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.


EVENTS SCHEDULE:


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 Tale presenters.

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 multi-purpose room
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 Room.
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.


     For information on upcoming events, please see the LOCAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS organized by the Gustavus Community Network.

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