- Listed: October 9, 2018 3:31 pm
- Expires: 1 day, 9 hours
Daily Schedule of Events: The complete schedule & other information is listed below. Also, please visit www.alaskadayfestival.org and the Alaska Day Festival Facebook page: www.facebook.com/alaskadaysitka/
- Friday, October 5th and 6th
11:00-3:00 p.m. Festival event schedules, tickets, and commemorative merchandise @ Sea Mart. Coordinated by Linda Trierschield, 747-5466
- Monday, October 8th
11:00-3:00 p.m. Festival event schedules, tickets, and commemorative merchandise @ Harrigan
Centennial Hall. Coordinated by Linda Trierschield, 747-5466
11:00 a.m. Official greeters in 1860’s costumes begin meeting visitors at airport. Coordinated by Erin Arnold, 738-4305
- Wednesday, October 10th
12 Noon – Swearing in of Keystone Kops at Sitka Pioneers’ Home lawn with Alaska Public Safety Academy officer. Coordinated by Jen Houx, 738-1779
- Friday, October 12th
12:00-4:00p.m. Festival event schedules, tickets, and commemorative merchandise @ Sea Mart.
Coordinated by Linda Trierschield, 747-5466
7:00 p.m. – New Archangel Dancers end-of-season grand finale performance of traditional folk
Dances from Russia and the surrounding regions. Admission $5 adults, $3 children Under 10. Proceeds benefit Alaska Day Festival. At Harrigan Centennial Hall. Contact Linda Speerstra, 747-8316, or New Archangel Dancers, 747-5516
- Saturday, October 13th
7:00-9:30 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 Harrigan Centennial Hall. Coordinated by Dorothy Orbison, 747-3412 or Kris Fulton 738-3103
- Sunday, October 14th
6:30 p.m. – Variety Show of local talent in dance groups, songs, acrobatics, and instrumentals.
Appearance by Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Judging of men’s beards by Sitka Emblem Club and women’s bonnets by Sitka Elks Lodge. Admission $3.00. At Harrigan Centennial Hall. Coordinated by Sharyn and John Ferrick, 752-3111 or 321-3111.
- Tuesday, October 16th
6:30 p.m. – Army Band Concert by 9th Army Band presenting varied musical styles. At Sitka Performing Arts Center. Free. Contact Military Liaison Joan Berge, 738-2640.
- Wednesday, October 17th
7:00 p.m. – Alaska Day Ball seating opens. Army presentation to City of Sitka. Dance music by 9th Army Band. Awards for various 1867 period costume types and Native regalia display. Door prizes (must be present to win). Complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Sitka Emblem Club. Cash bar by The Nugget. Photography service by Forget Me Not Antique Photo. Appearance by Seattle Firefighters Pipe Band. Adults over 21 only. Period costume, regalia, or semi-formal. At Harrigan Centennial Hall. Admission $25. Coordinated by Mindy Lowrance, 738-2418, assisted by Helen Cunningham, 738-6738.
- Thursday, October 18th
11:00 a.m. – Military Memorial Service at Sitka National Cemetery. Led by U.S. Army Chaplain.
Representation by all Military Services. Address and wreath-laying. Bugles and drums By 9th Army Band. Fly-over by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Military liaison MaryLou Vilandre, 747-8086 and Joan Berge 738-2640.
12:30 p.m. – Line up for parade along Lake Street. No registration fee. Coordinated by Duane Vilandre, 747-8086.
1:30 p.m. – Alaska Day Festival Parade. Parade of bands, military and civilian marching units, Decorated vehicles, classic cars, costumed individuals and re-enactment groups. From Swan Lake to Lincoln Street to Totem Square. Fly-over by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Coordinated by Duane Vilandre, 747-8086.
- Immediately following parade:
Transfer Ceremony 1867 Commemoration on Castle Hill. Lowering of Russian Flag and raising of Alaska Flag. Ceremonial music by 9th Army Band. Color guards from all Military Services. Roll Call of States as admitted to the Union with rifle salutes by seven-soldier firing detail from 4-25th IBCT (ABN). Raising of Alaska Flag. Ceremonial music by 9th Army Band. Coordinated by Steve Dalquist, 747-4835 or 752-5447
Merchandise and schedule of events also available during festival events at Harrigan Centennial Hall and at Harry Race Pharmacy.
Message from the Keystone Kops: KINDLY Carry CASH for the $2 donation to the Alaska Day Festival for the 2018 Alaska Day Button. AND Button up for winter, SITKA!!!
Message from Elaine Strelow: Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the 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. As festival organizers focus on the annual commemoration of Alaska Day, we hope to inspire a deeper exploration into the cultures and history of the 1867 era. We aim to stimulate the imaginations of our current generation, and to look beyond our own histories, and to better appreciate the experiences of others.
“Museums Preserving History” is the theme chosen for 2018 to recognize the important role of museums and other care takers of the stories and artifacts of historic events and many cultural traditions important in Sitka’s heritage. Visit your local museums!!
Artwork for the 2018 commemorative button and merchandise was developed by collaboration of Tina Miller and Steve Dalquist.
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