We had a fast-paced but fun visit from Max’s band Nor’easter the beginning of February, coming to Fairbanks for the Contra Borealis Dancer‘s Winter Dance Weekend. Got all the siblings out to dance (Alex wins the stamina award) and Joan also joined for a concert at the College Coffeehouse. The band and Brattleboro, VT caller Rebecca Lay returned to the Northeast just in time for a real Nor’easter. You can listen to the band’s interview and music podcast on our public radio station KUAC’s website. We took everyone dog mushing and on a trip to Chena Hot Springs for a surreal soak surrounded by snow and ice following the weekend. Max managed to fit in time to visit with Grandma and Grandpa and take in Sunday sauna. Max’s brother Ben, now living and working in Anchorage for the Alaska Dept. of Transportation, got to host them for a couple of evening prior as a special contradance was arranged for the band and caller in Anchorage. We heard they rocked the hall. An awesome time was had by all.