's festival runs from May 14-17.
web-posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The theme of this year's Art of Place presentation series at the University of Alaska Southeast -- Wearable Art of Place -- was brought vividly to life Friday during the series' final event of the season, a regalia show. About a dozen models of all ages displayed items of regalia including woven robes, button blankets, beaded tunics, carved masks, hats, leggings, collars, headbands, bags and moccasins.
web-posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Festival season is upon us in Southeast Alaska. This weekend, Skagwegians will welcome hundreds to their community for the Buckwheat Ski Classic, marking winter's end with a distinctive celebration of snow. Next weekend, Ketchikan will celebrate a harbinger of spring - the Rufous hummingbird - with the start of its month-long Alaska Hummingbird Festival. And the week after that, beginning April 6, it's the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau - the official kick-off to warmer weather for many. From there, a different festival will be taking place somewhere in Southeast nearly every weekend through September. The CCW will be putting out its annual Fun & Festival Guide next month, but to help readers keep track of what's happening on a weekly basis, we've introduced a Southeast Spotlight box on page 2, highlighting a major event or festival in a Southeast community for the coming week. This spotlight will supplement our What's Happening listings on page 3.
web-posted Wednesday, March 11, 2015
This is the 50th year Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) have come to Alaska to do behind-the-scenes work with nonprofit organizations throughout the state. It's both business as normal and not - new volunteers are arriving to start their positions, but organizers are also digging through the annals of VISTA history as they prepare to celebrate the program's anniversary. Along the way, they're finding historical events largely lost to time - in one of those events, 55 VISTA volunteers were kicked out of the state in 1970 for supporting Native land claims.