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Story last updated at 4:55 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Homer's Best Bets


Photo by Michael Armstrong

Finally summer Lupines are in full flower in a patch by an old boat on the Homer Spit.

With the Fourth of July holiday falling on Wednesday next week, celebrants have a challenge in holiday planning. Except for those of us in essential jobs like nursing, firefighting, busting crooks, and recommending cool and fun things to do around town, most of you will take the day off. But what do you do with the rest of the week?

Do you make it a really long weekend? Hmm — that's a great idea. What then, though? Should you take this Saturday and Sunday off as usual, then add Monday and Tuesday for a 5-day super weekend? Or do you take next Thursday and Friday off, tagging on a few days to the back side of Fourth of July? Decisions, decisions. When are the big city crowds likely to bless our fair hamlet with their presence? What's the weather going to be like?

Oh, heck — take the whole week off! With the weird weather we've been having lately, odds are that in nine days you'll at least stumble upon one immensely glorious day to practice the fine art of summer in Alaska. Put in for leave and blame it on the Betster.

America fought a revolution and kicked King George III out of the colonies so that you could celebrate next Wednesday. It's your patriotic duty to honor the sacrifices of George Washington et alia. Watch a parade. Have a barbecue. Read the Declaration of Independence. Take a poke at Her Royal Majesty, Betty Windsor — the ultimate welfare queen — and sing "My Country Tis of Thee" to the tune of "God Save the Queen." Register to vote. You know, all that good citizenship stuff.

If you have to work, though, thanks for keeping us safe, healthy and well informed. You'll get your day off soon, and maybe even on a day when the salmon run strong upstream.

This weekend, Fourth of July or next week, there's lots to do, like these Best Bets:

BEST WOODSTOCK LITE BET: Buffy Saint-Marie should have performed at Woodstock with her "Universal Soldier," the iconic anti-war song of the 1960s. Fortunately, she's the headline act in Homer for the Friday and Saturday Down East Music Fest. Her music is as fresh as ever, too. Catch her and 25 other darn fine acts. See story, page 10.

BEST PARTY ON BET: Fresh Sourdough Express calls this "the party of the summer." Well, Kevin and Donna have lots to celebrate after 30 years in the business — including a transition to new owner Kathy Kysar. Help blow out the candles at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the restaurant on Ocean Drive.

BEST GET WILD BET: With all these high tunnels, not to mention your usual fishing and gathering, we're living well on the land. Share the bounty at the Wild and Edible Community Potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Wynn Nature Center on East Skyline Drive. Bring a dish to share and stick around as Homer homesteader Laura Barton tells stories.

BEST MMMM S'MORES BET: Summer isn't complete without the classic bonfire treat, S'mores. Kids, bring your parents to an evening of treats from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Bishop's Beach. Craig Phillips reads stories.

BEST FOUR-FEET FORWARD BET: Dogs, bring your humans to the annual stroll about town with Strut Your Mutt. The stroll starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Homer Education and Recreational Complex Park, also known as the lawn at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. Stick around for fun and games. A donation supports Homer Animal Friends.

BEST FORWARD INTO THE FOURTH: And don't forget the Fourth. For a list of lower Kenai Peninsula activities from Seldovia to Ninilchik, see the schedule on pages 6 to 8.