Whenever I travel, I love seeking out or stumbling upon book stores. Why, oh why is it I forget about the used book store that is just around the corner and down the road from my house? The Double Read Book Nook is truly a hidden gem in Edson. Last Friday, I finally took a minute to check out a new store in Edson: Farmer's Daughters Country Decor and More. Double Read is right next door, and down the stairs (across from Ron's Outdoor Source for Sports). Although Kathleen Herndon didn't have the book I need for my next book club meeting, I did pick up The Beauty of Humanity Movement by one of my favourite Canadian authors, Camilla Gibb, for $6. There are thousands of books to browse. Stop by and stock up for summer!
Chautauqua is Edson's volunteer presenting organization. The 2013 Chautauqua Season offers some great gift-giving ideas. For $125, you can purchase a set of season tickets which gives you tickets and a reserved seat for 5 different shows. The tickets are transferrable, so you could buy one set of season tickets and give the tickets to 5 different people--or two sets and give them to 5 different couples.
A limited number of single seats are available for each of the performances $30 or $32.50 online. Right now, only 6 single seats (non-season ticket seats) are released for each show. There may be more closer to the date of the show, depending on availability.
Finally, there is one extra performance that is open to the public: Jake's Gift on January 19th. The same play will be performed on January 17th, but that show is for season ticket holders. Anticipating a high demand, Chautauqua organized the additional January 19th performance so more people could experience this one-woman show about a Canadian WWII Veteran's return to Juno Beach for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. If you know someone who is a history buff or feels strongly about honouring our Veterans, tickets to Jake's Gift would be a great gift. Once again, these are $30 or $32.50 online.
Many people support productions put on by schools and groups in our community. If you enjoy those plays and concerts, why not give Chautauqua shows a try? It's always an enjoyable evening, the atmosphere is relaxed (although it can get a bit stuffy in the top level of the theatre--but that's due to heat and not attitude!), and the drive home is short!
Tickets can be purchased online http://www.edsonartscouncil.com/,
at Thymes Two and The Red Brick
or by calling Marilyn at 780-723-6224
The 2012 Chautauqua season started last night with a bang--and a crash and a boom and some rolls. Toronto-based TorQ Percussion Quartet performed a diverse program to an enthusiastic audience. Richard, Adam, Jamie, and Daniel entertained both with their expert playing and their humourous anecdotes. The first half of the program focused on marimba and vibraphone. During the second half, a wide variety of instruments and objects were used--including paint cans and a conch shell. Highlights of the evening were John Cage's Third Construction and Earth by quartet member Daniel Morphy.
On Saturday, January 21, David Wilson retured to Edson to facilitate his Body, Breath, Voice workshop. Tracy Templeton, Edson Creative Campus Coordinator, organized this workshop and most participants were repeat customers, having taken part in a similar June 2011 workshop. David is an Edmonton-based singer/conductor/voice coach/certified yoga instructor who regulary offers workshops through the Yoga Association of Alberta and through various yoga studios throughout Alberta.
In the 2.5 hour workshop, we stretched, laughed--and breathed. The yoga stretches and poses we did were chosen to help us expand and bring awareness to our breathing. This awareness of breath can help reduce anxiety, build confidence, and encourage relaxation. David is a wonderful instructor. Don't miss him the next time he comes to Edson!
How about you? Do you want to see the arts centre become a reality? If so, talk to a councillor soon. They will be discussing the future of the arts centre during their November retreat.
This message was received at the CANOE website:
Hi, My name is Jessie Lilly and I am with the group Create A Better Future. I am from Edson. We think of Creative ways to fundraise locally as well as globally. Through art auctions we display art work by local and student artists. In March we will be hosting another art auction at United Çycle to raise funds for the organization Kids Sport in Edmonton. Our goal is to help promote the work of local artists, while at the same time bringing awareness about local causes. I was wondering if you would be interested in donating any art work towards this cause. With each piece the artist will receive a letter stating their generous donation towards the organization. If the artist would like, they could also take part of the profit made on the piece. If you are interested in donating any artwork to this cause please contact me at (780)728-6406, or at my email email@example.com. Thank you :) and I look forward to hearing from you.
Edson's Centennial celebrations may be winding down, but there is a great weekend of arts-related fun on deck. Edson is a Host Celebration Site for Arts Days this year and there are a variety of opportunities to discover, experience, and celebrate the arts in our community beginning Friday, September 30 with the second annual Arts Day Variety Show at The Red Brick.
New this year is a 9 am drum circle on Saturday, October 1st. Also new on Saturday is the Celebration of First Nations Heritage from 9:30 - 11:30 am. This Celebration includes the raising of Edson's new teepee, dance performancees by Hinton's Colors Dancing In, and drum songs by local Warrior Women: Matricia Brown, Mackenzie Brown, and Carmen Hockett.
See the full schedule at www.edson.canoe.com. Hope you can join us!
CANOE recently received an email with details about an essay contest for youth. Here is the info:
What is the biggest issue facing Canadians today?
In your opinion, how should Canadian leaders solve that issue?
Win the chance to meet & talk to Peter Mansbridge, CBC News Anchor and attend Leadership West Yellowhead’s Regional Celebration of Leadership to hear his keynote speech on October 5th.
(Youth grades 10 to 12 in Jasper, Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Yellowhead County are encouraged to enter)
Submit your 1000-word (max) essay by 4:30 pm on Friday September 23rd, 2011
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org by fax 780-865-1227
Transportation & tickets to the main event generously provided by the
Rotary Clubs of Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton, and Jasper
or more information contact Nancy Robbins, email@example.com
or like us on Facebook for more details!
On Sunday, August 14 the Edmonton Journal ran a feature story about regional CANOE members Christian Barr and Enzien Kufeld. These potters have created the Urban Forest Design Studio, near Wildwood. You may have noticed the blue signs on your way to or from Edmonton (from Edson). That's them. Definitely worth stopping.