What’s up this week in Wood Buffalo

by Curtis J Phillips

Friday March 6
After three decades of performing, their music and comedy is legendary. Never a dull moment and always a waiting audience, here once again, are Kevin Blackmore, Wayne Chaulk and Ray Johnson, better known as Buddy Wassiname and the Other Fellas, back in Fort McMurray with a five show stint at Keyano College Theatre March 6 – March 10. Presented by Syncrude Arts & Alive. Tickets $43 780-791-4930.

Saturday March 7
27th Annual Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards. RARA always have great guest speakers, including my favourite of all-time, 1964 Olympic middle distance runner Billy Mills who spoke in 2012. His life story was made into the movie Running Brave. Good friend Rod Hyde gave me an inside scoop in regards to the main entertainment for the evening which is The Story of Fort McKay. It is presented by Ground Zero Productions accompanied by ASANI and Maria Dunn. Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Doors open at 5 p.m. ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Info 780-792-1565.

Hey sledders …. feeling lucky?
Then gear up for the McMurray Sno-Drifters Association’s annual Poker Rally being held March 7. The rally heads out from the Sno-Drifter’s garage on Highway 69, 12 kilometres in from Highway 63 on the south side. Fees for the rally are $10 for registration and $20 for hands though riders don’t have to play. Start time is 9 a.m.
ASA membership is needed for the rally. Riders 16 and under are free. A banquet held at the Quality Inn will finish off the day. Cocktails at 6:30 with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for volunteers, $60 for singles, $100 for date night and $20 for ages eight to 16. All prizes are to be awarded at the banquet. And a 2015 Polaris Switchback Assault Snowmobile is up for grabs Text or call Fetzko for more information, 780-792-7603.

Thursday March 12
Keyano One-On-One. The legends of hockey will be in attendance with Gerry Cheevers, Boston Bruins; Yvan Cournoyer, Montreal Canadians; Marcel Dionne, Detroit Red Wings, Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks, Brad Park, New York Rangers and Darryl Sittler. The theme is ‘‘The Original Six’ with superstars from the 1970s playing for teams that first formed the NHL. Guests are treated to a four-course dinner, an interactive Hot Stove event (hosted by Kelly Chase) where guests have the opportunity to ask questions and listen to stories of rivalries, success and failure in the NHL. Single tickets are $200 780-792-5073. This event debuted in 2012 with Wayne Gretzky as the feature guest. I was late to do a one-on-one interview with him and the headline for my column was aptly titled “The Great One Meets the Late One.”