Station 51 is officially one year old this weekend after the former Blue Nose went through some renovations, and the bar is inviting Border City residents to join them in the celebration.
Tanya Healey, general manager at Station 51, is excited to bring The Dirt Rich Band back to the stage on June 1 and June 2 to kick off the party at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover at the door.
Healey explained how she has always wanted to have the opportunity to run a bar, and how through the renovation everything from the front door, to the flooring, to the lighting was picked out by her, and how the bar holds a special place in her heart.
“I knew right from the very beginning the staff we selected were going to be great, and most of the people we hired a year ago are still here today,” said Healey, adding how the bar has built a reputation for being clean, safe, and having friendly staff.
Being from the east coast of Canada, live music is a big part of Healey’s life, and with that she tries to get bands into the bar as often as possible to provide a different type of entertainment for patrons.
“We’re doing a fundraiser called Karaoke for Ema, and it’s for a young local girl who actually won a trip to New York City to dance in Broadway. She’s only 10 years old and she needed $10,000 to be able to go on this trip, and still needed $8,000 American to go,” said Healey in mid May.
“So I approached her mom and said ‘let’s do this,’ and I started a karaoke contest that started on May 16 and it’s running for four weeks. The fifth week is when all of the semi-finalists will come back and then the finale is the following week, and The Dirt Rich Band is opening up the night and doing the judging for that.”
The karaoke finale is being held on June 20 at the bar and will include a silent auction and a 50/50 draw, with all proceeds going to Ema’s trip.
With the list of spots designated as “clubs” in Lloydminster being shorter than it once was, Healey wanted to point out Station 51 is more than just a bar, and the staff enjoy being a part of the community and giving back whenever possible.
“I don’t want people to think we’re just another bar in the city. I don’t want them to think that they’re not safe here. We’re not just a bar, we’re a family out there and we do our part to try to give back to the community,” she said.
“From just reaching out to try and help to hosting fundraisers for local organizations, we’re more than just a bar.”
Healey also added that anyone interested in hosting an event or function at the bar, whether it’s for a work function or they’re hosting a fundraiser, Station 51 is always open to host your event.
Station 51 is located at 5009 51 right beside the Econo Lodge on the north side of downtown, and birthday festivities start around 9 p.m. on Friday night.