Contributed by Lorali Simon, Mary Lou Coddington, and Jack Burnett.
What makes Palmer such a special place? I believe it is our sense of community. Palmer has become a gathering place, a destination, a desired location. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with our beautiful scenery. After all, Pioneer Peak is probably the second most recognizable mountain in Alaska. Palmer's sense of community is encapsulated in our quaint, kind, Norman Rockwell-esque vibe of a true American small town downtown.
To me, our sense of community really means Who Let the Girls Out! This annual event is sponsored and hosted every year by a growing group of Palmer-ites (Palmer-ainians?) - individuals and businesses. We put on WLTGO so that people have a reason to see each other: to mingle, to play, to laugh, to hug, to shop, to eat, and to drink. Shake off the cabin fever! Come to Palmer on April 22-23!
Being community-minded isn't always represented by volunteering for a local non-profit, although we all need to do that too. Sometimes community is as simple as meeting up with old friends, and making new ones, to have a beer and a cheeseburger. Throw in a little shopping with downtown merchants (most of whom are small business owners struggling through another winter).
Most of all, community is loving, accepting, and inviting. Please join us for WLTGO April 22-23.