Dec. 17: Christmas Art Show in Tok

Received this via the blog:

Here is another event coming to Tok…..

Christmas Art Show in Tok

WHERE: Young’s Timber Multipurpose Building
MP 1308 AK HIghway

WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2011
12 pm to 6 pm

Tables By: Howard & Jane Fix, Riba DeWilde, Jackie’s Studio, HYDZ Clothing, and Other Local and Fairbanks Artists.

Close-Up Students will be selling Food and Refreshments

Come and check out the art and enjoy a day of shopping.


For Vendor Tables, Please Contact Riba DeWilde at 883-2239.

Upcoming Tok Events

Kids waiting to see Santa at VFW, Tok, Alaska

A few things coming up in Tok according to the Mukluk News:

Saturday, November 26th from 11am-2pm – Free Cross Country Ski Clinic – All ages – at Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge (Mile 98.5 Tok Cut-Off Road) with Debbie Berg, Tok Ski Coach. Bring your own skis (limited supply of adult skis available for loan) and a sack lunch or hot dog to roast on the fire. Hot beverages provided. 16 miles of groomed trails! Call John or Jill at 883-3124 if you have questions.

Friday, December 2 – 7pm VFW HallSpecial Bingo – $500 to go if at least 25 people

Sunday, December 11 – 2-3pm VFW HallSanta is coming to town for 0-11 year olds. Parents must accompany children. There will be a short cartoon, refreshments, goodie bags, and of course, Santa. Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary.

Pick up your Mukluk News around town including Three Bears! Only 50 cents and chock full of news and information.

What else is happening? Feel free to let us know or post it on the Tok Facebook Page.

Ballroom Dancing in Tok

From the Tok Facebook Page:

Hey all. Ballroom Dance class is starting up.

We’re going to be starting the Waltz. over the weeks we’ll move onto the:

Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha and Swing

Thursday November 3rd in the Tok School multi-purpose room.

Check it out!

Big Orange Produce Truck Will Be Here Aug 31

With my travels, I’ve missed the big orange produce truck that comes up from Montana via California bringing fresh fruits and veggies. They’ll be back in town, parking over near the Husky Lounge, on Wednesday, August 31 all day. Then that’s it for this summer.

So if you’re craving a variety of fresher fruits and vegetables, check them out next week!

How are you getting your fresh produce as the weather cools?

Saturday: Tango Music in Tok

There is another concert coming to Tok!

Tomorrow: Saturday, July 16 – TANGO IN TOK!

At Off the Road House
Duct Tape Radio & Off the Road House are excited to host Folias Music bringing the tangy zest of tango to Tok. Refreshments.

Tango Lessons 5:30 to 6 p.m.
$10/person or $15/couple. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tango Concert 7 – 9.
$10/person donation. Bring a chair and a friend.

Scenes from the concert in our front yard this month with singer/songwriter Paul Thompson aka Buskalaska. A lovely evening of music and dancing.

Are you having a great summer?

Hosting Buskalaska: Singer Songwriter from the UK

This weekend, we will be hosting Paul Thompson AKA Buskalaska who is touring Alaska on his own, performing in clubs and people’s homes along the way. He’ll be performing two sets Saturday night, July 2 here in Tok.

The first set is especially for families with children and starts around 5pm for an hour or so. Then around 7pm, Paul will launch into a second set of music.

Paul says he’s been hitchhiking mostly to get around the state and having good luck with it although he will try to catch the bus from Fairbanks to Tok. From here, he hopes to get to Haines so if you know anyone headed in that direction, please let us know as he’d love a ride!

We’ll have light snacks and beverages in the cooler and if it isn’t raining, we can have a firepit going to grill up some food if you want to bring something. Feel free to BYOB for yourselves or bring some munchies to share. This concert is brought to you by Duct Tape Radio and Humanities Forum.

We also plan on having a small garage sale Saturday morning starting at 9am. We’ll post signs out on the street. Mostly clothing and accessories for women (women’s sizes 7 thru 12) and girls (girl sizes 3T & 4T); toys, books.

Hope you’re enjoying the summer so far! (yes, there is sun here at the moment…)

Saturday: Migratory Bird Festival in Tok

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 11am to 3pm will be the Migratory Bird Festival at the Tok Memorial Park.

This event is part of a larger international event. Here are some tips from The Nature Conservancy on 5 ways to get ready for International Migratory Bird Day:

1. Become a birder in 4 easy steps.

2. Take their bird identification quiz.

3. Find a spot to bird or share your own favorite birding spot. 

4. Send a bird e-card to your friends and family. 

5. Share photos of your favorite birds. 

What are you doing for International Migratory Bird Day?

Bird activity content from The Nature Conservancy.
Photos from 2010 Migratory Bird Festival in Tok. 

Save the Date! 2 Concerts in Tok…

Summer is almost here, and with summer come the musicians. We have two upcoming house concerts in Tok in July – make sure to mark your calendars! For the uninitiated, a “house concert” is a concert hosted in someone’s home. These happen in communities around the country as musical artists make their way on often self-funded music tours. Last year, we hosted Marian Call and 907Britt at our place for a full night of great music.

July 2 – Meet singer-songwriter “Buskalaska on a magical mystery tour from England to the untamed wilds of Alaska and Canada, beginning June 2011. Buskalaska’s musical journey will take him from Anchorage to the Arctic Circle, from the Yukon and Alberta to the Rockies and isles of BC, performing at festivals, coffee houses and bars, house concerts and impromptu street performances. AND in Tok, Alaska at the Risdahl’s place. You can hear some of his music here.

July 16 – Folias Flute and Guitar Duo will be performing acoustic tango music in Tok (location TBA) AND giving Tango lessons. Yes, TANGO lessons.  More about them from their website:

The Grand Rapids, MI based Folias Flute and Guitar Duo was founded by the husband and wife duo Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron in 2002. They have performed in concert halls, clubs and for tango events across North America. The duo’s original compositions and arrangements have been recorded on four separate Folias CD releases which are on the Blue Griffin Recording and White Pine Music labels and have been reviewed by Flute Talk magazine and Fanfare Magazine. The duo’s background in classical concert music performance and composition mixed with their training in tango and jazz make their performances both informed and exciting. Find out more at Folias Music.

How is THAT for global culture in Tok, Alaska? What other events are happening in the community that you’d like to promote?

AK PRIDE Performed Tonight in Tok

The Anchorage-based youth arts and performance group, AK PRIDE, gave a rousing performance this evening at the Tok School. Phenomenally talented all, with a stunning performance by modern violinist Bryson whose looping technique made his single instrument soar like an entire orchestra.

These surprising moments of culture and entertainment are welcome here.

Stay tuned for several musical concerts in Tok in July including a busker from the UK and a Tango duo who will also be giving tango lessons!

Old Bridge Demolished Near Tok

Here are a few evening photos of the old Tanana River Bridge outside of Tok on the Alaska Highway that was recently demolished. The story was covered on APRN here:

Anyone have any nice photos of the Tanana River Bridge? Feel free to share here or on our Facebook Page.

Scenes from a Concert in Tok

Finally got a chance to post about the concert we hosted in Tok on November 19. We were so happy to host both Marian Call and her guitar player Bryan Ray fresh off Marian’s seven month tour of the Lower 48 as well as Britt Arnesen aka 907Britt and her son who trekked over from the Fairbanks area.

The evening kicked off with a kid singalong and playalong with Britt.

Followed by a lovely set by Britt.

Then Marian and Bryan took the “stage.”

A few stylized photos…

Everyone came up to me afterward to say how incredibly impressed they were by the performers and how pleased they were to have them come through our community.

We hope to host or help with more concerts so stay tuned to this blog for news about other concerts in town courtesy of Duct Tape Radio and Acoustic Accents host and producer Bud Johnson.

We’ll keep you updated here!

Concerts at Grumpy Grizz this week

This week: Wednesday, December 1 at noon and Saturday, December 4 at 1pm stop by to hear Pam Lehman and Jon Cox performing family- friendly, fairly folksy, and fully free music at the Grumpy Grizz.

According to an email from Pam:

Jon has been visiting Tok since August and working at his aunt Francine’s General Store. He will be leaving mid-December but plans to come back soon.  Pam is spending her first winter here in Tok and hopes that this will be a first of many free music events to come.   Both of them look forward to sharing some of their favorite songs.

Please join them on Wednesday or Saturday!