We piled into Cap’n J’s Subaru yesterday – he, me, his sister Ashley, and our buddy Mikey – to make the five hour drive down. The miles flew by as we recounted favorite performances and wondered what new material folks would share. Reunion excitement replaced last year’s greenhorn uncertainty. We’ve been looking forward to this all year – as veteran performer Rob Seitz said at last night’s welcome dinner, “pretty much since the last weekend of February last year.”
Speaking of that welcome dinner, Joel “I’m not the writer, I’m just here to support her” Brady-Power took the mic with a poem about his fisherboy-to-fisherman journey. Even among such a supportive crowd, it takes a lot of courage to get up there. He did a great job. (There might even be a video in a future Hooked post…) I’m super-proud of him; please join me in giving him some kudos.
I’m having a quiet moment at the Danish Maid Bakery right now, trying to quell the stomach jitters already building for tonight’s reading. (Because caffeine and sugar are great ingredients for calm…) It’s a ways away yet: 6:30 at the Wet Dog, squeezed between highliners Geno Leech and Rob. If you’re there, be sure to say hello.
Even if you’re not with us in person, thanks to Astoria’s KMUN Coast Radio you can catch the Astoria Events Center performances wherever you are. They’re live-streaming tonight’s and tomorrow’s shows, 6 – 10 pm PST. There’s a fantastic line-up at the Events Center – some of my favorites – and Southeast fleet elders won’t want to miss the Fisher Poets tribute to Harrison “Smitty” Smith, on Saturday night at 6:30. Tune in here.
Also, a couple of us female fisherfolks with be on the radio in a couple hours. Listen here, Friday afternoon at 3:30.
Whether you’re here in person or catching the live-stream, I’d love to hear who you heard and what you thought.
Great big thanks to Coast Radio for making these performances available to folks who can’t be here in person, and for being such a loyal FPG supporter. The number of folks who make this event possible is staggering and humbling; gratitude to all.
A second generation troller/longliner who began fishing out of Sitka at age seven, Tele Aadsen takes us along for the season - both here at AKW, and on her blog, Hooked.