Rain doesn't dampen festival

Posted: Monday, July 05, 2010

There is a saying, "it will rain on the just and the unjust." There is a song, "Rain is a Good Thing." It rained on the ninth annual Summer Solstice Music Festival June 19 at the Diamond M Ranch. However, the spirits of the dedicated volunteers who organized the event could not be dampened because of the good feelings about the effort extended. The crowd was smaller than desired but they had a good time eating, drinking, contra dancing and listening to super music and winning fantastic door prizes.

Thanks to the following vendors who braved the drippy skies: Aurora Dancers, Belinda's Reindeer Chili and Native Crafts, Hot Dogs Ala Carte, Fabiola Peck's Face Painting, Midnite Sun Grub Company, Orbitron Rides, Ken Manning's Hand Crafted Fishing Lures, Bill Walker for Governor, Washington D.C. Trip Fund Raising Group, Sand Art Wood Spoons Glass Wire Wrap Jewelry, Wild Life & Landscape Photography by Dawn Bragg, Joe M, D.Anne's Horseback Rides and 4-H.

The Festival was successful because of the following businesses and individuals who donated goods, money, time, and services for raffle & door prizes, advertising and everything else needed to pull off a successful event!

Coca-Cola, Spenard Builder's Supply, R&R Automotive, Doors/Windows, Alaskan Grown, Ridgeway Farms, Grant Aviation, Peninsula Printing, Printer's Inc., Peninsula Clarion, Redoubt Reporter, Major Marine Tours, Alaska Magazine/Milepost, Kassik's Brew Stop, Bear Creek Winery, High Adventure Air, KSRM Radio Group, BEACH'M Fishery, Polar Screens, F/V TRIBUTE - Glen Burkhart, Three Bears, Rug Bones, Houser Construction LLC, KDLL, Kenai Peninsula 4-H Program, Snug Harbor Seafoods, Inc., Automated Laundry, Hey Good Lookin', CNK Computer Solutions, GMC Contracting, North Star Paving and Construction, Inc., Alaska Road Builders, Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund, Inc., Artist Seth Garcia, Don Smith of Peninsula Salvage, Charlie and Julie Stephens, Grace and Joe Hilyer, Terry Hogan, Linda Albers and members of the Grange, Heidi Chay and Raymond Hanson with Contra Dancing, Jesse Duke, Silvertip Net & Gear and Angela Richie of Country Financial.

The following members of the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association either sold raffle tickets or worked in some way to make the festival a success: Forrest and Oscar Nelson at A River's Edge B&B, Richard and Uta Thomas at Alaskan Serenity B&B, George and Tina Showalter at Blonde Bear B&B, Kevin and Valerie Morin at Bridgekeepers Inn, John and Ardee Buckman at Buckmans B&B of Alaska, Gary Katsion and Geoffery Katsion of the Clam Gulch Lodge, Carrol and JoAnne Martin of the Diamond M Ranch B&B, Bruce and Loni Galloway of Escape for Two B&B, Kathleen and Gary Foster of Foster Landing B&B, Bob and Dot May of Gallery Lodge, Sharon Brower of the Grouchy Old Woman B&B, Diana Lofstedt of Harborside Cottages, Dick and Stephanie Erkeneff at Kenai River Raven, Chuck and Leora Gibbins of Longmere Lake Lodge B&B, Kathy Carlisle of Ocean Bluff B&B, John and Jacquie Steckel of Red Cabin B&B, Steve and Monika Anderson of Soldotna B&B Lodge, Chris and Delora Garcia of Tanglewood B&B, Heidi and Wayne Wong of The Moose Is Inn, and Bob and Gail Knobf of Tundra Bob's Cabin.

Mike Hayes of Downward Dog Productions furnished the sound and Penny Gottsche, Mistress of Ceremonies introduced the following musical numbers: Mike Morgan, Joe Ray Skrha, Hobo Jim, J.D Uponen, The Blue Grascals, Rocking G, Contra Dancing, The Goat Rodeo Band, Rob Justice and Big Bottom.

JoAnne Martin, Chair

2010 Summer Solstice Music Festival

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