Members of the "Quest For Gold" cast weigh in before they hike the trail in 2002. Dimitra Lavrakas

Filmfest: “Rail, Trail, and Sail” set for May 5-7
The fourth annual Skagway’s Alaska Film Festival will be held on May 5, 6 and 7.
Admission will be free this year to the series of films gathered under the theme: “Rail, Trail and Sail”. And here they are:
• Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall - Rail: “Alaska’s Gold Rush Train” Filmed for the Public Broadcasting System, this hour-long film features a cast of dozens of locals. SEE! Tina Cyr, John McDermott, Steve “Leprechaun” Caulfield, John Jackson, Cori Goertz, Tim Bourcy, Kip Wheeler, Paul Reichert, Cory Hightower, Dave Hunz, Gary Danielson, and many many more.
• Friday May 6, 6 p.m., National Park Service auditorium - Trail: Frantic Film Series of the Klondike Quest for Gold, following five Whitehorsians who do the Chilkoot in traditional gear and grub while scrambling for big bucks. Sort of a Far North “Survivor” show.
• Saturday May 7, 7 p.m., Arctic Brotherhood Hall - Sail: “The Poseidon Adventure.” The overwhelming choice of cruise film fans. You’ll never feel the same way again about those on-board receptions!
For more information, contact Dimitra Lavrakas at 983-3393.

NEW: Michael Klensch Photo Show at museum - opening reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 6th

‘Bike Rodeo Extravaganza’ coming Sat. May 7
The Skagway Police Department is ramping up the bike rodeo into a “Bike Rodeo Extravaganza” to be held outside the Skagway Rec. Center on Saturday, May 7.
The fun begins at 9 :30 a.m. with lots of food and prizes.
Participants can win a free bike, register a bike for free, get a free helmet and reflectors, complete a bicycle obstacle course, and try the firefighter obstacle course.
After the rodeo there will be a bicycle parade, a jump house, and a hot dog feed sponsored by the Eagles and Skagway Volunteer Fire Dept.
For more information, contact SPD at 983-2232.

Bowl for Kids Sake May 7
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska is sponsoring its 25th Annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” on Saturday, May 7 at the Elks lanes.
There will be 1.5 hour sessions from12 noon to 6:30 p.m. as teams of 4-5 persons raise money that will stay in Skagway to support the local Big Brothers / Big Sisters program. There also will be food and prizes.
To sign up or for more information, contact Dan Fangmeier at 209-6406 or visit

Poet on tour in Lower 48
Local poet Robert Russell “Bob” Marquardt will travel to the states of Washington and Wisconsin this month to participate in events for National Poetry Month.
On April 21, he was one of four guest poets reading personal selections at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Bellingham, Wash. Then he will fly to Wisconsin for a radio talk show appearance in his hometown of Manitowoc, Wisc. and give several readings in the area, including a featured event at the Barnes and Noble of Green Bay on April 30.
Marquardt self-published two books last year, “Poems to Make You Laugh, Cry and Wonder Why” and “70 Unforgettable Poems That Will Mess With Your Mind”. They are available locally at the Skaguay News Depot.
He has contracted to publish three more books this year: one consisting of humorous conversations between a boy and his dad; the second between a young man who surprisingly receives an audible answer to a prayer from God; and a third book of poetry.

Atlin spring play beckons Skagway fans
After you get your fill of local drama or film, you are invited to head over to Atlin.
The Atlin Theatre Group will be performing its spring play, John Patrick’s farce, “Bad Year for Tomatoes”, over the weekends of April 29-30 and May 6-7.
Performances will be at Atlin’s Globe Theatre starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, and $8 for children under 12 and may be purchased in Atlin at the Food Basket, Trading Post or at the door.
The cast of characters includes a TV actress who is trying to escape, her agent who is trying to get her back on TV, an imaginary homicidal sister, a sheriff who tries to solve the “crime,” and several neighbors with various agendas.
“The uproarious doings will keep the audience laughing right up to the final curtain!,” says a press release.