Erin's birthday is July 20th. To honor her happy soul and the things she loved in life, we hosted a series of workshops at Birchwood Camp on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 9:00-5:00.
This event raised just over $1,100 for the fund thanks to the generous donations of so many participants and others who couldn’t attend but wanted to honor Erin by donating to the fund.
Erin Fest was held Sunday, July 22nd. It was a day to remember Erin on her birthday weekend and celebrate the things she loved including nature, art, and music. We had fun, learned new things, and created art and music together throughout the day. Workshops/activities included a bird identification walk and short presentation by Tim Stevenson, a walk to identify and learn about uses of native plants by experts, Jennifer and Tikaan Galbreath, a mushroom workshop including making a Blue Oyster Mushroom Kit with Allison Dunbar of Far North Fungi,a felting activity by reknowned felter, Lucy Zercher, watercolor painting activity by artist and teacher, Becky Hollwedel, a songwriting workshop by the director of the Alaska City Folk Arts Camp, Mary Schallert, and a session for everyone to learn to play songs together, also lead by Mary Schallert. There were opportunities to learn new songs and play old favorites. There was also be a blackboard concert/open mic in the afternoon to share music, a poetry writing session with poet, Adam Mackie. Thanks to Amanda Palma Kula, many kids and adults also got the opportunity to paint birch slices as a fun and creative nature project. The day culminated in a drum circle led by Gail Jackson, a sound healer. It was a perfect end to the day.
Participants brought their instruments and their creativity and joined us in honoring Erin and sharing in her passion for wonders of nature and the creative human spirit. We had some prizes for participants and free tree seedlings (larch and lodgepole) donated by State Forestry.