Flashback of Stettler history part of Culture Days events

Local history is on the menu as Stettler celebrates Culture Days this weekend.

Local history is on the menu as Stettler celebrates Culture Days this weekend.

A pancake breakfast is set for P&H Elevator from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, while Stettler Town and Country Museum will be open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We want people to see what we’re doing to preserve this historic facility,” said Stan Eichhorn, the P&H Elevator Preservation Society president.

“We also have the little coal shed that would come in on the train in those early years and would be loaded into wagons and sleighs and deliver the coal around town.”

Tours will be available at the elevator site Saturday and at the Stettler Museum from Friday to Sunday.

People are invited to take pictures on the museum site.

“People can bring their own cameras and take pictures of their family or friends,” said general manager Karen Wahlund.

Museum curator Wilda Gibbon will also be available to answer questions and explain features of the museum, which hosts a pie sale Saturday.

A variety of other events for people of all ages are set for the weekend.

“The anchor event will be the family concert and dance Friday night,” said Aubrey Brown, the executive-director of Stettler Regional Board of Trade.

The Stettler Recreation Centre is the central base for many of the activities, including the family dance and concert, a Much Music video skating party and Cultural Café on Saturday night and the Gospel Café on Sunday afternoon.

Organizers expect big crowds downtown Saturday for a 15-minute flash dance at 10:30 a.m. and the tailgate farmers’ market, with up to 30 vendors, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stettler was selected this summer as one of 64 communities awarded $5,000 each to celebrate the fifth annual provincial celebration with free events.

Young dancers from Danceology in Stettler will perform, while St. James’ Gate Rocking Celtic takes the stage at Friday’s concert and dance from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Student dancers are slated to perform a variety of dances, including Irish, Highland and couples.

Churches and musical groups and choirs are invited to participate in an informal afternoon of music and fellowship at 2 p.m. Sunday. Groups or individuals interested in performing are asked to call Ross Helgeton at 403-742-9507.

Weekend activities include an open house at Cabinet of Curiosities, Taste of Bosnia at The Coffee Tree, and children’s crafts, bannock and beef stew at Parent Link Centre.

Saturday’s schedule includes fall family photo shoots at Memories for Eternity, rollerskating and blading with Heartland Rollergirls in West Stettler Park, shinny at the SRC, and the Red Solo Cup Party at Social Bo’s at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Madagascar 3 hits the Jewel Theatre screen Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information, phone 403-742-3181.

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