6th Annual Ice Castles on the Green, December 14!
Colony Christmas is an old fashioned three-day celebration of Christmas past and present in Palmer that features horse-drawn sleigh rides, reindeer, gingerbread houses, and holiday carolers. As part of the celebration, on Saturday, December 14, 2013 the Valley Arts Alliance will be producing their 6th Annual Ice Castles on the Green!
Ice Castles on the Green consists of unique winter ice sculptures created by some of the Valley’s best artists. Our sculptures will be constructed behind the Dahlia Street Market on the Palmer Green, the area in Palmer also known as the “quad” or “square” located between the Borough Office, the Colony Inn, and the Dahlia Street Market.
The Dahlia Street Market was built in the mid-1930’s as the colony’s Trading Post and Post Office. Palmer’s Mayor DeLena Johnson and her husband Steve purchased the abandoned building a few years ago and restored it to glory. Now it hosts Palmer’s famous restaurant “Rusty’s” (where everyone is invited in for a “warm up” on Saturday afternoon during the Ice Castles on the Green).
Our centerpiece this year will be an ice sculpture based on the glass pyramids at the Louvre in Paris. We have other remarkable ice sculptures lined up, but we’re always looking for other talented artists to help us create unique ice sculptures at Ice Castles on the Green! So bring your own ice, in any shape or form, and help us build!
Most of the ice sculpting will occur from 2 to 4pm, but visit us any time and watch the ice sculptures take shape! At 4pm we’ll have a drawing for an “artsy” prize. Tickets are FREE, and will be distributed throughout the day. And at 4:30, the Mat-Su Community Chorus will be caroling in the midst of our ice sculptures.
So join us (and join in) on December 14 as we create another wonderful Ice Castles on the Green!
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing the classic “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from November 29 through December 22, 2013. Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun, this is a play your whole family will enjoy! Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm; and Sunday shows start at 2pm. For more info, see their website or phone the Box Office at 373-0195.
In the lobby of the Machetanz Theatre is the Valley Arts Alliance showcase that displays locally crafted original artwork by Valley Arts Alliance members.
For the next several weeks, our showcase will contain the entry “All Decked Out” by Ginny Lawton. It was modeled by Ginny Lawton, Kate Lawton, Pat Gakin, Audrey Kelley, and Michelle Spiegel-Freeman in the 2013 VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show.
New displays at the Machetanz Theatre are being planned, so that we can provide VPA theatre guests with an opportunity to view our local community artists. Just another example of the Valley Arts Alliance bringing the community together through the arts!
What is "Second Saturday"?
On one day each month—the “Second Saturday” here in the Valley—we are encouraging local art galleries, restaurants, and retail businesses to join in with local and regional artists, sculptors, musicians, and food masters for a festive day of art and entertainment.
This concept has been adopted in a variety of locations throughout America, and provides a festive atmosphere for visitors to plan a day on the town and browse the many participating stores and venues. A bookstore could schedule a book signing; a coffee shop could schedule a poetry reading; a gallery could have an artist demonstrate; or a retail establishment could provide space for a musician to play. All on the same day of the month—the Second Saturday.
The Valley Arts Alliance is coordinating the "Second Saturday" project. Just email us if you are willing to participate and we will attempt to match up artists and venues. For a complete list of participating Second Saturday venues, please sign up for our newsletter. It’s that easy! Join us in supporting the arts in our community, and in helping to make our art community grow.