June is the craziest month. We are all in hyper overdrive with all the daylight. People mow their lawns at midnight, kids refuse to go bed, and plants grow up to look like body builders. This is the light at 4AM just a few days before Summer Solstice.
We drove out to McCarthy on May 31st. There are so many reasons I love it out here, but at the top of the list might just be the views. This is the Kennicott River.
This is McCarthy Creek just about a half block from our cabin.
This is the view on the other side of McCarthy Creek.
And here is what I see when I walk to mail.
Being in such an amazing landscape is darn good for the soul.
The first event of June was a community quilt block party for the amazing Ari. This kiddo is the best smiler.
Next up was an incredible evening of stand up performance by Monte Montepare a long time McCarthy resident and soon to be world famous performer. Here is Monte at Tall Tales in 2009.
Son number one opened for Monte at this summer’s event. Here he is.
And here is the crowd.
He did a great job, but I was so nervous, I forgot to take photos of Monte. What a night!
Meanwhile, my neighbors across the road, the Wrangell Mountains Center, were hosting the International Summer School in Glaciology . Thirty of the best glaciologists and their students convened for ten days just steps from my house. I have no idea how many languages were being spoken during the conversations, but it was a wild cacophany of icy words.
Then Mavis Muller, art activist and creator of ephemeral community art, wove a basket for a Solstice burning at the McCarthy Creek. It you can read and see more about the basket and our community engagement here. It is part of her year long project to Weave the Watersheds.
In addition to weaving baskets, Mavis also has a banner project. After the Valdez Oil Spill in 1989, Mavis began making banners and hanging them in relevant places—drawing our attention to the importance of conservation work. One of the banners made its way to the Root Glacier. Mavis and photographer Paul Scannell did a fly over to capture some incredible images of the banner on ice. Isn’t that wild?
Being that McCarthy is such a small town, there are lots of in the middle of the road conversations. They usually included a dog, a four wheeler, and local politics.
I having been reading in the evening. The quilters of the Santa Clara Quilt Association suggested the Masie Dobbs a post WWI female detective series. I am so glad I listened to their advice.These books are great summer readinig.
In the cracks between all this business, I am doing three things. I am stitching away in my little solar powered studio.
Making bits and more bits. Every day I try and log up to four hours of sewing.
And of course, there is also Project Every Day. I am currently at Day 184 which puts me over the half way mark. Too bad the first 100 days were shot in an inadequate location!
Here is the back story on that project in case you some how missed it. You can also follow along on Instagram where I try and post daily. I also do a weekly documentation of the project on my website. Basically, if you are interested in making any of the garments, this is the place where I will be listing the pattern, fabric, etc…
And I am writing a book. Slowly but surely. The writing is easy the formatting is hard.
And that folks is the story of June 2016. What have you been stitching, reading, and doing this summer? I’d love hear your stories.