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Music on the house

The Sitka Summer Music Festival is part of Southeast Alaska's arts economy, which generated about $60 million in spending in 2013. Here, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey explains some musical backstories at 2014's final concert. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)Sunday marked the final public concert of the 43rd annual Sitka Summer Music Festival, titled "Brunch with Schubert." Barbara Hames hosted the event at her Halibut Point Road home, and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a full concert and post-concert brunch buffet of crab cakes, moose sliders and cream-and-berry-stuffed french toast.

Sitka artists spruce up violins for auction

"No Time For Violins (Violence)," created by Suzan Brawlyn. Photo by Greta Mart.

“Fiddle and Drum,” a donated violin decorated by Laura Kaltenstein. Photo by Greta Mart.

About 200 classical music lovers turned out on Wednesday for another free noon concert presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Festival Artistic Director and cellist … more

Catalytic converters

The Catalyst Quartet plays their arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall. From left: Jessie Montgomery, Karla Donehew-Perez, Karlos Rodriguez, and Paul Laraia. (Rachel Waldholz / KCAW)Thursday's "Bach's Lunch" from the Sitka Summer Music Festival featured the Catalyst Quartet, which has collaborated to arrange Bach's Goldberg Variations for string quartet. In the process, said festival artistic director Zuill Bailey, they've transformed the classic into "truly new music."

Paddling to the party

Three canoes left Kake this morning, starting a week-long trip to Juneau for Celebration 2014. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Jackson)Three canoes left Kake this morning; a week from now, they'll land in Juneau ten canoes strong. The week-long trek to Celebration 2014 is organized by the One People Canoe Society. Paddlers from Kake, Ketchikan and Wrangell will be joined by canoes from Sitka, Angoon, Hoonah, Yakutat and Haines. So what prompts people to pick up a paddle? It's about "getting back to their roots," says Alicia Chilton, who is skippering the Wrangell canoe. "Or maybe finding them."

Finals bound

Sitka's Ky Stockel lays down a bunt against Juneau Friday evening (5-30-14). The Wolves' 6-2 win earned them a spot in the Region V title game. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka Wolves baseball team moved into the finals of the Region V Tournament with a 6-2 win over the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears Friday evening (5-30-14). Senior Erikson Fish pitched a complete game for the Wolves, who will face either Juneau or Petersburg in the finals Saturday afternoon (5-31-14) at 3 PM.

‘Never again’

Sitka residents gathered in Totem Square to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah.Monday, April 28th, was Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. About thirty people gathered in Sitka’s Totem Square in a light rain as St. Michael’s Cathedral tolled its bells. Residents paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, but also remembered more recent genocides, in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia -- and spoke about the struggle to keep the vow that came out of the ashes of World War II: never again.

Animals on parade!

140425_animalsThe 13th Annual Parade of the Species took place today, starting at Pioneer Square and ending at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Participants (both kids and adults) dressed up as their favorite animals and took to the streets in celebration of Earth Day.

Reporter class

KCAW news fellow Emily Forman (l) and reporter Rachel Waldholz discuss reporting technique with NPR's Sonari Glinton. (KCAW photo/Shady Grove Oliver)Good reporters are made, not born. Once a year journalists across the state convene at the Alaska Press Club conference to discuss literally everything under the bright Anchorage sun. This year, NPR's Western Bureau chief Jason DeRose and business reporter Sonari Glinton spent two days in workshops with reporters teaching the craft of broadcast journalism. KCAW's Rachel Waldholz and Emily Forman were at the head of the class!

Let’s Play Ball!

LL opening ceremony 2014Sitka Little League softball and baseball players, coaches, officials and fans gathered on Saturday at Moller Field to celebrate the opening day of the 2014 season. This is the 51st year for Little League in Sitka with over 350 youth signed up to play ball this year. Games for some divisions began April 19 and will continue through June. For more information visit sitkalittleleague.org.

Spawn on

Aerial view of the Starrigavan boat launch, looking south. (ADF&G photo)After a week or so of relative quiet, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game observed nearly 3 miles of active herring spawn in Sitka Sound over the weekend. Area management biologist Dave Gordon reported spawning in Starrigavan, Mosquito Cove, Fred's Creek, Hayward Strait, and Salisbury Sound.