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Mini Marathon Race Registration Tonight 5-9pm at the Chainsaw Competition Site

Mini Marathon Race Registration Tonight 5-9pm at the Chainsaw Competition Site

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus
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Alaska Air Taxi has available seats on direct flight from Anchorage to Seldovia Tomorrow!

Alaska Air Taxi has available seats on direct flight from Anchorage to Seldovia Tomorrow!

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alaska Air TaxiAlaska Air Taxi will be coming into Seldovia tomorrow (Thursday, August 28) flying direct from Anchorage into Seldovia!

Flight will leave Anchorage around 1:00pm.

Call the office now 907-243-3944/800-789-5232 to see if there is available space.  Limited availability!

Join us in Seldovia for the Labor Day Weekend activities!

9th Annual “Watch the Chips Fly” Chainsaw Carving Competition on Labor Day Weekend!

9th Annual “Watch the Chips Fly” Chainsaw Carving Competition on Labor Day Weekend!

| August 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

Please go to our FACEBOOK page to see photos as the competition progresses!

ScottEagleAs we tolerate the August rain, and our kids begin school, we have to face the fact that summer is coming to a close. It has been a glorious Seldovia summer, with plenty of warm, beautiful sunny days, full of fishing, friends, good food and exceptional beach combing!

This summer saw plenty of new beginnings in Seldovia, from the exciting renovations and reopening of the Boardwalk Hotel, Amon’s Coffee House – a quaint coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch on the slough to the Kacheyak Trading Post – we’ve seen some new energy in town that is contagious! Both the Tidepool Bakery and Cafe as well as Seldovia Fishing Adventures is under new ownership and it is nice to see this energetic interest and excitement in serving our community and visitors.

ChainsawCarvingCompetitionLogoThis year, over Labor Day Weekend, we are saying goodbye to summer with a ton of style, music, activity, athleticism, art and noise! This will be the 2nd year that we have hosted the Seldovia Craft Invitational Chainsaw Carving Competition at the end of summer!

TobyElaineCraftA little History:  We began this thrilling competition in 2006, with the guidance of two local carvers, Toby and Elaine Craft. The Crafts had competed in chainsaw carving competitions in other states and believed that bringing this type of competition would be a real asset to our community! Thus, the Seldovia Craft Invitational Chainsaw Carving Competition was born!

This will be our 9th year hosting the competition in Seldovia, (the first 7 years it was held on Memorial Day weekend) and we are so excited to announce our theme this year is “Great Alaska!” Also, this year, in addition to top Alaskan carvers: Ben Firth of Anchor Point, Derrick Stanton of Kenai and Rob Younkins of Anchorage – we have two carvers coming up from Washington and Oregon to compete in Seldovia! Chris Foltz from North Bend, Oregon and Jeff Samudosky from Gig Harbor, Washington have both competed internationally and have placed first in many events from the US, Canada and Germany! We are very excited to be opening this competition to master carvers outside of Alaska!

CarvingCrew2013Our event has always been a very intimate group, carvers who enjoy the time they spend in the art of carving, as well as the time together socially. Sponsored by the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce, we are thankful to garner so much support from the community as a whole! The Chainsaw Committee raises all the support from the local businesses and individuals. We bring the carvers over from Homer, lodge and feed them for the weekend as they create these beautiful masterpieces that will stay in our community for locals and visitors to enjoy!

JimmyBigSawThis year we have moved the competition site to the brand new Gateway Pavilion at the small boat harbor!  We are going to enjoy the glorious views, and being centrally located in the heart of town will make it easy for folks to stop by and enjoy the festivities!

The masterpiece carving logs are from local spruce, with a minimum diameter of 26″, and all are at least 7 feet tall. The carvers arrive on Thursday the 28th of August, and begin prepping their logs that evening, with the debarking and setting up of scaffolding. Carving will begin at 8am on Friday the 29th, and will continue through Sunday at 1:00pm. Obviously, there will be breaks for lunch, and dinner – snacks and great conversation!

SeaOtterCarvingAtSBEIt is an amazing transformation from a log to a masterpiece! My favorite day is Friday when the log has its greatest transformation, as the chainsaw cuts away to reveal to the crowd, the brilliant imagination of the carver! Saturday is incredible as the detailed work begins to evolve out of the rough design.   Sunday brings the work to completion with the fine details, textures all revealed and the final coating is put on the carving in preparation for judging.  We will also have quick carves during the competition time, and that is a great time to stop by and see high-speed creativity!

Sunday at 1:00pm the carvers have to put down their tools and the judges enter the competition site. Our guest judges this year will be the names sakes of our competition, Toby and Elaine Craft – who have traveled to Seldovia from the lower 48 to be here to experience the competition again. We will also have the Chief Mate of the Tustumena, John Mayer as a guest judge for the competition.

BenFirthThe finale of the weekend is the Community Potluck on Sunday at 1;00pm. Everyone is invited! We will be cooking up burgers and hotdogs and counting on the community for the salads, desserts, chips, dips, etc! While the judges are judging the masterpiece carvings, there will be a community gathering to celebrate the end of the competition and participate in a silent auction of items donated to raise funds for the event, and the final culmination of the event will be the awards ceremony at 3:00pm.

In addition to all the travel arrangements, lodging, food and other necessities required to make the event come together, we are still raising funds to bring the carvers up from the lower 48 this year, which substantially added to our budget!

We are so thankful for the very generous support of this event by the following individuals and businesses!

The list is growing – can we add your name?

Platinum Sponsor
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Gold Sponsors
Hopkins Bros.
Swisher Family

Silver Sponsors
AeroTech09Alaska Air Taxi
City of Seldovia LogoElitewoodCabinets1
SFA Logo
Winter Watch Logo

Bronze Sponsors
Alaska Marine Highway System
Linwood Bar and Grill
Seldovia Native Association Inc.
Seldovia Village Tribe
Spenard Builders Supply

Support Sponsors
Alaska Airlines
Alaska USA
Bear Creek Winery
Boardwalk Hotel
Bridgekeeper’s Inn
Captain’s Coffee
Central Charters
Central Suites
Crabpot Grocery
Dancing Eagles
Mike & Nicola Holman
Homer Electric Association
Homer Brewery
Indian Valley Meats
Kachemak Gear Shed
Perry’s Cafe
Dick & Sammie Reason
Mike Sage
Smokey Bay Air
Stranik Family
Tobben & Tania Spurkland
Thyme on the Boardwalk

Chainsaw Carving Committee/Help
Sonny & Jenny Chissus
Chris & Liane Crosta
Byron & Margie McCord
Mike Webber

If you would like to be a sponsor of this amazing event – please contact any one of our Chainsaw Committee members: Chris and Liane Crosta, Sonny and Jenny Chissus, Byron and Margie McCord or Suzie Stranik.   We are still looking for Silent Auction items and financial support!  We will see you at the site all weekend – and please come and bring a dish to our Community Potluck on Sunday at 1:00pm and stay for the Awards Ceremony at 3:00pm!

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MiniMarathon5K10KIn addition to the Chainsaw Carving competition, we are having our 1st Annual Seldovia Mini Marathon, a 5K or 10K race (runner’s/walker’s option) on Saturday to raise money for the competition. Registration will be on Friday evening from 5:00-9:00pm at the competition site and continuing at 8:00am Saturday morning.   The starting gun will go off at 10:00am on Saturday!   There will be awards and lots of fun! If you don’t want to race – please show up on the course to show your support – the map of the race is below!

Also this weekend, we have the 907 band (www.907band.com) will be playing at the Linwood on Friday and Saturday evenings from 9:00-11:00pm!

Another HUGE event going on this weekend is the Guitar Masters concert on Saturday night at the Susan B English school. This is a fabulous opportunity to hear amazing guitar talent up close and personal! Click here for more information on this Seldovia Arts Council event.

It is going to be a fantastic and busy weekend!

Seldovia’s Schedule for the Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:00pm Welcome Dinner with Carving Committee
7:00pm Log Drawing and Carvers begin prepping logs
7:15pm Site Prep – Debarking and scaffolding Set up – NO CARVING TONIGHT
9:00pm Clean up

Friday, August 29, 2014
7:30am Carver’s Meeting at the Site
8:00am Carving Time – Starting horn at 8am promptly
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Carving Time
5:00pm Quick Carve #1
5:00pm Silent Auction #1 Opens
5:00-9:00pm Registration for the Mini Marathon (5K and 10K) race at the Competition Site
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Carving Time
9:00pm Silent Auction #1 Closes
10:00pm Quit Carving & Clean up
9:00-11:00pm – 907 Band – Live Music at the Linwood

Saturday, August 30, 2014
8:00am Carving Time
8:00-10:00am – Mini Marathon FINAL Registration
10:00am – Mini Marathon (5 or 10K) – Start time!
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Quick Carve #2
1:00pm Silent Auction #2 Opens
4:00pm Saws off for 1/2 hour wedding
4:00pm Silent Auction #2 Closes
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Carving Time
10:00pm Quit Carving & Clean up
7:00pm  Guitar Masters Concert – SBE
9:00-11:00pm 907 Band – Live Music at the Linwood

Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:00am Carving Time
8:00am Silent Auction #3 Opens
1:00pm Quit Carving & Clean up – Judging Begins
1:00pm Community Potluck Lunch on Site
2:00pm Silent Auction #3 Closes
3:00pm Award Ceremony

Guitar Masters Concert – Labor Day Weekend

Guitar Masters Concert – Labor Day Weekend

| August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Susan Mumma

Guitar Masters
Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp  Master’s After Camp Concert in Seldovia, Alaska 
The Seldovia Arts Council is happy to announce the eighth annual Acoustic Alaska Guitar Master’s Concert in Seldovia, Alaska . The Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp is a music camp held in Wasilla, Alaska  each summer. .Instructors of world renown have been teaching at the camp and have then  been traveling to Seldovia to give  an after the camp concert for us  via the invitation first in 2007 by local Susan Mumma who went to the camp and then  excitedly recommended Seldovia as a dynamite place to  hold a concert, fish, relax and enjoy beautiful scenery.  After the first year they have returned as  a greatly anticipated event  invited  by the Seldovia Arts Council.
The concert will be held at the Susan B. English School Commons on August 30th,  at  7 PM.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.   Adults $15   Students $8.00
This year, the instructors coming to Seldovia include:
Betty  Soo, who returns to us with her witty songs and beautiful voicing. Dan Navarro, celebrated songwriter and musician  and music activist. Mega Mandolin artist, Sharon Gilchrist and the awesome finger-style guitarist Mary Flower.
Betty Soo returns to teach and inspire. Her beautiful voice and poignant songwriting, sometimes comically points out some of the difficult truths of  life. She is from Austen, Texas.
Her accolades include:  Kerrville New Folk Winner, Mountain Stage New Song Competition Winner, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year,
Wildflower! Festival Songwriting Competition Winner, Sisters Folk Festival / Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Competition Winner.
Betty Soo has been a featured performer: at  SXSW ,Kerrville Folk  Festival, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Calgary Folk, Festival, APAP, Tin Pan South Sisters Folk Festival, Wilderness Songs (NL)Texas on Tour BBC2 with Bob Harris (UK),CBC Radio (Canada),  Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour Folk, Alliance  International, FAR-West Folk Alliance, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, Ontario Council of Folk  Festivals Alberta Showcase.
Dan Navarro  started his career as a songwriter, often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato,  The Triplets,  Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more…
In the 1990s, he recorded and toured with Lowen in the acclaimed acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric’s retirement in 2009. Dan has since transitioned into a growing solo career, increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit…
Dan has moonlighted as a singer and voice actor for 25 years, in major motion pictures, television series, commercials and records, including the October 2014 release of The Book Of Life, plus the smash hit The Lorax, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,  Rock of Ages, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3), and a dozen more; TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Subaru, Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and hundreds of others…
He has contributed countless hours in Washington on issues of intellectual property, copyright and performer’s rights, including testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Copyright Royalty Board on behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Assn Int’l, AFTRA, NARAS, BMI , Sound Exchange and the music FIRST Coalition…
Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. Whether you have seen her playing mandolin, thumpin’ the upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing one of her original pieces, you’ve heard an artist steeped in traditional Appalachian music delivering these sounds with a distinct spacious, graceful and fiery nuance. Sharon has performed with  Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall, Scott Law, Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, and Donald Rubinstein. She is currently based in the East Bay  of northern California.
In addition to performing, Sharon is a respected mandolin teacher. She is available for private mandolin instruction in Oakland, California and is also available to teach mandolin lessons on-line via Skype. She served as mandolin instructor at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design from 2004 – 2012 and has also taught at numerous music camps throughout the States. As for her own education, Sharon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mandolin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mary Flower is an award-winning American musician and music educator [2][3] on the independent Yellow Dog Records label. A blues and ragtime fingerstyle guitarist and vocalist, she combines intricate syncopated Piedmont style fingerpicking with lap-slide guitar.[4]
In 2000 and 2003, Flower placed in the top three at the National Finger Style Guitar Championship, the only female to do this twice for guitar.[5]
She’s performed with Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist/songwriter Pat Donohue, Hot Rize founder Tim O’Brien, singer Mollie O’Brien, guitarist/songwriter Geoff Muldaur, and the Campbell Brothers.[6] As a songwriter, arranger and educator she has several musical and instructional releases to her credit.[7][8] She is currently based in Portland, Oregon, United States.
Some the text for this article is taken from each artist’s website.   You can read more about them and the camp at: acousticalaska.com,
This event is brought to us by the Seldovia Arts Council with the help  grants from the Alaska  State Council on the Arts
Guitar Masters Concert TONIGHT

Guitar Masters Concert TONIGHT

| September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Tania Spurkland