Canada Day July 1, 2013

Happy one-hundred-and-forty-sixth Birthday Canada! Here are some pictures I took at our Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada Day celebration in Kin Coulee Park.

Gene and Chelsea

Gene and Chelsea

 

We started off our day with an Ecumenical Worship Service at the Kin Coulee Park Bandshell. Our musicians were the Rev. Canon Gene Packwood on guitar and vocals, and Chelsea McCann on keyboard and vocals. The Rev. Canon Packwood also organised and led the Service—thanks Gene!

Virgil

Virgil

 

The Rev. Dr. Virgil Covel, president of our Medicine Hat Ministerial Association welcomes everyone to the Service.

DSCN1582

 

 

Kin Coulee Park Bandshell and puppet stage decorated with Canadian flags and windmills.

Amanda (left), Julianna (right)

Amanda (left), Julianna (right)

 

The Rev. Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson and Amanda Roseveare puppeteers. Pastor Julianna also wrote the puppet show.

Children watching puppet show

Children watching puppet show

 

The puppets, Max the Moose and Leo the Lion perform for the audience. The puppet show consisted of Max the Moose conversing with Leo the Lion who had just recently arrived in Canada. As the two converse, Max describes our nation.

 

Max (left), Leo (right)

Max (left), Leo (right)

Close-up shot of Max the Moose and Leo the Lion.

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Break Dancer

Next, as you can see from the above pictures,  the GX Canada Dance group of Aaron and Kendra Melanson and Friends performed some cool break dancing.

 

Jose

Jose

 

Pastor Jose Gurdian, an immigrant from Costa Rica, preached the Canada Day Sermon. 

After the Service, we walked around Kin Coulee Park and I shot a few more photos.

Umbrellaflag hats

Umbrellaflag hats

There were folks like this wearing their patriotic Canada flags in the form of umbrella hats. Today however it was not to keep their heads dry from the rain; rather it was to enjoy a bit of shade on this 30 plus degree C day.

Habitat for Humanity Canopy

Habitat for Humanity Canopy

Astronomy Club Display

Astronomy Club Display

Canadian Armed Forces Display

Canadian Armed Forces Display

Children's Play Area

Children’s Play Area

Portable Toilets

Portable Toilets

Piper

Piper

Scottish Cuisine

Scottish Cuisine

Patriotic Bicycle

Patriotic Bicycle

The Bike Tree

The Bike Tree

Once again, Happy Canada Day to all of my readers!

Advertisements

About dimlamp
I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: dimlamp.wordpress.com gwh photos: gwhphotos.wordpress.com

3 Responses to Canada Day July 1, 2013

  1. frizztext says:

    a nice tribute to Canada, Garth! For me Canada is the land, which gave asylum for deserters in the sixties, criticizing the Vietnam war. And Buffy Saint-Marie who created the protest song UNIVERSAL SOLDIERS! hi Dim Lamp = Garth Wehrfritz,
    I agree completely with your comment about thinkers: “I think what you say Dietmar about thinkers always being treated disrespectfully by those in the seats of power is true especially when it comes to women. They have been oppressed and kept down by patriarchy for centuries-so the women’s liberation movement and liberation and feminist theology were and are a needed corrective…”

  2. dimlamp says:

    Thanks Dietmar, yes Buffy does a fine interpretation of the song.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: