Saturday, July 22, 2006
The Calgary Stampede
I have returned from my travels. For the first time in my life I went to the Calgary Stampede. It was great fun. I don't know why I have never been before - sometimes living only a few miles away! We went there on "Seniors Day" and there were quite a few seniors in attendance. We saw the "Super Dogs" and "Bailey the Buffalo" I didn't go on any of the rides, but we did enjoy the a nice little beer joint in the middle of the miniature donkey stalls!! The was a very small quilt exhibit - only 30 - 40 quilts - so that was a bit disappointing. I didn't take any pictures of the quilts. Jessica - who lives in Calgary spent the day at the Stampede with us ( me and my sister and various in-laws of her's) and Jessica was interested in some of the quilts and lamenting that she doesn't have a sewing machine. Since I have extra's ( if you can imagine!) so I will tune up an old Singer that is a nice little machine and send it down for her. Maybe she will become a quilter!
My next stop -- was the "Old Timers Accordian Festival" in Kimberley B.C. That was great fun!! I had no idea - and the "Old Timers" take their accordian playing quite seriously - It is a ten day event and the chairs are set up in the Platzal and they dance on the street. I did not go there because I am an "old timer" but because my father's cousin from Yorkton, Sask was up enjoying the accordian festival. There was a 28 year old blind girl from Australia who has "fingers like the wings of a butterfly" so I am told! She was very good and she play a song with a young man from Seattle Washington that was sort of bluesy and he sang - which was quite good!
There is a nice little quilt shop in the Platzal and I bought a nice little package of jewel tone fat quarters. I will have to post my purchases in the next post.