This takes over Palmer, this weekend. It is a happy time when females invade Palmer with joy. The point of the celebration is just plain and simple fun. Be prepared because the shops will be full and parking will be a challenge. But this is when Palmer goes into festival mode which is totally great. One of the reasons this type of event works in Palmer is because of the sidewalks and connectivity. Another reason it works is because Palmer is still considered the home of small shops and small, often intimate experiences. People like to walk and wander. There is synergy in sharing joy and Palmer has nailed the success of playfulness.
Cash Mob on Thursday Night—Here is another one of those particularly Palmer kind of gatherings. This month folks will gather at the Valley Hotel. Chit chat will happen followed by some crazy good door prizes, and finally followed by a surprise location as a destination. Why does this kind of thing work in Palmer? Again, it is because of the connectivity of the town. It is inclusive and welcoming to anyone who wants to join. No one needs an invitation and no one is ignored.
Where do Palmer People hail from?—In a large, recent social media survey, the question was asked about prior geographic homes. “Where did you live before you moved to Palmer Area?” The hundreds of answers were interesting and here are the results:
Alabama—Montgomery; Alaska—Anchorage, Wasilla, Craig, Fairbanks, North Pole, Chugiak, Eagle River, Kodiak, Cordova, Sutton, Juneau, Butte, Bethel, Talkeetna, Kenai, Nikiski, Big Lake, Homer, Girdwood, Houston, Kenai, Nome, Sheep Mountain, Eklutna, Skagway, Delta Junction, Nebesna, Kake, Glenallen, Tok, Whittier, Dutch Harbor, Peters Creek, Valdez, Sitka, Willow, Kasilof, Nenana, Kotzebue, Copper Center, Hoonah, Holy Cross, Petersburg, Seward, Ouzinkie, King Cove, Kenny Lake, Ft. Richardson, Russian Mission, Glacier View, Soldotna, King Salmon; Arizona, El Mirage, Mt. Ida, Tusan, Glendale, Mesa; Arkansas—Mena, Little Rock; California—Glendora, Oxnard, Teller, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland, Fairfield, Davis, Chico, Concord, Benecia, Napa Valley, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Chatsworth, Northridge, Eureka, Humboldt County, Redding, Petaluma, Slidell, Palmdale, Yarmouth, Damascus, Vallejo, Pasadena, Fort Bragg; Colorado—Denver, Alamosa, Hotchkiss, Colorado Springs, Durango, Golden; Connecticut—Waterbury, Delaware—Georgetown; Florida—Holiday, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Ocala, Silver Springs, Homestead, St. Petersberg, Pensacola, Ft Lauderdale, Edgewater; Georgia—Sugar Hill, Pooler, Savannah, Hawaii—Oahu, Big Island; Idaho—Sand Point, Shelley, Payette, Boise; Illinois—Northern, Chicago, Wheaton, Lombard; Indiana—Indianapolis; Iowa—Central, New Sharon; Kansas—Topeka; Kentucky—Lexington, Louisville, Berea, Burkesville, Fort Knox; Louisiana—New Orleans; Maine—Waterville, Skowhegan; Maryland—Deep Creek, Columbia, Baltimore City, Clinton; Massachusetts—Framingham, Boston; Michigan—Marquette, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lancing, Kalamazoo, Port Huron, Dearborn; Minnesota—Blue Earth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Shakopee, Mankato, Rochester, Brainerd, Duluth, Walker, Bemidji, Mississippi—Jackson, Raymond, Ridgeland, Missouri—St. Louis, Naylor, Marshall, St. Robert, Montana—Helena, Absarokee, Kalispell, Billings, Butte, Nebraska—Wahoo; Nevada—Elko, Reno. Los Vegas, Auberry; New Hampshire—Concord; New Jersey—Englewood, New Mexico—Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Chama, Portales, Tucumcari, Santa Rosa, Albuquerque, Embudo; New York—Schenectady, Brooklyn, Cobbleskill, Watertown, Buffalo; North Carolina—Fort Bragg, Charlotte, Winston Salem. Henderson, Chapel Hill, Yanceyville, Enfield; North Dakota—Fargo; Ohio—Columbus, Ashland, Wooster, Cleveland, Cinncinatti, Terrace Park; Oklahoma—Tulsa, Vici, Hobart, Clinton, Muskogee; Oregon—Ashland, Portland, Sisters, Bend, Willamette Valley, Sherman County, The Dalles, Oregon City; Pennsylvania—Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, Butler, Harrisburg, Mt Carmel, Philadelphia, Delco, Erie, Rhode Island—Providence; South Carolina—Greenville, Charleston; South Dakota—Piedmont, Rapid City, Tennessee—Nashville, Chatanooga, Clarksville, Texas—Alvin, Austin, Wichita Falls, Cypress, Houston, Alvin, Waco, Odessa, Dallas, San Antonio, Abilene, San Antonio, Winnie, Wylie, Utah—Salt Lake City, Spanish Fork, Vermont—Montpelier; Virginia—Woodbridge, Alexandria, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Stafford, Washington—Battle Ground, Seattle, Maple Valley, Enumclaw. Ferndale, Deming, Glacier, Bellingham, Puyallup, Appleton, Tacoma, Kingsley, DesMoines, West Virginia—Wheeling, Barboursville, Milton, Morgantown; Wisconsin—Sparta, Billings, Milwaukee, Webster, Oshkosh, East Troy, Wyoming—Casper, Green River, Sheridan, Kemmerer
A good ten percent responded saying they were born in Palmer.
Another ten percent claimed other countries as their original homes, prior to Palmer. These included Calgary, Toronto Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Philippines, Czech Republic, Iraq, Greece, Spain, Norway, Turkey, Sicily, Guam, America Samoa, Australia, China, France and Brazil.
Many of the respondents said Palmer is the best place they have ever lived.
And many also said they have no plans to move on.
What does all this mean?—Even if this non-scientific survey is inaccurate due to social media’s whims and whimseys, the geographic footprint of Palmer is important. It underscores the fact that Palmer is a desired home and destination for in-migration. The diversity of origins explains the differences in our attitudes and needs. And it shows that indeed Palmer is large pot of delicious stew, which includes rich ingredients from all over our country and from around our world. How lucky we are!
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.