PUBLISHED: 6:15 PM on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
New brews will debut at 'Statehood Extravaganza'
JUNEAU - A new Alaskan brew and a new Heritage coffee will debut at the "Alaska Statehood Extravaganza," celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Statehood. The evening gala will be held Sept. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Mendenhall Auto and will include dancing, hors d'oeuvres and a wine tasting. The event will be a fundraiser for later anniversary events, particularly the celebration on January 3 and 4.

"This is going to be a lot of fun, and the food's going to be terrific," said Suzanne Forsling with the Capital City Celebrations committee, which is sponsoring the event. "It'll help us get into the spirit of it all and ... be a part of the events coming up. We get to have a great time and help fund the coming events."

Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Abby's Kitchen, and both Specialty Imports and Odom Corporation will provide wine tasting. Commemorative wine glasses will be available.

Beer aficionados will have the opportunity to sample a specially brewed 50th Anniversary Alaska Brewing Company beer, and coffee lovers will be the first to try Heritage Coffee's special anniversary blend.

Local DJ Vic Leamer will play dance music from the past 50 years, and there will be displays of historic photographs and memorabilia. Attendees much be 21 years or older, and both formal and "Juneau casual" dress are appropriate.

"(Attendees) can be formal, they can be fifties or just regular Juneau wear," Forsling said.

Other upcoming anniversary events include a recipe contest, with winning recipes featured in a 50th Anniversary cookbook, Forsling said. The event on January 3 and 4 will include fireworks, live music and food.

The "Alaska Statehood Extravaganza" will take place Sept. 19 from 6 - 9 pm at Mendenhall Auto, located behind the Nugget Mall at 8725 Mallard St. Tickets are $45 per person, or $80 for two, and may be purchased from any 50th Anniversary Committee Member or at Hearthside Books.