Local Interests

Come browse through some of the local scenery, activities, animal life that you can expect to experience here in Petersburg, Alaska.

60th Annual Syttende Mai Festival

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Local Interests | Comments Off on 60th Annual Syttende Mai Festival

Petersburg Alaska hosted the 60th annual Syttende Mai in its town this year. In addition to the usual festival events there was a musical addition of Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers. Lots of singing, dancing, drinking, and Norwegian festivities for all were had during the festival week.

Residents and visitors, young and old alike dressed in Norwegian bunader (folk costumes) host as well as partake in the Festival events. Petersburg is transformed for the week in honoring their history and celebrating popular traditions. The rowdy Vikings and Valkyries stir up lighthearted mischief whenever and wherever they can.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 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. Great music always plays a large part of the Festival fun and indoor and outdoor dances are scheduled for Friday & Saturday evenings. Art events include; the Annual Mitkof Mummer’s Melodrama written and produced each year by the local theatre group, a variety of artist receptions, and even rosemaling classes.. The heart of downtown is barricaded and booths line the street offering a variety of wares and information. Food, always an important aspect of any festival, ranges from traditional Alaskan Native fare and Petersburg’s world-class seafood to fine Norwegian delicacies. A parade, a walk/run race, a pageant, style shows, many dedications, receptions and open houses fill out the very full Annual Festival Schedule and insure entertainment for everyone.

We are downtown and lookin’ good!

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Local Interests | Comments Off on We are downtown and lookin’ good!

A little late with the post… come swing in and say hi at our new office in downtown Petersburg Alaska. I must give a personal shout out to my most amazing husband Patrick McGrath for his craftsmanship in transforming the place and in making my desk (honed from a sentimental redwood tree). Our front lounge area is set up with coffee, tea, Le Croix, kids toys — something for everyone!

First Annual Pumpkin Patch in Petersburg, Alaska

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Local Interests | Comments Off on First Annual Pumpkin Patch in Petersburg, Alaska

Anchor Properties brought the first ever pumpkin patch to Petersburg residents. Anchor Properties believes in giving back to the community and personally connecting with the people of the island. The proceeds from the pumpkin patch went to benefit the local non-profit public radio station, KFSK. This pumpkin patch was a hit! Several professionals grouped together to donate everything from pumpkins, to bounce houses and price cuts on shipping costs. The children of Petersburg loved the event. The Pumpkin patch was open for three weekends in October and had face painting, hot apple cider, Italian sodas, bounce house, hay maze, bubble machine, music, a fire going and laughter in the air. Rain or shine… people came and enjoyed themselves and gave to a good cause.

Petersburg Alaska’s Wearable Arts Show 2017

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Petersburg Alaska’s Wearable Arts Show 2017

The last weekend of March found Alaska’s “Little Norway” fully entertained with their local performance of “Wearable Arts.” This annual event is put on by Petersburg’s award winning non-profit radio station, KFSK, and raises a lot of money for a great cause. This year’s theme was “Freaks of Nature” and exhibitors brought just that! There were a couple of costumes modeled at the event that travel the state and are shown at other events. Lots of LED lights, paint and thinking outside the box went into this event. Patrons enjoyed a light dinner put on by Petersburg’s newest culinary shop, Salty Pantry. The event was three days long and very well received.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Petersburg, Alaska

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Local Interests | Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Petersburg, Alaska

Even the Norwegian town of Petersburg Alaska knows how to honor the Irish. This years parade was held amidst rain and snow but the marchers carried on proud of their heritage and history. This years parade had all walks of life join in on the fun; from children who were apart of their local girl scout troop organization to the nursing homes van with its wonderful residents aboard. The parade was a short and sweet one and ended in the atrium up at the long term care arm of the hospital. We love our little island nestled away in South East Alaska — bag pipes and green cookies were enjoyed by all!  The luck of the Irish was amongst us!

Your Personal Nite Lite in Petersburg, Alaska

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Your Personal Nite Lite in Petersburg, Alaska

Getting a glimpse of the Northern Lights, or “Aurora Borealis,” is usually at the top of the list for people visiting Alaska. People often think they have to travel far north to see them, but tourists visiting Petersburg, Alaska, can catch a glimpse of this spectacular light show too. These photos were taken right here in the heart of Petersburg by resident photographer Carey Carmichael Case, and perfectly capture the magnitude of the Northern Lights in this little fishing town.

While most people have heard of the Aurora Borealis, the origin of this unusual display of lights is less commonly understood. The “lights” we see are actually collisions between gaseous particles traveling from the sun into the earth’s atmosphere. This type of activity is only visible above the magnetic poles, and is called either “Aurora Borealis” (northern hemisphere) and “Aurora Australis” (southern hemisphere).

Each light show is different, and the colors depend on the type of gas particles colliding. The pale yellow-green that is most common is from lower-altitude oxygen molecules, and blues and purples come from nitrogen particles. Some people have seen the rare all-red aurora, which comes from high-altitude oxygen. The lights can appear in scattered patches, clouds, streamers, arcs, ripples, or rays that shoot across the sky. Each light show will be different from the last, and the only way to fully understand this breathtaking natural phenomenon is to experience it.

“Alaska’s Little Norway” is an ideal place to experience the Northern Lights, as well as an array of other unforgettable new experiences. If you’re ready to plan a trip or relocate to our island to see all of the wonderful things this little fishing town has to offer, we would love to assist you with your journey!

 

5 Best Summer Activities to do in Petersburg

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Local Interests | Comments Off on 5 Best Summer Activities to do in Petersburg

Planning a visit to Petersburg? Summer is by far the most popular time to visit, and with good reason — temperatures are pleasant and the sun doesn’t set until 8 or 9 at night, leaving plenty of time to hike, fish, and explore all the town has to offer. July is generally the peak tourist time in Alaska, so if you want to avoid some of the crowds and tourist prices, visiting toward the later part of August or even early September is ideal. Here are just a handful of activities you’ll want to be sure to work into your itinerary during a summer trip.

  1. Take a hike. Whether you’re in peak shape or haven’t broken in your hiking shoes yet, Petersburg offers trail options for all ages and experience levels. Some of our favorites include: Raven Trail, Three Lakes Trail, Man Made Hole, Ohmer Creek Trail. Plan a backpacking trip if you’re looking for some solitude, or book a cabin to use as your home base if you’d prefer a day hike.
  1. Perfect your fishing techniques. Try Blind River Rapids, which has salmon running up it, or make a day trip to any of the small lakes dotting the island to fish for trout. Dolly Varden trout and herring are plentiful in the harbor—and while you’re there, don’t forget to watch for sea lions from the docks. They are frequent visitors to the canneries, hoping for a scrap of fish.
  1. Go berry picking. Did you know there are almost 50 types of berries in Alaska? Berry picking is plentiful in Southeast Alaska, and for most types of berries is best in late July and August. Some of the varieties you’ll find include blueberries, huckleberries, salmonberries, and the elusive Nagoon berry, if you can find a local who will disclose their secret locations. If you don’t know your berries well, it’s best to pick up a book beforehand and learn what is and isn’t safe to eat — some berries, including all white-colored berries in Alaska, are poisonous. If you’re unsure, stick to you-pick farms and orchards, or ask a park ranger to look at your berry loot before consuming.
  1. Stroll through town. No trip to Petersburg is complete without a day spent browsing the local shops and restaurants in the historic downtown area. Here you’ll find a blend of fine art, souvenir items, and a taste of the town’s history. Make sure to bring home a handcrafted Alaskan item from a local artist and snap a picture of the local storefronts and homes featuring the Norwegian decorative painting style known as “rosmaling.”
  1. Take to the seas. Getting out on the water is a favorite summer activity of the locals! Book a sea kayaking trip or take to the open seas independently by renting boats or kayaks from one of the numerous rental companies. If you’re traveling with small children or are looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the water, a cruise or marine charter is a great way to go whale watching and learn about the history of the area at a more leisurely pace.

 

A look at Petersburg by resident photographer Carey Carmichael Case

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Local Interests | Comments Off on A look at Petersburg by resident photographer Carey Carmichael Case

Wild Iris Photography by Carey Carmichael Case – I’m based out of Petersburg, Alaska, the place I am lucky enough to call home.  I love the outdoors, living in southeast Alaska, and photography. Being able to combine the three to produce an image is magic to me.  I spend much of my time with my family – husband, two dogs, and my own wild Iris, my daughter who is 9 – out exploring this great place.

For additional images, or to contact me you can find Wild Iris Photography on Facebook.

5 Things to do in Petersburg for Nature Lovers

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Local Interests | Comments Off on 5 Things to do in Petersburg for Nature Lovers

Petersburg is a nature lover’s haven, full of activities for everyone from the tranquil nature observer to the thrill-seeking outdoor adventurer. While many of the most popular tourist activities are best in the summer, there are plenty of options for year-round outdoor fun as well.

  1. Hiking
    Lacing up those hiking boots and taking to the trails is one of the best ways to get to know the Petersburg area. The Tongass National Forest offers over 700 miles of trails. You’ll find everything from quick jaunts around a pristine lake to multi-day backpacking trips along alpine trails. It’s a good idea to read up on your adventure before you go to get familiar with the area’s pests and learn what to pack for the time of year you are going and how to stay safe on the trails.
  1. Whale watching
    The Frederick Sound passage is known to be one of the best places to see humpback whales in all of North America. In the summer, Petersburg is a major feeding ground for these whales. Booking a charter or cruise is the best way to get a good view of the whales while learning about their behaviors.
  1. Glacier viewing
    Seeing a glacier up close is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tours in the Petersburg area take viewers through Leconte Bay fjord to see the LeConte Glacier and take in the beauty of deep-blue icebergs. Some trips will even allow you to hike among some of the icebergs near the shore.
  1. Beachcombing
    When the tide is right, a patient beachcomber will be rewarded with abundant treasures. Along with the usual beach finds like shells and bits of weathered glass, you might also find Tlingit petroglyphs, pieces from old wooden boats, and remnants of ancient fish traps. While you don’t need any special permits to go beachcombing, you will want to pick up a guide to know when the tide is right. Wear waterproof hiking boots or basic rubber boots and bring (or find) a walking stick for your journey. Make sure to pack insect repellent too.
  1. Birding
    Petersburg offers incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing. Over 240 bird species have been spotted in the area, including frequent eagle sightings. Birding excursions allow visitors to learn about all the many species of birds and how to spot them, or you can simply pick up a guidebook and find a quiet spot to observe on your own.

 

Halloween 2015 with the Sons of Norway

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Local Interests | Comments Off on Halloween 2015 with the Sons of Norway

Welcome to Fedrelandet #23 Sons of Norway! Its a spooky time of year — HALLOWEEN in Southeast Alaska. Everyone and anyone who has a little child on Mitkof Island pour into this old hall to partake in spooky festivities. Built in 1912 this hall can accommodate a lot of people within its walls. Weddings, funerals, dances, potlucks, even basket ball games (the hoop is still there) were once had in this historic building.

Halloween for the kids kicks off at 4:00 and ends just before the trick-or-treating begins amongst the houses. Hot dogs, candy, cookies, cupcakes and various other treats await the kids between games in the hall. Halloween in the hall ends with a costume contest and this year the judges picked their top 5 most favorite. Such a great community to live in!

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