|What's good for your soul? TRAINS & SCARECROWS!
It's harvest time, and so it only makes sense that there be Scarecrows, and that's exactly what's happening at the Didsbury Museum - in fact, it'll be a PARADE of scarecrows! We're inviting everyone to put their artistic thinking caps on and plan their scarecrow(s) this summer.
8th ANNUAL SCARECROWS ON PARADE!
The beauty of the Mountain View Arts Festival is that we offer tons of free, hands-on activities that invite the public to participate during the festival, as well as before!
Not only do organizations and individuals have fun entering the competition, but the Town of Didsbury Council has challenged other area Town Councils to see which community can create the best scarecrow!
Scarecrows must be at the Museum by Friday, the 10th. Please call 403-335-9295 before you come so someone can be there to assist you with set up.
$50 Cash Prizes will be awarded in these 6 different categories:
- Children under 13
- Students 13 - 18 years
Scarecrows will be on display at the Didsbury Museum on Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th. Come over and vote for your favourite scarecrow and take pictures with these creative characters. Winners will be announced at the Museum on Saturday afternoon.
Pack a picnic lunch, throw in your favourite park blanket, and sit on our beautiful lawn amongst a myriad of very friendly scarecrows. Seeing people coming together to make memories and laugh and eat good food makes for many genuine "Kodak moments". Bring your camera!
TRAINS, TRAINS, & MORE TRAINS!
Working closely with the dedicated preservationists of the Mountain View Model Railroad Club, the Didsbury Museum will help tell the story of the settling of our area communities, led by the Canadian Pacific Railway and Sir John A. Macdonald. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to see the personal side to railroading and the way of life that still celebrates our country's heritage and history.
And wait till you see our new Outdoor Garden Train! There's a bench perfectly situated, and you just watch the trains go around and 'round.
Having a hobby can bring your focus around from feeling a little glum to feeling energized and creative. The folks with the Railroad Club are happy to show visitors the Outdoor Garden Train in operation. Talk to club members about building the original railroad and learn the historical value of trains. Great fun for the kidlets: they can operate the portable layout in our Train Room upstairs themselves!
COME TO ART'S "BEAR-DAY" PARTY!
2021 is the Mountain View Arts Festival's 10th Edition - and our mascot, Art the Bear, is inviting everyone of all ages to his "Bear-day Party"!
It takes place on Sunday, September 12th from 12 - 2 pm ("come and go") in the Mercantile Room of the Didsbury Museum.
Art has never had a party before, and he would love to hear about your best birthday party ever!! Bring your favourite stuffie or teddy bear to join in on the party fun!
(He would also be so happy to get a card from you!)
Birthday cake and juice will be served.
Enter to win your favourite gift basket too!
While you're at the Museum, see if you can find Huggie and Toby. They lost their home in a fire and to help them find a new home, they are putting up a picture on Facebook. When you find them, comment "Found Them" and your name will be put into a draw to become their new forever home!
CHECK OUT THE NEWEST EXHIBITS!
Our town of Didsbury, (population now almost 5,300) saw the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1890, and that pushed the town's development forward when the first settlers arrived four years later. Didsbury was incorporated as a village in 1905 and as a town on September 6, 1906. In Western Canada, 115 years is pretty darn old!
The beautiful two-storey brick and sandstone building we call the Didsbury Museum, was built in 1907 and the school held its first school classes in 1908. It was converted to a temporary hospital during the influenza of 1918, and became a training area for men and women during World War II. It was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in early 2011.
Walk through the Indigenous heritage collection of baskets, bone carvings, arrowheads, traditional regalia dresses, and items from one of the first white nurses in the Yukon, a Didsburian!
- War Brides - tribute to Margaret Brinson
- Didsbury is Open for Show Business
- Expanded Sports Memorabilia Room
- History of Churches & Worship in our community
- Expanded local Indigenous display
Tour the Museum during Festival weekend - there's so many possibilities for the history buff, or those looking to dig a little deeper into their Central Alberta family heritage!