October! October 16th, 2009

Categories: Seasons

Double rainbow up in Hatcher Pass, before the arrival of snow.



Heavy Frost this morning. Field off of Clark-Wolverine Rd.



Immature Eagle gobbling up moose guts on the Matanuska River bank.


View of Pioneer Peak from Matanuska River bank.


Apparently these clover didn’t get the memo that it’s October…


This is a shot somewhere off of Springer Loop



Frost in the fields off Springer.



Old barn on Springer



Ol’ Lazy Mountain



Byer’s Peak in the wanning sunlight.



Instead of snow, this is what we get!



One of the few trees left with color, it lends stark contrast to the beauty of the sky.

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Signs of Fall September 2nd, 2009

Categories: Seasons

The cranes are back in the fields, green leaves are turning to yellow and moose season is on. I think we all know what that means…

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Alaska State Fair: Get Up and Get Happy! August 21st, 2009

Categories: Events, Seasons

As a child, the highlight of every single fall for me was the Alaska State Fair. Each August, my family of six would pack into the mini-van and head to the fair. We entered all sorts of things in the exhibits; from goats and rabbits to pineapple upside-down cake and beaded barrettes and received a colorful array of ribbons. We each have had favorite rides that have changed through the years, but mine has always been the Gravitron!

The Alaska State Fair is fun for the entire family. Vendors come from all over the state to offer one of a kind items, Alaska memorabilia, and fantastic foods. You can relive the classic carnival tastes with the Husky Burger, Slippery Gulch, Dippin’ Dots, Hoop ‘n’ Hula Milk and Cookies, Becky’s Kettle Corn, and Hawaiian Shaved Ice vendors.

The State Fair is open from August 27th to September 7th. Weekday hours are 12 PM – 10 PM, weekend hours are 10 AM – 10 PM.

Come out for a day of excitement, delicious foods and fun for everyone!


FAIR ADMISSIONS
Age Weekday Weekend
Adult
(13-64)
$10
$12
Youth
(6-12)
$6
$7
Senior
(65+)
$6
$7
FREE (5 and younger)


For more information about concerts, daily schedules and special events at the Alaska State Fair, visit their website at www.AlaskaStateFair.org!

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Stamp Cache: Sale! August 20th, 2009

Categories: Events

I received this as an email this morning from Linda Pendergrass, owner of the Stamp Cache in the Koslosky Center of downtown Palmer.

Stamp Cache 2nd Anniversary Celebration Continues!

Thursday through Saturday ALL Great Impressions, Penny Black, AMUSE, Magenta, and Northwoods stamps currently in stock will be an additional 10% off.

Thursday only ALL cardstock and pattern paper will be an additional 10% off.

Friday only ALL Tim Holtz and Ranger products will be an additional 10% off.

Friday and Saturday only there will be grab bags: $5, $6 and $7 each.

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Slack’s Sugar Shack August 14th, 2009

Categories: Businesses, Restaurants and Cafes

Slack’s Sugar Shack on Evergreen St has been in business forever. Fifteen years, to be exact, and for a nineteen year old, that feels like forever. Nedra Slack, the sole baker and owner, makes the best donuts around. What makes them so good? She says it’s because of all the “L-O-V-E put in each one”.

Slack’s isn’t like a boring box-store bakery. They use the recipes your grandma used and fry the donuts in peanut oil. After all, don’t fix what ain’t broke, right? Every delicious product is made right there from scratch. You can find old-fashioned donuts, pastries, cookies, breads, pies, cakes, coffee and other beverages, and can order anything on the menu a day in advance. They don’t offer espresso drinks, but you can get them right next door at the locally owned Purple Moose Espresso.

“We’re definitely locally supported,” says Heather Reed, who’s been working at Slack’s for the last three and a half years. There’s a local lunch crowd besides the morning donut and coffee people. Soups in homemade breadbowls draw in people of all ages. Chili, clam chowder and vegetable soup are just some of the delicious options.

During the holidays, you can purchase tasty gift baskets,
cookie trays and pies, as well as seasonal breads. 

You can order cakes for special occasions for any theme, including weddings. Ms. Slack will trace photos out by hand with frosting, instead of making an ‘edible image’ out of rice paper.


Slack’s Sugar Shack’s hours are 6AM-3PM, Tuesday through Saturday. To call in an order, dial (907) 745-4777, or fax it to (907) 746-3668.

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