Thundering applause for Nov. 16 outdoor film fest

I’d like to HoooooooooooWL from the hills and from HoWL Headquarters to thank the hundreds of people and businesses that supported HoWL at the Homer Outdoor Film Festival, held at Homer High School on Saturday, Nov. 16.  

The turnout was amazing, with standing room only in the HHS Commons. The venue was incredible. The Commons transformed into a Himalayan basecamp, with  prayer flags and rock cairns and even a (fake) fire pit to warm up your hands. 

The films were outstanding — 17 short films made by Alaskans, both professional and amateur, mostly local, showcased mere moments of the  inspirational adventures we Alaskans embark on. 

The food, catered by Maura’s, Two Sisters and dozens of incredible volunteers was scrumptious and all the platters were scraped clean by the end. 

And the auction items — with more than 200 items to bid on, there was something for everyone in attendance to bring home or give as a gift. Thanks to all the local businesses who supported this auction and donated an item or a gift certificate. Thanks to all the people who came out to support HoWL, watch films, eat dinner and bid on items. And thanks especially to the volunteers who put it all together. 

Next year get ready for an even bigger and better event as HoWL builds on this tradition and the Homer Outdoor Film Festival becomes one of Alaska’s premier film festival events. Thank you. Homer, for helping HoWL grow into the thriving organization that it is. 

Libby Veasey 

HoWL executive and programs director