Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

A departure ceremony took place in Swift Current on Aug. 3 for a group of walkers on a 18-day walk to Battleford. The ceremony took place at the the Battleford Trail Ruts Municipal Heritage Site. Speakers at the ceremony included walk organizer Hugh Henry, Métis elder Cecile Blanke, and Staff Sgt. Gary Hodges of the Swift Current RCMP detachment. Some of the people at the ceremony accompanied the walkers to the outskirts of the city and along the initial few kilometres of a gravel road. The walk was organized by Swift Current resident Hugh Henry, who is the vice-president of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society. The walk will closely follow the route of the historic Swift Current – Battleford Trail, which was an important trade route between the two communities from 1883 to 1890. Only a few walkers, including Henry, will complete the entire distances. Some of the walkers who started in Swift Current will only go halfway while other walkers will join the group for a day or two along the route. The walk will conclude with an event at Fort Battleford on Aug. 20.

 

A departure ceremony took place in Swift Current on Aug. 3 for a group of walkers on a 18-day walk to Battleford.

Two Swift Current powerlifters are preparing for the 2017 Saskatchewan Provincial Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships later this month after successfully competing in their first competition in Regina.

The new CEO of the Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure the chamber is a strong voice for the business community.

The $2.5 million project to replace the main arena ice floor slab in the Innovation Credit Union i-plex is on schedule.

There has been good progress with the project to install overhead lighting along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor through Swift Current and it will be completed within the next few weeks.

Swift Current artist Tommy Kirk is using YouTube videos to share his passion for art and for paper sculpting with others.

The terms of the City of Swift Current’s agreement of financial assistance with the Elmwood Golf Club is set to change to allow the club to start with repayments.

Visitors to the Doc's Town Heritage Village in Swift Current had an opportunity to experience the traditional art of blacksmithing during a blacksmith hammer-in at the William Ball blacksmith shop, July 30. This annual Made by Hand event at Doc's Town included an exhibition of hand-made quilts by Linda Duclos of Admiral in the old church building. Special programming takes place every Sunday afternoon at the heritage village, which is located at Kinetic Exhibition Park. The buildings at Doc's Town are open from 1-5 p.m. from Friday to Sunday as well as holiday Mondays until Labour Day. Upcoming events include hymn singing at the church on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., a line dance party at the Airmen's Billet on Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. and a country music jam session at the Airmen's Billet on Aug. 13 at 2 p.m.

 

The third in a series of free bi-weekly events in southwest Saskatchewan to celebrate Canada 150 and cultural diversity in Saskatchewan took place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, July 29. The Southwest CultureFest is organized by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre to promote inclusion and to build stronger community relationships. This event featured performances by the Creeland Dancers from the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation and the Swift Current progressive rock band The Moon Runners. Tinto Sebastian danced during a brief appearance at the event to give the audience a preview of her upcoming performance at the Southwest CultureFest events in August. The next two events in this festival series takes place at the Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre in Shaunavon on Aug. 11 and the Lyric Theatre on Aug. 12, with both shows starting at 7 p.m. The performers at both these events will be Tunde, the African warrior (a West African dance fusion project) and Tinto Sebastian, who will perform Bollywood and traditional Indian dances.

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