Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

There’s a place in the Denali Borough where old musical instruments go when they have outlived their usefulness.

How fitting that these instruments now serve a new purpose at the home of the Musical Mudges. Candace Mudge is the music teacher for schools in the Denali Borough. Daryl Mudge is the music teacher at Nenana School. Together, they have seen many instruments come to the end of their usefulness.

“I guess it started about five years ago,” said Candace Mudge. “I knew I had to purge. But I couldn’t throw them away.”

With help from John at The Horn Doctor in Anchorage, they examined every single instrument to see if it was still worthy of play. The ones that weren’t now have a new home.

They adorn the trees along the driveway to the Mudge home. They hang on the fence around the house. They decorate the outside of the garage walls. They serve as flower containers and a new way to display flowers.

Lest you think this is a once a year event, it’s not. These musical instruments are on display always. Driving up their driveway is now a little magical. And very musical.

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