Thursday, April 26, 2018

One-Time in Warburg

As a general rule, time permitting, I always like to check out small towns that I pass. On my most recent exploring trip, with my side-kick H and our friend Kim, we ended up in Warburg, AB.

Many Swedish families settled the area and in 1916 a post office was opened with the name Warburg. According to Place Names of Alberta, Warburg is named after Warberg/Varberg Castle in Sweden with an spelling error along the way. The population continued to grow with the railroad expansion and in 1953, Warburg was incorporated as a Village. As of the 2016 census, it had a population of 766.

A few buildings caught my eye as we cruised around town. First an obvious old school, now the Warburg Museum. The current school is right next to it. If you look under the Warburg Museum letters, you see a letter peeking out..possibly an H, possibly from the word school.

Also nearby:

Possibly an old hangar? 

On to the colourful downtown area, where we spotted the local watering hole. I found an old photo which I am pretty sure is the same building due to the oddly spaced window placement and the Established in 1937 clue, and how many hotels could Warburg have had?

Pretty in Pink and Red

c. 1955-56 Courtesy of the Glenbow Museum Archives

Former church. 
Bonus Boler for BigDoer 3/10! 
If you have any Warburg stories or photos, I'd love to see them!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Service: Holy Ascension Russo-Greek Orthodox Church

Seems like the best day to post a church!

This is one that we came across while out exploring about a month ago near Calmar, AB. It was surrounded by trees tall enough that even the domes could not be seen from afar.

If I have learned one thing, it is always look into a row of trees, usually the trees are there for a reason. As I passed by, the church was visible in the break in the trees. Slam on breaks, u-turn, grab camera! We had found Holy Ascension Russo-Greek Orthodox Church.

In 1927, the first church meeting was held, 2 acres of land where donated, a church committee was elected, and building began in the summer. The Temple was sanctified in November 1927. Today, there are 20 families currently in the parish.

I guess I neglected to take a photo of the bell tower, which is off to the side of the front of the church. As is common with Ukrainian Churches, the bell tower is a separate structure. Also as usual, my son rung the bell. There is also a cemetery on the grounds at the back of the church.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Mural

I almost forgot today was Monday. I decided to take part in Mural Monday after seeing it on a blog I follow, Occasional Toronto. To see more murals from around the world, click here!

This mural is downtown in Red Deer, AB. I always seem to catch it at the worst times, like when a car is parked in front of it. It was part of a project called Art Alley. There are currently 9 murals located in downtown Red Deer. I have seen some but will have to look for the others now.  This one is by local artist Shannon Littke

I also didn't realize it had been so long since my last blog post! I am slowly reading my favourite blogs and hope to get back to posting more. Have a great week everyone!