Friends and families skate along several paths plowed onto Beluga Lake for the Skate the Lake event Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. It was hosted for the community by the Homer Hockey Association. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Friends and families skate along several paths plowed onto Beluga Lake for the Skate the Lake event Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. It was hosted for the community by the Homer Hockey Association. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homerites take to the lake in skate event

Homer Hockey Association hosted Skate the Lake for the community

In a welcome break from recent clouds and rain, dozens of adults, young ones and even dogs took to the ice this past weekend to enjoy clear, sunny weather on Beluga Lake.

The Homer Hockey Association hosted Stake the Lake, a free community event that invited people out to skate on the local lake for the afternoon. Friends and families could skate in the large rink-like area that was cleared of snow close to the parking area, or take off down one of several ribbons and paths that led further out onto the lake. In the distance, a few cars and trucks raced on the ice as well.

Homer Hockey Association provided skates free of charge for those who presented an I.D.

Those who bundled up and braved the cold to skate on the lake were treated to free refreshments, as well as free music provided by local DJ Fractal Theory.

Several people got creative with their skating — some pushing strollers and others gliding along on sleds behind their friends or parents.

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

Phil Basargin 5-year-old Maxim Basargin around the ice Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 during the Skate the Lake event on Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. The free skating event was hosted for the community by the Homer Hockey Association. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Phil Basargin 5-year-old Maxim Basargin around the ice Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 during the Skate the Lake event on Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. The free skating event was hosted for the community by the Homer Hockey Association. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Two children skate around an ice ribbon on Beluga Lake during the Skate the Lake event Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Hockey Association, which hosted the event, plowed a large skating area as well as several skating ribbons and paths along the lake. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Two children skate around an ice ribbon on Beluga Lake during the Skate the Lake event Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Hockey Association, which hosted the event, plowed a large skating area as well as several skating ribbons and paths along the lake. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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