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Photo club focuses on Arctic images

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If you’ve ever imagined grabbing your camera and heading off to photograph remote parts of the northern hemisphere, the Northwest Passage, Iceland or the remote Islands off of the shores of Scotland, the central Alberta photo club has a presentation you need to see.
Adventure Canada will share their experience photographing in Canada’s north and its coastlines. The company hosts tours on smaller cruise ships bringing photographers to shore via zodiacs.

“The club brings in different speakers to please the variety of individual needs of its members,” says Scotty Roxburgh, the club’s president, adding, “and we like to stimulate each level of photographer to move outside of their individual comfort zone.”

“Adventure Canada provides a variety of experts on their cruises to educate individuals about the remote areas they visit, professional photographers along with historians, marine biologists, culturalists, archaeologist, authors, artists,” Roxburgh said. He thinks the cruise will interest more than just the club members, so tickets for the March 3 presentations at Golden Circle event will also be available to the public at the door or online at http://centralalbertaphotographicsociety.com .

Dr, Scott Forsyth, is an expert landscape photographer and he’ll share how he creates images, demonstrate setting up and photographing in remote areas, discuss composition, available light and post processing to achieve great images. The session runs from 2 until 5 pm Saturday returning at 7 pm with David Newland sharing his experiences of travelling the Northwest Passage through his Story and Song, a musical and spoken-word performance of original songs, along with photographs, inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic.

Roxburgh’s club, the Central Alberta Photographic Society, goes by its acronym nickname, CAPS, and is having a banner year, providing and organizing compelling presenters and interesting and rewarding outings. Membership includes beginners and experts and all levels in between, all enthusiastic about capturing images of great experiences. Think snowy owls. X-country ski championships. Beautiful Alberta landscapes. Ice bubbles at Lake Abraham.

As members get comfortable with their cameras, getting that great shot gets more compelling; the opportunities to take interesting photos keep expanding and they get together for some really enjoyable and instructive activity. Often outside, in fresh air.

Last month, more than a dozen members of the club covered the 2018 Haywood Noram/Peavy Mart Western Canadian Championships at Riverbend, taking thousands of images and providing organizers and athletes with a collection of more than 3,000 moments captured. Roxburgh says he’s pleased with how well the membership gels socially this year with good attendance and lots of enthusiastic participation.

Details of the Adventure Canada and Northwest Passage in Story, Song and Photograph are available at http://centralalbertaphotographicsociety.com

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Stories of Red Deer’s earliest Halloween celebrations

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By Miichael Dawe

Another Halloween will soon be upon us. It is one of the most popular of the annual celebrations. While door-to-door trick or treating by young children has become somewhat less common over the last few years, more and more people seem to be decorating their homes and their yards for the evening. Dressing up in costume remains as popular as ever, as are social get-togethers with all kinds of food and drink to share.

Halloween is a very old celebration, with some of the traditions dating back to the ancient Celtic rituals and festivities, marking what was then considered the start of the Celtic New Year. Later, there were strong Christian influences, as the night became connected with commemorations of All Hallows Eve (the origin of the name “Halloween) and All Saints Day on November 1st. All Saints Day is still a public holiday in parts of Europe.

Celebration of Halloween was not common in North American until the arrival of large numbers of Celtic immigrants from Ireland and Scotland during the 19th century. However, the tradition of children going door-to-door for trick or treating did not begin until the early part of the last century. It did not become a practice in Red Deer until the latter part of the 1920s.

History of Halloween in Canada.

Alexandria Hotel

Some of the earliest celebrations of Halloween in Red Deer took place in the early 1900s. Usually, a local group would organize a party at a local hall with all sorts of fun and games. Apples were a staple of these early socials. The wearing of costumes was strongly encouraged.

One group that organized annual Halloween events was the Alexandra Club. This was a group of young women dedicated to raising funds for the Red Deer Memorial Hospital. Hence, the annual Halloween gathering was as much a fundraiser as a social occasion. Other popular fundraisers staged by the Alexandra Club were women’s hockey games at the rink on Morrison (52) Street.

St. Luke’s Parish Hall

In 1913, the main Halloween event was a dance at the new Parish Hall on Gaetz Avenue, just north of St. Luke’s Anglican Church. This large new public hall had been officially opened on the eve of Red Deer being incorporated as a city on March 25, 1913. The Halloween music was provided by the Orpheus Orchestra. The evening was such a success that plans were made to have Halloween dances at the Parish Hall as annual events.

 

Red Deer Armouries

Tragically, the First World War broke out in August 1914. The community focused on the war effort and little was done to mark such “frivolous” occasions as Halloween. However, after the War, a new tradition started. The local 78th Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery organized Halloween Balls at the Armouries on First Street South (now the location of the Children’s Library).

The annual militia balls were quite lavish events and extremely popular. People were not even bothered when, at the first ball in 1921, the outside of the main exit was blocked with a pile of piano boxes. A threat by the attending officers of a week’s short rations ensured that the young artillery men quickly cleared away the obstacles so that the guests could depart for home.

Halloween pranks have been one of the most enduring of the evening’s traditions. In 1921, in addition to the piling of the piano boxes at the 78th Battery’s ball, the local newspapers reported that Police Chief Anderson probably had as much fun the day after Halloween as anyone else. He rounded up all the likely suspects from the previous evening’s pranks. He made sure that these “young enthusiasts” spent the day putting things back in place and removing the soap that they had applied to various store-front windows.

Red Deer Public School, nicknamed “The Castle”

Unfortunately, a small group had gotten carried away with their pranks at the High School building on the Central School grounds. In order to drive home the point that there were limits to the number and type of activities that would be tolerated on Halloween Night, Principal C.D. Locke imposed a “two-day enforced holiday” on the perpetuators as a warning to rein in their “youthful exuberance” during next year’s Halloween activities.

Michael Dawe – October 31, 2018

A fifth generation Central Albertan with roots in Red Deer and Pine Lake, Michael Dawe serves on Red Deer City Council. In 1979, he became the city’s first full-time archivist with the Red Deer and District Archives. In May 2009, he was seconded to become the curator of history in preparation for the City of Red Deer Centennial in 2013.

Michael has won a number of awards including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Alberta Centennial medals. He was named Alberta Citizen of the Year by the Council on School Administration of the Alberta Teachers Association for his work with local schools. He received the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation for his work with veterans. He was twice voted Red Deer’s Most Beloved Citizen by the readers of the Red Deer Express newspaper.

 

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Connected to the Resources I Need

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Connected to the Resources I Need

Candice struggled for a few years with looking after her family, pain and deteriorating mobility. Her husband is away for long stretches working out of town. She had put out some feelers to get help with some things but nothing ever connected…that is until she met the support nurse in her physician’s clinic.

Candice said,” Wow! What an amazing nurse. I usually don’t open up and tell anyone about my struggles but the support nurse sensed I needed help and had a way of making me feel so comfortable that I did open up. She was so friendly and caring. Once she knew my challenges and needs, she did everything she could to set me up with resources. She connected me with Home Care, a mental health counsellor and other community resources. I got everything that I need in a very short timeframe. I will never be free of the pain but my everyday life is more comfortable now.  I would give this service and the Support Nurse the highest recommendation, I have never met anyone like her.”

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