This week marks the celebration of our nation's independence. I love the 4th of July. I remember growing up on military posts and the huge events the morale support department would host for the soldiers and their families.
You'll only catch me drinking a Budweiser once a year. It's usually a tall one. I drink it on the Fourth of July. I do it because I'm patriotic. Is Budweiser a patriotic beer? I have no idea. I just find the red, white and blue label symbolic in my own quirky way. Besides, Bud's been around a long time, and despite it being a bland, insipid mass-produced lager from a company that only dabbles in craft beer to control the market, the brand is deeply embedded in the fabric of America's beer drinking culture, so I'll hoist one.
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Longtime KTOO program director Jeff Brown is the man behind the popular satirical magazine "Real Alaskan," now in its fifth year of annual publication. The magazine, which earned Brown a first-place Alaska Press Club Award in the humor category in 2011, includes exaggerated stories about life in Alaska and Brown's doctored photos, as well as fake ads from local businesses. The project grew out of his experience with "Juneau What," a satirical newspaper started by Brown, Bill Hudson and Ken Burch in 1983. The first issue of "Real Alaskan" came out in 2010 on April Fool's Day. Here's a Q&A with Brown about the latest issue.
Highlights of this month's art walk include a birthday party for Annie Kaill's featuring a visit by Kaill herself, artwork and dancing at the Soboleff Center, and a furniture and art show by Toby Harbanuk at the JAHC Gallery.
WRANGELL - The annual Wrangell Bearfest will be held this year July 22 to 26. The festival is a celebration of bears of Alaska and features an annual scientific symposium, family events, photography and music workshops, a marathon, and many other events.
Tenakee Springs - In a normal summer, Tenakee Springs gets two roundtrip ferries from Juneau a week, and the town, which does not receive cruise ships, can count on a steady flow of business from visitors and those that own vacation homes along its salmonberry-lined dirt road.
The Sitka Local Foods Network will host the eighth summer of Sitka Farmers Markets in 2015, starting on July 4. The Sitka Farmers Markets take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, and Sept. 12 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall, 235 Katlian St. The markets feature local seafood, locally grown and harvested fruits and vegetables, baked goods, locally made jams and jellies, live entertainment and music, local arts and crafts, and a variety of other items gathered or made in Sitka.
Pediatric specialist Dr. Marna Schwartz's passion for helping kids is really taking her places. Really. She's joined SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as a traveling physician to provide care in the region's smaller communities.