Tomorrow, June 6, is a day set aside in Homer each year to recognize a woman whose tireless efforts over decades largely shape Homer into the art- and music-appreciating community it is today.
Homer City Councilmember Caroline Venuti said Mary Epperson Day will honors the influence she had far and wide.
“Sometimes she's referred to as the 'Creative Heart of Homer.' She died in 2016, and she was the city clerk and treasurer for so many years. People, just, everybody just loved her. She founded the Homer Foundation, the Homer Council of the Arts and Kenai Peninsula Orchestra,” Venuti said. “She is someone that made her impact, and every day did something with just a cheery, 'Hello.' This would have been a difficult time for her because she would have had trouble with this social isolation, I think. But, she's missed and she's very important to our town. So I appreciate that mayor.”
Venuti made her comments at last week’s Homer City Council meeting where Mayor Ken Castner made the declaration of Mary Epperson Day.
Activities scheduled for Saturday include the Pioneer Avenue Art Walk, with classic works in the windows of participating businesses; a community mural is being compiled; musical performances submitted for the occasion will premiere at Homer Art dot org; and the cast of Pier One Theater will present mini performances along the Pratt Museum trails on Saturday form 2 to 4 p.m. Mary Eperson tote bags are also available at the Homer Council on the Arts Gallery where you can also take in Jay Wright’s “Abundant Wildlife” between 1 and 5 p.m.