Come browse through some of the local scenery, activities, animal life that you can expect to experience here in Petersburg, Alaska.
Commemorating our independence from Great Britain – our island is sure to celebrate! From fireworks to parades, barbecues to our local street fair, this little island in Southeast Alaska puts on quite the show! This year we celebrated our independence over the course of 3 days of fun. The rain let up just as the parade started (and started just as the parade ended) allowing for us to catch candy and cheer on the parade participants. The fireworks display during the evening was amazing as well. There was lots of activities for everyone to enjoy as Alaska’s “Little Norway” residents put on quite the celebration. If you have not experienced being in Petersburg Alaska during this time you should plan for it in the future!
This annual celebration dates back to May 17th, 1958 when two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen chaired the first Little Norway Festival in celebration of our unique Norwegian heritage. Syttende Mai or May 17th, celebrates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814. Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival has grown over these last 49 years to span the 3rd weekend of May and celebrates not only Norway’s Constitution, but U.S. Armed Forces Day, the coming of spring and beginning of the fishing season.
Residents and visitors, young and old alike dressed in Norwegian bunader (folk costumes) host as well as partake in the Festival events. The rowdy Vikings and Valkyries stir up lighthearted mischief whenever and wherever they can. A great time to see local Petersburg culture and talent! Something to plan a trip around for sure!!
It’s amazing what one can see from a boat off the shores of Petersburg Alaska in the summer. The humpback whales migrate through South East Alaskan waters during the summer months and create quite the show. These whales are known for their acrobatic breaching and slapping the water with their tails and pectorals. These whales can swim up to 16,000 miles each year. Killer whales, also known as Orcas or Black fish also swim through these waters. These whales are highly social and are regarded as apex predators which means they lack a natural predator. It must be nice to be on top of the food chain! It is a special sight to behold these animals (and others) in their natural habitat and is a shame that such thing is still captured and stuffed into pens for public viewing amusement. When possible, support causes that promote these impressive fish doing what they do naturally. Make the time and plan a trip up north to South East Alaska’s Petersburg and come see for yourself just how impressive these animals are in their natural environment.
It was a beautiful sunny day in the land of South East Alaska for the third annual Circle of Life Cabin Creek Run/Walk. This wonderful event remembers those who have surrendered to the battle of cancer and those that have fought and were victorious. It was a great turn out as the run started with registration at Petersburg’s Sandy Beach. A light warm up and then they were off to the races for a 5K/3.1 mile run/walk in celebration of everyone. The proceeds benefited “Beat the Odds.” We here at Anchor Properties took a break from selling homes to photograph the event and its participants. It was a blast!
Petersburg’s newest fire station was a much needed addition to this little town. Built in 2012 solely with state funds, this fire hall is over 18,500 square feet of fire fighting space. As you walk in the side entrance to the building you are greeted with a glass display which contains all the trophies and awards the fire station has achieved from attending various fire conferences and competitions. Of the 65 volunteer fire fighters only two are paid staff. The garage can hold 3 fire engines, 1 rescue truck, 2 ambulances, 1 search and rescue truck and 1 administrative pickup truck. There are two sleeping quarters and two shower rooms to the facility. There is also a conference room that can sit up to 42 people comfortably with tables and chairs. The conference room has a sound system, and a roll down screen. Its impressive to see these volunteers work. These fire fighters work extremely hard in addition to their daily lives to ensure that all the residents of Petersburg are safe and sound. My hat goes off to all these hard working volunteers and I can’t begin to thank them enough for all that they do to make this little town what it is. Everyone should hug their volunteer firefighter today!
As we came in to fall here in Petersburg Alaska we turned our focus from selling homes in Alaska to the magic of the holiday season in down town Petersburg. The annual tree lighting ceremony this year was a hit! The weather cooperated and we were able to all gather with candles lit to watch the tree lights turn on for the first time. Kids ran around and everyone huddled close as the local Petersburg Viking band played holiday music and Santa made his special guest appearance. There truly is no place else to be during this time of year then Petersburg Alaska when it comes to holiday cheer!
Homecoming – A very big deal for all high schools and all high schoolers. This year in South East Alaska, the Petersburg Vikings welcomed Wrangell to the basketball court to kick things off. It was a well attended event. Wrangell is a town located to the south of Petersburg Alaska, just south through the narrows, situated on Wrangell Island. Its a short boat and bus ride for the team and its supporters. The Petersburg Vikings dominated Wrangell in basketball this weekend. The school dance was held at midnight on Saturday giving the Vikings’ win even more something to dance about! The band played, the cheer leaders led and the crowd went wild. We took a break from selling homes in Alaska to watch the spirit of this homecoming unfold.
Selling homes in Alaska is not the only thing that is new and interesting these days. Petersburg Alaska welcomes its first fall/winter with the opening of their new public library! The construction took a little over a year and is quite the draw with kids of all ages! There is a toddler room (which has some sound proofing) complete with computers and a corner for toddler story hour. There is a communal corner in the main body of the library with fireplace and chairs. There is a “teen room” which has diner-like seating and fireplace and coffee-shop tables around. From the stone entry to the exposed wood beams – this library truly is a gorgeous building. The people who work here are very friendly and accommodating and if there’s a book you can’t find they will order it and have it in within a week.
It was a beautiful starry night in the land of Little Norway! Halloween was kicked off by quite the spooky party at Petersburg’s Sons of Norway hall which hosted its annual event. Over 200 kids and their parents showed up to partake in the games and enter the costume contest. Residents baked home made Halloween treats for all to snack on while games were held all along the perimeter of the hall. There was even a fortune teller! So many great costumes! After the party at Sons of Norway kids went out and hit the streets for some trick or treating. It was a beautiful night with no rain which made going door to door and begging for candy a very pleasant experience. Happy Halloween everyone! From your friends in Petersburg Alaska!
Petersburg’s Oktoberfest Art Share was held the weekend of October 26th and was very well received. Local Alaskan residents exhibited their hand made-home made wares in the community gym of the Petersburg High School gym. Among the unique items for sale were home made jellies, candies and food. Beautiful jewelry and wooden spoons, natural locally-derived salves and ointments and survivor bracelets were some of the popular items for sale as well. There was a large food court in the Parks and Recreation craft room which sold everything from Asian food to potatoes to support the Petersburg Girl’s Basketball team. An annual tradition to not be missed and a great shopping experience for early Christmas presents!