POETIC PERFORMER - Zoe Wassman smiles after being announced winner of the first ever Poetry Out Loud contest at Skagway School. Wassman will be taking her recitation of Ai’s “Conversation” to the state competition in Juneau on March 11. English teacher Kent Fielding said he was impressed with all 18 high school students who participated. “They had poise, and for the most part got down the ideas, rhythm and tones of the poem,” he said. Fielding said Wassman won the night by capturing the emotions of sadness and fright in her poem. Al Weber and Richard Diechen also stood out, Fielding said. “Richard, the German, nailed the humor and satire in his poem,” Fielding said. Al recited Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” which Fielding said was the most difficult of the evening. “When Al was a freshman she was a student that I looked at and said, ‘this kid could win state in acting by the time she graduates’,” he said. “I have my fingers crossed she’ll prove me correct. I don’t like to be wrong.” – KE

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The 6th Annual Film Festival and more!

The 6TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL presented by the Skagway Arts Council begins Friday evening, February 21 and runs through Sunday, February 23 at the AB Hall. (see schedule in White Pass community ad in Feb. 14 issue).

The Arts Council's efforts to foster a musical community continue with MONDAY EVENING UKULELE LESSONS with Juan at 7 p.m. at the school for the rest of the month of February (2/17 and 2/24) and FRIDAY NIGHT JAM SESSIONS at the Elks around 8 p.m. following the burger feed scheduled. Jam Sessions are free and Ukulele lessons are $5/$3 SAC members and both are open to all levels of musicians. Call 612-0456 for more details.

You MUST mark your calendar for Sunday evening, March 9 for the concert of the RUTH MOODY BAND. This is one of those Arts Council concerts that folks will be talking about for weeks after it's over (like The Good Lovelies) and you will regret it if you miss the show. Ruth is a two-time Juno Award winner and a founding member of The Wailin' Jennys where she earned the name "the Soprano Jenny with the ethereal voice" (delicate, refined and heavenly). She has been described as an artist with exceptional depth and grace, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and songwriting talent that produces timeless melodies written with maturity and wisdom. Ruth and her band will be playing at the AB Hall beginning at 7:00 pm following an opening act of local musicians. Admission is $17 adults/$10 seniors & students; $2 discount for SAC members. Learn more about Ruth at www.ruthmoody.com.

Watch for details in future newpapers and on bulletin boards around town for the following events the Arts Council will be presenting in the near future: Dave McGraw / Mandy Fer Concert, April 4 (acoustic/electric songwriting duo that wowed the audiences at the Haines Fair last summer); Annual Spring Show of Winter Work, April 18-19 and 28th Annual International Folk Festival on April 19. – SAC