Backus celebrating anniversary with party

As a fifth-year anniversary celebration for the Backus Community Centre over in International Falls, people from both sides of the border are invited to dance with “Swing Delivery” this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re having a big party,” enthused Margarett Patnode, a member of the Citizens for Backus/AB board. “They performed here last year and everyone said bring them back, so we are.”
“Swing Delivery” will offer up some big band music from the 1930s and ’40s, complete with the sounds of trumpet, trombone, guitar, keyboard, drums, bass guitar, and vocals.
While last year’s performance was just a concert, this time people will be encouraged to get up on the dance floor in the gymnasium. Seating and refreshments also will be available.
Included with the $12 ticket is cake, cheese and crackers, popcorn, coffee, and water. There will be a cash bar providing wine and beer.
“We’re celebrating being here five years, the good things that are happening here, the exciting events that are always going on, and how busy it has been around here,” noted Beckie Aitken, executive director of the Backus Community Centre.
“We just want to celebrate, kick up our heels, and dance the night away,” she said, adding children are welcome to attend the event with their parents.
“It will be a fun family night,” she promised.
Aitken indicated the group is proud of their accomplishments to keep the building going that has housed hundreds of musical performances, social gatherings, and other activities.
Also during Saturday’s anniversary party, Aitken said they will be revealing some information to those in attendance.
“There is a room in the basement underneath the Alexander Baker building that has been sealed off for many, many years,” she explained. “Nobody remembers it being sealed off, not even the old janitors.”
The group plans to open up the room prior to the dance and announce that night what they discovered inside.
“So that will be kind of interesting,” Aitken said.
Also during the evening, the Citizens for Backus/AB will be kicking off its roof campaign, “Foot by Foot,” with each foot costing $10.
It will run for two months to raise $250,000 to finish off the roofs and make the whole complex more secure.
Tickets for the dance with “Swing Delivery” can be purchased at City Drug, Espresso Lane, No Place Like Home, Thrifty White Drug, and the Backus Community Centre.
Tickets also will be available at the door.