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Reenactors commemorate the 1867 transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States during the 2008 Alaska Day Festival.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Story last updated at 10/14/2009 - 1:37 pm

Sitka's Alaska Day Festival celebrates Alaska Purchase, Statehood and cultural heritage

CCW Staff Report

SITKA - The Alaska Day Festival, Incorporated, was formed as a non-profit organization in 1954, in order to perpetuate the annual celebration of October 18th as Alaska's birthday. The day has rapidly grown from a local celebration to a widely renowned occasion and each successive year attracts more guests from all parts of Alaska and the lower 48. By proclamation of the mayor, all males are urged to grow beards and all women to dress in the styles of 1867 for the festival period.

Events Calendar for Sitka's Alaska Day Festival

Wednesday, Oct. 14

History Review and Reenactments by 4th Graders from Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, 8 a.m.-noon. Details: Jan Love, 966-1229.

Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, noon, Westmark Sitka. Details: 747-8604.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Open House at Starrigavan Creek Cabin, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Details: Sandy Russell, 747-4216.

Swan Lake Senior Center special luncheon with Cornish game hens, noon, 402 Lake Street. Reservations required. $4 suggested donation for seniors 60+, $8 for all others. Details: Anna Winters, 747-8617.

"The Glaciers of Southeast Alaska: Ice Loss, Glacier Rebound, and Sea Level Rise", natural history program by Dr. Roman Motyka, 7 p.m., UAS campus. Details: Kitty LaBounty, 747-9432 or 738-0174.

Friday, Oct. 16

Food booths and other sales by service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Open House at Starrigavan Creek Cabin, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Details: Sandy Russell, 747-4216.

Lunch and Dinner served at American Legion on Lincoln Street, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Karaoke at 8:30 p.m. Details: Lou Primacio, 747-8629.

9th Army Band Concert, 7 p.m., Centennial Hall. Free. Details: MaryLou Vilandre, 747-8086 or 738-1551.

Saturday, Oct. 17

Road Race, begins at U.S. Coast Guard Gazebo off Airport Road and return, 8 a.m. 7-mile course for runners or 2.5 mile fun run. Registration 7:15-7:45 a.m. on race day. Fee $10 to receive t-shirt or $3 for button. Details: Boatswains Mate Second Class Alan Dumville, 966-5415.

Sourdough pancakes, bacon and eggs fundraiser for Sheetka Kwaan Dancers, 8-11 a.m., Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Katlian Street. $7. Details: George Jackson, 738-4604.

Food booths and other sales by service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Russian Bishops' House open for tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Details: Clarence Wadkins, 747-0132.

Sitka National Historical Park scavenger hunt in Visitor's Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Seafood Chowder and Fry Bread fundraiser for Sheetka Kwaan Dancers, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Katlian Street. $7. Details: George Jackson, 738-4604.

Kayak Races at Swan Lake, 11 a.m. $5 per person. Details: Tim Fulton, 747-3776 or 738-0740.

Open House, Fly-in, and Marine Safety Fair, at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Details: Nate Hudson, 966-5560 or LT Josh Tabor, 966-5613.

Open House at Starrigavan Creek Cabin, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Details: Sandy Russell, 747-4216.

Children's games from the past, at Russian Bishop's House, noon-1 p.m. Details: Clarence Wadkins, 747-0132.

Alaska Exchange Performance, 2-4 p.m., Sitka High School Performing Arts Center. Admission $10.

Open House at Sitka Sound Science Center, on Lincoln Street, 2-4 p.m. Details: Judy Ozment, 966-2231 or 738-0930.

Alaska Day Ball, seating opens at 7 p.m., Centennial Hall. Door prizes, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. Adults over 21 only. Period dress, regalia or semi-formal. Admission $20. Details: Betty Conklin, 966-2281 or Helen Cunningham, 747-6738.

Sunday, Oct. 18

The Russian Bishops' House open for tours, 9 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m. Details: Clarence Wadkins, 747-0132.

Food booths and other sales by service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sitka National Historical Park scavenger hunt in Visitor's Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Military Memorial Services by Army Chaplain at Sitka National Cemetery, 11 a.m. Details: Military liaison MaryLou Vilandre, 747-2281 or 738-1551.

Children's games from the past, at Russian Bishop's House, noon-1 p.m. Details: Clarence Wadkins, 747-0132.

Fish Pie Luncheon, at St. Michael's Cathedral, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 747-8120.

Pie sale and community fellowship, at Sitka Lutheran Church, 224 Lincoln St, noon- 4 p.m. Details: 747-3338.

Lunch and Dinner served at American Legion on Lincoln Street, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Details: Lou Primacio, 747-8629.

Line up for parade along Lake Street, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Parade, from Swan Lake to Lincoln Street to Totem Square, 1:30 p.m. Details: Duane Vilandre, 747-8086 or 738-1551.

Alaska's Birthday Cake, at O'Connell Bridge visitors facility, following parade. Details: Judi Blankenship, 738-6326.

Transfer Ceremony 1867 Commemoration on Castle Hill, following parade. Details: Steve Dalquist, 747-4835 or 747-1001, and Ron Conklin, 966-2281 or 747-3913.

Air-sea Rescue Demonstration, following Reenactment Ceremony. Near O'Connell Bridge visitors facility. Details: LT Nate Hudson, 966-5560, or LT Josh Tabor, 966-5613.

Pioneers' Home Open House, 2-4 p.m. Details: Kristi Greinier, 747-2121.

Open House at Brave Heart Volunteers, 2-4 p.m. Soups, bread, and dessert sold as fundraiser. At Manager's House next to Sitka Pioneers' Home. Details: Willow or Shanna, 747-4600.

Open House at Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool, next to Sitka Pioneers' Home, 2-4 p.m. Birthday celebration cake decorating for children. Details: Lori at 966-2675.

Pipe Band performance, with Sitka Spruce Scottish Highland Dancers, Seattle Firefighters Pipe Band, and Stroller White Pipes and Drums (Juneau), 5 p.m., Centennial Hall. Donations accepted. Details: Kris Fulton, 738-3103.

Pig Roast Dinner at Elks Club, 412 Sawmill Creek Road, 5:30 p.m. For Elks members and invited guests. Details: Jon E. Shennett, 747-3511.

Sheldon Jackson Volunteers & Friends Reunion Dinner, at Sea Mountain Golf Restaurant, 301 Granite Creek Road, 6 p.m. Details: Judy Ozment, 966-2231 or 738-0930.

Slave Auction, to benefit Breast Cancer/Cancer Survivors Society, 6:30 p.m., Pioneer Bar on Katlian Street. Details: Rita, 747-3456.


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