Posted in Fish and game, Food choices, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Sitka Seafood Festival, Uncategorized, tagged Crescent Harbor, fish, food, GingerLee, halibut, Harrigan Centennial Hall, Jenn Perry, Louisa Chu, Old Harbor Books, Ray Troll, Ray Troll and the Rat Fish Wranglers, Robert Kinneen, rockfish, salmon, Sitka, Sitka Seafood Festival, traditional foods on May 16, 2011|
The second annual Sitka Seafood Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, at Harrigan Centennial Hall and Crescent Harbor.
The festival opens at 6 p.m. on Friday with the opening banquet dinner at Harrigan Centennial Hall. This event features a formal atmosphere with various local chefs collaborating, each showcasing a separate course. It also introduces our guest chefs — Louisa Chu, chef and writer from Chicago, and our returning guest chef Robert Kinneen from Anchorage. There will be a live music performance by Ray Troll and the Rat Fish Wranglers during dinner, as well as a silent auction and other entertainment. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books for $50.
The fun continues on Saturday, with a full schedule of events at Harrigan Centennial Hall, Crescent Harbor Shelter and back parking area. Events include:
- 11 AM: Maritime-themed parade
- Vendor booths including food, educational and entertainment booths, kids games and prizes, knot tying classes, beer garden, live music by many local bands, or anyone interested in showcasing seafood/maritime-related items (for more info, contact Christi Wuerker at 738-9047)
- Kids and adult art workshop with Ray Troll (limited number of openings, to sign up, call Alicia Olson at 928-607-4845)
- GingerLee, Aerial silk dancer performances by Jenn Perry
- USCG Aids to Navigation Team vessel tours
- Local New Archangel Russian dance and Naa Kahídi Tlingít dance performances
- US Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration
- Cooking demonstration by guest chef Louisa Chu
- Fish-filleting demos on the hour, every hour starting at noon, as well as rockfish identifying contests
- Fish-head-tossing contest, tote races, crab races and fish-head-bobbing contests
- 5-6PM: Fish Poetry at Kettleson Memorial Library (More info: Jeff Budd at the Greater Sitka Arts Council)
- 8-11PM: Live music and dance with Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers opening and the headliner band Wicked Tinkers (Tickets $20 at Old Harbor Books: more info available through Sitka Folk)
To learn more, go to http://www.sitkaseafoodfestival.org/, or contact Alicia Olson at 928- 607-4845 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted in Gardens, Sitka Local Foods Network events, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm, Uncategorized, tagged ANB Hall, carrots, community garden, farmers market, food, food security, fruit, garden, greens, herbs, kids' activities, Laura Schmidt, lettuce, Lisa Sadleir-Hart, onions, Planting parties, potatoes, produce, raised garden beds, rhubarb, Sitka, Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Local Foods Network, St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm, strawberries, vegetables, veggies, work party on May 13, 2011|
St. Peter's Fellowship Farm sign
The time has changed to 1-3 p.m. for the planting party on Saturday, May 14, at St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm. The times also have changed for the next two planting parties, from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and 28.
St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm provides vegetables, herbs and fruit for the Sitka Farmers Markets, which start in July (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 16, 30, Aug. 13, 27 and Sept. 10 at ANB Hall). It is located behind St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church on Lincoln Street.
In addition to helping get the communal garden ready to grow veggies this summer, volunteers can meet Laura Schmidt, who is the lead gardener for St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm this year and will coordinate most of the work parties and May planting parties. Laura said the work and planting parties will be kid-friendly and there will be several activities to keep the kids busy.
People who picked up seed starter kits at Let’s Grow Sitka in March should check the date they are scheduled to bring their started seeds in for planting. If you can’t bring them in on that date, please contact Laura Schmidt (623-7003) or Lisa Sadleir-Hart (747-5985) to make arrangements for someone else to bring them in on the scheduled date.
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Posted in education, tagged Bob Gorman, education, encouragement, shrubs, Sitka, transplants, trees, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus on May 2, 2011|
Bob Gorman of the Sitka office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will lead a free class on planting trees, shrubs and transplants from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in Room 106 of the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus.
Cooperative Extension publications related to the topic will be available. Subjects covered include selecting the right plant for the right place; site preparation; water drainage; soil amending; purchasing, transporting and storing plant materials; handling plants; and post-planting care.
There is no charge for the class which is open to all interested people. The class is offered as a public service by UAS Sitka and Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact UAF Cooperative Extension Service Resource Development Agent Bob Gorman at 747-9413 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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