May 5, 2011 |

Renovated hall to debut at 'Fling'

Seattle’s "Bucket of Honey" will play at the annual Spring Fling community barbecue and dance, starting 6 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds’ Harriett Hall.

The event caps the annual membership drive for the Southeast Alaska State Fair and this year will include a re-dedication of the exhibit hall, recently refurbished to serve as a convention center.

"It’s an opportunity for people to come out and see what we’ve done. I think they’ll be surprised," assistant director Jessica Edwards said. They’ll also get to meet new fair director Ross Silkman.

Borough officials have been invited, as well as Harriett Jurgeleit, the former fair director for whom the building is named. "This will give us a chance to invoke a little history and also to thank people who’ve helped with the project," Edwards said.

The barbecue will include burgers, brats, side dishes and desserts. It’s $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Tickets will be available at the door.

"Becoming a member supports the annual four-day fair in July and all other fair events like Beerfest, the free Fisherman’s Salmon Barbecue, the Haines Hustle and other community events," Edwards said.

The event also will show off a 2011 Subaru Forester the fair is raffling off this year. Tickets are $100 and 350 tickets will be sold.

Individual fair memberships cost $25; family memberships are $50. Memberships show community support and are essential for securing grants like the ones that funded the recent renovation, Edwards said.

"Bucket of Honey" is a duo that describes its music as "neoacoustic funk." Nate Bogopolsky, a veteran of Seattle Opera Company and Kickshaw, writes the band’s music and provides guitar accompaniment. Annie Jantzer is a Seattle actress who is the group’s flutist and vocalist.

Samples of their music can be found at www.bucketofhoney.blogspot.com.