Seventh annual boogie set for Sept. 16-18

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Seventh Annual Boardwalk Boogie will be held Sept. 16-18 in Pelican, the boardwalk town of 80 in Lisianski Strait. Round-trip tickets, including ferry transportation, are $130. One-way tickets are $106.

A private catamaran will leave Haines at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16; depart Don Statter Harbor at Auke Bay at 3 p.m.; and arrive in Pelican at 7:30 p.m.

Coming back, the state ferry LeConte will leave Pelican at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, and arrive In Juneau at 9:30 p.m.

If you travel to Pelican by private boat, or arrange some sort of flight plan, admission buttons cost $35. The fee defrays the cost of the festival.

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Currently, tickets are available at Costa's Diner, open until noon in the Merchant's Wharf, or at The Soup Queen, behind the wharf and near Marine Park.

"Everyone has been down on the whole thing, saying that the weather is going to be (poor), but I have memories of beautiful Septembers in Pelican," said Boogie co-organizer Collette Costa.

"I'm thinking positively, and last September was awesome," she said. "The only thing that could really hurt it is if there's really good fishing and they announce a king opening at the end of the season. That would make it hard for the fishermen."

A limited number of rooms are available at the bunkhouse in Pelican. For more information, talk to Collette at the diner.

At this time, it is unknown whether a catamaran will be traveling from Sitka, as has been tradition.

This year's Boogie will begin Friday with the Great Pelican Ex-Beeriment, a 21-and-over soiree hosted by Homer Brewing Co.

Ray-Jen Cajun, The Bobb Family Band, Five Buck Fiddle and a version of Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band will play during the weekend.

Despite previous reports, Belly Meat, from Sitka, and Raisin' Holy Hell, from Ester, will not appear.

The Filthy Song Contest will go on, as usual. And Doniece Falcon and Melissa Davis will perform a special "seduction dance" at some point during the contest, Costa said.

Falcon and Davis will also teach a "seduction dance for the bedroom class" sometime this fall in Juneau, as a fundraiser for the Boogie.

Weather permitting, the festival will also include the First All-Star Pelican Boardwalk Kickball Tournament, at the flats near the end of the boardwalk.

Pelican artist Eric Bealer has designed four limited-edition buttons, as well as the Boogie poster.

He has also donated a carving block that he used to make one of the stickers. It will be auctioned off during the weekend. Posters are available at Costa's.

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