Lots of activity during cultural celebration

Alberta Culture Days kept many Sylvan Lake residents busy during the weekend, and provided no shortage of things for them to do and see.

ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS - Owen Dyke kicked off the concert at Lions Legacy Park Gazebo Saturday.

ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS - Owen Dyke kicked off the concert at Lions Legacy Park Gazebo Saturday.

Alberta Culture Days kept many Sylvan Lake residents busy during the weekend, and provided no shortage of things for them to do and see.

Events kicked off at the library last Friday, before House of Music students showed their talents at Lions Legacy Park Saturday afternoon. At the same time, Sylvan Lake Community Partners’ Association held an art gallery open house, as well as cupcake art with Mary Grace.

Those curious to see the inside of the Municipal Government Building were given a chance to explore it, and, in the process, view a number of centennial-related art projects and pieces.

Also inside the Municipal Government Building were the contents of Sylvan Lake Peer Support Group’s time capsule, compiled and buried in 1988.

“The Town of Sylvan Lake had asked the youth group at that time called Peer Support to leave a message for the future,” said Michelle (Coppens) Wright at Lions Legacy Park, describing the time capsule’s origin. “I find that there is a parallel today when we see all the youth around us sharing their gifts. The Town of Sylvan Lake, 25 years ago, did exactly the same thing.”

A video compiled by the group was displayed inside council chambers, as was a 1988 edition of Sylvan Lake News and other items included in the capsule.

The Doll Sisters performed at Memorial Presbyterian Church later that night, before Culture Days wrapped up with a performance by Sylvan Lake Seniors Drama Troupe at the seniors centre.

The first Alberta Culture Days was held in 2008 as a one-day event. It has since grown to be three days in length, with events held throughout the province.

“We discover, celebrate, and participate in culture 365 days a year,” said Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk, in a media release. “All this enthusiasm explodes during Alberta Culture Days.