Cinderella: A contemporary take on the classic tale

The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts for a performance of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was all the tiaras adorning the heads of tiny princesses as they eagerly awaited the show.

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The Magic Yarn Project

Have you heard of the Magic Yarn Project?

It’s a nonprofit that relies on volunteers to create yarn wigs for children going through chemotherapy, which often leaves young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs. The yarn wigs are “comfy, soft, and warm, and invite children back to the world of play and daydreaming.” So far, 3,747 wigs and superhero beanies have been delivered to kids in 28 countries and the demand for magic wigs grows daily; every year, roughly 83,000 young girls, ages 2-10, are diagnosed with cancer (5,000 in the US).

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Alaska Crafted is Tomorrow!

Last year one of my favorite events was Alaska Crafted, the only tasting festival in the state to feature exclusively locally made beverages. This year it’s back (tomorrow!!!) and promises to be another great time for all, with more than 24 brewers and distillers showcasing as many as 40 Alaska varieties, hailing from Kodiak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago, to Gakona in the east, Sitka in Southeast, to Fox in Alaska’s Interior. Continue reading “Alaska Crafted is Tomorrow!”

Downtown Pass: All your questions, answered. Plus: reader discount!

Pistachio gelato…

Cool, refreshing, flavorful, FREE pistachio gelato from Originale enjoyed by my friend Candice. AKA, the first perk I received from my fancy new Downtown Pass.

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Be part of something amazing: volunteer for the Gold Nugget Triathlon

I ran into an old friend, Judy Sedwick, while grabbing coffee today. Judy is special for many reasons – she lights up any room she enters, has a gift for sparkling conversation, and give great hugs. She’s also one of the founders of the Gold Nugget Triathlon (GNT), the longest running all female triathlon in the country.

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Weekly Digest – Issue 17

This week I’ve pulled together a list of feel good stories, including a Good Samaritan righting a wrong, a video by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership featuring reasons to love downtown Anchorage, and a local runner rocking plaid…while earning a feature in Runners World.

Event-wise, this week is all about North x North, a series of activities following the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks. Attendees will head south to Anchorage to celebrate the Arctic and learn, exchange, and build. I’ll be there on Friday and hope to see some of you enjoying the festivities!

I’m also introducing a new blog (you’re going to love this one!) and sharing a post from an old favorite. It’s going to be a full and fun week, Anchorage.


Gretchen Loves Anchorage Weekly Digest – Issue 17

And is case you missed them, check out:

Gretchen Loves Anchorage Weekly Digest – Issue 16

Gretchen Loves Anchorage Weekly Digest – Issue 15

Gretchen Loves Anchorage Weekly Digest – Issue 14

Weekly Digest – Issue 11

Daylight savings = not my favorite. Fortunately, there are all sorts of other good things happening in our world. The best stories from last week are all about the Iditarod and Alaskans doing extraordinary things: honoring their cultures, going deep into the history of Guinness, saving lives, and learning how to survive as a couple while adventuring. Looking forward, there are plenty of fun events coming up if you’re looking for something to do, although if this weather holds I think you’ll find all of Anchorage out on the trails.

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