October 1st, 2020

Memories of Eaton’s on display at Galt Museum and Archives

By Mabell, Dave on November 2, 2019.

Quick quiz: How many people remember enjoying lunch in downtown Lethbridge, upstairs in the modern Eaton’s department store? How many remember Toyland? And the store’s striking window displays – here and across the nation . . .

Many Canadians will share those memories, along with shopping from the iconic Eaton’s catalogue. But whatever happened to Eaton’s?

That part of the all-Canadian retailer’s history, along with its many contributions to our community, is outlined in a nostalgic display on now at the Galt Museum and Archives.

It’s on view in a main floor hallway until Feb. 2. And on Nov. 6, more stories will be shared during a 2 to 3 p.m. event at the Galt.

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But there’s always something new coming up as well. “Eight Wonders of Southern Alberta,” opening Monday, will offer visual representations of some of our most memorable places, like the Frank Slide and the Prince of Wales Hotel overlooking the Waterton Lakes. It will remain on view through Jan. 24.

As well there’s a community-generated feature, “Queer Histories of Southwestern Alberta,” guided by a group of “youth curators.” It’s in an additional hallway exhibit, through Feb. 9.

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All those interested in wartime history should be interested in more upcoming events at the Galt. Lethbridge military historian Glenn Miller will tell how Indigenous veterans made such a large contribution to Canada’s First World War effort, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14.

And on Nov. 17, historian Stephane Guevremont will recount the Canadian army’s fall 1944 sweep across the Netherlands as the Allies tried to dislodge German soldiers from the Sheldt Estuary, to open the strategic port of Antwerp. He’ll bring rare videos and photos to the 2 p.m. presentation.

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And for children, 1 p.m. programs every Saturday continue today at the Galt with a “Day of the Dead” event, followed Nov. 9 by a hands-on introduction to oatmeal jam bars from wartime years. Map maze books will be featured Nov. 16, and then Harry Potter crafts on Nov. 23.

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Another event for children and parents, National Child Day will be held Nov. 16 at Lethbridge College. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the no-charge event will include a community craft project, multicultural dancing, “roving gyms,” games, outdoor play, prizes and food. Watch for more details.

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Decidedly for an adult audience, the U of L drama series continues Tuesday to Saturday in University Theatre with “Titus Andronicus,” one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies. It’s the fictional story of a Roman Empire general taking on Tamora, queen of the Goths. For tickets go to uLethbridge.ca/tickets.

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Another adult theme, written as a comedy: Elise Forier Edie’s popular “The Pink Unicorn,” featuring Ashley Thomson as the solo performer. She plays a widowed Texas mother – as well as her daughter Trisha, who’s gradually coming out to her mother as queer.

That’s set for Nov. 15 and 16 at Theatre Outre, with tickets now available online at theatreoutre.ca.

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And for one heart-warming event in a brutal land war, “All is Calm” retells the miraculous Christmas Eve truce at the start of the First World War. Director Fran Rude and musical director Ken Rogers are collaborating again for the Nov. 22 to 24 production at the Yates Centre. A fundraiser for the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, the show may sell out soon. Check the two Ticket Centre locations or call 403-403-329-7328.

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Our tip of the sports cap this week to Knud Petersen and Craig Burrows-Johnson, feted recently by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association.

The citation for Petersen said he’s “a true leader of active living, recreation and sports and a champion of creating vibrancy in his community.

“Knud loves to give back to the community as it is part of his nature to volunteer.”

Burrows-Johnson was recognized for introducing disc golf to Lethbridge – and communities across the province. Today there are many courses and dozens of tournaments across Alberta, the organization points out, due to his “determination and contribution to the development of the sport.”

Well deserved!

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Now for a few reminders:

Tonight it’s the final performance of “Viva Italia,” the fall presentation by the U of L music department’s Opera Workshop. The concert of well-known works, sung in Italian, is set for 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall with tickets from the U of L box office as above.

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Playing today and Sunday, then next Thursday to Saturday, “Newsies” is a collaborative project by Lethbridge Musical Theatre and performing arts students at Chinook High. Showtimes at the Yates Centre are 2 and 7 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday, then 7 p.m. next Thursday to Saturday plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9. Seats are available at Ticket Centres at the Yates and the Enmax, or at the door.

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Next Friday, The Sweet Boys – “Atmospheric rockers and sound engineers” from New York – will present a 7:30 p.m. concert in the university’s Recital Hall; tickets as above.

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And borrowing from Big Band era icon Glenn Miller, the Lethbridge Community Band Association will present “Something Old, New, Borrowed and the Blues,” next Saturday at College Drive Community Church, 7 p.m. with tickets at Casa or at the door.

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