Deliquesce – definition: 1) to melt away or to disappear as if by melting 2) (chemistry) to dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
Not sure about chemistry but my fellow Writers Foundation members, Dream Write Publishing staff and I were melting yesterday at the Arts in the Plaza and Strathcona Celebrates. It was a pageantry filled day (my English is showing!) Tanks and military vehicles paraded through the streets and then the horse guards, which were my favorite. Bright red uniforms and gold helmets with tassels flowing.
Lord Strathcona – Sir Donald A Smith. 1st Baron of Strathcona, who was born in Scotland.
Luckily we had canopies to shade us and displays of the Writers Foundation history were very popular. I managed to hand out quite a few Rumble coloring competition pages so hopefully there will be lots of entries to judge.
Argumentative – definition: fond of arguing and disputing
I will take no argument – if you can possibly make it to the Arts in the Plaza today, please do. It is a free event and there is original work by authors, artists, potters, weavers – well you get the idea!
Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Community Centre (401 Festival Lane)
Free pancake breakfast supported by Canadian Progress Club, Sherwood Park
Free family activities
Verve Salon & Spa Ltd. will help you show your pride at their hair zone
Stage entertainment from Cooper Pump Record Studios Inc. – stage schedule
“Strathcona’s pioneering spirit at 10 a.m.”
Official Key to the County Ceremony followed by Roll Past and Parade In front of County Hall (2001 Sherwood Drive)
Welcoming Tea 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. In front of County Hall (2001 Sherwood Drive)
Enjoy free refreshments and cookies
Entertainment provided by Crescendo Music Studios
Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)
The Mounted Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the 1920s and 1930s. The 20-horse, 25-member Troop performs the Musical Ride. The ride is drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the 1920s and 1930s.
Celebration continues with free activities for everyone 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)
Exhibition of both modern and antique military vehicles and meet the troops (Festival Way in front of Elk Island Catholic School Board)
Military activities by Navy League of Canada, 2551 PPCLI Army Cadets
Agricultural opportunities by Green Hectares
Aboriginal activities and performances
Experience life 120 years ago in Strathcona County by Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and City of Fort Saskatchewan
Family activities by Strathcona County Museum and Education Station
Stage entertainment provided by Crescendo Music Studios
Face painting and much more
Please note: zipline and inflatables will close between 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the Military Musical Ride.
Miok-McCormack Memorial Unveiling 4 p.m. Festival Place (100 Festival Way)
Official military unveiling ceremony for The Miok-McCormack Memorial located in Broadmoor Lake Park. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of two Sherwood Park soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009. This is a community event and everyone is welcome to attend.
While manning our tables at Arts in the Plaza yesterday, I was pondering what to write about for this post when two widely differing situations occured.
The first was our display table nearly collapsing with a strong gust of wind. As the frame is a sturdy metal one, my friends and I were shocked that it could be damaged so easily. As the table in question was piled with books, we all leapt up to save the inevitable disaster. Under closer inspection we found that the bolt supporting the bracket was not as it appeared. There was actually no bolt just a nut on the bracket, which was glued to the table leg. What on earth? There is no way this method of construction is going to last. Do all engineered products have a ‘fail’ mechanism built into them? As you can imagine we were relieved that the novels from Dream Write Publishing were not damaged and that my fellow members of The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County were quick on their feet.
The second situation to come to my notice was a much more serious one. An out of control fire is spreading across land near Palm Springs. My immediate thought was for friends I have that live in the town. A quick email gave me reassurances that they were fine for the moment but that ash was falling over their home. I sincerely hope the fire can be controlled and that there is no lost of life.