Issue: 2012-05-24

Planning a Wine Tasting

Several months ago I was asked by my friend Wendy in Dawson City to plan a wine tasting at her B&B, Bombay Peggy’s. We’ll be doing it over the May long weekend, so by the time you read this it will have been completed. I was explaining to a friend the thinking that I was …

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Birds in wrench

Artrepreneur: Birds in Wrenches, Birds in Landscape

Paul Baker and Rosemary Piper share the solo show room at the Yukon Artists @ Work ([email protected]) co-operative gallery this month. Piper’s framed watercolours line the walls. To left and right, many smaller paintings make a more intimate installation. On the back wall, where you get a longer sight line, midsize works cluster. The invitation …

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Walk With Her

Daphne Mennell wants people to share her enjoyment of footpaths. To encourage them, the Carcross Road artist has assembled an exhibit of 12 new paintings grouped under the show title, Come for a Walk. “In some areas, including Carcross, I feel that footpaths are being endangered by motor vehicle traffic,” Mennell says. “So before they’re …

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Drum Roll, Please

Editors love – and hate – writing competitions. We love them because they give us a chance to discover how different writers approach similar subject matter, the choices they make about what details to include, the images they employ to paint word pictures, the structure they use to tell their individual stories. We also love …

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In a Different Light

My first conversation with Andreas Horvath was right after I’d seen Views of Retired Night Porter at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. The movie is his intimate 38-minute portrait of a security guard who’d come across as a monster in From a Night Porter’s Point of View, a 1977 film by director Krzysztof Kie?lowski …

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Making Music in the Ballroom

The last of the monthly winter coffee house and open mic nights at the Odd Fellows Hall ballroom occurred on May 5. They are a tradition that goes back five or six years now, having been started by an educational assistant at the Robert Service School who wanted a place for the student band he …

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Relaying the Relay

The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay turns 20 this year. For all of those years, Ron McFadyen has worked dedicatedly in the background, radio in hand, to make the event a success. “I founded the Yukon Amateur Radio Association in 1976,” McFadyen explains. “At that point we had one VHF radio repeater in Whitehorse, the …

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An Autistic Boy’s Best Friend

Six-year-old Brendan Nash has a devoted buddy who helps him through his day. Roscoe, a 27-month-old black lab, is a specially trained Autism Assistance Dog Guide and Brendan’s constant companion. There were early signs in Brendan’s development that caused concern, such as not talking at age 22 months and not making eye contact. However, the …

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