McCarthy and Kennecott were once busy mining towns; these days they’re more like modern yet humble off-the-grid villages steeped with history and tradition. It follows suit that the last days of August signify the end of our summer season and are full to the brim with festivities too.
Tall Tales brings out the story teller (or listener) in all of us. Late into the night, the community
gathers at the Golden Saloon to hear locals and visitors alike take their turn at spinning a yarn. Annually, this fundraiser for our local non-profit arts and science co-op, the Wrangell Mountains Center, draws a big crowd and reminds us all of the dark days of winter and community pot-lucks ahead. Festivus for the Rest-of-Us is a music-bonfire-food smorgusborg hosted by Wild Alpine and The Potato – our favorite local food truck – in downtown McCarthy. Yep, no shortage of parties in this ‘hood …
On Labor Day weekend the annual McCarthy-Kennecott Half Marathon and 5K attracts runners from across Alaska and beyond. For 12 years, Dan Meyers has been organizing the run as a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. This year though, Dan was ready to pass the torch. A small group of ladies from the Valley: Karen Loso, Nancy Cook, and Cobi Seslar Harris joined me, Aria Thomases, in stepping up to the challenge. From acquiring new stop watches to commissioning an Alaskan artist to make medals to fixing a post-race spaghetti dinner for the runners and volunteers, we’d say it was a rip roaring success!
Check out some shots of the fun and join us in 2014 for the 14th Annual RUN WITH A VIEW!