"Alaska Home Companion"
October 14, 2017

On Saturday evening, October 14, 2017, the Valley Arts Alliance produced the Season 6 Premier Episode of Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show!, a rendition of a live radio broadcast from the golden age of Alaskan radio, with skits, music, and dance acts, similar to the popular Prairie Home Companion radio show on NPR.

Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! features interesting stories by Alaskans about the best, the worst, and the silliest of everyday living in Alaska.

The Season 6 premier episode featured Guy d'North—Private Eye, Mark Twain, Smart-Phone Yoga, Rhubarb Advisory Board, The Sommelier and news from Lake Willowa. This episode was “sponsored” by a variety of old-time Alaskan merchants.

Featured guests introduced by Carmen Summerfield were the Borealis Dancers, consisting of Georgie Hollander, Cindy Montgomery, and Heather Pelletier; Marilyn Bennett; Javen Black; Bill and Maureen Campbell; Richard Estelle; Doug Ferguson; Patty Fisher; Tim Grady; Dave Glenn; Pam Huyck; Catherine Inman; Becky McLaughlin; Grover Neely; Faye Palin; Sonny Parker; Niki Pease; Robbin Robbert; Hillary Saffran; John and Joe Stroup; Dick Wilson; and Teri Zell.

The Production Crew included Alicia Allen; Michelle Cornelius; Alys Culhane; Josh Fryfogle; Gale Glenn; Sherry and Lonnie Jackson; Terry Koch; Jim Palin; Randi Perlman; Pete Praetorius; Eric Summerfield, and Kathi VanZant; and Mike Chmielewski of KVRF 89.5FM.

The Season 6 Premier Episode of Alaska Home Companion—A Frontier Variety Show! was held in the famous Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, and was broadcast live by Radio Free Palmer on 89.5 FM, and is available on their website. The Season 6 Premier Episode was sold out—another example of bringing our community together through the arts!