Well, it’s that time of year again – get out your garters and shelve your razor because Rendezvous is upon us!
Shipyard’s Park is the central location for kid-friendly fun all weekend, plus there are snow sculptures. It is also the place where, under the tent, you’ll find dancers, drummers, singers and performers. The park will also be the place to be for dog-sledding, axe-throwing, log-splitting and Saturday night’s fireworks.
Events have been spread out across the town and into the bars as well. The saloons house the beard- and moustache-growing and hairy-leg competitions, among others.
This year’s Sourdough Sam will be knighted Friday at Mount McIntyre at 7:30 p.m. and the Rendezvous Queen will be crowned on Saturday at the Arts Centre. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.
For the full list of events, times and locations turn to page 45, 46 and 47.
Jazz it up!
If you’re stuck in Dawson City for this Rendezvous weekend, you may enjoy some jazz music. The David Friesen Trio is in concert at the KIAC Ballroom on Friday. Friesen makes the list of the top 20 bassists in the world for his skills on the upright. He will be joined by John Gross on tenor sax and Greg Goebel on the piano. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 at the door.
And the same guys will be in Whitehorse for Sunday night at the Yukon Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.
Copper Moon Chicks
To really escape the Rendezvous roar, head out to Copper Moon gallery for their Yukon Women in Music edition of the Moon Song Series. On Sunday, Barbara Chamberlin and Kate Weekes will rock it from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Good Ol’ Grooves
In the spirit of Rendezvous, the Gordie Tentrees Band will be playing at the Gold Pan Saloon on Friday and Saturday. The band includes a plethora of good ol’ sounds from the upright bass to the lap steel, banjo and, of course the regular guitar and drums. Both shows start at 8 p.m.
The sounds of women Rendezvous-ing will be coming from Burnt Toast Cafe on Friday and Saturday nights. Kim Beggs will be performing along with Sarah MacDougall and a few other guests. Both nights kick off at 7 p.m. and, while tickets are by donation, tables have to be reserved.
Dreadlocks to dance beats
Foxy’s Cabaret has been housing Rendezvous fun for a week already but will dedicate its stage to music for the weekend. The brotherly love that is the Root Sellers will be performing on Friday night in all its reggae-rap and dreadlocked wonder. And on Saturday night DJKJ will take over. Both nights will have lasers and fog – just a warning.
Read me a story…
The fourth and final edition of the Guild’s Friday Nights in February play readings is tonight. It will feature Betrayal by Harold Pinter. Director Celia McBride will also be reading, along with Leigh Gower and Michael Eden Reynolds. It starts at 8 p.m. with snacks served afterwards. $5 at the door.
Not a “play,” but just to play
The Guild is 30 years old. To celebrate, there will be a big birthday bash on Saturday night. There will be food, dancing, laughing and reminiscing – or so they promise. As well, DJ Jonny Gel will be in the house, with special guests. There will be a silent auction, Guild memorabilia and some of the 30-year history on the big screen. Tickets are $20 at the door or from Whitehorse Motors and the expected attire is “creative formal” … whatever that means.
The River Runner 100 take off from Shipyard’s Park on Saturday at 5 p.m. The 130-mile dogsled and skijor race runs from Whitehorse, to Mendenhall, back to Whitehorse. If you haven’t registered yet, head to www.dpsay.wordpress.com. But if you aren’t going to get pulled by a dog and don’t want to just stand around and watch, try volunteering – they are still looking for lots of people to help out.
Take a hike, Turkey!
While you may not want to brave the cold, and can’t afford to get out of town, you can still revel in the world of hiking through a Yukon Outdoors Club slideshow.
Hiking in Turkey, will be on display at Hellaby Hall on Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. The charge will be $3, plus it’s a potluck, so don’t forget your dish.