Retreat was fun ‘Sentence to Quilt’

Area residents learn new tricks from master quilters

She got into teaching at quilting seminars “just for the quips and giggles,” explained Brenda Henning of Anchorage, in between instructing about 25 women from Alaska and the Yukon during the Skagway Quilt Retreat Oct. 12-14.
Whenever she moved to the center of the room and spoke, all movement at tables in the A.B. Hall stopped. Then she would move from table to table.

Above, Henning, left, tells Skagway’s Alane Silva, center, how to set up patterns for a stained glass poinsettia table runner, while Tanya Pashkowski, foreground, cuts squares. The next step in the process is using a combination of ironing and gluing to fuse the patterns to the backing, which eliminates a normal step in the quilting process.
Below, from left, Skagway’s Gayle Beckett, and Whitehorse residents Maureen Wallingham and Geana Hadley demonstrate. Once this step is completed, it’s time to “make the sandwich,” says Henning, and quilt the final product.

“She’s the book,” said Whitehorse’s Karen Leenders, of learning new techniques from Henning.
Henning has made a successful business out of quilting. Books 15 and 16 in her Bear Paw Production series are due to be released this fall at the semi-annual International Quilt Market. The pattern books are sold to quilting and fabric dealers worldwide.

Being invited to teach at retreats like the one in Skagway is the fun part. Henning said she got into quilting after her kids were in school.
“It’s very productive time with no children,” she said of her career. “... a full sentence with big people.” – JEFF BRADY

Witchy program for Paranormal Symposium

The “Good Witch” Rosemary Kooiman of Baltimore, Maryland will be the featured speaker at the second annual Skagway Paranormal Symposium this weekend.
Kooiman’s witchy credentials include being the current High Priestess and leader of the Nomadic Chantry of Gramarye. She is a past president of the Maryland Mensa Society and remains active in the Baltimore chapter. Ordained in her religion for 25 years, she will speak at Skagway’s A.B. Hall on Saturday Oct. 27 beginning at 9 a.m.


A $15 fee covers both morning and afternoon sessions. According to Skagway CVB, Kooiman also is available for psychic readings at the Red Onion on Friday, and exorcisms.
Here’s the event schedule:

Friday Oct. 26
Afternoon-Evening: Psychic Readings by Rosemary Kooiman - Call Red Onion at 983-2222 for appointment.
6 p.m.: All-you can eat Lasagna Dinner at Red Onion
6-8 p.m.: Costumed Rollerblading at Rec. Center. Prizes for Best Costume, special games include banging the pinatas.
8 p.m.: Fright Night at Haven Cafe, spooky adult stories with spooky effects.
Saturday Oct. 27
9 a.m.-Noon: History of Witchcraft by Good Witch Rosemary Kooiman
12-1:15 p.m.: Lunch
1:15-3 p.m.: Witchcraft seminar continues
3:30 p.m.: Puppet Show at Skagway Public Library
4:30-5 p.m.: Costume & Alien Parade on Broadway
8:53 p.m.: Halloween Costume Ball at Eagles with music by Rev. Neil Down and Ghouls, prizes for best costumes.

Additional events next week include a pumpkin carving contest at the Rec. Center on Monday after school, and various events on Halloween Wednesday including the traditional school Halloween parade, an after-school Harvest party at the Presbyterian Rec. Hall, and a Haunted House at the Eagles in the evening.