Thursday, 11 September 2008

For something completely different…

Three out of the ordinary things caught my eye on the “to do” front for this weekend.

Railway Days
Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm, 2nd floor of the Winnipeg Railway Museum in the Via Station.

There is a great collection of railway memorabilia restored and awaiting restoration, and you can also see Winnipeg's last remaining streetcar and related memorabilia – check out the website for it or my previous post on streetcar 356 for more info.

Streetcar Pamphlet Page 2

CBC Radio One will also be giving it a plug at 6:40 am tomorrow.

On sale will be a limited supply of "Winnipeg Electric Company" T Shirts for $20, with the WEC Shield on the front, a image of an old bus ticket on the back for 8 1/3 cents (you could buy 3 streetcar tickets for .25), and the Winnipeg Heritage logo on the sleeve.

All profits go to the restoration fund. Help spread the word about this project.

Where: The Forks
When: 9 am-5:30 pm, Thur Sep 11 to Sun Sep 14
Admission: free
Information: call 1.800.982.7903

This Thursday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m., The Forks will be transformed into an outdoor reconstruction of an actual refugee camp.

The organization hosting this unique event is Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). They are famous for helping developing countries in war-torn regions fight endemic disease.

MSF aid workers, doctors, nurses and logisitical experts will help visitors experience what it’s like to be refugee fleeing violence and persecution. While it will be an exhibit in Winnipeg, MSF refugee camps are currently in operation in places like Somalia, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

At the “Refugee Camp at the Heart of the City” there will be an interactive tour – roughly 40 to 60 minutes long – where people will learn about the challenges of survival in the middle of the crisis, trying to access food, shelter, water and medical care.

The reconstructed refugee camp is made up of actual materials that MSF uses in its noble work around the world, including refugee housing, a food distribution tent, water pump, health clinic, vaccination tent, therapeutic feeding center, and a cholera treatment center.

Visitors to the mock refugee camp will also experience what it is like to face such simple questions as:

Will I be safe? What will I eat? How do I find water? Can I get medical care? Where will I live?

Selkirk Settlers Cemetery Crawl
Saturday September 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a walk through the history of the church and cemetery of the Selkirk Settlers cemetery crawl

Presented by friends of the Kildonan Presbyterian Church, and Shadows of Manitoba
tickets $10.00,

Proceeds going to the restoration of the Kildonan Presbyterian Church at 201 John Black ave.

To reserve your ticket, please call 255-3584. Parking is available, and your tour begins at the new church 2373 Main street

Cemetery Self-Crawl

If you can’t make it to the cemetery crawl, might I suggest you take on of your own ?!

St. John’s Cemetery at St. John’s Cathedral, just a couple of minutes north of Redwood and Main, has a printable map to help you out.

Sir Sam Steele

A wander through St. John’s is a wander through Winnipeg’s history: Sir Sam Steele, Norquay, Drewry, Inkster, Ashdown …. The names are a who’s who of Winnipeg’s history.

Ashdown 1

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