Archives for appreciation

SOS Stepping Out In Style

Sketches of Sbow tie orange-waskatoon – all dressed up in its finest – put in an appearance at last weekend’s Mayor’s Cultural Gala.

The Gala is the premiere fund-raising event in support the fine work of the Saskatoon Community Foundation.

Since its inception eight years ago, the event has raised over $2.5 million and provided funds to support over 150 charity grants annually.

This year’s event had a ‘Home Grown’ theme – featuring Saskatoon based talent.

Attendees at the gala were gifted with their very own copies of Sketches of Saskatoon. What could be more home grown that a collection of sketches of this beautiful city created by a fellow Saskatonian?

I am delighted to be able to put SOS to work in the service of supporting charities who do such great work to keep Saskatoon shining.


SOS Joins Word On The Street

Word On The Street LogoCome on down and join in the fun at Saskatoon’s Word On The Street event this Sunday afternoon, September  21.

For complete details on this year’s event, see Word On The Street Saskatoon. The program runs from 11 am to 5 pm.

It’s a chance to rub shoulders with authors from near and far, and connect will fellow wordies and book lovers.

You’ll find four tents, four stages, and a WOTS Marketplace.

At 2:30 pm in the Odyssey Tent, I’ll be sharing the scoop on how Sketches of Saskatoon came to be and answering your questions about the book.

I’ll also be sharing the stage with Jason Sylvestre and Carson Denmans who are the creators of the books, “You Might Be From Saskatchewan If…”

The forecast is for sunshine all the way. It’s going to be be a great day to be outdoors.

Spread the word! See you there!

Fan Mail For Sketches of Saskatoon

Mug of Pens-wWhat a wonderful surprise to receive a letter in the mail from Jackie W. in British Columbia. She was thrilled to receive a copy of Sketches of Saskatoon as a gift from her daughter.

It’s so rewarding to hear how much this collection of sketches means to people both near and far. Here are a few excerpts from her letter:

Your heartfelt tribute to this charming city is so appreciated. Your sketches are very well done and beautifully presented with your personal comments. Thank you for conceiving such a wonderful idea.

I also consider Saskatoon to be my hometown. Ever since I was a little girl (and I am now in my eighties) Saskatoon has remained a focal part of my life. I lived there for many years and now visit on occasion.

Along with my father, a WWI veteran, I remember attending memorial services at the cenotaph when it long ago graced the center of 21st Street. I have listened to concerts at the Vimy Memorial band shell, and more recently I have walked the Meewasin Trail. I also had a memorable experience on the Prairie Lily Riverboat on the South Saskatchewan River, where the Bess is a focal point of interest.

I have lived here in BC for more than twenty years. Yet my heart belongs to Saskatoon. I am so grateful for your insight in producing this treasure. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’d love to hear what Sketches of Saskatoon has meant to you. Drop me a line with your comments any time.