Have you ever been to an Inaugural Ball? I have to admit that the Walker/Mallott Fairbanks Inaugural Ball is the second one I attended. The first one was Governor Murkowski’s Inaugural Ball. Yes, the former Senator who is the father of Senator Lisa Murhowski.
My husband surprised me with tickets to attended the Walker/Mallott Fairbanks Inaugural Ball this weekend. He had gotten a personal invitation from Governor Walker, but of course, my hubby nevertheless had to pay for our tickets.
The tickets included appetizers, salad, and dinner. There was a choice for the main course of steak, Alaska halibut or vegetarian. My husband had ordered vegetarian for himself and Alaska halibut for me. When he told me, I was a little amused. Usually, he eats the dead animal and I eat the wilted plants. 😉 There was also dessert, but I only like creme caramel. Also included in the ticket was a memento of the evening and a souvenir program.
Governor and First Lady Bill and Donna Walker and Lt. Governor Byron and Toni Mallott hold the ball at the Fairbanks Carlson Center, a multi-purpose hall that serves for everything from an ice hockey game to the annual commencement of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The chairs around the white round tables were covered with black cloths and a white tulle bow. The venue was decorated with Chinese white round lanterns. The stage was framed with twinkle lights. The lights reflected in the glass windows that serve the audience from puck bruises during ice hockey games. This reflecting gave the impression of a large place at a lake. The dimmed yellowish light made the place feel warm and friendly.
Since the Governor and Lt. Governor (first photo in this post) were both born in Alaska, the evening started with a traditional Alaska Native Opening Ceremony by the combined Alaska Native Tribes of the Interior. Of course, there were the usual political statements, and the Governor’s and First Lady’s opening waltz played by the 9th Army Band from Ft. Wainwright. The Mallotts joined the Walkers after a short while. Unfortunately, the band did not play any further waltzes.
My hubby had decided to wear his white dinner jacket that I had given to him as a Valentin’s Day gift two years ago. I really like the vibe of this look. My name is Bond, James Bond. 😉 To stay with the theme, I wanted to go for a sleek Bond girl type of look – like Domino in Never Say Never or the bad gal Xenia Onatop in Golden Eye. Thus, I wore my black velvet dress with long back slit and little cropped velvet jacket. Since we weren’t sure whether we could take in situ photos of my outfit, we took some prior to taking off to the ball (see below). The third photo was taken at the venue. As you see I had decided for another pair of dance shoes. What would you have worn to an Inaugural Ball? Doesn’t it look like Tango?
I had checked in my boots at the coat check, which I regretted a bit. The floor was so cold that it seemed as if the ice from the last ice hockey game was still underneath. Unfortunately, the cold floor later in the evening let to some people doing their politics standing on the dance floor. Styrofoam under hardwood builds a great insulation. But this fact did not keep dancers from dancing. They just moved to other free areas. The normal floor was better for dancing anyhow. The dance floor was so slippy like someone had used it as homework for their ski wax class. 😉
The food was great, the entertainment excellent. The greatest laughing of the evening was when the Lt. Governor said “white men singing at us.” He referred to the Great Land Sounds Men’s Chorus (photo below) who were part of the entertainment. But in my opinion, the best thing of the ball was dancing with my hubby all night.
In the announcement of the ball, it stated “… new Governor and Lt. Governor who have shown us that
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Photos: G. Kramm, N. Mölders (2015)
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