Salmon’s return earns ‘delightful’ reception

Posted: Monday, May 28, 2007

The fifth annual Return of the Salmon Celebration, held this year on May 21 at Heritage Place, was a resounding and unqualified success. Appreciation and thanks are due to Kenai Wild for the salmon; to Drew Sparlin of United Cook Inlet Drift Association and Sen. Tom Wagoner for the halibut; to the kitchen staff at the Soldotna Senior Center for the cole slaw; to Jodie Asimakopoulos and the Heritage Place food service staff for the salmon quiche and side dishes; to Country Foods and Irv and Carla Carlisle for the corn-on-the-cob; and to the folks who contributed side-dishes of deserts.

Special thanks to Jerry Near for coordinating the volunteer efforts of Soldotna Rotary Club members, for the use of Rotary’s grill, and for grilling the salmon; to Larry Van Ray and Ed Krohn for deep-frying the halibut and scallops; to the Soldotna Rotary Club volunteers for setup, serving and cleanup; to Ken Laing for roasting the corn on his special cooker; to the Central Peninsula Hospital/Heritage Place Auxiliary volunteers; to Heritage Place resident assistants; to Gwen Johnson and Heritage Place activities staff; to Bonnie Nichols of the Kenai River Rotary Club for coordinating and participating in the event’s entertainment; to the Kenaitze tribe’s Heartbeat of Mother Earth drummers — Julie Hadden, Veja Showalter, Martina Georges, Lara Olsen, Cathy Olsen, Dorien Skye Coray, Harley Semaken and Dagmar Mayer for sharing their traditions; and to Sue Biggs, Jack Will, Katie Evans, Vickie Tinker and Lucky Kirk for sharing their musical talents.

The folks and organizations listed above came together in an unselfish effort to honor area elders as we collectively celebrated the return of the salmon.A total of 286 elders — Heritage Place residents, Soldotna seniors and Kenaitze elders — families, staff and community participants were served a delightful meal graced with exceptional entertainment.

John Nelson

Heritage Place Advisory Committee

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