The Native Musicale, a Fur Rendezvous staple since the 1960s, got underway on Monday night with the first of six nights of gospel and hymn singers from around Alaska. The Rondy court was on hand and a number of craft tables were set up in the lobby of ChangePoint church. The sponsoring group, the Anchorage Native New Life Fellowship kicked things off with favorites like "I Love to Tell the Story," with many in the big crowd joining in.
This year's Musicale had been announced as going Monday through Friday, Feb. 24-28. But the program carried the news that it will also take place on Monday, March 3.
Singing starts nightly at 7 p.m. and wraps up promptly at 10 p.m. Before each night's event, starting at 6:30 p.m., there's a "Parka Parade"). All performances take place at the ChangePoint Auditorium, 6689 Changepoint Dr., near Minnesota and Raspberry. Admission is free.
Tuesday's lineup includes soloists and groups from Point Hope, Manakotak, Noorvik, Bethel, Kwigilingok, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Nome, Sand Point and elsewhere.
By MIKE DUNHAM