This is the summer downtown picnic happening at the Train Depot. It always happens on the last Friday in July from 4-6pm. There is no politics. There is no preaching. It’s just food, fun and a friendly town. The only reason for this picnic is because we love Palmer. This event has been going on for decades when Palmer was pursuing the All American City award. It was fun then and it is fun now. It’s kinda old-fashioned and features darn good grilled hotdogs and our amazing farm produce. There is also a sushi race because Palmer’s Japanese Sister City program is active, along with other local groups. Palmer businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Palmer host this free event. There are usually totally delicious Palmer Pride hotdogs and farm fresh veggies. Sometimes you can get a big, old chunk of fresh cabbage.There is celebration, cake, festive music and Citizen of the Year award presentations.
Dog Show This Weekend—It’s at the Alaska fairground on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tents and dogs are just the best way to spend the day. It runs from 7am to 7pm every day. Here is the general show schedule. (Please check the internet for specific breeds and details.) And definitely don’t miss out on the ridiculously delightful “Best Puppy Competition” on Sunday.
Friday—113th All Breed Dog Show • 118th Obedience Trial • 64th Rally Trial;
Saturday—114th All Breed Dog Show • 119th Obedience Trial • 65th Rally Trial;
Sunday—115th All Breed Dog Show • 120th Obedience Trial 66th Rally Trial • 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy
Community Raku at the Art Cafe on Blueberry—Raku is a very cool organic process and it’s available in Palmer on Saturday. You can watch or you can participate. Here is their description of the process: basically you select a ceramic pot and glaze it. Then you stand back and watch as kiln temperature reaches 1900 degrees in 20 minutes. The red-hot pots are then removed from the kiln and put in buckets with newspaper and organic materials. The hot pots ignite the paper and a lid smothers the fire, causing the air starved flame to take oxygen out of the glaze, creating beautiful iridescent glazes. Pots are then removed from the buckets and plunged into water for finishing and ready to go home.
Saturday “Boochasana” in Palmer—This is an extra-special event at 203 Kombucha in uptown Palmer, across from the skate board park. There is Kombucha. And there is Yoga. And there is TLooP Music! This class is only on Saturday, July 27th. You need to sign up in advance for this class at Kombucha 203. 203 Kombucha also offers Trivia Night on Wednesdays.
Saturday Vegan Potluck—This is at the Presbyterian Church of a Thousand Logs and it is a fully welcoming Palmer event at 6pm.
Friday Musk Ox Farm Enrichment—This is another delightful and unique event near Palmer. You get to learn and participate with enrichment activities designed to stimulate brain activity and physical exercise of Musk Oxen. In addition to a farm tour and viewing time, you get to watch how the Palmer Musk Ox partake in your creation. You need to sign up in advance for this unusual event.
Wednesday Night at the Massay Theater—The College continues to offer free events to the community. From 7-830 is a musical show, A Night of Awareness, which will focus on major issues in our Valley, specifically suicide. Powerful Broadway songs from “Dear Evan Hansen,” will be performed to show the important look at suicide in our valley. This program has been developed by youthful leaders and their energy is the engine for change. Community teens and adults will offer thoughts and ideas to combat this hopelessness which is far too frequent.
Beer Yoga and Game Night Wednesday—Just to add some more fun to your life, consider these fun offerings at The Palmer Ale House. Tuesday and Thursday are Beer Yoga and Wednesday includes games like Cornhole, Jenga, and Connect Four. The Palmer Ale House has a free summer concert series on Friday and Saturday nights for yet another month.
Barbara Hunt is both Palmer writer and artist. She works hard to keep the robust pulse of Palmer, Alaska. She shares the good stuff with you at the weekly Palmer Alaska Buzz Column in the Wednesday, Mat Su Valley Frontiersman and daily on the Palmer Alaska Buzz Facebook Group. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org