As I write this article, my office window is open and I can hear geese honking as they make their way to their southern communities, but I can also hear robins still singing their happy chirps here! So glad the September Snowstorm didn’t scare them away just yet!
As I reflect over the last 6 weeks or so, some of the Red Deer Community events we attended were quite notable for Red Deer! We were able to take in the Red Deer is Ready Rally announcement on Ross Street and were excited to read on the jumbo screen that Red Deer had won the bid for the 2019 Canada Winter Games! A few hours later that same day we could watch top world cyclists cross the 2nd stage finish line of the Tour of Alberta. That was thrilling to be able to stand along the sidelines and watch them cycle by at such speeds, my hair being blown by the wind gusts they stirred up! You can watch the video clip I took of that on our Facebook page. It amazed me that the official reporting photographers, who had their little red taped-off section inside the track about 50 feet past me, didn’t get knocked over!
Another air stirring event for Red Deer, was the Air Canada Anniversary Celebration of 1 year air flight services to and from the Red Deer Airport! It is very handy to not have to drive all the way to Calgary or Edmonton on QE2 during the winter months for us local people, as well as in aiding the Canadian Winter Game participants to arrive so close at their destination in 2019.
One community event in which we were able to take a couple of our grandchildren to was the Fort Normandeau Days. We had the privilege of seeing our Native friends, Tanya, skinning a deer hide and Lyle, commanding his warriors during a war re-enactment. We could cook our own bannock over an open fire pit. Their Berry Soup was a huge hit with our grandchildren!
And so as the seasons change from Summer to Autumn, we’ve enjoyed looking back, but we also look forward in anticipation to some of the upcoming Red Deer Community Events in which we either plan to be a part of or volunteer at or just to able to visually enjoy:
Sept 26-28 : Red Deer Culture Days
Oct 4 : Ride for Refuge, volunteer
Oct 24 : Steve Bell concert, volunteer
Nov 5-8 : Agri-Trade, booth display
Nov15&16 : Norwegian Luft Hus Bakesale
Nov 21 : Red Deer Rebels game, sponsor
Nov 22 : Festival Lights the Night, 4:00-6:30pm at City Hall Park
Nov 26-30 : Festival of Trees – Will you be the one to find a framed display we made? –