I’m taking some time off this week, so I’ve asked some of my friends to step into my shoes and do a little guest blogging for me.  Luckily, I have some pretty cool friends, who will be  weighing in with some really interesting and fun posts.  Their writing assignment was to teach both you and I something.   Make sure you check back all week to read the special series:  I Can’t Believe You Don’t Know About…..

Today’s Guest Blog comes from Bradley Walker!  Take ‘er away Brad!


I’ll admit it. I’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. I’m allowed to make this claim – I’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 – 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
Alberta’s slogan, for those that don’t know) staycation – 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 “shut my mouth.” 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 didn’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 Morrison’s “I
didn’t know moment.”

I can’t believe you didn’t know Vegreville has the world’s largest Pysanka (aka Ukrainian Easter Egg).
– On a side note: The egg was erected in 1974 commemorating the RCMP’s 100th anniversary. Is it ironic our famous RCMP has ended up with egg on its face due to various scandals recently? Discuss.

I can’t believe you didn’t know Mundare is home to the world’s largest sausage.
– The town touts itself as “Mundare, small town with a big heart.” Ummmmmm, yeah, sure – and a big piece
of meat. Again, discuss.

I can’t believe you didn’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 “On the Road Again.”

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
Blog’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 Canada’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!  Those trips sound1 fun…sorry, I mean веселощі

Mike Morrison


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