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Fish-forward Festival brings Music and Fun!

This article is reblogged with permission from Copper River Wild Salmon Festival. Check out their website for more information on this great local festival supporting the arts in our fish-forward town.
INSIDER TIP:  Volunteer opportunities are currently available that give you half price admission!

Salmon Jam

Salmon Jam Music Festival is a summer highlight for many Cordovans and visitors, and this year is poised to be their best yet. There’s always good food, a hopping dance floor, lots of neat arts and crafts booths, and a packed beer garden. But that’s not the only reason Salmon Jam is great. An anchor component of Cordova’s annual summer event, Copper River Wild Salmon Festival, Salmon Jam is also the annual fundraiser for Cordova Arts, a non-profit group of local volunteers that works year-round to bring arts and culture to our small but vibrant community.

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Cordova in the Fall

It’s easy to start feeling blue in autumn, especially in a place like Cordova, where you can gain 10 inches of rain and lose 5 minutes of daylight in a day. But there is still so much beauty to see, bounty to harvest and sometimes even some sunshine! Happy Fall, everyone!

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Nagoon berries ripe for the picking and plentiful. Patches like this are highly coveted and usually pretty hard to find, but this was a good berry year.

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Termination dust on the mountain tops as we drive out to collect firewood

Chicken Coop

Have you met our chickens yet? We named them all after characters from the show Arrested Development, but luckily we can’t tell them apart now. It’d be pretty hard to butcher them if we could…

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Excited for winter!

As the days begin to get darker and the air gets crisper, I start to yearn for winter.  It’s been mostly wind and rain here lately, with some moments of clear skies mixed in for good measure.  But as I duck in and out of respites from the rain, I remember last year in October and November, when we were doing something entirely different:

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

Skating at Sheridan Glacier

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Exploring the icebergs of Sheridan Glacier

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skating in between icebergs on Sheridan Glacier Lake

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Cathy:

A very talented local blogger, Shelly, shares her latest Cordova adventure!

Originally posted on south of ultima thule:

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One thing that sometimes gets me down when  navigating the virtual world is that it so often only captures the highs, the carefully curated moments of a person’s life, that we deem worth sharing. As I bounce from blog to blog to Facebook post I often end up feeling like a very boring and stunted person as I look through everyone else’s “highlight reel.”

So I understand if this makes you mad…and I’m not trying to brag….but…..

I got to do something exceptionally awesome this week!

It all happened because I had some free time, the weather was gorgeous and I live in a very small town.  My husband had to take some aerial photos for a project he’s working on and they just happened to have an extra seat on the helicopter!  So with about 5 minutes notice I was able to join them.

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Check it out, I’m pretty excited!  It was…

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It’s a shame if you miss this event!

Originally posted on Connecting Cordova:

It’s that time of year again, time for CTC’s Annual Membership meeting!  It’s this Friday, March 22nd starting at 5:30pm.  It might not sound too exciting (I mean, who wants to go to a “meeting” on a Friday night), but trust me… you don’t want to miss this event!

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Don’t believe me?  I’ll give you 4 reasons!

1.  Prizes!  Anyone who went to our last Annual Meeting will tell you that it’s pretty hard to walk out of that room without a prize… and we’re not talking SWAG here (although you’ll get some of that too).  Here’s a little peek at just some of the bigger doorprizes we’ll be drawing for.  In addition, we also bought gift certificates from over 40 local businesses.  Yes, we bought, not asked for donations from.  We are happy to support local businesses!!

2.  Learn something new!  Who can keep up with technology these days?…

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Cordova Fungus Festival

Fungus Festival!

Every fall in Cordova, when the always-too-short summer winds down and all the berries have been picked, there is still a secret treasure covering the forest floors… mushrooms!

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And if there’s one thing Cordovans know how to do, it is to feast on and celebrate the bounty of goodness this land provides!  Enter…  Cordova Fungus Festival!

This year, the festivities commence Sept. 7th – 9th and feature a variety of events.

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Starting on Friday, 9/7/12, go gather your fungus-grabbing fingers off and then come in any time for the all-day Fungus ID Tables with:

  • Steve Trudell (PNW “Fungus Master” and co-author of the Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest.)
  • Else Vellinga (Mycological researcher)
  • Kate Mohatt (Local Forest Service Mycologist)
  • Then, later that night, join in on the Evening Program at the USFS Courtroom, where (among others) award-winning nature photographer and writer Amy Gulick talks about ‘Salmon in the Trees: Life in AK Tongass Rain Forest’

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Cordova IceWorm Festival 2012

You may not expect Cordova’s biggest event of the year to be right in the middle of the winter, especially considering the winter we’ve been having!  But it is quite the to-do in these parts.  Ice Worm Festival was created to shake Cordovans out of their winter blues (and force them to dig out of their igloos).  It’s named after a tiny creature called the Iceworm that not only lives, but thrives in the icy landscape of Cordova’s Childs, Miles, Sheridan, Scott, and Saddlebag glaciers.  Iceworm Festival is about celebrating Cordovan fortitude and grit, but this year it was also about breaking free from our recent Snowpocalypse and thanking those that helped us dig out of it!

The event usually lasts Thursday-Sunday and the events include a wide variety of spectacles including:

  • The ever-aniticpated Iceworm Tail Hunt (a scavenger hunt that lasts all week, with one clue per day)
  • Historical displays at the Cordova Museum
  • Photo Contest & Iceworm Photo Show
  • Variety Show, complete with the crowning of Miss Iceworm & Citizen of the Year
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Siri and Me

Working for a wireless company, I get to play with cell phones all day.  But now, the fun you can have with phones has gone to a whole new level.  We all know you can play games, facebook, check email take awesome pictures.  But did you know that your phone can now have its own personality?  Enter iPhone 4S, and its A-List personal assistant, Siri.

Never heard of Siri?  Well, she’s all the rage right now!  She’s even starring in a new movie:

Just kidding. But it wouldn’t be the first time Artificial Intelligence has revolted against humanity in the films (that would be 2001: A Space Odyssey).  So, what is Siri?  Apple describes her as,

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Ski Town, AK!

I just moved here from a ski town in Colorado. Have I mentioned that? Well, I guess I’m a snow thief then because I seem to have taken it all with me when I left there last year. Say what you will: I may be a thief, but I’m no hog! They can send a giant cooler up here and haul as much as they want to back to Steamboat.

We have a ski resort here, too, you know. Mt. Eyak actually has the oldest operating chair lift in North America. That’s kind of a fun fact, but it doesn’t help us when there’s too much snow for the lift to even run!

This was taken at the top of the chairlift, the chair buried in snow. Photo credit Rob Campbell

The season started here with about 2 feet of fresh powder on Thanksgiving. New Year’s weekend 2012 was also pretty epic (to employ Cordova’s most overused term of the year). Check out these great videos by John Giardina.

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The Snowpocalypse Diet

I lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks. Thank you Snowpocalypse for helping me get into the pre-wedding shape I’ve always dreamed of. *warning, Snowpocalypse is not for everyone, talk to your doctor before taking on Snowpocalypse, side effects may vary. Some people have experienced fatigue, lower pack pain, vomiting, dizziness, anxiety, feelings of depression, muscle cramps, numbness in fingers, minor bleeding, and bruising. If you experience these symptoms, it is not recommended to quit taking on Snowpocalypse as symptoms may worsen. However, some people experience temporary relief by mixing Snowpocaliypse with alcohol.

Vivian Lian wrote this great quip.  Regardless of all this crazy weather, I feel pretty lucky to live in Cordova with such great people.  We’ve got some pretty funny ones here.

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