Kenai, Alaska  “Feast of the Last Frontier”
September 23 - October 1, 2018


Site Summary


Mark and Linda RothWe are Mark & Linda Roth, Jeff & Emily Kewin, and Dave Johnson, longtime Alaskans that have kept the feasts of the Lord for many years now and have decided to come together in the spirit of unifying the body of Messiah in our state. While we live 5 hours one way from each other and have different fellowships and differing backgrounds, we have decided to sponsor the first ever outdoor gathering for the Feast of Sukkot in Alaska. Our theme is “Come Let’s Go Up to the Mountain” in honor of our Great God and is symbolized by Alaska being home of the tallest mountain in North America right here in the Last Frontier!


We want to create an atmosphere of community and fellowship to really enjoy our time with each other.  As such, there are no special speakers planned, but we look forward to each person contributing the riches ourJeff and Emily Kewin Father has given them, with compassion and respect as we love our neighbor as ourselves. We will have daily dance workshops for Hebrew dance by our very own son, Jason Kewin.  Jason has led, choreographed, and taught dance at the Chandler, OK Sukkot, where our family has spent the Feast since 2006 when he was a teen. He even manages to get the men in the circle! (Mom brag here). The Bible says to bring an offering - even daily - and we see how that can be fulfilled in many ways: by sharing ideas, spiritual experiences, Bible study facts and inspirations, willing hands to help, watchful eyes, alert spirits. We would also like to bless the camp financially and help out with small work projects, as the Spirit leads and the need arises. Dave Johnson


We have some talented local people who do plan on  contributing some of their craft talents and sharing some of their skills. For instance, there is a fellow who I believe is going to teach those who are interested how to skin an animal.  We also have some superb fish filleters and hunters.  We plan on making some interesting lulav’s which will be from local materials, which we have done every year that we kept Sukkot in Alaska.

 

Location of Services and Accomodations


We have located and contracted with The Diamond M Resort Ranch in Kenai, Alaska to hold the event on their beautiful property and active ranch which offers full hook up RV sites, some cabins, bunkhouses and several multi-room suites, and tent sites. They offer private clean shower facilities and bathrooms, a Frisbee golf course, swings for the kids, farm tours with a bit of a petting “zoo” of goats/sheep, fish cleaning stations, and several large bonfire areas.  They are located just off of the Kenai River which has fishing, boating and many area Alaskan activities. 

 

We are renting a large tent for our worship and dance times along with group activities during the day should the weather become inclement.  This is Alaska, after all, which can become cool at this time of year along with perhaps a bit of rain. Alaskans are pretty casual about dress since this is the Last Frontier. Even though this is a “resort”, it is Alaskan style so hiking shoes, jeans, t-shirts and fleece is best on a daily basis. Shorts and tank tops just won’t work though we do dress in skirts for dance and Shabbat. (Some of us ladies even wear skirts over leggings if it is cold….hint hint)


Diamond M Ranch Resort
48500 Diamond M Ranch Road
Kenai, AK 99611
(907) 283-9424
http://www.diamondmranchresort.com/

   

They have offered our group a discount of 10% on all accommodations and 20% on RV sites.  Diamond M Ranch would like the discounted reservations to be made by August 1, 2018. Visit the Lodgings page to see what they have available and then call (907) 283-9424 to book. Remember to ask for either the Sukkot Group or Feast of the Last Frontier in order to get the discount.

 

RV Rentals:

Many Alaskans have an RV but it is common for summer visitors to rent RVs locally.  Here are those companies that we have contacted for possible rentals if you are interested. There are also many smaller companies and personal rental units available to be found with an internet search.  Since this is our first Sukkot of this type here in Alaska, we are not able to get group rates until perhaps a future year when we have a better idea of how many attendees could be renting RVs for this event.

 

 

Meals


The first evening we will offer classic Alaskan fare which will include salmon burgers, chips, and salad BBQ fashion. Our site does not have a kitchen/dining area per se but the Owners of Diamond M have an area where we can BBQ and gather on occasion. As such, we suggest you provide for breakfast and lunch for yourselves and plan on share-a-dishes throughout the feast as we make new friends and reconnect with old, contributing to the evening meal fellowship style, whether in small groups or all of us together. This is definitely an event where we can return to the old American way of borrowing a cup of sugar from our neighbor. There is a Walmart within a few miles of our site and also a full service Fred Meyer’s should you forget anything at home.


Service Opportunities


This is a 100% volunteer feast site – and we need your help to make the festival a success,  so if you could let us know a bit in advance of the skills you can share with our community of feastgoers, you will find a place of service! Just send an email to feastofthelastfrontier@gmail.com.

 

Registration and Contact Information


We are asking you to please register with us so we will know you are coming and can plan the activities. Please note we are not charging a registration fee for attending with us.  Donations will be received in a designated box and will be used for costs and expenses for Sukkot.  Those who come will pay for their own lodging through registering directly with Diamond M Resort.  Remember to make your reservations by August 1, 2018 to get the discounted rates. 

 

  1. Please make your reservations with Diamond M Ranch.
    Visit the Lodgings page to see what they have available and then call (907) 283-9424 to book. Remember to ask for either the sukkot group or feast of the last frontier in order to get the discount.
     
  2. Please register with us at this email feastofthelastfrontier@gmail.com. We ask that you include the following information:
     
    •  Name - first and last, for yourself and others in your party
    • Children in your party - and their ages
    • When you are arriving and leaving
    • What your lodging arrangements are
    • Your email - if it is different than the one you register with, so we can communicate additional information as it becomes available
    • Cell phone number - so we can contact you in camp

(Hint: copy and paste this list into your email and then just add your answers) Please also include pertinent information like handicaps or any special needs you might have. If we don’t personally know you, it would be nice if you would tell us a little about yourself.  

This is a volunteer feast site – and we need your help to make the festival a success so if you could let us know a bit in advance of the skills you can share with our community of feast goers, you will find place of service!

 


This Feast site sponsored by: Mark & Linda Roth, Jeff & Emily Kewin, and Dave Johnson