Ten-year-old Katie Zernia is one of several enterprising youngsters in the area taking advantage of their own talents and abilities to raise a little spending money during the busy Seward tourist season. Zernia’s line of nautical bookmarks, featuring flat silver mermaids and other cutouts fashioned from a kit, plus her own beadwork added, was on display at her mother Elle’s place of business, Captain Jack’s Seafood Locker, during the First Friday Art Walk, June 6th. Katie was also selling wine stoppers and earrings she had made in prior years.
Zernia has been making and selling jewelry since she was six, under a line her mother calls “Katie Kouture.” Her father Capt. Steve Zernia, owns ProFish-n-Sea Charters. They live in Girdwood during the winter months, but stay in Seward during the summers and into the first part of the school year. Katie will be entering the fifth grade.
The money she raises will go toward the upkeep of her new pony, a Shetland Palomino mix. Pony Princess Buttercup is a small pony with tan fur and a blond mane and tail. Zernia takes riding lessons in Girdwood, and says she is the only student that her teacher has who is willing to ride at 17 below.
Saturday, June 14th is Lemonade Day in Alaska, a day that focuses on teaching children to learn how to become small-scale entrepreneurs. It’s sponsored by Wells Fargo in partnership with the Seward Chamber of Commerce.