I’m taking some time off this week, so Iâ€™ve asked some of my friends to step into my shoes and do a little guest blogging for me.Â Luckily, I have some pretty cool friends, who will beÂ weighing in with some really interesting and fun posts.Â Their writing assignment was to teach both you and I something.Â Â Make sure you check back all week to read the special series:Â I Canâ€™t Believe You Donâ€™t Know Aboutâ€¦..
Today’s Guest Blog comes from Bradley Walker!Â Take ‘er away Brad!
Iâ€™ll admit it. Iâ€™m infatuated with Ukrainian culture. I love it. To be really frank, I personally believe there is a lack of a
Ukrainian community in Calgary. Iâ€™m allowed to make this claim â€“ Iâ€™m half Ukrainian. *cue every individual of Ukrainian
descent reading this blog inundating Mike with hate email.*
Drive less than 3 hours north up the QEII and you come across a dynamic, completely engaged community of Ukrainianians and Ukrainian culture â€“ quite honestly, I bet Edmonton and area has more Ukrainian culture than anywhere on the planet – well, outside of Ukraine itself – and even then, I might bet the odds on Edmonton.
We all love Mr. Mike Morrison; I mean, this is why we read his blog. The blog is like the bible for some of us. Does that
make Mike a Jesus figure? I guess so! Anyway, I digress. *cue every religious reader inundating Mike with hate email.*
A few weeks ago, Mike and I found ourselves brainstorming a list of places for him to take a Wild Rose Country (this is
Albertaâ€™s slogan, for those that donâ€™t know) staycation â€“ excluding the usual suspects: Banff, Kananaskis, Canmore, etc.
No offense to any of these towns or Mountain Parks.
The following are a few locales suggested by yours truly: Vegreville, Mundare and Glendon.
The selling point for all three? Ukrainian landmarks!
When Mike found out about the landmarks in each town he told me to â€œshut my mouth.â€ I do want it noted that this
quote has been edited for family reading. Mike was beyond excited to learn about these mysterious and far-off lands.
I was shocked and appalled to find out he didnâ€™t know about any of these destinations.
The opportunity to write this blog post arrived at the perfect time to tell the story of our beloved Mike Morrisonâ€™s â€œI
didnâ€™t know moment.â€
I canâ€™t believe you didnâ€™t know Vegreville has the worldâ€™s largest Pysanka (aka Ukrainian Easter Egg).
– On a side note: The egg was erected in 1974 commemorating the RCMPâ€™s 100th anniversary. Is it ironic our famous RCMP has ended up with egg on its face due to various scandals recently? Discuss.
I canâ€™t believe you didnâ€™t know Mundare is home to the worldâ€™s largest sausage.
– The town touts itself as â€œMundare, small town with a big heart.â€ Ummmmmm, yeah, sure â€“ and a big piece
of meat. Again, discuss.
I canâ€™t believe you didnâ€™t know Glendon has the world’s largest Pyrogy (complete with fork going through the middle of
– The town received worldwide media attention thanks to the pyrogy, including the famous CBC Television
series â€œOn the Road Again.â€
I think Mike and I need to take a road trip this summer, stopping at each of these towns to post pictures for the Bloggity
Blogâ€™s fabulous readers. For a multitude of reasons, I personally look forward to hitting Mundare. Another side note.
To celebrate our pending trip, I end this post with an HOPAK, the most famous and entertaining type of Ukrainian folk dance, performed by Canadaâ€™s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. ENJOY!
Bradley Walker is Self-proclaimed arts & culture fan, participant and nurturer. Marketing & communications junkie. Community builder and the Vice President, Bottom Line Productions Inc.
Thanks Brad!Â Those trips sound1 fun…sorry, I mean Ð²ÐµÑÐµÐ»Ð¾Ñ‰Ñ–