Despite the wintry weather on Saturday evening, Feb. 4, Halkirk and area residents attended the sixth annual “Alaskan Seafood and Comedy Night” at the community hall, hosted by the Halkirk Elks.
“We wanted to host a unique supper, different than any you’d find in the community,” said Doreen Blumhagen, Elks member and main organizer. “And we wanted to get an entertainment act, which you would normally have to drive to the city to enjoy. We like to keep people in our community as well as draw from our surrounding communities, and with events like this you can spend your money having a great night out right here in Halkirk.”
The funds raised from this event will go to virtually anything that is needed in the community.
“We support the local hall, seniors, playground, town facilities anything that is needed for our little village,” Blumhagen added.
The supper was quite a spread with clam chowder as starter, followed by cod, maple baked salmon, crab coleslaw, garlic shrimp skewers, potatoes, peas, buns and parfaits for dessert.
After the supper, one of Edmonton’s well-known comedians, Howie Miller took to the stage, entertaining the packed hall.
Miller is one of the few Native American comedians around and has performed at the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals as well as the prestigious “Just For Laughs” in Montreal, and has his own 30-minute show on a Comedy Now special.
“We are happy to say we had a full house and received great feedback from our guests,” Blumhagen said. “We have some that come every year and never miss their seafood feast.”
Kim Cannady who had come from Forestburg said, “That was one of the best comedians I have ever heard!”
The Halkirk Elks keep themselves busy throughout the year, working on several projects – Bullarama, Oyster Fry, Santa or Mother’s Day breakfast there is always another event being worked on by them.
“We are always busy,” Blumhagen said. “It’s what makes living in this little town even more enjoyable. People working together to make life here more fun and entertaining.”