“The support we have from (MLA) Colin Piquette was very much appreciated,” she said. “We would also like to thank the numerous agencies who have helped out as well, including Healthy Families-Healthy Futures, the Words Work Society, the FCSS, THRIVE, the Native Friendship Centre, as well as all the volunteers who’ve helped out.”
Documentary on local author George Ryga screened at Nancy Appley
“Too often in our own history, we tend to see ourselves as not being worth talking outside of our little towns, that interesting things happen in other places,” Piquette said in his speech before the screening. “To have an amazing author like George Ryga come out authentically from our community shows we really underrate ourselves.”
MLA Piquette speaks before the screening of “Just a Ploughboy” on April 8, 2018
I’d like to thank the Heartwood Folk Club and the Athabasca United Church for inviting me to attend the Celtic Ceildh Dinner and Celtic Fusion Illusion concert at the Nancy Appleby Theatre this weekend. I am always so impressed with the work they do in our community.
The Heartwood Folk Club approximately celebrated their 20th year with live music as their fall 2017 season-opener Oct. 1.
About 200 people crowded the Nancy Appleby Theatre to see acoustic guitar folk duo J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning perform. During intermission, Heartwood Folk Club Society board member Richard Zwicker gave thanks to the music club’s artistic director, Peter Opryshko, for all his work putting on shows for the past 20 years.
Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette was at the show, and presented Opryshko and the society with a certificate of achievement.
Opryshko said that it was “very special” to have such a good crowd, and that the club has survived for so long. “It’s fantastic. It couldn’t have happened without all these good people. They give me more credit than they should, I think.”