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Prohibition themed Wintervention
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
“By January it had always been winter,” wrote E. Annie Proulx, about this cold season in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Shipping News.

This time of year it can be hard to remember a world above zero. Fortunately, Wintervention is coming.

The Crowsnest Cultural Recreational Society CCRS is spearheading the second Crowsnest Pass Wintervention, which will be held on Feb.28 and March. 1.

“People talked about having something like this for years and years. That’s why we started this,” says Wendy Valley, fundraising coordinator for the CCRS. “[It’s] a good fun weekend to break up the long winter season and get the community together and do something positive and fun.”

This year’s festival is prohibition themed and will be almost twice as large as last year’s. It’s all starting on Friday Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. with a cocktail party at the Crowsnest Museum to celebrate their new prohibition themed exhibit The Noble Experiment: Temperance & Prohibition. The exhibit looks at the history of prohibition in Canada, the effects of alcohol on society and explains how people of the past might have wanted a dry province. In Alberta, prohibition was enacted in 1916 and repealed in 1924.
Saturday morning at Elks Hall, The Blairmore Lions will be serving a pancake breakfast. Once you arrive, feel welcome to work off all that syrup and batter by participating in a Sole Survivor fun run at 10 a.m. At Blairmore’s Gazebo Park, Joe and Jean Lumley are holding a frying pan toss and Rick Valley, of Blaire Renovations, is sponsoring a human dog-sled race, where people pull sleds.

Wintervention is culminating with a prohibition themed dance at Elks Hall featuring Calgary’s Tequila Rain. Country Encounters will be catering. There will be a silent auction with all proceeds going to Crowsnest Can Do, a group devoted to bringing a recreation centre to the Pass. Tickets for the auction are being sold at Stone’s Throw Cafe.

Valley says the CCRS is coordinating Wintervention, but anyone is welcome to contribute to the festival in anyway they choose; dressing up in prohibition era clothing, forming their own human dog sled team or showing up to throw some frying pans.

She says the CCRS is encouraging local businesses to take the initiative and put together their own events. A list of suggestions is being posted online.

Contact Wendy Valley, wvalley@shaw.ca - (403) 563 – 0500 for your Wintervention related questions.

For the full schedule see page 4 of the Pass Herald.
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