I’m digging in to a bit of Saskatoon history for a piece in the Winter issue of Saskatoon HOME magazine. It was a good excuse to visit City Archivist, HOME author, and generally all around neat guy Jeff O’Brien. If you look up ‘walking encyclopedia’ about Saskatoon’s history, you’ll find Jeff’s photo. Along with our readers, I think one of the best features in HOME is Jeff’s Reflections column. History, as they say, comes alive by his hand.
The summer Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan plays have been part of our family tradition for decades. The kids cut their teeth on Shakespeare under the tents when they were small, and we look forward to every new season. We do our small part as season ticket holders by contributing to the Treasure Trove fundraising campaign at each performance, spreading our donations out over each of the two plays. This season, it was Richard III and Twelfth Night. We coveted the two beautiful Ekornes recliner chairs donated by Sleepers Mattress Factory. Two lucky patrons got to sit in them for each performance, and at the end of the season, they were up for grabs in the Treasure Trove draw. Imagine my surprise when Alan Long, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s PR guy called with some nice news! Not only were we the lucky winners of a beautiful Nancy Grummett piece of pottery (that’s Jim and me posing with Alan) but ….
We also won one of the two Ekornes chairs! Not only that, we were starstruck to have Richard III himself, though in his less regal Friday casual finery, bring the chair and ottoman to our door. And he never tried to assassinate us once. He just gave us a tutorial on how the chair works. Rob van Meenen was outstanding in both Richard III and Twelfth Night this summer and we can’t wait to see him in his next role, Art, with Persephone, the first show of their 2017-18 lineup. A huge thank you to Alan and Shakespeare on the SK, to Rob and to Sleepers. What a wrap to a wonderful season.
The Fall issue of Saskatoon HOME magazine is out. There are several locations throughout the city to get your copy.
I’ve got a cover story. But keep going! Inside is one of my favourites; well, several of my favourites. What’s your favourite kitchen gadget? A spoon you always reach for? A knife you can’t be without? Your gramma’s olive dish? We asked several cooks and chefs about their favourite kitchen tools. Of course I was thrilled that my old pal Michael Smith agreed to share his ‘must have’ kitchen appliance. And so many other Saskatoon cooks and chefs threw their hat in the ring. But one of my best chats was with D’reen. If you’ve lived in Saskatoon for long, you recognize the name of this wonderful caterer. We had a lovely chat about her best girlfriend Kitchen Aid mixer. I loved photographing this renowned caterer in her element; what is there not to love about a caterer who has a poster of Julia Child AND Rick from The Walking Dead (and a bottle of Tylenol) over her desk? Get your copy and read about D’reen and many others who have a love affair with their gadget.
I came across this clip produced by the U.S. War Department in 1947, and thought it sounded frighteningly familiar given recent events. What’s that old admonition about those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
We’re thinking about our friend Bob Perske tonight; it was a year ago today he passed away at 88. Here’s who he was, a mentor to so many, and a buddy to our son Jim. When it all comes down to it, his message was simple and never more important than it is today: be kind. It lifts our hearts when we see his message pop up in random places, like this one in Half Moon Bay, California.
Here’s to you, Bob. We miss you.
The bluegrass laden take on Twelfth Night by Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is an absolute treat! My husband, raised in Indiana, was transported to his childhood as soon as the opening musical number began. Even the walk over during a rainstorm last week couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm, and there’s plenty of hot coffee and cookies as big as your head before it all begins. The play is still on, so if you haven’t enjoyed this already, or could go again, there’s still time. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has been a summer family tradition ever since our kids were small. I don’t think it would be summer in Saskatoon without the magic under the big white tents on the riverbank.
Jim is proud as punch of his sister Erin, who just earned her second doctorate from University of Saint Augustine. Her dissertation, Employing Service Learning to Promote Student Self-Efficacy in Occupational Therapy Education – A Dissertation presented in Partial Fullfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education, was approved. Jim sent “Bird” his congratulations with a sign and a smile: