LiBerry Pie Throwdown this Saturday!

If you haven’t already heard, the annual LiBerry Pie Throwdown and Music Festival is this Saturday!  Featuring 2 great bands, UnSupervised and The Mighty Untouchables, the day kicks off with berry pie entries for the pie contest between 2-4 PM, Saturday, September 23, at the Clausen Cabin. Judging will occur shortly thereafter, followed by a Parade of Pies across the street to the Golden Eagle, around 5:30-6:00PM.

This year, there will also be a non-contest pie-by-the-slice for $5, so if you are a pie maker and would just like to contribute your pie to the cause, please bring it to the Golden Eagle between 5:30-6:00, as well.  All but the winners in the two contest categories (sweet and savory) will also be on sale at that time.

UnSupervised will take the stage at 6:00 PM, playing a lively mixture of folksy rock and classic rock.  At 8:00, we will auction off the top two pie winners in each category (sweet and savory), then The Mighty Untouchables will begin with their brand of Chicago blues and Midwestern soul.

Don’t miss this event – 6:00-10:00 PM at the Golden Eagle!  $10 suggested donation at the door.

For more information, please click on this link:

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Collections Report for August, 2017

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen Cataloging has continued in August, with another 171 titles added this month.  Focus remains on setting up a variety of children’s books for check out, including the Caldecott Medal winner, Owl Moon, and books for young readers and teens/young adults. Cooking, craft, gardening and Alaskana books continue to be added to the shelves, and we are set to catalog fine art books and some adult fiction and nonfiction.

The Clausen cabin will be open from 2 – 4 pm on Saturday, September 23.  Bring a pie to enter in the Pie Throwdown, contribute a pie to help with the fundraiser (we sell them for $5 a slice), or  look around at our progress and browse the collections.  Ruth, Kay, and Mindy will be there accepting pie entries and cataloging more books, so stop by to say hi or help add some book pockets and cards.

American Quilts and How to Make Them by…The Splendid Table: Recipes from…Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing…

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Gazebo windows installed!

One of the installed windows

One of the installed windows

After being vandalized a few years ago, new stained glass windows were procured and the Ida Lane Gazebo is now sporting those new windows and protective plexiglass shields.  There was one casualty – one of the windows was broken and needs to be repaired, and we are one window short, so it’s almost complete.  But, feel free to drop by and enjoy the beautiful work, originally designed and created by Denise Akert, then subsequently recreated by Expressions in Glass.  There are also books for exchange, as well as the nearby composting toilet and fire ring.  Special thanks to Unity Outreach for the stain!

windows 2

Another, more “musical” window

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Li-Berry Postponed until September

The annual Li-Berry Pie Throwdown and Music Fest has been moved to Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Golden Eagle Saloon. We’re trying a few things new this year, notably, you can purchase pies by the slice IN ADDITION to the pie contest. The event will also only be from 6 PM-10 PM that night.

More to come, so stay tuned!

PS: If you’re a pie maker, we need your skills! Please contact us at 907-374-8080 for more information on the pie contest or bringing a pie to sell.  We will post more details later.

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Clausen Cabin progress

JTEL children's section

The shelves are starting to be filled at the Clausen Cabin!  This photo shows the Young Readers/Children’s section, and we are also cataloging and adding pockets to books in the Young Adult/Teen, Crafts, Cooking, Gardening, and Alaskana sections.  Since May, 319 books have been added into the online catalog by Kay Sisson and Mindy Gallagher,  assisted by Ginny Gallagher, Syrilyn Tong, and Deirdre Helfferich.  This brings the total to 8.020 items in our catalog.  We welcome anyone who would like to help us with this project to get books on the shelves so we can open our doors! Contact us at  Training will be provided, and the online system at LibraryThing is easy to use. We are not in need of more books at this time, unless you have a few Young Adult/Teen books to round out some series.  Contact us to see if you have what we need.

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Last of Tape and Tarp, current goings on

Here is an image of our 3 winners in the costume contest at last month’s Tape and Tarp Ball.

2017 winners

Our 3 winners (left to right): Sally Kieper (3rd): “Woodland Creatures”, Julia Mickley (2nd): “The 3rd String Woodshed”, and Sarah States (1st place): “Denizen of the Deep”

Other goings 0n – If you’ve stopped by the cabin recently, you’ll have noticed that the moose antlers have been hung and the back deck has been cleaned up.  We’ve also been hard at work cleaning out the brown building (old sauna), getting more books on the shelves, installing the last window frame (inside the cabin) and prepping for the stained glass windows in the gazebo.

In the next month, we’ll be prepping the area in front of the cabin for the handicapped ramp parking pad and getting the stained glass windows (along with their protective plexiglass shields) back in the gazebo.

The Li-Berry Festival has been postponed until September (TBA), due to too many music festivals in Ester! (Don’t forget, Ester Community Association’s Ester Fest on Sunday, August 13!)

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Tape and Tarp Wrap-up

I’ve been waiting on an image of our 3 winners in the costume contest, but sadly, I still don’t have one, so I’m going to get this out anyways.  If anyone does have an image of the three contestants, please let me know so that I can update this post!

The annual Tape and Tarp Ball got off to a bit of a slow start, but by the time it got going, a great time was had by all.  Cotton Ginny had the house going and the costume contest was always a hit.

Cotton Ginny livens up the Malemute

Cotton Ginny livens up the Malemute

The top sellers in the silent auction were the $225 black pearl necklace donated by Judy Gumm Designs, and the $75 Turtle Club gift certificate.

Costume contestants pose for the camera

Costume contestants pose for the camera

Thanks to the following people for all their support to get this going: Board members Monique Musick and Carrie Correia, Gary Pohl, James Rogan, and Eli Sonafrank, Alissa Bent for her design of the flyer, Brian and Gail Feeney, Megan and Sherri Schleiter for their assistance at either (or both!) the Ball or the AYP booth the week before.

And of course a very special thanks to the following businesses and people who donated goods to the silent auction: Apocalypse Design, Big Daddy’s BBQ, Fred Meyer’s West, Gold Dredge #8 and the Riverboat Discovery, Gold Hill Liquor, Judie Gumm Designs, Mt. McKinley Bank, Music Mart, Pro Music, Sam’s Club, Turtle Club, Ursa Major Distilleries, Water Wagon, Deborah Koons and Clint Meyer, Gail Gardner and Terry Fogelson, James and Molly Rogan and Monique Musick.

And finally, thanks to the Malemute Saloon for their generous support!

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Tape and Tarp Ball tomorrow!

We’re gearing up for the annual Tape and Tarp Ball tomorrow night at the historic Malemute Saloon, 7-11 PM.  Don’t forget – cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the duct tape and tarp costume contest, a silent auction featuring a Judie Gumm original necklace, a signed and numbered Randall Compton print from Mt. McKinley Bank, bottles of gin and vodka from Ursa Major Distilleries, gift certificates, and more, live music from Cotton Ginny, food out in the lot, drinks at the bar, and loads of fun.


Bottle of gin from Ursa Major Distilleries up for auction

Pottery bowl up for auction

Pottery bowl donated by Deborah Koons up for auction

So get your costumes ready and come on out for a great time!

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Tape and Tarp Ball – July 15th!

Tape & TarpGet your costumes ready! The annual Tape and Tarp Ball is almost upon us! Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 7 PM until 11 PM at the Malemute Saloon. Silent auction (goodies such as Turtle Club and Big Daddy’s gift certificates, a signed Randall Compton print, and much, much more), costume contest with cash prizes and LIVE MUSIC from Cotton Ginny.

Don’t forget – the costume contest is based upon the most original, outlandish or whomever-votes-the-most-heartily-with-cash-donations costumes based upon good ol’ Alaskan duct tape and tarp.

$15 without costume, $10 with costume.

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Tape and Tarp Ball coming soon!

The first of our 2 fund raisers is coming up in a couple of weeks, so mark your calendars!  The annual Tape and Tarp ball will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Malemute Saloon, from 7PM-11PM.  Cotton Ginny, who played last year, will be on hand for tunes, there will be a silent auction with lots of goodies, and cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place costumes will be awarded.

So get your costumes ready and get ready to dance!

The 2016 Tape and Tarp top costume winners: Lisa Baraff (2nd), Faustine Bernadae (3rd) and John Harley (3rd)

The 2016 Tape and Tarp top costume winners: Lisa Baraff (2nd), Faustine Bernadae (3rd) and John Harley (3rd)

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