Welcoming the world to the Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2005


  Bunny Swan-Gease stands before her window of welcome at the Kenai Airport

Bunny Swan-Gease stands before her window of welcome at the Kenai Airport

For many years Kenaitze tribe member Bunny Swan-Gease has been brightening the long Alaskan nights with holiday window art at local businesses and Doctors offices, Post Offices, Libraries, and the Kenai Airport. Her wintry scenes of snowmen and wildlife are painted free hand and in reverse in order to be seen from the outside. This year Bunny’s creation at the Kenai Airport is in honor of 2006 Arctic Winter Games to be hosted on the Kenai Peninsula the first week of March. The scene at the entrance of the terminal depicts the flags of the participating nations and Raven, the mascot of the Games standing as the welcoming sentinel, “In this setting Raven has the Canadian and the Alaskan flag and the other one is drumming along to welcome and inspire all the athletes that come here to do their best,” said Bunny.

According to Swan-Gease the idea came from Airport manager Rebecca Cronkhite, “She wanted to make a very welcoming and inviting yet inspiring scene for everyone who will be coming through these doors to participate in the Games this March.”

The 2006 Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games Host Society announced recently that tickets to Arctic Winter Games 2006 sporting events and cultural performances are now on sale. There are several ticket options available for people interested in viewing one of the most prestigious events ever held on the Kenai Peninsula. Tickets are available on-line at ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets including Fred Meyer stores. To order tickets by phone, call (907) 562-4800. Tickets may also be purchased through the Ticketmaster link on the official Kenai Peninsula Arctic Winter Games 2006 website at www.awg2006.org

The 2006 Games are expected to include over 1,900 athletes and cultural performers and 800 special guests from seven participating circumpolar nations including Canada, Russia, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the U.S.A (Alaska). The 7-day event will require over 2,700 volunteers and is expected to attract between 6,000 and 8,000 spectators. The budget for the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games, including the two years of planning and development efforts leading up to the 2006 Games, is projected at $5.3 million cash and in-kind contributions with several million dollars worth of legacy projects that will serve the community for years to come.

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