Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Going to Alaska? Come to the Matanuska Valley

While there may still be snow on the ground in Alaska - and in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and many other parts of the country - this is the time many start planning a summer visit to Alaska. And we'd like to suggest: if you're coming to Alaska, you shouldn't miss the Matanuska Valley.

We love the valley, of course, because its rich colony history inspired us to make Alaska Far Away. But we also keep coming back because of the valley's breathtaking beauty, small-town charm, and friendly people - and, of course, the Alaska State Fair!

Last year at the Fair, visitors from all over the country stopped by to visit us in the historic Wineck Barn to tell us that their trip to the Matanuska Valley was inspired by watching Alaska Far Away on their local public television station. They loved visiting the Wineck Barn at the Fair, and the Colony House Museum in downtown Palmer. We heard over and over again that knowing the history of the valley made their visit to Alaska richer and more enjoyable for the entire family.

Last year we wrote in this blog:
"If you've never been to Alaska in the summer, GO! And if you have, GO AGAIN! And if you're going, don't miss the beautiful Matanuska Valley. Every time we return, it takes our breath away. Majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, rolling farmland, friendly people, intriguing history, and the most delicious produce you're ever going to taste make it a wonderful place to visit."  

And we still mean it. If you're planning a trip to Alaska, visit the Matanuska Valley. Like us, you might just keep coming back again and again.


Traditional native blanket toss at Alaska State Fair
Third grade students having fun with Matanuska Colony history in the Wineck Barn
Be sure to try the salmon quesadillas at the Alaska State Fair!
You have to come to the Fair to see Matanuska's world-famous Giant Vegetables.






Monday, February 17, 2014

Rewarding Good Deeds to Your Community

People often tell us they wish our films were available in their local library, or in the schools. So we're offering a new "Good Deed" discount for those of you who would like to make a contribution to your community.

When you purchase copies of our DVD's - Alaska Far Away, Where the River Matanuska Flows, or a set of both films - and ask us to ship them to a school, library, or historical society, we will rebate $10 back to you, and send the recipient a note telling them of your tax-deductible donation. That's it - it's that simple. You do a good deed for your community, and we reward you with a $10 rebate. Click here to order online, or here for an order form to order by mail.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year, and New Broadcasts

We hear the weather outside is frightful for much of the country: a good time to stay home and watch Alaska Far Away - most of the scenes take place in summer, so it should make you feel warmer.

We just got word that new broadcasts have been scheduled for this week:

Sunday, January 5:
KSPS - Spokane/Calgary - 9:30 a.m.
WMEB - Bangor, Maine - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 8:
WGTV - Georgia - 12:30 a.m.

If these aren't in your broadcast area, please forward this information to friends and family who might be interested.


Thank you!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
It's New Year's Eve, which means it's the final day of our holiday specials.
 
We've sold our last copy of Heather Lehe's delightful novel, Colony Kids, but through December 31st you can still get our films Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows, as well as a very special deal on the Matanuska Colony 75th Anniversary Scrapbook, through today - with free shipping! Just click here to take advantage of these deals before they go away.
 
Wishing you all a very happy New Year!
 
Many thanks to Palmer resident Brit Lively for this beautiful photo taken at the Reindeer Farm in Palmer - a perfect image of Palmer in winter.