Kachemak Gardener: Working through the denial punch list

I am ignoring the inevitable. I don’t want to disconnect the hose from the house. I do want John to mow with the blade down… Continue reading

Northern lights glow about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, over Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. At times the aurora spread in a long arc from east to west. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Everyone talks about the Ides of March, but does anyone care about the Ides of September? That would be Saturday, the 15th. Oh, sure, the… Continue reading

Northern lights glow about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, over Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. At times the aurora spread in a long arc from east to west. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The 2018 Burning Basket, Dream, catches fire on Sept. 9, 2018 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

An intimate view of the Burning Basket from formation to flames

The image came via text in early June: a lilac-painted 1972 Volkswagen van set against a picturesque backdrop of nettles and fireweed. Not a bad… Continue reading

The 2018 Burning Basket, Dream, catches fire on Sept. 9, 2018 at Mariner Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Larry Yazzi performs a dance for a small crowd Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Yazzi’s group, the Native Pride Dancers, traveled from Minnesota to performs in several schools and venues on the Kenai Peninsula. Their visit was made possible by the by the Native Youth Community Project. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Larry Yazzi performs a dance for a small crowd Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Yazzi’s group, the Native Pride Dancers, traveled from Minnesota to performs in several schools and venues on the Kenai Peninsula. Their visit was made possible by the by the Native Youth Community Project. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

New Anchor Point writer publishes second novel

When a former journalist writes a novel with an unreliable narrator about the editor of a weekly newspaper going gonzo, the subject will come up.… Continue reading

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
                                David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday

Art Shop Gallery 202 W. Pioneer Ave. Aurora Fire Jewelry Trunk Show, handmade jewelry by Liz Bowen 5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Reception Liz Bowen’s new… Continue reading

David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
                                David Pettibone’s “Year of the Tree” exhibit features a single tree painted at the Eagle River Nature Center painted over the span of a year. His show opens Sept. 7, 2018, at the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Participants in a pre-performance silent estuary walk contemplate Wendy Erd’s poetry on Sept. 2, 2018 at the Beluga Slough in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Mira Klein)

Beluga Slough inspires a new creative collaboration

Ten minutes before the performance was set to start, an at-capacity audience at Bunnell Street Arts Center already sat in silence. They watched as dancer… Continue reading

Participants in a pre-performance silent estuary walk contemplate Wendy Erd’s poetry on Sept. 2, 2018 at the Beluga Slough in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Mira Klein)
Shine, the 2017 Burning Basket, burns on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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The annual Burning Basket build week starts Sunday, Sept. 2 and runs noon to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 8 at Mariner Park on the… Continue reading

Shine, the 2017 Burning Basket, burns on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
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                                In this photo taken on Aug. 24, 2018, a pile of gravel behind the Homer Council on the Arts offices on Pioneer Avenue shows the general area planned for the Mary Epperson Performing Arts Center in Homer. HCOA has put aside plans to build a large yurt for the center and instead will build a more permanent building.

HCOA scraps yurt idea for Epperson PAC

Over the past few years, the Homer Council on the Arts has been exploring and raising money for a low-tech, seemingly simple way to fulfill… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">File photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News</span>
                                In this photo taken on Aug. 24, 2018, a pile of gravel behind the Homer Council on the Arts offices on Pioneer Avenue shows the general area planned for the Mary Epperson Performing Arts Center in Homer. HCOA has put aside plans to build a large yurt for the center and instead will build a more permanent building.
Erin Searcy-Dudgeon Wells of Rogues & Wenches, center, leads a sing along at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. At left are Lucia Woofter and Lena Gonzales. At far right is Hunter Woofter, Devin Frey, second from right, and Bob Woofter. (File photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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Take a break from fishing, waiting on tables, washing dishes, nursing, doctoring and fighting fires, and listen up, Betsteroids. According to an analysis by WalletHub,… Continue reading

Erin Searcy-Dudgeon Wells of Rogues & Wenches, center, leads a sing along at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. At left are Lucia Woofter and Lena Gonzales. At far right is Hunter Woofter, Devin Frey, second from right, and Bob Woofter. (File photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Kachemak Gardener: Jade the Dog inspires garden innovations

Jade the Dog, at 9 years old, has been bypassing one of the stone paths through the perennial gardens in front of the house for… Continue reading

Janet Klein, left, holds her grandson, Silas Reising, 4, while she visits with her daughter, Deborah Klein, center, and son-in-law George Reising, right, at Bishop’s Beach, Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2018. Not shown is Kai Reising, 6. Sylas and Kai were the inspiration for the Klein’s “color and learn” book, “Alaska’s Dinosaurs and Other Cretaceous Creatures.”

Kleins publish new book on Alaska dinosaurs

A new children’s book out this month fulfills a request made by two Seward boys to their mother. Kai, 5, and Sylas Reising, 4, had… Continue reading

Janet Klein, left, holds her grandson, Silas Reising, 4, while she visits with her daughter, Deborah Klein, center, and son-in-law George Reising, right, at Bishop’s Beach, Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2018. Not shown is Kai Reising, 6. Sylas and Kai were the inspiration for the Klein’s “color and learn” book, “Alaska’s Dinosaurs and Other Cretaceous Creatures.”
Big, colorful salads made with fresh ingredients from the garden are a summer staple. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Savor the bounty and freshness of summer gardens

Each visit I make to our little Alaskan garden surprises me as I am not much of a gardener. As a perfect example of this… Continue reading

Big, colorful salads made with fresh ingredients from the garden are a summer staple. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Arts Briefs

State Parks artist in residence speaks at Bunnell Artist in Residence Sheryl Maree Reily presents a talk on her art and residency from 6-7 p.m.… Continue reading

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We have now entered the limbo days of summer. Yes, children, we understand vacation ended for you on Tuesday when your parents dragged you into… Continue reading

Pratt to close this winter for renovations

The Pratt Museum will close to the public for major renovations from Sept. 5, 2018, to May 4, 2019, museum director Laurie Stuart announced in… Continue reading

Trinity White, 10, and Alexa Richards, 12, chase pigs down the track during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Race organizers need volunteer chasers to keep the pigs going in the right direction. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Pigs, sword swallowers and magic, oh my: it’s fair time

Kenai Peninsula Fair The Kenai Peninsula Fair runs Friday through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Events include up-and-coming country-western act 4th + Main, Dan… Continue reading

Trinity White, 10, and Alexa Richards, 12, chase pigs down the track during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Race organizers need volunteer chasers to keep the pigs going in the right direction. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Chatfield plays Bunnell Scottish singer-songwriter Gwendolen Chatfield performs from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. A previous Artist in Residence at… Continue reading

At left, Jillian Tracy, 12, of Palmer, and Caroline Higgins, right, of Philadelphia, do a presentation on orca whales at the end of Marine Mammal Camp on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. The girls and other camps went to the camp at the Peterson Bay Field Station and then closed with talks on marine mammals. They also articulated a “sea cat,” or lynx, skeleton with bone expert Lee Post. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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What do other Homerites do to entertain friends and family when they come? Some old comrades of the Betsters are touching down on Alaska soil… Continue reading

At left, Jillian Tracy, 12, of Palmer, and Caroline Higgins, right, of Philadelphia, do a presentation on orca whales at the end of Marine Mammal Camp on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. The girls and other camps went to the camp at the Peterson Bay Field Station and then closed with talks on marine mammals. They also articulated a “sea cat,” or lynx, skeleton with bone expert Lee Post. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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)