Saturday was a big day for Gardenton as they hosted local bands for their annual Angel’s Cabin concert.
Angel’s Cabin is a local music company that works to bring local artists to the stage.
The bands were all unique – featuring country, rock, singer-songwriter and more. Some singing original music, and some playing well-known covers. Some came all the way from Winnipeg to perform for the small crowd that gathered.
The Gardenton Festival is a time for Ukrainians to come together in celebration of their culture. It’s also a time to meet new friends, relive memories and bust out your dance moves!
Saturday, July 15 was a smashing success. The weather held out for an outdoor stage show with four amazing dance groups to entertain the crowd with dances from different regions of Ukraine. There were also local musicians, kid’s activities, beer gardens, and amazing homemade Ukrainian cuisine!
In the evening, locals and dancers gathered for a Zabava (Ukrainian dance party) to culminate the day – waltzes, two-steps and hot polkas were brought to you by the Starlites.
The whole day was charged with cultural pride and showcased a large range of talent. Be sure to make it out next year!
St-Labre 200, an annual go cart building-and-racing competition got underway Friday, July 7.
On Friday, teams built their go carts. On Saturday, the day kicked off with drone races and qualifying laps. Drone races are incredibly hard to watch because the sheer speed with which these little machines whir through the air.
The races of the day included an alumni race, powder puff race and an ‘old farts’ race. 20 laps around the track to determine a winner. There was mud, flipped go carts, victories and screaming fans.
At six o’clock the main race started – of 200 hundred laps followed by bands and celebration.
Canada will be 150 years old in less than a month!
Vlaasta Enns, 91, of Middlebro is showing off her creativity with her Canada-themed flowerbed and quilt!
How are you planning to celebrate?
Canada Day events are popular ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday, with food stands,
fireworks and rodeos. This year, events are going to be over the top because we’ve hit 150! Plan on attending Canada Day in South Junction on
June 30th at 8:30 pm with local entertainment and fireworks! Then wake up bright and early for Vita’s Canada Day parade on July 1st. There will be kid’s activities, rodeo and much more!
Decorate Your Yard!
The RM of Stuartburn is holding a yard decorating contest for Canada Day this year! Deck those flowerbeds and hang your flags for cash prizes! To register your lawn call: 425-3218 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate with a full stomach by trying out some authentic Canadian recipes! Get your mouth watering with some homemade poutine or lobster mac n’ cheese. Use ingredients like pure maple syrup, bacon and beer!
Learn Our History
There’s nothing more celebratory than learning about our history. The Sprague and District Museum has an informative display on Canada and the RM of Piney’s role in the last 150 years. To learn more about Ukrainian culture in Canada, visit the Gardenton
Ukrainian Museum. Canada is rich in culture and heritage. Learn your local history!
On Saturday the Susydka dancers from Vita twirled and clicked their heels at their annual recital.
The Susydka Ukrainian Dance Club has come a long way in the last five years, winning awards and gold medals in Ukrainian dancing under their talented instructor from Ukraine. The dancers show off their pride for Ukrainian culture through their graceful arms, strong footwork and brilliant smiles.
The afternoon featured traditional dances from the Poltava, Transcarpathian and Bukovynian regions as well as fun character dances like ‘The Gossiping Babas’ and a dance featuring sibling rivalry over a tambourine.
Susydka performs at many other venues throughout the year, including the Folklorama Kiev Pavilion and the Gardenton Festival. Keep your eyes open for your talented local dance club!