Calendar Girls bare it all

Calendar Girls bare it all

The lovely ladies of Calendar Girls made their entrance down the centre court escalator at the Peter Pond Mall on Sunday afternoon, adorned in their plush white bathrobes and nothing else. They smiled, they waved, and made their way through the throng of people who had gathered to watch the action on a busy shopping
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Discovery Gala

Discovery Gala

We always like to arrive early at Gala, to get a decent parking spot, and to be among the first to take it all in.  This year, we were maybe four or five couples from the front of the line.  We were the first to get our couple photo taken in the Photomagic booth, the
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Gala’s eve

Gala’s eve

An annual rite of passage in Fort McMurray, and arguably the swankiest night of the year, is the Keyano College Foundation Gala.  It happens on the first Saturday in November, usually as autumn turns into winter, the day when we often see the first few flakes of the season.  Not this year though.  We have
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The Big Reveal

The Big Reveal

I get excited when we do a promotion in the Peter Pond Mall.  It’s been a long time.  I’ll never forget when we did “Sing for the your tickets” to The Sound of Music.  Groups of all sizes from schools across the community joined us for a fun afternoon contest singing or performing their favourite
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The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean

The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean

We saw Stuart McLean in the flesh yesterday, performing his touring rendition of The Vinyl Cafe at Keyano Theatre.  Our family has literally spent hours listening to this Canadian icon, the podcast edition of the show being our go-to spoken word selection when listening to music becomes tiresome on long trips.  All of a sudden,
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Sandy’s whollop

Sandy’s whollop

About 7 million people are waking up this morning – or not, because the alarm clocks are silent – to a dark house, cold breakfast and streets strewn with debris.  Hurricane Sandy, described as a “superstorm”, “straight out of a disaster blockbuster”, and “the most fearsome tempest on record in the country”, made landfall in
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Scraping memory

Scraping memory

We were watching one of those artsy types of films last night, to close out an evening that began with the annual KD Gala in support of the Centre of Hope.  Titled A Summer in Genoa, this slice-of-life picture starred Colin Firth and was filmed in a way that caused you feel like you were a
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Obama vs Romney

Obama vs Romney

Dylan and I sat down and watched the final Presidential debate last night.  He had already seen the first one, so he was already ingratiated to the styles of the two gentlemen.  I’ve been so busy that this American election – now two weeks from being over – almost passed me by. I had heard,
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State of the Island – It’s all about U

State of the Island – It’s all about U

When guests began walking into the activity field house at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre for the 2012 Sate of the Island, the first question that popped into their minds was likely What is the big U all about?  There were a number of big banners featuring a stylistic letter U that begged the question
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Under promise, over deliver – Highway 63 fully twinned in 2016

Under promise, over deliver – Highway 63 fully twinned in 2016

I got an email from Alberta Transportation mid-afternoon on Wednesday inviting me on a bus ride to a spot a couple of hours down the road on Highway 63 where a special announcement would be made.  It was positioned in that email as “a sneak preview of the newly twinned roadway on Highway 63 north
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