Erin's birthday is July 20th. To honor her happy soul and the things she loved in life, we will be hosting a series of workshops at Birchwood Camp on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 9:00-5:00.
Register by going to this link: https://cernsc.wildapricot.org/event-3000039
Erin Fest will be held Sunday, July 22nd- a day to remember Erin on her birthday weekend and celebrate the things she loved including nature, art, and music. We hope to have fun, learn new things, and create art and music together throughout the day. Workshops/activities will include 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, brown bag lunch from 12:00-12:30, a songwriting workshop by the director of the Alaska City Folk Arts Camp, Mary Schallert, and after lunch, a session for everyone who brings instruments to learn to play songs together, also lead by Mary Schallert. There will be opportunities to learn new songs and play old favorites. There will also be a blackboard concert/open mic at 2:00 to share music, a poetry writing session with poet, Adam Mackie. There will also be birch slice painting for kids (and adults) with Amanda Palma Kula at 9:15-10:30 and at 2:45-4:00. The day will culminate in a drum circle led by Gail Jackson, then sharing of our creations with everyone (art, poetry, and music) around 4:00 pm.
So bring your instruments and your creativity, your plein air paints, or a project you are working on, and join us in honoring Erin and sharing in her passion for wonders of nature and the creative human spirit. We will have some prizes for participants and we will have free tree seedlings (larch and lodgepole) donated by State Forestry.
**We also invite and encourage you to bring a photo from a favorite outdoor activity you participated in during the last year or a photo of you with a loved one who is no longer alive, in their memory. We want to celebrate outdoor activities, life, creativity, and our lost loved ones.
We hope Erin Fest will be a relaxed, stress-free place to create things, celebrate nature and life, and enjoy the company of others. If you wish to bring something creative you are working on (from knitting to woodworking to writing poetry, sketching, painting, or learning how to play an instrument) just to hang out with others, you are welcome!
Erin Fest is free, but we would appreciate donations. Money raised will go to the Erin K Johnson Memorial Fund.
Registration is now online. Please register because numbers of participants will be limited for some of the activities. Bring a picnic lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided as well as brownies and cookies for the sharing event at the end of the day. Come anytime throughout the day and stay as long as you wish.