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Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Getting ready to relay Marilyn Parrett, Tammy Ackerman and Dawn Cabana, from left to right, decorate Pioneer Avenue purple last Friday at the start of the seven-day countdown for the Relay for Life, starting at 6 p.m. this Friday.

A lot of people have been coming to Homer by sea these days. Last week some Japanese sailors dropped by. Alas, they didn't get shore leave, but we're sure the crew of USS Decatur will make up for that when they arrive today. We had another cruise ship in last week, and of course the trusty Tusty. No doubt a wandering megayacht will swing by Kachemak Bay some time this summer, too.

We like to think it's the end of the road, but if you arrive by boat, it's only the beginning. On the great world marine highway, Homer is where the road ends and the sea begins, and the sea goes on forever. Only the unimaginative think of roads as hard surfaces upon which wheeled vehicles move. Trucks are how we get our boats in the water.

Heck, who needs a boat and a car when you can have both? In Boston you can take Duck boat tours on land and sea. Hmm — wouldn't that be cool here? Drive down to the beach and out to Gull Island? You'd never have to brave the ramps at low tide.

If you see some sailors walking around town this weekend, give them a hello and welcome them. Ladies and gentlemen of Decatur, don't believe all that reality show hype you might have heard about Homer. Rowdy fishing bars? As if. We're a quiet, sedate little town where for relaxation we like a rousing game of Parcheesi. Nothing much happens here, which is why we have to bribe TV shows to exaggerate stuff. There are more churches than espresso cafes and more espresso cafes than bars. OK, that's true, but yes, it can get exciting here.

Visiting or settled in for good, you'll find lots to do, like some of these Best Bets:

BEST WELCOME TO HOMER BET: Monte Davis and his partner Joanne have been kicking around Alaska for decades. You may know them as the singing duo Joanne and Monte, but now Davis has a new role: executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Meet him and mingle with chamber members from 5-7 p.m. today at the Chamber Mixer at Bald Mountain Air near the airport.

BEST PULLING FOR PURPLE BET: Purple hats, purple shirts, purple camo pants, purple ribbons — heck, some people even have purple hair. All week people have been wearing purple for the countdown to the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday for Relay for Life. The 21-hour walk-a-thon is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Sponsor teams and cheer them on. New this year are kids activities. Hobo Jim performs noon-1 p.m. Saturday.

BEST READ ON, MACDUFF, BET: Start the summer season at the Homer Public Library with a kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday for Summer@HPL. Check out activities to keep busy and reading. Local marimba bands Rufaro and Zuva perform.

BEST ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN' BET: Sailors, if you need to shake off those sea legs with some dancing Saturday night, look at our Calendar for a list of bands. Bare Roots Reggae plays at 10 p.m. at The Alibi on Pioneer Avenue, mon. The Snapping Turtle Band is at 9 p.m. at the Down East Saloon on East End Road. Don't miss H3 at AJ's Old Town Steakhouse in, well, Old Town. Grover Nealy is at 9 p.m. at Alice's Champagne Palace.

BEST BOOGIE-WOOGIE BET: Alaska wildlife and original piano music: why not? Catch "Alaska's Coolest Animals with Johhny B." at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pier One Theatre. Johnny B. plays music accompanying Daniel Zatz's films of Alaska wildlife. Tickets are $15 general admission at Etude Studio and the Homer Bookstore.

BEST MIGHTY VOICE BET: What? Another U.S. Poet Laureate in Homer? Yup. Rita Dove is the keynote speaker for the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. She holds a free reading at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mariner Theatre. Listen to more writers and poets in readings at 8 p.m. Sunday at Alice's and 5:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday at Land's End Resort.