Canada Day Festivities in Shaunavon

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS!
The Grand Coteau Centre is planning
another big Canada Day celebration
this year.
Organizers have once again planned a
fantastic event aimed at highlighting
the many cultures present in the
community.
The celebration will include displays,
dance, music, food and more.
Things will kick off at 2 p.m. on July
1 with opening ceremonies and cake.
The Nekaneet First Nations tipi
building – joined by dancers and
drummers – will follow at about 2:30
p.m.
Best selling author Mary Ann Kirkby –
best known for her book “I am
Hutterite” – will hold a special reading
from her new book “Secrets of a
Hutterite Kitchen” at 3:30 pm.
A large number of family activities are
also planned throughout the day,
including children’s games, crafts, face
painting and our own version of world
cup soccer.
A perogie and sausage supper with
ethnic dessert samples is planned
between 5 and 7 p.m. Hot dogs will also
be available. Local performers will
entertain the crowd between 6 p.m. and
7 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a
lawn chair to relax and enjoy the
festivities throughout the afternoon and
evening.
If the weather turns inclement, the
afternoon activities and supper events
will be held at the Crescent Point
Wickenheiser Centre.
Things will take a slightly more adult
turn at 8 p.m. with a Wines of the World
wine tasting event. The celebration,
which will take place in the gallery of
the Grand Coteau Centre, will also
feature Celtic music by harpist Glenna
Stewart.
“It will be a great day,” said Wendy
Thienes, the director of the Grand
Coteau Centre. “We are excited to be
hosting the Nekaneet First Nations and
Mary Ann Kirkby which will highlight
two of the cultures that are so
important to southwest Saskatchewan.
There are also several newcomers
involved in our day who have
contributed items for display and/or
traditional sweets and desserts for us
to sample.” An announcement will also
be made about an exciting new project
that the Centre will be involved with
over the summer.
The Grand Coteau Centre will also be
open during the day and visitors can
view exhibits of items from around the
world that have been contributed by
newcomers and long-time residents.
This year’s event is part of the
Centre’s ongoing “Around the World in
80 Days” celebration with funding
provided by Canadian Heritage’s
Celebrate Canada Program and
SaskCulture’s Multicultural Initiatives
Fund.

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