Palmer Buzz

We have less than 30 days until the end of December…which, this year, means the end of a full decade! This is an important recognition that Palmer 2020 is really only a few weeks away.

In the remaining December days, Palmer will be rolling in the fast lane of holiday preparations and parties. The time for reflection is now. With a bit of thought, you still have a tiny chance of making some decisions before decade’s end.

Here are some timely suggestions for Palmer folk: Add a Palmer ink tattoo; schedule medical or dental procedures; or make a healthy contribution to a Palmer Non Profit, before the decade’s end.

Important Palmer Intersection—Timing is important. And the forthcoming—changing of the decade—is an important intersection in our Palmer lives. In the future we will look back and consider what happened in the “teens” versus what happened in the “twenties.” So, right now, we’re at the decisive turning point where we need to reflect on the changes and chart our course. What legacy is your signature for 2010-2020? What do you need to sneak in under the wire of 2019?

Cute as Possible—It only takes a single walk or drive down Main Street to see the vibrancy of Palmer in its’ holiday garb. Shops are bright; restaurants are full; lights are hung; glass windows are painted beautifully; hopefully sidewalks are shoveled; post office lines are long but polite; there are snow sculptures and decorations everywhere you look. It really is picturesque and that is due to community participation at a large level. Last weekend we saw Stan’s fireworks welcome in the season through a beautiful snowfall. This was on the heels of a wonderful small shopping day in Palmer. There were little warming fires and snow sculptured people—which welcomed everyone. Oh, and just to top it all off, there was cocoa and cookies. It was just kinda perfect Palmer, once again.

Fairytale World Not—I am sometimes referred to as a dreamer, not a realist. That is because I habitually discuss the “good stuff” in Palmer. I will admit I am an optimist. And frankly, I look for the good stuff. But that doesn’t mean I ignore the less than wonderful stuff, of which there is plenty—both in Palmer and the rest of the world.

The Palmer Buzz chooses to focus deliberately on the positive stuff. Goodness is both exponential and contagious. We see this with every good deed, kindness and encouragement. And every fine act breeds several more, and over and over and over. Palmer proves itself capable of doing this well. And the fact that The Palmer Alaska Buzz chronicles these acts of goodness—hourly, daily, weekly and monthly—is the proof. I don’t make this stuff up. Most important, we all recognize and celebrate it, thus making our world better and better.

Thanks—To Gage Tree Services voluntarily wired up the tall evergreen tree in front of the Pioneer Home. It is a beauty with all those lights.

Some Great Activities This Week in our Palmer Area

Wednesday—Borough Gym Weekly Toddler Play Time; Live Breathe Alaska Cooking class preparing Healthy Holiday Artichoke Dip with Winona Benson; “As the Page Turns,” Bookclub at Fireside Books

Thursday, Friday and Saturday the magnificent Madrigal dinner, is performed and prepared by the Palmer High School choir. This happens at the Log Church in Palmer and is a beautiful event.

Thursday—Salvation Army Contra Dancing; Free Cyber Security Class at the Palmer Library at 6pm; Holiday concert at Sherrod Elementary; Farm Harvest Wrap up and Food Preservation classes at the Farm with Mat Su Cooperative Extension

Friday—First Friday at Poppy Lane with candycane games, refreshments and Palmer Buzz Calendars! Next door 203 Kombucha is an art raffle of Bratty Pisces 11 amazing mirrors; Live music at Klondike; Ken Peltier at Four Corners Lounge

Saturday—The Christmas Paddle is at the Eklutna Tailrace, a small slough off the Knik River, on Saturday and includes a bonfire, smores, hot coco, cider and music. Wreath-making class at Lazy Mountain Bible Church; Annual Christmas Bazaar at Trinity Lutheran Church; Non Essentials holiday market pop up; Barreled Beer Release 2019 at Bleeding Heart Brewery;

Sunday—Breakfast Buffet at the American Legion; Annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Glenn Massey Theater at college; Peace & Love Celebration at Raven Hall with singing and dancing; art events at The Art Cafe and Level Seven Spiritual Center.

Barbara Hunt is both Palmer writer and artist. She works hard to keep the robust pulse of Palmer, Alaska. She shares the good stuff in the weekly Palmer Alaska Buzz Column in the Mat Su Valley Frontiersman and daily on the Palmer Alaska Buzz Facebook Group. Her “Palmer Buzz Community Calendar” is available at Palmer shops and the Palmer museum. Contact at or text 907.315.3222

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