Music


MARK THIS DATE

FOR AN EXCITING EVENT !!!!

Everyone is invited to participate in The November Festival to enhance awareness for the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway!

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SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 8TH, 2009

Crab Dinner – Travel Faire Festival – Beer Tasting

Join us in the Fun, Song & Dance !

WHEN

November 8th 12 – 5PM

WHERE

Palmer Depot

610 South Valley Way

Palmer, AK

Crab Dinner All You Can Eat

Travel Faire

Beer Tasting – Alaskan Micro Brew

Beer Tasting with

Glacier Brew House

Kassik’s Brew Stop

Silver Gulch Brewery

Auction

Bid On Fresh Crab 50 – 25 – 15 lbs

Silent Auction

1 Night The Matanuska Lodge

with Gourmet Breakfast & Dinner

$50.00 Tesoro Gas Card

1 Night Alyeska Resort

Train from Anchorage to Girdwood

PLUS

Travel – Gift Certificates – Gifts

Cafe Amsterdam

Matanuska Madwater Rafting

Musk Ox

Palmer Bar Steak Dinner

Valley Hotel

Non Essentials

Fireside Books

Turkey Red

Alaska Brewing Company

Kassik’s Brew Stop

Happy Dawn’s Thrift

Earthly Treasures

Plus So Much More!!!!

Live Entertainment with

Matt Hammer & Friends

Alaskan – Folk – Blues Jam – Country

Tickets Sold at the Door

A Special Thanks to all of our Sponsors

ODOM Corporation & Palmer Bar

The Alaskan Railroad

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Palmer Chamber of Commerce

The Eagle River & Chugach Chamber of Commerce

Alyeska Resort

The Matanuska Lodge 

 

Please visit the links on the right of page

to view web sites of all of our sponsors!!!

 

We have so much to offer and hope to bring as many people as we can from the surrounding areas to participate in this exciting event.

Watch this site for more information and links to all of our supporters and contributors.

For more information and advance ticket sales contact  Wendy Zake  webpressdesigsn@msn.com

 

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Alpine Historical Society – April 2009

Newsletter

Coal Miners Ball ~ Saturday ~ April 25, 2009
Join us at the Alpine Inn, Mile 61 Glenn Highway

 

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Doors Open at 4 PM
5 PM Potluck
6 PM Old Timers Induction

7:00 PM ARCTIC THUNDER
9:00 PM FINLAY’S BLK N’ TAN

Local Entertainment:
Borialis Dancers
American Tribal
Fusion Belly Dancers

INCLUDES: meal, induction, entertainment,door prize drawings and socializing
SPONSORED BY: Alpine Historical Society and Sutton Activities Coordination Board

 

This is our largest fund raiser of the year the funds help us with development of exhibits and park expenses.

There will be live entertainment, historical exhibits, Induction of the past miners into the “Coal Miners Hall of Fame”, potluck, raffles and dancing.  Many door prizes will be given away this year.

Please join us for an evening of fun and good music!

This year’s Inductees:
Jack Hemmer
Larry Vasanoja
Jim Edgerton

A Special Thanks to Usibelli Coal Mine For your continued support!

EVENT DONORS: Usibelli Coal Mine


A Family Owned and Operated Mine

Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. is a family owned business. Joe Usibelli Jr. is President of the corporation and his father, Joe Usibelli is Chairman of the Board of Directors. UCM is headquartered in Healy, Alaska, and has permitted reserves in excess of 30 years at current production rates. Additional surface mineable coal resource is under lease and available for expansion as needed. UCM will produce 1.5 million tons of sub bituminous coal this year and could easily double production if the market demanded. Coal is transported to six Interior Alaska electrical power plants – including three military sites: Fort Wainwright (U.S. Army), Eielson Air Force Base and Clear Air Force Station; Golden Valley Electric Association – Fairbanks’ electric cooperative; Aurora Energy – a wholesale supplier of electricity and provider of district heat in Fairbanks; and the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant. Additionally, UCM has exported coal to South Korea through the Seward Coal Terminal at the Port of Seward since 1984. The current contract is for 500,000 metric tons each year during a three-year period. During 1998, a 20,000-ton shipment of UCM coal was delivered to Magadan in the Russian Far East, a potential market. Over the years, UCM has also provided test shipments to Taiwan, Japan, and Chile.

http://www.usibelli.com/Company.asp

 

Special Thanks to our supporters:  Bullwinkle’s,  Off Your Rocker, Wal-Mart, Hamburger Palace, Blueberry Espresso, Country Cuts, Legends Country Radio,  Shane And Lamb – Donated 6 prints ,  Fireside Books – Donated  books
Palmer Art Council, The Valley Hotel,  Pizza Delphi,  Athena Pizza
Vagabond Blues,  Valley Winery,  Bishop’s Attic,  Palmer Bar, Just Sew,  Palmer Radio and TV, Non Essentials,  In and Out Deli Palmer,  Palmer Senior Center ,  Sutton Deli,  Alaska Cheesecake, Bowling Alley, Windbreak,  Evangelo’s,  Chili’s,   Wasilla Sr. Center, Target, Lowes,  AT&T Sport’s Center,  Fred Meyers, 3 Bears,  The Noisy Goose,  Palmer Motorcycle Shop,  Granite Mt Treasure Shop Sutton, Arctic Thunder,  Bruce Finlay,  The Alpine Inn,   Hilltop Tesoro, Midas in Palmer donated 2 oil change/safety checks @$100.00 value
Studio 9 in Wasilla donated 2 hair cuts, $100 coupon from Dangerous Curves
$160 gift certificate for a spinal exam, Carr’s  – Palmer

 

 

Win

10 Lbs of King Crab Legs

 

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Restoration Update
We are presently working with the Bed Tax grant from 2008 to renovate the foundation of the building and correcting the sloping soils in the front lawn so moistures will drain away from the building. We continue to look for grants and donations to fund the complete re-wiring of the electrical system and plumbing throughout the structure.  Once the renovations are completed it is our desire to use the building as a visitors center for the Glenn Highway, historical park business office and as a revenue source for the historical society. This structure has been identified in the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Interpretive plan for phase three renovations and kiosk installations. We ask for your support and donations as we move forward with this important project.

 

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It is time to begin renovations in the park as described in the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway Interpretive plan: Described as improvements to the existing park entrance signs, add signage for the rest areas and public restroom, assist in the O’Neill House renovations by improving accessibility , add or improve parking area to the southeast of the park, add a rack for brochures, create a kiosk with a historical park map and interpretive panels about the Park and Glenn Highway attractions in our area. These improvements will enhance traveler’s experiences as they tour the Glenn Highway and Matanuska
Valley.

 

State of AK Grant‐in‐Aid
In 2007 AHS was awarded a mini grant for a fossil exhibit cabinet to
display donated fossils and to create an outdoor exhibit from a
petrified tree that was donated by Dr. Linda Sloan and her late husband.
You will want to add this to your itinerary as you tour the Valley with your friends and family this summer.

 

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Advance Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Sutton

Alpine Inn

Sutton Deli

Palmer

Fireside Book Store

Non Essentials

Wasilla

Rev- M – Up Cafe

Alaska Cheese Cake

call 352 – 2948 for more information

 

Tickets: $12.50 Advance  $15.00 at the door   Seniors – $10.00

Children under 5 free

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Watch this site for information about up coming events

Geo-Caching

Hot Rodders Car Show

4th July Picnic

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23rd Annual
The Coal Miner’s Ball
Saturday April 25th, 2009

The Alpine Historical Society in conjunction with The Sutton Activity Coordination Board sponsor this event. The Coal Miner’s Ball, will be held at the Alpine Inn at mile 61 of the Glenn Highway, in Sutton, Saturday, April 25th.

The Coal Miners Ball is The Alpine Historical Society’s largest fund raising event of the year.  It is designed to honor those that came before us with a Old Timers Induction to Hall of Fame, entertainment, a potlatch, dinner, dancing and door prizes.

The Alpine Historical Society has been managing the Alpine Historical Park since 1984, when land exchanged between Phil O’Neill and the Mat-Su Borough.  The Park is uniquely situated directly on the Glenn Highway at mile post 61.6 and Chickaloon Way in Sutton Alaska.  The local Glenn Highway National Scenic Byways Committee has selected The Historic O’Neill House to represent this area as the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  This important Historic Park is 23 minutes from Palmer and a beautiful one hour drive from Anchorage.

The tax deductible contribution is $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the door, per person, children 5 and under free.  Tickets include Dinner, induction, entertainment and door prizes.  Doors open at 4PM. This year’s entertainment will be Arctic Thunder and The Bruce Finely Band, music  starts at 7:30 PM.  Proceeds from this event will provide local activities for young people and families in the Sutton – Chickaloon area. As well as to maintain programs and facilities at the Alpine Historical Park.

Senior Citizens Discount Tickets are available.  Advance Tickets will be on sale at local businesses throughout Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton and Anchorage. Look for our poster displayed.

Call 745-4059 or email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com for more information.

The Coal Miner’s Ball

Proudly Presents

Bruce Finlay’s Blk N’Tan Band

April 25th – The Alpine Inn

Sutton, AK

Mile 61

The Glenn Highway

Music Starts at 7:30

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The Bruce Finlay’s Blk N’ Tan Band, is led by Bruce Finlay of “The Sorrows” an English Band from the 60’s and 70’s. Bruce’s skills as a drummer, song writer and composer is legendary. There is much written about his past accomplishments.

The Blk N’ Tan Band is a contemporary blend of past and present with many new songs that have evolved over the years. A five piece band with 2 keyboards, vocals, guitar, drums, saxophone and flute. The lively delivery of Classic Rock, Celtic, Blues, Jazz and new original tunes will keep the audience dancing, tapping your toes and swaying with the music.

 

You won’t want to miss this Band’s performance at the

Coal Miner’s Ball April 25th

at the Alpine Inn in Sutton, AK

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Bruce skillfully blends his 40 years as a professional musician in Blk N’Tan. He toured all over the world during the 60’s and 70’s with the British Band “The Sorrows”. As an Alaskan resident he has since refined his music to include Celtic ballads from his home land. Now producing CD’s and recording in his studio. He also teaches music with the Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band.

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Joan Massart – Paden – Vocals, Keyboard, Piano, Strings

Joan’s voice has a terrific range from Rock and Roll tunes to melodious Celtic ballads. She calls herself the “Baby of The Band”, 8 years as a professional musician as compared to 30 and 40 years of her band mates. She has lived in Alaska since 1981 and currently lives in Anchorage where she has an advertising agency. She is also a member of the Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band.

 

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Phil Herndon – Flute, Saxophone, Harmonica

Phil has over 30 years as a professional musician, 20 of those years were with the Air Force Band. He has traveled all over the world, with a great sense of humor, I asked where he had played, he replied, “Churches, Bars, with Garage Bands, Funerals, Rituals, Virginity Restorations, Circumcisions and Weddings.” Quite a repertoire…… The sax, flute and harmonica gives the band it’s blues and jazz flavor and blends beautifully with the Celtic tunes.

 

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Suzie Feuer – Vocals, Keyboard, Strings, Violin and Cello

Suzie has toured all over, with 22 years as professional musician. She has toured with the Alaskan band The Pipeline and toured for 10 years with White Line Fever in the Lower 48. Suzie and Joan blend their vocals and compliment each other in a winning combination. Suzie’s keyboard integrates all the strings for an earth rich tone. A school teacher by day in Eagle River and a rocker by night, she is also a member of the Anchorage Scottish Pipe Band.

 

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Jim Zuehsow – Bass Guitar

Jim has 45 years as a professional musician. He says he plays keyboard and other instruments, but really just loves the bass guitar. He has worked in LA as a studio musician recording with big name bands and as a studio engineer. He came up to Alaska in 1972 playing in Anchorage at The Pine Club for a number of years. He now is retired and is producing CD’s and recording in his own studio while playing bass for The Blk N’ Tan Band.

 

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For more information on Bruce Finlay’s Blk N’ Tan Band you can contact Bruce Email or call 907 746-3727

 

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Radio station bringing a little Country to Valley

By Andrew Wellner
Frontiersman
Published on Thursday, January 29, 2009 7:53 PM AKST

WASILLA — Valley country fans have a new, local radio option.
On Friday at 10:09 a.m., 100.9 FM KAYO went on the air playing country music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Eddie Maxwell, the station’s operations manager and afternoon DJ, said the music — Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and the like — is a good fit for the Valley. The format tested well in the company’s market research.


ROBERT DeBERRY/Frontiersman KAYO 100.9 operations manager and afternoon D.J. Eddie Maxwell works the microphone Thursday at the station’s new Valley office and broadcast center off the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

The music also fits his personal tastes.
“Oh, yeah. I’ve been wanting to program a station like this for a long time,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell has lived in the Valley since 1987. His morning DJ, Kathy Mitchell, is also local. And his sales team as well. 
“We’re going to be hitting the Valley news and community events that are important to folks in the Valley,” he said.

He said the morning and afternoon shows will include calls from listeners and local news, though the afternoon show will be more music-heavy.

Residents of Lazy Mountain might remember the station’s parent company, Anchorage Media Group, which tried and failed in February to get a conditional-use permit from the borough to build a tower in the area.

Dennis Bookey, general manager for Anchorage Media Group said this go-round they took a different tact.

The community, he said, had expressed concern over the light on top of the proposed 200-foot tower.

“We were able to get by with 99 feet, which did not require the conditional-use permit and did not require it to be lit,” Bookey said.

He hopes the smaller, unlit tower on a different parcel of land will be more palatable to the residents. Also, his company was glad to save the time and expense of the permitting process.

“I think it should be win-win,” Bookey said. “I hope so. We really, really hope so.”
One thing they won’t be able to do, though, is put another transmitter on the tower.

“We will not be able to put other stations on that tower because it is not as tall. There’s just not going to be any room now,” he said.
Which is a shame, Bookey said, because any expansion plans would likely entail a new tower.

“Co-location, anytime we can, boy, broadcasters do it. It’s just a lot of headache to build a site from scratch,” Bookey said.

Maxwell said that so far, broadcasting in the Valley has been going great. The community, he said, has been resoundingly positive in its response.
“We’re getting requests, ‘Hey do you have this one?’ Or, ‘Hey thanks for being in town we love you,’” Maxwell said.

Country Legends Web Site for more information

23rd Annual

The Coal Miner’s Ball

Saturday April 25th, 2009


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The Alpine Historical Society in conjunction with The Sutton Activity Coordination Board sponsor this event. The Coal Miner’s Ball, will be held at the Alpine Inn at mile 61 of the Glenn Highway, in Sutton, Saturday, April 25th.

The Coal Miners Ball is The Alpine Historical Society’s largest fund raising event of the year.  It is designed to honor those that came before us with a Old Timers Induction to Hall of Fame, entertainment, a potlatch, dinner, dancing and door prizes.

The Alpine Historical Society has been managing the Alpine Historical Park since 1984, when land exchanged between Phil O’Neill and the Mat-Su Borough.  The Park is uniquely situated directly on the Glenn Highway at mile post 61.6 and Chickaloon Way in Sutton Alaska.  The local Glenn Highway National Scenic Byways Committee has selected The Historic O’Neill House to represent this area as the Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  This important Historic Park is 23 minutes from Palmer and a beautiful one hour drive from Anchorage.

The tax deductible contribution is $12.50 advance, $15.00 at the door, per person, children 5 and under free.  Tickets include Dinner, induction, entertainment and door prizes.  Doors open at 4PM. This year we have two bands starting at 7PM The Bruce Finlay’s Black N’ Tan Band and Arctic Thunder at 9PM.  Proceeds from this event will provide local activities for young people and families in the Sutton – Chickaloon area. As well as to maintain programs and facilities at the Alpine Historical Park.

Senior Citizens Discount Tickets are available.  Advance Tickets will be on sale at local businesses throughout Wasilla, Palmer, Sutton and Anchorage. Look for our poster displayed.

Call 746 – 7461 Ask for Rebecca  or email alpinehistoricalsociety@hotmail.com for more information.

Welcome to the Sutton General Store & Jonesville Cafe

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Located in downtown Sutton on the Glenn Highway

A great place to stop for meals or supplies on the Glenn Highway. The Jonesville Cafe is the home of the valley’s best burgers made with quality lean beef. We feature real home cooking and is ar famous for our homemade pies.

In the mood for some eggs in the afternoon? Breakfast is served all day!

On Saturday nights we server fresh baked pizza.

Stop by the General Store for supplies:

  • Groceries
  • Ice cream
  • Souvenirs
  • Showers
  • General supplies
  • RV & semi parking

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The views are incomparable in the Matanuska Valley

Sutton Alaska: A Bit of Local History

Sutton is a small Community that was founded in 1918 as a station on the Matanuska Branch Railroad, as well as a wash plant site for the US Navy’s Chickaloon Coal Mine. Sutton’s growth was then spawned by development of several nearby coalmines in the 1920’s, which produced coal to meet a significant portion of Alaska’s energy needs through the mid 1960’s.

Evan Jones Coal Mine, Located just north of Sutton, was the largest and the most productive of the Matanuska coal producers with an average employment exceeding 100 miners. For nearly half a century, the Evan Jones Coal Mine supplied coal to various customers that included the Alaska Railroad, Local Military and Utility power plants as well as domestic heating for customers with total sales exceeding six million tons.

The Alaska Railroad switched to diesel powered locomotives during the early 1950’s and local Military and Utility power plants converted to natural gas in the late 1960’s which eliminated local demand for coal causing the Evan Jones Coal Mine to close in 1968 with little hope of ever re-opening. Today, more then thirty years since the closure of the Evan Jones Coal mine, there is renewed interest and optimism that once again the high quality coal of the Matanuska Valley could pay a meaningful role in meeting Alaska’s growing energy needs.

Visit our site

http://alaskaadventuresites.com/webpages/suttongeneralstore/

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