Thursday, April 24, 2014

April & May 2014

Hello all,
All this sunshine seems like a sure bet for spring really being here, even if we don't get the daffodils and cherry blossoms that folks down south enjoy. But in the late afternoon, around the bases of the trees and in the dirty road ditches, that earthy smell reminds us that everything is just ready to burst. In a month, everything will be green and I, for one, am so looking forward to it! So much to look forward to at the Squirrel during April and May, too. Hopefully you make it all the way to the bottom of this newsletter and we hope to see you soon - maybe by bicycle since the bike path is almost clear!

Earth Day Celebration
April 19, 11am - 3pm

Talkeetna's Earth Day Celebration at the Sheldon Arts Hangar always provides a wonderful chance to see what folks around town are doing to help the planet's health and well-being. It's like a health fair for the planet AND a chance to clear off your porch from a winter's worth of stashed recycling! Stop by our booth and say hi to Kelly who will be there with lots of fun Flying Squirrel items and information that will provide you with some "food for thought". And, at the booth next door, my husband Brian Kingsbury will be encouraging folks to eat their locally grown veggies by buying a CSA produce share for the 2014 season. I sure hope you'll support him in his 5th year - somehow, farming doesn't get any easier... More info available at

Closed for Easter - April 20
We will be closed on Easter Sunday this year. It's the last hoorah before launching into spring employee training and the busier summer months. We'll enjoy the day off and hope you will too!

 Art on the Walls
Stop in to see the creative photography by Anina Bolt (above left). Her work is interesting and colorful and will be on display until early May. The rest of the summer is shaping up nicely so save the dates for the following opening receptions and support the creative endeavors of local artists!
Openings are the second Saturday of the month from 3-5pm:
May 10: Steve Durr new paintings (above right), Once Upon a Time in Talkeetna
June 14: Julia March Crocetto fabric art
July 12: Deroy Brandt photography
August 9: Group Show - The Art of Food, Food in Art, or Art So Good You Could Eat It!

Call for Artists! In conjunction with Northern Susitna Institute's "Key Ingredients: America by Food" exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute, Flying Squirrel will host a group show with a food theme! We will be soliciting local artists to create artwork in any medium that can be hung on the wall and connects in some way to food, food culture, wild food, etc. Submissions will be collected from August 1-7 for the show that will open on August 9. Please contact Anita at the Squirrel if you would like to participate.

Mom and Me Make Cupcakes! - Sunday, May 4, 2-4pm
In honor of Mother's Day, we will hold a fun and tasty cupcake cooking class for young children (3-6 years) and their moms! Please leave the other siblings with dad or a friend just this once and come into the Squirrel's kitchen to make and bake cupcakes and icing. Then, after looking at some inspiring cupcake pictures and reading a story, we'll decorate the cupcakes to eat and take home.

Children must be accompanied by a parent (preferably their mother!). Preregistration and prepayment is required. Limit of 12 children. Cost: $15 for 1 child with 1 parent, $25 for 2 children with 1 parent.

 Mother's Day Brunch - Sunday, May 11, 10am-3pm
Ahh Mother's Day! One of these years I'll hire a fancy chef for this event and take the day off! It's always truly fun for me though, a different kind of creative outlet that treats some of the people that deserve it the most - moms! Make reservations early for our delectable, special Mother's Day meal for the whole family or just Mom and her friends, or anyone else that loves great food....and relaxing music...and massage. Watch for more details to come!

April Hours
In April our winter hours will remain in effect as follows, then everything changes in May (see below), and again in June...stay tuned!
SUNDAY: 8am-5pm (except closed on Easter, April 20)
MONDAY: closed
TUESDAY: closed
WEDNESDAY: 7:30am-6pm
THURSDAY: 7:30am-6pm
FRIDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)

May/Summer Hours & New Faces
Say hi to some new faces during the month of May as we start gearing up for summer! We're getting excited to ramp up for summer with Margaret, Willow, Hannah, Nancy, Esther, Amanda, Nate, Jonny, Mark and Kimmy! Also, please note that in May Full Circle Farm produce box pick up will return to the Squirrel on Mondays and that we will only be closed on Tuesdays. Starting on Memorial Day, you can visit us 7 days a week.
SUNDAY: 8am-5pm
MONDAY: 7:30am-7pm
TUESDAY: 7:30am-7pm (Closed Tuesdays in May & September except open May 27)
WEDNESDAY: 7:30am-7pm
THURSDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
FRIDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)
SATURDAY: 7:30am-9pm (Pizza Night: 4-9pm)

Whew. Yup, summer's coming!
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March 2014

Hello to All,
If only we could stop talking about the weather! Could this really be it? So warm. So little snow. Could spring really come early this year? Could break up be the easiest ever? Regardless, March is always a wonderful month full of festive occasions and so much more sun and light that we feel drunk on our (usually delusional) spring fever. It's impossible to help it - everyone gets out a lot more in March than they did in January and February and the talk of the impending busy summer is just around the corner. While you're out and about soaking up these longer days, think of the Squirrel...
Art Happenings
The wonderful still life paintings from Tony Crocetto's art students are still hanging at the Squirrel. March's artist cancelled, so we'll see what develops. No opening scheduled for this month at this point. But we may be able to hang something new and interesting even if just for a few weeks during this month of many out of town visitors. Stop in and be surprised at what's on the walls, or not! Meanwhile, in the works for April are photographs by Anina Bolt. Artists and photographers interested in showing work at Flying Squirrel can contact Anita to find out what's involved, we have openings we would like to fill, so get creating! Also, watch for announcements about a call for artists for an August group show featuring art and photography that shows off my favorite subject matter: food!
Oosik Ski Race
March in Talkeetna has become Oosik month. This fun classic ski race will be held in Flying Squirrel's neighborhood this year, as of now scheduled to start and end at the Mile 11 gravel pit right next door! We will be catering the finish line with two tasty soups and delicious fresh bread. Sign up to ski or volunteer at and think of the Squirrel if you need coffee, snacks, Sunday breakfast or a pizza dinner - in honor of this year's Oosik being right next door PIZZA NIGHT WILL BEGIN AT 2pm on Saturday, March 15!
Summer Employment Opportunities
Flying Squirrel is accepting applications for summer positions including baker, front counter/barista, dishwasher, and part time cook/prep cook. Please stop by Flying Squirrel during business hours to pick up an application or e-mail to inquire: We will start needing folks who can train in mid to late April and into May.
Squirrel Deals
Walk/Bike/Ski to the Squirrel: The bike path is already almost clear! And the skiing on the Talkeetna Lakes Park trails is still decent. Arrive at the Squirrel by non-motorized means and tell your server when you pay to receive a 5% discount!
Prepay Credit: Prepay $50 or more and receive a 5% bonus as well as lots of convenient perks! We'll keep a card on file with your credit account, you can walk in without your wallet, and you don't have to wait to be rung up, just say, "Put in on my credit" and you're out the door!
Save a Tree/Bag/Cup: Bring your own bag, travel mug, food container and receive a 5% discount!
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