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Wheels on Ice is a series of readings, songs and multimedia about the history of the bicycle and the role that it played in the Klondike Gold Rush.

Created by Grant Simpson Productions

Based on personal accounts of wheelmen who took their bikes on epic trips during harsh Yukon winters with only the most basic of comforts.

Week 1 (August 8)

Guest Singer: Elaine Schiman

Guest Reader: Ellen Davignon

Part 1: From the Draisine to the Velocipede – the Bone Shaker – to the Highwheel – to the Klondike!

Break: Tea and cookies & multimedia slide show

Part 2: From Dawson to Nome on a Bicycle in 1900. The Edward R Jesson Story.

 

Week 2 (August 15)

Guest Singer: Jillian Durham

Guest Reader: Shauna Jones

Part 1: Amelia Bloomer and the story of how the Bicycle caused a clothing revolution and changed life for women all over North America. 

Break: Tea and cookies & multimedia slide show

Part 2: A Broken Chain and a Busted Pedal. Max Hirschberg’s 1900 Bicycle Ride to Nome. 

 

Week 3 (August 22)

Guest Singer: Dale Cooper

Guest Reader: Grant Hartwick

Part 1: The story of the world champion bicyclist of the 1880s. French-Canadian Louise Armando.

Break: Tea and cookies & multimedia slide show

Part 2: From Valdez to Fairbanks in 1906. The John A Clark Story. 

 

Week 4 (August 29)

Guest Singers: Shauna Jones & Elaine Schiman

Guest Readers: TBA

Part 1: Epic Yukon Bike Journeys of Today. Listen to modern-day bike adventurers share their stories. 

Break: Tea and cookies & multimedia slide show

Part 2: A hike on a Bike. The Story of a Tragedy on the Lower Yukon. By George Pilcher.

 

Admission costs:

Adults: $10 per showing (or $35 for entire series)

Children: $5 per showing (or $15 for entire series)

Seniors:  $5 per showing (or $15 for entire series)

Free for those who purchase a new YTM membership