Keith Muise, founder of 80s Summer Camp, said he just wants to bring more positivity and fun through “old school” stuff in his home town of Stephenville.
That’s why, in coordination with the Canadian Mental Health Association and a number of aid groups in the town, he is holding the first ever 80s Summer Camp Day today at the Stephenville Dome, starting at 1 p.m. and running until 4 p.m. or as long as people want.
“I want to get people more involved in fun stuff and help build a stronger sense of community,” he said.
Muise first started 80s Summer Camp after the Fort McMurray fire, where he lives and to focus on the positive stuff like he remembers growing up back in the 1980s.
He said today’s show is loosely scripted and kind of a kitchen party in a stadium, with all but three of the people who will be on stage being local.
“I searched out some people and while some were busy others are only too happy to hit the stage, so we’ll highlight the talent around here,” Muise said.
It will feature motivational speaking, live comedy, music and lots of interactive stuff.
Chris Power, who was released from duty after 16 years as an officer in the Canadian army because of an operational stress injury, is the motivational speaker who will be starting off the afternoon show and introducing kids to a special handshake.
He said his talk will be about the importance of having balance, happiness and fun in your life, which is all crucial to mental health.
Muise said it’s about having something to bring people together for a different kind of day, thinking outside the box and having no set end.
He said the first ever 80’s Summer Camp Day at the Stephenville Dome will also have online participation.
In addition to Harmon Air, a band made up of Mayor Tom Rose, Gerard Ryan, Danny Cochrane and Bobby Lucas, also taking to the stage will be Bruce White, Stephen Rose and even an eight-year-old boy singing and playing guitar.