The ‘End of the Road’ beckons Games visitors via shuttle for Curling and culture

Posted: Tuesday, March 07, 2006


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  All star Curling team throwing the opening rock, "right on the lid" Photo By Jahnie Triplett

Owners Dave, Shaulane Shadley and dog Fizz in front of the Washboard in Homer

Photo By Jahnie Triplett

While Homer, Alaska is fondly referred to as “the end of the road” by locals and tourism brochures, during the Arctic Winter Games there is no end in sight as to what is happening at the other end of the Peninsula.

Curling may be the only sporting competition slated for Homer, but the community still has more than enough to draw Arctic Winter Games athletes and visitors. In order for people to learn more about Curling, which is being held at the new ice arena on the Homer Spit, a public curling exhibition is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The exhibition is an opportunity to learn the rules of the game, see the techniques and hear the history of the sport.

Visitors can see eagles by the hundreds, dine in some of the most unique restaurants in the state and walk on sandy beaches. They can go winter king salmon fishing, rent a snowmachine or visit our numerous galleries, said Derotha Ferraro, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce.


All star Curling team throwing the opening rock, "right on the lid"

Photo By Jahnie Triplett

The group of 80 Arctic Winter Games cultural performers who will be in Homer on Tuesday will spend the afternoon at the award-winning Pratt Museum and the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center before their 7 p.m. performance at Homer High School’s Mariner Theatre.

To help visitors with transportation between Homer and the central peninsula, a free shuttle service will be available on Wednesday-Friday. It will leave the Soldotna Sports Center at 10:30 a.m. and return to the central peninsula in the evening. Space on the shuttle will be limited and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

A complete shuttle schedule is available by calling the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at 262-1337, Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 283-1991 or the Homer Chamber of Commerce at 235-7740.

Among the special things the community is offering is a collectible Homer pin, only 2,000 of which have been made. The pins are available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and other locations in town.

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