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.
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