No Excuse for not Celebrating

  • Dec. 9, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Brady Weiler of Pipestone Foods in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. By Barry McDonald

You can choose any one of a lot of reasons to stay home on New Years Eve – it’s too cold, it’s too expensive, there is a risk with drinking and driving or whatever you may fabricate that enables you to huddle in your house and celebrate New Years Eve with your television shows. But this year can be different. The Pipestone Food Company and partners are making it very difficult not to attend their event.

New Years Eve celebrations have a reputation for being expensive but not this year. There is a new reasonably priced event being held in the Memorial Centre in Wetaskiwin. For an admission of $44.99 per ticket you will enjoy a sumptuous first class meal that Brady Weiler has gained a reputation for providing. Local food, seafood, champagne and party favors are all included.

Entertainment during the evening will be provided by live acts performed by local performers. Highlighted will be a line up consisting of the Punch Drunk Cabaret (Randl Weiler formerly with Screwtape Lewis) joining forces with Jay Stemko of The Northern Pikes (Girl With A Problem, Twister, She Ain’t Pretty) and Megan Gregg and Dean Pezderic.

Punch Drunk Cabaret is one of the most refreshing and interesting new acts to hail from central Alberta. Their music style is unique, mixing rockabilly, outlaw country and steampunk swing into a potent musical cocktail. Collectively, Punch Drunk Cabaret has an outstanding resume of experience. As ex-patriots of the Edmonton indie-rock scene, singer/ guitarist Randl Lewis Bailer, bassist Dean Doige and drummer Robin Eklund performed with some of Canada’s highest profile acts such as Nickelback, and the Tragically Hip, toured to cities such as Nashville and Sofia, Bulgaria and even landed an appearance in an internationally released movie.

Don’t want to drive? Call 780-361-4455 or email bking@wetaskiwin.ca to book a ride. The Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society is providing a shuttle service to and from the celebration. Following an evening of celebrating with your friends and neighbours, it will be a special treat to exit the Memorial Centre, climb into a warm van and be safely delivered to your door. There is no charge but donations will be gratefully accepted and donations to the WCTS greater than $20 will be eligible for a charitable receipt.

Throughout the evening there will be a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Wetaskiwin Community Transportation Society to support our local transportation service. If 2010 was a good year for you, then invest $44.99 and begin an even better 2011.

Tickets will be available from the Pipestone Food Company/Iron Boar Pub as well as the WCTS office. Call 780-361-4455 or email bking@wetaskiwin.ca