MAY 23-27th, 2002-
The Great Gustavus
WILD ANIMAL FESTIVAL-
YEAR OF THE BEAR
Where? In GUSTAVUS- GLACIER BAY, Southeast Alaska, of course!
Come and enjoy this Community Celebration with many informative and fun events planned to enhance your appreciation of bears and share ways to live, play and be safe in bear country.
We have lined up a group of well known bear experts: Tom Smith PHD USFS, Terry DeBruyn PHD NPS, Neil Barten ADF&G, John Neary USFS, Steve Partidge, John Hectel, well known authors and nature writers: Richard Nelson, Richard Carstensen, Greg Streveler, Lynn Schooler and Judith Aftergut.
We are honored to present Mount Fairweather Dancers from Hoonah, local and regional musicians- Kim Heacox, Phil Riddle and the Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band. Storytellers Grace Elliott and Hoonah Elders. Artists Lou Cacioppo and Char Damron.
Ongoing: Natural History displays, Bear Book sales table, Recycling and Composting Booth. Art Galleries open, Glacier Bay National Park Interpretive Walks and Talks at Bartlett Cove.
Early May Bear Mask Making Workshops with artist Char Damron.
Thursday May 23rd
7pm: Slide Show - "Bears of Alaska" This will kick off the festival.
730 pm: 'The Blue Bear' a True Tale of Friendship, Tragedy and Survival in the Wilds of
Alaska' author Lynn Schooler's book signing and talk.
Friday May 24th
9am: Begins with a Brunch and Bear Viewing at the Beartrack Inn with ADF&G Biologist Neil Barten and an Electric Solar fence display by Pedr Turner.
11:30-1 pm: will see an informal Brown Bear Bag Lunch at Glacier Bay Lodge to introduce all the presenters.
1-2 pm: Video presentation of "Staying Safe In Bear Country" upstairs in the Lodge in the Visitor Center theater.
2 to 4 pm: "Bear Walk" in Bartlett Cove to the Bartlett River with Naturalists Greg Streveler, Richard Carstensen and Richard Nelson.
8 pm: Bonfire and Storytelling Event at Salmon River Park featuring the formal ceremonial
opening of the Festival followed by Storytellers Grace Elliott, John Neary and other Bear
Saturday May 25th
8 am : Donuts and Coffee at Gustavus' own Wings Café.
8:30 am: Community Bear Discussion with Greg Streveler, Neil Barten and Chief
Ranger Chuck Young - Multi-Purpose Room Gustavus School.
11 am : Great Gustavus Wild Animal Bear Parade Tim Sunday Parade Marshall and
Smoky Bear proceeding to Salmon River Park
Noon - 2 pm: Bear Games, and Teddy Bear Contests and First Aid Station for Teddy
Bears to entertain and delight the children.
1-2 pm: Hoonah's Mount Fairweather Dancers perform at Glacier Bay National Park
Ceremonial Beach near the dock.
2-3pm: Current Bear Research in Glacier Bay - Tom Smith and Tania Lewis - school
3-5pm: Bear/Human Interaction and Safety Q&A Panel: Tom Smith USGS- Terry De
Bruyn NPS, Kurt Aluzus, Wrangell Ranger District wildlife biologist and Anan
Bear Observatory leader, John Neary: Pack Creek Program Administrator and
John Hectel ADG&G Biologist. At the Gustavus school multi-purpose room.
6pm: Community Potluck School Gym
7 pm: Local Musicians Performance Kim Heacox, Phil Riddle and others- Gustavus
Public Library School Gym
8 pm: Hoonah's Mount Fairweather Dancers Performance - Gustavus school gym. $5
donation for adults, school age youth free.
9 pm: Boogie down with Panhandle Crabgrass Revival
Sunday May 26th
9am: Coffee and donuts at Whalesong Lodge
BreathWalking training with Sushma -Susan Clark
10 am: Bear Run and BreathWalk- Gustavus Runners and BreathWalkers.
11-Noon: Bear Sculpture and Mask Contest and Lou Cacioppo bear carving - Salmon
River Park Bring any medium of Bear Sculpture to participate and watch
Master Carver Lou carve a bear mask. Prizes will be awarded in several
categories for adults and children.
1-2:30pm: Bear Research Project Slideshows
Bear/Human Interaction in Mud Bay, Chichagof Island
Steve Partridge - Brown Bears of Katmai and Polar Bears of the Beaufort Sea
3-5 pm: 'Beauty of the Bear' and Other Natural Wonders with Richard Carstensen,
Richard Nelson, Greg Strevler and Judith Aftergut. School Multi Purpose
6-8pm - GUSTAVUS LAND LEGACY HABITAT FOR CRITTERS DINNER
Fundraiser -Alaska Discovery Inn - reservations recommended, limited seating
9 pm: Full Moon Drumming and Optional Howling -Gustavus Drum Group
and the Mount Fairweather Dance Group Gustavus Beach Bonfire.
Monday May 27th
10am: Memorial Day Golf Tournament
Extra points for seeing a bear and bear questions at each hole.
information on upcoming events, please see the LOCAL
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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