Saturday, June 8, 2013

In a Colony State of Mind

So much Matanuska Colony-related news this weekend - where to start?

Palmer, Alaska is enjoying Colony Days this weekend - the annual celebration of Palmer's Matanuska Colony roots, and  the arrival of summer in Alaska - round-the-clock sunshine, plants growing a foot every day, and being outdoors as much as possible.

This public celebration comes one week after the colony families gathered for their annual reunion dinner. "Colony kids" who grew up in the Matanuska Colony, along with colony grandkids, great-grandkids, etc., gathered for an afternoon of nostalgia and catching up.

And speaking of nostalgia: the opening scenes of Alaska Far Away were filmed during the Colony Days Parade in 1995. Look familiar?

We're honoring Colony Days by taking part in the I Love Palmer/Colony Days Giveaway. Created by Palmerite Laura Sampson, author of the blog, Hey What's For Dinner Mom?, the giveaway includes ALL of the following Matanuska Colony-themed prizes:
*  A set of BOTH of our films on DVD: Alaska Far Away and its companion film, Where the River Matanuska Flows
* Helen Hegener's new book, The Matanuska Colony Barns - a must-have for anyone who interested in
the Matanuska Colony, Palmer, Alaska, farming, barns, history, or great books. (That pretty much covers everyone, doesn't it?)
* Heather Lehe's book, Colony Kids - a charming novel about the early days of the colony written from the perspective of the kids themselves, and based on stories from actual colony kids (including some stories featured in our films).

So enter the giveaway now! The drawing ends in three days, and your odds of winning are great.

Our interview on Aspen Public Radio can be heard here. And we were jazzed to wake up to see a glowing article about Alaska Far Away posted on Alaska Dispatch.

Meanwhile, Alaska Far Away is showing on public television stations in three different states over the next three days. Here are all the details. Please spread the word to friends and family in these broadcast areas.

Colorado Public Television
Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 a.m.

Tune in to Aspen Public Radio this week, as we talk with filmmaker and NPR reporter Rob St. Mary about Alaska Far Away. Check our Facebook page for time and date.

WPBS-TV - Watertown, New York*
Sunday, June 9 at 12:00 noon
* WPBS-TV also reaches eastern Ontario, making this the first international broadcast for Alaska Far Away

Wyoming PBS

Monday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 a.m.