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February 02, 2024

Remaining Upright: A Year in Review, an affectionate ripoff of CBC's Still Standing, happens February 17

Still Standing Watch Party at Annesley United Church

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Last February, nearly 300 people attended an evening of celebration, honouring Markdale and its citizenry at the Annesley United Church. "It was my fondest event of the whole year," remarked Ron Barnett, who hosted the evening presentation of good news stories as well as the premier viewing of CBC's Still Standing episode featuring the town of Markdale.

"The event was so well received that I thought we should do it again as an annual event," said Barnett. Of course, Markdale will not be a featured story on Still Standing every year. Neither will Jonny Harris be involved, nor will the Frantic Films production crew descend upon the community like they did in 2022. "We'll create our own salute to Grey Highlands and honour all the good news stories of the past year." And so it was born — an affectionate ripoff of the popular CBC-TV series.

The night of tribute will take place at Annesley United Church on Saturday, February 17 with presentations by the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, South Grey Chamber of Commerce and Hanley Institute, among others. "There are a lot of great things happening in this community," barked Barnett. "It's a municipality on the rise, so let's celebrate that."

Highlights of the past year include the new hospital, Gran Fondo cycling fundraiser, RAM Rodeo, South Grey Home Show, Hanley Haunted Hike and many Annesley Events.

Organizers boast that the event will also encompass some moments of humour and musical performances too as they hope to duplicate the magic of the original Still Standing Watch Party. The new locally-focussed variety show has been affectionately coined Remaining Upright: A Year in Review.

Admission is free. Goodies and refreshments will be provided by Susan Delicatessen. Doors will open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. All are welcome.

 


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