Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 6:11 PM on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's all about sustainability

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


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Rufaro, Homer's first youth marimba ensemble, plays at the Homer Council on the Arts Street Faire in 2009.


Photographer: Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Jim Levine, left, and Patrick Latimer play mbira at the 2009 Street Faire. The mbira, or lamellaphone, is inside the round deze, a fiberglass amplifier.


Photographer: Michael Armstrong, Homer News

The Shivvering Gypsies dance at the Homer Street Faire last year. The belly dancers are scheduled to perform again from 3:30-3:55 p.m. Saturday. For a complete list of vendors and performers, see page 7.

From recycled fishing lures to tie-dye clothing, belly dancers to marimba music, once again the Homer Council on the Arts brings a day of art, crafts, food and music to the street for its annual Street Faire.

Now in its third year on Hazel Avenue by the Homer Public Library, the festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Hazel Avenue is closed from the library entrance to Poopdeck Street.

Started in 1987 and first held on Heath Street, the Street Faire also had been at Homer High School and since 2009 has been on the broad avenue between Safeway and the library.

In keeping with the theme of making Homer sustainable, many of the 41 booths feature locally-made products, like knitted clothing and jewelry. One man, Jakob Easton, has been snorkeling in area rivers and recovering snagged fishing lures. He'll be selling cleaned and refurbished lures.

"The focus right now is on supporting the creative economy — making it a resource for our artists," said HCOA director Gail Edgerly.

Kachemak Kids and the Homer Playground Project, or HoPP, offer activities for children. HoPP, the group helping to remodel and expand the Karen Hornaday Park playground, also has an information booth. Other nonprofits with booths include Homer Animal Friends, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Patrons of the Pratt and Cook Inletkeeper. Three vendors also sell food.

At its booth, HCOA sells tickets for the Aug. 6 visit of the New Old Time Chautauqua Circus, performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice Witte Gymnasium at Homer High School. A traveling circus of Alaskans and performers from the Lower 48, the circus sets up camp at HCOA during its visit. At 2 p.m. Aug. 6 it offers free workshops. Two-hundred folding chair seats are offered for the circus, with the rest bleacher seats. Tickets can be purchased in advance to get better seats. All seats are $5 youth and seniors, $10 adults over 18 and $25 a family.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael. armstrong@homernews.com.