Guide to Gemstone Jewelry Buying

Black Tahiti Pearl Diamond RingPhoto Credit: Pearl Hours

There are many different beautiful gemstones that can be found all over the earth and they are mainly mined, polished and used for jewelry settings. Gemstone jewelry is actually one of the most popular choices of both men and women because it provides a myriad of wonderful style and color combination. These are some of the things learned while looking at diamond rings St George a few weeks ago with my girlfriend.

Though gemstone jewelries are highly popular for their beauty and elegance, some people opt to wear them because of the perceived therapeutic healing capabilities. In order to help you through the process of gemstone purchasing, I have compiled a gemstone jewelry buying guide.

Gemstones’ Healing Properties

It has been established that gemstones are not for display alone, they have properties that make them useful for treating some illnesses. Most gemstones are in therapy, where the healing method employs the distinctive properties intrinsic in each gemstone to help focus the healing powers of the body. People from centuries ago have used gemstones to treat emotional maladies, chronic illnesses and mental complaints.

Here is a list of gemstones and the healing properties perceived that they have:

·       Diamond is the hardest natural element on earth and it is also known as the master healer among all gemstones. According to lore diamond is a particularly powerful stone, and it works by removing blockages and all negative emotions.

·       Amethyst, the purple semi-precious gemstone is popular as a spiritual stone and is commonly used for medication and general healing. There are people who put amethyst stone under their pillows at night to inspire good and positive dreams.

·       Emerald, the bright green and beautiful precious gemstone is said to have the ability to help improve a person’s memory and intellect. Additionally, emerald is reported to have other healing abilities like; promoting beeper sleeping habits thus relieving insomnia, and acting as an emotional balancer that assists in releasing of emotionally based distress and trauma.

·       Sapphire is known as the devotional stone. It provides calming effect for people suffering from constant nervousness. Sapphire is considered too as the gemstone for love and friendship, and it effectively attracts good vibes. Wearing sapphire is believed to help enhance one’s faith, belief, peace of mind and imagination.

·       Ruby, that deep red beauty is a transparent gemstone believed by many people as instrumental in increasing energy levels as well as divinity. Additionally, ruby is said to alleviate anxiety, lifts the spirits and enhances a person’s confidence, courage, energy, intuition and spiritual wisdom.

Gemstone Jewelry Buying Guide in Choosing between Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

What makes a stone precious? It is the rarity that distinguishes precious from semi-precious tones. Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rare stones therefore considered as precious. The rest therefore are semi precious stones.

When purchasing gemstones, it is therefore important to decide if you want to own a jewelry piece incorporated with precious or semi precious stone. At the end of the day, the difference will not be only with they type of stone you have but also the amount you have paid.

If you are not sure about certain things, do not be shy to ask. It is better to have the knowledge than go home with a purchase that you will regret later.

Pearl Buying Tips When Traveling

P for purity and P for pearl; it has been fascinated to be the most simple but intriguing of all the gems. It is a common knowledge that pearls are made in the womb of oysters and then harvested from there to make modest jewelry designs. However, this process takes its own time and hence as a substitute to their natural availability, pearl is also cultured.  It’s this kind of information that came in handy last month at a St George jeweler, where we had traveled to find the perfect pearl. We will elaborate this later after knowing the basics about its natural formation.

pearlsPhoto Credit: 2roxfox de~LuXe

Natural Pearls

Pearls are considered the simplest gems of all with no intricate cuttings, etc. However, the process of formation of a single pearl naturally is very complicated. Once a piece of sand enters the oyster layers of “nacre” a semi-translucent material is deposited on the sand. It takes considerable number of years for this deposition process to create a round pearl of fair size. Hence, natural pearls are rarely available and very expensive too.

Cultured Pearls

Most of the jewelers use “Cultured” or “Natural” adjectives for their pearl jewelry interchangeably. However few are aware of the real difference between the two. With the ever increasing demand of perfect round pearls for jewelry and moderate size of pearls, in the beginning of twentieth century, technique to develop pearls synthetically was introduced. So now typically most of the pearls in jewelry are cultured. It is essential to know this difference.

With this essential background, let me elaborate the various types of pearls based on their sizes, shapes and colors available.

Pearl Types

Based on the growing scenarios, mollusk formation, harvesting process among others, pearls are classified into following varieties:

1. Akoya – these pearls have the perfect round shape besides their metallic fame and high luster. They are available in classic white color and also dyed black one.

2. South Sea – these are the priciest cultured pearls with large size availability, invariably from 9 -18mm. They come in shiny silver and gorgeous golden colors.

3. Tahitian – With size varying from 8 to 16 mm, these are the naturally available pearls in black. The color ranges from silver to deep green with peacock colors that are in huge demand. Their shapes are almost round.

4. Freshwater – these pearls come in huge numbers but low to mediocre quality. Still, these are the pearls of choice for most jewelers. With advanced techniques, the Gem Grade pearls under freshwater pearls have beaten the Akoya’s Hanadama grade’s quality whereas the South Sea’s size. They are available in large number of hues like lavender, pink, peach, purple, bright white and more.

5. Cortez – these pearls exist in a wide range of colors which also comprises of the black shimmering pearl.

6. Mabe – these pearls are known for the impressive luster they have.

With such a huge range to choose from, pearls become an exquisite possession. Just decide the occasion and your attire to adorn with the best colored pearl strand. From peppy pinkish shades to classic royal white, you have them all to flatter you! Beautify yourself with these beautiful gems. So if you plan on doing any traveling to find the right pearl, follow these tips to ensure you get what you’re after.

How to Avoid Travel Sickness

Travel sickness is very common especially for kids, but there are also adults who suffer from such conditions due to certain circumstances. Usually if you are not well there is a big tendency that you will get sicker if you travel. That is why it is recommended to stay home when you are sick. I had to experience this when I had a St George hotel room, where the travel sickness overtook me.

sandstone rain puddlePhoto Credit: Raymond Shobe

Eating heavy meals before a flight, train ride or a long road trip can also cause motion sickness. In order to prevent this, it is better if you can consume only small amounts of food prior to your departure. Dry crackers are good especially if you really get sick during any kind of traveling.

In scientific explanation, travel sickness happens when there are rhythmic small movements which confuse the brain. The brain will find it hard to decipher the mixed messages. During this brain confusion stage, the eyes tell one thing regarding the body’s position, while the inner part of the ear is saying something else. This situation results in nausea, which might cause heavy sweating and vomiting.

During traveling, it is actually not just motion that always triggers the sickness. Sometimes certain smells or fragrances make people sick; there are people who can’t stand the smell of petrol.

The following are some tips on how to avoid travel sickness in different circumstances:

Road Trip

For long road trips and you have children traveling with you, it is best if you can keep them occupied during the drive in order to keep their minds off from being dizzy. Also you have to make sure that the vehicle is well-ventilated.

Avoid (if possible) repeated acceleration and slowing down; these will be recurring motions that can trigger the dizziness. It is also advisable to take regular stops to get some fresh air during long car journeys.

Sea Traveling

During sea traveling a lot of people really do get sick, especially when the sea is not calm. It is always good to get as much fresh air as you can and to stay away from the smells of galley foods and fuel fumes.

It is better if you can just sit tight or lie down and try to get some sleep. But if this is impossible and you want to go on deck, just try not to watch the waves and focus more on something that is not moving or the horizon.

Plane Ride

If you get sick during plane rides, it is best if you can ask for a seat over the wing, which is the most stable part of the plane during flights. Be sure to tilt your seat back for comfort and rest you head on the headrest and try to close your eyes. Listen to some music to take your mind off feeling sick. Do not look out the window and try not to look around the plane so much.

Here are some general tips on how to avoid travel sickness:

·       Do not take alcohol and heavy meals prior to departure

·       Always try to keep still and close your eyes

·       Take anti-sickness medications an hour before you go

If you know that you or someone who is going with you is going to be sick on your journey, it is best if you can take the heed some of the given recommendations. Motion sickness is preventable, but it is always better to be prepared for emergencies.

Traveling Alone! What’s on your Mind?

Traveling alone is an exciting thing to do. Though it is not for everybody, it can also be a good change of path for different types of people. Usually, when we think of solo travelers, we think of them as the adventurous ones; those that like to be challenged.  Therefore if you are a shy person you may not think of going solo. But if you aren’t then keep reading, as I just got back from a solo trip at a hotel in St George Utah where I had a blast.

View from the hills near my parents' home in UtahPhoto Credit: Raymond Shobe

Solo travelling though is not for the gregarious people alone, even if you are not the outdoorsy type, you can still enjoy a solo trip once in awhile. All you need is a little confidence and some brains to be able to embark on a trip on your own.

You can actually travel alone in silent if all you want is a little relaxation and you can also be socially active while on your tour if you want to meet new people and experience some new adventures.

For Silent Solo Travelers

Pick place where solitude is highly respected. Relaxation vacations simply mean that you have no intention of spending a lot of time wandering to and fro with a map and a dictionary. It is therefore recommended to stay at an all-inclusive hotel. You can also pick a beach resort if all you want to do is to just bask in the sun with a good book and a nice cold drink. There are also hotels that offer all the relaxation treats that you need. You can book for a complete spa and massage treatment and come home extremely rejuvenated. These kinds of vacations are ideal for solo travelers because there is nothing better than being your own company if you want to be stress-free.

In case you want to go out of your hotel room and see some sights, it is best if you can go to places where you are not very likely to be disturbed. Go to museums, parks and galleries. If you have to go with a group during a tour, and you do not to be interactive, then simply smile when someone tries to talk to you and do not encourage long conversation by simply not chatting back.

For More Adventurous Solo Travelers

If you are in an adventurous mood, then you will require a little more planning than picking up a hotel accommodation and booking for group tours. What you need is to find a destination that offers everything from great nightlife, to exciting activities, and thrilling adventures.

A solo traveler who wants to be socially active during his/her vacation is one who should be open to new possibilities. To start with, you have to know the kinds of activities you can do at a specific destination therefore you can also pick what’s best for you. Or you can also simply roam around the new place and see what fate will bring to you.

Going solo is also a good time for exploration. The beauty of having no company is that all the things you will see will have their own meanings to you. Your discoveries will be all your own, your conclusions will not be tampered by another person’s opinion. In other words, you see, you enjoy, you fail and you succeed on your own.

Springdale Utah, Your Zion Park Lodging Solution.

Deep in the South-eastern part of Utah, around the borders of Zion National Park lies Springdale, a small community which originally depended on agricultural activities. However, they have managed to successfully evolved with time, and providing recreational and lodging facilities to the thousands of tourists and visitors who anchor in their town when on a recreational trip to one of the many recreational sites in Southern Utah. Nowadays however, Springdale has developed from being a main lodging camp for the tourists who visit Utah, to being a tourist attraction in itself. Though Springdale town has been tweaked to suite the requirements of the today’s visitors to it, the “small town” scenario and cultures created by the ancestors who lived there in the 1800s is still very much preserved and clearly visible, which gives Springdale town an exceptional and welcoming environment filled with excitement, comfort and warmth. So this is a great place if you need a group hotel rates for your company or business.

Kolob CanyonsPhoto Credit: Isaac Borrego

Springdale is safely enclosed by the mountain-like cliffs of Zion National Park and this location coupled with hospitable facilities offered to the visitors of the park has earned Springdale the title of the Gate of Zion National Park. Springdale town hosts some of Utah’s best lodging and recreational facilities around the Zion National park. It has a series of hotels, motels, restaurants, and bed and breakfast facilities. At Springdale, it is possible to rent all the gear needed for your hiking, camping, and biking expedition into Zion National Park.

Springdale town is always glowing with a variety of fun activities and festivals that seems never to burnout. A visit to Springdale at any time of the year is more of a guaranteed ticket to a fun park filled with intriguing adventures and bright festivities. Some of the interesting festivals you can catch at Springdale include the famous Zion Flute and Drum Festival, where you can encounter some of the world’s best native-style flute makers and artist who canonize the occasion by bringing along their magical flutes for you to try out and buy. The Flute and Drum Festival is an opportunity to enjoy beautiful pieces of melody from a variety of talented artists within the confines of a beautiful natural environment, in the OC Tanner amphitheatre. Independence day, 4th of July brings with it a colourful scenario which begins with a pancake breakfast and a host of other fun community activities. Watch out for the spectacular annual Elvis Extravaganza which draws people from far and near into the Springdale community town hall, to have an enjoyable moment with Elvis, in the company of good music.

It is also possible to enjoy exciting horseback riding trips, ATV riding and Jeep tours in Springdale. You can venture into the canyons of Zion National Park either on horse back with an ATV, through challenging terrains while at the same time enjoying the cold breeze on your face as you speed though the beautiful environment in and around Springdale. The Jeep tours offer a brilliant and less tiring adventure in and around Springdale, with the opportunity to study the history of the town. There is always something interesting for adults and kids alike in Springdale town, with beautiful lodging facilities for visitors who come to visit.

Silverking Alaska Activities

Ketchikan, Alaska is a one-of-a-kind community in Alaska, having a rich historic and scenic wonders proven by numerous activities held all throughout the year, as well as the museums showcasing the artworks it has in store, found in Tongass Historical Museum, Dolly’s House, Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center, and Art and Craft Galleries and Shop, among others. Often when we think of Alaska we think of Alaska fishing lodges, which are spectacular but there is so much more.

Silverking Alaska fishing lodgePhoto Credit:Woody Hibbard

The Ketchikan Area of Arts and Humanities Council, having over fifty years of experience, continuously improve the flow of art in every and all forms. It serves as the link of the entire arts and humanities event. Among the events active within the whole year filling the hunger of visual and performing arts is the First City Players. It is the oldest acting guild in Ketchikan, which runs a full season of productions of various themes including comedy, drama, children’s productions, and the like. It also conducts a First City Player’s annual Cabaret and Jazz Festival for amateur musicians who are to be tutored by visiting New York City jazz professionals, with a full weekend’s worth of performances.

Another is the premier dance school of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Theater Ballet, which has over two hundred students and two major dance shows each year. It is dedicated in training dancers to be best in the classical technique and contemporary styles.

An additional event that should not be missed is the Wearable Art Show, which takes place every February in Ketchikan. Anyone with a modicum of fashion sense and some fabric can prance their stuff along the runway.

These are only some of the events that truly enriches the art and culture of Ketchikan. No matter what you are looking for in the arts, Ketchikan has surely has it. It is an area that has been enriched by various cultures for years, making it an implausible channel for both professional and amateur artists. Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about.

Guide For Luxury & Budget Hotels

Cedar is one of the most popular areas of Valencia to go for a drink or tapas.

Cedar is one of the most popular areas of Valencia to go for a drink or tapas. It belongs to the district known as the Garden City. Its proximity to the University of Valencia makes it a busy area of students and young people, who fill the bars and virtually all week and especially from Thursday, thus known as university Thursday.

This area of Valencia is organized around a main square, Plaza del Cedro, around which are local in which different take from a coffee or a beer to dining out, going to rock concerts or listen live indie music until almost dawn. Other areas close with a very similar are the square and the square Xuquer Honduras.

So if you like tapas, the Cedar is one of the most outstanding areas of Valencia. Here is the popular restaurant La Lobera, known for its tapas menu accompanied by beer and sangria. Other popular bars in the area are the corner of Cedar Row Winery, Brewery or Bodegueta Fair.

If you want tapas in the Cedar, you also want to know the path Cover Time, a tour of several local Cedro where, by requesting fifth beer, they serve you a free cover. Cover Route Time takes place every Wednesday from 20 to 23:30 h. The premises involved are: Café Lola, Little Sin, The Lovera and Fraggle Rock.
Exit at Cedar

And if you fancy tapas after a drink or party, the Cedar is also a perfect area to hear good music. There are some outlets such as the Murderer or screw, which usually put rock music. But Cedar is known for its vintage aesthetic pubs and indie music. In many of them will have the opportunity to hear live music also. How about a drink at Cafe Colors and then enter the Wah Wah, Matisse or The Velvet?

The most popular:

Wah Wah
The Velvet
Mini club

Hotel in Cedar City UtahPhoto Credit:Alwyn Ladell

The abbey inn hotel, located in Cedar City Utah, is a Renaissance-inspired mansion, similar to Italy’s Tuscan villas and surrounded by a large garden of ancient cedars.
The hotel is divided into two properties: the bungalows and the palace. The hotel also offers customers other services: meeting rooms, private dining rooms, bar and restaurant English summer terrace.

An Ideal Holiday Destination

The background of the island had were rather poor, only knew that it is the embarkation point of the salt mined in Black Warrior and has two large villages. My immediate destination was El Morro, whose springs have made Cedros Island the third busiest port in the country (and first in the Pacific Coast) for their cargo. Seven million tons of salt left here only in 1998. Rigoberto Cardenas, who had the favor of showing the docks, took me to see another amazing spectacle: dozens of sea lions dozing quietly in the main spring brackets, each being used as pillows.


I was excited the same with animals than with his own carelessness, however the port and our presence hustle a few steps. After the port area saw some of El Morro, a town brand for its cleanliness and modernity (at least when compared to the Cedars village, 9 km to the north) which has a beautiful church. The next day was designed to reverse the island’s boat Catarino Martinez. Don Catarino is without doubt one of the main attractions of the island. With half a century of experience as a diver and fisherman, no one knows those seas like him. In the forties started using still underwater scuba dives, and decades later accompanied the famous Ramon Bravo to film killer whales roamed the coast of Cedros. So that Thursday hoped that live hour sea wolf, but the fog prevented.



Unable to make the excursion I was in what is properly known as Cedros, the largest settlement on the island. It is a fishing village that grew up without any planning. The ruins of a fish packing plant and several abandoned houses talk about that not long ago lived better times. Cedros is a relatively young town. It was founded by fishermen in 1922. Initially working for one of the companies of Abelardo L. Rodriguez, president of Mexico from 1932 to 1934. Later they did for the Japanese and some Mexican firms and most recently for the National Fishermen Cooperative Abalone Baja California.


Previously there were many who knew and inhabited the island, starting with the Indians. Covarrubias Hiram Professor Wilkes, which is how the local authority in history, told me that there are several sites with traces of their former camps. The Jesuits who explored and evangelized the Baja California noted in the eighteenth century the name the Indians gave to the island: something like “Huamalguá” which appropriately enough means “Nebula”. In 1540, the expedition of Francisco de Ulloa, sent by Hernán Cortés, discovered and took possession of this piece of California land. With the wisdom to put names to the bold explorers flaunted Hispanics, this island rich in pine, oak, juniper, torotes and many trees, but not cedars, given its current name. For some unknown reason, in the two centuries after the name was corrupted to “Island of Hills” (much more suitable than the original), and then by another equally obscure reason, recovered the previous name. On Friday he hoped to clear dawn climb to the central mountain ranges and meet its strange forests.


Package deals in cedar city is among the two most important elevations of the island, Cerro de Cedros, in the south-central and Pico Gill, north, these forests are famous with two endemic species of pine (Pinus radiata var. Cedrosensis ) and another of oak (Quercus cedrosensis). After a kind invitation of Rigo, decided to go on a dirt truck which runs south and west of the island. We were accompanied on the tour two salineros: Orlando and Javier. The first kilometers of the southern coast, which the locals call El Playon, were encouraging. A clearing in the endless clouds cream revealed a beautiful blue sky framed by a rainbow. But as we lined the west the sky turned as opaque as my expectations. Hardly the fog we would see beyond our noses.


Indeed, once we got to the west coast and try to climb the slopes of the mountain range the problems started. Clouds hid up the hills more dwarf and a thin and persistent drizzle made me feel, cold as raw as the worst in the city of Mexico. To make matters worse, the rain became muddy the gap through which wanted to climb, and the van slid over and over again. After months of absolute dryness Cedros Island was rainfall (and touched just me). For comfort, Rigo, plotted Javier Orlando and visit the southern fishing grounds. We first Wayle field that has a tiny beach where a boat can only simultaneously. Hence fishermen took us to St. Augustine, in the southwest corner of the island. St. Augustine, rather than visit, worth living. If it exists in the world a typical fishing village, this is St. Augustine. Then began lobster season and local fishermen have laudable custom of inviting the visitors the crustacean in unlimited amount. The only condition is that the host put it prepares its own. There were dozens of lobsters struggling vainly to get out of the bags and boxes.


A medium ship approached San Agustin and fishermen ran to the boats: it was Maria del Carmen, Abalone National Fishermen, which had for its lobsters. I followed, and in a flash we were in the water. Fishermen have lobster traps, abundant there as in few places in the world. Daily live lobsters collected and enclosed in wooden crates floating tied to each other. At that point they rush to pick up the boxes and take them to Maria del Carmen, next to queuing to deliver. On the boat, other drawers hoisted cooperative and its load-tabilizan. Verified with a rare form of rule in C that are adult animals are smaller if the water returning to the chagrin of fishermen. But the proper size in other drawers throw them where someone else checks the weight.


Cedar Hotel, Plate 3Photo Credit:Thomas Hawk

When the task is completed the ship returns to the town of Cedros, where the locusts are driven to the airport and then continue its long journey first to Ensenada, BC, then to San Diego, in Alta California and from there, who knows! On Saturday, my last day on the island, another attempt boat excursion with Don Catarino was again canceled by the morning mist. However, hours later the miracle happened: at noon, a bright sun lit the airport of El Morro. The route we followed the coast of Cedros Island, first south and then west to the north. The beauty of this piece of sun-drenched Mexico offset all the troubles of the week. There was first of Jerusalem, the eastern district of El Morro, sociable and tidy. Then he saw the stunning contrast of an emerald sea with sandy soil in El Playon. In the west, we could see the plain interrupted by dry beds of several streams.


Hundreds of meters beyond the Pico Gill, clarity allowed us to see another hill crowned by the same forest I wanted to know the day before and could not. It was a tiny grove with many fallen trees, but sturdy foliage. Clouds clawed its shores in the west, but once we crossed the island toward the bay Sebastian Vizcaino discovered the shiny bald skirt of the hill. In that area we draw several circles over the mountains, the coast and the sea.

Alaska’s Rich Culture

Ketchikan Alaska fog and activitiesPhoto Credit:Bob Canepa

Alaska offers so many activities that can be done, besides fishing. Look no further than in Ketchikan, Alaska, which has the Tongass Historical Museum, Dolly’s House, Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center, and Art and Craft Galleries and Shop.

Ketchikan, Alaska is one of the most artistic places in the world proved by having the world’s greatest collection of totem poles and native art found at Saxman Village. There is also the Totem Bright State Park wherein more poles may be found and a recreated “Long House” in a beautiful forest setting is located.

The Ketchikan Alaska activities extent beyond fishing into a place with rich culture, history, and scenic places. It is a superb place to be visited by both professional and amateur artists, as it has been enriched by various cultures for years. It takes take pride in the quality and quantity of art festivals and productions there is to offer, such as the First City Players which showcases different themes for production including drama, comedy, and the like. Every February, the Wearable Art Show is conducted wherein every person with a great fashion sense can strut their stuff in the catwalk. Another event is conducted by the Ketchikan Theater Ballet which train dancers in the classical technique and contemporary style for over 30 years. K.T.B. is Ketchikan’s premiere dance school, having two hundred students and two major dance shows each year. It provides year round concerts which keeps the art-feel in the whole Ketchikan for a full year. All these are taken care of by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, having over fifty years of experience. It is the bond of the entire arts and humanities event, such as the Blueberry Arts Festival, among others.

The success of Ketchikan, Alaska will not be possible without the voluntary help every person in the city gives with each other. They themselves continuously improve the arts by sharing creative processes, designs, as well as accomplishments with each other. This is among the many aspects in which we can be proud of.

Ketchikan Alaska Activities

Totem PolesPhoto Credit:NinaZed

Alaska is well-known for the great fishing experience it offers, but there are a lot more activities in store, most especially in Ketchikan, Alaska. Ketchikan is an Alaskan community with the largest population in the State. It is also well-known for having the world’s greatest collection of totem poles and native art, some of which can be found at Saxman Village. Totem Bright State Park in which more poles may be found and recreated the “Long House” in a forest setting, is located. Aside from that, Ketchikan is also a place with rich culture, history, and scenic places. Some of the other activities in Ketchikan that may be done are:

  • Tongass Historical Museum
  • Dolly’s House
  • Saxman Totem Park
  • Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center
  • Art and Craft Galleries and Shop

The Arts

Everyone in Ketchikan helps in continuously honing and improving the arts by humbly sharing creative processes, designs, as well as accomplishments with each other. The world’s top crafters also reside here, adding to Ketchikan’s rich burgeoning arts scene. This is among the many aspects in which we can be proud of.

 Venues, exhibits, and productions shine proudly with a local flare such as the Wearable Art Show during February, wherein anyone with a great fashion sense can parade their work along the runway. Ketchikan, Alaska is also a prosperous source of top quality art in any and all forms, most especially in the aspect of visual and performing arts. Every year starts with an American musical showed by the oldest acting guild in Ketchikan, the First City Players. The Players also conduct an annual Cabaret and Jazz Festival, wherein new aspiring and incoming musicians are trained by New York City jazz professionals. The rest of the season features other kinds of themes in production features such as drama, dinner theater, children’s production, and comedies.

 There is also the 30-year-existing Ketchikan Theater Ballet which train dancers in the classical technique and contemporary style. Over two hundred students and two major dance shows each year, the K.T.B. is Ketchikan’s premiere dance school. The Ketchikan Community Band keeps local amateur events flowing, with year round concerts. On the other hand, The Gigglefeet Dance Festival features local dancers and dance choreographers. Big audiences come out for dances performed in every style imaginable, from modern to traditional Alaska Native dance, to ballet and beyond. With over fifty years of experience, Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council takes care of all activities related to the arts such as the aforementioned. It is the connection of all the year-round arts and humanities event, such as the Blueberry Arts Festival held annually during August.

 Ketchikan is a fantastic outlet for both professional and amateur artists, being an area that has been enriched by various cultures for years. It takes take pride in the quality and quantity of art festivals and productions there is to offer. Whatever you are looking for in the arts, Ketchikan has everything. Interested in other activities?