Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Alaska State Fair, here we come!

The Alaska State Fair edition of our newsletter came out today, with all the information you need to see us at the State Fair.  Click here to see our newsletter.

Using the beautiful Wineck Barn (right inside the Red Gate) as our home base, we're offering daily screenings* of Alaska Far Away and Where the River Matanuska Flows and exhibits that highlight local history.

And there's more! We've added FOUR very special events for audiences of all ages. And everything in the Wineck Barn is FREE with your Fair admission.

Here's what we've got lined up:
* Daily at 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.* - Alaska Far Away
* Daily at 2:00 p.m.* - Where the River Matanuska Flows
     * Note: No screenings on Sunday, September 2, as the Wineck Barn will be hosting Alaska Native Cultures Day events. No screening of "Where the River Matanuska Flows" on August 30 due to Hay Bale Theater event.

* Saturday 8/25 at 11:00 a.m. - Colony History Garden - Students and teachers from Machetanz Elementary School planted a special garden in May, featuring only crops planted by the original Matanuska Colonists in 1935.  They will be sharing the story of their garden in the Wineck Barn.

* Sunday 8/26 at 11:00 a.m. - Most of the colonists who arrived in Palmer in 1935 were children. Author Heather Cooper Lehe has written a novel about that first summer from the point of view of the colony kids. Come here Heather read from her novel, Colony Kids.

Thursday 8/30 at 2:00 p.m. - Celebrate ALASKA GROWN DAY in the Wineck Barn! A special presentation of Hay Bale Theater will be showing films celebrating Alaska's rich agricultural heritage. What better place to watch films about farming in Alaska than in an historic barn? 
* Saturday 9/1 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - Author and photographer Helen Hegener is writing a book about the Matanuska Colony barns. Come see her photos and hear what she has learned about these historic structures.

* Daily from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. - The Valley Arts Alliance is sharing the Wineck Barn with us this year, displaying works by local artists that have all been created out of one local birch tree. Come learn about the One Tree project, and see what these artists have created.

See you at the Fair!