Blame it on a cold spring, a ripping and gnarly break up, or just being too darn busy, but the Betster has to admit the Memorial Day weekend has snuck up on Yours Truly. Book Kyra Wagner’s always-awesome Homer Farmers Market column? Oops. Hold a slot for Nick Varney’s laugh-out-loud Reeling ‘Em In feature? Thanks for the reminder, Nick. Print a “closed for the holiday” sign? Make it so.
As can be seen by big rental motorhomes trying to make those hairpin turns on West Hill Road, our summer visitors have already arrived. Those are the step-off-the-plane and drive rigs, not the ones driven up from the Lower 48. The wave of road dust encrusted weary travelers have yet to arrive, although the Betster did see a car with sagging shocks and a household of possessions strapped to the roof like some Dust Bowl refugee lighting out for the territory. On the other hand, you know Homer: That could have been an art project.
Scuff up your Xtratufs, put on your tattered Salty Dawg hoodies and polish up your moose attack stories. We have visitors arriving and we need to give them the full genuine Alaska sourdough experience. Like a big fat king salmon nibbling at the bait, once you’ve got them hooked you can tell them the truth. We eat arugula and watch the Metropolitan Opera on the big screen.
Pay attention to that wreath in the photo above, Betsteroids. This may be the traditional start of the summer tourist season. We have a long weekend of fishing, camping, barbecues and outdoor adventures. But it’s also a moment for remembering. Memorial Day had its origin in an act of reconciliation, when Northerners and Southerners reunited after the bitter Civil War to decorate the graves of the dead. On Monday, Memorial Day, take time to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
And in the midst of mourning, if your comrades in arms were still with you, they would want you to also enjoy this beautiful country and state, perhaps with some of these Best Bets:
BEST GET WET BET: Learn about adventures on the Colorado River and have a tailgate party to support the Kachemak Bay Water Trails in a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Grace Ridge Brewing.
MAYBE HE MISSED THE BUS BET: No, Betsterpersons, “Waiting for Godot” has nothing to do with the actress who plays Wonder Woman. That’s G-A-D-O-T. We’re talking G-O-D-O-T, the guy a bunch of tramps hope will come soon in Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece. “Waiting for Godot” starts off the summer 2018 season of Pier One Theatre at the Spit at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The show continues through Sunday and next weekend.
BEST GO GREEN BET: In years past, the Homer Farmers Market opened on Memorial Day, but not with a lot of produce. Thanks to the high tunnel revolution, when the market opens at 10 a.m. Saturday on Ocean Drive, you will find lots of big fat vegetables. It also has handmade crafts, food booths and children’s activities. The summer tradition also happens 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
BEST JUST IMAGINE BET: That’s the genius of improv: You make things up on the spot. See how it works with Improv Playpen with Fresh Produce at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Art Barn on East End Road.