THE 2015 MULTI-CULTURAL FIESTA

THE MULTI-CULTURAL FIESTA – June 26 2015

Every year Ogden House 50+ Seniors Activity Club and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society celebrate the multi-cultural heritage of their senior members.  It is a wonderful event in which seniors from all over the world, who now live in Calgary, come together for a pot luck and to share the unique cultures through dress, entertainment and food.

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I enjoy attending this particular event, as I can sense the seniors excitement as they fill the room, visit with their long time friends and meet new ones.  It is contagious.

INTRODUCTIONS

What is your name and where are you from?

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This year a minimum of 11 countries were represented.  Brazil, Guatemala, Korea, Nigeria, Poland, Denmark, England, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico, Nicaragua and a few others that I cannot remember.

ENTERTAINMENT:  Some of the groups practice their showcase performances for months before the fiesta.  Others have the confidence to wing it.

MUSICAL INTERLUDES

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SINGERS

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DANCERS

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HISTORICAL TALES & POETRY

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DOOR PRIZES & WINNERS

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POT LUCK LUNCH

For lunch, everyone brings an food item from their home country.  The auditorium fills with the smells of cooking from all over the world.  Noodles,  enchiladas, casseroles, Cornish pasties, cabbage rolls, chicken, rice, sandwiches, samosas, salads and fragrant desserts, their aromas mingle in the air to create an exquisite scent all of its own.  I made Canadian style Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad, it is my own version where all the ingredients are purchased from a store in Canada, therefore, as far as I’m concerned it is a Canadian dish.

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I find it exciting to see the dances,  hear the music and taste the delicious food from other countries.  It satisfies my worldly curiosity.

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Day 6 – Blogging U – Photography 101 – Connection

Day 6 – Blogging U – Photography 101 – Connection

Todays post is about connection.

I chose to illustrate the importance of our connections especially transportation conduits. To demonstrate the effects when they no longer connect.

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This photo was taken of the Bonnybrook Bridge just after it failed in 2013 and shows the damage to the bridge when the footing gave way.   At the time of failure the cars crossing the bridge were carrying a diluting agent used in the oil fields.  The derailment forced the evacuation of an area of approximately one kilometre square around the bridge.  We are lucky, we live approximately three kms from the site.  During the days following the accident, our neighbourhood was silent,  eerily so.  No trains, no cars no traffic sounds at all.   Our neighbourhood is connected to Calgary by two bridges and one old road that goes south.    We could not to into town using either of the bridges, we had to take a very round route using the old road. Me I stayed home, out of road.

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The second photo was taken today showing the final repairs in process.