Charlie Eshbach to present slides of Iditarod sled dog race Feb. 16, 21
HANCOCK -- Keweenaw photographer Charlie Eshbach will present "Bouncin' down the Iditarod
Trail" -- an up-close and personal slide show of the legendary Iditarod Sled Dog Race
running 1160 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska -- on two occasions open to the public
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, Eshbach will be the guest speaker at the
Sportsmen's Club monthly dinner meeting at the Calumet VFW Post, Highway 41 North and Larch
Street. A roast chicken and Baroni's Spaghetti dinner will be served. Hunters, fishers,
outdoor and conservation enthusiasts, both men and women, and the public are invited to
attend. For membership information, contact Mike Dudenas, 337-0347.
Eshbach will also show his slides and share his stories of the of the people behind the
scenes along the Iditarod at a Potluck Dinner Party, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.
21, at the Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy Street, Hancock. The slide presentation will
begin after the dinner, at 7 p.m. Members of the Copper Country Community Arts Council
invite the public to this potluck dinner and presentation. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on
21 by calling 482-2333.
|Jerry Riley, left -- an Athabaskan Indian who traps, hunts and fishes for his
subsistence -- and Charlie Eshbach pause after bedding down Jerry's team in
the 2004 Iditarod. "I met Jerry in Elim, an Eskimo village on Norton Sound," Eshbach said.
"I was working as a volunteer there while I waited for my friend, who was also running the
Iditarod. It was a cold, frosty morning in Elim, thirty below and a brisk wind. Getting to
know people like Jerry captures the true spirit of Alaska." (Photo ©
2006 Charlie Eshbach. Reprinted with permission.)
Running the Iditarod with friend Al Hardman gave him a reason to “hitchhike” through the
interior in the wintertime with his cameras, Eshbach noted.
Eshbach selected 17 photos from his collection of more than 2000 images of the Iditarod for
his exhibition, "Welcome to Koyuk: Portraits Along the Iditarod," now on display in the
Community Arts Center’s Kerredge Gallery through Feb. 25. Eshbach’s photojournalist
approach gives viewers a glimpse of the culture of the interior. His photos pay homage to
the many friends he has made who live in villages along the 1,160 mile long Alaskan sled dog
This exhibit and accompanying programs are made possible with a grant from the Michigan
Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. For more information call the Community Arts Center
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