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

october fest Poster


Crab Dinner – Travel Faire Festival – Beer Tasting

Join us in the Fun, Song & Dance !


November 8th 12 – 5PM


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


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


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



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 for more information.

Hope Christian Church of Sutton

Free Food and Clothes Pantry

Every Wednesday 6:30 PM


Last night a neighbor stopped by, Charlie Flynn, from The Sutton Christian Church of Hope. In his car he had cases of lettuce, snap peas, French bread, milk and cream.  He wanted to know if I needed anything or did I know someone who did.  I said yes!  I made a couple of phone calls and this morning I dropped all that had been been delivered.

All the food comes fresh, from local stores,

Everyone is Welcome…

Every week is different, stop by and see what is available!

There are clothes too!

Ask what you can do to help!

It’s that easy……

Both Giving and Receiving

makes everyone

Feel Good!


This is a simple  church with a big heart!  The Pastor Dan Grisham and Larry Davis have organized a Free Food and Clothes Pantry.  They have being doing this for awhile now.  It is open through out the year!

It’s Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Hope Christian Church of Sutton

Mile 62.00 The Glenn Highway Scenic Byway – Sutton

Sunday School 10: Am

Sun. Morning Worship 11:00 AM

Evening Service 6:00 Pm

Wed. Bible Class 7:00 Pm

Pastor Dan Grisham 907 376-4673



Arctic Thunder will be playing at

The Coal Miner’s Ball 

April 25th, 2009

The Alpine Inn

Sutton, AK




Arctic Thunder was born in 1999, when James Spradlin  and Missy Baltes met and decided to create a band. By mixing James’ rock, heavy metal, and blues background with Missy’s folk, country, and classical styles, they created a unique sound. They debuted Arctic Thunder in June of 2000 at Lynx Pizza in Denali National Park, and have been storming Alaska ever since!

Arctic Thunder has played many venues from Seward to Healy and Lake Louise, including, Wolverine Lodge at Lake Louise, The Longhorn Saloon in Cantwell, The Totem in Healy, The Alpine Inn in Sutton, The Caboose Lounge in Palmer, The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival, and The Alaska State Fair.
We play all kinds of music

for every occasion —




— all your special events!

From Patsy Cline

and Hank Williams

to Shania Twain

and Garth Brooks,

Chuck Berry to AC/DC to

Nirvana, plus our

Alaskan originals,

we’re sure to have

something you like!

Visit our music page

to hear some of

our music, and see

a more complete

list of songs.

View Arctic Thunder Web Site


James Spradlin


Percussionist/Lap Steel/Mandolin

James grew up in Alaska, and has been playing with rock bands since the early 1980’s. From soulful blues to searing rock leads,James can play any style of music! He has also been an instrument repairman specializing in electric and acousitc guitars for more than 20 years. In fact, he met his wife when she brought her guitar into the store where he was working!

Missy Spradlin



Missy grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin, and she began singing as soon as she could talk! She started playing the flute when she was ten years old, and she picked up the guitar later on. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, in May of 1991, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Missy “ran away" to Alaska, to spend the summer in Denali National Park. She ended up staying in Alaska permanently, where she met her husband, James Spradlin. Missy has played at various places in the Anchorage area including,Border’s Books & Music,The Snow City Cafe and The Fairview Inn in Talkeetna. She has also played at the Fairbanks Summer Music Festival, and at the McKinley Music Festival in Cantwell.

Arctic Thunder


See Coal Miner’s Ball in Table of Contents

Only in Alaska ……. This guy raised an abandoned moose calf with his horses, and believe it or not, he has trained it for lumber removal and other hauling tasks. Given the 2,000 pounds of robust muscle, and the splayed, grippy hooves, he claims it is the best work animal he has. He says the secret to keeping the moose around is a sweet salt lick, although, during the rut he disappears for a couple of weeks, but always comes back home…..

Impressive !!


Bound to be someone out there that will raise some issues with this treatment of a wild animal. To them I say. “If the Moose keeps coming back, what’s the problem?”