Trapper Royalty Ready for Fur Rondy Duties
LORD AND LADY: Langland and Lake have history of participation
S. Jane Szabo / Anchorage Daily News / February 21, 2004
He's the guy who's got the cushiest job in the Fur Rondy parade and
the least of costume quandaries for the Miners and Trappers Ball: Lord Trapper,
Marc Langland. "I get to wear the big fur coat," he said with a laugh. "It makes
it a little easier, particularly if it's going to be cold in the parade."
a longtime Alaskan who's a founder and the top
executive of Northrim Bank, once dressed as an
animal in a Miners and Trappers entry of yore called "Cal
Worthington and His Dog Spot."
This year, he's on Easy Street with the wolf hat, staff and ready-made
fur parka provided by David Green Furrier. Same with Lady Trapper, Doris
doesn't know his "lady" yet, except from her history and
connections, though he did meet her husband, the late Orville Lake. The
Lakes are well-known in the mushing community. They have been key players
in sled dog racing in Alaska for decades and were charter members of
the Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association.
Doris and Orville Lake mushed in the Rondy races, which have been on and off
for the past few years because of the weather but are scheduled to take place
Doris Lake served as a timer of the World Championship Sled Dog Race for many
of the years between 1951 and 2002. She moved to Phoenix last year, but still
has family in Alaska.
Today she'll be riding not a sled but a horse-drawn carriage with Lord Trapper
at the front of the parade as the celebrity ambassadors of the Fur Rendezvous
festival. The Lord Trapper role was established in 1981 and Lady Trapper in
1994. They are chosen by former Lord and Lady Trappers at an annual luncheon.
"It's a very nice honor," said Langland, the chairman, president and chief executive
officer of Northrim BanCorp Inc. "I appreciate it very much."
Langland added that he was flattered when he found out he'd been chosen. The
leader in Anchorage's financial community and board director for several large
corporations has received other local honors: an Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan,
a place in the Alaska Business Hall of Fame and a long-standing spot on Alaska
Journal of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Alaskans list.
So what do lord and lady do?
They will attend the big Rondy events, such as the parade, Masque Ball, the
Jim Beam Jam, Miners and Trappers Ball and the sled dog race finals. It's a
busy schedule, Langland said, but worth it because it's good for the community.
"From a dollar standpoint, it's sure to be a big number," he said noting the
festival's tourism aspect. "It's very strong for community-building," Langland
added, and has value in highlighting Alaska's cultures and bringing people
"In the wintertime, when people are coming off a long winter and short days,
I think it gets people's spirits up. It's a real participative type of activity,
which I think is good for a community."
Daily News reporter S. Jane Szabo can be reached at email@example.com
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