Join in winter fun this weekend with the revival of Anchor Point’s Snow Rondi! Events will be hosted on March 3, 4 and 5 by the Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce, the Anchor Point Library, the Virl “Pa” Haga VFW Post 10221, the Anchor Point Senior Center and Chapman School. Sponsors this year include Thurmond’s Far West Auto, Kenai Feed & Supply, Bay Realty, the Homer Foundation, the Alaska Community Foundation, and Coastal Realty.
Beginning in 1957, Snow Rondi had been an annual Anchor Point tradition up until a few years ago, when a reduction in community involvement and the COVID-19 pandemic put the event on hiatus. The agencies in charge of organizing this year’s events are excited to bring Snow Rondi back, and look forward to growing it in years to come.
“We’re trying to recreate what we can with the agencies that are available right now,” Anchor Point Senior Center executive director Cindy Burns said. “We have a nice cohesiveness out here, and we’ve been talking about bringing [Snow Rondi] back. We decided that even though we probably can’t recreate it like it was built up to be when it ended, we are going to get it started again, and … add to it each year.”
There are plenty of activities planned for adults and kids of all age groups. Prizes donated by local Anchor Point and Homer businesses will also be awarded to winners of certain events. Returning events that were held in previous years include the pinewood derby races, a snowshoe softball tournament, and the Snow Rondi dog show. Borough Mayor Peter Micciche is scheduled to judge the dog show on Sunday.
An adult volleyball tournament on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Chapman School officially kicked off the 2023 Snow Rondi. An all-day chowder cook-off will also be held at the VFW on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Snow Rondi Parade will take place on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The parade route will start behind Chapman School and proceed around the back of Fireweed Meadows golf course. All are welcome to march or ride in the parade. If interested in joining, or for more information, call 907-235-7786.
While many of the scheduled events have noted registration deadlines, participation may still be open, according to Burns. Most events will take entrants up to the day of, unless they have met available capacity. If you are interested in joining an event, contact the agency responsible for that event. For more information on the scheduled events, visit the 2023 Anchor Point Snow Rondi Facebook page or anchorpointseniorcenter.com/.
Schedule of events March 3-5
Friday, March 3:
Burger night, VFW Post 10221, 5 p.m.
Bingo, Anchor Point Senior Center, 6:30 p.m.
Family movie night, Chapman School, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Saturday, March 4:
Community breakfast, Anchor Point Senior Center, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Pinewood derby races, Chapman School, 10 a.m.
Parade, Chapman School to VFW, 1 p.m.
Treasure coin hunt, VFW, after the parade
Snowshoe races, Fireweed Meadows golf course, 2:30 p.m.
Snowshoe softball tournament, Fireweed Meadows golf course, after the snowshoe races
Darts tournament, VFW Post 10221, 4 p.m.
Fish fry, VFW Post 10221, 5-7 p.m.
Sunday, March 5:
Community breakfast, VFW Post 10221, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Family skate, Chapman School, 1 p.m.
Bingo, VFW Post 10221, 1:30 p.m.
Dog show, Anchor Point Senior Center, 2 p.m.
Pool tournament, VFW Post 10221, 3 p.m.