The Piano in Tok

steinwaydA Steinway Grand Piano will be delivered to Tok in May. According to our trusty Mukluk News (Tok’s 2x a month paper), on May 7th, there’ll be a concert at Faith Chapel at 7pm to debut the concert-level instrument. Refreshments will be served during intermission. Musical fare will include classical, jazz and gospel.

This piano arriving in Tok is huge news. I heard about the donation of the piano to the church months ago and told my girlfriend about it. She’s the Executive Director of Sitka Summer Music Festival.

Her eyes opened wide when she heard which piano was actually being delivered. Apparently, there are only a handful of pianos of this quality – the Steinway Concert Grand Model D – in all of Alaska. Once again, Tok tramples the perception that “nothing happens” in rural Alaska communities. The presence of this superior instrument in Tok could attract amazing talent to the community so we might be hearing announcements of several stellar concerts in the near future.

The Mukluk also says there’s be several concerts presented at Tok School on May 6, then in the evening, adults who are pianists can take the Steinway for a test drive.

What do YOU hope a piano of this caliber brings to Tok?

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  1. Jan

     /  April 24, 2009

    I would love to read the Mukluk News. Can you encourage them to post it on-line? Thanks. I enjoy your blog SO MUCH. Keep up the good work and the interesting stories.

  2. anon

     /  April 25, 2009

    Since i dont subscribe to Twitter, i want comment on your RV being outsourced to Fairbanks for repair. Did you know we have our VERY OWN rv Repair business here in tok (several to be exact) and one i know of gives a LOCAL DISCOUNT. He can repair just about anything on an RV, including the water systems, which happens to be his specialty. (Black grey and potable). Shamefull, really, to take your business somewhere other than local when the economy could so clearly use the boost. Still promoting Tok? Doesn’t sound like it.

  3. Floh

     /  April 25, 2009

    Oh, but that’s fighting talk. 😦

    Have you positive things to bring? 🙂

  4. Aliza

     /  April 25, 2009

    Would love to get my RV repaired in Tok and we asked around. Several Tokuges with RVs told us the following:

    1. The RV repair places in Tok aren’t open yet for the season. This is what we observed driving by and found that curious.

    2. We need our flooring fixed. It curled up, cracked and peeled apart in the Tok cold and we were also told by several folks that nobody in Tok does specifically RV flooring. If they do, they sure aren’t marketing their services well when local RV owners don’t know about them.

    3. We also needed our bikes repaired. Haven’t been able to find a local in Tok for that either.

    If you are so knowlegable about Tok businesses, the least you could do is put the companies’ names and numbers in your comment instead of passing judgment on new residents who do a lot already to support the Tok community and are turning to locals for advice.

    If you know so much, why not share your wealth of knowledge with the rest of us?

  5. Aliza

     /  April 25, 2009

    That should read Tokites – darn that spellchecker!

  6. Allie

     /  April 26, 2009

    Willards is open year round (he does some RV work) and if he didnt want to do it he would have gotten you in touch with our shop, J Squared Enterprises & Tok RV Center, and we would have loved to do it when we open this coming Friday. We have signs in the window with our phone numbers and would have loved to set something up with you to fix it. We have repaired many RV’s floors and understand the linoleum cracks and peels in the cold. We are full service on and off site and our family lives here year round. Had you talked to Chevron also, they would have steered you to us. Yes, our building may not be open yet, but my husband it wonderful at being able to work offisite and could have offered you an estimate. Should you want to contact us about your RV, please, dont hesitate to call us . Our number is on the door to the big white building across from the old burnt texaco. If you dont want to call us and want to talk in person, we are opening at 8am on May 1st. I think the other commentator was just wondering why you would want to drive it all the way to fairbanks when there are more than a few quality repair places here in Tok.

    • Thank you so much for this info! I admit we didn’t ask Chevron as that is usually the thing to do when you’re passing through town and don’t know local RVers. I guess what makes me curious is when RVers in a community aren’t frequenting their local businesses. I have heard there is a lot of good handiwork to be had in Tok – for homes as an example. Well, color me informed! Anything else that comes up, we’ll certainly stop by. And must admit, too, that we didn’t walk up to the doors to read the signs on the windows. Will know for next time.

      Now what about bicycles repair and supplies? We’re planning a 200 mile bike trip this summer and need to get equipped!

  7. m

     /  April 30, 2009

    there was a bike “trailer” last year or the year before, i am not sure that they have survived. Do you know the Timm’s? they would know.

  8. Jessica Ekada

     /  May 3, 2010

    I was online for ages, trying to find your Mukluk News…no newspaper online…so, I was wondering: Do (would) you post classifieds on this site (jobs/house rentals/realestate/schools/ childcare)?

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