Archive for the 'Around Palmer' Category

Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day – Palmer AK! August 11th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Seasons

I found out about the Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day down at the UAF experimental farms last minute… but was still able to stop by and snap some photos!

Enjoy! (click on the photos for a larger view)

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Drive up the Glenn Hwy July 6th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

I LOVE driving up the Glenn Hwy. I love it! Today I had to take a trip up near the Matanuska Glacier to put up some signs for Valley Market Real Estate. Both lots have glacier views and have quite a bit of acreage. Click above for more info about them.

Artsy iPhone snapshot

Artsy iPhone snapshot

As I stopped to put up sign number one, a camper van pulled over on the other side of the highway. I chatted with the couple from California. They were overwhelmed by the sight of the glacier and snapped several photos.

I stopped in at the Matanuska Glacier Recreation site to use the facilities and was hit on by an overly friendly tourist. I smiled anyway and took advantage of the perfect view of the glacier.

Nother artsy iPhone shot

Nother artsy iPhone shot

I’ve been driving, or riding, on this stretch of the Glenn Hwy for as long as I can remember. My dad would take my family camping almost every summer up in a cabin in the tiny community of Victory, around mile 95. Sometimes if we forgot breakfast supplies, we would stop by Long Rifle Lodge for some filling food in the morning.

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Home for Sale in Victory

Home for Sale in Victory

Today I stopped in at Victory Bible Camp and said hello to a friend from Palmer who is working up there for the summer. I dipped my feet in one of the lakes on camp property and my mind filled with memories of friends’ and family members’ baptisms as well as fishing/canoeing trips in the same water. Everyone waves at everyone else in Victory, whether they recognize them or not. I checked on a beautiful, newer home we currently have for sale and made sure the sign was still visible.

Long Lake

Long Lake

I stopped by Long Lake and greeted some fishermen and their dog. As I came into Sutton, I dropped in to the Sutton General Store and purchased a cold drink. I was wished a “Wonderful Day!” by the cashier.

The Glenn Highway is a memorable drive in any weather, but today was perfect. If you are interested in property or a home up this way, give my dad, Marty Van Diest, a call at (907) 232-7900.

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Palmer’s Colony Days 2011! June 9th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People

After much anticipation… Colony Days is here again!
Click for a Schedule of events.

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Highlights include the Colony Days Parade, Saturday at 11 AM.

Quilt Walkabout – all weekend during open hours in various shops.

Valley BBQ Bash Contest – starting Friday at 10AM near the Palmer Library.

CELEBRITY DUNK TANK – Saturday from 10 – 5.

Petting Zoo, Live Music, Face Painting, Expanded Friday Fling/Market, Bed Races, Smoked Salmon Contest, Bill Mitchell Fun Run, Blood Drive, Car Rally and MORE!

Here are some quick links for Colony Days events provided by the Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

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Valley BBQ Bash May 24th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Businesses, Events

1st Annual BBQ Bash
June 11-12 2011

Palmer, AK

So you think you can cook? How about proving it!

Alaska BBQ Supply is putting on this yummy event and even if you aren’t a cook, you can enjoy the food! With $10,000 in cash prizes and 8 cooking categories, this is the contest to enter! This contest is not just for professionals; all you everyday backyard BBQer’s are encouraged to cook away!

Categories:
Steak
Salmon
Sauce
Brisket
Pork Butts
Ribs
Chicken
Desserts

Entry cost is $200 for all eight categories or $35 per category.
For more information go to AlaskaBBQSupply.com or call 907-841-0789.

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Friday Flings 2011 May 13th, 2011

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

Perfect Weather!

Perfect Weather!


The Husky Burgers were as delicious as ever if the line was any indication...

The Husky Burgers were as delicious as ever if the line was any indication...


It’s here again! I traipsed downtown to the Friday Fling under the pavilions today…and enjoyed the sun! The weather was perfect and there were lots of people. The Palmer High Jazz Choir performed a few selections as well as the local ConFusion Jazz Combo.

Returning vendors like Tundra Comics and local gardens/nurseries attracted many browsers. Newer businesses like Moose Bites Personal Chefs and other local artists also caught many eyes.

Josh Anderson of Palmer High Jazz Choir wowed the crowd with a jazz solo.

Josh Anderson of Palmer High Jazz Choir wowed the crowd with a jazz solo.


Most people were just out to soak up the sun and see what Palmer businesses had to offer. Downtown is bustling with tourists, cyclists and families out for walks. I was able to catch up with many people I knew from high school, families from my church and even an old neighbor. I love this community!
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Friday Flings will run through August 19th, every friday from 11am to 6pm.

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