Get your tickets for Big Valley Historical Society rib dinner

Proceeds go towards protecting Big Valley’s historic resources

By Emily Jaycox For the Independent

Come out for a delicious rib dinner and night of comedy and music and support the Big Valley Historical Society at the same time.

The non-profit charitable society, dedicated to the preservation of heritage buildings and artifacts in its community, is holding its second annual fundraising evening on Saturday, March 30 at the Big Valley Community Hall.

“It’s a great event,” said Kate VanDusen, vice president.

The evening will feature local entertainer “Rosco,” who does a comedy and musical routine.

Rosco plays songs “everyone will recognize,” from the 50’s to the 90’s, says VanDusen.

“He’s very good at what he does,” said VanDusen, adding his humour is clean.

“I think everybody will enjoy it.”

The adult-only event starts with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner, provided by Boardwalk Bistro, starts at 6:30 p.m.

The society is currently taking donations for the silent auction and will be taking items right up until the day of the event.

The event will help fund much needed renovations to the buildings the society maintains.

The historic sites are elderly and the society runs strictly on donations, says VanDusen.

“Our buildings sure need some tender-loving-care.”

The historical society owns the 1916 St. Edmunds Anglican Church, also known as the “Blue Church,” and the 1960’s Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator, two museums and various artifacts.

The Blue Church is currently being painted and re-plastered in the interior and needs a new roof and furnace.

The elevator also needs major repairs, says VanDusen.

VanDusen says the society is “always in need” and donations are welcome.

The organizers hope to sell at least 160 tickets to help cover costs.

“We did a little better than break even the first year and we need to do even better this year.”

Tickets are $40 and can be found at ATB and Boardwalk Bistro in Big Valley and at Wells Furniture in Stettler.

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