Welcome to an Anchorage Monday

Let’s just start right off with a big AK Fam welcome to passengers and crew of the Holland America line’s MS Amsterdam. The ship arrives today as part of a new 14-day itinerary from Seattle. Passengers will have an entire day to devote to Anchorage and environs, sailing out of Cook Inlet around 11 p.m.

In preparation, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership has planned “Cruise Ship Concerts” in tandem with arrivals, and we get to reap the benefit. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Robin Hopper (an Alaskan folk singing icon) will delight listeners at Peratrovich Park on 4th Avenue. These concerts will take place every other Monday on cruise-ship days, so why not make it a habit to show up with your kids? While you are there, grab a reindeer sausage from that cool guy who hangs out in front of the Federal Building across the street, and then score dessert from the Cake Studio. Just doesn’t get much better than that. ADP has a whole list published (and a handy rack card you can get at the Log Cabin Visitor’s Center) about summer programs and events. Visit their Website for the whole shebang.

This evening, another celebration takes place, this one in honor of Rachel Carson, one of the most honored naturalists/ecologists to ever walk this green earth. It’s her birthday, and the Alaska Community Action on Toxics invites you to their commemorative event. From 6-9 p.m. at Kincaid Park Chalet, kids can do crafts, play games, and snack on goodies from Zorba’s Gyros. Everyone will enjoy themusic and classes about organic gardening methods without the use of pesticides. The evening will culminate with a carrot cake in honor of Carson’s birthday. Sounds good to me.

Enjoy this Monday, enjoy your first week of summer vacation. Enjoy each other.

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