Greta Roberts and Max Marty were married in a mossy forest at Chilkat State Park Monday. The small ceremony was officiated by Logan Vaughn, a friend who made the motorcycle trip here when Max moved to Alaska. Lydia Kryshak served as witness. The bride’s veil was created by her sister Kali St. Germain, using Greta’s mom’s wedding dress. Greta wore a diamond and pearl brooch worn by her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother at their weddings. Henry Roberts, Greta’s father, escorted her while Nancy Nash played “True Love Will Find You In the End” on piano. A reception followed featuring a red velvet wedding cake decorated with greenery and dehydrated oranges made by Anna and Mary Bell. Max and Greta exchanged rings made by Fred Shields.
Three Northmen Cidery of Haines won the People’s Choice 2023 Award at the Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival for its Mojito Hard Soda. The company poured six different meads, ciders, and hard sodas at brewfest and also hosted a full house in its tasting room Friday and Saturday. Cidery co-owner Deana Groves said the award was “exciting and beautiful.” She and Amy Thorgesen hosted the Main Street tasting room while husbands Jeremy Groves and Chris Thorgesen poured beverages at Dalton City Saturday.
Former resident Shimane Jarvela surprised nephew Jacob Weerasinghe by showing up for Jacob’s Haines High School graduation last week. Shimane lives in Bentonville, Ark., where she works as a shareholder accountant and is married to John Jarvela. Shimane was last here in 2013. Her visit was a big surprise to her brother Nishan and to Jacob’s brother Alex, said Susan Weerasinghe, Jacob’s mom. Nishan’s aunt and uncle Anusha and Skandan Skandaverl also came to town for graduation. It’s their first visit.
Sarah Ruesopha and Mimi Treesukol of northeast Thailand are working the next three months at Chilkat Bakery alongside Miki Atkins. They arrived in town over the weekend and already hiked on Battery Point Trail. Sarah and Mimi say they’re adjusting to cold weather but they like the stunning, snow-capped views from town.
Seattle-area magician Jeff Evans made a bowling ball appear and thrilled about 90 youngsters with other tricks at Friday’s kick-off to the Haines Borough Public Library’s annual summer reading program. The appearance was Evans’s third at the library party, which included pizza, snacks and a parade of readers. In four days here, Evans blew glass with John Svenson, celebrated at Haines magician Neil Einsbruch’s birthday party and hiked Mount Riley. He turned back while climbing Mount Ripinsky’s Piedad trail after encountering bear tracks in the snow.
For two weeks beginning Monday, June 5, the Haines Senior Center will be offering only to-go lunches as new carpeting is being installed. Residents 60 years and older can call site manager Cari O’Daniel at 766-2383 to sign up for lunch.
Members of the Haines High School Class of 2013 gathered last weekend for an informal reunion, spending time together at the new Tlingit Park pavilion and at beerfest events. Class members on hand included Margaret Jones, Karlie Spud, Rosemary Martin, Patrick Henderson, Hannah Dobbins, Christopher Olsen, Brandon Bachman, Caullen Taylor, Stuart Wood, Riley Erekson, Jimmy Thomsen and Syerra Braaten.
Carlee Young recently brought 1-year old Stevie Lynn to Haines to see Judy Erekson and dad Lee Heinmiller.
Deborah Marshall, her sister Lydia, Bart Henderson, Cynde Adams, Robert Drucker and Dennis Geasan recently cruised to Ketchikan from Seattle into the lower Inside Passage aboard the Teal, a 78-foot trawler-yacht once used for fisheries enforcement and marine research in Alaska. They followed the route of Capt. George Vancouver’s expedition voyage, east to west. Designed by noted marine designer Harold Hanson and launched in 1927, Teal was last used commercially by the state Department of Fish and Game in the 1960s. Decrepit for years, it was restored in 1997. Owners are Lisa Haug and Amado Shuck.
Bob Loomis, who once operated a gas station and an auto parts store in Haines, died May 17 in Kilgore, Texas. He was 73. A full obituary is pending.
Locally grown vegetables, home-baked goods and Dave Stickler’s pickled egg poppers will be among the featured items at the season’s first Haines Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the fairground’s Payson’s Pavilion. Markets continue weekly through September. To reserve a table at the market, phone market manager Sierra Clark at 907-515-7086.
Anchorage TV news reporter Lauren Maxwell featured Haines Brewing Co., Zen Bathworks, The Hammer Museum and the American Bald Eagle Foundation in stories for the station’s “Roadtrippin’” series about statewide attractions. Brewery owner Paul Wheeler and customers Shelby Flemming and Wylie Betz, hammer museum docent Brandon Wilks, hot-tub company owner Kent Lawson and eagle foundation worker Ali Gustavson were filmed. See the clips as