Railway transports Big Valley back in time

Wasn’t that a party! The Big Valley Railway Station centennial celebration last weekend was a sold-out success,

Visitors enjoy a train ride in Big Valley last Saturday during Alberta Prairie’s celebration of the centennial of the Big Valley train station.

Visitors enjoy a train ride in Big Valley last Saturday during Alberta Prairie’s celebration of the centennial of the Big Valley train station.

Wasn’t that a party! The Big Valley Railway Station centennial celebration last weekend was a sold-out success, with visitors from all over the world stopping by to share in the fun.

As the sound of music floated on the air throughout the day, participants enjoyed all the entertainment, games and contests available to them. Both the mechanical bull-riding and the locomotive pull were big hits.

Children were spotted skipping down the village sidewalks with painted faces and colourful balloons, and even a bride and groom in their wedding fi nery were observed joining in the fun. The “Sand Pile Dig for Cash” needed constant replenishing as the children’s scramble continued for most of the day. Visitors were amazed that we had horse-drawn wagon rides through the village streets, and with the occasional shots of the “Guns of the Golden West” show echoing in the air, we were all transported back in time.

Congratulations and many thanks to Canadian Northern, Alberta Prairie Excursions, the Village of Big Valley, all the sponsors and the many volunteers for a truly marvelous celebration.

We are pleased to announce the family literacy-based program, “1, 2, 3, Sing With Me,” is starting up again after the summer break. Parents and caregivers of children fi ve and under are invited to join in every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Big Valley School Library for songs, stories and free snacks. (Note the change in location.)

The fall sessions will be held on the following dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Dec. 5.

Don’t forget to mark them on your calendar. If you have any questions, please call Carly at 409-876-2488. Hope to see you there.

The Hall Board is all set for its fi rst Bingo of the season. Come join the fun this Thursday at the Big Valley Community Hall.

Big Valley’s annual “Christmas Craft Show and Sale” is now accepting bookings for this year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Big Valley Community Hall. If you are interested, please contact Andrea at 403-876-2064.

Eight players enjoyed an afternoon of crib at the Drop-In Centre on Sunday. First place went to Lynne Palmer, second to Terry Stewart, and third to Ron Milton, with the booby going to Keith Campbell. Everyone had a great time.

Big Valley Inn Crib got off to a great start, with 13 players coming out for the fi rst game of the season. First place went to Eileen Green, second to Roy Kennedy, and third to Vi McCarty.

This week’s booby went to Terry Kennedy, who donated it back to the pot. The luck draw was won by JoAnne Murphy.

Why not drop in for a game next Sunday?

New players are always welcome.