The Morning Interview
One of the northernmost open water swims in the world, the Change Your Latitude 57 degrees North Open Water Challenge is happening this weekend in Sitka. Race director Kevin Knox and participants Grant Turner and Patrick Williams visit the KCAW studio to talk about the race's history and provide details of Sunday's fifth annual race.
Co-director Carolyn Kineen and board member Alicia Haseltine discuss the lineup for the fifth annual Sitka Seafood Festival, July 31 - August 2. For the complete schedule, and videos of guys in kilts throwing heavy objects, visit the festival online.
Sitka Fine Arts Camp director Roger Schmidt and development intern Melissa Campbell discuss the camp's Restoration Internship Program. Twenty-six college students from around the country are working to save the former Sheldon Jackson College laundry, aka "Smokestack Building." Learn more about the Save It or Lose It campaign online. Also, check out a video of the project here.
Cathryn Klusmeier is from a multi-generational family in Arkansas. But it wasn't until she left home that she felt the literary pull of her southern roots, and began an extended work of creative non-fiction. She's one of six Fellows under thirty residing in Sitka for seven weeks. She'll read from her manuscript during an Open Studio, 7 PM August 28 in the Yaw Art building. Klusmeier is also inviting the public to a short memoir workshop tonight (7-29-14) in her studio, 8 PM Room 107 of the Yaw Art building.
Patrick Williams and Elizabeth Sutton of Sitka Community Hospital discuss best practices and prevention -- and what to do in case of an eye injury.
Greater Sitka Arts Council's Jeff Budd introduces incoming executive director Sarah Lawrie.
Andrea Thomas, Affordable Care Act enrollment manager for SEARHC, discusses her noon workshop for those who have already -- or would like to -- enroll for health insurance. UAS Sitka, room 106.
WT McRae, musical director for The Children of Eden, says pace required to stage a full show in two weeks has everyone "at the edge of madness." Eden was developed by one of the biggest names in show business, Stephen Schwartz, but was never performed on Broadway. Instead, it's become one of the most sought-after pieces for companies off-Broadway.
Richard Aufrichtig is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn, NY. He traces his musical roots to traditional American songwriting, with a modern instrumental sensibility. While he's produced several albums, including the soon-to-be-released Ocean Music, he's also a published poet and playwright. Aufrichtig is on of six Fellows in Sitka for seven weeks.
Today's topic is the upcoming TEDxSitka event featuring Winona LaDuke, Luis Urrea, Alan Weisman, Solomon Endlich, Skyler Wright, WT McRae and Andrew Hames.