We have been enjoying our beautiful February weather over the past week or so. Mom and Dad say that they have always done a lot of boating in February because the weather always offers up a couple of weeks of beautiful, flat calm days with brilliant sunshine.
This past week has also shown another finest of Unalaska, besides its February weather. It has been an action-packed showcase of the generousity of Unalaskans, from the Channel 8 auction (with their awesome and hilarious soap opera, Dutch Harbor 99692 ), to the Ballyhoo Lions bowling, spilling over to the Museum of the Aleutian’s Chocolate Extravaganza, and ending up on Sunday with the Preschool Ice Cream Social. Where else but Unalaska, could you wear yourself out donating money to great public ideas in action? And having fun doing it?
I also wrapped up my segment for the Unangan Program at the elementary school. My last week with the cutest little first graders you will ever see, was a breeze after my previous week with almost 30 second graders! Not that the second graders weren’t cute…..there were just soooooooooooo many of them. Keeps you on your toes when you are working with hot oil.
Suzi Golodoff now has five weeks with the students, teaching about our Aleutian feathered friends, and, last but not least – in fact, most importantly – Laresa Syverson will give 5 weeks of her afternoons in the pursuit of passing on Unangam tunuu (the Aleut language) to a generation younger than her!
We are preparing for the 2nd Annual Chocolate Extravaganza at the Museum of the Aleutians. The event will be held on Friday evening, February 13. Tickets are available at the Museum, or from members of the Board of Directors. Those members are: Kristine King, Chris Hladick, Denise Rankin, Patty Gregory, and Sharon Svarny-Livingston. If you are so inclined, bring a chocolate concoction to the extravaganza to show your support, expertise, and for others to enjoy. I am bringing a couple of items, including cherry cordials. Come mingle with friends, meet new friends, and indulge yourself with all the chocolate you could possibly imagine. I have heard that there may even be chocolate items for sale that you can take with you to help celebrate Valentine’s Day! Get those tickets before they are sold out.
Unangan Program Update
The first and second graders finished up the Unangan design portion of the Unangan After School Program. They learned about Unangan design from Gert Svarny and after setting up their design and practicing, they implemented their plans and each created a chaayax, or rattle, made from clams. Or two, or three.
Both classes were quite large, with over 25 students in each class. Gert and I would like to thank Pat Ellis, Chet Higa, Mary Downs, and especially Ciera, for all their help.
It was a crazy madhouse at times!! If you get a chance, visit the elementary school as all of the projects from the Unangan classes are on display in the entrance lobby.
Hope everyone watched and supported Channel 8 during their fundraising auction.
The third grade class at Eagle’s View Elementary finished up their Unangan design classes on Friday. They created beautifully designed bentwood hats with the use of traditional Unangan design taught by Gert Svarny.
They were so diligent in their work that they got to do an extra project on Friday.