December 2014 Magazine

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Holiday Dips

dipBy Amber King  |  We’ve gone Dippy this December! I grew up in Petersburg, Alaska where the 24th of December marks a very festive time in town. All the businesses close down for business and open up to the whole community with a traditional Julebukking, as a way to thank the community for patronage over the year. Some elements of today’s Santa Claus come from these traditions in the cold dark north such as going door to door with gifts, caroling and receiving food or money for a happy holiday and the essence of being naughty or nice. Today the Julebukk is a straw goat that can be placed under a Christmas tree as a surprise. Once found the recipient must do the same for the next family and so it travels from house to house. Continue reading

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Bring Nature Home for the Holidays

By Randi Wilson, C.I.D., Interior Decorator  |  One of the benefits of living in Juneau is that we are surrounded by an abundance of nature.  Many of the items found right in our own backyards or along hiking trails can be used to make beautiful and affordable holiday decorations. With winter in full swing, deciduous tree branches are barren and plentiful.  A can of spray paint and jar of glitter or tiny crystals can transform an armful of twigs into a magical display.  Arrange the twigs in a cylindrical vase and adorn them with ornaments or clear twinkling lights, if you choose.  Twig arrangements also offer a unique way to display your holiday cards.  Punch holes in the top of the cards and tie them to the twigs with lengths of beautiful ribbon.  You can also spray paint clothes pins and use them to clamp cards onto the twigs.  Continue reading

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Juneau Adult Hockey Association in midseason

Photos and Editorial By Steve Quinn  |  The Juneau Adult Hockey Association is in midseason form at Treadwell Ice Arena. At least five days a week players at all levels arrive at the arena for evening games. Each fall and winter season, the league crowns new champions. JAHA sponsors several co-ed tiers as well a woman’s tier.  Its mission is to make hockey accessible and affordable to all adults of all skill levels.“Hockey is a perfect wintertime sport here in Juneau. It’s not weather dependent and it gives us all a great reason to leave home and get some exercise when it’s dark and rainy out.” Continue reading

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for December

If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

December 5th | Wrangell

Festival of Lights, www.wrangellalaska.org

December 5th | Skagway

Holiday Tree Lighting, www.skagway.com

December 5th | Ketchikan Continue reading

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Holiday Traditions

column_photoLetter from the Publisher ; Anna Hoke |  Happy Holidays everyone! What a “winter” huh? I wrote my last column on “Winterizing your Pets” in anticipation that we’d have lots of snow in November. I can’t say that I am super disappointed that we don’t have an abundance of snow but I can say that I am very tired of the rain and damp weather. This time of year reminds me of traditions old and new, and by traditions, I use the word lightly. I mean it in the sense of an individual’s or family’s rituals that happen each year that are meaningful and memorable. I’ve written about mine more than once but as this is a time of year for reflection, I am going to reminisce with you once more. For me, the holidays start with Christmas music (ahem, typically following Halloween and before Thanksgiving), decorating and gift buying. Continue reading

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November 2014

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Southeast Alaska Schedule of Events for November

If you’re traveling through Southeast Alaska this month, we invite you to join us for the many events held throughout the region.

November 6th – 9th | Sitka: Sitka Whalefest  |  www.sitkawhalefest.org

November 8th | Juneau: Veteran’s Day 8K Run  |  www.juneauserr.wix.com

November 8th | Coffman Cove: Holiday Bazaar  |  www.ccalaska.com Continue reading

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Winterizing your Pets

cat_1 cat_2By Anna Hoke, Publisher  |  November is all about the start of winter for me. The beginning of the snowy season means spending time winterizing various things and necessities. We do our vehicles by replacing our regular tires with studs, we also prepare by digging out the snow shovels and snowblower. We shut house vents and dust off our winter clothes and gear. Another thing that we do in our household is brainstorm alternative things for our cat to do when he cannot adventure outside for as many hours as he does the rest of the year. First of, I must make an apology if I write about my cat too often. I certainly have been told that I post too many photos of him on Facebook and that I don’t deny, nor am I that sorry for. I’d probably be a crazy cat lady if I wasn’t married and busy, I kind of already am but with only one cat. Continue reading

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Heirlooms, Artwork, and Handicrafts for the New Homeowner

By Peter Metcalfe  |  Moving into a house, whether newly constructed or new to you, requires the personal touch to make it feel like a home. Impersonal scenics and curios can be found in any bed and breakfast, but a new home needs your own selection of artwork, photos, wall hangings, and heirloom quality items to add warmth and personality — and there are plenty of choices to be found at the 32nd annual Alaska-Juneau Public Market. Continue reading

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