Since January 1958, the Edmonton Petroleum Club has been a shiny, chic element of the capital’s cultural fabric. An imposing structure, it sits on a large property near Kingsway Garden Mall, rich in tall spruce trees and fortunate to offer a huge parking lot. Upon entering the Petroleum Club, guests are greeted by a spacious lobby with sparse but comfy furnishings and an impressive, colorful mosaic depicting the oil, gas and agriculture riches of Alberta adorning the staircase to the mezzanine floor. A large dining-room has hosted celebrities, government officials, loyal members, high-profile musical entertainers and conventions that mattered critically to the well-being and future of this city.
In Early October, 2014, the Petroleum Club board of directors had to somberly face the uncertain future of this iconic building as other convention facilities offer larger spaces to accommodate the increasing size of today and tomorrow’s conventions in this busy metropolis. The decision was announced that they would shut down the Edmonton Petroleum Club and sell the facility.
On Friday, November 14th, a Farewell Dinner and Dance was hosted by Rollanda Lee, a ‘grande-dame’ of jazz and swing with a band of top-notch musicians who all have a wide audience in the world of music aficionados. The elegant dinner and dance was held in the Club’s packed ballroom. Rollanda Lee is the current president of the Edmonton Dixieland Jazz Society. Her career spans decades; besides being a popular entertainer in the Capital region, she has performed in several countries, including Hawaii, and has had a long-standing ‘gig’ on several cruise ships as well.
The band was composed of high-profile, successful musicians. To the appreciation of a dancing crowd, they performed swing, latin, old rock, country and beloved melodies of the ‘40s and ‘50s.
This was a memorable evening to say farewell to the Edmonton Petroleum Club that is officially ceasing operations on December 31st, 2014. The Club is inviting residents, members and out-of-town visitors to take advantage of its last Dinner Menu until the last day. Anticipating a keen attendance, the club execs are suggesting guests make a reservation before their planned visit. Farewell, Petroleum Club, and thank you for your excellent service of the past 56 years!