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Colony Days in Full Swing! June 12th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

This morning  I wandered down in front of the Downtown Palmer Plaza to watch the annual Colony Day’s Parade. This was one of the longest parades Palmer has ever seen! Being an election year, there were numerous political floats but also several dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of Palmer’s original colonists.

There are still tons of events going on around Palmer between now and Sunday evening. Go down to the Friday Fling area for an open air market all Saturday and Sunday, check out local businesses for great sales or check out the specific events for the whole family! For a full list, click here.

Below are just a few photos taken this morning.

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2010 Palmer Friday Fling Begins May 14th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events

Tundra Comics at the Palmer Fling

Tundra Comics at the Palmer Fling

Today was the start of the Friday Fling. It was a little chilly and breezy and that tended to hurt attendance. But, Zach Lanphier was hard at work selling Tundra Comics. This is a great comic book, I like to steal my sons Tundra books and chuckle at the crazy humor. Zach appears to be a good rep for Tundra Comics.

People were packing up when I arrived at about 3PM. The wind was a little tough on the tents. But still, there was plenty of Made in Alaska on hand. Every thing from wood carvings, to fresh bread, to fresh vegetables.

Alaskan Made

Alaskan Made

I ran into Steve Carrington there…he was recently hired by the city of Palmer. Apparently he has two jobs at the city, Librarian and Director of Community Services. He had his community service hat on at the Palmer Fling and informed me that the brand new restroom facilities are open and almost finished behind the Palmer Visitors Center. I’m sure the summer bus tourists will welcome that. Speaking of buses, apparently there have already been some early season buses full of tourists check out the city of Palmer.



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Colony Christmas! December 13th, 2009

Categories: Events, Seasons

All in a day’s…play!

Today was a marvelous day. Clear skies, above zero temperatures, and (oh, yeah) Colony Christmas!
Below are just a few of the awesome events today, documented in photos. I also threw in a few scenic ones taken today as well. Enjoy!

Why would someone want to live off Wolverine Road? Because they want a view like the one below!

Old Matanuska River Bridge

Craft Fair at the Borough Gym

Musk Ox Farm’s entry in the Gingerbread House Contest

These two girls sat atop their transportation to view the Parade of Lights.

There were all sorts of entries in the parade

Even an entry from our local waste removal services

The fireworks show was fabulous! These two photos just don’t do it justice…

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Upcoming Events! December 7th, 2009

Categories: Events

There are tons of things going on this week and upcoming weekend!
Here are just a few:

Wednesday Dec 9,  7-8 PM

Free 1-hour talk by Leah Rachocki at Alaska Center for Acupuncture on Rolfing Structural Integration. Here’s a link for more information: Alaska Center for Acupuncture – Events

Friday, Dec 11, 7:30 PM

Alaska Children’s Choir Concert at St. John Lutheran Church, 440 E. Elmwood, Palmer

Friday and Saturday, 11th and 12th, 7PM

Colony High presents “Rumors” a comedy put on by the Drama department. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Saturday, Dec 12th, 4PM

Matanuska-Susitna Orchestra concert at the Red Beet Cafe. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Red Beet’s website, or you may call (907) 745-4050.

Sunday, Dec 13th, 2PM

Flat Baroque Concert at the Palmer Depot – FREE This group makes absolutely beautiful music (I have TWO of their albums). They play traditional music from the Renaissance era and include some traditional instruments. You don’t want to miss this concert!

This weekend, Dec 11-13, is Colony Christmas. For a full list of events, go to

One of the events is a Gingerbread House contest. Click here for more details.

Still shopping for Christmas gifts? Come to the Arts and Crafts Fairs!

  • Arts+Craft Fair at the Palmer Train Depot, presented by Conoco Phillips. It’s open from 11-6 on Friday, 10-7 on Saturday.
  • Arts+Craft Fair at the Job Corps center by Palmer Junior Middle School from 10-4 on Saturday.
  • Arts+Craft Fair at Borough Gym from 10-6 on Saturday.

Bring your family downtown this weekend and support local businesses, crafters and artists while making wonderful memories!

This update brought to you by Valley Market Real Estate.
Gingerbread UPS store photo courtesy of Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

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Gingerbread Contest!!! December 4th, 2009

Categories: Events

Colony Christmas is coming up fast, folks, and here’s the first announcement!

Are you creative? Do you love sweets? Do you have kids? Well, if you answered yes to any of these, this contest is for you!  There’s a Gingerbread House contest sponsored by AlaskaUSA two weekends from now.

   Business ($25 per entry, option to showcase at place of business)
(Entries in Community/Children categories are free)

Rules + Regulations:
   Entry must be 90% edible
   Max size requirements are 24″ by 18″ (with the base)

Judging Criteria:

   Overall Appearance
   Use of Colony Christmas theme, “When Reindeer Fly”

Entries must be delivered to the Pioneer Home at 10-5PM  Wednesday, December 9th – 11AM Saturday, December 12
Entries may be viewed at the Pioneer Home from 11-3:30 Saturday, Dec 12. Judging starts at 4 PM.

For more information or to enter
, call (907) 745-2880 or send an email to [email protected]. Or go to

Good luck!       

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