I was born in the 1960's which means by the time I reached an age were I could stay up till 9:30, James Bond had a Car that could go underwater and Thom Pace was in full race spec singing “Maybe”. For those of you that don’t remember, well I’m going to have to assume you were still being thought of. This show was all the rage among the Generation X gang. It was all about love, compassion and your love for fellow man, oh and a bear. Let us not recall why this all began, as that would spoil the premise of the show. Alas like all good things, cocaine and time took its toll and all that concerned came to an end.
Add a few years, mix in some Red bull, some Selena Gomez and you have what is now called the age of the internet. So OK the internet began in the 1990’s, but it is now we see the maturing of the social revolution. All things considered, I think I prefer the days when you had to wait for someone to finish their payphone time before you could make a call and get a friend to pick you up. Calling your parents meant having to find a quarter, unless you were in dire need and asked the operator to reverse the charges. Selfies were not even part of the vocabulary. Do you know how hard it was to take a picture of yourself with an old Olympus, let alone waiting three weeks for the camera store to develop them.
So I sit outside and I wait for my trusted friend to kiss his wife goodbye and come and hang with me for a few hours. Looking between the ice and snow covered pine trees and you will find us driving downtown to the event of the year.
If you were one of the few that managed to find your tuxedo at the back of your closet, or were able to get your dressmaker to adjust your sequin gown in time. Then you were already set to join the lucky few who gathered and witnessed the finest show this Christmas.
Jill Belland and Pat Steinburg pulled their MC resources together and packaged an event known as the "Snowflake Gala".
A packed house included a short verse from Evan Patterson, Executive Director of Kids up front Calgary. Also the late Manmeet Bhullar was given honorable mention as his wife Namrita accepted a white hat from Rick McIver to celebrate his life. Mrs. Canada was also seen mingling and she too accepted Calgary’s coveted white hat.
The show’s and events were nimble and hyper-sonic. The chorography was magic. So we had a small hiccup with the sound. No one seemed to mind, the show must go on. So without missing a beat, Calgary’s youngest were again out showing its supporter’s what they were made of.
The entire stage was filled with vibrant colour and spirit. Volumes of talent flowed one after the other. I have never seen so much energy in one room.
We were given an insight into what Calgary can do to help “Kids up front”. In the midst of the economic downturn, we can still turn things around and help when it’s needed.
Thank you for delivering a wonderful message to everyone.
Heath Cox - Editor InTouch.NEWS