Canada 150, What A Summer! I had the pleasure of working with Strathcona County on as the Canada 150 Events Lead. I had a number of projects to keep me busy throughout the summer. A few I would love to share!
The Heritage Garden Party was a beautiful afternoon spent at the gorgeous Smeltzer House, a historical site on the heritage mile in the heart of Sherwood Park. The afternoon was spent sipping tea, eating cake, listening to a beautiful trio play on the gazebo, watching painters create masterpieces and taking in the stunning gardens. It was the perfect opportunity for the community to come together, explore history and discover the amazing art programs that Smeltzer House has to offer! If your wanting to learn more about Smeltzer House check the link at the bottom!
Another project that I played a role in was the installation of a Community Piano, my tasks were planning the logistics, care of the piano which included having custom covers made and the unveiling party. The community came together on Canada Day to put their finger print on the piano creating a beautiful pointillism masterpiece. The unveiling party was a small public event where we unveiled the completed piano. We had some talented piano students come and play. The afternoon was spent enjoying beautiful music, snacks and mingling.
My biggest undertaking was Chautauqua 150, a 16 day collaborative arts festival that celebrated local artists, organizations and talents. Every morning, afternoon and evening programs different.
All daytime programing was family friendly and 100% free to the public. Evening entertainment featured amazing Canadian talent, one of the most memorable performance was the Canadian Fiddle project, Alberta’s top 5 fiddle players absolutely rocked the house to a sold out show, we had to take tent walls down to make room for everyone! Although the evening show weren’t free the highest ticket price was $20 most shows only $10. My main role in the Festival was planning the logistics of the day to day, moving artists in and out and keeping all the patrons happy! Other areas I assisted in were programming and promotion, even appearing on the Edmonton Global News Morning Show to promote the festival. Would I do a festival again the answer is HECK YES! It was an amazing experience and if given the opportunity would do again in a heartbeat! If your wanting to know what programs were offered shoot me an email!
Please feel free to scroll through the few photos that I was able to capture in this crazy summer. I am always open for questions, if you have a project similar that you’re looking for an outside opinion on shoot me an email I'd love to collaborate there’s no project to big or too small. I’m always up for a challenge!