Best Bets

  • The early bird gets the view Motorhomes, trailers and tents filled up the seaside spots at the Mariner Park campground by noon last Friday at the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Most sites were taken at the city’s Spit campgrounds by mid-day Saturday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

There might have been the usual kerfuffles, but pat yourselves on the backs, Homerites. You survived the Memorial Day weekend and the traditional opening of the summer tourist season and the temporary occupation by southbound Alaskans and visitors. It looked like most everyone on the Spit found a camping spot. Others weren’t so lucky when it came to finding parking, or at least close-in parking. The Betster felt sad to disappoint one guy who thought the B. would be moving the Betstermobile on Saturday afternoon. Sorry, dude — I was only going to get my rain jacket.

OK, that was another thing that slightly marred the weekend. It rained. Still, on a weekend where 65 hours out of 72 shine bright and sunny, who can complain about a few rain drops? As the Norwegians say, “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare darlige klær,” which translates to, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Yes, the Betster thinks they borrowed that expression from us Alaskans.

The smart kids have been prepping for tourist season since early May. Still, there’s nothing like a line of cars, trucks and boat trailers extending from Baycrest Hill to Land’s End to test the system. Yee-haw! We know people come down here to enjoy our beaches, art galleries, cafes and fishing, but can we be faulted for wanting to separate them from a bit of their spare cash?

By Monday evening the grocery stores looked like locusts had swarmed through. All you could find were sweet potato chips. The Betster is not a big fan of sweet potatoes, and let us not talk of lima beans. Now we’re back at work. Ready or not, summer has come, all the more reason to get out and enjoy this fabulous little corner of the world, perhaps with these Best Bets:


BEST IT’S A WASH BET: Sitka writer Brendan Jones has a lot in common with Homer writers. For starters, he commercial fishes and lives on a tugboat he restored. Jones just had his first novel published, “Alaskan Laundry.” He reads at 6 p.m. today at the Homer Public Library.


BEST DREAM BIG BET: The backers of the Boathouse at the Homer Harbor have taken an idea sketched on the back of an envelope to a solid concept with money in the bank. At 5:30 p.m. today at Grace Ridge Brewery they unveil the latest design concept and hold a drawing for the winner of its latest fundraising drive. The big prize is a stay at Second Star, that big mansion on Kachemak Drive. 


BEST FREAK OUT BET: A Freak Walk with artist Patrick Bradley from the Homer Council on the Arts to Alice’s Champagne is just one of the cool First Friday events. Don’t miss a Mike Sirl retrospective at Bunnell Street Arts Center, the Coe family Paint-In at the Homer Elks Lodge and an art exhibit by Atz Kilcher at Ptarmigan Arts. See all the details on page 9.


BEST TOUGH STUFF BET: You can’t get a subject darker than childhood rape, but even then there’s hope of healing. See how David Holthouse’s plot to avenge his abuser turned into an essay and then a play in “Stalking the Bogeyman.” The University of Alaska Anchorage Dance and Theatre Department production plays one night only at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mariner Theatre. See story, page 8.


BEST EARLY BIRD BET: Don’t say the Betster didn’t warn you. If you’re not in line by 11 a.m. Saturday for the Homer Garden Club’s annual plant sale at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, you probably won’t get any plants. You don’t have to get up as early for the Homer Native Plant Society’s walk at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bishop’s Beach. Alix Chartier and Priscilla Russell lead it.


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