Weather doesn't sink success of solstice party

Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009

Even though the wind blew hard, it did not rain, and a good time was had by people at the Summer Solstice Party at the Diamond M Ranch on June 21. A special hit was the 40-by-80-foot kayak pool built by John Steckel. Kids and adults enjoyed the kayaks and paddle boats, and although a little chilly, several kids competed in the triathlon, where they inner-tubed, biked and ran. The Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association, for which the party was a fundraiser, would like to thank our major sponsors -- Coca Cola, Atigun Inc., Printer's Ink, R & R Auto, Metalizing Inc., Doors/Windows, Dino Jump, Gamas Designs and Grant Aviation.

Raffle prizes were given and won by the following: Sen. Tom Wagoner gave a petrified wood golf putter, won by Marge Boonstra; Obeidi's Fine Arts gave an art print, won by Joseph Gargano; Escape for Two gave a night's lodging, won by Karen Smith; Alaska Thunderod Fishing and Moose is Inn B & B gave a fishing trip for two and two nights' lodging, won by Devlin Hale; Talkeetna Air Taxi gave a flight for two to the South Face of Mount McKinley, won by Debbie Jenkins; North Star Paving and Construction Inc. gave one 10-yard load of one-inch minus gravel, won by Gordon Boonstra; Bob's Piscatorial Pursuits gave two seats on a silver salmon charter on the Kasilof, won by Tamara Achin; Grant Aviation gave a round-trip ticket to Anchorage from Kenai, won by Delora Garcia; Tim Berg's Alaska Fishing Adventures gave a halibut or salmon charter for one, won by Rick Larson; Buckman's B & B gave a fireplace screen set, won by Rick Larson; Alaska Riverview Lodge gave two nights' lodging, won by Wesley Kvasnikoff; and Kachemak Electric Co. gave $100 worth of service or material, won by Carla McKinstry.

Door prizes were provided by Save-U-More, Three Bears, Wells Fargo, First National Bank of Alaska, Tim Berg's Alaska Fishing Adventures, Donna's Victorian Gifts, Moose is Inn and Alaska Thunderod Fishing Adventures, Coffee Roasters, Hey Good Lookin' -- stylist Sara Sproul and owner Michelle, Tustumena Roadhouse, Frames and Things, China Sea Buffet, Ronnie Lee at the Hair Stop, Superior Building Supply, Harry's Barber Shop, Kenai River Raven and Cold Stone Creamery.

The mistress of ceremonies was Penny Gottsche, and Knock-Out Sound provided the sound system.

Music was provided by Blue Sky, Matt Missey, Syvrud Family Singers, Rocking G, Thegoodkind, Jeremy Norton, Mark Davis, The Band Next Door and Kapture the Silence.

Thanks to all who made the 2009 Summer Solstice party a success.

Polly Crawford

Publicity chair

Robert Achin


Kenai Peninsula Bed

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