Why the heck would someone who is not into the great outdoors enjoy living in Alaska? Here is one of my reasons: Access to top notch people at an affordable price.
Fairbanks has brought up several musicians, dancers, and athletes who have become famous after they left (Obviously, you have to leave to become famous.). The long dark nights require people to be self-entertaining. Thus, many kids learn to play instruments at an early age, dance ballet, or play all kinds of indoor sport games.
Affordable tickets for great opera star concert
For instance, when I lived in Europe, I could not afford to buy ticket for listening to a concert by Vivica Genaux – an American coloratura mezzo-soprano born in Fairbanks, Alaska. Since her parents still live here, Fairbanksans do not have to go to the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Dallas Opera, or the Bayerische Staatsoper where she sung The Barber of Seville, L’italiana in Algeri or La Cenerentola. When she visits her parents, she usually gives a concert in either the Herring Auditorium, which is the concert hall of a local high school, or the Davis Concert Hall of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The price for a ticket is not much more than a cinema ticket plus a bucket of unhealthy popcorn and a soda.
Awesome fiddle musicians
Have you ever heard of the Irish fiddler Caitlin Warbelow? She regularly comes to the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival to teach and to visit her mother and/or dad (both are dance friends of mine). When she is in Fairbanks, she usually plays in a pub or roadhouse. The information about the when and where goes by word of mouth. She always gets a full dance floor. And she is just one example of the many Fairbanksan musicians out there.
Dance privates from champions
Another example is Melaina Larson. She studied classical ballet. She has been a finalist in many US National Championships in American Smooth Dance. When she visits Fairbanks to see her father and stepmom, she teaches ballroom lessons at the Fairbanks Ballroom Dance Club, and my dance partner and I can take private lessons from her. We are not sure whether we could (afford to) get on her calendar in Orange County where she lives today. Did you know that there is even a dance shoe named after her as she used to compete in these?
Fairbanks is also a place that people are curious to come visit. For example Juval Hod, a swing dance champion. When he visited Fairbanks in 2009 to work with a local high school dance team, he taught my dance partner and me to make a “flip.” This means I go into a hand stand, my dance partner catches my legs, and I land on his shoulders. From there, I just slip down, and on we go.
Wearing an Andrew Marc shearling motorcycle jacket with skirt
Enough reasons for today. Of course there are many other reasons, and I will write about them in future posts on Focus Alaska. In this OOTD, I went for an Amelia Earhart type of look for my outerwear with my Andrew Marc shearling jacket (first photo in this post). For my indoor outfit, I picked a cornflower blue sweater that nicely contrasts with my skin, the tan and winter white of the baseball jacket and the dark indigo of the denim skirt. I wore the jacket like a blazer.
One often hears that women over 40 should not wear utility jackets and/or denim skirts anymore. As this example shows, the sentence should be re-written to
Women over 40 should not wear anything that does not meet their life style! Click To Tweet
When wearing a denim skirt over 40, style it in a casual way and wear it for Casual Friday in a casual work environment or setting. The skirt should be straight and have a professional length. When wearing a baseball jacket jacket over 40 the material and quality are key. It should serve a similar function as a blazer. Key is to pay attention to not style these items like a high school gal. It is all about looking mature and knowing what you are doing when you put your outfit together.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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