Issue: 2011-04-07

Living Self-sufficiently

There’s more to farming than feeding animals and planting seeds.” This is a quote from my husband, Al. When he said this a few weeks back we were talking about the firewood he had just finished bringing home. He’s right, too. The typical farmer tends to be a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” …

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Washington Comes to Yukon

Most Canadian wine drinkers are pretty familiar with California wines. Their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays have been celebrated in such movies as Sideways and Bottleshock, and their top-of-the-line Cabernet Sauvignons, like the 2007 Screaming Eagle Cab, can command prices of $2,400-3,400 a bottle (US pricing)! A visit to the Yukon Liquor Corporation (YLC) will yield …

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Into the Playground

Director Gerald Isaac thinks a playground makes an ideal setting for the Guild Theatre’s production of the musical comedy Into the Woods, which opens next week. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the play has been a favourite of community and school theatre groups since its Broadway premiere in …

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Confessions of a Boy Soprano

The Rotary Music Festival – which gets off the ground again next Thursday – has been a masterpiece of logistics since its beginning in 1969. It now involves somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2,000 people: organizers, adjudicators, music teachers and, of course, the talented singers and players who will put their best work on display …

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To India with Love

Across the territory next week, various Yukon Education Week activities will take place to help raise awareness of the importance of education. The path to educational awareness in other countries, however, can be much steeper. Liesel Briggs and her daughter Rosemarie know this first-hand from their volunteer work in India and Nepal. There, the only …

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The New Old Guys

It started with an appearance at the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Vancouver last year. Manfred Janssen and Jim Vautour were performing the iconic “Land of Gold”, something they penned together in the late 1970s that many people consider the Yukon’s unofficial anthem. It was the third performer at that event, swing jazz pianist Grant Simpson, …

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