Want to experience a little piece of rustic, old-timey Ketchikan? Head to the Main Street Gallery at 7 p.m. every second Friday of the month for a night of square dancing. Popular year-round (but especially in the summer), this is a great way to socialize like the pioneers did 100 years ago. Never square danced before? No worries. The regular dancers are a friendly, inclusive crew, ready to teach you how it’s done. Even if you don’t have a partner, you’ll likely be hard-pressed to get a rest from the dance floor. But when you are taking a break, be sure not to miss the whiskey brownies.
Local Holly Kenoyer’s first-rate calling, accompanied by live music from local bluegrass band The Free Radicals (made up of a quirky mishmash of a carpenter, fishing guide, surgeon, college professor, and retired teacher), keeps each dance moving along. If you’re not a regular square dancer, you won’t be lost for long; Holly teaches the steps first and then hollers directions so you can keep in step. But even if you miss a beat, it’s more than easy to hop right back in.
This event is open to all ages, so don’t be afraid to bring either your 90-year-old grandmother or your six-year-old son.