In 2022 and 2023, we hosted Juneau-based songwriter and storyteller Annie Bartholomew at Sea Pony Farm. Annie visited Lisianski Inlet to work on her music and prepare for recording her 2023 album Sisters of White Chapel. Her beautiful voice, playing, and lyrics echoed throughout the forests and waters of K’udeis’x̱'e, but also at concerts held for local residents at the Lisianski Inlet Cafe, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Pelican General, and for students in Pelican School.

Annie playing at Pelican General (Lione Clare)

Through retreats like Annie’s, Sitka Conservation Society is connecting artists to places where they can not only find inspiration, but also support our mission through their work. Eric and Pam were musicians who loved folk music, we are honored to host Annie at this property and continue the tradition of folk music in rural fishing communities across Southeast Alaska. Says Annie, “I found my time there so inspiring and I'd really love to get to know the community of Pelican better. I would love to come back, and have ideas for bringing more musicians out there.”

Annie teaching and playing at Pelican School (Lione Clare)

We’re looking forward to bringing Annie to the property again in the near future. If you want to sponsor Annie or a future creative retreat at this property, donations can be made to SCS and our Living Wilderness Fund endowment. If you have questions or want to learn more about how you can support this project, contact [email protected].

Interested in supporting an artist at our creative retreat? You can donate here

To support Annie's work, you can purchase a copy of her new album Sisters of the White Chapel here.