Another issue of Saskatoon HOME magazine is out this week, packed with interesting local stories. I got to nose around the Archibald Block on 11th Street East and had a wonderful time talking to the couple who are obsessed with Mid-Century Modern styling and seem to be heavily under the influence of the show Mad Men. You’ll even learn how to make your own Whiskey Sour. If you’ve ever wondered about how Saskatoon streets got named, City archivist Jeff O’Brien tells you everything you need to know. See how a couple, also under media influence, redecorated their master suite so they can wake up in perhaps Bridgerton or Downton Abbey. If you’ve got some tarnished bits of historic accoutrement like brass vent covers or old door hardware, DIY Britt shows you how to shine them up and repurpose. Another couple updates their condo from the Nineties to wow, and our favourite foodie Maureen makes it easy to make a Cherry Bundt Cake in time for the holidays. You can subscribe, or you can pick up at a number of racks. And remember, if you have any ideas for future HOME stories, let us know! We’re already working on the spring issue, but we’re always glad to hear from you.
We are sad to hear of the passing of Henry Woolf, our old neighbour and a true thespian. I remember his appearance at one of Saskatoon’s Word on the Street festivals a few years ago and the wonderful chat we had with him as he autographed his book for us. His remarkable career included a role in Gorky Park, and he thrilled audiences in various productions for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and many, many others. We will always remember him fondly as the voice of the Meewasin cranberry in an interactive production we wrote and produced for the MVA years ago. We dressed Ralph Blankenagle up as the cranberry (he even rode a bike down the MVA trail) and Henry was the venerable voice.
Our neighbour was out for a spin in his motorized VW bus for one last convertible ride before winter arrives this week. As my friend Dave used to say, “You have to remember to look up now and then to notice the good things all around us.” This was one of them yesterday. How can this not make you happy?
Perhaps just tired of on-line learning, this guy made a big effort to get back to face-to-face in Saskatoon the other day. In the end, though, he was sent home for a nap instead.