Celebrate Historic Iditarod Roadhouse Day

by • January 12, 2016 • trailmixComments (0)1112

Courtesy Colin Tyler Bogucki

Courtesy Colin Tyler Bogucki

The Eagle River Nature Center will be transformed into a roadhouse, circa 1916, in the heyday of the Iditarod Trail noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. An after-hours event, called Roadhouse After Dark, starts at 7 p.m. Come see what the center might have looked like 100 years ago. There will be a vintage dog sled, Crow Pass roadhouse artifacts, as well as food (pancakes, fresh-baked goods, hot beverages, and soups) served at almost 1916 prices.

The following fundraisers will help support the Nature Center:
• Iditarod prints from the 1990s by Charles Gause (and signed by famous Iditarod mushers) will be on display and available for purchase throughout the day.
• Alaska Roadhouse Raffle Quilt: Tickets are $10 (3 for $25), available for purchase until the 8 p.m. drawing. You needn’t be present to win.


Noon: SECRETS OF SOURDOUGH: Learn about the science, history and lore of sourdough from Ute Olsson. Get some sourdough “Mother” or starter to take home, as well as recipes and troubleshooting hints. We will make sourdough pancakes for you to sample until supplies run out.

1 p.m.: SLEDS AND DOGS: Before railroads, airplanes and automobiles, winter transportation in Alaska was primarily by dog sleds: the Iditarod Sled Dog Race celebrates this history. Beth Baker will talk about her experience of training for and running the Iditarod Race.

2 p.m.: HISTORY OF THE GLENN EXPEDITION: Dr. Thom Ely will talk about the Glenn Expedition in context of the history of early Alaskan transportation.

3 p.m. STORIES OF THE TRAIL: The Storyteller’s Guild of Anchorage will be sharing tales of sourdoughs and cheechakos of early Alaska.

4 p.m. ROADHOUSE MUSIC: The AllGood Family Band and friends will be playing some old-time folk music. Clapping and foot stomping allowed!

7. p.m. ROADHOUSE AFTER DARK: Tickets are limited and are $25 per person. This is a members-only 21-and-older event. Come for a fun roadhouse evening featuring bluegrass music by the Midnight Sun Zombies, food, and beer. Entertainment provided by Fur Rondy Melodrama actress and playwright Chera Boom.

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