Sev­eral cre­ative ways to cel­e­brate Cul­ture Days

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - MO CRANKER Lo­cal Jour­nal­ism Ini­tia­tive Re­porter mcranker@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: mocranker

This week­end is the an­nual Cul­ture Days and the Medicine Hat Public Li­brary has found cre­ative ways to get peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing.

MHPL’s head of marketing ser­vices says there will be in­per­son and vir­tual events this week­end.

“This Fri­day we’re do­ing our first vir­tual Pecha Kucha event,” said Gil­lian Reimer. “Dur­ing Pecha Kucha it’s an even­ing of sto­ry­telling from mem­bers of our com­munity. In­stead of host­ing it at the Es­planade and invit­ing 400plus peo­ple like we used to, we’re mov­ing it to our Pecha Kucha Face­book page in­stead.

“We have recorded videos from some re­ally in­ter­est­ing speak­ers.”

Pre­sen­ta­tions start at 8:20 p.m. and in­clude, COVID-19 from the view of a cat, Mul­der the Vic­tim Ser­vices dog and more listed on the Face­book page.

The public li­brary will then be pre­mier­ing a video of an Au­thor Talk that took place last year.

“Doreen Van­der­stoop is Cal­gary au­thor and she wrote the book ‘Water­shed’,” said Reimer. “She came down on Sept. 12 and we had a small, in-per­son talk. This is the recorded ver­sion of that.”

The book is about a dystopian Al­berta af­ter the world’s glaciers have dis­ap­peared. In­stead of oil in pipe­lines, Al­ber­tans trans­port wa­ter.

“It’s a re­ally, re­ally good read,” said Reimer.”We have phys­i­cal and e-book copies here at the li­brary.”

On Sun­day, Cow­boy Po­etry will be held at Kin Coulee Park. It starts at 12:30 p.m.

“Our one in-per­son pro­gram will be held at the band shel­ter at Kin Coulee,” said Reimer. “It’s ba­si­cally a con­cert of cow­boy po­etry and authen­tic western mu­sic.”

Sun­day’s event will fea­ture pre­sen­ters from the Medicine Hat Cow­boy Po­etry Foun­da­tion.

Peo­ple are asked to bring their own lawn chair and to phys­i­cally dis­tance them­selves from peo­ple out­side of their fam­ily and close friends cir­cle.

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Doreen Van­der­stoop (left) will have her au­thor talk played this week­end by the public li­brary for cul­ture days.

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