Fashion Flashbacks at the Festival

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One of the highlights of Saturday afternoon was the vintage fashion show created especially for the festival by Adrienne Hiebert of the Vintage Costume Company in Brandon. Along with over 30 outfits spanning the 1920s to 80s, the show featured music from the eras and even some dance routines. The nine female models showed flare and imagination and a fine time was had by all. Watch a three minute video of the fashion show. CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 105CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 122

 

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Glimpses of the Festival and Red Coats Videos

Two new videos of the 2015 Carberry Heritage Festival are now online. Catch glimpses of the events by clicking the picture of Tillie Harpell.

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Melissa Ewasiuk explains the meaning of the various parts of North West Mounted Police uniforms and the regalia on their horses. Click picture for five minute video

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Three Videos of 2015 Festival

These are the first three videos of activities from the 2015 festival. More to come. Click the pics to watch.

Gerry Oliver talks about her rare breeds of sheep: Romney, Cotswold and Hensleydale.

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The Gang Green Roller Derby team from Brandon displays their skating skills and how to have fun on wheels

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Father Shane and Ty explain the workings of the Tel-Vac 101 handwriting analysis machine from 1968.

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Third Festival a Huge Success

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Another Manitoba heritage success story!

More diversity of engaging events and experiences, broad community support and perfect Manitoba weather resulted in a substantial uptick in attendance at the third annual Carberry Heritage Festival.

“I am so happy with the way it turned out! There has been much talk about it and only positive words,” says Cathy Drayson, President of the Carberry Heritage Festival Board. “People came from all over Manitoba this year making it the best festival ever. We had great support from many new volunteers. It was a success due to the volunteers.”

Here’s how Saturday went:

9:00 – With the pancake breakfast in full swing at The Magic Bean, barricades CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 014created the festival grounds on Main Street and the yellow Info Tent went up.

9:30 – Brooke Webber of CKLQ in Brandon arrived to do live reports from the festival as the classic cars cruised in and parked on Main Street.

10:00 – The vendors set up as the exotic livestock arrived from Rare Breeds Canada and the huge flea market opened for business.

10:30 – The Gang Green Roller Derby girls from Brandon demonstrated their CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 041sport and fun on wheels up and down Main as the North West Mounted Police re-enactment folks set up their camp next to the old Town Hall.

11:00 – The workshop on fermenting foods started along with the antique quilt show in the old Town Hall while outside the first horse-drawn carriage rides left for a scenic tour of Carberry’s oldest sections.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 07211:30 – The Seton Centre kicked off the birthday party for their namesake, Ernest Thompson Seton as batter for the campfire donuts got started along with the Easter egg decorating.

12:00 The Odd Job Squad set up their BBQ next to the gingerbread house as museum staff conducted guided tours of the Carberry Plains Museum.

12:30 – The farmer’s market flourished in the shade as buskers performed on Main.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 0801:00 – Local singer and yodeler Tillie Harpell started her performance to a good size crowd while the archivist did a walking tour of Carberry’s Heritage District.

1:30 – Kids started painting a mural as an arborist did a workshop on tree trimming while various outlets sold copies of the new Carberry Heritage Walking Tour guide book as a fundraiser for local heritage groups.

1:40 – The pies from the pie baking contest were auctioned off as the Cypress Art Studio showed their work in the old Town Hall.

2:00 – The Vintage Costume Company of Brandon performed a 45 minute CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 115fashion show spanning the 20th century with professional models, great music and commentary and even some dance demos.

3:00 – The North West Mounted Police re-enactment troupe dressed in red serge with full regalia offered a description of the components of the officer’s uniform as well as the decorations on the horse.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 1553:30 – The events are done, the crowd mills around the vendors and the sun sets on the third annual festival.

Check out the festival picture page for 48 more pictures from this year’s event. Videos coming soon.

The Fourth Annual Carberry Heritage Festival will be held August 12 & 13, 2016.

 

 

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HERITAGE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015

Events are free unless noted and occur on Main Street

9:00-5:00 pm Fri. & Sat. The Seton Centre, 116 Main St. open, by donation.

1:00-6:00 pm Fri., 10-6 pm Sat. Carberry Plains Museum, 520 4th Ave., open, $5/3 admission includes gingerbread house tour.

All day Fri. & Sat. Look for store windows on Main featuring heritage themed displays.

2:00-3:30 pm: Old-fashioned Strawberry Social at Drop-In Centre, 132 Main St. Sponsored by Carberry Plains Museum. $5.

3:00 pm: Walking tour of Carberry Cemetery with Muriel McPhail. Meet at cemetery 1 mile north on Fanny St.

4:00 pm: Walking Tour of Heritage District with archivist Penny Shaw. Meet at Heritage Park, 3rd & Main St.

7:00-11:00 pm: Old-time dance with fiddler Mark Morisseau & his band. Sponsored by Carberry Services for Seniors. Tickets $15, light refreshments included. Carberry Community Hall, 224 2nd Ave.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015 

Events are free unless noted and occur on Main Street.

9:00-5:00 pm: Carberry Plains Museum, 520 4th & The Seton Centre, 116 Main St. are both open, see Friday Events.

10:00 am Walking tour of Carberry Cemetery with Muriel McPhail. Meet at cemetery 1 mile north on Fanny St.

10:00-5:00 pm: Flea market, multiple dealers. At Off Beat n Antiques, 135 Main.

10:00 am: Farmer’s Market, fresh produce and goodies, next to Seton Centre, 116 Main.

10:00-5:00 pm: Buskers, artisans, crafters, stylists and performers along Main St. Please support the vendors.

All Day: Look for vintage cruisers, trucks and farm machinery on Main and at the museum.

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Free bouncy castle for the kids, next to the library

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: North West Mounted Police re-enactment display of artifacts from late 1800s plus mounted men in full red serge regalia, demos of rope making, campfire donuts, next to old Town Hall on Main.

10:00-4:00 pm: Heritage breeds of live sheep, pigs, chickens & more, plus rug hooking with Gerry Oliver at Heritage Park, 3rd & Main. Sponsored by Rare Breeds Canada.

10:00-5:00 pm: Antique quilt show, main floor, historic old Town Hall, 122 Main Street.

10:00 am Cypress Art Studio Tour Exhibition, six artists, lower level, Old Town Hall.

10:30 – 11:30 am: Pie baking contest entries to lower level, old Town Hall. Judging to follow.

10:30 am: Gang Green Roller Derby girls from Brandon demo the sport on Main Street.

11:00-3:30 pm: Horse-drawn carriage rides through the town’s historic past, century houses & churches. Great family experience! Tickets $5 at Info Tent. Leave from museum on 4th Ave.

11:00-2:00 pm: Odd Job Squad BBQ, hot dogs, drinks, prices vary, gingerbread house, 510 4th Ave.

11:00 am & 1:00 pm: Demo and tastings called Fermentation: How Foods Are Preserved the Old Way, lower level, Old Town Hall on Main.

11:30 am: Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating in Info Tent on Main Street.

11:30-1:30 pm: Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton’s 155th birthday party with beefalo burgers, cake, drinks & fixings at The Seton Centre. Sponsored by The Seton Centre. Prices vary.

1:00 pm: Arborist will demo pruning and caring for trees, beside Seton Centre, 116 Main.

1:00 pm: Tillie Harpelle, yodeller & guitarist performs on Main.

1:00 & 3:00 pm: Guided walking tours of Main Street Heritage District with  archivist Penny Shaw. Meet at Heritage Park, 3rd & Main St.

1:30 pm: Mural painting for kids, in front of former Bank of Montreal on Main.

1:40 pm: Announcement of pie baking winners and pie auction, on Main.

2:00 pm: Vintage Fashion Show spanning 20th century with live models, music and dancers, on Main Street.

3:00 pm: North West Mounted Police Fashion Revue, on Main Street.

8:00 pm: Family Swim & Movie Night, Community Centre, 500 Stickle Ave, $5, movie starts at 10:15

 

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New Fundraiser Guide Book Available at Festival

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This is the cover of the latest fundraising project by four of Carberry’s heritage organizations. The Heritage Walking Tour guide book benefits the Carberry Plains Archives, Carberry Plains Museum, Carberry Heritage Festival and The Seton Centre. The book will be available this year’s heritage festival.

Production and printing costs were covered by generous donations from the Carberry Chamber of Commerce, Westoba Credit Union and many citizens of Carberry and area allowing all the proceeds from book sales to go directly to the four groups. Nine merchants and organizations bought ads in the guide. The book, printed by Carberry News-Express and Derksen’s Printing in Steinbach, sells for $10.

This is a sample page from the walking tour guide book. CARBERRY BOOK PAGE 1scan0001 The guide is 56 pages long in a handy pocket format and features 45 heritage buildings and sites in Carberry. The tour includes the 28 designated heritage buildings on Main between 2nd and 4th. These buildings comprise Manitoba’s only Heritage District, deemed so by the provincial heritage branch a few years ago.

Each site was researched and photographed by Winnipeg heritage buff and writer Reid Dickie who wrote descriptions of the buildings along with background on who occupied the places.

“I worked for two years creating the guide book. I lost track of how many times I visited Carberry doing research,” says Reid.  “It was a labour of love and I’m thrilled with the result and even happier to help raise some funds for worthwhile organizations.”

Along with vivid descriptions, the book contain 86 pictures, most in colour, some archival, a map of the walking tour through town plus interesting facts about Carberry and its history. CARBERRY BOOK PAGE 1scan0003 The guide book makes a great gift for current and former Carberry and area residents, graduating students, visitors, friends and family. Its size makes it easy to mail. The book is an effective local promotion and marketing tool for Carberry councils, organizations and businesses. It demonstrates pride in the past, honouring those who built the town and farmed the land.

The guide book will be available to the yellow Info Tent on Main Street on Festival Saturday and at the Carberry Plains Museum on 4th Avenue and at The Seton Centre on Main both days of the festival. Please get your copy soon.

After the heritage festival, the guide book will be available at The Seton Centre, Carberry Plains Museum, the Archives in the old Town Hall and at The Magic Bean Coffeehouse on Main. It’ll be the best $10 you ever spent.

 

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Learning at the Festival

It’s always fascinating to see how everyday things were accomplished in pioneer days. This year’s festival explores the old ways with numerous free workshops and demonstrations on Saturday.

Reta Saborowski will offer a demo called Fermentation: How Foods Are Preserved the Old Way in the lower level of the Old Town Hall from 11:00-11:45 a.m. and 1:00-1:45 p.m. The demo includes tastings.

SSnapshot 1 (23-12-2014 12-21 AM)everal spinning wheels in a spinning circle will show how wool for clothing was originally created.

The Northwest Mounted Police re-enactment troupe will demonstrate the process of how rope was made out on the lonesome prairie and how to make campfire donuts.

Craig Becker will demonstrate leather tooling next to the old Town Hall starting at 11:00

Several Manitoba members of Rare Breeds Canada will have a display of ancient livestock including sheep, pigs, chickens and maybe a donkey. Many of the breeds are endangered or at risk. The live animals will be in Heritage Park, Main and 3rd. sheep Romney sheep

Gerry Oliver breeds long braid wool sheep and will be displaying three varieties including Romneys (right). She will demonstrate rug hooking using her own wool.

Arborist Chris Saborowski, who knows trees, will demonstrate pruning and caring for trees beside The Seton Centre on Main Street at 1:00 p.m.

Chris Reid offers a hands-on Ukrainian egg decorating workshop in the yellow Info Tent on Main Street from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

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