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|SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 2019 IN DOWNTOWN DIDSBURY ALBERTA!|
PUPPET THEATRE | MEXICAN YARN ART
MAKE A ROPE | PLAY BOARD GAMES
PICNIC WITH A SCARECROW
ARTISTS AT WORK | MAKE A WISHING TREE
CHALK IT UP | BAD ART STUDIO | FACEPAINTING
HANDMADE MARKET | OPENING MINDS THRU ART
COFFEE HOUSE | INSTRUMENT PLAY DAY
BUSKERS | UNPLUGGED AT THE MUSEUM
DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING
MODEL RAILROAD | COLOUR A BARN QUILT
SCARECROWS | INUIT & FIRST NATIONS
OLD-TYME CANDY STORE
|What Makes You Smile - HISTORY & HERITAGE!
Wow! We're getting old! Our town of Didsbury, (population now almost 5,300) saw the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1897, and that pushed the town's development forward. Didsbury was incorporated as a village in 1905 and as a town on September 6, 1906. In Western Canada, 113 years is pretty darn old!
The beautiful two-storey brick and sandstone building we call the Didsbury Museum, was built in 1907 and the school held its first school classes in 1908. It was converted to a temporary hospital during the influenza of 1918, and became a training area for men and women during World War II. It was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in early 2011.
See our Inuit heritage collection of baskets, bone carvings, arrowheads, traditional regalia dresses, and items from one of the first white nurses in the Yukon, a Didsburian!
Tour our Museum - there's so many possibilities for the history buff, or those looking to dig a little deeper into their Central Alberta family heritage!
6th Annual Scarecrows on Parade!
It's harvest time, and so it only makes sense that there be Scarecrows, and that's exactly what's happening at the Didsbury Museum - in fact, it'll be a PARADE of scarecrows!!
The Didsbury Museum hosts the Scarecrows on Parade Competition, and invites everyone to put their artistic thinking caps on and plan their scarecrow(s) this summer.
Not only do organizations and individuals have fun entering the competition, but the Town of Didsbury Council has challenged other area Town Councils to see which community can create the best scarecrow!
Scarecrows will be on display at the Didsbury Museum from September 4 to 8. They must be at the Museum by Friday, the 6th. During the Festival, pack up your basket and come have a family Picnic with a Scarecrow.
Please call 403-335-9295 before you come so someone can be there to assist you with set up.
$50 Cash Prizes will be awarded in these 6 different categories:
At the Festival, come over and vote for your favourite scarecrow and take pictures with these creative characters. Winners will be announced at the Museum on Saturday afternoon.
The Roadroad Comes to the Festival!
Having a hobby can bring your focus around from feeling a little glum to feeling energized and creative. The folks with the Railroad Club are happy to show visitors the big layout in operation. Talk to club members about building the original railroad (and our miniature version) and learn the historical value of trains. Great fun for the kidlets: they can operate the portable layout themselves!
History at the Library!
If you're on the hunt for family history, look no further than our Library. You can explore your family history with the many resources available, and with ancestry.ca available on the library's computers.
And since we're talking arts and culture, when you pop into the library to create your own puppet theatre characters, ask about how you can learn a new language and connect with other cultures. You can use Pronunciator to take a course in anywhere up to 80 different languages, and you can even download a phrasebook to your phone!
STROLL HISTORIC DIDSBURY
As you walk from festival venue to festival venue, stop and read our historical plaques on the buildings in our downtown core. Imagine what it was like "back in the day".
While you're at the Train Station enjoying Artists at Work, stroll down the hallway and into the Ticket Office in the Train Depot. This room is full of railway artifacts and photographs.
For the past 9 years, kids have looked and looked for our mascot at one of our great locations. There's a draw at the end of the weekend and 3 terrific prizes will be won. Will you be the one who finds "Art the Bear" and gets your name drawn? (Fingers crossed!)
OLD-TYME CANDY STORE
You might make a new friend as you munch on a lemon drop or some homemade fudge while putting together a puzzle or two.
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