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This land is our land

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his image.
—Joan Didion

WE’RE A LITTLE TERRITORIAL here in Bowness. Neatly bordered on all sides by river, foothills, train tracks and the Trans-Canada, our so called “village in the valley” is one of the most geographically distinct communities in Calgary. And all that real estate is an emotional issue for many. Read more…

Summer fun in Bowness

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Annual Lions Club Bowness Stampede Parade

For better or worse, some of us can’t escape the ’hood for a summer holiday. Whether cash strapped, work obligated or whatever, our summer sojourns are not so much sipping cervezas on a houseboat off the Shuswap. More like a 7-11 slurpee and a sweet swan dive from the Bowmont train bridge. (Actually feet first is best, take my word on it.) Read more…

Bowness Stampede Parade Day

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Saturday, July 10
Breakfast: 7–11 am, Parade: 9 am

IT HAS BEEN SAID that half of Bowness comes out every year to see the community’s annual Stampede parade. The other half of Bowness is in it.

Without a doubt, one of the real highlights of the Bowness social calendar is the Lions Club Stampede Parade & Breakfast. For 21 years now the Lions, in co-operation with dozens of local businesses and merchants, have been throwing what has become the single best attended community event in the 99-year history of Bowness. Read more…

The Bownesians’ Picnic

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Sunday, July 18, noon–6 pm

THE NEWEST KID ON THE BLOCK—if events were kids and your cultural calendar were a block—is the 2nd Annual Bownesians Picnic, Sunday, July 18, at Baker Park, just across the river from Bowness Park.

The Bownesians’ Picnic is a free family event with hours and hours of live music and all the games and activities the City of Calgary’s Community & Neighbourhood Services crew can muster. Food is generously donated by the Bowness Community Association and barbecued by the hard-working Lions Club. Cash donations for burgers and hot dogs go to the Bowness Boys and Girls Club. You’ll want to pack your own lunch; food is limited. Read more…

Le Tour de Bowness

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Saturday, July 31–Monday, August 2

ROUNDING OUT THIS SUMMER’S ­Bowness festival calendar is Le Tour de Bowness, an annual bicycle stage race hosted by Main Street mainstay and all-round good corporate citizen Bow Cycle.

Racing takes place on the August long weekend, July 31 to August 2, with the last of the three stages finishing up right on Main Street in downtown Bowness on the holiday Monday. Read more…