So what to these four things have in commom, vendors, volunteers, fishing and summer solstice. Seldovia to start with and volunteers. This year the theme for Seldovia’s 4th of July celebration is “Celebrating the Volunteers in our Community”. Without them many of the things that take place on a daily basis would not be in our small town. Let me explain.
Seldovia has a group of very talented artists and entrepreneurs who have come together and decided they wanted to offer more shopping for the visitors and community. So they went to the Seldovia City Council and asked to be able to do the “Seldovia Artists Market” as a street vendor. In order to make this happen and quickly as the summer season is short in Alaska, the Seldovia Planning & Zoning Commission and the Seldovia City Council had to meet and act on this decision. Volunteers fill all these positions. The “Seldovia Artist’s Market” is in full swing.
Today is the “Chinook King Salmon Derby” organized by volunteers, Tim Dillon and Joe Miller. This derby will benefit the Seldovia Volunteer Fire Department. There were over 35 fisherman registered, the dock is buzzing this morning with anticipation, everyone hoping they get the winning fish.
Next Thursday the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival starts. This is a monumental volunteer effort of local residents headed up by Susan Mumma who spends hours of time volunteering to make this festival possible for Seldovia. A must do if you are looking for a great place to get away next weekend. Give us a call there are a few places left in town to stay.
I could go on and on about the acts of kindness and volunteering that happen daily in our community, but I think you get the idea. I am grateful to live in such a place called Seldovia.
Well it’s happening. Spring has definitely sprung and summer is on the way. We live for this time of year in Seldovia, it’s why we live here. There is suddenly lots of activity on the streets of Seldovia, the boat ramp is busy with people coming and going, and the small boat harbor is starting to fill up with boats as one by one they take their place in their slips. Now when the ferry comes to Seldovia, we wait expectantly to see who is returning home for the summer.
This last week the Rainbow Connection cruised into Seldovia with a load of school kids, the activity on the boat ramp was happy and I could feel that sense of expectation again. The City broke out the street sweeper and began the process of cleaning up after an icy winter. The Kachemak Voyager cruised into town with the new crew in preparation for service beginning May 1.
Suzie is transplanting and caring for the seedlings she started in March for her new shop opening in May, Thyme on the Boardwalk. Watching those seeds sprout and grow is just another one of the little miracles that I look forward to. I start dreaming about planting in my garden in front of the house and wonder what she will grow that I can show off in my garden.
It won’t be long now and town will be open for business again. It’s been another year and the miracle of summer in Seldovia is on it way.
This is about Seldovia, it’s a place most people can’t spell so they can’t even look it up on Google. The rest don’t even know it exists so they wouldn’t look it up on Google. Seldovia is a destination classified in guidebooks for the Kenai Peninsula as “across the bay”, a title we often complain about. Maybe it’s time to capitalize on that, because “across the bay” means adventure. You can only get there by boat or by air.
I still marvel at the beauty when the ferry comes around the corner and I see our quaint little town sitting on the edge of Seldovia Bay and the harbor. The boats, the mountains, the water, and knowing that friends will be waiting when I get there.