“Quiet as Death” by Trista Crass
On display at Rock Valley Boutique
Every shop has its debut First Friday. On March 7th, Rock Valley Boutique in downtown Fairbanks will have its artistic cotillion. It will be a first for both the shop and the artist being showcased.
“The whole thing’s going to be quirky and adorable,” said Adrienne McGee, Rock Valley’s owner. McGee opened her shop late last year which specializes in high-end women’s fashion.
It will be the debut event for McGee’s boutique, as well as for artist Trista Crass. While they’ve been friends since they were teenagers, McGee jokes that her and Crass are actually long-lost... [Read more]
“Quiet as Death” by Trista Crass
On display at Rock Valley Boutique
If you’re looking for the best First Friday events in Fairbanks then look no further than our guide and map, giving you the low-down on First Friday downtown. This March, downtown brings you the best in art, photography, food, music and more. From Rock Valley Boutique’s first-ever art show, to the Fairbanks Rollergirls’ “Happily Ever Afterlife Zombie Prom” fundraiser downtown offers something for everyone! While the weather is expected to be 16F and sunny, make sure to bring a coat if you plan on walking between shows!
ART... [Read more]
The Alaska Journal of Commerce nominated two members of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks to the 2014 Top Forty Under 40 list: Brenda Riley and Andrea Bean. Riley is the Executive Director of the Fairbanks Children’s Museum. The museum is located at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Bean is the Regional Coordinator for JL Properties, a real estate development and management company.
The award surprised Riley. “I know there’s a lot of stiff competition out there,” she said. “There’s a lot of people out there who are doing amazing things.”
While flattered, Riley feels she hasn’t done anything... [Read more]
The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces the finalists for the 2014 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. Seven entries were selected from more then two-dozen submitted.
The finalists are: Kathryn Everson, Lauren Hatty, Aaron Worley, Brianna Reagan, Isaiah Mangum, Hannah Foss and Teal Rogers.
The public can vote for their favorite at downtownfairbanks.com. The Downtown Association will announce the winner on March 11.
The winning design will be printed on official festival t-shirts, light pole banners, advertisements and print guides. The winning designer will receive a $250 cash prize and five complimentary festival t-shirts. The... [Read more]
On Feb. 7, the Fairbanks Community & Dog Mushing Museum will host a fine art auction as part of First Friday. The museum will also officially unveil the Century Club, a new endeavor to help the organization raise funds.
“Fairbanks has a very rich history and to be able to keep it in a building with historic significance is important,” said Bob Eley, a volunteer at the museum which is housed in Historic City Hall. Membership fees from the Century Club will provide funds to upgrade the facility and computer system, as well as aid in the construction of new exhibits. If the auction and Century Club membership drive are successful,... [Read more]
Are you looking for the best First Friday events in Fairbanks? Look no further than our quick guide, giving you the skinny on First Friday downtown.
ART AUCTION – Fairbanks Community & Dog Musher’s Museum
(410 Cushman) [5-9PM]
ART SHOW – Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
(101 Dunkel St.) [5-8PM]
ART SHOW + SHOPPING – 2 Street Gallery
(535 2nd Ave.) [5-8PM]
ART SHOW + SHOPPING – If Only…a fine store
(215 Cushman) [5-8PM]
ART SHOW + FOOD – Co-op Market
(526 Gaffney Rd.) [5-8PM]
ARTS + CRAFTS – Forget-Me-Not Books
(517 Gaffney Rd.) [10AM-6PM]
ART SHOW + SHOPPING – Stone Soup Cafe
(507... [Read more]
10 AM – 6 PM: Forget Me Not Books hosts a kids day on the First Friday of each month and features arts and crafts activities for kids throughout the day. Forget Me Not Books/517 Gaffney Rd./456-6212
2 PM – 5 PM: Book signing with author Claudia Lively of the Vole Family series. Alaskana Raven Bookstore/535 Second Ave. – Co-Op Plaza/ 378-2835
5 PM – 7 PM: Book signing with author Libbie Martin at the Morris Thompson Center. Chat with Martin and grab an autographed copy of her book “Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race,” which explores every aspect of the grueling 1,000-mile long race. Morris Thompson Center/101 Dunkel St./459-3700
5 PM... [Read more]
Did you miss the Winter Solstice fireworks downtown? Do you want to relive the show in pictures? Peruse through our photo gallery and enjoy colorful shots from atop the historic Northern Lights Hotel during our Dec. 21, 2013 fireworks show.
Several hundred people turned out for the display, lining sidewalks, roadways, parks and bridges to see the lights. Those gathered oooh’d and ahhh’d for close to twelve minutes as the display lit up downtown Fairbanks.
The 2013 Celebration of Lights fireworks display was produced by Fire Art Pyrotechnics. A big thank you to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Badger Towing for sponsoring... [Read more]
The Alyeska Pipeline Celebration of Lights, a Solstice fireworks show, will light up the sky in downtown Fairbanks on Saturday, December 21st at 8 PM.
“Fireworks are a great way to celebrate the Solstice,” said David van den Berg, Executive Director of the Downtown Association. “While this year’s fireworks show is set to go and boosted by a forecast of warm weather it is fun to reminisce that last year’s fireworks almost didn’t happen. It was cold enough last year to have second thoughts. We wondered who would come downtown to watch fireworks at -40? Would the show be visible? Would the smoke clear or would it linger in a... [Read more]
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]