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Happy Spring from The Barry Penny Foundation

As most of you know there has been some drastic changes to my life in the last year. Retirement and the big move to our new home in central Alberta being at the forefront. Because of this, and working with the lawyers of Norton Rose Fulbright preparing for our application to get our registered charity status, our evening of music in Calgary was put on the back burner for awhile. Fortunately because of your great support in previous years we had the funds to continue to support our kids in their music lessons.

Now that Corinne and I are in central Alberta the Directors have decided to expand the Foundations work to include the area of Camrose and Wetaskiwin and all the small villages and hamlets in the area. This does not mean that we are abandoning our work in the Calgary area. We have Directors still in Calgary and they will handle our processes and placement there.

Our first step in this exciting new announcement is to get the word out to people in this area. Last evening Heather and I met with the owners of The Willows Retreat in Camrose County. What a beautiful setting tucked away up here. There is an outdoor stage where people can sit in their lawn chairs and listen and watch the performers on stage. There is a covered dome that can handle a hundred people if the weather doesn’t cooperate. There is camping with electrical hookups. The cook shack has everything you would need to cook up barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers. Basically there is everything you need to enjoy a night of music and then just walk to your camper/trailer or tent and enjoy the great outdoors. The venue isn’t far from Ferintosh where a bed and breakfast is located if that interests you.

The fine details are still being worked out but we have secured the venue for Saturday August 11 through to Sunday August 12. If you are wanting to come from Calgary it is about a two and a half hour drive north up highway two. We would love to see you again. We will announce ticket prices and other details as we have them. We wanted to let you all know with plenty of notice so you can make arrangements if you would like to attend.

Gary Freeman


The Barry Penny Foundation