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Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Purchase Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Sitka's Alaska Day: Schedule of events

Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Purchase Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on

Oct. 18, 1867, and celebrates the diversity of cultures and historical perspectives of our people.

The 2012 Festival theme honors the Alaska Native Brotherhood and its 100 years, recognizing the historic role of that organization in both economic and cultural aspects of Alaska.

* indicates event sponsored by Alaska Day Committee

Wednesday, Oct. 10

• Official greeters in 1860s costumes begin meeting visitors at airport. Coordinated by Betty Conklin, 966-2281 *

• Noon - Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon. State House candidates forum. At Westmark Sitka. 747-8604

Oct. 10-13

• Annual statewide meetings in Sitka of Alaska Historical Society (theme: "Alaska on the World Stage") and Museums Alaska (theme: "Museums Matter: Connecting to Our Communities"). For conference schedule and registration information, contact Bob Medinger, 747-6455

Thursday, Oct. 11

• 6:30-8 p.m. - State House and Senate Candidates Forum sponsored by Sitka High School. At Performing Arts Center. Contact Howard Wayne, 738-1790

• 7 p.m. - Pre-race safety clinic for Alaska Day Biathlon (running/shooting event) at 5211 Halibut Point Road. See listing on Oct. 14. Sponsored by Sitka Sportsman's Association. Contact Foy Nevers, 747-3469

Friday, Oct. 12

• Noon - Swearing in of Keystone Kops at Sitka Pioneers' Home lawn. With Alaska Public Academy officer. Coordinated by Jen Houx, 738-1779 *

• Noon - Organ Recital by visiting musician Marianne Gould featuring "Songs You Like." Bring your lunch. At Sitka Lutheran Church. Contact 747-3338

• 6-8 p.m. - Harvest Wine and Beer Tasting sponsored by Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce. Live music, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes. At Westmark Sitka. Contact Jennifer Robinson, 747-8604

Saturday, Oct. 13

• 8 a.m. - Road Race (32nd annual event) begins at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Gazebo at end of Airport Road and return. 10k course for runners or 2.5 mile fun run. Registration 7:15-7:45 a.m. on race day. Refreshments. Fee $15 to receive commemorative item. Coordinated by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Coordinated by LT Chris Enoksen, 966-5456 *

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Hat-Making Class for Alaska Day at UAS Sitka Campus by Office of Continuing Education. $35 includes materials. Contact 747-7762

• 9-9:30 a.m. - Sheldon Jackson School and College historical slide show, 9:30 - 10:30 panel shares experiences from early years, 10:45 - 11:45 panel focus on later history. At Allen Hall on SJ campus. 11:45 - 12:15 p.m. tour of some buildings. Contact Rebecca, 747-3448.

• 11 a.m. - Kayak Races at Swan Lake. Cash prizes for various age divisions. Safety gear and personnel, 2-person kayaks all provided by Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures. Paddling practice available 9 a.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. Fee $5 per person. Contact Tim Fulton, 747-3776 or 738-0740

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Open House, Fly-in, and Marine Safety Fair at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Displays for children and adults offered in conjunction with other local emergency service providers. Contact LT Chris Enoksen, 966-5456

• 1-3 p.m. - Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Reception. Free admission to Museum. Contact Mary Boose, 747-6233

• 7 p.m. - Variety Show of local talent in dance groups, songs and instrumentals . Essay readings by high school and adult winners from Prose Writing Contest theme "Celebrating 100 Years of Alaska Native Brotherhood" Judging of men's beards by Sitka Emblem Club 142 and women's bonnets by Sitka Elks Lodge 1662. Taste of foods from various communities. At Centennial Hall. Admission $3. Coordinated by Sharyn and John Ferrick, 752-3111 or 747-8592 *

• 9:30 p.m. until closing - Frontier Dance and 1800s costume competition. Prizes. Popular dance music. Age 21 and over. Admission free. At Channel Club. Contact Sharyn Ferrick, 752-3111 or 747-8592

Sunday, Oct. 14

• Various church activities

• 1 p.m. - Alaska Day Biathlon (running/shooting event) at north end of Halibut Point Road. Sponsored by Sitka Sportsman's Association. Mandatory pre-race safety clinic at 1 p.m. Race begins at 2 p.m. $15 fee per person includes use of equipment, safety clinic, awards, and refreshments. Age 14 or older. Beginners welcome. Contests for individuals and teams of 4. Contact Foy Nevers, 747-3469

• 4 p.m. - Essay Readings by elementary and middle school age winners from Prose Writing Contest theme "Celebrating 100 Years of Alaska Native Brotherhood." Sponsored by The Write Women of Sitka and Alaska Day Committee. At Kettleson Memorial Library. Coordinated by Ann Wilkinson, 747-2715 or 747-2707, http://writewomen.publishpath.com

• 3-6:30 p.m. - "A Taste of Russia" special foods including pelmini (meat dumplings), cookies and tea. Instrumental music by SitNiks. Russian dance samples by New Archangel Dancers. At Centennial Hall Exhibit Room. Admission $10 adults, $5 children age 6 and under. Coordinated by Cyndy Gibson, 747-4708 or 738-0655 *

• 6:30 p.m. - Festival Community Barn dance with mixers, circles, and contra dances, or just good listening and watching for all ages. Live music by Sitka's Fishing for Cats Band. Beginners or seasoned dancers. Non-alcohol, smoke-free. Alaska Day costuming invited. Free admission; donations benefit Alaska Day Festival. At Centennial Hall. Coordinated by Dorothy Orbison, 747-3412 *

Monday, Oct. 15

• 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Food booths and other sales by non-profit service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter area. Coordinated by Elaine Strelow, 747-3469

• 11 a.m. - Military guests including 9th Army Band members arrive on Alaska Airlines at airport from Fort Wainwright (near Fairbanks). Coordinated by military liaison MaryLou Vilandre, 747-8086 or 738-1551

• Noon - Organ Recital by visiting musician Marianne Gould featuring works by Bach. Bring your lunch. At Sitka Lutheran Church. Contact 747-3338

• 7 p.m. - New Archangel Dancers end-of-season grand finale performance of traditional folk dancers from Russia and the surrounding regions. Accompaniment by live musical ensemble. At Harrigan Centennial Hall. Contact Linda Speerstra, 747-8316, or NAD, 747-5516 *

Tuesday, Oct. 16

• 8 a.m. - Noon History Review and Re-enactment for 4th graders from Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. At Centennial Hall and other locations.

• 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Food booths and other sales by non-profit service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter area. Coordinated by Elaine Strelow, 747-3469

• 11 a.m. - Seattle Firefighters Pipe Band members arrive on Alaska Airlines at airport. Contact Lisa Langenfeld, 738-2163

• Noon - Rotary Club meeting at Westmark Sitka. Speaker: U.S. Army Alaska Command Sergeant Major Bernard Knight. Contact 752-5001

• 7 p.m. - 9th Army Band Concert of varied musical styles. At Centennial Hall. Free. Coordinated by MaryLou Vilandre, 747-8086 *

Wednesday, Oct. 17

• 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Food booths and other sales by non-profit service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter area. Coordinated by Elaine Strelow, 747-3469

• Noon - Swan Lake Senior Center special lunch for Alaska Day with ham and sweet potatoes. At 402 Lake Street. Reservations required. $4 suggested donation for seniors age 60+, $8 for all others. RSVP to Sean Steele, 747-8617

• 7 p.m. - Alaska Day Ball seating opens. Music by 9th Army Band ensembles. Period costume promenade and Native regalia display at 9:30 p.m. Awards. Door prizes (must be present to win). Complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Sitka Emblem Club. Cash bar by Channel Club. Photography service available. Adults over 21 only. Period dress, regalia or semi-formal. At Centennial Hall. Admission $25. Coordinated by Betty Conklin, 966-2281, and Helen Cunningham, 747-6738 *

Thursday, Oct. 18, Alaska Day

• 9 a.m. - Noon Kettleson Memorial Library's Alaska Day Book Sale to benefit Friends of the Library. Contact 747-8708.

• 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Food booths and other sales by non-profit service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter area. Coordinated by Elaine Strelow, 747-3469

• 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy in honor of St. Innocent and St. Tikhon and the Heirarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. At St. Michael's Cathedral. 747-8120 or 752-7552

• 11 a.m. - Military Memorial Service by U.S. Army Chaplain at Sitka National Cemetery.Representation by all Military Services. Drums and bugles by 9th Army Band. Fly-over by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station. Military liaison MaryLou Vilandre, 747-8086 *

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Open House at Sitka Fire Hall hosted by SFD Volunteers. Refreshments. Greet members of Seattle Firefighters Pipe Band. Contact Cathy Watson, 738-6875 or 747-3233

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Pie Sale, community fellowship, and silent auction bidding on quilts and wallhangings. At Sitka Lutheran Church, 224 Lincoln St. 747-3338, 747-6447, 747-6525

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Luncheon with Fish Pie (salmon or halibut), clam chowder, salad and dessert. $12. At St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral. Contact 747-8120

• 1-5 p.m. - Chili Cook-Off at St. Gregory Catholic Church on Lincoln St. $5 for chili and corn bread. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus for church youth program fund. Contact Joe Meador, 738-5388

• 12:30 p.m. - Line up for parade along Lake Street *

• 1:30 p.m. - Parade of bands, marching units, decorated vehicles, classic cars, and costumed individuals from Swan Lake to Lincoln Street to Totem Square. Coordinated by Duane Vilandre, 747-8086 *

• Immediately following parade: Transfer Ceremony 1867 Commemoration on Castle Hill. Lowering of Russian Flag and Raising of American Flag. Roll Call of States as admitted to the Union. Raising of Alaska Flag. Ceremonial music by 9th Army Band. Coordinated by Steve Dalquist, 747-4835, 752-0750 or 747-1001 • Immediately following Transfer Re-enactment Ceremony: Air-sea Rescue Demonstration by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Near O'Connell Bridge visitors facility. Contact LT Chris Enoksen, 966-5456 *

• 1:30-4:30 p.m. - Sitka International Hostel open house. Public invited. 109 Jeff Davis St. Contact 752-5001

• 2-4 p.m. - Sitka Pioneers' Home Open House. Entertainment. Refreshments. Contact Kristi Greinier, 747-2121

• 2-5 p.m. - Open House at Brave Heart Volunteers (home visiting and respite care services). Information offered. Chowder, bread, and dessert sold as fundraiser. At Manager's House next to Sitka Pioneers' Home. Contact 747-4600

• 2-4 p.m. - Open House at Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool next to Sitka Pioneers' Home. Children's activity. Contact 966-2675

• 2:30-4:30 p.m. - "Traditional Activities for Children" at Sitka National Historical Park Visitors Center. Contact Becky Latanich, 747-0132, or Ryan Carpenter, 747-0134

• 3-5:30 p.m. - Boat Cruise of waters of Sitka Sound and Japonski Island. Historian talks about WWII activities, places and events. No host bar. Snacks by Larkspur Cáfe. Boat services provided by Allen Marine. Load at 2:45 at Crescent Harbor. Fundraiser for Sitka Maritime Heritage Society. Tickets $45 per person available at Old Harbor Books.

• 6-9 p.m. - Third Thursday Open Art Show sponsored by Sitka Artists Co-op. At Westmark Sitka banquet room. Contact Lisa Teas, 738-5620 or sitkaartists@gmail.com

• 6:30 p.m. - Slave Auction to benefit local breast cancer awareness/Cancer Survivors Society. At Pioneer Bar on Katlian Street. Contact 747-3456

Friday, Oct. 19

• 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food booths and other sales by non-profit service organizations at Crescent Harbor Shelter area. Coordinated by Elaine Strelow, 747-3469

• 7 p.m. - Concert by Chuck Pyle, singing songwriter with guitar in contemporary western folk style. At Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi, 200 Katlian Street. Presented by Sitka Folk. $20 advance adult tickets, $15 advance senior/student, $5 more at door. www.sitkafolk.org

Saturday, Oct. 20

• 6:30 p.m. - Sitka Historical Society and Museum Annual Meeting doors open for exhibit viewing and membership renewals; 7 p.m. business meeting, followed by program topic Blue Lake Dam with panel presentation. Public invited. Refreshments/snacks. At Centennial Hall Exhibit Room. Contact Bob Medinger or Jackie Fernandez, 747-6455


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