Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 2:35 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's about more than beautiful music

Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin A La Tutka, an annual fundraising event by and for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, was blessed with beautiful weather this year. The Madison String Quartet performed a lovely and varied medley while patrons dined on barbecued ribs, chicken, salmon and veggies/halibut en brochette, all supplied and cooked by the crusty marshmallow at Latitude 59 and his assistant/wife Karen.

We're going to miss you, Wendell, and not just because of your cooking and generous nature. Carl and Kirsten, owners of Within the Wild Remote Adventure Lodging, generously provided the perfect venue for this event, Tutka Bay Lodge, and we are extremely grateful for their support of the arts here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Two Sisters Bakery made a generous donation of platters of fresh fruit and lemon bars. The Homestead donated some very wonderful chocolate desserts, Fresh Sourdough Express gave us yummy bread. Becky Pfeil made us some excellent truffles. Lori at Kenai Christian College donated some amazing, unique chocolate-y desserts.

Events such as this can't happen without lots of volunteers, and we had them. Thank you, Nathan, Lorraina, Lauren, Jennifer, Carolyn, James, Janet, Ruby and that whole gang who set up that hellacious tent with Laura. Thank you, Rainbow Connection, Bay Excursions and Bay Island Haulers. We couldn't have done it without all of you.

Margaret Quarton

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra

Board of Directors