What have been some of your favorite Alaskan stories while on tour with us?
A friend of mine suggested going to an event in downtown Anchorage a couple months called “Arctic Entries”. She described the event as seven people each sharing a seven minute story on a stage. Skeptical of my time, I agreed and attended my first show.
That Tuesday night, the show’s theme was “End of the Road: Stories of Showing Up, Staying Put, and Getting Local.” Now here we are, a sold out show, the lights go down on a plain stage with 10 chairs set up in a semi-circle. 7 Alaskan storytellers, 2 hosts, and a local musician.
Men and women of various ages and backgrounds each took their turn and told their story. Linda was a New Yorker living the life of fashion and shopping, until she left everything for a year in Alaska to live a “civilized life.” She shares her humor as she tells her friends that the plane does actually land in December in Alaska and how she turns her spare bedrooms in closets. She soon discovers her love of art in the Anchorage Museum, and her love for Alaska.
Netra was born in Bhutan in the 80’s and suffered hostility and civil unrest. His family was subjected to a refugee camp, until international aid offered a chance to come to Alaska in 2010. He shared his new experiences with camping, the lack of daylight, and visiting a store like Fred Meyer with everything under one roof!
The stories captured the adventures and the determination of Alaskans as they settled in the state and even visited areas around the globe. I found there was a common bond, a shared drive among people of various backgrounds to seek out the Alaskan way of life. The entire John Hall’s Alaska team has been intrigued by the natural beauty and extensive culture that makes Alaska a memorable place to live or travel to. I think we all have our favorite stories of our first trip, our first impressions, and how we got hooked. There is much to be explored and certainly something for everyone.
Can’t visit the show next week?
You can listen to past and future recordings on the Arctic Entries website as you reminisce or as your Alaskan trip approaches.