Palmer Buzz

Crowd sourcing is always a pretty good column because it authentically records more than one opinion. So here are the collective results of nearly 250 individual answers. What was the Best Thing in Palmer in 2018? Here we go:

Community Events

• Shop Palmer Small Business Saturday

• Colony Christmas event including parade and fireworks

• Midsummer Garden and Art Fair

• Palmer Wine Walk

• Who Let the Girls Out

• Love on Main Street

• Choose Respect March

• Colony Days Summer event in June

• Friday Market and Friday Flings and Farmers’ Markets

• Hot Summer Nights Car Show

• Library Craft Day

• Drive In Movies at the Alaska Picker

• Knitting at the Deli on Thursdays

• Knitting at Vagabonds on Tuesday

• Live Music in the Green at the Palmer Ale House outdoor stage

• Palmer Renaissance Portrait Painting Sunday’s at the Deli

• Bluegrass music on Sunday afternoon at Vagabonds

• Kite Flying on the Green

• Rock collecting on the Mat River bank

• Palmer Paintbrush Art every Sunday

• Klondike Mike’s weekend bands

• Musk Ox Farm activities

• Ken Peltier, Nervous Rex and Braided River playing anywhere in Palmer

• Christmas Lights and Activities

• The Happy Runs on Mondays

• Grow Palmer Planting Day

• All three Breweries and the bike riding brewery tours

• Parades on Colony Day, State Fair Weekend and Winter Holiday

• Community Clean ups

People & Places

• Young servers at Vagabond’s coffee house

• New Grandfather status

• First National Bank employees

• Pioneer Home Parade Watchers

• Jenski Reopening

• Peak Boutique

• 203 Kombuchery,

• Art Cafe

• Guitar Shop

• Tattoo Shop

• Raven Hair Designs

• Post Office Employees

• Grocery Store clerks, stockers, and baggers

• Palmer Water Tower lights

• Purple Moose

• The Yak’s old and new home

• B Bella

• Neighbors of Mountain Ranch

• Entrepreneurs of Palmer Alaska


• Plastic Bag Ban

• Gun Range

2018 Major Events

• Lunar Eclipse Deck party

• Winter Games TV watching parties

• February Palmer Creative Council

• 2018 Earthquake and continuing aftershocks

• Howard Bess’s 90th Birthday

• Palmer Community Foundation organization

• Royal Wedding Tea Party in Palmer

• David Cheezum’s Retirement

• Pat Lawton’s 100th Birthday

• Two defendants convicted in the murder of David Grunwald

Stuff we Take for Granted

• Active Farm Lands

• Scenery and mountain-scapes

• Arboretum

• New asphalt on Palmer Wasilla Highway


• Palmer Historical Society

• Radio Free Palmer

• Palmer Museum and Visitors Center

Sports and Activities

• Mat Su Miners winner their 3rd ABL title

• PHS taking the Conference Title

• Back Country Bike and Ski events

• Highland Gamers

• Goat Yoga and Yoga on the Butte and Yoga & Beer and Yoga Sound-baths


• Berries

• Monthly Palmer Food Swap

• Agricultural Showcase beside the Museum

• Matanuska Brewery opening

• Palmer Fresh peas and carrots

• Alaska State Fair horticultural displays

• Exceptionally wonderful lilacs blooming near the train track trail

Although this is hardly a comprehensive listing (because it relies on word-of-mouth and social media), some “BEST” aspects of 2018 were repeated over and over again.

• Palmer Businesses working together.

• Palmer’s overall compassion and “community feel.”

• The general helpfulness and kindness of friends and strangers.

• The responsiveness of Palmer’s law enforcement.

• The joy of walking in town and enjoying the place.

• Knowing peoples’ names and warm friendly greetings.

• Oh, and the Palmer Alaska Buzz was also noted! Yeah! Happy 2019!


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