Our family is music-crazy, especially the type that involves lots of rhythm. Perhaps it is my Scottish husband's obsession with the bagpipes. At any rate, even our 4 year-old is drawn to music with an interest not often seen in one so young. So when we saw a flyer for the World Music Festival at the Alaska Native Heritage Center this weekend, we marked it down in ink on the calendar.
Since we visit the Center only in the summer (like most folks) when the tourist season is high and scheduled activities are more likely to be going on, the idea of an event for residents is appealing. The Heritage Center's event, held on their 26-acre campus in northeast Anchorage, (next to Bartlett High School) starts at 10 a.m. October 18th and runs until 5 p.m. And, here's the best part; its FREE, thanks to Target.
An eclectic gathering of musical styles will be featured on Saturday; everything from an aboriginal dance troupe from New Zealand to a singer from Cuba, and a smattering of everything in between. What I appreciate is the scope of diversity at the event; no limits to culture or ethnic group, so taking your kids to such an event can only expand their musical horizons. While you are there, participate as much as you can. Dance a little, beat a drum, sing a song. The Alaska Native culture encourages dancing by everyone; that's part of the fun. Kids certainly aren't shy, why should we be? For a complete schedule of acts, visit the Center's Web site.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a non-profit, educational and cultural institution for all Alaskans. The Center offers year-round workshops, tours, and educational experiences for its visitors. During the busy summer months, hours are more reliable; in the off-season, hours can vary, so if you choose to visit another time, call ahead. Fees, too, are a bit different for we Alaskans. While out-of-towners have to pay upwards of $20 to enter the museum, Alaskan adults can get in for a cool $9.95. Kids ages 7-16 are $6.95, and little ones 6 and under are free. Not too bad.