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SIDEWALK DAYS

Sidewalk Days...underway in downtown Moose Jaw.  That reminds me of one of my favourite stories.  I've told it before.

It was years ago now, before our new, downtown arena was finished.  I had a passionate and animated conversation with a long time acquaintance who told me he would NEVER go to an event at Mosaic Place.  "Parking" was the issue.  This intelligent  man said it was a mistake to build it downtown.  He liked the way the Civic Centre was set up with plenty of parking nearby.

I tried to explain how it would work.  How we'd never have to face traffic line-ups after hockey games and concerts and that we wouldn't have to walk much further than we did before.

He wasn't buying it.  I was frustrated.  

Then, he says "Hey, maybe I'll see you down at Sidewalk Days?"

I said, "Oh, you're going to Sidewalk Days?"

He says "Ya, tonight...you?"

I said "Nope, there's no parking."

You see what I did there?

SIDEWALK DAYS

Sidewalk Days 2017...underway today and continuing through Saturday in downtown Moose Jaw.  It's all there.  Family fun that includes activities for all ages along with great shopping, food and music.  

If you'll remember, it was just a few short years ago that a lack of interest from potential participants almost killed this annual event.  We needed volunteers and a few people with some vision and enthusiasm to come forward.  

Jacki L'Heureux-Mason took the lead.  She loves Sidewalk Days and didn't want to see the annual festival disappear.  She brought the enthusiasm to the table and it was contagious.  She and a handful of others have worked - for free -  for years now to not only sustain but to improve Sidewalk Days to a point where it might be difficult to improve.

So, when you head downtown to enjoy Sidewalk Days this weekend, think about Jacki and her people and if you see them, give them a "tip o' the hat" and a "way to go".  

The Circus Comes to Town

What do you remember about going to the circus when you were a kid?

I remember the shows in the old Exhibition Stadium in Regina and then at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre.  I also remember seeing a number of shows under the big top next to the Civic Centre.  I remember the anxious moments when the performers risked their lives for our entertainment.

Times have changed.  We don't see the tigers, bears and elephants anymore.  The circus still features horses and dogs, though.  They're fun to watch.

And the people - the people from around the world, many of them born to perform, are still thrilling live audiences.

There's still some magic there for me when the circus comes to town.  It's here tonight. The Royal Canadian Circus.  Show time is 7 o'clock at our beautiful Mosaic Place in downtown Moose Jaw.

Independence Day

July the 4th.  It's a holiday in the United States.  Independence Day they call it.  It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.  Politicians of the day declared the 13 American colonies a new nation and it would be called the United States of America, breaking away from the British Empire.

I know many of us in Canada don't approve of the way the USA does business on the world stage and I, like many of you, get a little tired of their pretentious ways from time to time.

But, if I were to pick a country I wanted to share a border with - any country in the world - it would be the United States.

Why, you ask?  Well, military strength is the number one reason.  I feel safe in Canada and that is, in part, because we share our border with America.  

I also like baseball and hot dogs and chocolate chip cookies, my microwave oven and Elvis Presley.  America gave us all of that.  

Oh, and The Star Spangled Banner?  I love it.

God Bless America.

Father's Day

Are you celebrating Father's Day with your dad this weekend?

I love to see it and we'll see it on Sunday...sons and daughters with their dads.  We'll see dads golfing with their kids, riding bikes and playing ball and walking and smiling and laughing.  Special.

It's a sad day for many.  Chances are many will visit dad's grave site this weekend and shed a tear or two.

Funny, while I will take some time to remember my late father this Sunday, it won't be a particularly emotional day because my Dad didn't really recognize Father's Day.  I didn't either.  We had a lot of Father's Days, throughout the year.  I was pretty lucky, looking back.  I had a good dad with good morals who gave me the freedom to be me while still sternly keeping me in line.  

If you're a dad, Happy Father's Day to you.  I hope it's a great day.  If your dad is still around, I hope you celebrate with him this Sunday and maybe a time or two next week and the week after that because any day can be Father's Day. 

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