Spring Show of Winter Work April 19-20
The fifth annual Spring Show of Winter Art Work will take place April 19-20 at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at Fifth and Main. The show opens on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Submission forms can be picked up at the Skagway Rec Center. The deadline to apply is today, Friday, April 12. For more information, contact Kari Rain at 612-0157.

International Folk Festival April 20
The 27th Annual International Folk Festival is coming up! This festival kicks off the season each year with outstanding performances by musicians from Whitehorse, Tagish, Skagway and other points north and south! The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Main Street at 5th Avenue. We don't restrict it to just folk music, so if you would like to perform and want to hang out with folk for the evening, call Donna at 983-3222 to reserve a spot or check the Arts Council website for a participation form at: www.skagwayartscouncil.blogspot.com

Boat trip and theatre in Haines April 21
Take a round-trip boat ride to Haines for the day and catch the play "Dinner With Friends" by Donald Margulies on Sunday, April 21. Put on by Lynn Canal Community Players, directed by Tod Sebens, and performed at the Chilkat Center for the Performing Arts in Haines, this play has explicit language, is rated "R" and not recommended for anyone under 18.
We will be going to 2 p.m. matinee on April 21. The private boat will leave in the morning and return directly after the play ends. We have requested that Mosey's Cantina open early for our group to enjoy Mexican fare prior to the show. Cost is $55, which includes round-trip passage and ticket to the performance. Details on sailing time are still unfolding but call Donna at 983-3222 for more information or reservations. – SAC

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2013 writers symposium features faculty of top writers from Alaska and outside

 Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, believes that moral force is necessary to prevent toads, salmon, and cedars from slipping off the planet. Author of seven books, the Oregon writer-activist is the keynote speaker at the fourth annual North Words Writers Symposium, held in Skagway, Alaska May 29-June 1. Moore’s books have won the Oregon Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Her works have also been published in Orion, Discover, The Sun, and the New York Times Magazine.
Moore is joined at the Skagway symposium by a faculty of Alaska authors that includes John Straley, Kim Heacox, Lynn Schooler, Andromeda Romano-Lax, David Hunsaker, Howard Weaver, and Heather Lende. Faculty will serve on panels to discuss topics like overcoming writer’s block, the path to publication, assessing reader needs, and writing personal essays, screenplays, and fiction.
“North Words stands alone among writer gatherings,” said symposium program director Daniel Henry. “Participants take home winning ideas, success stories, methods, and deepened relationships with a whole network of talented writers. Moreover, Skagway knows how to host an unforgettable soiree.”
For more information, including registration, go to www.nwwriterss.com
Faculty: Kathleen Dean Moore: Moral Ground, The Pine Island Paradox, Riverwalking, etc.
John Straley: The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Big Both Ways, etc.
Kim Heacox: The Only Kayak, An American Idea: The Making of the National Parks, etc.
Lynn Schooler: The Blue Bear, The Last Shot, Heartbroke Bay, etc.
Andromeda Romano-Lax: The Detour, The Spanish Bow, etc.
David Hunsaker: Screenplays The Firecracker Boys, Whistler in the Dark, graphic novel North End of the World
Howard Weaver: Former editor of Anchorage Daily News, Book: Write Hard Die Free.
Heather Lende: If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name; Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs
Staff : Daniel Lee Henry: Pushcart Prize winner 2000, Pushcart Special Mention 2004, Best of Pushcart
Jeff Brady: Publisher-Editor-Bookseller, The Skagway News Co. & Lynn Canal Publishing.
Buckwheat Donahue: Skagway Tourism Director
Katrina Pearson: Director of Marketing, Epicenter Press

Skagway residents interested in applying for a scholarship to the symposium should contact the Skagway Arts Council.

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MFB Fund accepting scholarship applications till April 30

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships from the Margaret Frans Brady Fund.
The MFB Fund was set up through the Juneau Community Foundation to support arts and education projects and programs in Skagway and northern Southeast Alaska, and to assist students and artists in our area with scholarships to help them improve their creative abilities.
All creative arts will be considered including writing, music, visual and performance arts. These include grants to help artists attend arts camps, schools, colleges, symposiums, or conferences.
Applications are available at the JCF website: www.juneaucf.org Go to the Funds and Endowments section and then click on the Margaret Frans Brady Fund to download an application.
Applications are due April 30, 2013 and should be emailed to wjbradyak@me.com. A committee will select scholarship recipients in mid-May.