Tag: Seldovia Alaska

Preliminary Schedule of Events for our Chainsaw Carving Competition over Labor Day Weekend

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

Seldovia Hosts the Madison String Quartet

| August 6, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Tania Spurkland
Madison String Quartet 2015

Friday Concerts About Town

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments


2015 Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival Program of Events

| June 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Margie McCord 

2015_SolsticePosterJoin us for the 14th annual Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, held in a most beautiful setting where the eagles awaken you to another day to enjoy the snow-topped mountains as a backdrop. The blue, blue ocean bids you to watch for playful otters, and the sounds and scents coming from the shops and attractions ask you to explore the many nooks and crannies of our special town! Our walking map actually has listed over 101 things to do in Seldovia, so get going with the exciting Summer Solstice Music Festival always held over the longest weekend of the year! 

This year we are so pleased to present  as headliners for the Festival, the very innovative Inuit band Pamyua that has entertained all over Alaska and the world with their drum songs of native traditional music mixed with a fusion of Yupik dance. You will be amazed!

Adding to our first time in Seldovia headliners will be a great variety and mix of new-to-Seldovia artists as well as a reunion of past favorites we just haven’t heard enough of, including a poet! In addition, the 2nd annual “En Plein Air” event, featuring artists from around Alaska capturing the beauty of Seldovia scapes, will take place. A silent auction of their work will be held Sunday morning.

Thursday, June 18 

The festivities begin with the performers boarding the Seldovia Bay Ferry in Homer at 11:00 am for an hour ride of greeting and mixing it up with a jam session of favorite tunes to get everyone warmed up and in the spirit.  Any festival attendees are welcome to ride for a sneak preview of what’s to come and to enjoy the breathtaking view! 

The performers will be greeted by the Seldovia Arts Council members and host families who will take them to their housing before the fun begins! There will be time to stroll around to find the school and to check out the town before the “Meet and Greet” held at the Linwood Bar and Grill starting at 5:30 pm where you can catch an early dinner before attending the very popular OPEN MIC’ at the Susan B. English School with sign-ups at 7:30 pm and a start time of 8 pm. This is for the community members, visitors, or performers who would like to share a song, poem, story, or tune. This is always a fun, often a surprising opportunity to have a moment of stardom!

Friday, June 19

This year we are giving the community and visitors an opportunity to hear short “Samplers” from the performers of what’s to come at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts! There will be several places throughout town that will host the performers during the day; depending on the weather, they may find themselves on a sunny deck or playing in our new harbor pavilion! At noon be sure to drop by the Seldovia Village Tribe (a major Festival sponsor) at the Alaska Tribal Cache Building for the Tribe’s Annual Picnic and a chance to hear Pamyua play. 

Expect an intermission so you can scoop up a CD of your favorite performer(s), and visit the  commons for a delicious dessert and support the Children’s Fine Arts Camp!



Saturday, June 20

Saturday always peps up our day with the popular YOGA hour (8:30 am) at the Seldovia Sea Otter Community Center followed by the favorite SONG CIRCLE at the Boardwalk Hotel deck (or tent) at 10:00 am with our musicians jamming and sharing tunes over lattes and/or breakfast. This is a lot of fun and all are welcome.

Saturday afternoon (1 -4 pm) is a favorite with the performers holding workshops for kids as well as the community and visitors. There will be several choices offered each hour including many “how-to” compose, teach, play, tune, drum or sing.  Pick and choose whatever looks fun and see how the artists inspire the love of their talents. In between all the happenings, there will be a chance to browse the shops, watch the boats come and go, or take a short walk or hike to our beaches or along the Otterbahn Trail which begins  next to the school. Don’t forget to periodically check out how our visiting artists with “En Plein Air” are doing creating their masterpieces throughout the town!



Sunday, June 21

Sunday brings to a close a very busy weekend but not before you get to view the work of our En Plen Air artists and then attend the very popular GOSPEL SING. We will end the fine arts portion of the celebration with an En Plen Air silent auction on Sunday, June 21st starting at 11:30 am until 1:30 pm with snacks and coffee available. The public viewing space at Seldovia’s new pavilion, located adjacent to the boat harbor, will be the place where all can view each artist’s work and where the auction will take place. The Gospel Sing will begin at 2:00 pm (location to be announced); bring your own instrument and/or voice to join along with the festival performers and the community. Song books will be provided. 

There is just enough time left to grab your personal belongings and an ice cream cone before saying good-bye to new and old friends and a memorable weekend of fun, song, and fond memories from a very special place by the sea! The Seldovia Bay Ferry departs at 4:30 pm. Thanks for coming and see you next year!!!

The entire festival passes are: adults $49, teens $16, and kids under 12 Free. Single night performances are: adults $25 and teens $8. Early bird festival passes (adults $39 and teens $15) are available locally at Thyme on the Boardwalk and Linwood Bar and Grill until 5 pm Wednesday, June 17th .

To read more about all the artists performing at this year’s festival – please visit the Arts Council’s site!

Human Powered Fishing Derby in 7th Year!

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Tim Dillon – taken from DillonTimber.com

Annual non-motorized fishing derby based in Seldovia, Alaska!

Photo by the Seldovia Chatter Box
Simon – Grand Prize Winner 2014


  • Memorial Day Weekend – 8:00 am Friday, May 22 – 4:00 pm Sunday, May 24
  • The 2015 Human Powered Fishing Derby will span 3 days  on Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday -May 22, 23, 24).
  • Tim Dillon will be signing people up starting Friday morning at 8:00 at the pavilion on the harbor front across from SNA.
  • Fish fry Sunday at 4:00 pm at the harbor-side pavilion. Fish provided, bring a potluck side-dish or suggested $5 donation.
  • To pre-register or for more information, call Tim Dillon at 907-234-7858

Entry Fee:

  • $40 per fishing rod


  • Boats entered can not have any type of motor installed.
  • All boats must leave from Seldovia Harbor.
  • No fishing within the Harbor or Seldovia Slough.
  • No fishing from a beach.
  • Lines in Friday morning, lines out Sunday afternoon.
  • Each person in a boat must have a derby ticket.
  • Find a complete list of rules at the sign-up booth.


Seldovia Station – One Man Shop!

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Taken from the State of Alaska DOT publication, “Plane Talk”

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George Oliveira says: “This job has been a good career choice – it is both challenging and rewarding. I love serving the public and all the things I get to do for the DOT & PF.”

Seldovia is one of the oldest communities on the Kenai Peninsula.  And, as is the case with many towns in Alaska, it’s off the road system, relying on air service, passenger ferries, and the Alaska Marine Highway for access. The Alaska DOT&PF has 79 maintenance facilities across the state responsible for all maintenance and operation activities to keep our highways, bridges, airports, buildings, and harbors in good condition and safe for the traveling public.  Only one of these facilities is a year-round one man shop and that’s the Seldovia Station.

Winter Sanding & Snow Removal Operation,  Seldovia AirportThis station has been managed solely by George Oliveira for the last 24 years. George is responsible for both the airport and state maintained roads in the Seldovia area.  Some of his duties include blading, snowplowing, brush cutting, sign repair, dust control, inspect, clean, and replace culverts, clean ditches, springtime sweeping of the paved streets in town, screening gravel for both road/airport resurfacing projects and winter sand, and maintaining and issuing appropriate NOTAM’s for the airport.  Along with that he is also responsible for the everyday maintenance of the shop and equipment, including all necessary safety inspections and training.    George is the first responder to all work related emergency situations such as storms, fallen trees, mud and landslides, and roadway/airport flooding. 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKevin Jones, Homer Airport Manager says, “George does it all!  Over the years he has been a pleasure to work with and in my opinion his service to the Seldovia community has been outstanding.  With him being the only employee stationed there, any time day or night, weekend or holiday, when an emergency arises or the weather doesn’t cooperate, George is there assessing the problem, planning a solution, and putting it into action.”

(4) 1-22-07Kerry Long, FAA Alaska Administrator, visited Seldovia last summer.  He said, “It’s amazing to find someone like George who is able to run the Seldovia Airport maintenance operations single handedly.  In listening to him explain everything he does, from mining and crushing rock for the runway surfaces to maintaining, repairing, and operating  the heavy equipment, one quickly realizes that the extensive skills, experience, and responsibilities George has, are few and far between.  The City of Seldovia and surrounding communities are very lucky to have him keeping their limited road system and airport lifeline operational and in top condition year round.”