Excerpt from RGA guide: HainesAlaskaTourguide.blogspot.com
|Tourism Director, Tanya Carlson – Mayor Jan Hill – Tour Operator, Adam Patterson
Enjoying the new look of Haines as they wait to greet Cruise Ship guests
We did it! The first Cruise Ship Day in Haines was a big success. Southeast Roadbuilders, who were constructing our new Bus Parking Lot and Restrooms worked their little hearts out till 2am on Cruise Ship day and completed a large majority of it. It is pretty amazing what people can do under pressure. It will be a great addition to Haines. We are steadily giving this pretty little town a much needed face lift.
Don’t get me wrong, the natural Haines doesn’t need any help at being beautiful. It is the folks who live here that need to work hard at making our man made areas worthy of residing in such an awesome place. They say, “If you build it they will come”. So come on tourist, come try out our 2 million dollar restrooms! I did. They are great; clean, classy and real uptown.
|We even have a bench for the men to sit on while
waiting for their women.
|Lots of room for the buses|
|John Svenson came out to meet us at Extreme Dreams Art Gallery|
|Jen inviting us in the Extreme Dreams Art Gallery|
Jen took us to the Extreme Dreams Fine Art Gallery at the edge of Chilkat State Park where we met Owner and Artist John Svenson. John is an extraordinary artist with many pallets to choose from, like; glass, painting, beads, vessel forms and his wife Sharon creates textiles and mosaic mirrors. Jen creates beautiful jewelry that is also on display at the gallery
|Jen Reid’s artistic, beautiful jewelry|
|John Svenson and Jen Reid tell guests the juicy secrets of Haines|
John and Jen delighted us with stories of the local artists and how they live. They have potlucks and bon fires on a regular basis. They have a community garden and share their “catch of the day” with each other when crab potting, fishing, and netting. They all have many talents and skills. Jen credited that from living without televisions. I have always wanted the inside scoop to this world so close and yet so far away from my own. I felt my creative juices flowing just by being around them.
|John Svenson’s Art Studio – an amazingly cool place to create|
Artist’s are the spice of Haines…. and even a place as beautiful as Haines can be enhanced with a little spice.
|The community garden at the Fairgrounds which we visited|
|We also visited Dave Pahl of the Hammer Museum.
He is as interesting and unique as his museum
This hammer saved his dog from drowning in
his car when his car sunk into the Lynn Canal.
You have to hear him tell the story.
Haines Alaska is full of characters that are as beautiful and unique as the landscape.