What do you get when you combine cocktails, shopping, and a good time? The 3rd Annual Shop Local Party Bus.
The Shop Local Party Bus will carry shoppers to numerous locations across Fairbanks, including several stops downtown. The Party Bus will hold true to its name, allowing patrons to sip cocktails and locally-crafted brews while being driven across town . Ursa Major Distilling and Hoodoo Brewery are providing the refreshments.
The Party Bus is operated by the Pub Line, which holds a chauffeurs license allowing it to serve alcoholic beverages on its bus.
The Shop Local Party Bus began in 2011 as a way to add local color to the holiday shopping... [Read more]
The Empress Theatre will play host to The Deadly Gentlemen, a critically-acclaimed Bluegrass band from Boston.
The Deadly Gentleman will be in Fairbanks for a single performance this Friday, December 6. “The music of the Deadly Gentlemen is timeless, resonant, and rootsy while also contemporary – and boundlessly entertaining,” according to Rounder Records (the band’s label).
“I think it’s going to be a rowdy, fun dancing party but, with finely honed musicianship and excellent lyrics,” said Carey Seward. Seward’s Follies, Seward’s downtown-based production company, is promoting the event.
In honor of the band’s return... [Read more]
A new holiday festival will transform the vacant ACS building into an indoor showcase full of festive merriment and holiday cheer.
The Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Fairbanks Area will host the inaugural Festival of Trees, which will see fifty lit and bedazzled Christmas trees arrayed throughout the building. The celebration opens on Dec. 6 and will conclude on Dec. 8.
During this family-friendly event, the trees will be on display and open to the public during the three day festival over the first weekend in December. The Festival will feature a bake sale, craft vendors, gift wrapping, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. Entertainment... [Read more]
For Adrienne McGee, clothes are more than cloth and fabric. Clothes are like companions and – most importantly – are a passion. It was only natural that, at some point, she open her own clothing boutique.
“I’ve always wanted to run a clothing store,” said McGee, owner of Rock Valley Boutique, the new ladies clothing store downtown. “I felt like it was something we needed here.”
What makes Rock Valley unique is its quality and rotating selection, according to McGee. She brings new merchandise in every few weeks and will bring new shoe styles in every season. Rock Valley offers a selection of high-quality casual, eclectic and “arty”... [Read more]
The Downtown Association of Fairbanks and KSUA 91.5 are bringing experimental chamber music group Kurva Choir to downtown Fairbanks.
The band has a unique sound that combines non-traditional, improvised classical music with haunting alternative vocals. Band members include CJ Boyd, Dominique Hamilton and Molly McDermott.
“Molly plays music that not only captures your attention, but makes you rethink and really believe in the power of voice again,” said Brady Gross, General Manager of KSUA.
Josh LeBuda of Young Fangs will open.
The intimate concert will be at River City Cafe and Espresso on Nov. 30. The event begins at 7PM. Tickets are $5... [Read more]
This December, Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Fairbanks Area will host the inaugural Festival of Trees. Fifty lit and decorated Christmas trees are set to transform the vacant ACS building in downtown Fairbanks into a hall of holiday merriment. The trees are being decorated and sponsored by local businesses and individuals.
The finished trees will be on display and open to the public for a festive weekend in December, featuring sing-a-longs, a bake sale, craft vendors, gift wrapping, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. The celebration opens on First Friday, Dec. 6, with refreshments and a special performance by the Peace Choir. The... [Read more]
Nashville singer/songwriter Sarah Peacock returns to Fairbanks for a series of shows this November. Peacock toured Alaska extensively this summer – including two performances at the Downtown Market – before returning to the state this month.
Peacock is promoting her new album, Live From The Red Clay Theatre, which was released in October.
“I have really established a close knit group of friends that are like my family here in Fairbanks,” said Peacock. “It almost feels like [how] home should feel in some ways,” she added.
How is the Tennessee native handling an Alaska winter? “I am actually loving it!” she said. “I haven’t... [Read more]
In preparation for the holiday season, 2 Street Gallery will hold their inaugural Art Ornament Show. Artists and craftspeople of all ages are invited to participate in the holiday ornament competition.
All ornaments must be handmade and no larger than 5” in dimension. Up to three ornaments may be submitted for the $5 entry fee. The entrance deadline is Dec. 3 by 4:00 PM.
The public will vote for their favorite ornament during the Dec. 6, First Friday unveiling. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize. The ornaments will be on display in the gallery from Dec. 6-29.
“Ornaments are just fun to make!” said Kate Wood, a member of the gallery.... [Read more]
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 20th, the City of Fairbanks will begin weekly snow removal in the downtown business district. Snow removal will occur every Wednesday evening during the winter months as it is needed.
The Department of Public Works intends to maintain the streets and sidewalks of the downtown area to the best of it’s ability. The area to be serviced is the area identified as the Central Business District in the Vision Fairbanks/Complete Streets Plan, bounded by Noble Street on the east, Gaffney on the south, Barnette on the west and the river on the north.
In the summer months, the weekly service will include street sweeping and general... [Read more]
Winners of the 2013 Downtown Annual Awards were announced at the annual meeting of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks on Tuesday, October 29th. Honorees included businesses and partners who have made exceptional contributions to downtown revitalization efforts throughout 2013.
The Revitalization of the Year Award was presented to Aaron Rhoades of Chinook Commercial Properties for his outstanding efforts in restoring the Lathrop Building and for filling the first floor of the building with good tenants.
Rhoades moved his family to Fairbanks during the summer following his purchase of the building two years ago. “Aaron has filled... [Read more]
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) of Fairbanks is seeking applicants for the Joy Albin Memorial and Ann Denardo Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships are available to both part-time and full-time students.
“The scholarships were designed to help improve a student’s future, both academically and career-wise” said Cheris Haymond-Rotter, NAMI’s Office Manager. Anyone can apply for the scholarships, but preference is given to students recovering from mental illness. The scholarships are for the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 school year and are valued at approximately $500 each.
For more information, download a PDF of the scholarships’... [Read more]
On Nov. 6, community members will hold a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of homeless and at-risk youth in Fairbanks. “Our candles and signs will show our support and give hope for the many youth currently living on their own,” said Colette Gilmour, a VISTA volunteer with the Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption’s Street Outreach and Advocacy Program (SOAP).
“The event is important because many people don’t realize how many homeless children there actually are in Fairbanks,” said Gilmour. More than 230 runaways were reported in 2012, according to the Fairbanks Youth Advocates (FYA) website. A 28 percent increase over 2011.
“Homeless... [Read more]
Hold on to your Stetson and take a pull on your flask; honky tonk is coming to downtown Fairbanks. For November, the Empress Theatre on 3rd Ave. will transform into a good ole’ fashion southern honky tonk bar.
A honky tonk bar is like walking into an old western saloon with a dash of Cheers, said Carey Seward. Seward is directing “Out There, Honky Tonkin’,” an original musical that blends together the drama of a play with the atmosphere of a real bar. In fact, several of the actors will double as bartenders, serving drinks to patrons while performing their roles.
What really defines a honky tonk bar is the music. They take their name... [Read more]
Enjoy the first days of winter in downtown by attending First Friday in November, your guide to the best new art shows in shops, galleries and restaurants in Fairbanks. While the temperature is falling, the downtown is heating up. Take this suggested itinerary (with map) or make your own (view a full list of shows) for a great night out on the town.
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm:
Alaska House Art Gallery will feature Pat Fitzgerald and Robin Dale Ford selling and signing their new CD, “Lovely Flame.” There will also be Made in Alaska hand-crafted jewelry on sale from six Alaskan artists.
The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce... [Read more]