Lo­rilee Dun­das

The Drumheller Mail - - News -

On June 14, Myr­tle Chris­tensen at­tended her grand­daugh­ter, Emily Katyi’s Grad­u­a­tion event in Calgary. The grad­u­at­ing class of Carol Bishop High School first at­tended a “Grad­u­a­tion Mass” at St. Mary’s Church in down­town Calgary. The “Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­mony” then took place in the af­ter­noon in the Main Gym of the Mount Royal Univer­sity for 380 plus grade twelve stu­dents.

The week­end of June 21 to 23 found the Chris­tensen fam­ily tak­ing part in their An­nual Trail Ride and Cam­pout at Lyle’s dam with a lot of wind and rain. Again they pushed through the bad weather and com­pleted two rides and potluck meals finding refuge in trail­ers and campers for overnight. The horses didn’t fair as well and some shiv­ered in the cold and wet.

Mem­bers trans­ported horses from places be­tween Ed­mon­ton and Medicine Hat. Some horse own­ers shared their horses with those with­out for some of the rides.

The ride Saturday was a nostalgic ride from the dam to the farm of Wendy and Richard Marsh. Eleven mem­bers made that ride in­clud­ing Wendy who rode brother Ken’s mare. The weather co­op­er­ated for that af­ter­noon and pic­tures were taken at the spe­cial gate sign to “The Farm”.

The rid­ers re­turned to the camp then drove back with the oth­ers for the sup­per hosted by Wendy and Richard for the “Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion”. The Chris­tensen fam­i­lies; Fred and Dick’s chil­dren and some of their chil­dren took in the event. County Coun­cil­lor, Ben Arm­strong pre­sented a plague in com­mem­o­ra­tion of 100 years of own­ing the land in the County of Wheat­land.

Ev­ery­one en­joyed tour­ing the re­stored build­ings and an­tiques as well as the beau­ti­fully groomed prop­erty. Wendy and Richard pre­pared Beef-on-a-Bun and the vis­i­tors brought some­thing for potluck. Ev­ery­one en­joyed the meal served in the quon­set. It was a very spe­cial fam­ily time with fine weather that af­ter­noon.

A dis­play of pic­tures and his­toric items was laid out for ev­ery­one to view and re­late to. In­for­ma­tion for up­dat­ing the Fam­ily Tree was col­lected. Pic­tures were taken and many have ap­peared on Face­book.

Sunday morn­ing found the men set­ting up and pre­par­ing a pan­cake break­fast with a lit­tle help from fam­ily.

The se­cond ride hap­pened on Sunday af­ter­noon in the Win­ter­ing Hills when the weather was very pleas­ant and the scenery as beau­ti­ful as al­ways. My grand­daugh­ter Emily rode Colleen’s horse Scooter on Sunday for the dif­fi­cult ride and did very well.

Most of the fam­ily left on Sunday. A few re­mained un­til Wed. for clean-up and more fam­ily time and suppers.

And a fi­nal thanks to those who helped clean, cut the grass, brought wa­ter and hay, took the garbage away and helped in other ways.

There is again plans for next year and per­haps bet­ter kitchen fa­cil­i­ties.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Evinn Beck and Lyn­d­say Goebel who were united in mar­riage on Saturday, June 29 at the Hope Com­mu­nity Church in Strath­more and the Re­cep­tion and Dance fol­lowed at the Hus­sar Com­mu­nity Hall. Their at­ten­dants were all fam­ily mem­bers, ex­cept for their three very good friends, Tara, Kris­ten, Kelin, Tay­lor, & Macken­zie, Rus­sell, Dustin, Tyson, Erin & Brodie. MC’s for the evening were Kevin and CJ. A beau­ti­ful day was had by all and we wish Evinn and Lyn­d­say many years of Hap­pi­ness to­gether.

Many peo­ple from around the com­mu­nity cel­e­brated July 1 Canada Day in Drumheller tak­ing in the pa­rade or be­ing in the pa­rade. Some were at Crawl­ing Val­ley en­joy­ing the sum­mer sun and en­joy­ing the long week­end. Oth­ers were in Strath­more watch­ing that pa­rade and the Fire De­part­ment’s cel­e­bra­tion on their mile­stone an­niver­sary.

Here’s hop­ing Mother Na­ture be­stows more rain on us and not so much wind.

If you have any news for me, I would en­joy hear­ing from you. It makes it eas­ier for me and great for peo­ple who don’t live here any­more to keep up on all the lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is: tvr­dun­[email protected] or 403-7872225 and leave a mes­sage.

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