Homer graduate Dana Olesch was recently named to the spring 2014 Dean’s List at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she is a sophomore.
A committee has formed in Homer around the “repeal the giveaway” SB-21 issue. As you may know, this Aug. 19 is the primary election with one ballot measure, repealing SB-21. Head over to WKFL Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, to hear guest speaker Vic Fisher and others will give speeches and then a march down Pioneer with a 16-foot banner made by local artist, Mavis Muller.
Plan ahead to prepare for a four-day Junior Naturalist camp coming up July 24-27. For ages 9-12, two days will be at the Wynn Nature Center and two days at Peterson Bay Field station. For more information, check out the Facebook page or call 235-6667.
• Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22, 2014
The 14th-annual Seldovia Arts Council’s Summer Solstice Music Festival presents again in one of the most beautiful settings in all Alaska, just a quick boat or plane ride from Homer. International and national performers mix with Alaskans and local talent to provide a unique potpourri of music, song and dance. If any of the previous Festivals are an indication of what’s to come this year, you won’t want to miss this one! This year a fine arts event, En Plein Air, has been added to our Solstice celebrations. Artists, professionals and hobbyists, are invited to come to Seldovia to create works of art inspired by our gorgeous, unique town.
OKAIDJA & SHOKOTO, the dance and drumming ensemble from Ghana, provide outreach to youth around the world which combines cultural education, performance arts, and hands-on participation to introduce students to West African culture. Okaidja & Shokoto create innovative music drawing upon their West African roots and the diverse music of the African Diaspora. Okaidja Afroso had extensive training at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies and became a member of the Oregon Arts Commission for Artists in Residency Program.
ASHU, an internationally renowned saxophonist. Ashu has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences around the world through his charismatic and emotive performance style.
The headliners will appear at both Friday and Saturday evening concerts.
There is a variety of performers from Pittsburgh, Pa. and St. Louis, Mo. to Alaskans from Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River and the Kenai Peninsula.
There will be a total of four bands in this year’s festival in addition to all the other artists with the first being SHOKOTO. The festival will also present “One Take” from St. Louis now based in Talkeetna, who build on the traditions of Reggae, Americana, Jazz and the Blues; their repertoire blends everything from rock to soul with a heavy dose of Island Music.
In addition, SWING 49 from Anchorage blends Gypsy jazz and contemporary jazz on their guitars and bass with vocals.
Last- but-not-least of the bands is Seldovia’s own “Billy Goat”, the pride of the community ,with their renditions of Oldtime music. Long-time members are Kirby Corwin, Kari Hendrich, Chris Lillo, Jen Warren and Jeff Snedgen.
Elliott Sussman from Pittsburgh, Pa., mixes it up with a bit of Americana, Tin-Pan Alley, Doo-Wop, and Ragtime Blues with his guitar, ukulele, and kazoo! You also won’t want to miss a mix of Irish, British, Folk, and Gospel from Anchorage’s Wade Hampton Miller who originally hails from Missouri where he learned to play mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo and guitar. Wade has lived in AK since 1982 and has taken part teaching in music camps around the state and taught in Bush villages as part of the AK Artists in the Schools program. He has regularly appeared at the Anchorage Folk Festival and the AK State Fair.
Two very popular Kenai performers are Dan Pascucci and George Holly. Dan makes science fun for the youth in and out of the classroom using his mandolin, guitar,and “big barn boom” to educate about respecting wildlife and the environment. He is a regular at the Kenai River Festival and is joined by his wife Amy Lou. George Holly mesmerized the crowds last year with his commanding voice singing of Alaskan Native Culture. He is the recent recipient of the Rasmussen Foundation Artist Fellow award for 2014. He has been writing and performing original music for 20 years using his talents to support the native language revitalization movement in Alaska.
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