Hearts were warmed by the aroma of soup (20 total) and bread, along with the company of good friends – Thanks to all of you who attend this annual event, we are always astounded by the generosity of this community in supporting this Alaska treasure – the Sullivan Roadhouse Museum, events, and the gardens.
The 13th Annual Soup at the Sullivan was another magical Wednesday at the roadhouse. Thank you Ma Sullivan for clearing the clouds away – allowing our guests to enjoy a lovely August day. The entry to the roadhouse – once again – lined with Lou Ann’s “garden” treasures for the Bucket Drop fundraiser. Thank you Lou for bringing your creative creations to soup day! Thank you Kassie Farrar for the donation of one of your scenic watercolors. Rumor had it there were quite a few tickets dropped in the bucket for that prize.
Many thanks to friends of the Sullivan Roadhouse:
Savory soup preparers: Mary Ann Czmer, Sandy Dighton, Carol Dufendach, Lou Ann Fett, Debra Fortune, Laurie Franks, Ann Giese, Alison Heyman, Phil Kaspari, Tony Lamanna, Christine Lemley, Carol McNabb, Julia Phelan, Christy Roden, and new to this year: Jan Wrigley and Keith Lewis.
Best of bread, muffins, scones, and rolls provided by Katie Behrens, Mary Ann Czmer, Carol Dufendach, Courtney Durham, Kassie Farrar, Lou Ann Fett, Julia Phelan, Randi Priest, Ron Roden, and Linda Sloan – Lou Ann and Christy provided scrumptious honey butter and herb butter.
Carol and Laurie were vigilant in monitoring the crocks, and keeping the serving areas tidy and stocked, sliced/served bread as they visited with friends. Mary Ann and Julia were on hand to fill in as needed.
Mike Farrar treated guests to his delicious and nutritious rhubarb punch, it was a hit at the beverage table served by Christine and Christopher.
Carol McNabb was back this year with her delightful homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors served by Dani & Deegan Markham. Wild Alaska blueberry sauce provided by Adeline Bloom was a treat with the ice cream.
Set up and clean up thanks goes out to Carol D. and granddaughter Rene, Christine, Christy, Lou Ann, Don, Mike, Mary Ann, and Ron. The process went smoothly thanks to the labors of these volunteers.
Further thanks goes to the Delta Chamber of Commerce for support of this event, the Delta News Web and the Delta Wind for promoting soup day on-line and in the paper. Thanks to our neighbors Granite View Sports (Laura & Cody) for donation of door prizes and Buffalo Center Drive-in (Sloan family) for ice and the use of their dumpster. These little acts of generosity assist with the success of this annual event.
We missed our dear departed friend and hostess, Nancy Williams this year. Many of our Delta Treasures that have passed through the museum doors; as visitors, supporters, or volunteers – touched someone’s life and left an imprint. I like to think that the roadhouse is a wonderful place to remember our loved ones, year after year, and give thanks, especially on soup day.
Sincerely, Ma and Pa Sullivan
P.S. Anyone wishing to help with activities at the roadhouse can contact one of the many volunteers listed above. Thank you.
Sullivan Roadhouse Museum in Delta Junction, Alaska
Photo Courtesy Birch Leaf Photography
Gardening at the Sullivan Roadhouse Museum ended with a whirlwind of activity as volunteers directed Delta Elementary students from Mr. Hanson’s class in cleaning out the gardens. It always amazes how so much can be accomplished with many hands and a little supervision. We don’t have the names of all the students and parents who participated; however, we do appreciate all of your efforts. Thank YOU!
Thank you “Constant Gardeners” – these are the volunteers who show up regularly, in addition to the gardens, they act as museum hosts, house keepers, help with functions, and perform an assortment of tasks: Carol Dufendach, Mike Farrar, LouAnn Fett, and Christine Lemly. Our newest volunteers: Don Waldo, Julia Phelan and her children: Christopher, Megan, and Renee joined the group most Tuesdays for time at the Sullivan. Thanks to our occasional gardeners: Adeline Blum, Honor Fraley, Alison Heyman, and John Sloan. We receive endless compliments on the gardens; every effort is sincerely appreciated.
Additional thanks to Mike Farrar and Don Waldo, they mow and trim the roadhouse, farmer’s market lawns and adjoining areas throughout the summer. In addition, Mike maintains the Visitor Center grounds (after hours). He and Kassie (Farrar) with help from Adeline made progress in cleaning up the brushy areas at the V.C. – watching the transformation during the spring was inspiring – thank you for making the triangle a little less wild.
Thank you Roadhouse Hosts/Hostesses Katie Behrens, Flower Cole, Cheryl Cooper, Wayne Crowson, Bruce Grossmann, LouAnn Fett, Tina Kezer, Christine Lemley, John Lewis, Mary Lou Longwell, Christie Mason, Tracey Porecca, Sandi Schultz and Nancy Williams. These characters entertain travelers with the history of the Roadhouse in addition to life in Alaska. They also keep the Roadhouse ship-shape and assist with the garden and roadhouse events. Special thanks to Nancy Williams for organizing the volunteers and keeping the museum open daily from May through early September.
Thank you Terri Crowson and Barb Mcclean for all your energies with the tea; you put on a marvelous day in our town.
Thank you Jeff Durham for creating “eye-catching” signs that lured a record number of visitors to the museum.
Civilization is relatively new to Alaska; we truly are the last Frontier. Visitors are genuinely fascinated by its history and the imagined hardships, along with the adventures that these pioneers endured. It is a pleasure to be at the roadhouse, witnessing the appreciation that folks feel as they learn about the lives of Ma and Pa Sullivan.
We hope that everyone who has lent a hand in maintaining or attending events at this Alaska treasure are filled with a sense of satisfaction and ownership, for without them it would not shine as bright.
Speaking of shining bright – the elves have exchanged garden gloves for hats and mittens in preparation for Christmas at the roadhouse. Anyone wanting to lend a hand please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you posted to work days.
Partnering with Delta Chamber’s “Festival of Lights” 2017
Meet at Sullivan Roadhouse to the Alaska State Parks Office
Location and Time Changes! Bundle up and dress yourself in lights. Start at the Sullivan Roadhouse and walk the ice candle lighted pathway to the Alaska State Parks office, enjoy great company and a fun time. Move on to the Chamber’ Firework display Delta City Park. Come join in on the Festival of Lights Fun! (Cold cut off -40, make up day, Sunday 2/5) Social pets on leash are welcome!
HELP BY MAKING SOME ICE CANDLES…COME OUT AND ENJOY DJTA’S WALK OF LIGHTS!!