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July 1, 2011

In this July Travel News Bulletin you will find:

1. Tlingit tribal house in the works for Glacier Bay
2. New artistic stops in Juneau
3. Popular Alaska-themed act returns to the stage
4. Golf under the midnight sun

1. Tlingit tribal house in the works for Glacier Bay

Alaska’s Tlingit population is working toward the construction of a 3,500-square-foot Tlingit tribal house in Glacier Bay National Park. The showcase piece for the house, a 16-by 32-foot house screen, was unveiled earlier this month. The remaining components will be completed over the next several years. Once built, the tribal house will serve as an interpretive center where park visitors can learn about Tlingit culture and will offer a place for Tlingit communities and organizations to host cultural workshops. Tribal houses traditionally were filled with sacred objects and art that portrayed the clan’s origins and history, such as partition screens, totem poles and a variety of household items. Visitors can view completed components being made for the tribal house, talk to Tlingit carvers and see photos and video depictions of the project this summer at Icy Strait Point, a nearby cruise port, and in the community of Hoonah. Icy Strait Point is a popular cruise ship destination owned and operated by the Huna Totem Corporation, whose shareholders are Tlingit. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/glba/historyculture/huna-tribal-house-project.htm.

Media contact:
Contact: Mary Beth Moss, Glacier Bay National Park
Phone: 907-723-1777
Twitter: @GlacierBayNPS
Email: mary_beth_moss@nps.gov
URL: http://www.nps.gov/glba/index.htm

2. New artistic stops in Juneau

Juneau visitors can stop by a couple of new artistic attractions this summer. Ravensong Studio is now open and features the work of owner John Hughes, an Alaska Native carver. His specialty is traditional Northwest Coast art such as totem poles, bentwood boxes, masks, and panels as well as silver engraving. Visitors who stop by the new studio can purchase handcrafted Native art to take home. More on Hughes and a selection of his work can be seen at http://ravensongstudioak.com. Also opening its doors recently in Juneau is a new museum, Aunt Claudia’s Dolls, featuring an extensive collection of antique and ethnic dolls as well as miniatures. The museum also houses the studio of nationally recognized doll artist Mary Ellen Frank, and her collection of Alaska Native, Inuit, Canadian and Russian dolls. The museum is conveniently located in the center of Juneau's downtown area and admission is free. More information is available at www.auntclaudiasdolls.com.

Media contacts:
Contact: Elizabeth Arnett, Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau
Phone: 907-586-1737
Twitter: @VisitJuneau
Email: Elizabeth.arnett@traveljuneau.com
URL: www.traveljuneau.com

3. Popular Alaska-themed act returns to the stage
After a five-year hiatus, one of Alaska’s most well known comedic musical groups is back. The “Whale Fat Follies,” led by Alaskan personality Mr. Whitekeys, began its musical parody of Alaska life and politics in 1986 at the Fly By Night Club in Anchorage. It was supposed to be a short-term gig but soon gained popularity with visitors and residents alike. The multimedia show became a staple of the club during its 20-year run, returning each year with new material — funny songs about misprinted ads and street signs, pokes at politicians and jokes about Alaska food staples like Pilot Bread and Spam. “Whale Fat Follies” will return to the stage in its original location, now known as the Taproot Café (http://taprootalaska.com), in Anchorage. It runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through August 31. For more information on visiting Anchorage, go to www.Anchorage.net.
Media contact:
Contact: Jack Bonney, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: (907) 257-2361
Twitter: @BigWildLife
E-mail: jbonney@anchorage.net
URL: www.Anchorage.net

4. Golf under the midnight sun
Green isn’t the only color of a new indoor black-light mini-golf course in Anchorage. Putters Wild (http://putterswild.com) offers 18 holes featuring 3D graphics (think neon bowling) and is ideal for parties and group gatherings. While the black-light course is new, the Last Frontier is no stranger to golfing under the midnight sun. Courses are located across the state with tee times in the summer ranging from 5 a.m. until midnight from May through September. Golfers can play a round at the northernmost green, the North Star Golf Course, in Fairbanks. The popular Anchorage Golf Course features a newly renovated course with 6,600 yards of rolling, tree-lined fairways and views of Cook Inlet and Mount McKinley. The nine-hole Bear Valley course in Kodiak features 2,805 yards of golf on Alaska’s biggest island. Wrangell’s Muskeg Meadows course is the first regulation course in the Inside Passage, featuring nine holes with a few unique hazards, including the “raven rule,” which holds that a ball stolen by a raven must be replaced with no penalty. For more information on visiting these locations, visit www.travelalaska.com.
Media contacts:
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, Alaska Travel Industry Association
Phone: 907-561-4488
Twitter: @AlaskaTravlNews
Email: Jennifer@thompsonpr.com
URL: www.TravelAlaska.com/media

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