|What's good for your soul? pARTy CENTRE!
Design your own shadow puppets in the theatre corner hosted by the Didsbury Municipal Library. PLUS, join Didsbury's own, Jess Byiers, in our pARTy Centre and learn about sculptured puppets.
STORIES WITH SHADOW PUPPETS
Hosted by the Didsbury Municipal Library
Now this is going to be fun! The Didsbury Library has been part of the Mountain View Arts Festival since the beginning, way back in 2011! This year, they are joining us at the Curling Rink, with something special for the family.
You'll spin your own version of a classic children's tale! Stage a play using shadow puppets and take home your filmed directing debut!
When in Didsbury for the Arts Festival, remember to pop over to the Library itself. Established in 1908, the Didsbury Library is the oldest little library in Alberta!
If you're on the hunt for family history, look no further than our Library (2033 - 19th Avenue). 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, 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!
BE GREETED "VICTORIAN" STYLE
Welcoming the Victorian Society of Alberta
You might remember them from Heritage Park or Days of Yore. Members of the Victorian Society of Alberta love to live the life from the Victorian and Edwardian-era - focusing on 1880 - 1914, which is Alberta settlement. And they're coming to Didsbury in all their finery, to visit with each and every one of you!
The distinctly 19th century Victorian era was a time of locomotives and steam travel, gas lighting, horse-drawn carriages and the telegraph. The Edwardian era witnessed the development of the automobile industry, the introduction of electric lighting and, thanks to the 1899 Telegraph Act, the first local telephone systems.
They will entertain you as walkabouts, gate greeters, and may even sit down with you to share the music in the Multi-Purpose Room.
GET A PERSONALIZED CHEEKY CARICATURE
Mark Cromwell of the Color Club
You're in for a real treat! Mark Cromwell is an award-winning Calgary-based artist with a passion for drawing and illustration. Although he does many other different types of art, he has the most fun with Caricature Drawing.
As a doodler all through university, it was a no-brainer for Mark to begin drawing caricature immediately upon graduating. Now you can find him at all kinds of festivals and corporate events drawing funny.
Remember to ask him about his online caricature classes, too!
So, grab your friends, take your kids and get a family picture (maybe Christmas card) - you'll have loads of fun!
Mark will be in the Curling Rink all day Saturday - and he'll be at the Family Dance too!
Sketches will be available for $5 per person
FACE PAINTING, HENNA & GLITTER
Halia's Helium Events
Children love creativity! Children love fun! And quite simply, children love beauty!
And that's what they're going to get at pARTy Centre with our fabulous face painters!
Kids have such great imaginations and getting their faces painted helps them "get into character" for the rest of the day. They'll walk around and show off their colourful faces and go home feeling so good!
So plan to include facepainting by Halia's Helium Events in your visit to the Arts Festival. They've got many different designs for your kids to choose from - and you can get your face painted as well!
Halia's Helium Events is a mother/daughter run company based in Innisfail. They offer helium Balloon Bouqets, garlands, archways and all decor balloons.
Joanie & Megan will be in the Curling Rink all day Saturday - and at the Family Dance too!
By the way, pair a face painting with a visit to our "Tickle Trunk" and let the kidlets really express themselves!!
Face painting will be available for $5 per face
HELP CREATE OUR "RIVER OF ROCKS"
Help us build a "River of Rocks"
The Arts Festival has led many collaborative art projects over the years, some of which you can see at the Didsbury Library, and our latest one, a community tree where over 200 people painted a leaf - it's on the west wall of the Elks Lodge!
The first painting of rocks began at our 2020 Art Blast, as a way to celebrate art in our communities during the exhausting pandemic. It was a lot of fun, but there's a lot more rocks to paint - and we need you!
Join your friends and neighbours at the Memorial Complex and paint to your heart's content. We'll provide the paint - you'll provide the fun! Once the rocks are ready, there will be a special event as we place them in Memorial Park and create a beautiful, and colourful, "river".
Come express your creativity and spend some time in the sun helping build our next community collaboration - our "River of Rocks"!
If you prefer, you can also paint your rocks at home and drop them off Saturday or Sunday to be installed with the others.