Jane Wiebe appreciating the part of her freshened up garden that she views from the kitchen window on Aug. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: There really is more to the gardening season

This little house is surrounded by garden, thus I needed a way to designate where in the garden I would be if someone were attempting… Continue reading

Jane Wiebe appreciating the part of her freshened up garden that she views from the kitchen window on Aug. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Indigo Sonnenborn, far right, rehearses a scene from “The Wind in the Willows.” Joining her are, from left to right, Thea Person, Esme Golden, Elsa Pietsch and Poppy Smith. The Pier One Youth Theatre play shows Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Youth Theatre show opens today Pier One Youth Theatre’s “The Wind in the Willows” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, and continues at 7 p.m. Friday… Continue reading

Indigo Sonnenborn, far right, rehearses a scene from “The Wind in the Willows.” Joining her are, from left to right, Thea Person, Esme Golden, Elsa Pietsch and Poppy Smith. The Pier One Youth Theatre play shows Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Participants in an aeirial art installation march through the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, with a king salmon leading the way, at this year’s Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Homer artist Mavis Muller designs the art installation each year, with a message about salmon or water. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Salmonfest continues tradition of highlighting female artists while promoting salmon activism

Continuing a tradition of promoting female musicians, Salmonfest brought thousands of music lovers and a popular Washington national act to the Ocean Stage in Ninilchik… Continue reading

Participants in an aeirial art installation march through the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, with a king salmon leading the way, at this year’s Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Homer artist Mavis Muller designs the art installation each year, with a message about salmon or water. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the LowDown Brass Band perform an impromptu session Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018 at the Homer Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The band played at Salmonfest on Saturday, at Alice’s Champagne Palace on Tuesday and at Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Here at our offices on the south shore of Beluga Lake, we see a lot of cool stuff happen. Throughout the summer float planes take… Continue reading

Members of the LowDown Brass Band perform an impromptu session Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018 at the Homer Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The band played at Salmonfest on Saturday, at Alice’s Champagne Palace on Tuesday and at Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Joan Brown Dodd, left, and Doug Dodd pose for a photo at the Homer News on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Author couple publish new books

Homer has long been known for its support of new and established authors. Through college classes, readings, workshops and writers groups, local literary artists teach… Continue reading

Joan Brown Dodd, left, and Doug Dodd pose for a photo at the Homer News on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Magic Kingdom halibut piccata with fettucine was inspired by a recipe for swordfish by Sam Sifton in the New York Times. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Frozen salmon is Alaska fast food

It’s the gathering time of year and our freezers need cleaning out to make room for this summer’s harvest and bounty. We are flush on… Continue reading

Magic Kingdom halibut piccata with fettucine was inspired by a recipe for swordfish by Sam Sifton in the New York Times. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Joanne Thordarson’s photograph of three birds is part of the “Between Heartbeats” show at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

First Friday features photography

Two shows opening this Friday highlight a medium not often celebrated in Alaska art: photography. Longtime Homer photographer Taz Tally shows his new work, “Landscapes… Continue reading

Joanne Thordarson’s photograph of three birds is part of the “Between Heartbeats” show at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)
Judy Flora, Marcee Gray and Andrea Fitzpatrick Vallee enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon on July 29, 2018. Note the Black Knight delphinium making a decent showing in its second year. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Now’s the time for strategic garden planning

There are so many things to talk about. This is the time in the growing season when the garden is exploding and to keep up… Continue reading

Judy Flora, Marcee Gray and Andrea Fitzpatrick Vallee enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon on July 29, 2018. Note the Black Knight delphinium making a decent showing in its second year. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

2017 Kenai Peninsula History Conference releases book with presentations, stories, pictures and more

Book recaps Kenai Peninsula historical conference Last spring, local historians organized a history conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. purchase of Alaska… Continue reading

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Gardens glow in annual tour

Despite a forecast of clouds and rain, the sun shined Sunday on the Homer Garden Club’s 12 annual Homer Garden Tour. The tour featured five… Continue reading

Drifwood and rock is used to line the gardens at the Jeff and Ranja Dean farm off East End Road in Homer, Alaska. It was one of five gardens featured in the July 29, 2018 Homer Garden Tour. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion</span>
                                Stu Schmutzler dances at the River Stage during Rabbit Creek Ramblers’ set at the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Aug. 4, 2017.

Salmonfest: Get ready for three days of fish, love and musc

The organizers of Salmonfest are ready to bring the people of Alaska another three days of “fish, love and music” next month, with a cause… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion</span>
                                Stu Schmutzler dances at the River Stage during Rabbit Creek Ramblers’ set at the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Aug. 4, 2017.
Flower beds in terraces frame a view of the Homer Spit at Joan Splinter’s garden on Reber Road off West Hill Road on July 30, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. Her garden was featured in the Homer Garden Club’s 2017 Summer Garden Tours. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

12th Annual Gardeners Weekend is back

The 12th annual Homer Gardeners Weekend, held July 28 and 29, features talks on July 28 and a tour of five gardens on July 29.… Continue reading

Flower beds in terraces frame a view of the Homer Spit at Joan Splinter’s garden on Reber Road off West Hill Road on July 30, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. Her garden was featured in the Homer Garden Club’s 2017 Summer Garden Tours. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A bee pollinates a Sitka rose bush by the Homer News office on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Alas, it appears our small, precious, eagerly awaited window of true, traditional summer has passed. The Betster hopes we’re not, (but knows we probably are)… Continue reading

A bee pollinates a Sitka rose bush by the Homer News office on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Hobo Jim performs in benefit for AP Senior Center

Hobo Jim concert Hobo Jim performs in a benefit for the Anchor Point Senior Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Fireweed… Continue reading

Fresh salmon hot off the grill is the centerpiece of an Alaska summer meal. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Create a tasty pasta dish with leftover salmon

Summer is in full-swing and Alaskans are busy entertaining guests, fishing, gardening, and working hard to make sure our tourists enjoy the southern Peninsula. This… Continue reading

Fresh salmon hot off the grill is the centerpiece of an Alaska summer meal. (Photo by Teri Robl)

‘Dirigibles of Denali’ adds a new layer of reality to Pratt show

Walk through the Pratt Museum’s summer art exhibit, “Dirigibles of Denali,” and the show looks like a normal installation. Large pixelated prints hang on walls.… Continue reading

Theresa Bugnet rose flourishing in spite of heavy rains. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: On spinach, alliums and hummingbirds

I’ve been hearing a lot of dissatisfaction with spinach performance. There are those of you who are dismayed that your spinach is going to seed.… Continue reading

Theresa Bugnet rose flourishing in spite of heavy rains. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Bird is the word Palmer artist Francois Girard stands by art from his show, “Alaska Wings,” at the First Friday opening on July 6 at the Art Shop Gallery in Homer, Alaska. Girard creates sculptures he calls “Bird Blocks” made from prints adhered to wood and varnished. He also displays some of his original paintings. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

After a late spring and subsequently late summer, the Betster is finally starting to see some happy results, some telltale signs of Homer in the… Continue reading

Bird is the word Palmer artist Francois Girard stands by art from his show, “Alaska Wings,” at the First Friday opening on July 6 at the Art Shop Gallery in Homer, Alaska. Girard creates sculptures he calls “Bird Blocks” made from prints adhered to wood and varnished. He also displays some of his original paintings. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Atz Kilcher performs for folk school Singer-songwriter Atz Kilcher performs a fundraiser concert, “Songs of the Homestead,” for the Homer Folk School at 7 p.m.… Continue reading

Nancy Lord at the Reflections of Attu art show on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jennifer Tarnacki)

‘Reflections of Attu’ exhibit looks at WWII battle through art

As part of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, three artists visited Attu and Kiska Islands.

Nancy Lord at the Reflections of Attu art show on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jennifer Tarnacki)