SPRINGTIME EVENTS

FOLKFEST JAZZ – The Ray Tucker Jazz Trio from Whitehorse performs at the 19th annual International Folk Festival in Skagway on April 18. About 50 people attended the concert to hear several musicians from the Skagway, Southeast Alaska, and the Yukon. Earlier in the evening, long-time organizer Barbara Kalen was honored. “We (the current group of people trying to get the arts council back up and running) presented Barb with a dozen roses as a thank you for all she's done for the folk festival, and arts in general, in Skagway,” saidl Candace Cahill. “There were a couple of stories shared, and many musicians expressed gratitude for all the music Barb taught and shared with them over the years.” Andrew Cremata

AIMING HIGH – Doug Breen gears up for the Sister Cities Dart Tournament by practicing his refined and accurate dart throw. Many participants of the tourney discovered that alcohol seldom improves accuracy, but the charitable event was a hit with all sister city residents. Promoter Howard Mallory said he hopes the tourney will become an annual event. Andrew Cremata

EARTH DAY DISC GOLF – The first annual Earth Day Disc Golf Tournament on April 22 raised over $150 for course improvements and $150 for the Taiya Inlet Watershed Council.
Winners broke down as follows: Mens Class - 1st Prize $75 from TIWC went to David Fischer; 2nd Prize $50 from the Mountain Shop went to Ken Graham; 3rd Prize Innova Disc Golf Bag from the Mountain Shop went to Nate Kazcmerak. Womens Class -1st Prize $75 from TIWC went to Courtenay Birdsall Clifford; 2nd Prize $50 from the Mountain Shop went to Reba Hylton; 3rd Prize Patagonia bag plus Prana Hat from the Mountain Shop went to Claire Reginier. Low Card Overall (best score) went to David Fischer (Ugly Stick fishing pole from Skagway Hardware); High Card overall (low score) went to Erica Foss (set of two Innova discs from the Mountain Shop) ; 11 Closest to Pin Prizes were handed out (closest to pin means the farthest drive to land closest to the keg marks their spot with a flag and at the end if theirs was the best drive, they won a prize)
Donors were Sockeye Cycle, Sugar Mama’s, Glacial Smoothies, Klothes Rush, Skagway Brewing Company, Skagway Traditional Council, Skagway Hardware Store, Red Onion Saloon, Wandering Wardrobe, Skagway News Depot, Buckwheat donated a bunch of stuff, and Drew from the Pizza Station made up some t-shirts to give away, Fairway and You Say Tomato donated food and the Pizza Station donated their grill, the Skagway Volunteer Fire Dept. donated their time, effort, and a ton of materials such as the tent, table, chairs, white board, megaphone, pin flags, recycling can, etc.. and the school donated 12 of their brand new discs to lend out to people who wanted to play but didn’t own their own disc.
“It felt like a success and everyone had a smile on their face,” said the TIWC’s Alicia Wendlandt (above right). “Besides the mosquitoes, everything went perfect!! “
Andrew Cremata

EARTH DAY OUTDOOR CLASSROOM – Skagway elementary students cleaned up and studied beach critters during a Long Bay field trip. Dorothy Brady

SHORE LEAVE FOR CANADIAN NAVY– Above left, the HMCS Whitehorse heads into port in Skagway on April 18. Crew and public officials from Whitehorse and Skagway celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ship’s commission and locals and Yukoners toured the ship over the weekend. The vessel arrived along with the Yellowknife and the Nanaimo. Right, a sailor gets ready to take leave with his colorful shore bag. Andrew Cremata