Category: Summer Fun
Published: Monday, 08 August 2016 16:30
Written by Hayley Bedard
After two months of travelling the province to various events, there are definite some moments that stand out to me. I've had a job over the summer since my freshman year in high school so I've never had a chance to go out and explore all of the amazing events this province has to offer. Here are my top 5 favourite events or moments I've experienced over the summer - so far!
1. The Whoop and Holler Folk Festival
This event surprised me. It was nothing like I had expected it to be. It was a very intimate and upbeat crowd, gathered at Cottonwood Acres (one of the most beautiful yards I have ever seen) to enjoy local music. The artists were very excited to be there and the crowd was eager to hear the sets they had prepared, making for a great atmosphere. The line-up consisted of music from a variety of genres making for a night of music anybody could enjoy. It was a great event to broaden one's music horizons and enjoy a beautiful outdoor venue.
2. The RCMP Musical Ride
This event is one that is very close to my heart. My father, my uncle and a number of great family friends of my families are RCMP officers. When your loved ones have a job that can be so difficult, demanding and dangerous, it's often easy to forget the great history and pride that position holds. Seeing the ride reminds you of that. Not only was I able to cover the ride through summer events but I also was there as an honoured guest. That truly made the experience unforgettable. That was my 4th time watching the ride and it never gets old.
3. Canada Day
Canada Day is always a summer highlight. We have such a beautiful space on the Island to host the celebration and it always seems to be a hit. I love events where I see huge crowds from the community come out and enjoy themselves. It's a nice little reminder not to take our community for granted. One of my favourite parts of summer events is meeting people in the community. Canada Day gave me a chance to do just that as a number of you stopped by to pick up some fun giveaways, water and throw your name in our summer draw**.
4. The Artful Garden Tour
This event was put on by the Portage and District Art Centre. It was a unique idea for a fundraiser and was a lot of fun! I had the chance to tour a few of the gardens on the self-guided tour and I was blown away. A number of the gardens were in public spaces yet I had never noticed them before. The garden at the Douglas Cambel Lodge was especially impressive. The experience was made even more enjoyable as guest were able to enjoy a warm drink of their choice, compliments of the Portage District General Hospital.
5. The Hottest Day Of The Year
This particular time was a moment rather than an actual event. We experienced a few days of extreme heat and humidity at the end of July and I wanted to make sure everybody was staying cool and hydrated. I packed a cooler, some ice and tons of water into the Golden West vehicle and parked myself at the Island bridge intersection. After an hour of passing cold water into stopped cars and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I definitely worked up a sweat. Aside from the fact that I was running around outside on the hottest and most humid day of the year, this has to be one of the coolest moments of the summer so far! I loved seeing so many people smiling and having a tiny bit of their day brightened!
There have been many more amazing moments this summer and there are still more on the way!
** Don't forget you can enter our great grand prize summer draw for a $1000 travel voucher, airport lounge passes and valet & away airport parking by going to http://www.portageonline.com/winnipeg-airports-authority-contest