By Dax Radtke
If you think the 2014 Winter Carnival is over, well – think again. The organizers spent three months planning and assembling an over-the-top “Opening Ceremonies” event which had to be postponed because of snow. It has been re-scheduled to Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Mariner Park on the Spit.
This being Homer, it seems only right to end our Winter Carnival with the first event we had planned. So Homer, it’s party time – epic style!
Mariner Park opens at 6 p.m., but feel free to come early to get a good spot. Dress crazy, bring everyone you know and be prepared to have fun.
You’ve seen the opening ceremonies for this year’s Olympic games – well, they got that from us.
Our party will have the same stuff, only “Homerier.” Torch comes in, bonfire is lit, and we segue to a couple of “wow” moments – including fireworks. Then begins our Cosmic Hamlet “Parade of Participants.” It’s just like in the Olympics, except you’ll know everybody.
At the end, we’ll have some kind of meaningful message and a final goose-bumps moment.
Our new “Mr Homer” will be there, and the infamous racing outhouses from Saturday’s throwdown will be on display, too. Take a few minutes and see how Homerful these contraptions are … and meet the racing teams live and in person.
Also, I hope there will be hula-hooping and juggling and stuff, because it’s going be a fun deal.
Finally, we will attempt a very “Homer” thing (that may be a little self-serving, but you could just indulge me a little bit.)
I hope to assemble a 100-voice choir consisting of my many musical friends, plus any members of any Homer church or school choirs (you’re all invited), plus any of the amazing singers, musicians, artists and unique people that make this place Homer.
The plan is to gather everybody in front of the bonfire, and then have a sing-a-long of two songs.
At the beginning, we will sing the “Alaska Flag Song,” then a bunch of stuff will happen. In the end, we’ll sing “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” right out there on the Spit under the stars. Wow. (If you don’t know the songs, you can find them on Facebook events, listed under, “HWC Re-Scheduled Opening Ceremonies Party, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.)
And, since we’ll be at Mariner Park, if it’s a nice night, we’ll have an open stage with PA available for musicians or performers after the planned event. Maybe some smaller fire pits will host different groups that want to continue the fun after the opening ceremonies conclude.
Please spread the word around. This is the one event you don’t want to miss in 2014!
Dax Radtke is the co-coordinator of several Winter Carnival events and Homer resident.
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