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FRIDAY, August 15, 2014

10:00 am - 11:30 am - Rosehaven Open House - Celebrating 100 years ago that the Normal School building opened

Please join members of the Rosehaven staff and the Camrose Horticultural Society for 100th anniversary cake, celebrating the centennial anniversary of the building. This extraordinary building began as the Camrose Normal School, played a fascinating role in WW II and has since the beginning been an intricate part of the history of our city and people. Cake will be served in the Atrium cafeteria area (accessed via the Rosehaven Heritage Building main entrance on 53rd Street) with tours of the Courtyard gardens will be given by members of the Camrose Horticultural Club. The Horticultural Club proudly maintains this fabulous indoor garden on behalf of the residents and staff of Rosehaven. View historical information about the building including original blueprints and old photographs and learn more about the Bethany Group, the organization currently occupying this grand old building.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Messiah Church Hospitality Tea

You are invited to join members of this large, historical downtown congregation celebrate our culture as they welcome community members and visitors to drop by for tea, goodies and good conversation.

11:30 am Promenade on Main Street

Remember the old Edmonton Klondike Days? Let yourself be thrown back in time, dust off your bonnets and derbies and join us for our retro walking parade! Meet at the Candler Art Gallery, 5002-50 St, Camrose. Ends at the Opening Ceremony at the Bailey Theatre with 1/2 way stop at the Messiah Church Hospitality Tea.

1:00 - 2:00pm Ceremony at Bailey Theatre - please note the change in location from previous years (was at Founders Square).

2:00 - 3:00 pm Reception Bailey Theatre

This year honoring William (Bill) Frank Fowler - Meet & Greet Founders family members and friends, committee members - community members are very welcome to drop in. Everyone Welcome! Take this wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and old. Refreshments will be served featuring delectable Norwegian fare provided the Lefse House. Main Street Camrose, a continued initiative of the City of Camrose Historical Inventory program, will have displays. Please stop by and meet Janet Hatch, Main Street coordinator. View excellent WW I and WW II displays prepared by the Camrose Railway Station and Camrose Centennial Museum. Bailey Theatre tours

3:00 pm Historical Walk

Join Glenda Rott, in character as Signe Spokkeli Hills, first Camrose school teacher. She brings the Old Sparling community to life in this 1.5 hour walking tour and will entertain with stories of classrooms long past.

7:00pm Graveyard Tour (meet at the 43 Ave entrance)

John Person, longtime Camrose resident will once again lead this excellent tour of Camrose's wonderfully maintained Valleyview Cemetery. Learn fascinating facts about our local cemetery and burial grounds in general.

8:30pm Ghost Walk lead by Janine Carroll

Odd noises, creepy feelings, whispers on the wind? More and more stories are being gathered by the "ghost lady". Come hear some of the old favorites and some new. The Ghost "walk" will begin at Rudy Swanson parking lot, directly east of the Camrose Recreation Centre (formerly Edgeworth), 4512 - 53 Street. Two busses will be available this year to tour you through various areas of ghostly interest.

SATURDAY August 16, 2014

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Camrose Heritage Railway Station Firebox Festival and Garden Party

Come one and all to the Camrose Station for an old-fashioned Garden Party, with performances by Morley Riske and the Station Swing Band in the Gazebo from 1 pm to 4:30. The band will highlight a special selection of music from World War One as well as other favorite swing tunes. Enjoy a beverage and treat from the Station's Tea Room while you listen. The menu offers beverages, goodies and homemade pie. Hot dogs will be served after 11. Other family attractions include: Free rides on the Mirror Lake Train Self-guided tours of the gardens and site Children's crafts and the Station's "Olympic games" Play time in the Children's Garden Greet Percy, Thomas, James and Emily as they run on the G-Scale train track in the Garden Railway!

10:00 am - 5:00 pm Camrose & District Centennial Museum Family Culture Craze

Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of heritage and culture! Blacksmith demonstrations Running 1912 Case Steam Engine Try your hand doing laundry, the old fashioned way Music and community organizations under the tent Camrose Craft Club featuring weaving, Alberta Genealogy Club, Camrose Branch More to be confirmed Personal tours from members of the Museum Board of Directors Yummy Chili concession Visit the Centennial Museum's newly developed Gift Shop, featuring local historical books and Camrose souvenirs.

7:00 pm - "Mary's Wedding" Dessert Theater at The Bailey at the Bailey Theatre

Join local director Sandra McClay and talented cast for this brilliant production, "Mail Order Annie". It is the night before Mary's wedding, and she is standing in her nightgown in war-scarred field, caught up in dreams and imaginings of the man she loves... Director Sandra McLay returns to the Bailey Theatre for Founders Days with a production of Mary's Wedding by Canadian playwright Steven Massicotte. Rebecca Hohnsbein and Brian Dumont star as Mary Chalmers and Charlie Edwards. On the night before her wedding day, we relive the romance of Mary Chalmers and her "beau" Charlie, a Canadian farmer's son taken up in the great wave of patriotism and duty that marked the first years of World War One. A dramatic and heart-felt telling of the Canadian wartime experience, Mary's Wedding is told through Mary's memories and dreams. The plot unfolds as scenes of their early romance entwine and clash with Mary's perception of the harsh reality of the battle fields of Europe, known to her only from Charlie's letters. Alongside her, we share the true nature of the Canadian experience of World War One; an experience of love, sacrifice and loss. The play's wartime experience is completed with historical displays by the Camrose Centennial Museum and Camrose Heritage Railway Station and a performance and sing-along of classic wartime songs, led by pianist and vocalist Michelle Peterson. As a special introduction to the play, the film Canadians at War will be shown, along with a talk by Marion Bennett on Animals in Wartime. Saturday's Dessert Theatre will feature a classic dessert of the era, brought to us by Bernell Odegard of the Lefse House. Tickets available at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station (780-672-3099), Candler Art Gallery and will be available at the door.

  • Saturday (7:00pm) - $20 (includes dessert)
  • Sunday Matinee (2 pm) - $15 (no dessert)

SUNDAY August 17, 2014

2:00 pm - "Mary's Wedding" Sunday Matinee Performance at The Bailey at the Bailey Theatre (not a dessert theatre)