Within a matter of weeks the Town of Slave Lake will be celebrating its 50th
anniversary. It seems like such a milestone, and to think of where we came
from 50 years ago seems unfathomable.
For some they can remember what 50 years ago looked like, and others
have celebrated every birthday with the town! We have come from a much
smaller population, with dirt roads, to where we are now. To put it in
contrast the Town of Oudewater in Holland is celebrating its 750th
anniversary this year. So it has me thinking, where will the Town of Slave
Lake be in 50 years? Or 750 years? I have to think the sky’s the limit.
Getting back to what’s going on with our 50th anniversary, here is what’s
Friday July 31st starts with a reception at the Town office at 6pm. We are
inviting all residents current and former to come see our beautiful town
office. We will be recognizing past council members and mayors. We will
also have some displays of the history of Slave Lake. Later on, we will finish
off the night with an awesome fireworks display.
Saturday the Alliance Church will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 9-11
am. At 11 am Town staff and volunteers will be hosting an outdoor event at
the Charity Ball Diamonds, Harry Bartlett has organized a fun slow pitch
game. Bring a glove because everybody is invited. After the game there is
going to be music, activities, and children’s events. Mr. Mikes and Plains
Midstream are doing a BBQ so there should be some great food too!
Saturday night there will a dinner and dance at the MRC starting at 5pm.
Attendees will be shown a slideshow illustrating how we got where we are
today, along with some great pictures and stories about Slave Lake’s past.
Tickets can be purchased for $70.00 at the MRC or at Boston Pizza. The cost
of the tickets are based on covering the cost of the event for 200 people. In
the event any extra money is made, it will be donated to the Legacy Center.
Currently ticket sales are quite slow, and if they don’t pick up soon, this
portion of the weekend might change or be cancelled.
In the spirit of making sure nobody is left hungry there will be another
pancake breakfast on Sunday morning at 9:30 am at the town office hosted
by Plains Midstream. The other cool thing is the Library has taken on a
project of managing a time capsule, which has actually turned into two
capsules. One was buried in the past, and has been found, and the library
will be unveiling them at 11:30 am that Sunday morning. To add to the fun
we are creating a 2015 time capsule and are looking for items. If you have
pictures, documents, stories (pretty much anything that would fit in an 8.5 x11.5 inch envelope) drop them off at the library and they will do their best
to include them in the 2015 time capsule.
50 years needs to be recognized and celebrated, and we are planning to do
that on the August long weekend and its our hope you, your friends, and
family will join us and take part in this event. .