Your Yuletide invitation
I would like to take this opportunity to invite the whole community to take part in the Yuletide 2003 festivities, December 9-14. Our theme is “Winter Elegance: Black-Tie & Blue Jeans”. Many thanks go out to the individuals who came forward to help organize this year’s events, as well as the local business sponsors who are making this possible.
Some changes to Yuletide you’ll find this year include the Santa Train running the same weekend as Yuletide. Again, this is a free train ride sponsored by White Pass RR. Many local merchants will be open for late night shopping Friday night just prior to the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. Many of our Whitehorse friends are looking forward to participating in the festivities this year.
Some of the annual events include the Quilt Show, which will be held at the White Pass depot, where the sophomore class will be raffling a beautiful quilt. The Craft Fair/Kids’ Carnival will be held at the school with the junior class raffling a giant Christmas stocking. The Pizza Station will be hosting a pool tournament again this year. All of these events will take place on Saturday.
Robert Murphy will be entertaining the children with Christmas songs and a sing-along Saturday night at the Rec. Center. This will kick off the Yuletide 2003 Ball. Following Robert’s music, the Helen B. Clark awards will be announced. Then, the Juneau band, “Dagnabbit”,, will be showing off a variety of music styles, sure to please everyone. A light fare of food & refreshments will be available, courtesy of White Pass RR, again showing their appreciation for the people of Skagway. A no-host bar of beer and wine will be available, thanks to the Pizza Station, after the awards ceremony. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian after 8:30 p.m. All of this will take place under the shimmering lights and decorations of the festively decorated “winter wonderland” at the city Rec. Center. The dance will cost $3 per person, $5 per couple, and children are free.
The National Park Service and White Pass RR will be presenting two free showings of the kids’ feature “Finding Nemo” on Sunday at noon and 2 p.m., at the NPS theater. Also on Sunday there will be Christmas Teas at local homes and organ music at the home of Fred & Eva Beeks. Look for a schedule of all of the events in your mailbox and a full-page ad in the Dec. 12 edition of the Skagway News.
Teresa Brown
Yuletide 2003 Chairman

Traditions kept alive require your presence...Yuletide teas, singing plans unveiled

On Sunday Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m., four great homes and hosts will be participating in the Yuletide Christmas Tea House event.
On the list this year are the homes of Mark and Nan Saldi, Mike and Joanne Korosmo, Rod and Becky Jensen, and Gary and Janilyn Heger. Each one is unique.
The Saldi’s is a beautifully done new timber frame home. The Korsmos have put a new addition on their home that has a spectacular view of the Lynn Canal and Chilkat Range. The Jensens are just putting the finishing touches on their newly completed home and are looking forward to showing it off. Gary and Janilyn Heger love the local history of their home and hope that any one who has ever lived in it will come by and see what they’ve done to the place.
Each family will set valued time aside to open their houses, put out some holiday fare and welcome you in to share some Yuletide spirit. It’s a fun way to keep the Christmas Tea House tradition alive. So bundle up, get out, and enjoy the simple joy of holiday gatherings.
Each house will sport a big red bow in the front to help identify them. And for those new to town, below is a list of addresses to help you find the way.
Saldi home – 1 mile Dyea road, take the first right and head up the hill; it’s just at the top.
Korsmo home – Located on Lois Lane off the Dyea road to the left. There is limited parking so if you can park on the highway.
Jensen home – On 8th Ave. From Broadway turn left, it’s the second house in from the corner of 8th & State on the north side of the street.
Heger home – On the corner of 8th & Main. The big green house with the twinkle lights in the window. (Alaskan Sojourn Hostel sign on the corner)
More holiday fun is happening on December 7th & 14th from 2-4 p.m. at Fred & Eva Beeks. There is a Christmas Carol Sing-along with Fred playing the pipe organ (You know the famous one featured on the PBS special not too long ago). The Beeks home is located on 14th Ave. between Main and Alaska (it has two boats in the yard). If you like to sing Christmas carols don’t miss it! – Yuletide Committee

Yuletide Schedule of Events