The next Craigmyle Historic Society meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 pm in the Craigmyle church basement. Business will include discussion regarding upgrades to church, upcoming pumpkin fest, fall turkey supper, resuming of pancake breakfasts and coffee break. Any interested readers are invited to come out to see if this organization is a fit for you.
In my last column, I made a faux pas, which I need to correct and apologize for. When I reported about Diane Bannister’s Craigmyle shower, I mistakenly said she was the bride elect of Luke Bradden. Well, she is currently the wife of Luke Brabben, same wonderful guy but with his last name spelled correctly!
Luke and Diane were married on the Barry and Marlene Bannister farm on a very hot July 30. Approximately 200 guests were present to share in the nuptials held in the Bannister shop as well as enjoy a beautifully catered meal, followed by dancing to the music of Craigmyle’s own DJ, Big O. Barry had constructed a special wooden floor for the dancers to enjoy. Diane chose navy blue and pink for the bridal party with a touch of orange to appease the staunch Edmonton Oilers fan that Luke is.
At one point in time it looked like the groom might be late or absent from his own wedding. Luke works in Whitehorse and was flying from there to Vancouver, then on to Calgary, the day before his wedding. Upon arriving in Vancouver he was informed that his flight to Calgary had been cancelled. (To me this seems much more serious than losing one’s luggage!) Fortunately, he was able to board another flight to Calgary and made it home in time for his big day.
Diane and Luke’s new home on Diane’s grandparent’s farm was ready for them to move into just several days before the wedding. Talk about under the wire! Welcome, newlyweds, to our community.
Our house was also busy in July when Art’s second cousin Ole Martin Kildahl and his friend, Arne, arrived from Norway. Coincidentally, on the flight here, Ole Martin sat beside a dairy farmer from Ponoka who was returning home from Europe. The two dairy farmers started comparing notes and Ole Martin was keenly interested in seeing the Ponoka operation. So once here, he contacted said farmer and arrangements were made. After getting directions, Art and I took him and Arne to Ponoka and as we approached the gate sign of the diary farm it said, “Bergman Farms!” Upon comparing notes we found out that he is a Dutch Bergman and Art is a German Bergman so there is probably no genetic connection.
Sunday, July 24, a Norlie reunion took place in the Craigmyle Church basement with approximately 26 family members present; coming from Medicine Hat, Okotoks, Calgary Hanna and, of course, Craigmyle. The food was amazing; with everyone contributing and Ole Martin cooking roast beef, hamburgers and onions, Norwegian style. It was a great time for the family to reconnect.
Humor for the day. Two old long time friends were sitting on a park bench enjoying the morning sun.
Friend number one says, “So what are you going to do today?”
Friend two answers, “Nothing.”
Friend one says, “I thought that’s what you did yesterday.”
Friend two replies, “I did, but I didn’t get done!”
Oh, the joys of getting older!