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Turnagain Times Tidbits

Turnagain Times Tidbits

By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette

Now that Turnagain Times has passed into the annals of history, it’s appropriate to look back at its 20-year past after its final issue was published Nov. 3, 2017. The following excerpt is from Turnagain Times Vol. 1, No. 5, published Aug. 6, 1998 as a short article on page 11 written by Loverne Burcee.

Herman ‘the German’ Visits Girdwood (Part 2)
The ‘good old days were relived at a celebration in their honor at the Von Imhof home. It was a pleasant, balmy evening, the magnificent flowers in Nina’s garden displayed in all of their colorful splendor to greet the arriving guests. Among them, Dick and Patti Garvin, who drove down from Anchorage town; Dan and Vicki Zantek, “Polka Dan” brought his fabulous concertina! John and Kathy Trautner with friends from Switzerland. John had his garbage can bass in tow!
A gourmet dinner was prepared by Jeannie Redmond. Chris tended the bar and bratwurst.
Everyone danced up a storm! Polka Dan never sounded better, and John’s bass “best in the west.” Chris tried his hand at the bass, and Eddie Gendzwill observed “that garbage can was played like never before.”

Marc Donadieu / Glacier City Gazette
Polka Dan Zantek plays the concertina, and John Trautner plays the Girdwood bass during Oktoberfest at the Sitzmark in 2017.