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2010 Summer Youth Band June 24th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People, Seasons

This morning I drove into the Palmer Post Office parking lot and was pleased to discover a live concert by the Palmer Summer Youth Band.

The band is sponsored by the Palmer Arts Council and meets for weekly rehearsals throughout the summer. Middle and high school youth from Valley schools are under the direction of Matt Swalling, the music director at Palmer Junior Middle School.

The students played exceptionally well and I thoroughly enjoyed the music. I was told they are playing the next two Fridays at the downtown Friday Fling. Come out and listen!

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Palmer’s Friday Flings 2010 June 24th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Events, Palmer People, Seasons

Need something to do on Fridays between 11AM and 4PM? Love to support local artists, farmers and businesses? Searching for the perfect Alaskan gift for somebody? Come down to the Friday Fling on the park strip in front of Palmer Visitors Center!

You will find things for the entire family. Handmade wooden toys, fragrant flowers and delicious vegetables, beautiful handmade jewelry, fashionable clothing of all sizes, crafts, artwork from Valley artists and much much more!

Hungry? The Husky Burger has savory burgers and side dishes. Other booths offer fresh Valley-Grown produce, ice cream, hot dogs, fresh breads, and cotton candy and kettle corn made right in front of you!

Looking for laughs? Stop by the Tundra Comic booth! Chad Carpenter’s witty humor has put numerous Alaskans in stitches and is now spreading like wildfire in the Lower 48!

You can hear local or traveling musicians playing, meet Palmeranians you haven’t seen in a while or just stroll down and enjoy Valley Artists artwork.

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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

~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

This post is sponsored by Valley Market Real Estate.

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Escape The Matanuska Wind January 11th, 2010

Categories: Around Palmer, Seasons

I thought I’d make a video today about the Matanuska Wind. This wind howls down the Matanuska River Valley in the winter. Usually we get 5-6 good wind storms a winter. These usually last several days each and there is no where to hide. Well, almost no where. The Butte area outside of Palmer usually does not get this wind and today was no different. The wind was strong everywhere EXCEPT between Clark-Wolverine Road and the Butte.

The video is 8:28 minutes long and gives you a good idea what one of our wind storms are like.

Click here to see the video on youtube.

Here is a google map showing the locations of all the places mentioned on on the video:

This article was first published at

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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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