"Ice Castles on the Green"
December 2010

“Colony Christmas” in Palmer is a well-loved old-fashioned Christmas celebration that features horse-drawn and reindeer sleigh rides, gingerbread houses, and Christmas carolers. As part of the festivities, the Valley Arts Alliance presented their Third Annual “ICE CASTLES ON THE GREEN”, which featured unique sculptures made of ice.

The “Green” is the area in Palmer known as the “quad” or “square” located between the Borough Office, the Colony Inn, and the Dahlia Street Market.

The Dahlia Street Market, located at 320 E. Dahlia Street, was originally built as a trading post in 1935, during FDR’s New Deal Colony Project, and in later years served as a US Post Office and dry goods store, a civic center, and finally a health care center. DeLena and Steve Johnson purchased this building and recently renovated it to it’s original glory!

Today, the Dahlia Street Market is the home of Palmer’s newest restaurant, “Rusty’s”. While artists of the Valley Arts Alliance, and many parents and children, constructed the sculptures of “Ice Castles on the Green”, “Rusty’s” was a nice place to warm up and enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner!

The Valley Arts Alliance artists constructing these wonderful ice sculptures consisted of Kathy Zeitz, Nan Potts, Carmen Summerfield and many others, as well as numerous parents and children. As daylight turned to dusk, the Mat-Su Community Chorus treated everyone to a wonderful evening of caroling, both outside and, later, in Rusty’s dining room.

The Valley Arts Alliance plans to create the ICE CASTLES ON THE GREEN event beside the Dahlia Street Market every December, in the hopes that it will become another well-loved feature of Colony Christmas.