Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast Newsletter Happy Solstice/Easter
April 2010
Happy April!
This early break-up we are experiencing makes us excited for summer.  We are starting to plant hanging baskets, flowers, herbs, and vegetables for early summer use. 
This August we are hosting several workshops, 3 new , and 1 repeat.  We are branching out to include songwriting, permaculture, and local food sourcing.  Hopefully you can find one that will be of interest to you or someone you know.    
Please feel free to forward this on to your friends and family members that will be visiting the Homer area! 
in this issue
:: Expressive Writing Retreat with Melissa Mitchell and Michelle McAffe
:: Permaculture Design Skills with Saskia Esslinger and Matt Oster
:: Watercolor Workshop with Annie Olson and Paula Dickey
:: Visit us at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show
:: Guest Chef Weekend with Executive Chef Clayton Jones
Expressive Writing Retreat with Melissa Mitchell and Michelle McAffe Melissa Mitchel
August 5-8

During this writers retreat, participants will be encouraged to dive deep into creative waters and write outside the box.

Opening ourselves to the muse, we will explore different mediums of writing including song writing, creative writing and poetry with the goal of opening a clear channel for creative energy to flow through us. We will write solo, in pairs and as a group after participating in a hike and a 4 hour guided sea-kayak adventure (not all in the same day).

Combining musicians, songwriters, prose writers, and poets, with the unparalleled surroundings of Kachemak Bay, we will create a unique retreat experience in a one of a kind setting. There will be opportunities to share our work in a supportive circle and to have some fun around the campfire. You will walk away from this retreat feeling refreshed and able to express yourself in whatever medium you choose.

Michelle McAfee is an accomplished singer/songwriter with over 12 years experience in the industry.
Melissa Mitchell is a local Alaskan singer/ songwriter. 

Her passion for the healing power of word and song has led her to want to make a difference with her music. Having grown up on the Kenai Penninsula she is excited to host this writers retreat in her neck of the woods. Melissa is currently working with Michelle on several projects and is planning a great summer tour across Alaska with other local artists.

Click on Melissa's Photo to be taken to her website. 
Permaculture Design Skills Workshop with Matt Oster and Saskia Esslinger
August 27-29

Chicken Tractor
Have you ever wondered how Alaskans can live more sustainably way up here in the North? Are you interested in reducing your monthly expenses, growing and eating your own healthy, organic food, or solving issues you have with your site? Join Matt Oster and Saskia Esslinger for a fun hands-on weekend workshop where you learn how to use Permaculture design principles to help you do all this and more.

In this workshop, we will walk you through a thorough site analysis and assessment and talk about possible design solutions. Then we will implement some of the design solutions the group comes up with.

Specific topics we will address include:
micro-energy projects
greenhouse location and design
water issues
building gardens and garden soil
perennial food plantings

Matt Oster and Saskia Esslinger have been studying and practicing Permaculture design for 5 years, and are actively transforming their Anchorage home into a Permaculture paradise. They are co-owners of Red Edge Design LLC. For more details, please e-mail them at

Click on the image to be directed to Saskia's Blog, "Williams Street Farmhouse."
Gut Creations With Lucie Charbonneau
July 30- August 1st

gut basket
We included this workshop in last month's newsletter, but we had the wrong photo link!  Please enjoy viewing pictures from last year's Gut Creations Workshop.
Click on the photo to view the Gut Creations Photo Album on Facebook.
WatercolorWatercolor Workshop hosted by Annie Olson and assisted by Paula Dickey
August 13-15

Planning your summer painting agenda? Consider coming to Homer, Alaska for an August weekend. Annie Olson will lead a fun weekend of painting at Across the Bay Tent and Breakfast. Annie has been teaching watercolor in Alaska for 20 years and the past 8 years internationally in Japan, Korea, and Italy. Paula Dickey has taught watercolor workshops Across the Bay for 9 years and for 8 years each at both Alaska Pacific University,  and the Homer Branch of the University of Alaska. This workshop is planned for all skill levels.
The workshop price is $390 plus tax which includes water taxi, meals, lodging and instruction. 

This workshop is popular! We already have 7 participants signed up, so don't waste time! 

Click on the photo to be taken to Annie Olson's website. 
Come visit us at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show!
April 8-11, 2010

Mark Kayak Fishing
The Great Alaska Sportsman Show is one of America's most unusual gatherings of men and women who love the great outdoors and the Alaska vendors, exhibitors and experts who seek to equip and prepare them for a season afield.

The four-day show draws sell-out crowds of people who care passionately about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing and virtually all other outdoor activities. Come join us at the Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas, April 8-11, 2010.

We will represented there along with many other fine businesses.  You will be able to find us at the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce Booth. 
Click on the photo to go to The Great Alaska Sportsman Show website. 
ClaytonGuest Chef Weekend!  Join Beartooth Grill Executive Chef Clayton Jones to learn about creating great locally based meals. 
August 20-22  

    Clayton Jones is the Executive Chef at the Bear Tooth Grill in Anchorage, Alaska, where the focus of his craft is on fresh local sourcing of Alaska's best edibles.  From Copper River Salmon, to fiddlehead ferns, Chef Jones is driven to find the flavors that make Alaskan food everything it can be. 

Taking part in the Alaska Division of Agriculture forum with local farmers in the spring of 2009, Chef Jones is working to provide new sustainable options for the future.  By bringing food directly from the field to the table, Clayton's mission of providing great food for Alaskans, by Alaskans, will continue in 2010. 

    The focus of the workshop will be on local food sourcing, basic techniques and foraging Alaskan wild edibles.  There will be a focus on locally available seafood, seasonally available vegetables, and locally produced meats.  Techniques will include everything from knife and kitchen skills, dressings and sauces, to butchery and curing of fish. 

    The workshop will run Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.  The menu planning and design will be determined by participants and seasonal availability of products.  Rain or shine, this hands-on workshop will cater to the adventurous food lover who is looking for a new way to experience the flavor of Alaska.  

Click on Chef Jones' photo to be directed to the Alaska Grown Website, where you can find out about Alaska Farmer's Markets, and local restaurants that participate in the Alaska Grown program. 

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