Parnells invite Juneau to dance the night away

From blue jeans to ball gowns, all are welcome

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011

Juneau, can you waltz? And in XtraTufs? Gov. Sean Parnell, First Lady Sandy Parnell, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, and their families invite you to prove it and join them in dancing the night away at the 2011 Juneau Inaugural Gala, Tuxes to XtraTufs, Jan. 22 at Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

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“I will be taking the rare opportunity in Juneau to wear high heels, but my ideal date would be an XtraTufs-wearing man,” local artist Charity Green said. “And what could be more romantic than dancing under the stars? The whole community is welcome and there will be fun everywhere.”

Green was asked to design a poster that captures Juneau’s diverse Southeast atmosphere and entice revelers from Thane to the Valley, from Douglas out the road past Sundown Drive, and all points between and beyond.

“I was happy to support an event that’s newly redesigned to involve more of the community,” Green said.

Two venues will feature two different atmospheres with one common theme, to welcome Alaska’s governor and lieutenant governor into office.

The Centennial Hall event will feature Juneau’s Thunder Mountain Big Band playing traditional formal standards from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Baranof Hotel will provide appetizers and a no-host bar.

The JACC will be a touch more casual, unless you remember the days of hickory shirts and XtraTufs in the legislature, and guests will be waxing the floor to an eclectic mix of swing, funk, blues and rock and roll by Kari & the Wristrockets from 8:00 p.m. to midnight with an “after party” until 2:00 a.m. Hangar on the Wharf will sponsor the appetizers and the no-host bar here.

XtraTufs are optional at either venue.

“Sandy and I greatly appreciate the great volunteer work of the Juneau Inaugural Committee and the local sponsors,” Parnell said. “We look forward to joining Alaskans in the capital city in celebrating Alaska’s future.”

General admission is $35 and is avaiable at Hearthside Books or at the door and includes entrance to both venues and the after party. Reserved seating at Centennial Hall only is $75 while sponsored tables can be obtained for $2,500 and $5,000. To make reservations call Tanja Cadigan (209-5247) or Jennifer Miller (723-5127). Any proceeds after expenses will be donated to SAIL (Southeast Alaska Independent Living). The JACC is all open seating.

Free parking will be available at both downtown garages as well as the Centennial Hall. There will also be free shuttle service between the Nugget Mall and Centennial Hall provided by HAP Alaska-Yukon. The shuttle leaves the mall at 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and returns at 10:30 p.m., 11:15 p.m. and midnight.

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