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Summer is here!

Posted: May 30, 2012 - 11:02pm

Regardless of the fact that it’s still too cold to pack away your down vest and wool gloves, a couple of annual events are kicking off this weekend, reminding us that it is in fact summer in Juneau. The Concerts in the Park series begins at Marine Park this Friday with its traditional openers, the Thunder Mountain Big Band, and the summer-only Sunday Market gets going this Sunday at the JACC. Here’s a look at the details.

Concerts in the Park

The Concerts in the Park series opens Friday, June 1, at Marine Park downtown. True to tradition, the series will open with the Thunder Mountain Big Band. It continues every Friday through Aug. 17, with the exception of next week, June 8, which is Celebration.

Those who have attended the concerts in previous years will notice that the concert time and the seating situation have changed. The start time is now 5:30 p.m., and the risers that previously provided seating at the park have been removed. Since there is now very limited seating, the Juneau Arts Council recommends that audience members bring their own lawn chairs — or dance! The arts council will also bring a limited number of lawn chairs that people can use for a contribution. Parks and Recreation assures the JAHC that the grass mounds that are currently off limits will be opened up and can be used as seating areas as soon as the grass has settled sufficiently. The timing of this will depend on the weather.

Also in the works, food options.

“A couple of surrounding food vendors are currently working on picnic deals for the concert goers,” said Kari Groven, program coordinator at the arts council. “We are excited to see what they come up with, and we will post the details on our web site as soon as we have it all nailed down.”

On rainy days the concerts will be moved indoors. Call the JACC at 586-2787 to find out where.

Here’s a look at the schedule:

June 1: Thunder Mountain Big Band (jazz)

June 8: CELEBRATION 2012, no Concerts in the Park

June 15: Napoleon in Rags (singer-songwriter); 1-F Jef (folk singer-songwriter); Slush Not Snow (indie rock)

June 22: Hillbilly Honeys (folk bluegrass); Juneau Pride Chorus; Daughters of the New Moon (bellydance)

June 29: City of Juneau Pipe Band and Highland Dancers; Kray Van Kirk (singer-songwriter); Devan Clarice (electric-folk-metal-rock, singer-songwriter)

Concerts in the Park is co-sponsored by Holland America Line Inc. and the City and Borough of Juneau

Sunday Market to open Sunday

The weekly Sunday Market will open for the summer season this Sunday, June 3, from noon to 4 p.m., and will run through Aug. 26.

The JAHC has 14 vendors signed up for this Sunday, offering art and crafts, food and garden items, including intarsia wood hangings, chocolate covered strawberries, gourmet fruit arrangements, handmade goods, worms, switch plates, hand made fiber art, garden and party banners, candied nuts, unique stone planters, organic spices, tea, herbs and custom blends, old time portraits, costumes, props, plants and beaded hangers, jewelry, themed shadowboxes, wildcrafted salves, teas and local jellies and jams. Friends of the Juneau Public Library will offer library card registration, books to checkout, and books and gear for sale. The JACC Lobby Store will be open for business, and popcorn, tea and coffee will be offered.

Vendors may also offer workshops during the market. Details will be posted at www.jahc.org.

Also at this year’s markets, an area will be set aside for busking, where musicians, dancers and others can perform for the hat. Rumors are that Mount Juneau Tlingit Dancers will be present for this first Sunday. Interested performers can sign up at www.jahc.org.

The Sunday Market, originally the Juneau Artist Market, started in 2009 with the help of Carol Schriver and Jeanne Wilder. It was so successful, they opened their own store, Homespun Mercantile, located in the Airport Mall. In 2010, the market combined with the Juneau Farmers Market so that local producers of vegetables, jams, breads and other foods could have a weekly outlet for their products.

The market is essentially a cooperative — participants pay a flat fee at the beginning of the season to help pay for advertising and promotions, and then pay a daily fee of $10 and 5 percent of their weekly gross to participate. It helps raise funds to support the Juneau Arts & Culture Center during the summer months, gives locals and visitors a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and helps artists to market their wares.

This project is a collaboration with the Juneau Economic Development Council. The market also receives support from the Alaska Grown program of the Alaksa Division of Agriculture. The Moose Lodge donated tents to help shelter the vendors.

Vendors who would like to participate can register at jahc.org/concerts-and-events/register-for-the-2012-sunday-market/

For more informatio, visit jahc.org/concerts-and-events/sundaymarket/ or the JAHC’s Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/JAHCSundayMarket.

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