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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Churches in Palmer June 4th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Palmer People

Palmer has no shortage of churches! Whether you’re Episcopalian, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, LDS, Jehovah’s Witness, Seventh Day Adventist or Independant, or anything else for that matter, Palmer has a church for you.

Downtown Palmer:
St. John’s Lutheran Church
United Protestant Presbyterian church.
United Methodist Church
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Palmer Highway Church of God
First Baptist Church
First United Pentecostal Church
Palmer Church of the Nazarene
Salvation Army Church
Church on the Rock
Church of the Covenant
Family Christian Center
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal
Palmer Victory Fellowship
Matanuska Assembly of God
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Outskirts of Palmer


Seventh Day Adventist Church
Lazy Mountain Bible Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Valley Harvest Church
Manna Independant Baptist Church
Crossroads Community Church, aka Northgate Alaska
Immanuel Baptist Church
Glacierview Alliance Church Old Apostolic Lutheran Church
Pioneer Peak Baptist Church
Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall
Farm Loop Christian Center
Valley Baptist Tabernacle
Palmer Christian Church
Gateway Christian Fellowship
Bodenburg Butte Baptist Church
Glacier View Bible Church (60 minute drive NW on the Glenn Hwy from Palmer)

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Summer Activities in Palmer May 27th, 2010

Categories: Seasons

Sitting on the railroad tracks

Looking for things for your family to do this summer? Need to get the kids out of the house for a bit? Well here are just a few events, programs and suggestions for things to do this summer.

~Wilderness First Aid Course – June 4-6

Through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

~Matsu Miners’ Games

Click here for more info.

~Summer Arts Programs for Kids

Through the Palmer Arts Council. Click on the link for more information and dates.

~Summer Reading Program

Sponsored by the Palmer Public Library. Click here for more information.

~Colony Days – June 11-13

Click here for info about the Celebration.

~June Workshop Series at the Palmer Museum

Photography in the Garden – June 5, 6, 25
Making a Bent Willow Chair – June 12
Making a Bent Willow Trellis – June 19

For more information and prices visit the PalmerMuseum.org

~Palmer Pride Picnic – July 4

Free picnic hosted by Palmer businesses and the City of Palmer. Palmer Pride hotdogs, farm fresh veggies, live music and Citizen of the Year.
Location: Palmer Train Depot

Doodling during Colony Days

Family Summer Activities

  • Friday Flings
  • Bike the newer bike trail that runs from downtown Palmer all the way to the Butte.
  • Relax at the Palmer Pool
  • Bill Mitchell Fun Run Sponsored by MTA – June 13, 11:00am

    Try this great event for the entire family. Bib pick-up 9:30am. 5-K and special 1-K for ages 13 and Under. Flat course, out and back on pavement and bike trails.
    LOCATION: Downtown Palmer

  • Cool Off at the Palmer Ice Rink
  • Visit the Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass
  • Hike the Butte
  • Hike in Hatcher Pass
  • Go canoeing or fishing in one of several lakes:

Kepler-Bradley Lake
Canoe Lake
Matanuska Lake
Echo Lake

  • Feeling brave? Try Nova River Runners and raft down the Matanuska River
  • Visit and/or Hike on the Matanuska Glacier
  • Walk the Morgan Horse Trail at the base of Lazy Mountain
  • Hike Lazy Mountain
  • Need a good picnic spot? Click here for a list of all state parks and recreation areas around Palmer.

Floating the Knik River

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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.

tundra

tundra

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Local Talent at PHS April 24th, 2010

Categories: Palmer People

Friday night came quickly and I found myself once again at Vagabond Blues. The Youth Alive Club from Palmer High School put on a marvelous show! Several music students from Palmer High School performed and an International Baccalaureate art student brought a year’s worth of art work to sell in silent auction style.

All proceeds from the show went to benefit the Mat-Su school district’s Families in Transition program. To find out more about this program, go to the Mat-Su school district’s website.

Click here for a video summary of the evening.

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