The New Old Time Chautauqua ended its Southeast Alaska tour in Sitka on Monday (7-13-15) with a performance at the Russian Orthodox Cemetery. Over 20 performers and local residents came together in song — not in mourning, but to usher in positive energy and build community.

KCAW’s Vanessa Walker was there, and sent this postcard.

Downloadable File

You heard the voices of Bob Sam, the cemetery caretaker; Stephen O’Bent, the Chautauqua band leader and juggler; and Ed Littlefield, of the Native Jazz Workshop at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

Click through the photo slideshow below for photographs of this event, and the Chautauqua’s opening parade on Sunday (7-12-15).