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Issue 8June 2016

RCMP Heritage Centre promises new exhibits and old favs

A warm breeze is settling in across the prairies, so it must be summer, and the RCMP Heritage Centre has a lot planned to give you something to do no matter when you visit.

To ensure you recognize where you’re going and serve as an information point, the Heritage Centre unveiled a new electronic sign which will help share program and event information, as well as act as another platform for communicating Amber Alerts in the community.

In addition to the sign, a new art installation has been erected around the base consisting of three larger than life, metal fabricated artworks in the iconic horse and rider image of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  The entire installation will be a new landmark, guiding guests and visitors to the home of the RCMP, right here in Regina!

“We are grateful and proud of the community and corporate support we have received to help us share this unique Canadian Story,” said Al Nicholson, CEO RCMP Heritage Centre.

Now that we have your attention, don’t miss any of the Heritage Centre’s summer events.

Spirits of the Trail – Watch history come alive with Spirits of the Trail, theatre on horseback reliving the meeting of Major James Walsh of the NWMP and Sitting Bull, War Chief of the Lakota Sioux. Spirits of the Trail performances will start on June 25 with two performances every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, July 31. Included with admission.

Sunset-Retreat Ceremony – The colourful RCMP Sunset-Retreat Ceremony at RCMP Academy, ‘Depot’ Division is back! See this free, bilingual Canadian Signature Experience starting on Canada Day and then every Tuesday evening until Aug. 9. This is a must-see during your visit!

Sergeant Brinkworth: Police Photographer – The RCMP Heritage Centre’s new summer feature exhibit ‘Sergeant Brinkworth: Police Photographer’ takes you on a journey as the camera grows from a hobbyist’s pastime to a vital tool of modern police work. Daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and included with admission

Sergeant Major’s Parade – Watch as the drill staff put cadets through their paces, Monday to Friday at 12:45 p.m. (Tip from the locals: you must register at the Heritage Centre by 12 p.m.)

More detailed information on each event can be found on their website.

Rowing Championship to take over Wascana Lake

It’s a premier event that will showcase some of the best master rowers from across Canada as well as internationally.

The 2016 Canadian Masters Championships regatta is set to take place on Wascana Lake July 23 to 24.

Donna Ell, co-chair, said competitors are aged 21 and up, with some athletes in their 70s and 80s.  Registration closes on July 7 and they already have teams from Pakistan, Colorado, California, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and of course Saskatchewan registered to come race here in Regina.

Ell is participating this year and has been training all winter. She calls the two-day event a friendly competition.

“We’re all chatting with all the crews at the start line and wishing them well and joking with them.  It gets serious when the race begins and while you are racing but once the race is over you joke with everyone when you get back to the dock,” she said with a chuckle.

Their venue on Wascana Lake is the perfect site for this 1000-metre rowing competition. Ell said those who she has spoken to about the location are amazed at its close proximity to everything.

“Typically the rowing venues in other locations are on a lake outside the city you’re competing at and often are a great distance from your accommodations, whereas here in Regina our regatta venue is right beside our stunning legislative building which is right in the middle of our beautiful city. It’s a 10-minute drive to our regatta hotels, it’s a 10-minute drive from the airport to our hotels and regatta site and it’s 10 minutes to any of the venues we are using during our regatta festival,” she said.

Another impressive highlight to the course is the new finish-line tower, which is invaluable to the sport.  This new structure allows us to utilize photo-finish cameras and fully automatic timing systems.  Plus it provides the results team with a more comfortable place to work.

Ell asks everyone to come out and cheer them on! Their first race usually begins at 6:30 a.m. with the last race of the day taking place at 5 p.m. They will have live race coverage announcing each day, which adds to the excitement.  Tourism Regina will also be onsite holding flash contests. There are going to be various events daily to keep it exciting for all, she said.

“We’re going to have a large tent set up in the Pine Island Bridge parking lot,” she said. “In that tent there’s going to be a variety of food vendors, our volunteer appreciation station, photos for purchase and a JumboTron screen with live race coverage of each event and sponsorship highlights.  We will be selling a high performance regatta shirt as well as an event t-shirt.  Val Moker, who is a local international artist, has painted us a stunning piece and we will be selling her limited edition prints at our event.  Olson Goldsmiths, an award winning local jewelry company, has created a designer oar, which will only be available for sale at our event.  This piece can be used as a necklace, key chain, zipper pull and much more,” she said, adding there will also be a few additional surprises so come on out and take part in our event.

For more information about the Canadian Masters Championships or about the volunteering needs please click here.

CONTEST : Smile, it's summer!

Guess what? IT’S SUMMER! Take a load off and celebrate the start of the season with patio drinks on us! Enter to win a $75 gift card to Beer Bros Gastropub & Deli and because we want you to stay cool while you’re basking outside, we’ve thrown in a Tourism Saskatchewan t-shirt and RCMP Heritage Centre t-shirt. Also included is a $75 gift card to a Globe Theatre production, so you can come back again in the fall!

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To enter click here and fill out your name and contact information.

The contest runs June 20 to June 29. Contest winner drawn June 30!

Globe Theatre turns 50 with the Royals

It’s been 50 years of brilliant performers, directors, set designers and more at Regina’s Globe Theatre, and it’s not going on unnoticed.

On June 22 the Globe Theatre will hold its 50th Anniversary Gala with special guest Royal Patron HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife HRH The Countess of Wessex. Taking to the stage is one of Globe’s most popular productions, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline starring Saskatchewan’s own Devra Straker in the role of Patsy.

As the first professional theatre company in Saskatchewan, Globe Theatre is now the province’s largest performing arts organization and the regional theatre for Regina and southern Saskatchewan.  Founded by Ken and Sue Kramer in 1966, the theatre’s productions have always been staged in-the-round to create a connection between actors and audiences.

In its first year, Globe Theatre started with a provincial tour of three shows including The Dog and the Stone, On Trial, and Shakespeare’s Characters as Living People. Since then various actors and playwrights have walked through its doors and onto its stage including Fiona Reid, Lorne Cardinal, and Rex Deverell.

Globe Theatre sells 50,000 to 60,000 tickets each season.

“Whatever success Globe Theatre has achieved over the past fifty years is a testament to the remarkable support we receive from our audiences and the exceptional work of the artists who have created and are creating the work on our stages.  Ken and Sue Kramer were passionate about creating a theatre that was relevant to this region and Susan Ferley continued that legacy.  As we celebrate our golden anniversary, I applaud the vision, passion and artistry of those that came before me and the artists and audiences who continue to ensure that ‘live is better’ in Regina and Southern Saskatchewan,” said Ruth Smillie, Artistic Director and CEO

Dates for upcoming productions this fall are already announced. For more information, click here.

And The Winner Is ...

The search for Regina’s next “big” event came to a close June 3rd when the Regina Hotel Association (RHA) crowned “ReginAcadabra” as the Event of Events Competition Champion and recipient of a $20,000 sponsorship to help start-up the new event.

The competition was launched in January in search of a new investment opportunity for the RHA. The RHA currently sponsors over 60 events, festivals and conferences every year. “We were thrilled with the quality and creativity of the event ideas that were submitted into the competition,” said RHA CEO, Tracy Fahlman. “With 42 entries, it was a tough choice in selecting only 11 official contestants.” Read  more.