The Spenardian: Fish Creek Festival will focus on what connects us

Originally published in The Spenardian You may have never noticed Fish Creek before, but the watershed winds its way all through the Spenard neighborhood. A major salmon fishery for the Denaina natives who originally inhabited Anchorage, Fish Creek was known as Liq’aka Betnu, or ‘King Salmon Creek’ in their indigenous language. Jay Stange, vice president … Continue reading The Spenardian: Fish Creek Festival will focus on what connects us

For Last Frontier Magazine: Spenard: Then and Now

Originally published in Last Frontier Magazine How Anchorage’s disreputable playground became a hub for hipsters and artists. Between Downtown, Midtown and Turnagain, the Spenard neighborhood is and has  always been a unique part of Anchorage, built for the people. THEN Joe Spenard, a Canadian-born entrepreneur, came to Alaska in 1910. Originally looking to get into … Continue reading For Last Frontier Magazine: Spenard: Then and Now

The Spenardian: Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

Originally published in The Spenardian Whether you’ve seen her working at Anchorage Cycle or walking around the neighborhood taking photos of abandoned roadside fridges, you’ve probably seen Darcy Stein around Spenard. Photo courtesy of Darcy Stein.Stein, originally from New York, has called Alaska home for over five years. It was moving to Alaska and enrolling in a … Continue reading The Spenardian: Snapshots of Spenard: Local photographer shares her passion of film photography

The Spenardian: Duke

Originally published in The Spenardian You may recognize Duke Russell’s paintings if you’ve ever eaten at Spenard Roadhouse or perused Dos Manos. His work reflects the neighborhood of Spenard and beyond. “Even though we get the reputation of having prostitutes and nightclubs, Spenard divorce and all that, I want to correct that attitude and find … Continue reading The Spenardian: Duke

The Spenardian: Rocks, relatives and regalia: Neighborhood jewelry maker finds inspiration in family past

Originally published in The Spenardian Cleo Anderson has always been told she’s like her great-grandmother Jean. Granny Jean, as she knows her as, has been the key inspiration in Cleo’s new jewelry line Molly & Bella. The line made its trunk show debut last month at The Beauty Room, just down the street from Anderson’s home in Spenard. … Continue reading The Spenardian: Rocks, relatives and regalia: Neighborhood jewelry maker finds inspiration in family past