Alberta Culture Days: Nanton-style
There is a whole weekend of art and culture related events coming to Nanton September 26-28…and it’s all free. Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta’s arts and cultural communities. There were 100 events held in 30 communities across the province and since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three-day, province-wide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days – a Canada-wide movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
The Nanton & District Chamber of Commerce applied for a grant from Alberta Culture in April, with hopes of maybe, just maybe, ending up with $500 or $5,000 to help support an event in Nanton. Well, be careful what you wish for: a $15,000 cheque from Alberta Culture arrived in the mail at the end of June, and the game was on. Nanton is one of only five communities in the province awarded the Feature Celebration Site designation, with the accompanying financial support for the three-day event. We are still confirming and adding to the schedule, as well as looking for volunteers to help put on these events. Although free to attend, some events require pre-registration, so get your name on the list early, as numbers are limited in some cases
Here’s a little taste of the free events we have to offer you so far (find the full schedule as it is confirmed on antiquewalk.com, nantonchamber.com and the Facebook event Alberta Culture Days 2014 Nanton-style):
Starting Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.: Nanton on Display at Thelma Fanning Library (all weekend long, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.), two-day Plein Air Painting Class with Darcy Presiloski (registration required), Parkland Hutterite Colony Tours, Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre tours, Ultimate Trains half-hour flower arranging class every day at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and Yoga in Centennial Park (or the Community Centre) Friday evening.
Starting Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.: Main Street Art and Artisan Market featuring vendors of all kinds, art, crafts and hula hoop demos and instruction and entertainment; Nia Movement Class in Centennial Park in the late morning; Dennis Surrendi signing copies of his book Set Me Free, at Because I Said So; Public Mural Project and felting, fibre art and crafting demos Saturday afternoon at the Community Centre; carving demo at Mosaic Gallery; portrait drawing demo at Nikaniwin Gallery; Nanton Literacy Society Writers’ Workshop Saturday afternoon (registration required); a screening of the grain elevator documentary Death of A Skyline at the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre; and finishing the day with a family dance Saturday night featuring The Wandering Volhynians and The Pail Bunters bands.
An afternoon of entertainment will be held in Centennial Park on Sunday including Blackfoot Hoop Dancers and Drummers, poetry, music, dance and more, a multi-denominational service as well as free public skating at the Tom Hornecker Rec Centre from 2:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.
All of these events will require plenty of volunteer labour to get them set up, torn down, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to lend a hand, get your free t-shirt and join in the Volunteer Wind-up Dinner Sunday evening.
The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30pm at FCSS/NQLF meeting room (log building south of Bomber Command Museum, enter through the door to the right of the main double doors). Contact Pam with any questions or suggestions: 403-646-2111, or email@example.com. All are welcome to attend.