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JUNEAU - The perfect ball gown never goes out of style, and those who attended the 1959 Statehood festivities have good reason to pull 50-year-old outfits out of storage.
Juneau prepares for the Statehood Ball 122408 AE 1 Capital City Weekly JUNEAU - The perfect ball gown never goes out of style, and those who attended the 1959 Statehood festivities have good reason to pull 50-year-old outfits out of storage.

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Jan Faure (right) writes a check for her husband Albert's Jan. 3 Statehood Ball tickets. She said she plans to put them in his stocking. Looking on are Santa's Helpers from Capital City Celebrations (from left) Kathy Hildre, Kaysa Korpela and Joyce Mill.


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Marcella Stutte shows her daughter Kaysa Korpela and granddaughter Kelsey Korpela the dress she wore to the1959 Statehood festivities and inauguration of William Egan, the first Alaska State Governor. This elegant black velvet dress is v-backed with organza and black lace on the bottom. Now, 50 years later, it just might be back in style.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:52 am

Juneau prepares for the Statehood Ball
Jan. 3 festivities will celebrate 50 years of grown in Alaska's Capital City and feature doo-wop group The Diamonds

JUNEAU - The perfect ball gown never goes out of style, and those who attended the 1959 Statehood festivities have good reason to pull 50-year-old outfits out of storage.

Tickets are on sale now for the Juneau Statehood Ball Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Capital City Celebrations, a volunteer committee, with the assitance of local organizations and merchants, is planning a trip down memory lane for the capital city. The committee has prepared an evening of entertainment to pay tribute to 50 years of Juneau's growth and progress as the capital of the State of Alaska

The Statehood Ball will feature The Diamonds, performing their timeless doo-wop hits from the 50's and 60's. Some popular Diamond hits include "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "Silhouettes," "The Stroll" and "Little Darlin'." In addition, the Diamonds will pay tribute to the classic four-part harmony vocal groups of the era and the great solo artists of the time..

The musical evening will include statehood displays,, prizes, a silent auction, dancing, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Get out that old party dress - or 1959 prom dress and penny loafers - and your dancing shoes for an evening you and your friends will not forget another 50 years. Tickets for the Statehood Ball are $50 and available at Hearthside Books.

For more information, e-mail juneaucelebrates@yahoo.com.


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